YouTube http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1950/all en-US What Artists and Fans Should Know About Tipping Sites Like Patreon http://www.wisebread.com/what-artists-and-fans-should-know-about-tipping-sites-like-patreon <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-artists-and-fans-should-know-about-tipping-sites-like-patreon" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/learning_his_chords_online.jpg" alt="Learning his chords online" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The internet has built an ever-evolving community where budding artists, musicians, and actors can create digital content for the masses to enjoy. We live in the age of YouTube celebrities who earn millions of dollars in income in a single year. It's an arrangement that provides benefits for both the creators and the consumers of the content.</p> <p>However, the YouTube marketplace, in particular, has shifted recently. In 2016, YouTube announced <a href="https://marketingland.com/google-updates-youtube-creator-guidelines-ad-friendly-content-216686" target="_blank">new advertising guidelines</a> that limited what types of content could collect ad revenue. And over the past few years, major brands have chosen to pull their ad content from YouTube to prevent their brands being associated with &quot;incendiary&quot; or controversial content.</p> <p>The end result is that many creators don't earn as much from ad revenue as they used to. That shift has led to a new norm for amateur and professional artists &mdash; fans financially backing the YouTuber's they follow with their own money.</p> <p>Understanding the value of the content, many fans help fund the projects of creators. In order to facilitate that exchange, creators have turned to crowdfunding and tip services like <a href="https://www.patreon.com/" target="_blank">Patreon</a>. It's the digital version of the street performer collecting tips in his busker hat. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-peer-lending-can-boost-your-wallet?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Ways Peer Lending Can Boost Your Wallet</a>)</p> <p>Patreon and similar services provide a platform for content creators to connect with fans and collect tips that have been pledged every month. Patreon is the main tip service that individuals with online side-hustles use. A few alternatives to Patreon are <a href="https://en.liberapay.com/" target="_blank">Liberapay</a>, <a href="https://gratipay.com/" target="_blank">Gratipay</a>, and <a href="https://www.tipeee.com/" target="_blank">Tipeee</a>.</p> <h2>How does Patreon work?</h2> <p>Fans and artists sign up for accounts, which allows fans to easily give artists they enjoy monthly tips. Patreon and other tip services don't own the content. Access to the services doesn't require a contract that prohibits other forms of ad or brand deals.</p> <p>The creator is given an account where they can:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Interact with their fans.</p> </li> <li> <p>Track the growth in pledges over time.</p> </li> <li> <p>Analyze data on their content's performance.</p> </li> <li> <p>Create fan rewards for different levels of support.</p> </li> </ul> <p>Fans are given an account where they can:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Manage their pledges.</p> </li> <li> <p>Interact with creators.</p> </li> <li> <p>Keep track of new content and posts released by the creators they support.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>What's the cost?</h2> <p>Nothing is free. The good news is that neither the fans nor the creators pay a direct yearly or monthly membership fee.</p> <p>Patreon is a business that functions by collecting fees from fan pledges to creators. The amount that Patreon collects from the pledge before it is delivered to the creator is based on how much money in pledges is collected from the fan each month.</p> <p>So, say a fan pledges $10 on Patreon, the creator can expect to receive around $9 (about 90 percent).</p> <p>Where does the other 10 percent go? Patreon keeps 5 percent. On top of that, around 5 percent in transaction fees are removed from the tip.</p> <p>If the pledge comes from a fan that lives in the European Union, creators should also expect to see that a Value Added Tax (VAT) has been removed from the pledge. Due to that fact, an artist located in the EU shouldn't need to pay any additional VAT tax for Patreon income.</p> <h2>Taxes for creators</h2> <p>Professionals that use a tip service should expect to pay taxes on the income. In the U.S., the income is taxed if it's over $600.</p> <p>Don't try to dodge paying the taxes on the tips received. This isn't an under the table tip that you can get away with not paying. Patreon will have all creators fill out either a W9 Form (U.S. residents) or a W-8BEN form (Non-U.S. residents). The income paid out to each creator will be reported to the United States International Revenue Service.</p> <p>Artists in the U.S. who earn more than $20,000 in pledges will receive a 1099-K form at the end of the year. If they don't quite hit that threshold, Patreon will email a report that details their income earned. New U.S.-based creators who make content as a side-gig or a freelance career should keep in mind that they might be required to file their taxes each quarter. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-freelancers-and-side-giggers-need-to-know-about-income-taxes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">What Freelancers and Side Giggers Need to Know About Income Taxes</a>)</p> <h2>Taxes for nonprofit artists</h2> <p>Creators who are legally recognized as a not-for-profit might not need to pay income tax on the pledges received. They should, at the very least, keep track of all donation pledges received through Patreon and any reward given in return for the donation.</p> <h2>Taxes for fans</h2> <p>Donations made to charitable campaigns by not-for-profit artists are tax-deductible in some countries. In the U.S., in order to file a charitable donation as a tax deduction, the patron needs to deduct the value of a reward or gift received for the donation.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fwhat-artists-and-fans-should-know-about-tipping-sites-like-patreon&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FWhat%2520You%2520Need%2520To%2520Know%2520About%2520Tipping%2520Sites.png&amp;description=What%20Artists%20and%20Fans%20Should%20Know%20About%20Tipping%20Sites%20Like%20Patreon"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/What%20You%20Need%20To%20Know%20About%20Tipping%20Sites.png" alt="What You need To Know About Tipping Sites" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/samantha-stauf">Samantha Stauf</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-artists-and-fans-should-know-about-tipping-sites-like-patreon">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-social-media-stars-who-earn-way-more-than-you">5 Social Media Stars Who Earn Way More Than You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-on-halloween">15 Ways to Make Money on Halloween</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-money-making-hobbies">10 Awesome Money-Making Hobbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-great-side-jobs-for-book-lovers">6 Great Side Jobs for Book Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-clever-ways-people-are-making-money-from-pok-mon-go">8 Clever Ways People Are Making Money From Pokémon GO</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Extra Income crowdfunding crowdfunding sites fans patreon starving artists tips YouTube Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:30:11 +0000 Samantha Stauf 2029865 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Social Media Stars Who Earn Way More Than You http://www.wisebread.com/5-social-media-stars-who-earn-way-more-than-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-social-media-stars-who-earn-way-more-than-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_89861415_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="social media stars that earn more than you" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Did you know that there are thousands of people out there earning incredible amounts of money through social media? That's right, social media stars can make thousands, even millions of dollars per year through sponsored posts, original content, and consistent engagement with their followers. Here are five social media celebs who might make you want to quit your job to go full-time on Instagram!</p> <h2>1. Brandon Stanton</h2> <p>In 2010, Stanton lost his job and decided to start taking photos of random people in New York City. At the time, he had no idea that posting Humans of New York on Facebook would lead him to over 12 million likes and a career in public speaking, photography, and writing. It has also lead him to amazing contributions to local and international charities.</p> <p>Stanton takes beautiful portraits and captions them with touching stories. These photos and stories were so sharable that many of them went viral on Facebook in just a few hours.</p> <p>While Stanton hasn't publicly disclosed his income, he has expressed on a Reddit thread that he was never in it for a payout and he gave over a half a million dollars to charity in a six month period alone.</p> <p>His work on collaborations, occasional magazine spreads, speeches, and media appearances keep him afloat. Stanton added, &quot;I signed two book deals which pay the rent. Also, I live cheaply.&quot;</p> <p>The man is an inspiration to millions and he continues to showcase different people's fascinating life stories through his work. His 50-day trip to 10 countries in the Middle East helped to shed light on the situation in the region. If you haven't seen his work, check out Humans of New York on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/humansofnewyork/">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/humansofny/?hl=en">Instagram</a>.</p> <p><strong>Followers</strong>: 17.75M (Facebook), 5.5M (Instagram)</p> <p><strong>Platform</strong>: Facebook &amp; Instagram</p> <p><strong>Earnings</strong>: Undisclosed</p> <h2>2. Sean McBride</h2> <p>This Snapchat master earns his money through drawing and photo mash-ups on the popular video-based social media platform. He taught himself how to draw by learning from other artists' work and today he can make tens of thousands of dollars from a single advertising deal on his Snapchat account.</p> <p>According to Forbes, McBride can earn several thousand dollars per image! Who is paying Sean all of this money for Snapchat images? Brands like Taco Bell, Disney, and numerous television networks have been his sponsors, and many of his deals have been for over $30,000. Not bad for an online artist!</p> <p>McBride goes by the name of &quot;Shonduras&quot; on Snapchat, he is the platform's first big celebrity, and he's one of the first people to make real money from Snapchat art. If you love Snapchat, you might want to follow Sean to get some ideas on how to become a successful Snapchat artist.</p> <p><strong>Followers</strong>: Undisclosed</p> <p><strong>Platform</strong>: Snapchat</p> <p><strong>Earnings</strong>: $100K+ per week</p> <h2>3. Brittany Furlan</h2> <p>Brittany has made her fortune through <a href="https://vine.co/brittanyfurlan">her wildly entertaining short Vine videos</a>. Her quirky and fun clips have earned her 9.8 million followers and a lucrative career in acting and social media.</p> <p>The vines have led her to create a new sketch show with Seth Green. In December of 2015, Brittany told The New Yorker that for every million followers she gets, <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/12/15/hollywood-vine">she can add another $5,000 to the price tag for a branded Vine</a>.</p> <p>Using this calculation, it's not unlikely that Furlan is earning around $49,000 for a six-second vine posted to her 9.8 million followers. That's equal to nearly a half a million dollars per hour!