How do internet web series make money?

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I watch web series for free on YouTube. One thing I’ve always wondered is how do they make money.

When I say web series, I’m talking about shows that need in-person actors.

For example there’s this web series I watch which has six seasons. The episodes run about 10-20 mins and it’s backed by a company.

Why can’t the company just put the series on their website, wouldn’t they be likely to generate more money than if it was placed on YouTube.

P.S. Hope this meets the regulations.

Edit: Why would a company opt to put a series on the web as opposed to putting it on a streaming service or any other platform?

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YouTube generates incomes for content creators per 1,000 views past a certain limit. The amount of subscribers, length of views, retainment of views after your videos, revenue produced for YT, and etc. dictates how much money you make per 1,000 views. Next you get straight cash from advertisements that play before, during, and after your videos. Then you can have sponsorships inside the video or links in descriptions that bring in revenue as well. If you’re maximizing all the forms available it can be lucrative.

Edit for clarity.

>Why can’t the company just put the series on their website, wouldn’t they be likely to generate more more than if it was placed on YouTube.

With the series on YouTube, they gain a few advantages. They don’t have to pay for hosting, and they get cross advertising from YouTube search results and recommendations. Having it on their site costs for hosting, and doesn’t help anyone discover their website.

putting a video on your website does not generate any money. someone has to pay you. are they paying to watch your video

with enough distribution you can sell a series through google, apple, and other video services. but, someone has to find it and buy it