Thursday, 4 March 2021

How I handle comments. EASY YouTube Creator Academy Course Quiz #4



I'm taking every YouTube Creator Academy course and taking the exam IN REAL TIME WITH YOU (almost) on here every week through 2021. 
This week it's the FOURTH course exam: "Use comments to connect with your community" and the link to the course is here: 
https://creatoracademy.youtube.com/page/course/connect-with-comments

How I handle comments. EASY YouTube Creator Academy Course Quiz #4



0:00 How I handle comments. EASY YouTube Creator Academy Course Quiz #4
1:35 Use comments to connect with your community: video here https://youtu.be/T8iFv4oo8Vw
1:48 Promote quality comments
2:03 Heart your favourite comments
2:30 How to pin comments to the top of the comments list under my YouTube video
3:05 Reply to comments
3:18 How to search comments on my YouTube video using new filters (in Studio Desktop): whether subscribed, by number of subscribers, or whether I've replied to them
3:45 How to handle hurtful, nasty or bad comments
4:04 How to remove a YouTube comment from my video
4:15 How to complain about a comment to YouTube
4:25 How to block a user from my YouTube channel
4:45 How to block comments across all of my YouTube videos
5:00 How to stop comments appearing on my YouTube channel until I approve them, and block all comments
5:10 I love Ali Abdaal and Mary Spender (even though I call her Helen), especially how they speak
6:18 How to stop or block words appearing in comments on my YouTube video
6:50 How to add a moderator or someone else to moderate comments on my YouTube videos
7:00 How to turn off all comments on my YouTube channel
7:45 What happens if you flag a comment?
8:39 What is the best way to handle comments that use words or phrases you don't want to see?
9:09 How can you positively engage your audience?

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I'm gonna go for this one all of the above 
oh no! 
now this video is gonna be a really weird episode 
on the screen now is the countdown to a very short quiz that's gonna take place and it's already a lot of time so I don't know how this is going to work 
there's this thing called the YouTube Creator Academy 

I'll put it on screen here and it's where you can learn about every single aspect of YouTube and there are 41 courses 
here's what they look like 
at the end of each course is usually an exam so we do this as a game show and a quiz that you and I can play along with and answer the questions and see if we pass the course 

But what I didn't realize was that some of the courses don't have exams at the end 
it's just a course and maybe a few questions 
well there are a few questions on this one 
it's called use comments to connect with your community but there's no quiz on this one so what I'm going to do is I'm going to actually go through the course so that you and I can get up to speed with how to handle comments on our YouTube channel 

By the way hello I'm Neil Mossey, I'm a development producer helping high achieving creators and performers just like you - double five - to get ideas out of your head and out onto here on YouTube 
to make the world happier because we need we need your channel we need your stuff 
it's saturday night here in the Happy Hut
I've got my game show T-shirt my London Weekend Television T-shirt that usually came before every game show that I grew up with 

let's show you 
let's do it again some Harry Rabinowitz glockenspiel there 
so the first thing on the course is this video here 
there's a link in the description I'll link to it on screen now 
it's basically a video that explains everything in the course anyway so we'll skip straight to lesson two 

promote quality comments 
comments are a great place to get direct feedback from your viewers 
answer their questions and above all create a community and conversation around your videos 
here are some specific things that we can do to achieve that 

heart our favourite comments 
when you heart a comment viewers will see your channel icon with a small red heart and may receive a notification that you loved what they wrote I... I give out these as much as possible 
I'm just delighted at any comment that I get 
I've sometimes put them on some really horrible comments as well just to annoy the the commenter 
I'm not sure they're intended that way 

this is a quick and effective way to build fan loyalty and to show your appreciation to viewers 
pin comments to the top of your feed 
pinning lets us highlight what comments our fans see when watching our videos 
I don't know if I should do this as "you" or "we" 
I'm gonna do it as "we" because I'm not... I'm not YouTube 

we can either pin our own comment or a fan comment 
pinning our own comments is a great way to clarify something from our video 
ask your audience a specific question 
tease a specific moment or easter egg 
pin a fan comment that stood out to me to highlight them and to thank our viewers for watching 
this may seem obvious but replying to comments shows our audience that we're listening and interested in their feedback 
use replies to answer fan questions or thank them individually 
find comments using new filters 

this is what it looks like 
it's a new tool to help us manage our comments by allowing us to search for specific keywords and filter by subscriber status, channel member status, the number of subscribers that the commenter has, comments that contain questions so that we can respond more easily and our response status to only see comments that we have or haven't responded to 

lesson three handle hurtful or inappropriate comments 
as we probably know, not all comments are positive or appropriate 
YouTube recognizes how incredibly important it is for us to keep our community positive and safe and for us to maintain our own well-being 
here are actions that we can take at the comment level 

we can remove the comments and all of its replies 
do this by clicking the three dots next to the comment and selecting remove 
we can also do this from within YouTube studio in the comments tab 
flag the comments to YouTube 
if the comment violates YouTube's community guidelines, it will be removed 
hide the user 
doing this blocks a specific user from posting comments on any of our videos 
we can block a user from commenting directly from their inappropriate comments or in the community tab in our channel settings 
users are not alerted when we block them 

I love this 
they carry on leaving horrible comments completely unaware that none of them are showing up which which I love 
Here are actions that we can take at the channel level 
from our YouTube settings go to the community tab then defaults 
from here we can choose to allow all comments, hold potentially inappropriate comments for review, hold all comments for review, disable comments 
if we hold any comments for review they will not appear publicly until we've reviewed them 

so this has got nothing to do with comments but I absolutely love two channels 
there's ali abdaal and MARY spender and they're British 
obviously their channels are excellent but I love the way they speak and they speak so clearly and articulate so clearly in a way that I don't think that I have trained myself to do 
I've noticed on my videos 25% of the viewers are watching with the subtitles on and I've got a feeling it's just to clarify my particular english accent 
so I'm working on it 

I'm trying to pronounce my consonants 
I'm trying to read more slowly 
if you can understand what I'm saying say hello in the comments below it'd be lovely to hear from you 
it'd be good to know what you think about this this episode

It's slightly different because I'm just reading out the course which wasn't the spirit of the quiz the... the saturday night game show 
the setting that we choose here in the-- in the comment settings applies to all of our new videos and we can also select these defaults on an individual video basis in the advanced tab 

we can create a blocked words list 
sometimes people may use words or phrases that we don't want to see on our channel 
from channel settings go to the community tab where we'll see a section here for blocked words and we can add words or phrases that we don't want to appear in our comments section 

we can also add comments moderators 
add trusted community members to flag comments on our videos for removal 
the comments that they flag are removed from the public comments section and can be found in our helpful review queue as flagged by moderator until we approve or remove them 
and we can add a moderator in our channel settings under community or from the comments tab in YouTube studio 

turn off comments completely 
if we're feeling overwhelmed by comments and these tools, we can choose to turn off all comments by selecting disabled comments in our community defaults 
and that's it! 
the.. the the clock has hit... I was going to call it a counter 
the clock has hit zero which means we can now...
it's quiz time! 
yes it's time 

only three questions tonight so hold on to your hats I'll...
I'll try to get through them as swiftly as possible and scroll up 
test your knowledge 
it's weird having them on the side of the screen isn't it 
if you're still watching this, that's a good sign probably that this layout is working 
question one 

what happens if we flag a comment 
it's held for review 
it's sent to YouTube for review for a community guidelines violation 
it's immediately deleted 
or all of the above 