</p> <p><strong>Followers</strong>: 9.8 million</p> <p><strong>Platform</strong>: Vine</p> <p><strong>Earnings</strong>: $49K per video</p> <h2>4. PewDiePie</h2> <p>The granddaddy of all Internet earners, it is estimated that <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/PewDiePie">PewDiePie's gaming channel</a> generated over $12 million in 2015, according to Forbes. The amazing thing is that Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg is earning his income by playing video games and publishing them on YouTube.</p> <p>The next time your parents tell you that gaming is a waste of time, you may want to lead them to Felix's YouTube channel and tell them that you're trying to make a career out of it.</p> <p><strong>Subscribers</strong>: 45.5M</p> <p><strong>Platform</strong>: YouTube</p> <p><strong>Earnings</strong>: $12M per year</p> <h2>5. Rhett &amp; Link</h2> <p>These two southern boys have a hilarious and extremely <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/RhettandLink">entertaining YouTube Channel</a> featuring &quot;Good Mythical Morning,&quot; a sort of off-the-wall morning show for people who want to have a good laugh with their coffee.</p> <p>According to Forbes, the duo earned over $4.5 million from YouTube sponsorships and ads in 2015 working with numerous brands including Wendy's, Gillette, and Toyota. These guys are my personal favorite on this list and I find myself tuning into <a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJ49NV73ttrs52WlwbXLctNtOMxlbZ3VO">Good Mythical Morning</a> whenever it appears in my feed.</p> <p><strong>Subscribers</strong>: 4.1M</p> <p><strong>Platform</strong>: YouTube</p> <p><strong>Earnings</strong>: $4.5M per year</p> <h2>Can Anyone Do It?</h2> <p>Of course, just like any superstar career, it is possible for pretty much anyone to make money from social media, but the fact is that it's highly unlikely to be as successful as these stars. These people are just like the actors who walk the red carpet in Hollywood, in that they've made it where few people have ever gone before. They've struck gold and that's not easy to replicate.</p> <p>While it may not be easy to earn a full-time income from social media, it's an exciting prospect, and if you're passionate about it, hopefully you'll be inspired by these people who are really making a living at it.</p> <p><em>Have you ever made any money from social media? Share your experience in the comments below!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-social-media-stars-who-earn-way-more-than-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-surprising-ways-social-media-stars-make-money">5 Surprising Ways Social Media Stars Make Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-34-smart-ways-to-improve-your-social-media-presence">Flashback Friday: 34 Smart Ways to Improve Your Social Media Presence</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-one-social-media-micro-star-gets-lots-of-free-stuff">How I Scored Tons of Free Stuff By Building a Small Social Media Audience</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-social-media-can-save-you-money">6 Ways Social Media Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-on-halloween">15 Ways to Make Money on Halloween</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Extra Income Facebook instagram money side gig snapchat social media social media stars twitter YouTube Mon, 05 Sep 2016 10:30:15 +0000 Nick Wharton 1784423 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 $100k+ Jobs You Can Do Online http://www.wisebread.com/8-100k-jobs-you-can-do-online <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-100k-jobs-you-can-do-online" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_makeup_kit_000084480065.jpg" alt="Woman finding online jobs that can earn $100K" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Work no longer has to be a place. As the world of web-entrepreneurship and digital nomadic life becomes more and more mainstream, people are starting to realize that it's easier than ever to make good money online. These aren't get rich quick schemes by any means, and it will take a considerable amount of time and commitment to truly excel in these fields, but who doesn't want to earn $100K per year from virtually anywhere in the world? Here are five jobs that can help you do just that.</p> <h2>1. Travel Blogger</h2> <p>If you thought that travel blogging was just a hobby, you're not alone. In fact, before I started <a href="http://www.goatsontheroad.com/">my travel blog</a> in 2011, I had no idea that I would one day be earning over $10,000 a month after tax, doing what I love.</p> <p>The great thing about becoming a travel blogger is the perks that come along with the salary. $100,000 a year sounds great, but when you couple that with airlines flying you for free and tourism boards paying for all of your accommodations, food, and travel, it's pretty much the ultimate dream job.</p> <p>Travel bloggers who are doing it right barely have any day-to-day expenses, despite the fact that they&rsquo;re living a life fit for millionaires. Because there are literally thousands of travel blogs online, the market is definitely saturated, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to etch out a niche and make real money from this line of work.</p> <p>If you want to leave your cubicle behind and turn the world into your office, consider learning <a href="http://www.goatsontheroad.com/how-to-start-a-travel-blog/">how to start travel a blog</a> today. It could change your life.</p> <h3>$100K+ Examples:</h3> <ul> <li>Matt Karsten &mdash; <a href="http://expertvagabond.com/paid-to-travel-world/">Expert Vagabond</a></li> <li>Caz and Craig &mdash; <a href="http://ytravelblog.com/">yTravelBlog</a></li> <li>Natalie Sisson &mdash; <a href="http://suitcaseentrepreneur.com/">Suitcase Entrepreneur</a></li> <li>Nick &amp; Dariece - <a href="http://goatsontheroad.com">Goats On The Road</a></li> </ul> <h2>2. Internet Poker Player</h2> <p>If you love a good game of five-card stud, this job may just sound like it's too good to be true. The fact that you can sit on your computer and play digital poker, while looking out at a Caribbean beach, is a dreamlike thought for sure.</p> <p>But for online gamblers like Patrick Leonard, it is not uncommon to have single days where winnings break the $100,000 mark. Forget making more than six-figures per year, this guy once earned $220,000 on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Hungary (where he currently lives).</p> <p>It should be noted that most estimates point to 90% of all online poker players coming out on the losing end, which is why online poker sites make so much money. But if you're a freakishly good poker player like Patrick, you could make it rain digital dollars all over the world.</p> <h3>$100K+ Examples:</h3> <ul> <li>Diego Ventura</li> <li>Patrick Leonard</li> </ul> <h2>3. Web Designer</h2> <p>Designing websites can be a lucrative career, especially if you build a name for yourself and you start having big brands knocking on your door, asking you to pimp their blogs. Of course becoming a web designer isn't something you can do overnight.</p> <p>Have you ever seen the code behind a website? It's an entire language that you have to learn before you can start to customize the look of the web. But if you have a background in CSS, HTML, PHP, and other geeky web acronyms, then you can probably earn a good living from your computer, no matter where you are in the world.</p> <h3>$100K+ Examples:</h3> <ul> <li>Scott Eldridge &mdash; <a href="http://www.eldowebdesign.co.uk/">Eldo Web Design</a></li> <li>Preston Lee &mdash; <a href="http://millo.co/">millo.co</a></li> <li>Paul Jarvis &mdash; <a href="http://creativeclass.io/">creativeclass.io</a></li> </ul> <h2>4. Day Trader</h2> <p>For some reason, the sound of day trading on the stock market already has a wealthy ring to it. You may picture a dude with slicked back hair, holding a glass of scotch while betting on the changing stock market from a five-star hotel in Maui. Well, if you go to successful day trader <a href="http://wanderingtrader.com/about/">Marcello Arrambide's website</a>, you'll see just that.</p> <p>Like online poker playing, making money as a day trader is a gamble and if you have no prior experience, you're likely to lose before you gain &mdash; but this job is no joke. Some top earners are making upward of $20,000 a month, and they can do it from anywhere that has a decent Wi-Fi connection.</p> <h3>$100K+ Examples:</h3> <ul> <li>Marcello Arrambide &mdash; <a href="http://wanderingtrader.com/about/">The Wandering Trader</a></li> <li>Steve Gomez &mdash; <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/sgomez858">Today Trader</a></li> </ul> <h2>5. Travel Writer</h2> <p>The difference between a travel <em>writer </em>and a travel <em>blogger </em>is that a travel writer is getting paid to write for other publications, while a travel blogger is probably making most (or all) of their income from writing on their own site.</p> <p>Earning six figures a year as a freelance writer is a difficult job indeed. Tim Leffel, one of the world's leading experts in travel writing, explains that making money as a freelance writer is truly a world of feast and famine. One minute you can have numerous publications waiting to feature you, while the next, you may be barely earning anything, just waiting for an assignment.</p> <p>Despite the relative uncertainty of income, some of the world's top-earning travel writers do take home $100K a year or more and they live a life that many of us could only dream of. Exploring the world, getting published in big magazines, and sharing their stories and adventures with millions of people. What a life.</p> <h3>$100K+ Examples:</h3> <ul> <li>Tim Leffel &mdash; <a href="http://travelwriting2.com/about/">Travel Writing 2.0</a></li> <li>Carol Tice &mdash; <a href="http://www.makealivingwriting.com/about-carol/">Make a Living Writing</a></li> </ul> <h2>6. YouTuber</h2> <p>If you read the word &quot;YouTuber&quot; and immediately thought that there's no way anyone is making real money from uploading videos to YouTube, you might just pass out when I tell you that the top earning YouTuber, Felix Kjellberg, is grossing over $12 million per annum.</p> <p>The 25-year-old Swede runs the popular gaming channel PewDiePie, and he is not alone in making millions of dollars from Internet videos. Rhett McLaughlin and Charles Lincoln Neal III made over $4 million in 2015 and there are literally dozens of other creators making seven to eight figures per year from their YouTube channels.</p> <p>For channels to earn this much money, they have to have a huge following. The top 10 YouTubers have a combined subscriber base of more than 230 million viewers and their most watched videos have had more views than the 2015 Super Bowl.</p> <p>Taking all of this into consideration, it's no surprise that these artists are making big money. If you're just starting out as a YouTuber, it may feel like you have nobody watching your videos, but if you promote yourself and market your channel properly, you could one day earn a solid income from embedded ads and sponsorships.</p> <h3>$100K+ Examples:</h3> <ul> <li>Felix Kjellberg &mdash; <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/PewDiePie/videos?view=0&amp;flow=grid&amp;sort=p">PewDiePie</a></li> <li>Rhett and Link &mdash; <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/rhettandlink2">Good Mythical Morning</a></li> </ul> <h2>7. App Programmer</h2> <p>Have you ever played the game Candy Crush on your smartphone? While you were aligning jelly beans and stopping chocolate blockers, you probably weren't aware that the app currently earns an estimated&nbsp;<a href="https://thinkgaming.com/app-sales-data/2/candy-crush-saga/">$1,176,816 per day</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Of course, the average programmer isn't going to make as much as Toby Rowland, the creator of the Sugar Crush Saga, but there are many app developers out there making good money from their digital creations.</p> <p>Simon Fairbairn and Erin McNeaney of <a href="http://www.neverendingvoyage.com/">Never Ending Voyage</a> have created a brilliant travel app called <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trail-wallet-travel-budget/id547171665?mt=8">Trail Wallet</a> that is selling very well in the App Store and earning them a reliable income. The app helps travelers to track their budget and has been downloaded thousands of times from the app store.