This year there will be a lot of changes on the internet. We have already seen the introduction of HTML5 and CSS3 that has completely changed the way that websites are built and has made Flash a thing of the past for most websites. ?One of the things that will also be extremely big this year is online video and there are a number of ways that you can make money online using online videos. One of the things that will be huge this year is videos embedded on sites and the effect that this has on SEO. It is actually thought that over the next few years, sites that don't have any video at all will not be ranked anywhere near the top position in Google and other major search engines so having an online video is absolutely paramount to your success as a business. It doesn't matter whether you have an online business or just a website for your online business, the truth of the matter is that having a video on your website will dramatically increase your chances of being ranked well. Of course, a better ranking means more visitors and more visitors means more customers. This then means more profit for your business. [caption id="attachment_368" align="alignnone" width="520" caption="YouTube: Popular video sharing website with money making potential."] [/caption] Another thing that will allow you to make money online with online videos is the fact that they will be more engaging for your visitors. It doesn't matter what your business consists of; you could be a restaurant, hotel or just a website selling a certain product; an online video could be used to explain what you do that's so great and set you apart from the crowd. The great thing about video is that you are also able to add them to many other websites which will help draw in visitors to your website even more. For example, there are a few business directories out there that allow you to add videos to your listing. There is even a company in Sheffield, UK that has created a video business directory that is solely focussed on video marketing for local businesses. Of course, you can still make money directly from online videos this year by putting your videos on websites like YouTube. YouTube allows you to put advertisements on your videos and you will be paid a small amount for each click that these ads get. This is great if you manage to create a popular video and get a lot of visitors. Online video is definitely the future of the internet and it already accounts for a huge percentage of traffic in the United States and many other countries. It is only set to get bigger this year too.