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article imageMan makes $25,000 after posting video of himself on MetaCafe.com

By malan     Jan 28, 2007 in Business
Wanna make millions of fans and tons of cash? Start posting your videos.
Joe Eigo, a martial arts expert and aspiring film maker decided to film a video of himself doing gravity defying acrobatics. The footage is amazing. He appears to have spring loaded feet as he flips, back flips, jumps, twists and kicks all over the place in parks, on the streets and in a gym. Pretty cool video right? But a money maker? Probably not.
The video was uploaded to popular video website MetaCafe.com in hopes to spark his aspiring film making career and it took off like wildfire The video began receiving thousands of views and Joe started receiving royalty checks.
To date Joe has earned millions of fans (over 5 Million views) and a hefty $25,000.00 in cash due to the video's popularity.
The video has been one of the top videos in Metacafe's Producer Rewards scheme for weeks, earning him over $25,000 in just a few months. Joe has said that previously he was spending thousands of dollars just to keep it running on his own Web site.
Metacafe's scheme pays producers $5 for every thousand views a video gets on the site. It starts to pay out after it reaches 20,000 views, implying a minimum payment of $100.
For Eigo the success of his Matrix video is a dream come true.
"I was really surprised," said Eigo, who occasionally lands stunt man roles in movie and theater productions. "I've bought some books to learn how to manage the money."
With stories like this, why would Google not expand YouTube to pay users for uploading videos as well... oh wait. They are - read this article.
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