</p> <h3>$100K+ Examples:</h3> <ul> <li>Tasnim Ahmed &mdash; <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/santa-claus-merry-christmas/id764935420?mt=8">Santa Claus Photo Booth</a></li> <li>Ethan Nicholas &mdash; <a href="http://appadvice.com/appnn/2009/02/ishoot-developer-makes-600000-in-one-month">iShoot</a></li> </ul> <h2>8. Affiliate Marketing Guru</h2> <p>What is affiliate marketing? According to Pat Flynn, founder of the <a href="http://smartpassiveincome.com/">Smart Passive Income Blog</a>: &quot;It's the process of earning a commission by promoting other people's (or company's) products. You find a product you like, promote it to others, and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.&quot;</p> <p>Forget earning $100,000 a year, Pat earns that every month and he does so using a passive income model, which means he doesn't spend every waking hour of his life on his computer. His blog is the most informative on the subject and he helps to teach others how to make a full-time income from affiliate sales.</p> <p>While having a blog with a huge amount of traffic like Pat's definitely helps to generate sales, there are plenty of people with much less traffic who are still making a lot of money through affiliate marketing. If earning money in your sleep sounds appealing to you, you may want to check out Pat's blog and consider starting your own blog today.</p> <h3>$100K+ Examples:</h3> <ul> <li>Pat Flynn &mdash; <a href="http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/">Smart Passive Income</a></li> <li>Steve Scott &mdash; <a href="http://www.stevescottsite.com/affiliate-marketing-strategies">SteveScottSite.com</a></li> </ul> <h2>You Can Do It &hellip;</h2> <p>These jobs may have once been reserved for people with fancy degrees, a background in technology, or Internet geniuses, but these days there are enough resources online that pretty much anyone can make money from their computers.</p> <p>Like the people in the examples above, you could work hard and one day be earning a six-figure income from your laptop. The great thing about computer work is that you can start it in your free time, while you&rsquo;re still working your normal job. If your online business takes off, you can retire to a life of digital freedom.</p> <p><em>Have you or someone you know earned a good income online? How did it work? Share with us in the comments below.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-100k-jobs-you-can-do-online&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520100k%2520Dollar%2520Plus%2520Jobs%2520You%2520Can%2520Do%2520Online.jpg&amp;description=8%20100k%20Dollar%20Plus%20Jobs%20You%20Can%20Do%20Online"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20100k%20Dollar%20Plus%20Jobs%20You%20Can%20Do%20Online.jpg" alt="8 $100k+ Jobs You Can Do Online" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-100k-jobs-you-can-do-online">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-work-from-home-jobs-for-people-who-hate-talking-on-the-phone">7 Work-From-Home Jobs for People Who Hate Talking on the Phone</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-terrible-work-from-home-jobs-you-should-avoid">8 Terrible Work-From-Home &quot;Jobs&quot; You Should Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-keep-your-job-hunt-from-busting-your-budget">How to Keep Your Job Hunt From Busting Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting day trader high paying jobs online jobs poker six figures travel work from home YouTube Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:30:05 +0000 Nick Wharton 1721733 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Best Money Saving Channels on YouTube http://www.wisebread.com/9-best-money-saving-channels-on-youtube <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-best-money-saving-channels-on-youtube" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tablet_youtube_19991493.jpg" alt="Finding great money saving channels on YouTube" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What don't you use YouTube for? From learning how to reseal your kitchen sink to entertaining yourself with weird cat videos, YouTube has it all. YouTube can also help you save money, and I'm not just talking about saving money on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out">free workout videos</a> or cooking lessons, though those are also great ways to save big.</p> <p>There are several money-saving gurus on YouTube, and their channels are full of moneymaking tips and advice and hacks on how to live frugally. Here are just a few of my favorites. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-free-ways-to-learn-something-new?ref=seealso">15 Free Ways to Learn Something New</a>)</p> <h2>1. Do It On a Dime</h2> <p>If you love organizational tips, Dollar Tree hacks, and affordable home décor DIYs, then this is the channel for you. Kathryn from&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/DoItOnaDime">Do It On a Dime</a> has hundreds of videos that are fun to watch and provide practical, everyday tips to save money and organize on a budget, as well as recipes and crafts that are inexpensive. She also has a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.doitonadimeblog.com/">complementary blog</a> where she uploads free printables for budgeting and organizing.</p> <h2>2. Fun Cheap or Free</h2> <p>If you ever watched TLC's <em>Extreme Cheapskates</em>, you might have seen Jordan Page as one of the first guests on the show. Jordan Page has a huge personality and her YouTube channel&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/funcheaporfree">FunCheapOrFree</a> has great saving tips for all areas of your life. Jordan also posts money-saving videos on a collab channel,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOkj-s4rIxaomMRNAnA3aQuZlNCJS5XAF">Millennial Moms</a>. From how to cut boys' hair yourself, to making money with chicken, to taking pictures of all of your receipts so you are never without it when you make a return, you will be entertained thoroughly by all of Jordan's frugal hacks and ideas.</p> <h2>3. The Encouraging Homeschool Mom</h2> <p>Jamerrill Stewart is a mom of seven children and used Dave Ramsey's book to get her family out of debt many years ago. Now, she posts videos on her channel&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/Nurs4jc">The Encouraging Homeschool Mom</a>, on how she clothes her whole family with thrift store finds and feeds them all for under $200 a week through once-a-month shopping. She also has many videos on home schooling and encouragement. She is a sweet soul who will resonate with many mom viewers.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theencouraginghomeschoolmom.com/">Her blog</a> is also full of free or affordable home schooling deals.</p> <h2>4. The Krazy Coupon Lady</h2> <p>You will find fun and engaging videos on how to save from best-selling authors and bloggers, Heather Wheeler and Joanie Demer. They are the two women behin&nbsp;<a href="http://thekrazycouponlady.com/">The Krazy Coupon Lady</a>.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/TheKrazyCouponLady">Their YouTube channel</a> is also full of specific money-saving strategies for certain stores and websites.</p> <h2>5. Hip2Save</h2> <p>Love coupon deals and breakdowns but have a hard time keeping up with them? The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/hip2save">Hip 2 Save</a> channel with Collin Morgan uploads the best deals of the week, as well as how to save money at Target. Her DIY videos will also inspire you to make your own Larabars and gift closet.</p> <h2>6. Exploring Alternatives</h2> <p>Mat and Danielle are minimalist nomads who enjoy long-term travel and living in their camper van. Their channel,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/explorealternatives">Exploring Alternatives</a>, offers interesting videos on the extreme side. You will find stories of individuals ditching their mortgage payment to pursue a house on wheels and even a family of five living in a one-bedroom apartment to save money. Along with other people's extreme stories, Mat and Danielle post their tips for downsizing and living minimally. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lessons-in-simple-living-from-extreme-minimalists?ref=seealso">Lessons in Simple Living From Extreme Minimalists</a>)</p> <h2>7. Thriving Minimalist</h2> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfRIrEykNPOnNIEovgYnvLg">Thriving Minimalist</a> is another channel for those who love a good, extreme money-saving story. Conor McMillen quit his job and found his passion and health after his wife left him. This channel is more interesting than anything, although you might glean some helpful tips on how to become more minimalist minded in your life.</p> <h2>8. ClutterBug</h2> <p>Cas is a stay-at-home mom that turned her clutter into a clean home (and a profitable YouTube channel). Her channel&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/OrganizedClutterbug/videos">ClutterBug</a> offers cleaning and organizational tips, along with ways to save money. She even has Pottery Barn and other easy DIY hacks.</p> <h2>9. Brian Tracy</h2> <p>It is no secret that I love&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/BrianTracySpeaker">Brian Tracy</a> and his uplifting personal and career advice. You can find his advice on many financial and personal matters on YouTube. I am especially a fan of his time management and goal setting advice. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-pearls-of-career-wisdom-from-brian-tracy?ref=seealso">6 Pearls of Career Wisdom From Brian Tracy</a>)</p> <p>Sure, you can use YouTube for entertainment, but why not take advantage of the great money-saving vloggers, too? YouTube is a great resource for learning almost anything for free.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite channels or vloggers on YouTube?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-best-money-saving-channels-on-youtube">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-personal-finance-skills-everyone-should-master">12 Personal Finance Skills Everyone Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-money-podcasts-will-help-you-save-tons">These 10 Money Podcasts Will Help You Save Tons</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you">7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-common-weekend-money-traps-and-how-to-avoid-them">8 Common Weekend Money Traps (And How to Avoid Them)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-brilliant-tips-from-smart-mom-rich-mom">4 Brilliant Tips From &quot;Smart Mom, Rich Mom&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Entertainment advice budgeting experts gurus money-saving videos YouTube Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:00:05 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1728417 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Surprising Ways Social Media Stars Make Money http://www.wisebread.com/5-surprising-ways-social-media-stars-make-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-surprising-ways-social-media-stars-make-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000033755744_Large.jpg" alt="a social media star making money " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>From a <a href="http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/05/vine_celebrities_money_ads_curtis_lepore_videos_jessi_smiles.html">singer making $8,000</a> through product placement in a six-second Vine clip, to a creator of YouTube makeup tutorials making about millions per year, the stories of social media stars making outrageous sums of money seem to be getting more and more common.</p> <p>While the size of these paydays are remarkable, the things that social media stars do to earn those sums may be even more extraordinary. Here are five surprising ways social media stars make money.