I wrote this last year. Er…I told you so. Check this from the New York Times – Youtube Stars Feel Pinch.
Here’s another post I wrote: Big Business Tightens The Screws.
And in regards to putting your content on facebook – Killing Business in 2016 and Beyond.
More on this later. Here’s the original post –
Recently I’ve been cautioning people about putting their creative content on sites they can’t control, like facebook. You get yourself invested and then you’re at the mercy of that company, whatever it is. These companies are not in the business of mercy!I’m quite sure about what I’m saying and I’ve thought of a few scenarios. For example, let’s say your creative content has been posted to facebook. What’s to stop facebook from charging to read it? What’s to stop them from charging to access their site at some point, making even more money on your back? And let’s say you’ve been posting there for years. What are you going to do? Cut and paste? To your own site that has no traction?
Let’s talk about Udemy.com. That’s the site that hosts my video class, Finding Love With Astrology for me. They do not host it out of the goodness of their heart. They take a 50% cut! I agreed to these terms.
Udemy has hosted my class for several years. They’ve made changes over time. They’ve made new demands and the demands have become more aggressive over time.
Last night, March 8th, I got an email from Udemy. It informed me that the site had made an announcement on March 1st, as of April 1st, all courses would have to be priced between $20-$50. I was ordered to accept these terms and to go in and change the price of my course to something within that range OR….
Further, if I did nothing, on April 1st, Udemy would assume I had accepted the terms. They would then go in and change the price of my course for me, to something in the range of $20-$50, at their discretion – PERIOD.
Well, listen here, I’m not a Udemy slave! I set about moving my class last night. I unpublished it on Udemy, this morning. I’ll have it live on this blog within a day or so.
I’m posting this as word to wise. I got my notice from Udemy, eight days into the month before the deadline. Luckily, I have one course on Udemy. If you have ten or twenty or forty or one hundred or more, you’ve got a huge problem right now. And I hardly think this will be the last change.
Is someone else controlling your business? What have you seen out there, along these lines?