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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...

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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BofA Customers Can Now Earn Bonus Cashback at Starbucks

Sometimes I come across a story and just know that it's perfect for my weekly Quick Tip. That's exactly what happened when I saw that Starbucks was teaming up with Bank of America for a new partnership. Initially, I assumed that this was just a new Starbucks Rewards credit card...
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Travel Tuesday: Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel Review

Something funny about me is that, despite being a huge Disney fan who knows the parks like the back of my hand, I can count the number of times I've stayed on Walt Disney World property on just a few fingers. But, while continuing our Florida trip that saw us...
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A Quick Yale Assure Lock 2 Touch Review - Is it Worth the Cost?

Back in October, when it became clear that we were nearing our first home purchase, I highlighted three purchases we were making as soon as we closed on the house. One of those items was locks — including the possibility of purchasing a smart lock. Well, sure enough, we decided...
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How I Instantly Saved Money on My Adobe Subscription

It was nearly one year ago that I shared how I was putting several of my subscriptions on the chopping block and making other efforts to save money each month. As part of that push, I explored the idea of using other video and audio editing platforms so that I...