I'm gonna go for this one all of the above 
oh no!
that's the first time I've got a question wrong 
oh no hang on with this-- 
this isn't a course exam, this is just a test your knowledge quiz 
I think this is the first time that I definitely know I've got a question wrong 
so let's try again what happens if you flag a comment 

I will go for it's sent to YouTube for review 
excellent!
flagging a comment sends it to YouTube for a review to see if it violates YouTube's community guidelines 
if it does then it's removed 

which of the following is the best way to handle comments that use words or phrases that you don't want to see 
delete the comment 
hide the user who left a comment 
set up a blocked words list 
or disable comments completely 

I am going to choose set up a blocked words list 
that's right 
while all of these options are ways to handle inappropriate comments, the best option is to keep certain words or phrases from being used is to set up a block words list 

which of the following is one way to use comments to positively engage your audience 
turn comments off 
use comments moderators 
create a blocked words list 
or heart a comment 

I'll go for heart a comment 
well done! 
hearting a comment shows your fans that you appreciate them 
now if I hit submit it just says quiz complete 
so there's no letter of... what's it called? 
letter of completion this week 

this is quiz number four 
it's a slightly different one 
what do you think 
was it better to actually have the course before the quiz 
I'm not sure 
I think I like just diving in straight... straight to the quiz 
let me know in the comments below 
thanks for playing along and let me know how you did 
let me know if you got any wrong, and right here is what YouTube thinks you should be watching next!
all the other quizzes are in in the description thanks for playing along


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Tuesday, 2 March 2021

41 FREE YouTube courses in 1 year? Plus KITTENS! YouTube Creator Academy Course Exam #3



How to create great content - direct from YouTube!
We cover find your niche, vlog like a pro, shoot on mobile, hook them with your channel trailer!

I'm taking every YouTube Creator Academy course and taking the exam 
IN REAL TIME WITH YOU (almost) on here every week through 2021. 
This week it's the third course exam: 
"Create Great Content: 10 fundamentals of a creative strategy" 
and the link to the course is here: 


41 FREE YouTube courses in 1 year? Plus KITTENS! YouTube Creator Academy Course Exam #3



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We have started the clock!
That's the countdown to the quiz 
Now you probably know this already but there's this thing called the YouTube Creator Academy where you can learn about every single aspect of YouTube 

there are 41 courses and for some reason I've decided this year I'm going to do every single one of them and right now you and me in real time we're going to be doing the 10 fundamentals of a creative strategy 
that it's a bit of a lumpy title 

there's a link in the description and it covers: find your niche, vlog like a pro, shooting on mobile and how to hook them with our channel trailer 
but at the end you can see there it's a course exam 
well that's the quiz that we're going to do 

I'm doing these one a week in real time with you so that you can play along with me 
by the way if you've not been here before hello I'm Neil Mossey, I'm a development producer helping high achieving creators and performers just like you to get ideas out of your head and out onto here on YouTube to make the world happier 

it's Saturday night here in the Happy Hut, and I hope the spirit of Saturday night is wherever you are watching this right 
now look I've even got my game show t-shirt on!
My London Weekend Television T-shirt to get in the quiz mood 
[LWT THEME]
I forgot to do the jingle last week 
[LWT THEME AGAIN]
the LWT chimes
[LWT THEME AGAIN]

But enough of that, time to zip myself up 
the clock has hit zero let's dive in and do this quiz 
we have nine questions to get through so let's start with question one 
it's always difficult trying to get the whole thing on screen and to get me on the screen so I'm gonna put me on and take me off 
by the time we've done 41 of these I'll have worked out how best to do this 

imagine you're going to start a music channel 
how could you make sure that your channel is interactive 
ask your viewers what their favorite bands are and create playlists based off their answers 
encourage your fans to send you ideas for future videos 
record live performances and interview fans in attendance 
or all of the above 
so how can you make sure that your channel is interactive 

I'm going to go for all of the above 
oh by the way no more noobie was playing along with last week's quiz and said that some of his answers differ from mine and uh YouTube Creator Academy doesn't actually tell you which answers are correct as you go along 
so if you have any different answers from me as you go please put them in the comments 
it'd be great to see if you differed from from any of mine 

question two what are some of the best ways to make it seem like you're having a conversation with your audience 
interview your friends and family on screen 
look directly into the camera and lecture into it 
don't change the camera angle 
I should change the angle sometimes shouldn't I 
say hello goodbye and or thanks to your fans in every video 
I want to do that at the end of this video 
I'm going to say hello goodbye and or thanks 
every now and then have a conversation with your neighbor and film it for your channel 
so what are the best ways to make it seem like you're having a conversation with your audience 
I will go with say hello goodbye and or thanks to your fans in every video 

question three why is it important for each of your videos to work as a standalone piece 
if a video cannot stand alone it will always have low watch time 
viewers don't typically watch more than one video in a series 
if a video cannot stand alone a viewer may not understand the full context and may leave 
this isn't important because subscribers will have enough context 
I will go for if a video can't stand alone a viewer may not understand the full context and may leave 
you get the context of this though surely 
we've got I think six questions left of the nine 

question four which of these tactics could make your video more shareable 
develop a video about a hot topic something culturally relevant at the time 
create an emotional response such as making viewers laugh 
feature a guest star whom your viewers love 
or all of the above 
I think I'm going to go for all of the above 

which of the following topics would probably be considered relevant to many viewers 
a local sporting event 
how-to videos 
videos of your mum's cat 
I... I do want to now put up footage of my late Mum's cat 
there's DeeDee and Amber 
it was taken before the days of HD 

uh or live streaming while you're doing the dishes 
it says washing the dishes 
live streaming while you're washing the dishes 

so which of the following topics would be considered relevant to many viewers 
I'm going to go for how-to videos
I don't like the hyphen in the how-to 
it makes it look too urgent 

question 6 what's a good guideline to be more sustainable on your channel 
focus on upload quantity not quality 
invest in a studio and hire help immediately 
never record more than one video per day 
or produce videos that take less time and labour 
so what's a good line to be more sustainable 

I would go for produce videos that take less time and labor 
three questions left 

you're about to launch your show idea 
good luck 
how many of the ten fundamentals can help you 
none 
less than half of them 
at least half of them 
or all of them 

well given it's an entire course on the YouTube Creator Academy I'll venture that it's all of them 
question eight are we gonna pass this week what do you think 
you know with 41 courses there's got to be one where I fail spectacularly in front of you 
penultimate question 

whether you aim for a niche or broad audience is an example of which fundamental
collaboration 
discoverability 
targeting 
or being conversational 

I think discoverability oh no hang on or is it targeting 
oh whether you aim for a niche or broad audience 
yeah I'll go for targeting 
if you choose differently please say in the comments 
oh by the way you know there is a link to the whole course and that's in the description below so you can follow everything that leads up to this quiz 
final question question nine 

what's an example of making your channel more interactive 
record several videos on the same day 
make sure that your concepts can be boiled down to one sentence 
communicate your upload schedule in your channel banner 
or pose a question that you want your audience to answer in the comments 

I will go for pose a question that you want your audience to answer in the comments 
and if you've reached this point in the video please put the word buttress in the comments 
because I... I don't know if anyone's made it to question nine this week 
but that'll be like a little wink, just put buttress in the comments and then I'll get 10 comments with the word buttress in and then I'll know 

let's submit 
quiz complete 
now the way it says get my letter I think this indicates that we may have passed this week 
yes!

