So, apparently, you can make money not just publishing any old tripe as an ebook on Amazon using their Kindle Direct Publishing platform, but you can now also make money on their video publishing sister, Prime Video Direct.
A lazy look for $$$ rewards pulled this up (it may be out of date):
[Publishers] also retain control over how their content is distributed — all with the knowledge that every option comes with a revenue model from the get-go. For instance, if a publisher chooses to upload its content to Amazon Prime Video, it gets 15 cents per hour streamed in the U.S. Internationally, content owners get 6 cents per hour streamed.
These are not the only Prime Video-related revenues, either. Amazon also sets aside a $1 million monthly bonus pool […] Other ways to make money through Video Direct include 55 percent of ad revenue generated from content that’s available for free, as well as roughly 50 percent of money made from sales and rentals.)
As it turns out, Amazon’s quality control isn’t quite what it could be:
Nice. I can see some serious media biteback on this in the future, not dissimilar to the KDP program’s unfortunate pornocalypse of 2013/14. Now, while the majority of the taboo catalogs were removed, it’s notable that even today, its biggest (most profitable) writers are allowed to be taboo.
It would be easy to blame Amazon greed, but I reckon the truth is a lot simpler. Amazon does no quality checks on books, and largely takes a reactive approach to issues - that’s to say that its consumers (or the media) need to kick up enough of a storm for bad material to get booted. Otherwise, if you’re feeling a little unethical in your quest for online monies…
I doubt that it is very different for videos in light of the Vox report above.
So, I just thought all of this was interesting. I get tiny royalties off Azon for execrably-written erotica shorts each month for books I wrote in 2012/13 (at least, the ones that weren’t cruelly murdered by prudes), so I can see that there’s a good opportunity with Prime videos for any freelancers with skills in that area. And, as this brief investigation shows, they won’t even need to be decent videos.
With YT demonstrably getting worse in multiple ways for content creators, Amazon could be a good home - so long as your cruddy materials stay on the right side of meh. May be a good Fiverr gig to create, too - this seems a relatively niche area of videomaking that can only grow as awareness of the Prime publishing program goes.
I also hardly need point out that there are many potential clients who would be impressed by “I am featured on Amazon Prime” for your other freelance site cover needs. So, all in all, despite the many, many glaringly obvious issues and problems looming over the horizon, I’d say video making freelancers should be looking into this seriously.
Sadly, I have no video making skills to take advantage of this. I could start learning though…
EDIT: Maybe not…