Web Sites Pay Creators to Post Videos

YouTube recently proposed paying people who post videos on its site, but many sites already do that.

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And our last word in business is about making money from online videos. YouTube recently proposed paying people who post videos on its site. Some sites already do that. One is called Metacafe. It inserts and ad at the end of each video and pays creators $100 when their video has been viewed 20,000 times. Another site, ExpertVillage.com, pays filmmakers to upload short how-to videos with experts, teaching everything from how to repair a lawnmower to how to make a martini to how to belly dance.

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Ms. ALICIA HERRERA(ph) (Belly Dance Teacher): So bend the knees and tuck your pelvis in using the muscle that's just a couple of inches below your navel, and then the release. So you can lift, tuck, tuck, release.

MONTAGNE: That's Alicia Herrera, or Sahira, the Houston-based belly dance teacher in this instructional video. She says while she'd like to be paid, she's happy for the free promotion.

Ms. HERRERA: I get an e-mail every couple of weeks from people say they really do enjoy the videos, they're requesting more advanced level videos to be put up. Not everybody who gets on the Web site is in Houston and can take classes from me. But anyone who is in the area can find me that way. So I at least got a couple of new students and a lot of good, positive e-mail from belly dancers all over the country.

MONTAGNE: Belly dancing teacher Alicia Herrera. Most people don't make that much money posting their videos, but some are earning thousands. A groundskeeper at the San Diego Zoo told the New York Times that he quit his job to make online videos full time.

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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