For better organization of your YouTube videos and to improve your viewers’ experience, use playlists to group similar ones. From the YouTube Playbook, “You can create playlists using your own content, other channels’ videos, or a combination of both. Playlists can be used as an organizational tool and creators can create playlists as a linear viewing experience for their audience. Playlists can be featured on your channel, linked-to via annotations, and appear in search results and suggested videos.
Playlists should be an essential part of your channel strategy to increase watch-time and develop a programmed experience for your viewer.”
Here’s how to work with playlists on YouTube.
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Have you wanted to add a URL or some additional contact information to your video descriptions on YouTube? Perhaps you’ve wanted to change monetization or some other setting to multiple videos. You’ll be delighted to discover that you don’t have to change each video individually!
This video shows you how to make multiple changes at once.
Now isn’t that just the best time saver?!
Note: You can also change your video defaults. For example, when I upload a new video to YouTube, I have some details on how to CONNECT WITH US in the video description. This information appears automatically.
My goal is to record more how to videos and increase my subscriber base, Likes, and Shares and YouTube. When you watch my videos, LIKE it with a thumbs up, SHARE with your social network, and SUBSCRIBE to my channel so you’ll know first when I’ve added more. Here’s a how-to video I made to show you how. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CLICK.
IMPORTANT: Don’t click the Facebook SHARE icon to place on your wall because a Share option will not appear with the video, so your friends can’t share (unless they click the timestamp on the update…which most people don’t know to do this).
COPY and PASTE the video URL instead.
Thank you. PEACE.
When you upload a video on YouTube, you can already have defaults set so you don’t have to keep making the same changes. For example, when I upload a new video, I want it to stay private until after I add my annotations; I have text I want in every description; my category is always the same Science and Technology, and so on. I can always change this on individual videos when needed.
Here’s a video I just recorded that will show you how to set this up.
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In a previous blog post, I showed you how to create a banner for your YouTube channel using PowerPoint 2010. The video below shows how I added an external link to my main Website and various social media sites to the banner.
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I got rid of my land line at least two years ago and haven’t missed it because I don’t talk on the phone often, and I travel a lot. But when I’m home and do want to talk, I’d have to stand in the doorway of my kitchen and hold my head at a certain angle. Otherwise, the reception would be spotty and, eventually, the call would be dropped.
DING! Problem solved. I signed up for unlimited calls using Skype for $2.99 a month. I can call land lines and cell phones in the US and Canada and talk as long as I want. They also have plans for calling other countries. I could use a headset with mic, but most of the time, I use my external microphone and speakers that I usually have connected to my laptop.
Calls are crystal clear, and I’m hands-free!
SMH. Couldn’t believe I’m just now setting this up. That is what I call a digital breakthrough.
YouTube has made more design changes, eliminating the background and replacing it with a banner. Now, no matter which device someone views your channel on, they’ll see a consistent design that works. I used my favorite software, PowerPoint, to create the new banner.
YouTube has a requirement that your artwork has to be 2120 pixels wide and 1192 pixels tall. You’ll receive an error if it’s too small. PowerPoint doesn’t size in pixels, so I had to convert these measurements to inches (AuctionRepair.com/pixels.html is the site I used). The pixels converted to 22.08 inches wide and 12.42 inches in height, using the 96 flat panel display option. This ended up being a perfect fit.
Here’s a how-to video I just recorded to show you how to use PowerPoint to create your new banner and how to upload it to your YouTube channel.
Let me know how yours turns out. Leave a link in comments.
As someone with absolutely zero sense of direction, I need all the help I can get. I’ve created some maps at maps.google.com, and was anxious to use these saved locations. I downloaded the Chrome browser to my iPhone so I could see my saved maps (only way I know how…if you know otherwise, please leave a comment).
Getting to my maps via Chrome didn’t feel convenient enough so I started creating Saved Locations directly on the iPhone. Here’s how I’m doing it. If you know of a better way, please leave a comment (I know about tapping and holding down the map pin, but I ended up saving addresses I didn’t want).
Create Saved Locations
On iPhone and inside Google Maps app:
- Search for desired address. Map will appear with location name at the bottom.
- Tap location at the bottom and tap Save. Star turns gold when saved.
Now when I want to go somewhere and need voice commands:
- Tap the Profile icon in the Google Maps app. You’ll see all your Saved Locations listed under Home/Work in the “Recently Saved and Shared” section.
- Tap desired location, then tap travel time to display your current location along with where you’re going.
- Tap travel time again then, tap Start.
When I’m headed back home, I click the up/down arrows for reverse directions. Nice! I don’t see how to describe the locations, but at least now I’ll have driving directions a tap or two away.
UPDATE: I’ve figured out how to add location name (description) to a saved map. When I search for a location, I add the business name to the search. Then when I click to save it, that name is there too! For example, I wanted to add my closest post office to maps. When I searched, I typed “Post Office, then the street address, city and state.” When I saved the directions, the words “Post Office” appeared with the address. Hope this makes sense.
Edit Saved Locations
You can edit, including delete, your saved locations using Maps history. To view your Maps history on the iPhone:
- Navigate to the Maps history page (My Profile , Settings , Maps history).
- Touch the Edit button in the upper right to enter editing mode.
- Touch the red minus sign next to the entry you wish to delete, and click Delete in the confirmation window.
- Once you’re done editing, click the checkmark icon in the top-right corner of the screen to exit out of editing mode.
Remember to let me know if you know some shortcuts.
A lot of us use Dropbox to securely store files online for easy access, especially when using multiple devices. Do any of your files need to be encrypted for even better securityt? http://www.axantum.com/axcrypt/ is free. AxCrypt is the leading open source file encryption software for Windows. It integrates seamlessly with Windows to compress, encrypt, decrypt, store, send and work with individual files.
Encrypt the file first, then move to Dropbox.
It’s so easy and convenient to ship letters and packages these days. I print my USPS postage using my Dymo LabelWriter. Then I schedule the pickup online at USPS.com. The letter carrier knocks on my door for the package the next day.
Need shipping labels? You can use this Dymo unit to print them. I also created my own shipping labels in Microsoft Word. Here is a video to show you how.
You can spend a little time now and set all this up and save so many hours later.