Letter of completion!
Neil Mossey for completion of great... no create great content 
so there it is my letter of completion 
how did you do 
I'd love to know how are these quizzes going for you 

I've got links to the first and second courses and I'll even try and put a link to next week's course when I get that done 
but I'm hoping these quizzes uh are helping in some kind of way 
and right here is what YouTube thinks you should be watching next thanks for playing along and I'll see you next week right here ow!
I'm not sure... was that a good one I don't know



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SONY ZV1 can you film 4K on Micro SD card? ZV-1 camera video zoom & sample footage zooming!



Can you shoot 4K with a Sony ZV1 on a Micro SD card? And what is the zoom lens like, is the Sony ZV-1 camera zooming any good?
This is a big old sample footage test - 4K video to show you what it's like for me. It's also my first 4K video, so a massive learn for me. I show you the best Sony ZV 1 camera menu settings I use for 4K and the best micro SD card I've found.

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I get the impression you would like to see a Sony ZV1 camera video sample 
that's footage shot in 4k on on this - the Sony ZV1 or ZV1 depending on where in the world you are 

I have a funny feeling that I might actually be the best person to show you this because I spent about an hour and a half yesterday shooting this: 
I shot this video yesterday. About an hour's worth of material and I couldn't use one frame of it 

I did literally everything wrong 
everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong 
I didn't shoot in 4k 
I thought... I thought that setting it to 50 frames per second would put it into 4k 
It's... it's not obviously 
you have to go to file format and choose 4k there 

the other thing I did wrong was that the ZV1 or ZV1... it has a gyroscope inside so it sensed that I was holding this camera vertically like this 
and it shot all the material in portrait and I didn't want this for instagram 
so this is my second attempt and it turns out that this is my very first 4k video 
I'm shooting this on my GoPro hero5 
I've brought this along so that you can actually see the camera and I've had this camera for like four years - never shot 4k 
so as you can see I'm absolutely the best person to be showing you this 

hello I'm Neil Mossey, I'm a development producer helping high achieving creators and performers just like you - that's a GoPro high five - to get ideas out of your head and out onto here on YouTube where we absolutely need them 

we need... we need you to be making videos and I'm making these videos so that you can avoid all the mistakes that I'm making on my YouTube journey 
I'm not a camera guru or a photography expert and I'm going to try and do as much talking as possible so you get to see as much 4k footage as possible 

let me cut to the other camera now 
this is my my setup 
I've got a Sony ZV1 on top of a gorillapod and I've got my boya by-m1 microphone 
I've made a video about that: that's in the description below 

I've got this windshield on because it is a bit breezy and it seems to be helping the audio and on top of the camera - let's get the GoPro in again - I've put a phone holder to uh just put my notes in front of me because we've got a lot to get through and I'm going to talk a lot so that you get to see as much footage as possible 
I'm holding it on a gorillapod 

I tried it with my hand grip yesterday and I just needed it to be just a bit further away so you can actually see something other than my big face 
I have made a whole load of video that's the correct collective noun by the way - a load of videos 

I've made a whole load of videos about the Sony ZV1 camera and one of them is can you use a micro SD card with a Sony ZV1 camera? 
here's a spoiler yes you can.
But one of the comments that I got was was this it reads Grabba in 4k? 

I'm not sure my pronunciation is correct and isn't it something like graba en cuatro-K 
now I think I know what this means but I put it into Google translate and it came out as "can you record in 4k on a micro SD card?" 
which was a really specific question but I thought well why not make a video about it 

I'm in the uk so I'm shooting in pal which means I'm on 25 frames per second and I chose the 50m setting, but when you switch it to 100m you get this error message: 
it says basically you've got to use a card which is rated U3 and luckily I had just bought one of those I've got it on screen now 

I'll put a link in the description to that card 
and I know what you're thinking which is, Neil... why don't you just buy an SD card 
they cost about the same as the micro SD cards and they're actually designed for proper cameras like this 
and I hear you but all my cameras up until this point have used the micro SD card 

I've got my DJI Osmo Pocket, my GoPro Hero5 plus my daughter's got a camera my son's got a drone... 
it means that I've got a lot of micro SD cards that I wanted to use
it's just really handy being able to flip those cards across all my devices 
plus I've got I've got quite a lot of them as well.

And if you're interested I'm... I've got this set to intelligent auto, active stabilization at 25 frames per second, the 50m 
this is going so well I think I might even look up what the m means! 
so how's this working for you so far? 

leave me a comment let me know what you think 
but I've got a second question and it came on this comment here and the comment reads 
how is the zoom on a Sony ZV1 camera? 

Is it enough for the average user because I see the zoom on the RX100 mk6 or mk7 is bigger but it costs too much just for that feature and I... I completely hear you 
I mean this this camera here isn't cheap either, so what I'm going to do... 
I'm going to find, I'm in uh some ancient heath land and I think there's some ancient uh burial mounds like that one there 

I found myself a really nice burial mound to stand on and this is what I can see on the GoPro.
And if we cut to the Sony ZV1 camera... 
and what I'm going to do is, I'm going to zoom in to the end of the optical zoom which is about there so you can see that building there 

I'll just take it back a little bit because the digital zoom kicks in really smoothly 
so that's the end of the optical zoom and then I'm going to push it in just a bit further to go all the way in
And then to give you an idea of the capability of this, I'm going to zoom all the way out in one move.
So that is the extent of the... of the zoom

And something that-- that's really useful for me because I'm using a lapel mic 
if I were using the onboard mic you would hear the the zoom mechanism really loudly 
so it's nice to be able to separate my voice from the zoom on the camera 
let's go all the way out
if you're interested in the battery life I've been running my ZV-1 for about 40 minutes on airline mode and the screen at sunny weather brightness so I've saved power with the airline mode - or airplane mode - and 

I've probably blown it all on the on the bright screen 
but at least I can see what I'm doing 
and it's lasted for 40 minutes I'm on the final bar of battery right now so I think I'm on its last legs 
shall I just show you some 4k footage and run some music? 

I'll do that for a minute just so you can see what the footage looks like just as a normal video sample.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
OOOH!
is this video helping? 
I don't think anyone will reach this point of the video but if you have why not say hi in the comments below 
and right here are all my videos about the Sony ZV1 camera 
I hope there's something in there to also help out with you with this camera

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Sunday, 14 February 2021

Get discovered! YOUTUBE CREATOR ACADEMY COURSE EXAM #2



I'm taking every YouTube Creator Academy course and taking the exam LIVE on here every week through 2021. 
This week it's the second exam: "Get Discovered" and the link to the course is here: https://creatoracademy.youtube.com/page/course/get-discovered?hl=en

Get discovered! YOUTUBE CREATOR ACADEMY COURSE EXAM #2



0:00 Get discovered! YOUTUBE CREATOR ACADEMY COURSE EXAM answers #2
1:00 What do you call the combination of title, description, tags, and thumbnail?
1:30 What characteristics should you consider when finalizing your title?
2:25 Creating misleading titles, thumbnails and descriptions is a great way to get your videos discovered.
2:40 How can you keep your “What to Watch” & “My Subscriptions” sections active?
3:25 To attract viewers you want to create the perfect thumbnail. What advice would you follow?
4:30 When crafting your title, where should you include relevant and descriptive keywords?
5:05 Series playlists facts!
5:40 Which feature would you add to your video when speaking a call to action on screen?
6:05 What’s a benefit of creating playlists?
6:35 Where can you go to see which keywords viewers are using to find your video?
7:00 YouTube may remove videos that violate Community Guidelines: True/False
7:15 What is a benefit of organizing videos into sections? MY CHANNEL PAGE SECTIONS VIDEO IS HERE: https://youtu.be/0jDJa-rtXPs
8:10 What would you NOT use in an image that encourages viewers to click on your thumbnail?
8:45 Why would you want to avoid clickbait in your thumbnails and titles?
9:20 How do advertiser-friendly thumbnails and titles affect monetization?