</p> <h2>1. Unboxing Toys</h2> <p>The genre of &quot;unboxing videos&quot; (a package being opened, while its contents are described) is one of the highest grossing niches on YouTube. Including <a href="https://youtu.be/HxuBuDS15Yw">blenders</a>, <a href="https://youtu.be/qSMu_zeDmtk">coffee machines</a>, <a href="https://youtu.be/eL7kF18s1p4">markers and pens</a>, and <a href="https://youtu.be/Cx4RsfqH1s8">smartphones</a> &mdash; if it comes in a box, you can bet there's somebody out there willing to watch it getting unboxed.</p> <p>Unboxing videos can be so profitable to YouTube publishers that <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/news/youtube-s-highest-paid-star-is-a-woman-who-unboxes-disney-toys-062606350.html">2014's highest paid YouTube star</a> was a woman who unboxes Disney toys. According to one estimate, the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/DisneyCollectorBR">DisneyCollectorBR</a> YouTube user made $4.9 million in 2014 just from YouTube ads! The identity of the mysterious woman with the soothing voice and cool nail art hasn't been revealed yet, but that matters little to her over 6.2 million subscribers. For example, her unboxing video of &quot;egg surprises&quot; branded by Angry Birds, SpongeBob, and Cars has over 106.8 million views to date.</p> <h2>2. Playing Video Games</h2> <p>Another high-grossing YouTube genre is the narration of video game playing. The king of this genre is Felix Kjellberg, a Swede in his late 20s better known as <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/PewDiePie">PewDiePie</a>. With his trademark laughter, unique sense of humor, and constant string of curses (warning: videos contain <em>lots </em>of language that is NSFW), <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/forbes-names-pewdiepie-as-highest-earning-youtuber-with-annual-income-reaching-12m-a6695536.html">Kjellberg pulled in a cool $12 million</a> pretax over a 12-month period.</p> <p>Other well-known vloggers posting video game-related clips include <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/CaptainSparklez">CaptainSparklez</a> (over 9 million subscribers), <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/Tobuscus">Tobuscus</a> (over 6.3 million subscribers), and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/SkyDoesMinecraft">SkyDoesMineCraft</a> (over 11.7 million subscribers). While advertisers are still trying to figure out the appeal of expletive-heavy commentary of Kjelberg playing video games, they are willing to pay him to get access to his over 41 million subscribers.</p> <h2>3. Managing a Pet Superstar</h2> <p>Not all social media stars walk on two legs.</p> <ul> <li>Maru, a shiba inu dog living in Japan, has <a href="http://www.instagram.com/marutaro/">over 2.3 million followers</a> on Instagram.</li> <li>Grumpy Cat, a cat with a perma-frown, has <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheOfficialGrumpyCat">over 8.3 million followers</a> on Facebook and <a href="http://www.instagram.com/realgrumpycat/">over 1.3 million followers</a> on Instagram.</li> <li>Boo, a five-year old Pomeranian dog, has <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Boo/">over 17 million followers</a> on Facebook.</li> <li>Lil Bub, a rescue cat with a unique condition, has <a href="https://www.facebook.com/iamlilbub">over 2.6 million followers</a> on Facebook and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/iamlilbub/">over 1.2 million followers</a> on Instagram.</li> </ul> <p>The lucky owners of these and other pets have been able to monetize their pet's large following in many ways. For example, Lil Bub charges admission for her appearances ($100 for her Meet and Greet Fundraiser at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York), and Grumpy Cat hawks plush toys ranging from <a href="http://www.grumpycats.com/grumpy-cat-merchandise/grumpy-cat-plush-toys/">$15.75 to $46.92</a> through her Amazon store.</p> <h2>4. Making Fun of Dad</h2> <p>In the late 2000s, comedian <a href="https://twitter.com/justin_halpern">Justin Halpern</a> was struggling to make ends meet with his writing job. Having to move back to his parents' house, he had a lot of free time on his hands and started a <a href="https://twitter.com/shitmydadsays">Twitter account</a> to keep track of his dad's &quot;rhetorical gems.&quot; Halpern had a hunch that those tweets could become inspiration for a great script.</p> <p>He was absolutely right.</p> <p>After getting noticed by high profile comedians, including Rob Corddry, his Twitter account gained a lot of traction (<a href="http://content.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1990838,00.html">1.8 million</a> followers in 15 months). Based on his tweets, Halpern penned the <em>New York Times</em> bestseller, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061992704/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0061992704&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5YILQPG6JRTTZ2OD">Sh*t My Dad Says</a>, and landed a TV deal with CBS to develop the show <em>$#*! My Dad Says</em> (based on his book). Halpern went on to write a second book and to write scripts for a couple more TV shows. All of this started with a single tweet!</p> <h2>5. Quitting Social Media</h2> <p>In a world of over-sharing, the shocking thing to do is to stop sharing.</p> <p>At age 19, Essena O'Neill had a lucrative modeling career leveraging her large following on Instagram, YouTube, and other social media channels. Through her hundreds of thousands of followers, 750,000 on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/essenaoneill/">Instagram</a> and 200,000 on YouTube, she was making money in many ways, including <a href="http://fusion.net/story/226082/model-essena-oneill-quits-social-media/">$2,000 in YouTube's ad revenue</a> per month and payments for product placement.</p> <p>In November 2, 2015, she quit all social media through her video &quot;<a href="https://youtu.be/Xe1Qyks8QEM">Why I REALLY am quitting social media - The Truth</a>,&quot; warning others about the destructive nature of trying to gain approval online. O'Neill's original video (now deleted) quickly amassed hundreds of thousands of views and gained attention worldwide within just a few days. Some fellow YouTubers even <a href="https://youtu.be/WB3HtCMfZic">criticized her move</a> as a marketing ploy to gain even more attention. Despite her disappearance from social media, she <a href="http://time.com/4167856/essena-oneill-breaks-silence-on-quitting-social-media/">continues to make headlines</a> and announces her soon to-be-released satirical book, <em>How to Be Social Media Famous</em>.</p> <p><em>What are some other unusual ways that social media stars make money?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-surprising-ways-social-media-stars-make-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-social-media-stars-who-earn-way-more-than-you">5 Social Media Stars Who Earn Way More Than You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-social-media-can-save-you-money">6 Ways Social Media Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-34-smart-ways-to-improve-your-social-media-presence">Flashback Friday: 34 Smart Ways to Improve Your Social Media Presence</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-one-social-media-micro-star-gets-lots-of-free-stuff">How I Scored Tons of Free Stuff By Building a Small Social Media Audience</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jumpstart-your-job-search-with-instagram">Jumpstart Your Job Search With Instagram</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Entertainment Facebook income instagram social media social media stars twitter YouTube Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Damian Davila 1659839 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Best Hobbies for Introverts http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-hobbies-for-introverts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-best-hobbies-for-introverts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_camera_photo_000054266132.jpg" alt="Woman trying out best hobbies for introverts" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As an introvert myself, I find it challenging to engage in many aspects of life. I'm not one for big gatherings, competitive sports, or taking weekly classes filled with people I don't know. If <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-everyday-situations-that-introverts-ace">you're introverted too</a>, or know someone who is, this list of eight hobbies is well worth checking out.</p> <h2>1. Take Up Origami</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0486432920/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0486432920&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XMYLKHJ5MGUUSTSG">Origami kits</a>, which include starter paper, can be bought very inexpensively on Amazon or from your local discount bookstore. You can also find thousands of patterns online, and YouTube is filled with instructional videos that take you step-by-step through the process. Put on a little relaxing music (or head-banging rock, if that's your thing), and enjoy a hobby that relieves stress and results in some wonderful paper sculptures.</p> <h2>2. Make YouTube Videos</h2> <p>While being a famous celebrity may not be ideal for an introvert, becoming a YouTube personality might be. These days, all you need is a webcam, some very basic video editing software, and&hellip;an original take on an idea! If it becomes big enough, you can do your hobby full time, and make millions. Yes, millions. Here's a list of the <a href="http://www.tvguide.com/galleries/youtube-stars-make-more-1089689/">biggest YouTube stars</a>, and as you can see, they do pretty well for themselves &mdash; and it all started by doing something they love, at home. If you don't like to be on camera, consider <a href="http://www.alistdaily.com/news/ion-ranks-youtube-s-biggest-unboxing-stars">unboxing videos</a>, or even <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/PewDiePie">gaming videos</a>. Do it well, and you can retire!</p> <h2>3. Learn Magic</h2> <p>You don't have to become a magician to learn magic, and you don't have to go big when you first start out. In fact, all you really need is a deck of cards, and access to YouTube or any other site you find that hosts free magic lessons. Once you master sleight of hand, you can move on to bigger tricks. It can take months, or even years, to get a trick right. But the satisfaction you get when you finally nail that first trick is well worth it. Master a few of these, and you'll always have something to do at parties besides feeling awkward!</p> <h2>4. Play an Instrument</h2> <p>With access to free lessons online, and resources like Craigslist and Facebook for private, one-on-one tutoring, it has never been easier to learn to play an instrument. Your library is also a great resource for these kinds of books and videos, and it's free. If you can't afford to buy the instrument you want immediately (for instance, not many of us have a piano), you can find alternatives. Perhaps start with an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UN8O5VO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00UN8O5VO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XRJVENGIA3GFMOT2">inexpensive keyboard</a> (some instruments are even available for rent). And there's always eBay!</p> <h2>5. Write</h2> <p>Some people blog as a hobby, and have thousands of followers. Others write screenplays for TV and the movies (and if you get good at it, it could launch a new career). Stephen King's book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1439156816/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1439156816&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TII5U5RFGMTXBY7E">On Writing &ndash; A Memoir of a Craft</a> is an excellent place to start if you've never written anything before. They also say everyone has one novel in them, so why not try coaxing yours out?</p> <h2>6. Photography</h2> <p>As a professional photographer, you need excellent social and people skills to do your job. But as a hobby, photography is perfect for introverts. These days, everything is digital, and you can find some good quality digital SLR cameras on eBay. If you prefer, you can go the old fashioned route and try film cameras (although getting a hold of film is nowhere near as easy at it used to be). Whichever way you try, keep a blog or online gallery of your favorite photos, and share them with the world.