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Why was my video demonetized? It’s been more than 6 months since YouTube’s #adpocalypse went into effect and there are still more questions than answers. “Why did this video get flagged?” is one we see often. Only YouTube knows exactly how their algorithm works, but we did a bit of digging to better understand not only this question, but also how it impacts your long-term recovery, which you can read over on VideoInk. It’s not just metadata When you first upload a video to YouTube, the title, description, and tags will be scanned for ‘risky’ keywords. The list is not known to the public, but […]

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5 steps to rekindle your inspiration Well – summer is sadly coming to an end! Vacations are over, school has started, and the days are growing ever shorter. These gradual changes combined with everyone’s shifting schedules always leads to this weird end of the year creative rut, which chews up any inspiration and motivation you may have and spits them out into the dark nothingness of bleh. But, I’ve got you! Here are five tips on how to rekindle that lost inspiration. Stop beating yourself up Being hard and judgmental on yourself needs to stop immediately. This is a feeling that so many people go through […]

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The end of “influencer” The word “Influencer” has been tossed around the digital creator landscape so much in the past several years that it has nearly lost its meaning. It has become a meme – the decade+ creator community steers clear of its use, while the younger generation automatically attributes the word to a particular type of personality. It is embraced by hundreds of media agencies, misused by news outlets worldwide and often stated in executive meetings as a “catch-all” for the modern creator. However, the use of the word presents many dangers to the creative lifecycle and our businesses. It emphasizes a focus […]

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“Not suitable for all advertisers” We likely don’t need to tell you about YouTube’s recent monetization changes, but if you missed the news, check out these blog posts. To further clarify a video’s monetization status, YouTube rolled out additional changes this week – adding in a   yellow icon in addition to the   strikethrough. When this icon is visible, hovering over it will display the note: “Not suitable for all advertisers.” Now what does this mean? According to YouTube, the yellow icon indicates: “Videos are still eligible to earn money in YouTube Red, but will have limited or no ads because the video has […]

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Let’s talk about verification The little blue checkmark. That 15×15 graphic we all dream about seeing on our profiles one day – but very few us of actually understand its purpose or how it’s obtained. Since we see many questions regarding verification, let’s take a few minutes to clear up a few misconceptions. What is verification? In general, verification exists to protect and identify celebrities, journalists, companies, and other public figures. Who gets verified? This is where things get tricky, since many of the platforms that offer verification don’t spill the beans on exactly what they look for. Here are a few of the […]

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Why are my YouTube earnings so low?! Imagine the following: You spend weeks creating your latest video, hours optimizing its metadata, days marketing it, and despite it receiving a decent amount of views, the earnings are far less than you expected. You likely don’t have to imagine that scenario. You’ve lived it. We all have. Underperforming earnings are very common on YouTube, but many creators don’t know the reasons behind it. Let’s take a look at a few. Earnings are low in general Before we get into the many factors that can result in low CPMs, it’s good to point out that earnings on YouTube aren’t anything […]

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THX 4 THE FOLLOW: OUR TEAM’S FAVE HANDLES PART 3 In round 3, Lauren Dubinsky, V.P Social Strategy, and, Video Labs Director, Jordan Benedict, open up about their social habits. This week, we’re talking about re-framing the perception of women, keeping up with the latest entertainment news, and learning the truth about how hard it is to actually take care of that succulent. Lauren Dubinsky – VP, Social Strategy Preferred platform: I am most active on Twitter and Instagram. I can’t pick a favorite. That’s like being asked which of my two cats is my favorite. Favorite Handles: Young women are still misunderstood by brands and marketing teams, and love.watts and […]

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THX 4 THE FOLLOW: OUR TEAM’S FAVE HANDLES PART 2 We’re back for round 2 and this week it’s all about Instagram. McBeard co-founder and leader, Alec McNayr, lets us in on his insta habits (spoiler alert: he’s a cool dad) and V.P. of Accounts, Jenn Fisher, shares how she can find magic, even in the mundane follows. Can we get a double tap? Alec McNayr –  Founder and Leader of McBeard Preferred Platform: I love Instagram for personal posting (read: easiest way to see photos of my kids) and Twitter for tracking up-to-the-minute news and of course, comedy jokes. I also love Medium for the long reads… so much […]

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YouTube only monetizing channels with over 10k views You’ve probably heard by now, but YouTube announced last week that it is tightening up its requirements to be a part of their Partner Program. Over five years ago, YouTube opened the floodgates for more creators to participate in the program and start monetizing. This was huge, and created opportunities for all creators. Unfortunately, it also opened up opportunities for people to start abusing the system for their own financial gains. YouTube has spent those last five years fine-tuning this process, putting in place systems and processes to combat this abuse and assure that people’s content (and the money made […]

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