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Rebranding a YouTube Channel: Pros, Cons, and How-Tos

As of January 2024, my Money@30 YouTube channel is no more. Okay, so the channel I've worked for years to build up and make profitable hasn't really gone away — it just has a new name. Earlier this year, I decided to rebrand it from Money@30 (matching this site, of...
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Current Rewards (Current Music) iOS App Review

Some time ago, Instagram introduced me to an app called Current Rewards — also known as Current Music (and not to be confused with the neobanking app Current). For a time, I got pretty into it and even purchased the Mode Phone, which took the Current Rewards concept to a...
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What I Learned From Making YouTube Shorts for 30 Days in a Row

Last fall, I wrote about my experience making my very first YouTube Short. After crafting those initial few Shorts, I largely gave up on the format for whatever reason. But, when fellow creator Jeff Rose suggested a 30 Day Shorts Challenge, I decided to take him up on the idea....
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A Look at the YouTube Creator Music Platform for Song Licensing

Have you ever posted a YouTube video and then looked at your dashboard to discover that your content had been claimed due to a song you used? In some cases, these situations could mean that the copyright holder of a song you used would suddenly get part (or all) of...
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Envato Elements Review: How Does the Stock Asset Option Stack Up?

A few years ago, I discovered that incorporating stock footage into my YouTube videos made my job as video editor much easier while also adding more energy to my finished product. When I first started with stock video, I had a subscription to what was then known as Videoblocks and...
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YouTube Shorts: Creating My First Short and What I Learned

Over the course of the five years that I've been publishing content on YouTube, the platform has seen a number of changes. Yet, what is perhaps the biggest update to the site arrived stateside last year with the introduction of YouTube Shorts. Even more recently, the offering made headlines (including...
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"Smart Brevity" Book Review — Can it Help Improve Your Writing?

I'm not 100% sure when it was that I first heard about the site Axios. Regardless, these days, I'm subscribed to several of their newsletters, regularly visit their website, and may or may not have already taken some inspiration from them when revamping the news style of the Disney site...
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Blogging Tools: AI Writing Generator Test

Previously when I kicked off my Blogging Tools series, I shared a look at some services you can use to improve your writing by fixing grammatical and spelling errors. Well, today, we're taking things to a new level and looking at tools that will actually do the writing for you!...
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Blogging Tools: Writing and Grammar Tools

It's been a while since I've written about writing. While this section of my site has sat up next to more frequently covered topics such as Travel, I haven't explored the meta opportunities of blogging about the practice of blogging for far too long. So, today, I'm working to correct...

Stock Video Footage: Pros, Cons, and Options for YouTube Creators

This may shock you, but not everything you see on YouTube is 100% produced by the creator uploading the video ;)  Instead, in some cases, they may be using what's called "stock footage" to accompany their talking head clips or voiceover. So where do these creators find such clips —...
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4 Tools That Could Help "Level Up" Your YouTube Game

Amazingly, it's now been just over five years since I uploaded my first YouTube video. What's more, as I just learned by happenstance, I've apparently uploaded 200 videos to my channel. As you can probably imagine, since that first video, a lot has changed. Beyond changes to my scripting, structure,...
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How I Create My Video Reviews for YouTube

Let me cut to the chase: this week, my YouTube channel officially surpassed 10,000 subscribers. This is something I never really expected when I launched my channel a few years back and, while I'm not one to wrap my self-worth up in such metrics, I am incredibly proud of this...
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