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And there's a big countdown to us starting the quiz 
hello I am doing... I don't know why but I am doing every single YouTube Creator Academy course and here's what they look like 
there are 41 courses and at the end of each one there's a course exam 
I am going to do one every single week this year in real time on here so that you can follow along and play along with me and today it's course exam number two 
it's the second one 
I'm doing get discovered 
we've got search and discovery 
effective thumbnails and titles 
smart descriptions 
cards and end screens 
uploads playlists and collaboration 
Hello I'm Neil Mossey and I'm a development producer helping high achieving creators and performers just like you to-- let's do a double one -- to get ideas out of your head and out onto here on YouTube, to make the world a happier place.
So the clock has hit zero I'm in the game show mood 
I've got my London Weekend t-shirt on let's get the other music going!
question one what do you call the combination of title description tags and thumbnail search data 
metadata 
video data or channel data 
now we're just going to play along but if you feel strongly about any of the answers put them in the in the comments 
for this one I'm going to go for metadata let's try that and I'll hit next 
the Creator Academy course doesn't give you uh any kind of validation or answer as you go along and it just tells you at the end whether or not you've failed or passed so fingers crossed 
let's uh let's not mess this one up 
question two you've created a new video about how to make the perfect tiara 
what characteristics should you consider when finalizing your title 
create the longest title possible 
more characters are always better 
include popular search terms even if they aren't related to your video because this will improve search results 
your title really doesn't matter if you have a fantastic thumbnail 
or keep your title short and relevant which one would you go for
I'm going to go for the last option keep your title short and relevant although I don't know you know... longest title means you can cram more good words in!
I'll hit next true or false this is question three 
creating misleading titles thumbnails and or descriptions is a great way to get your videos discovered true or false 
go for false 
next question four larry can't create a new video each week however he wants his subscribers to see activity on his channel 
what are some actions that larry can take to keep his what to watch and my subscriptions sections active 
I... I watch a lot of YouTube and I... I don't think I've ever seen what to watch 
have you seen it but put it in the comments 
maybe I'm being really dense and I've I've just not watched it 
how can you keep your what to watch and my subscriptions sections active 
like or comment on videos 
tweet out with a relevant hashtag 
upload daily even if it isn't the best quality 
or regularly change thumbnails 
I'm going to go with like or comment on videos 
I like doing that anyway 
say hello if you've got a channel 
say hello if-- we want to see your channel!
a third of the way through already this is--  
got a good feeling about this one 
I don't know what we win 
I'll think of something by the end of the 41 videos 
daria the diva has just uploaded a new video masterpiece 
I've got beavis and butthead in my head 
do you remember daria 
[BEAVIS VOICE] Dariiiahhh!
To attract viewers she wants to create the perfect thumbnail what advice would you give to daria 
be sure to include people in her thumbnail because that always results in more clicks 
be sure to use the thumbnail YouTube suggests because that one is always best 
be sure to use a custom thumbnail that is clear and compelling 
or be sure to include some text in the thumbnail because that will make it more click-friendly 
which one do you think for the perfect thumbnail 
I think I'm going to go for: be sure to use a custom thumbnail that's clear and compelling 
by the way I hate the thumbnails that I'm making for these videos 
please if you've got any ideas for them, put them in the comments because it's difficult 
there's a lot of text to get in 
I want to get me in 
there isn't a lot here to play with in terms of images 
maybe I should like wear a game show host outfit or something I don't know 
question six when crafting your title where should you include relevant and descriptive keywords 
at the beginning 
in the middle 
at the end 
or placement doesn't matter 
now I'm going to go for at the beginning because YouTube can truncate your title so I'm going to go for that 
question 7 of the 15. 
series playlists help inform the YouTube algorithm about the order in which to display content to a viewer 
series playlists can't be posted outside of YouTube 
series playlists can include videos from other channels 
and series playlists can be downloaded by the most active subscribers 
now I did the course for this course exam 
there's a link to it in the description below 
I wasn't up on series playlists about how they work so I'm going to go for the first answer 
series playlists help inform the YouTube algorithm which feature 
question 8 which feature would you add to your video when speaking a call to action on screen 
a card 
credits 
metadata 
or playlist 
which feature would you add to your video when saying a call to action on screen 
I would add a card like this one 
I'll add a card this is the video I'm feeling good about at the moment 
question nine what's a benefit of creating playlists 
playlists help to organize your YouTube analytics 
playlists allow you to organize your channel and give your audience a personalized experience 
playlists allow you to create personalized videos for your audience 
or playlists help you connect your adsense account 
I'm gonna go for the second answer: playlists allow you to organize your channel and give your audience a personalized experience 
stick with this we've got five more to go 
we can do this 
where can you go to see which keywords viewers are using to find your video 
traffic sources in YouTube analytics 
YouTube metadata 
google trends 
or the library 
where can you go to see which keywords viewers are using? 
I would go to traffic sources in YouTube analytics 
next question 11 
YouTube may remove videos that violate our community guidelines true or false 
yeah I think YouTube may review..? 
may review 
I can't say it 
question 12 final three 
what is a benefit of organizing videos into sections 
it allows you to change the contents of video after uploaded 
it increases total watch time for content on the channel 
it makes it easier for people to choose videos to watch 
or results in more subscribe to your channel 
it's always good when it results in more subscribe 
I think I think it makes it easier for people to choose videos to watch and I'll tell you why 
I've made a whole video about organizing videos into sections and I don't think most of us know that they're called sections 
I just call them rows of videos on my channel home page but if you want to add those rows to your channel just click on the link in the description or it's on screen now 
that was a fun one to make but I think I'm going to go for that one: makes it easier for people to choose videos to watch 
which of the following tactics would you not use to design an image that encourages viewers to click on your thumbnail 
adjust the contrast brightness and saturation levels to create pale images 
I do do that a bit 
consider adding your branding and or some descriptive text to the image 
upload high resolution files so images display clearly at all sizes 
or use the rule of thirds to compose interesting and dynamic images 
I think I'll go for the pale images 
penultimate question 
question 14 why would you want to avoid click bait in your thumbnails and titles 
THE TRUTH!
why would you want to avoid click bait 
this can turn away some viewers who find it unappealing 
this impacts how your video is recommended to new viewers 
this sets the wrong expectations about what's in the content 
or all of the above 
I think I'll go for all of the above as a consumer of clickbait 
finally last question how do advertiser friendly thumbnails and titles affect monetization 
only advertisers of specific products can run ads on mature content 
advertisers pay higher rates if you mention them in your video title 
advertisers can opt out of keywords that don't align to their brand 
or no advertiser would ever want to be associated with a controversial topic 
I am going to go for advertisers can opt out of keywords that don't align to their brand 
let's click submit 
quiz complete 
how did you how did you do? 
leave me a comment let me know 
are these questions easy, hard? 
now unfortunately it doesn't tell me which questions I got right and which ones I got wrong but it does say that I've done it 
I've got a letter of completion 
hey I've got my other one this is my letter of completion from last week 
I actually printed it out 
you could hear me printing it out but I didn't show it on camera 
so now we've got two of them all of these course exams are on this playlist here 
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Friday, 12 February 2021

Before you publish a new video... YOUTUBE CREATOR ACADEMY COURSE EXAM #1 Quickstart guide to YouTube



YouTube Creator Academy LIVE COURSE EXAM!
I'm taking every YouTube Creator Academy course and taking the exam LIVE on here every week through 2021.