</p> <h2>7. Learn a Language</h2> <p>Or several languages. You can find many of the tuition books and videos you need online for free, or a small price. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=rosetta%20stone&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=N5UZSK4DKT7ADP6U">Rosetta Stone</a> gets rave reviews, but has a higher upfront cost of several hundred dollars. With the Internet, you can also watch foreign language TV and movies, and even engage in chat rooms, anonymously if you wish, to hone your skills.</p> <h2>8. Build Movie Prop Replicas</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Screen%20Shot%202015-10-23%20at%2012.10.53%20PM.png" width="605" height="372" alt="" /></p> <p>I've made everything from a Bane vest to an Iron Man arc reactor. My latest two props are from Ghostbusters &mdash; a proton pack and a ghost trap. Everything you need to build movie props, like these, can be found in hardware stores, thrift stores, and on eBay. You don't have to spend a lot; for example, all of the parts used in my ghost trap came to less than $40. Instructions for almost any prop you want to build can be downloaded from a fan site. You can use them to Cosplay, to dress up at Halloween, and to decorate your house or office.</p> <p><em>Are you an introvert with an interesting or unusual hobby? Tell us more about it.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-hobbies-for-introverts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-ways-to-make-your-life-more-interesting">25 Easy Ways to Make Your Life More Interesting</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-35-best-ways-to-spend-your-free-time-frugally">The 35 Best Ways to Spend Your Free Time (Frugally)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-simple-ways-to-take-stunning-travel-photos">8 Simple Ways to Take Stunning Travel Photos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-weekend-activities-for-introverts">The 12 Best Weekend Activities for Introverts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-a-crafty-airbrush-out-of-old-junk">Make a crafty airbrush out of old junk</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks activities crafts hobbies introverts photography shy people YouTube Mon, 26 Oct 2015 15:15:35 +0000 Paul Michael 1598469 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Money-Saving YouTube Channels http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-money-saving-youtube-channels <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-money-saving-youtube-channels" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_watching_youtube_000043524454.jpg" alt="Woman getting money-saving tips from YouTube channels" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on YouTube channels that could save you hundreds every month, the right way to store and organize your spices, and tips to save money this summer.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/youtube-channels-could-save-you-hundreds-every-month">These 21 YouTube Channels Could Save You Hundreds Every Month</a> &mdash; Watch House of Aqua's Zero Dollar Decorating Challenge videos for ways to give your rooms a new look without spending any money. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2015/04/13/store-organize-spices">How to Store &amp; Organize Your Spices</a> &mdash; Hold your spices in small jars with tight-fitting lids. It's even better if they're glass &mdash; they won't transfer flavors even if you reuse the jars for other spices. [Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/save-money-summer/">4 Tips to Save Your Family Money This Summer</a> &mdash; Whether you're having a staycation or traveling across the country, you'll need a spending plan to avoid paying for your vacation long after it's over. [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Why-Trader-Joe-So-Cheap-34885089">Too Good to Be True? How Trader Joe's Sells Affordable Goods</a> &mdash; Most Trader Joe's locations are smaller than the average grocery store, allowing them to spend less on overhead and to pass on the savings to their customers. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://adebtfreestressfreelife.com/the-cost-of-breaking-up-and-the-money-problems-you-can-avoid/">The Cost of Breaking Up (And the Money Problems You Can Avoid)</a> &mdash; You can't spend like you're a two-income household anymore. Figure out your new spending plan &mdash; what expenses can you cut, and where can you save? Will you need to relocate or get a roommate? [A Debt Free Stress Free Life]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://fitzvillafuerte.com/how-to-stay-motivated-at-following-your-monthly-budget-a-lesson-in-psychology.html">How To Stay Motivated at Following Your Monthly Budget: A Lesson in Psychology</a> &mdash; Apply the peak-end rule to your money-smart habits and feel motivated to keep it up every month. [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dontpayfull.com/blog/5-types-of-low-budget-weddings-anyone-can-plan">5 Types of Low-Budget Weddings Anyone Can Plan</a> &mdash; You can save a bundle on the wedding venue by having it in a decent-sized backyard. If it's yours or a friend's backyard, you can nix the venue costs altogether! [Don't Pay Full]</p> <p><a href="https://www.dailyworth.com/posts/3451-8-reasons-to-be-early-to-work">8 Reasons to Be Early to Work</a> &mdash; An empty office with few distractions is a great environment for buckling down and getting work done. [Daily Worth]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrush.com/feeling-envious/">Feeling Envious? Make It Work For You</a> &mdash; Take your feelings of envy as a sign that you want something. That something may not be obvious, so give yourself time to figure it out. [Money Crush]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/why-i-refuse-to-let-my-children-cry-it-out">Why I Refuse to Let My Children Cry it Out</a> &mdash; Not responding to your baby's cries in order to sleep train him may have detrimental effects on your child's development. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-money-saving-youtube-channels">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-best-money-saving-channels-on-youtube">9 Best Money Saving Channels on YouTube</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-tidy-up-your-finances-before-the-holidays">10 Ways to Tidy Up Your Finances Before the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/51-uses-for-coca-cola-the-ultimate-list">51 Uses for Coca-Cola – the Ultimate List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-35-best-ways-to-spend-your-free-time-frugally">The 35 Best Ways to Spend Your Free Time (Frugally)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips YouTube Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1390528 at http://www.wisebread.com Free Videos Offer Stress Relief and Relaxation http://www.wisebread.com/free-videos-offer-stress-relief-and-relaxation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/free-videos-offer-stress-relief-and-relaxation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tablet-5112254-small.jpg" alt="woman using tablet" title="woman using tablet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While many of us might relax by reading a good book or working out at the gym, there's a large number of people who have turned to watching YouTube videos featuring some of the most ordinary &mdash; but occasionally strange &mdash; behaviors. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/super-solid-yoga-tricks-to-help-you-relax">Yoga Tricks to Help You Relax</a>)</p> <p>The videos seek to trigger a mysterious phenomenon known as <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_sensory_meridian_response">Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response</a>, or &quot;ASMR.&quot; In short, it is a tingly sensation in the back of the head and down the neck. Those who claim to experience ASMR say it is triggered by a wide variety of things, from deliberate hand movements to soft voices or sounds, including fingernail tapping or hair brushing.</p> <p>&quot;For me, one of the biggest things is crinkles and crinkly bags,&quot; said Lindsay Ragone, a television editor in Canada who claims the sensation has helped her address a sleeping disorder. &quot;I&#39;ve watched hundreds and hundreds of these videos, if not thousands.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sleep-better-with-calming-words">Sleep Better With Calming Words</a>)</p> <p>Ragone is currently producing a film on the topic, &quot;<a href="http://braingasm-film.com/">Braingasm</a>,&quot; featuring interviews with people who produce these videos on YouTube. Another documentary, &quot;Tingly Sensation,&quot; is also in production and has <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tinglysensation/tingly-sensation-documentary-film">received more than $11,000 in funding</a> through Kickstarter.</p> <p>At this point, <a href="http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/asmr/">there is no scientific evidence that ASMR is a real thing</a>, though at least one <a href="http://theunnam3df33ling.blogspot.com/2013/02/an-fmri-study-on-asmr-will-take-place.html">researcher at Dartmouth</a> is exploring the phenomenon. And Ragone said there is some debate among YouTubers about which videos actually trigger ASMR and which offer a more general feeling of relaxation.</p> <p>Either way, Ragone noted that some ASMR-themed YouTube channels feature tens of thousands of subscribers, with some individual videos notching millions of views. And the comments on YouTube are almost universally positive, with users praising video producers for helping them deal with everything from sleep problems to stress and even depression.</p> <p>&quot;Generally, the reason people get into these videos is that they come across them accidentally one night on YouTube and realize &#39;Oh my God, that&#39;s that thing I felt, and I didn&#39;t know how to describe it,&#39;&quot; Ragone said. &quot;There are people who say, &#39;I didn&#39;t know this was a thing. I&#39;ve had this my whole life.&#39;&quot;</p> <p>In general, ASMR enthusiasts have remained something of an underground community, though the phenomenon was the subject of a story on <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9Kpu-x67og">NPR&#39;s This American Life</a> earlier this year. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-free-ways-to-learn-something-new">Free Ways to Learn Something New</a>)</p> <p>Do you think this may be the key to your attempts at relaxation? Here&#39;s a look at five of the most popular ASMR producers on YouTube.</p> <h2>Gentlewhispering</h2> <p>Known simply as &quot;Maria&quot; by fans, her channel is highlighted by <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/GentleWhispering">ear-to-ear whispering</a> using a binaural microphone. (You&#39;re supposed to use headphones to get the full effect.) The video below, which features a variety of supposed ASMR triggers, has a whopping 3.2 million views. Also check out the <a href="http://youtu.be/CHiKxytbCWk">tingly towel-folding tutorial</a>, which has 426,000 views.</p> <p>&quot;I know some people who say the sound of her voice can set them in a trance,&quot; Ragone said.</p> <iframe width="605" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RVpfHgC3ye0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>The WaterWhispers</h2> <p>Known as &quot;Ilse&quot; to the ASMR community, this YouTuber has cranked out more than 200 videos <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/TheWaterwhispers">featuring ear-to-ear whispering</a>, nail tapping, and various role-playing scenes. Her most popular video below is more than an hour long and features 11 supposed ASMR triggers, including gum chewing, book scratching, and newspaper page flipping. It has 576,000 views.