YouTube vs. Vimeo: What’s the Difference?


Content is the king! How many times have creators come across this statement? Well, a million times to be honest. But let us tell you how videos will dominate the content world in 2022. By 2020, Online video content will dominate a majority of the traffic.

Apart from the budding platforms, the “father of the online video content world”- Youtube has been challenged by another video content platform called Vimeo. While the brawl of power between them goes on, let’s look at the difference between these platforms.

The Story Behind YouTube & Vimeo

YouTube has come a long way from being a platform for funny vines to a platform of thrilling series, movies, and a lot more. Vimeo has emerged as a video platform that allows users to create and watch videos to give YouTube serious competition. Both might look similar in various aspects; however, there are some vital differences between them.

Updating Videos

Sometimes. After uploading a video, you realize a mistake that might have a negative impact on your audience. There’s a bottom line in Youtube- after uploading a video, you can’t update it. Either you have to delete your existing video and reupload it or bid farewell to it forever. This might impact your stats and views in the process.

However, Vimeo allows the users to update the video without losing the views and stats. It is amazing for creators who have made a mistake in their video and want to update it without impacting their hard work. Downloading videos from Vimeo is easy- open the link and click on the download button under the video and choose the quality you prefer. If you want to know more about downloading videos on Vimeo, head to


With 2 billion active users on the platform, YouTube is a convenient platform for uploading and downloading videos. YouTube prides itself on not being centric around anything particular and makes it an amazing site for everything related to videos. The videos on YouTube have a great chance to garner maximum views and comments that boost a creator’s journey on the platform.

Vimeo accounts for 170 million users, which is comparatively lesser than Youtube and offers fewer chances for creators to reach a wide number of viewers and showcase their talent.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

YouTube beats Vimeo in this! YouTube has been ranked as the second-largest search engine on the web. Suppose you make a video customized for a specific search term (let’s say how to do copperplate calligraphy), you should upload your video on YouTube. This will appear in search results on YouTube and Google, which will boost your video’s performance and increase views and likes.


Both platforms offer a completely segregated view of the performance of your video, classifying views, gender, the total number of plays, the total number of comments, and more. However, YouTube beats Vimeo here and offers a lot more benefits to creators. On the flip side, you have to avail of a Plus Membership to receive the advanced analytics of your videos.

YouTube offers statistics on gender, traffic sources, devices that your viewers have most watched your videos on, and your audience’s retention.

Copyrights Detected!

YouTube has a strict copyrights policy for its creators and is harsh on users who intend to violate them. We have often come across videos whose music has been muted due to copyright issues. Upon uploading, YouTube detects the video for copyrighted images and music and, thereupon, can either remove or hamper your work. This makes the platform a viable option for creators to get recognized for their hard work and talent.

However, in comparison to YouTube, Vimeo doesn’t have strict copyright policies. If you upload a video on Vimeo, it has direct rights to steal and use your content for other purposes, unless you own rights to that video.


As a viewer, the ads on YouTube can be overwhelming for you; however, the ads are a major source of revenue for a creator. As a creator of Youtube, you have a golden chance to reach your target audience as YouTube has its ads all over the web, which you can use to your advantage.

On the other hand, Vimeo is a completely ad-free platform as it generates revenue from memberships.


You can password protect your videos on Vimeo and share them with those who want to. This can be a great platform if you create a video for a client and want to keep it private. Vimeo offers plenty of privacy options that will protect your video from infringement.

YouTube allows your videos to be unlisted (only those who have the link can view), private (people who you invite with an active YouTube can see it), and public (everyone can view the video).

Conclusion: Which One to Choose?

The nature and purpose of your content will determine the platform. Let us know some other major differences between the two platforms which we might have missed.


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