This week it's "The quickstart guide to YouTube" which covers 
Welcome to YouTube
YouTube Basics
Brand your channel
An introduction to YouTube policies and guidelines...

Before you publish a new video... YOUTUBE CREATOR ACADEMY COURSE EXAM #1 Quickstart guide to YouTube



TRANSCRIPT: (CLICK PLAY ON THE VIDEO ABOVE)

THIS IS THE TRANSCRIPT - CLICK PLAY ON THE VIDEO ABOVE!

Is this it, are we live?
Hello uh welcome it's Friday night here in the UK I’m totally not prepared for this as you're about to see 

this is a really unusual departure for me on two levels and I’m gonna walk you through the the two things that I’m doing for the first time live
it's what eight minutes to seven o'clock at night so I’m in the happy hut and I’m assuming that nobody is watching this but if you are then you'll know that my name is Neil Mossey

hello I’m a development producer helping high achieving creators and performers just like you to get ideas out of your head and out onto here on YouTube 
and this video is going out live thanks to a trial that I’m trying out 
they're not paying me they're not affiliated to me at all 

I’m just trying out this software it's called melon app and that's why there's this logo in the corner and 
I’m a bit freaked out because I thought I’d be able to stream this privately and record the stream and then upload it later but the free plan only allows you to go live so I wasn't quite expecting to be live 
so hello it's great to have you here and I’m so not used to this dashboard that I’m looking at that I don't even know if anyone is watching this 
I don't even know if it's live 
let's show on stream 

yes I’ve got a bohemian rhapsody effect going on there but this is what I’m looking at this is what I can see 
I can see on there that two people are watching and I don't know one of them is me so if you are the other person thank you 

you are the one person watching my live stream right now on a Friday night courage to you my friend 
so that's the first big thing that I’m doing so I’ll take that off “using melon app for the first time” and show this the screen I’ve done that 

the second thing I’m going to do is as you can see from the words along the bottom here all right so this is the YouTube Creator Academy 
and they have all these courses 
I counted them there are 46 courses 

why don't I just do every single course and do the course exam live at the end of every week to show what I’ve learned and also to get you to play along and see if you can take the course exam too and maybe we can compare scores 

I don't know, I’m not encouraging any cheating so if you want to talk amongst yourselves that's great but I’m going to try and do this course exam for real 
the course that we're doing today is the quickstart guide to YouTube 
it's the first course I think - it's one of the basic courses 

there are 21 basics courses it's the very first one 
so these are the 21 courses that I’m going to go through one at a time 
you can see I’ve started a few of them and I thought the only way I could see this through is to use you as an accountability partner 

I should have told some friends that I’m doing this 
it got to about four o'clock I thought oh why don't I just do it and see what happens 
these are the lessons that I’ve just done 
it only took me half an hour and on... if you're watching this on the recording I’ll put a link to the YouTube Creator Academy in the description 

but I’ll also put a link to this actual course so you can follow along or maybe even go back and see if you get any wrong 
should we do the exam?
and I think if I get it wrong I think I’ve got to like wait a couple of months before I can take it again 

now I’m not looking at-- only because I can't - but I’m not looking at my chat because I don't want to cheat but you can cheat in the chat if you want to 
so the first question in the quick start guide to YouTube is how can people discover your content on YouTube 

I’m not looking at the chat because I can't open the window so put in the chat what you think the 
answer is and I’ll go through the chat afterwards and we'll see if anyone gets any of these questions right 
so how can people discover your content on YouTube 
it's like a really terrible pub quiz isn't it 
you got better things to do?!

the multiple choice answers are 
YouTube.com on their computer 
YouTube app on their phone 
YouTube app on their smart tv 
or all of the above 
I’m gonna go for all of the above 

oh next what is a good question to ask yourself when defining your channel's mission
how can I have an impact 
how can I make a ton of money 
sorry I’ve got Mike Reid in my head 
there was a game show in the 1970s called runaround 

I’ll put a link to that in the description 
how can I reach 100000 subscribers 
or how can I produce a viral video 
answer now in the comments or live chat if you're my one viewer on the live stream on a Friday night 
I think I’m going to go for how can I have an impact 
oh so we don't get the scores or answers to the end 
I promise I’ll speed it up a bit so we can get through these 

why should you pay attention to your channel name?
it needs to be different from your real name 
it helps to include trending keywords 
it will always appear in your video credits 
or it can live on your channel for years 
put your answer in the comments now 
what I’m going to go for it can live on your channel for years 
now I don't want to be that annoying person in the exam but I’m finding these a bit easy so it'll be a shock if we get any of these wrong 

before you publish a new video what's an important step 
add details to describe what your video is about 
pre-populate comments for early viewers to see 
embed the video url across your social media 
last option is write down your number of subscribers 
so before you publish a new video what's an important step put your answer down now 
I’m going to go for... because I’m reading them out I’m not actually taking them in 
I can't do more than one thing at a time 

see it could be embed the url but I’m gonna go for uh add details to describe what your video is about 
what's the basic definition of watch time 
this is question five and that was my chair by the way not me 
the hazards of live streaming 

what's the basic definition of watch time 
the number of people watching your channel right now 
the time of day that most viewers visit your channel 
the average time that someone spends on YouTube 
or the amount of time that viewers watch your videos 
so put your answer now in the chat in the live chat if you're watching the live stream and put it in the comments if you're watching the recording afterwards 
I’m gonna do this next week and we're to really zip through these 

I’m going to go for no no... be the amount of time that viewers watch your videos 
which action helps you build your community 
interact with fan comments like I’m not right now I’m so sorry but I can only open one window 
like every video that you watch 
that is always a good idea 
change your channel name 
or publish a new video every day 

And I’m gonna go with interact with fan comments 
are you getting many comments on your YouTube channel leave a comment let me know! 
we can sort something out and comment on each other's channel 
your channel branding should be 
simple 
or relevant to your channel 
or consistent 
or all of the above 
Whoa, a trick uh a curveball there for the last option 
I’m gonna go for all of the above 

and I can see... I don't like by the way I don't like the fact that I’ve got the word melon in the corner of the screen there 
I’ve got the word melon over my bald head there!
that's not right 
why should you use consistent branding this is question eight it's nearly there 

why should you use consistent branding 
because you want your channel to be discovered in search results 
because you paid someone to market your brand 
because you want viewers to instantly recognize your brand 
or because you want to provide a fun experience 
so why should you use consistent branding 
I’m gonna go for because you want viewers to instantly recognize your brand 
how easy are you finding... I’m finding these quite easy 
do some bragging in the in the comments or the chat if these seem a bit too uh basic for you 
maybe they get harder through the year and build ourselves up 

what branding elements consists of a welcome video to potential fans 
the channel trailer 
the channel banner 
the channel card 
or the channel description 
I’m going to go for channel trailer 
Cindy finds a video on YouTube that seems inappropriate 
I’ve had that this week 

I just got a community guidelines warning for one of my thumbnails and I appealed it or if you're in the UK I appealed against it 
and the... the appeal was successful 
and then three hours later the YouTube automatically banned it again and I’ve got I’ve got a community guideline strike 
I’ve got a video on that coming up very soon 
I bet it was cindy flagging it 

anyway cindy finds a video on YouTube that seems inappropriate what would you recommend her to do 
email the creator to express her outrage 
unsubscribe from the channel 
yeah that that would be a good idea cindy 
flag the video for review 
or add the video to her playlist 
her evil playlist 

so which one would you go for? 
are you going to go for cindy's evil playlist 
or unsubscribing go away don't come back 
I... I think it's going to be flagged the video for a review isn't it 
penultimate question 

I’m channelling my inner Derek Batey.
if you don't know who Derek Batey is google it after the quiz 
but uh I need more hair I think to pull off the Derek Batey 
that deserves a community guideline strike doesn't it 
me talking about pulling yes uh so anyway...

