How to Add Social Media Icons and an External Link to YouTube Channel Banner (with video)

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.

Here’s how…please share this video with your social network.

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No Land Line? Bad Reception on Cell Phone? Here’s a $2.99 Solution

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.

PEACE.

How to Create a New Channel Banner for YouTube Using PowerPoint 2010 (with video)

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.

PEACE.

How to Create and Save Locations on the iPhone for Google Maps

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:

  1. Search for desired address. Map will appear with location name at the bottom.
  2. Tap location at the bottom and tap Save. Star turns gold when saved.

Now when I want to go somewhere and need voice commands:

  1. 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.
  2. Tap desired location, then tap travel time to display your current location along with where you’re going.
  3. 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:

  1. Navigate to the Maps history page (My Profile , Settings , Maps history).
  2. Touch the Edit button in the upper right to enter editing mode.
  3. Touch the red minus sign next to the entry you wish to delete, and click Delete in the confirmation window.
  4. 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.

 

PEACE.

How to Encrypt Files Before Moving to Dropbox

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.

PEACE.

Print Your Postage and Schedule Pickups to Save Time Shipping

DYMO Label Writer 450 Twin Turbo label printer, 71 Labels Per Minute, Black/Silver (1752266)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.

PEACE.

A No-Tech Way to Organize CDs, DVDs, or Books

I saw a colleague’s collection of CDs and flinched. What a mess! Here’s a quick way to organize items such as CDs, DVDs, or books.

Separate by:

        1. Genre, using broad categories (e.g., Mysteries, Technology, Jazz, etc.).
        2. Alpha order, by first name of artist/title/author.
        3. A colored dot, to denote the genre (e.g., red dot is mystery book).

With this system, when you need to put something back where it goes, it’s obvious where to start. When your system is logical, other people can also find something when they need it.

Have you created a system for organizing these items? If so, leave your tips in a comment.

 

PEACE.

What Do You Know That Can Be Packaged and Sold?

You know a lot about something…might even be an expert. Have you considered packaging your knowledge in small bites and selling it? Booklets might be one of your answers.

When I don’t have enough info for a whole book, I create little booklets. I just sent Finding Your Way on a PC with Windows 8 to press this week. I’m a professional speaker and have to have physical books/booklets to sell when I speak. I’ll also format for Kindle. My printed booklets are from 10-40 pages, various sizes, and packed full of no fluff content.

Here are a couple sample pages. I use Word for everything…it’s a powerful desktop publishing program. I can do everything myself so I always have the latest version of my stuff.

I use Word Styles for ease of formatting. The page size is changed to fit whatever size I want, plus .25 more for the trim. My Windows 8 booklet is sized at 3.75 x 8.75 with a finished size of 3.5 x 8.5.

Microsoft has always done a lousy job showing people just how powerful their software is in the real world. Table of contents, mirror margins, cross references, index…Word can do it all and keep up as page numbers change.

I create my booklet covers in PowerPoint. You’ll have to use special software, ImageExport, to bump up the dpi when you save as a picture (I have a video on YouTube about it and how to use it ImageExport (Part 1 of 3): Create High Resolution Graphics and Slides in PowerPoint?).

For printing, I use Smartpress.com. I love the prices, quality, the efficiency of their Website (no phone calls needed), fast work, paper choices, and they keep you posted every step of the way. I create high res PDF of inside pages and high res .jpg of covers, upload separate files, and they take it from there.? I always order an online proof.

So don’t let the fact that you don’t have enough information on a topic to write a book. Create a booklet instead.

Note: I might create an online course on using Word to create booklets. Join my private email list to stay connected.

PEACE.

Unfollow Posts That Have Lots of Comments–Google Plus

If you’ve ever commented on a post on Google Plus that’s popular, you may want to stop the notices you receive every time someone else comments. You can do this by muting the post…similar to Facebook’s Unfollow. This graphic shows you how easy it is to do it.

So don’t hold back your comments for fear of being inundated with updates. Listen in for awhile, add your two cents, then mute if you need to.

 

PEACE.