</p> <iframe width="605" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sfo0ZSgc86A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>ASMRRequests</h2> <p>One of the more prolific YouTubers, known as &quot;Ally&quot; to her fans. Her channel features about <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/ASMRrequests">two new videos a week</a>, in which she usually taps gently on an object while talking about it in a quiet and deliberate voice. (<a href="http://youtu.be/3dbP9HyJXlw">See the two-hour discussion of "Star Wars," featuring light tapping on a laser disc</a>.)</p> <p>Her role-playing videos are also popular. The video below has her acting the role of a space-travel agent from the future. It has 907,000 views.</p> <iframe width="605" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/oapgiZc5i-g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>HeatherFeather</h2> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/HeatherFeatherASMR">HeatherFeather has more than 100 videos</a>, usually featuring her facing the camera in some sort of acting role. She&#39;s played a hair stylist, a makeup artist, and even a tattoo consultant. Many of her videos experiment with various &quot;trigger sounds&quot; ranging from hair brushing to chewing gum.</p> <p>The video below features a 3D microphone and a panning effect with a variety of supposedly &quot;tingly&quot; sounds. It is HeatherFeather&#39;s most popular video, with nearly 383,000 views.</p> <iframe width="605" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6YkPh999hWg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>EphemeralRift</h2> <p>One of the more popular male <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/EphemeralRift">ASMR producers and also one of the most creative</a>. His videos feature everything from role-playing to <a href="http://youtu.be/BtM_p-MDFOg">beer drinking</a>, all in an attempt to trigger ASMR in the listener.</p> <p>See the video below of EphemeralRift discussing a post-apocalyptic world where sugar is unavailable except through a fictional &quot;CandyMan.&quot; It is one of his most popular videos, with more than 285,000 views.</p> <iframe width="605" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Bv1qmHjYPKw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>&nbsp</p> <p><em>Are you an ASMR aficionado or &quot;ASMRtist&quot;? Have you tried (or would you try) ASMR to help you relax? Whisper your experience in comments!</em></p><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-videos-offer-stress-relief-and-relaxation">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-hobbies-for-introverts">8 Best Hobbies for Introverts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-might-be-breathing-wrong-heres-what-you-should-do-instead">You Might Be Breathing Wrong — Here&#039;s What You Should Do Instead</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-things-car-salesmen-dont-want-you-to-know">17 Things Car Salesmen Don&#039;t Want You to Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-launder-money">How to Launder Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-lower-your-blood-sugar">13 Natural and Easy Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks ASMR insomnia relaxation YouTube Fri, 01 Nov 2013 09:48:04 +0000 Tim Lemke 1059764 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Ways to Incorporate Video into Your Business http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/11-ways-to-incorporate-video-into-your-business <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-label">Link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.openforum.com/articles/11-ways-to-incorporate-video-into-your-business" target="_blank">http://www.openforum.com/articles/11-ways-to-incorporate-video-into-your-busines...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/small-business/11-ways-to-incorporate-video-into-your-business" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000012137541Small.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I started my online business in 2008, using video for your online business was new and experimental. Fast forward to today and video is absolutely everywhere and then some, even those with no real business are cashing in on fame and fortune thanks to mega popular <a href="http://youtube.com/" target="_blank">YouTube</a>.</p> <p>Although everyone seems to be tuning into the importance of video, it&rsquo;s still a daunting thought for many business owners who aren&rsquo;t quite sure where to add video to their online brand. But it&rsquo;s not so hard. Here are 11 ways to make use of video.</p> <h3>1. Use video to entice people to sign up for your newsletter</h3> <p>By far the biggest way to drive sales to your business is through a mailing list or a newsletter. But getting people onto your mailing list is not always easy because nowadays, everyone has some sort of &lsquo;free&rsquo; offer to entice people to join. More and more people just do not consider these freebies very valuable any longer.</p> <p>Video is a great way to entice people onto your newsletter because you&rsquo;ll be breaking away from what everyone else is doing and showcasing yourself and your company in a very real and engaging way.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: John McIntyre recently created a personal development site called <a href="http://makelifegobang.com/" target="_blank">Make Life Go Bang</a> that features a video of him sharing 50 reasons to sign up for his newsletter. This interesting method means people won&rsquo;t join just for a freebie and also helps them quickly connect with his mission and personality.</p> <h3>2. Better engage with your blog posts</h3> <p>More and more people are using video in blog posts to present their products and services in a more visually appealing way. Video can often be more engaging and entertaining than a printed article.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: David Siteman Garland from <a href="http://therisetothetop.com/" target="_blank">The Rise to the Top</a> and Andrew Warner from <a href="http://mixergy.com/" target="_blank">Mixergy</a> are two of my favorite video bloggers because their passion shines through in every video they produce. By taking time out to interview interesting people, they&rsquo;re helping other entrepreneurs and start ups learn the ins and outs with stories that inspire and motivate.</p> <h3>3. Create a dedicated video page</h3> <p>While using video in your blog posts or to entice newsletter subscribers is a great start, you can take things further by displaying all of your videos with one dedicated page on your website. This will lower your bounce rate with new visitors and help people filter through your interesting content better.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: Entrepreneur Pat Flynn has a great dedicated video page on his blog <a href="http://smartpassiveincome.com/" target="_blank">Smart Passive Income</a> that works with the Wordpress plugin <a href="http://tubepress.org/" target="_blank">TubePress</a> to bring all of his recent Youtube videos right onto his website. It&rsquo;s an easy way to showcase his videos and keeps his readers engaged with his content for longer periods of time.</p> <h3>4. Add video to your about page</h3> <p>To help connect with new visitors, why not create a video demonstrates your personality and company vision to share on your about page? It will be a welcome change from static images found on most other about pages and will give people a real glimpse into who you are in a very short time.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: Michelle Ward, the <a href="http://whenigrowupcoach.com/" target="_blank">When I Grow Up Coach</a>, uses video on her about page in this way. As a business owner, you want to ensure you attract the right customers and by sharing a snippet of your personality &ndash; or your company&rsquo;s mission &ndash; right on the about page, you&rsquo;ll engage the right people while saying goodbye to those who wouldn&rsquo;t be the right fit anyways.</p> <h3>5. Sell more on your sales pages</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re serious about selling a service online, video can help attract and convert potential customers on your sales pages. By giving visitors the chance to learn more about what you&rsquo;re selling and your motivation behind it, you&rsquo;ll see a higher interest rate, more people willing to share your message, and more customers at the end of the day.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: <a href="http://taragentile.com/" target="_blank">Tara Gentile</a>, creative business coach, uses video often on her sales pages to entice potential buyers to get to her know better and decide if the product is the right fit for them. Of the benefits, she says, &ldquo;I know my enthusiasm and passion is what helps to sell a product. I can spend hours writing copy, crafting headlines, or perfecting prose, but 3 minutes in front the video camera says more than I can ever hope to with written words. Video makes the intangible, tangible. And that, inevitably, converts more sales.&rdquo;</p> <h3>6. Excite on your product pages</h3> <p>We live in a world in which stunning photography is the norm &ndash; even amateurs with cell phone cams can produce images the equal of those shot by professional photographers. That means having wonderful photos of your products isn&rsquo;t going as far as it used to.</p> <p>Use video on your product pages to show people exactly how your items work, their key features, benefits, and also to give people a closer look into what life would be like by owning them.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: Catherine Choi of <a href="http://soyoungmother.com/" target="_blank">So Young Mother</a> uses video to feature her diaper bags, lunch boxes, and <a href="http://www.soyoungmother.com/products/cooler-bags" target="_blank">cooler bags</a>. Whenever I visit her website, I always take a moment to view one of her videos because her video marketing is so engaging &ndash; as if she&rsquo;s right there in person explaining her product details to me.</p> <h3>7. Master the YouTube stream</h3> <p>YouTube recently announced their videos get <a href="http://thenextweb.com/google/2011/05/25/youtube-hits-3-billion-views-per-day-2-days-worth-of-video-uploaded-every-minute/" target="_blank">over 3 billion views a day</a>, and all those eyeballs need to go somewhere, so why not toward you? You can easily embed YouTube videos on your website and take advantage of the crazy volume of traffic YouTube gets daily, exposing new audiences to your message and increasing your brand awareness over time.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: Mashable wrote a great post about <a href="http://mashable.com/2009/06/01/youtube-brands/" target="_blank">5 brands killing it on YouTube</a> but one that stood out to me most was <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/homedepot" target="_blank">Home Depot</a>. Sharing their expertise with YouTube watchers means people will continue to think of them anytime they want to change their kitchen cabinets or replace their tiled floors. Maybe you can share your expertise in the same way?</p> <h3>8. Stream live for more interaction with fans and customers</h3> <p>By making yourself fully available for questions and chats live, you&rsquo;ll win people over continually because you&rsquo;ll become known as someone who cares deeply about your customer&rsquo;s needs and wants.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: Even though <a href="http://garyvaynerchuk.com/" target="_blank">Gary Vaynerchuk</a> has built a multi-million dollar business stemming from <a href="http://tv.winelibrary.com/" target="_blank">Wine Library TV</a>, he still jumps on <a href="http://www.ustream.tv/user/garyvee" target="_blank">ustream</a> to chat with fans and followers. This good will encourages people to get to know him better and increases his likeability and brand.</p> <h3>9. Brighten up your digital products</h3> <p>If you sell virtual products, such as business tools and training, video is the perfect medium to use to better connect with your customers and explain things that sometimes text just cannot.