I can't have another community guideline strike please 
you've received a content id claim what does this mean 
a copyright owner has identified content in your video that belongs to them 
another creator claims that you stole their idea for your video 
I don't think anyone's going to steal the idea for this 
and if they do they've got 46 of these to make 

you've received a content id claim what does this mean 
you may have accidentally uploaded the same video twice 
or your video infringes intellectual property and you're probably in big trouble 
well again this has happened to me by accident this month uh we'll go for a copyright owner has identified content in your video that belongs to them 
next final question we've got this 
here we go 

what's the potential consequence of multiple copyright strikes 
your channel may be terminated 
your subscribe button will be disabled 
your channel banner will get a strike badge 
I’d like one of them maybe I should make one of my own like the the play button that I made 
the final option your videos may be age restricted 

put your answer in the chat or the comments now 
don't look at the person next to you 
what's a potential consequence of multiple copyright strikes 
I think it's going to be the big bad termination your... your channel may be terminated 

let's see if we pass this course exam live on a Friday night live across the world 
quiz complete 
how did you do 
is that it?

I thought it would tell us how we did 
get my letter - shall we see?
letter of completion 
that's it great 
I... I thought we would get some kind of recap of the questions and answers 
so we did it we I don't know what the percentage is 

Did you do okay 
leave a comment with your score 
I thought there would be some kind of fanfare or some kind of tension release at the end there but it is quite like an episode of Mr & Mrs.
I’m gonna be here every week I’m hoping to do this around the same time sort of six o'clock on a Friday night GMT 

this is how pathetic I am - I need validation from YouTube actually on YouTube 
so next week we'll do get discovered which is all about enhancing your channel's search and discovery potential on YouTube 
thanks so much for joining me 

if you joined us live - “us” - it's just me 
you can probably hear the rain 
if you have joined us thanks so much for... for coming along for the ride and if you're watching on the on the recording say hello in the comments so that we can see your channel 
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Thursday, 11 February 2021

NEW ZV1 FIRMWARE UPDATE! How to use ZV1 as webcam USB streaming Sony ZV-1 camera latest version 2.00



Sony have just released a firmware update for the ZV-1 camera! 
It's version 2.00 (from v1.00) and has a new feature where you can plug the ZV 1 directly into a computer and use it as a webcam, with only a USB cable and no extra software or hardware! 

The HARDEST part was dealing with an error message: 
To start USB Streaming, unplug the USB cable. 
Execute USB streaming function before connecting USB cable. 
The solution is at 4:35

NEW ZV1 FIRMWARE UPDATE! How to use ZV1 as webcam USB streaming Sony ZV-1 camera latest version 2.00



And Version 2.00 firmware update for Mac is here:

0:00 NEW ZV1 FIRMWARE UPDATE! How to update ZV1 as webcam +USB cable Sony ZV-1 camera latest version 2.00
1:55 What is the latest firmware version for the Sony ZV-1 camera?
2:10 How to check for the latest firmware version on my Sony ZV1 camera
2:40 Where to get and download the latest system firmware update V 2.00 for the Sony ZV 1 camera.
3:00 How to set up the USB connection on a Sony ZV1 and connect the camera to a Windows PC. How to Execute USB streaming function before connecting USB cable.
5:20 How to set up Sony ZV1 camera for a zoom call with a USB cable
5:30 Where is the USB streaming function on a Sony ZV1?
6:10 How to connect and use a Sony ZV-1 camera as a webcam with Zoom.

TRANSCRIPT: (CLICK PLAY ON THE VIDEO ABOVE)

THIS IS THE TRANSCRIPT - CLICK PLAY ON THE VIDEO ABOVE!

How do I firmware update my Sony ZV1 camera to the latest version? 
Now as you know firmware is the the software that runs the camera so I'm effectively upgrading my little Sony ZV1 camera.

It's very exciting, Sony has just released version 2.00 but I've really not done this before because I've never firmware updated a Sony camera, so if you're like me and you've never done it before I'm going to do this step by step so you can follow along and hopefully avoid any mistakes that I make along the way.

And welcome to the happy hut! 
Hello I'm Neil Mossey usually I'm a development producer helping high achieving creators and performers just like you to get ideas out of your head and out onto here on YouTube but I have recently upgraded my camera to the Sony ZV 1 

I really miss not shooting this on this camera right now and I've been making videos along the way of my journey with my Sony ZV-1 camera.
I'm British so I should be calling it a ZV1 camera.

I am going to be following the instructions right here on the Sony website and the reason why this is especially exciting is that there's a new feature being released in the firmware update, and apparently you could just plug this straight into the computer and use it as a webcam.
Without any extra software or hardware. 

I've been using my ZV1 or ZV-1 so much with this, it's a very cheap capture card.
I got it for about $15, it works beautifully.

We're not going to need to use that anymore, so why not stick around to the end of the video to see if this actually works.
I'm going to plug this into the computer and I'm going to see if this works with zoom because that's what I've been using with the capture card.

We're going to try and do that with just the USB cable and this firmware version 2.00 update so let's dive in with the very first instruction here: before you start check the system software version.
Well first I... I know that I haven't updated this but we're going to check the firmware version that's already on the ZV1 camera.

We are going to press the menu button and then go along to setup and set up is the tab at the top which looks like a toolbox.
It's that yellow tab there, the fifth tab along and then I'll press the down button to go into the menus and we want page five.
And if you press the down button and go down to version and hit ok we can see that the firmware version on my ZV1 is 1.00 

We're gonna say goodbye to that soon! 
Next I'm gonna make sure that my battery is fully charged and I'm going to take out my memory card.
Oh no I need that! 
Next I'm going to hit download on the Sony website.

Read through the terms and conditions and hit download and I'll just save this to my desktop then I'm going to double click on the dot exe file that I've downloaded.

On the camera I'm going to select menu setup USB connection and check if mass storage is selected.
So I'm now going to turn the camera on and the Sony website asked me to connect with the supplied cable which isn't that long so I'm going to wing it and I've got a really long pink cable so we're going to see if this works.
I'm going to plug this into the computer and it's retracted the lens.

I don't know if you can see there...
I miss my ZV1 focus!
There you go USB mode and then I'm going to click next on the system software updater.
Oh no the battery level's too low! 

Charge the battery and start from the beginning again.
So I thought I'd be okay I was on three but I lied when I said it was fully charged actually I was on three bars of battery I thought that would be okay and it's not so I'm just gonna charge this up and we'll try again.
So I'm going to double click on the firmware update and I'm going to switch the camera on and plug the USB cable into the computer... so click next again.

