For years, YouTube has ruled the video world, with people jumping to upload their videos to the platform to share with family, friends, and anyone else who will watch. Then Vimeo came around, and other similar platforms started showing up one by one.
Now, some YouTube users are starting to abandon the platform in favor of a platform called Rumble. But what is Rumble, and how does it compare to YouTube?
Rumble vs. YouTube — The Similarities
Both platforms have similar functionality as far as signing up, watching, and uploading videos. Embedding onto other sites is an option from both Rumble and YouTube.
The two platforms are both reliable when streaming and do have resolution settings for buffering. Copyright takedown policies are in place, but Rumble's policies may be a bit more strict than YouTube's.
While both platforms have some other similarities, such as an option for monetization, the way they go about things differs.
Rumble vs. YouTube — The Differences
Most people have a general idea of how monetization works on YouTube. You need to get at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of video time watched and then you can start earning money when people watch your videos. You also need to meet the advertiser-friendly policies that YouTube has in place.
With Rumble, chances are you won't earn as much as with YouTube, mostly because the audience on Rumble is smaller. There are still good opportunities though on this platform, and it's easier to get monetized currently on Rumble, as their rules as slightly more lax. If you get in on the ground floor now, there may be more opportunities for earnings as the audience grows.
YouTube has a very aggressive censorship policy. They will take down videos for copyright infringement, law violations, and anything that they consider offensive.
Rumble believes in free speech and allowing people to express themselves. You can openly debate any topic, as long as you follow the laws. They will not delete channels or videos due to offensiveness, unless in violation of a law. They have a more open policy toward content creation and have no censorship on opinion or ideology videos.
Creators Both YouTube and Rumble allow content from any content creator on their platform, and as long as you follow the platform's rules, you will mostly be okay to continue to use the platform.
YouTube is a much larger platform and doesn't take care of the "little guy" as well. They tend to cater to their big YouTubers and focus on displaying their content.
Rumble caters more to the smaller content creators and delivers unbiased search results. It allows equal access to all content creators, not just the "big guy."
The Bottom Line
Both platforms have their pros and cons, which is common with any software comparison. For a larger company or person looking to monetize their videos, YouTube is a safe bet, as long as the content is fairly neutral and non-controversial.
If your topics are not mainstream, Rumble may be your better option. With less censorship, your videos and your channel won't get deleted from the platform. As the Rumble audience continues to grow, monetization options on the platform will increase, and it may start to become a better competitor to YouTube.
If you are looking at just streaming videos and aren't using the platforms for your own uploading, consider checking them both out, as they will have a wide variety of content available for streaming. Rumble's more open policies mean there will be many types of videos available for viewing that will not be found on YouTube.