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: While I&rsquo;ve tried a lot of virtual products that include video, Danielle Laporte&rsquo;s <a href="http://whitehottruth.com/shop-adore/the-spark-kit/" target="_blank">The Spark Kit</a> includes an incredible amount of beautifully made videos &ndash; frequently interviews with experts and some of her flying solo &ndash; that share insightful tips and inspiring nuggets.</p> <h3>10. Add some magic to your support area</h3> <p>Many companies use video in their technical and customer support areas because it cuts back on customer emails and phone calls considerably. Whether you sell something physical, virtual or service based, you can use video to answer frequently asked questions, demonstrate how to use specific features of your products, and much more.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: My invoicing and time tracking system of choice, <a href="http://www.getharvest.com/" target="_blank">Harvest</a>, does a great job of showcasing tons of different help queries in their <a href="http://www.getharvest.com/help" target="_blank">support area</a> with video. I&rsquo;ve found that by taking a moment to filter through their pages, I have less need to email with questions, which is quicker for me &ndash; and cheaper for Harvest.</p> <h3>11. Cut down on training time for new employees</h3> <p>By creating training videos, easily done with screencasting software, you&rsquo;ll connect with your employees in a deeper way and clarify all aspects of the work you need done very simply for them. In addition, you can reuse videos any time a new employee is brought on board, freeing you up to work on more important matters.</p> <p><b>Real business example:</b> As I expand my team, I can clearly see the benefits of recording training videos and sharing them with new employees compared to alternatives such as email communication or live training sessions online. I use <a href="http://www.telestream.net/screen-flow/overview.htm" target="_blank">Screenflow</a> on Mac to record my training videos and this eliminates confusion over little details and ensure my people are quickly up to speed when they sign on to work with me.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/justine-grey">Justine Grey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/11-ways-to-incorporate-video-into-your-business">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-hire-your-first-employee">How to Hire Your First Employee</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-freelance-clients-part-two">How to Find Freelance Clients: Part Two</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/250-tips-for-small-business-owners">250+ Tips for Small Business Owners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grow-your-solo-business-without-hiring-employees">How to Grow Your Solo Business Without Hiring Employees</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-small-businesses">Best Credit Cards for Small Businesses</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Small Business Resource Center marketing small business training video video support web marketing YouTube Mon, 25 Jul 2011 19:54:30 +0000 Justine Grey 629994 at http://www.wisebread.com The Make You Wanna Holla Presentation http://www.wisebread.com/the-make-you-wanna-holla-presentation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-make-you-wanna-holla-presentation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Listen baby listen.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="116" height="115" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">I can&#39;t speak coherently and I can&#39;t write at all -- let alone stay on topic.</font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">&#160;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Subsequently, I’m already prepared for the electronic picket signs and the “haterific” rants about selling out, wasting time or &quot;dummy-it’s-called-an-I-pod&quot; responses.</font></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><br /> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Or maybe I’m just feeling myself and the readers of this post may indeed have imbibed their “acc-rite jooce,” before reading this, in which case I have nothing to worry about.</font></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><br /> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Today’s subject, kiddies, is how to throw a boss summer patio party or eclectic dinner party in the technological age - I mean really do it up – without digging in the crates.</font></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><br /> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">It occurred to me, shortly after myself and a then prospective female No. 1 companion were exchanging </font><a href="http://www.youtube.com/"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">YouTube</font></a><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> links and trading songs via e-mail. It was a veritable, “well, what do you know about this,&quot; contest where she hit me with everything from the soul stylings of Tyrone Davis to old recordings of Chicago and Muddy Waters. I put her up on Average White Band and hard-to-find Isley Brothers recordings as well as grooves from Marvin Gaye she never heard. Gotta love technology and what Roger Troutman would call &quot;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBeUo9ahnfQ">Computer love</a>.&quot; </font></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><br /> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">The metaphoric Sylvania danced above my head. Party Time.</font></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><br /> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">The ingredients: a PC or MAC – laptop or desktop will do -- with a plug-in port for a large LCD screen or an up-to-date TV set and Internet access. </font></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><br /> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">I’m not inventing the wheel or even thinking up an original idea here but why get a Bose wave radio and thumb through your I-pod. Like the man James Brown says, “get involved, get into it.” </font></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><br /> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">You can go from Beethoven to Coltrane to Snoop Dogg to Eric Clapton with a quick search without digging in the crates, calling XM Radio tech support or getting carpal tunnel syndrome setting up random music joints on a CD changer because the disc holder decided it doesn’t want to slide out for you. </font></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><br /> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Three keys to a YouTube party.</font></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><br /> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in; tab-stops: list .5in" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman"><span><font size="3">1)</font><span style="font: 7pt 'Times New Roman'">      </span></span><font size="3">One-Upmanship is the key. Find a unifying theme (i.e. Jazz Night, Vanilla Ice, Retrospective, Tantra, uh John Tesh anyone? ) Have fun wowing and surprising each other. </font></font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in; tab-stops: list .5in" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman"><span><font size="3">2)</font><span style="font: 7pt 'Times New Roman'">      </span></span><font size="3">B.Y.O.D (Bring your own document with the links to your jams already in it -- Excel and Word files will do).</font></font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in; tab-stops: list .5in" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman"><span><font size="3">3)</font><span style="font: 7pt 'Times New Roman'">      </span></span><font size="3">Rotate, Rinse Repeat: (The host should have a list, where they designate a typist for 20 minute intervals to jot down their own jams. This is wilding out interactive style to elicit groans or “oh snap” reactions). </font></font></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><br /> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">For you dweebie html-jocky hipsters who wear Converse All-Stars with tweed thrift shop pants (don&#39;t trip, I love the pants), here’s how you can save your links and </font><a href="http://performancing.com/wordpress-tips/wordpress-hacks-using-custom-fields-auto-embed-youtube-videos"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">embed</font></a><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> them for repeated use in a prepared file. </font></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">In a realm where the DJ is dead and many spend more time texting and e-mailing than talking, defeat the </font><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resistance_is_futile"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Borg</font></a><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> with a little bit of imagination. Plus if you&#39;ve got your joint on a reliably-fast free wireless network, it costs no money me hearties. </font></p> <p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Have fun, but just don’t let me see anymore headlines like this: <span><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1565953/Family-beaten-after-YouTube-party-invitation.html">Family beaten after YouTube party invitation</a>. That situation -- where a “teenager was airlifted to hospital and his father left with a broken nose after 100 teenagers gate-crashed a party where an invitation appeared on YouTube – was unfortunate.</span></font></font><span><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">War is not the answer, only love can conquer hate. That’s Marvin from the 1971 title track to the seminal soul album “What’s going on?” You might want to get your game right before you try this at home.</font></font></span></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jabulani-leffall">Jabulani Leffall</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-make-you-wanna-holla-presentation">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/boost-your-computers-ram-in-seconds-very-easy">Boost your computer&#039;s RAM in seconds. Very easy.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/throw-a-house-party-for-free">Throw a House Party for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-this-the-end-of-youtube">Is this the end of YouTube?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hack-a-mac">Hack a Mac!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-cheap-applecare-on-ebay-be-trusted">Can cheap AppleCare on eBay be trusted?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Commentary computer free link Mac party PC Snoop Dogg YouTube Tue, 22 Jul 2008 22:36:49 +0000 Jabulani Leffall 2256 at http://www.wisebread.com GYM Class: THE DIY, DIFNF Thesis http://www.wisebread.com/gym-class-the-diy-difnf-thesis <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/gym-class-the-diy-difnf-thesis" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Wisebread GYM Glass picture.jpg" alt="Do it yourself, Do it for nearly free" title="Got those tickets to the gun show!" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="116" height="107" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>Our modern America is a no longer a producer’s economy but a consumer economy. That’s not conjecture or philosophy, it’s a sad fact and the reason for the current credit crunch in equity, debt and housing markets as well as the reason George W. Bush wants to give you $800 bucks in a rebate check so you can go straight to Circuit City, Target or wherever, to “boost” the economy.</span></p> <p><span>It’s tricknology folks. </span></p> <p><span>And what I mean by that is that a lot of times as consumers we are compelled by false shortages, told to go shopping, lest the terrorists win. Moreover we often buy things more for piece and peace of mind than for utility. <span> </span>And corporations count on us to buy items and let them collect dust so that when we see the dust, we are convinced that the good we purchased is obsolete. A lot of treadmills bought for the home serve as laundry hampers, dry-wall holder-uppers and post modern art as a case in point.