Verify the version of the update information on the bottom left hand corner of the screen that's just down here.
It says current version, v1.00 version after the update v2.00 which means we can now click next.
Oh this looks good so this is exciting I think it's going to take a few minutes.

I won't make you sit through all of this but here's some highlights from the screen.
The update process has been completed! 
Whoa it's just come to life there we go there's a message on the screen there to start USB streaming unplug the USB cable execute USB streaming function before connecting USB cable.

So the update has been completed from the system software updater so the firmware update is done I think.
Next I'll disconnect the USB cable now all we have to do is check that the firmware has updated so I'm going to hit menu and we'll go to the same screen that we did before in setup.

Oh yeah screen number five go down to version hit okay...
Yes we've done it! 
That's a firmware update version 2.00 for the Sony ZV-1 camera fantastic.

Click ok, am I ok? I'm more than ok and we'll get this camera up onto my webcam position and let's see if it works on zoom.
I've plugged my ZV1 into my pc again and this box has come up on my windows.

Select to choose what happens with this device guess I will just take no action but I'm slightly stuck because it's saying I've got to execute USB streaming function before connecting the USB cable and I don't know where USB streaming function is.
I'm going to hunt around for it in the menu.

Okay I've figured this out it seems so simple but it's taken me 15 minutes to work this out.
The USB streaming function is on another menu - it's on the second tab, tab two.
The option right at the bottom there can you see it says USB streaming, we're going to hit ok.

I've now got my USB cable connected to my Sony ZV 1 camera or is it ZV-1 camera?
Leave a comment below see what you prefer.
Let me show you what's on screen now, it says start streaming from connected device! 
This is the moment of truth.

I've opened up zoom on my computer and I'll hit start and let's see if we can get this camera going.
I'll click join with computer audio.
I'll hit record so you can see what I'm recording and down here I'm going to see what happens when I hit the select camera button.
Whoa there it is! 

ZV1 camera is an option on zoom so I'll select that and I'll start video and there we go oh my goodness we can...

Oh this is crazy for me because I've spent six months using an HDMI capture card to run my ZV-1 camera through zoom I'm doing this just with a USB cable no extra hardware no extra software.

It's not even the proper Sony USB cable that I'm using and it it seems to work and this is the recording! 
This is the actual recording from zoom, I'm using the onboard microphone that's what you can hear right now, but this is the zoom recording this is the actual zoom recording.

That is the Sony ZV1 camera firmware update.
I have loads more ZV-1 camera videos or ZV 1 camera videos they're in this playlist here and right here is what youtube thinks you should be watching next.


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Wednesday, 10 February 2021

How I stopped my anxiety. Or Boris Bike Down. You decide: My next YouTube video



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TRANSCRIPT: (CLICK PLAY ON THE VIDEO ABOVE)

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I have shot this video five times and I don't know why but I can't seem to finish it, so I’m going to ask you to help me.
I’ve set up this poll and the link is in the description.

These are the videos that I really want to make and for whatever reason there's something stopping me from making them.
So I’m sorry to put this on you but I’m hoping that you can get me through this.

What video should I make next?
So the first one on the list is “how I stopped my anxiety”.
Ever since I was a school kid I’ve had this anxiousness.

I can only describe it as a ball of anxiety in my stomach.
It's just there all the time.
It just flares up and it flows down, I just felt that I would give a fight or flight response to everything.

That anything that was occurring in my life, anything I was thinking about, my stomach would react to it.
It's the only way I can describe it.
It's like a omnipresent ball of... a knot of anxiousness that was just there all the time.

But on top of that I was also getting really random panic attacks. 
Sometimes I was in quite stressful situations and I’d know it because my body would... would let me know, but sometimes it would just flare up for no reason whatsoever.

It was 11:58 in the morning and I’m with my writing partner in London's trendy Hoxton.
We're running down the streets around Old Street in London.
It's a place with lots of design and advertising companies.

We had a meeting that started at 12 and we just could not find this office at all.
So we're running around trying to find this this loft warehouse office among a sea of loft warehouse offices and I had to just stop dead I suddenly stopped dead and I said “it's gone!” 

He... he thought I was talking about the meeting.
I just noticed in that moment - I remember it was May 2016.
My anxiety had completely gone. 

It was gone.
He said: “Are you okay?” 
I said “No. I usually have that ball of... uh anxiety in my stomach I have that... the knot, the knot’s gone. My stomach feels completely normal.”

And I think he was a bit angry because I was kind of making this even later for this, this meeting.
I just had this weird feeling in me where everything... everything had gone.

The anxiety that I’d been living with for decades was just completely disappeared.
I don't know why my body isn't reacting to it anymore, so what happened?
Something happened.

It feels really weird talking about it.
I haven't really talked about it at all - just in real life let alone as a YouTube video.
Should I tell you what the two things are?

I mean there are lots of things that I’ve ruled out like getting older... my circumstances changing...
But if anything I think my, my circumstances have become more... more perilous and more likely to cause anxiety!
But it's gone. It's completely gone.

I think I know exactly what stopped my anxiety and I want to share that but I’m worried about sharing it because firstly it might not work for you if you're looking for a solution to how to stop your anxiety...
And I guess I’m scared that it might not work even though I’m not offering it TO work.

The funny thing is, this situation I’m in right now being in a park with a camera held in front of me just walking and talking with people around me that would usually trigger my anxiety response.
It would it would just really set off that feeling of horribleness.

I did two things and I... I continue to do those two things and the anxiety has completely 100% gone.
I, I almost miss the anxiety.
I almost want it to come back just to prove that I wasn't imagining it in the first place.

I can tell you the two things now, because that might help me to make this video.
The two things are: I fixed my sleep. 
Uh, it turns out that I uh... that I have sleep apnoea [sleep apnea] and I was given a machine to fix that.

But the anxiety stopping happened about a year and a half after going onto this machine, so I think getting my sleep fixed was the first step.
And then the second step was doing a thing called morning pages, where I get everything out of my head out onto the page.

I did it in a concerted way using a book called The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron.
I’d always done morning pages but I’d never hand written them.
This ball of anxiety, the panic attacks, the fight or flight response just went after literally three decades of feeling like this.

Three decades of this being just the way that I reacted to things.
It stopped. It stopped dead and it didn't come back.

Now I don't know why I don't want to make this video because, you know, on one level I’d think it would be really kind for people who might be suffering anxiety.
But I think I’m scared.

I’m scared that it would come off as a bit... I don't know, a bit smug? 
Or that I’m uh offering a solution that might not be appropriate to everyone or even anyone?
The next idea is how I got this scar.
I don't know if you can see it.

Don't know if that's in focus.
In December 2011 I was on a Boris bike.
I think in New York they're called citibikes but back then they were they were known as Boris bikes.

Anyway see... I’m already trying to talk the conversation away from what I should be talking about which is that I... I came off my bike and I... I don't remember a thing.
The five hours of my life that I, I don't remember.
It was Holborn Circus which is basically a roundabout.

I always found it quite tricky because when I turned off - they've changed the layout now - I’d always have to look behind me to make sure there wasn't a car behind me.
And that's the last thing I remember.

And then the next shot in my head, if it were a movie the next shot in my head would be a cut to just me looking at the ceiling.
I could see this hospital ceiling.
I didn't know his hospital ceiling, so one minute I’m on my bike the next minute I’m looking at the ceiling.

