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YouTube Makes Zero Profit
Quote:YouTube is without a doubt one of the most popular websites in the world, but despite having over a billion viewers the site still has zero profit.

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, the giant video service is barely breaking even despite its $4 billion in revenue. YouTube only accounted for 6% of Google’s ad sales, which is surprising considering how ubiquitous video content and YouTube links are.

But that may be the actual problem. According to research, most people access the website via shared links and embedded videos instead of visiting its homepage daily like they do for Facebook and Twitter.

In fact, most users are occasional viewers, and only 9% of viewers account for 85% of the views on the site, and most of those regular viewers are teens and “tweens”. What this adds up to is a not very successful bid for advertising dollars which are, seemingly, much better spent on traditional TV spots as well as YouTube’s competitors who offer stronger stats.

Google has been trying to turn this around though. The company has paid bonuses to creators in an effort to retain talent, while also investing hundreds of millions of dollars in original content.

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