</span></p> <p><span>This is why from late November through late April of every dual calendar year, exercise machine firms, fitness centers and gyms -- I like to call them, one-way banks or reverse ATMS -- see their greatest uptick in revenue. <span> </span>Many are determined after Thanksgiving to get that weight down, but too busy or cold in the post-Super Bowl, <span> </span>pre-spring doldrums to care that 24-Hour Fitness, Bally’s Total Fitness, Gold’s Gym and Equinox are getting direct deposit like they’re employed by you. </span><span>Hence, the reality: physical fitness is an $11 billion industry and the weight loss business tops out at $30 billion. That’s $41 billion clams for just about the most indulgent, fattest country in the history of mankind. </span></p> <p><span>What gives? Apparently us, in time and money.</span></p> <p><span>Now if you go to the gym to be seen, look cute in your new jogging suit, get premium advice from that ripped dude or that hot chick who is so cut she needs a band-aid, then more power to you. If you’re disciplined and have a certain fitness goal that can only be attained by being motivated by others, then fine. The gyms I mentioned are all decent places to do these things.</span></p> <p><span>Just realize that for a 30-minute workout, three to five times a week, you will likely spend an average of $200 a month in both real and opportunity costs. Not everyone is a between jobs actor, an independent contractor or a M.I.LF who doesn’t work and stays home with the kids. Many really <em>don’t </em>have time for fitness as most of America is working to buy the ab-flexer rather than actually use it. Here’s how many gym routines tend to work: </span></p> <p><span><em>So to go to the gym you get in your car, you park, you go in, you check in, you get dressed, you come out, you stretch, you do some measly cardio workout on a machine or lift weights wrong or go to a class that works up a sweat. You shower, you get changed, you get in your car, you sit in traffic and maybe you buy a burger and you get home just in time to go to sleep. If you do it in the morning, repeat process and rinse down with Mocha and a scone. You could potentially drop $5,000 per annum in this routine if you’re not careful and be the same porker/flabmiester/wasteful gym rat that you were after Turkey day.</em> </span></p> <p><span>This blogger’s advice: DIY, DIFNF. (Do it yourself , Do it for Nearly free)</span></p> <p><strong><span>Run: </span></strong><span>That’s it. Go somewhere and run ‘til you get tired. Walking fast is also good.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Get a rope: </span></strong><span>Buy a cheap plastic or leather jump rope: 300 repetitions everyday, you’d be surprised at the results.</span></p> <p><span><strong>You take the weight:</strong> If it&#39;s too cold to go outside, wear small weights on your wrists and ankles and run, jump or walk in place.</span></p> <p><span><strong>Smooth-E:</strong> Eating fruits and vegatables will shape off pounds immediately. If you don&#39;t like the taste grind it up and drink it down.</span></p> <p><span><strong>Use Rubber and/or YouTube.</strong> Allusions aside<strong>, </strong>find some rubber tubing and do resistance stretches and lifts. Internet research will show you how if you&#39;re interested. Not using that bike you bought? Slip the bike&#39;s clean innertube around your upper back, stretch it out in front of you with your hands, get down and crank out 200 reps of pushups! Same for sit ups. And forget workout tapes and DVDs, if you have the technological capability, YouTube has an extensive library of workout jerks for you to mimic. Someone mentioned in the comments section that podcasts are good to listen to as well.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Hit the pipe: </span></strong><span>Not that pipe, you&#39;d probably get skinny faster than you want to. I&#39;m talking a metal 3/4&quot; PVC and connectors with pipe insulation for the handles that will set you back less than ten bayzacs. You can use this to make a push up bar, or chin up bar, which can be built in a half an hour.</span></p> <p><span><strong> </strong></span><span><strong>In the bag</strong>: Buy a heavy bag for your house and punch the crap out of it with some padded gloves or some handwraps-- with controlled compact punches and sharp breaths --  until you&#39;re soaked with sweat or can barely lift your arms. Punching it 100-300 times a day is the equivalent of a really good workout, probably the best cardio and conditioning excercise around actually.</span></p> <p><span>The gym is cool, just like eating out, just like going to a bar instead of a liquor store. But if you employ the DIY, DIFNF method, when you make the summer debut that you worked out all spring and winter for anyway, your pockets will more than likely be fatter than you are.</span></p> <p><span>BTW, if you have a fitness center at your apartment complex or are close with someone who does -- a relative, a girlfriend/boyfriend or good friend --- and you still pay to workout, (picture me shrugging my shoulders and wagging my finger) you should do some serious thinking. </span></p> <p><span>It&#39;s time to beat tricknology and look good doing it!</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.oo-rah.com/Store/pt/pt1011.asp" target="_top"></a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jabulani-leffall">Jabulani Leffall</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gym-class-the-diy-difnf-thesis">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-sleek-marketing-ploys-aimed-at-getting-more-of-your-grocery-money">5 Sleek Marketing Ploys Aimed at Getting More of Your Grocery Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-a-dental-discount-plan-save-you-money">Will A Dental Discount Plan Save You Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/conspicuous-spending-fading-to-black">Conspicuous Spending: Fading to Black</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-gettin-baptized-in-the-watahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh-epiphany">The Gettin&#039;-Baptized-in-the-Watah Epiphany</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-can-t-stick-with-a-budget">Why You Can&#039;t Stick with a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Excercise fitness running savings YouTube Sun, 20 Jan 2008 18:31:19 +0000 Jabulani Leffall 1654 at http://www.wisebread.com Free Music Lessons Online! For now... http://www.wisebread.com/free-music-lessons-online-for-now <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Guitar.jpg" alt=" " width="270" height="191" /></p> <p>Ever paid for private music lessons? Pricey, no? I know that my accordian lessons got to be too much for my feeble salary to cover.</p> <p>Now, you can learn music online. Through You Tube! <a href="http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=guitar+lessons">Video lessons, all for free</a>. Or at least, until tomorrow, when You Tube is ordered to take the lessons down.</p> <p>Lots of musicians offer online video lessons, either on You Tube or through You Tube in conjunction with their online learning web sites. As explained on <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9291453">NPR</a>, these videos may or may not remain online for your personal use, depending on whether or not the posters are required to take them down due to copyright. You see, most of the chords and songs that they cover are under copyright, and, well, we all know how the music industry <a href="http://consumerist.com/consumer/riaa/faces-of-the-riaa-244519.php">feels about copyright infringement</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/troy-hadley">Troy Hadley</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-music-lessons-online-for-now">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Just Ask.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Art and Leisure chords copyright guitar lessons music lessons online learning YouTube Tue, 03 Apr 2007 01:01:08 +0000 Troy Hadley 439 at http://www.wisebread.com Is this the end of YouTube? http://www.wisebread.com/is-this-the-end-of-youtube <p> <img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/youtube.gif" alt="YouTube" title="YouTube" width="227" height="216" /></p> <p><a href="http://googlewatch.eweek.com/">GoogleWatch</a> , one of my fav blogs about one of my fav resources, reported today on the $1billion <a href="http://googlewatch.eweek.com/content/youtube/viacom_sues_google_and_youtube.html">lawsuit served to Google by Viacom</a> . And so did almost every other news network around. I found over 1400 stories on it...this one is big it seems. One of the main rumblings I heard about the YouTube boys selling to Google was fear of a huge lawsuit, which they didn&#39;t have the funds to fight, but Google does. Hmmm. </p> <p>However, what I liked about the GoogleWatch story is the &quot;18 reasons why Google &amp; YouTube Are Guilty of Copyright Infringement.&quot; It gives a new perspective on it, and as someone who really loves YouTube (I&#39;ve found a lot of great videos from my home country on there), it&#39;s an eye opener. You can read the complete article on GoogleWatch <a href="http://googlewatch.eweek.com/content/youtube/18_reasons_why_google_and_youtube_are_guilty_of_copyright_infringement.html">here</a> , but here are the Top 5 infringements listed.</p> <p>1: YouTube&#39;s value is largely based on infringing works.</p> <p>2: Google maintains control over YouTube&#39;s business, and contributes to YouTube&#39;s infringement by syncing Google Video search with YouTube&#39;s library.</p> <p>3: Although individual users are the ones to upload videos, YouTube copies the videos to its servers, indexes the metadata, and creates thumbnails. YouTube then publicly displays and performs the infringing works. The complaint: &quot;Thus, the YouTube conduct that forms the basis of this Complaint is not simply providing storage space, conduits, or other facilities to users who create their own websites with infringing materials. To the contrary, YouTube itself commits the infringing duplication, public performance, and public display of Plaintiffs’ copyrighted works, and that infringement occurs on YouTube’s own website, which is operated and controlled by Defendants, not users.&quot;</p> <p>* This is an important point, since Google has argued -- as any ISP or file storage provider would argue -- that they are not liable for illegal actions taken by users, as they are not aware of that activity until notified by a third party.</p> <p>4: Embedded videos and e-mailing vidoes from YouTube constitute public performance, too.</p> <p>5: The embedded videos that attract the most users are copyrighted works, and YouTube displays its brand over them. </p> <p>I sincerely hope YouTube stays around, it&#39;s become a top 10 site that I visit. But I suspect this one is going the way of Napster. Power to the people, but only if it&#39;s all good and legal, right?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-this-the-end-of-youtube">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-make-you-wanna-holla-presentation">The Make You Wanna Holla Presentation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-artists-and-fans-should-know-about-tipping-sites-like-patreon">What Artists and Fans Should Know About Tipping Sites Like Patreon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jar-of-nothing-the-perfect-present-for-the-picky-prick-in-your-life">Jar of Nothing: the perfect present for the picky prick in your life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-hobbies-for-introverts">8 Best Hobbies for Introverts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/weird-things-you-didnt-know-about-valentines-day">Weird Things You Didn&#039;t Know About Valentine&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Commentary copyright Infringement free videos Google legal battle YouTube Wed, 14 Mar 2007 16:01:26 +0000 Paul Michael 349 at http://www.wisebread.com