And it felt nice and warm and I realized I couldn't move... I couldn't turn my head because I had this massive plastic brace around it.
Just with my fingers, my hands, I felt around and I noticed that all my clothes had been uh cut off me.
Removed from me.
And it must have been quite a bad accident because my first instinct was: 

I’ve got to tell my boss.
So my phone - the nurses have very kindly left my phone by my side - I was in a corridor but I could feel under the covers. Got my phone, so I phoned... phoned my boss.
And I think literally verbatim - word for word - my message that I left on his machine was “Accident... hospital... uh head... uh damage... might not be in tomorrow.”

Didn't even occur to me to... to phone my long-suffering wife and family.
And then the second thing that came into my head was... 
“I’ve got to take a picture of this!” 

So I lifted the phone up over my head and took a selfie, and this is the picture!
I think if I go into the properties, maybe I could see the... the time of day that this was shot to get the exact time.
But the best thing was that a policeman had helped me throughout.

A police officer who happened to be male had helped me, and I... a week later I managed to get in touch with him and I want to make this video and tell the story of my accident and what I heard happened and what wonderful thing... that you think London is quite a cold place but actually quite a few people came to my aid.

And I, I think it'd be quite a positive video to make and that is how I got this scar that looks like either like I’ve got some food on my face or that I have uh that I was born this way.
But it wasn't, it’s just from where I uh hit the road.

So that's it, those are the ideas that I’m working on for the next video but which one should I do next?
There's a poll in the description if any of these ideas trigger any kind of response why not leave a comment below it'd be lovely to hear from you, but it's really helping to get them out of my head and out onto here so I guess it's one step closer to actually making them.


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Sunday, 7 February 2021

My YouTube channel page BOOST! How to add rows of videos 2021



How do I add rows of videos to my YouTube channel home page?
How to add playlists different sections and featured channels on my youtube channel page?
How do I change the layout of my youtube channel homepage?

I add rows of videos, like bookshelves, to my channel in real time so you can follow along.

My YouTube channel page BOOST! How to add rows of videos 2021



0:00 YouTube channel page BOOST! How to add rows of videos
1:05 How to change my channel name video is HERE: https://youtu.be/Nn_j5R7LDB4
1:10 How to change the layout and add videos to my youtube channel page
1:20 How to add a channel trailer to my channel home page for viewers who are subscribed and unsubscribed.
2:00 How to add rows of videos to my YouTube channel homepage
2:40 How to remove a row of videos from my YouTube channel home page
3:00 How to add playlists of videos to my YouTube channel page
3:40 How to move rows and rearrange videos on my YouTube channel page
4:45 How to show channels I'm subscribed to on my YouTube channel home page
5:00 How to add featured channels or my favorite channels on my YouTube channel page VIDEO HERE: https://youtu.be/x6fZwDgJlcA

My trains channel featured in the video is here!

TRANSCRIPT: (CLICK PLAY ON THE VIDEO ABOVE)

THIS IS THE TRANSCRIPT - CLICK PLAY ON THE VIDEO ABOVE!
How do you add rows of videos to your YouTube channel?
You know those different sections of videos on your YouTube channel home page. 
I'm going to add some to my channel right now and show you the entire process step by step from beginning to end.

Hello I'm Neil and I'm a development producer helping high achieving creators and performers just like you to get ideas out of your head and out onto here on YouTube to make the world happier. 

I'm figuring all of this out for myself at the same time.
I've launched a few new YouTube channels.
Look here's one, and I just want to make them look a bit... well, less barren.

I want them to make them look better so I'm going to do that in real time with you and you can follow along with me and hopefully we'll get this done in no time.
The first place we're going to go obviously is YouTube studio.

If you click on the three lines in the top left hand corner that expands this menu.
We're going to go down to customization and this opens up our channel customization page.
There are three tabs at the top: layout, branding and basic info, and I've covered those other tabs in other videos.

The links to those are in the description below but this first page - the layout page - is exactly what we need to create these shelves, these little bookshelves of videos for our YouTube channel page.
Now at the top here it gives you the option to add a video to the top of your channel home page.
And there are two versions - two different flavours!

You can add a video that acts as a channel trailer for people who haven't subscribed to your YouTube channel yet, and you can add a different video for people who have subscribed.
I'll just show you how this works.

If you click add... Now embarrassingly I've only got, what, nine videos here but if you had more you can search for them in this search box here.

And if we want to save these choices I can just hit publish.
So if I refresh my channel home page here, I'm already subscribed so I get the train video.

But we want to add those rows of videos to the channel page and you do that just below here: in this section called featured sections.
Now I already have one row of videos and that's called "uploads". 
That's basically my entire list of videos with the most recent on the left hand side, but if you click on this button here "add section", it gives you lots of other options to add different rows to your home page.

Let's go through each one just to see what they look like so the first one is popular uploads.
And here it seems to have ordered my uploads in order of popularity.
If I hit add section again, the next option is short videos.
Well I haven't got any of those so I want to remove this row from my rows.

It's really easy to do that.
On the right hand side of the bar it gives you options and we can click on remove section.
Let's take a look at another section: "live now".

If you're streaming a lot on YouTube you might want this section near the top of your page.
And if I hit add section again I could also have a row of my past live streams.
But the one I think you and I both want the most are the playlists.

You have three options here.
There's a single playlist, and this is where I can choose any of my single playlists to be the entire row for that section on my home page.
So let's choose london buses and I can add section again to add another playlist.

So I'll select single playlist again and then I can choose trains and railways and you see that it adds it as the next row down.
If I wanted to have a row which included all of my playlists in one row then I'd select created playlists.
I have five playlists on this channel and you can see they're all arranged in the row.
Now let's say I want to make that row at the top of my channel home page it's really simple.

If you go to the two bars on the left hand side they're kind of like grabber bars and now I'll click on those bars and I'll drag the entire row up and I'll drag it all the way to the top and let go there.
So now if I hit publish, this is how my YouTube channel looks now.

You can see that created playlists is at the top as the very top row underneath that featured video so I have the featured video, the created playlist and then the other rows that I arranged in my list.
Now that row at the top is all of my playlists so if I wanted to select a number of different playlists and choose which playlists are in that row, let's click on "add section" and we'll select multiple playlists.

So if I wanted this row to just include playlists about trains, well I can search trains here and it would bring up those playlists or I can just select them from the list.
Let's call it imaginatively TRAINS exclamation mark, and I could move that playlist up to the top as well.
There are two more sections that I can show you.

If we click on add section and scroll down to the list, this section is called "subscriptions". This is a row where I could show the latest channels that I have subscribed to and the final type of section that we can choose is featured channels.
Now I've made a video all about this.

It's on screen now and in the description.
This is where you can link to any other channel and the channels that you select in this section also show up in your channels tab, so if you want to publicly associate your channel with maybe one of your other channels or other channels that you enjoy that's the place to do this.

So I'll just call this "my other channel" and there I am.
I'll hit tick and there I am. 
My happy face! 

When you have the sections looking how you'd like them to, you can go up to here and hit publish.
Be aware it takes a couple of minutes for the changes to... to come through to your channel home page.
But this is how my channel is looking now.
Look at it! 

That's lovely and that's nice: if there's only one video in the playlist, it's giving it the full row to that video, so that's great. 
So what do you think?
Leave a comment below, it'd be lovely to hear from you and if you're feeling even kinder why not give me a thumbs up just to let me know somebody reached this point of the video.
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