MAONO Lapel Mic | Unboxing and First Impressions

Thanks for testing the lapel mic AU100R by MAONO with us!

If you’ve been considering starting a vlog or podcast, you need to think about audio, which makes up a percentage of the complete user experience.

Since paying more attention to our audio ducking and music levels, we have noticed a change in overall satisfaction (increased watch time) even when our videos aren’t generating more clicks per view, necessarily. Bad audio and shaky footage are two things that will cause a viewer to quickly close your video – often they won’t come back to your channel/page after that experience.

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One way to manage audio is by painstakingly editing every track “in post”. In post production, tracks are placed into a timeline sequence inside your editing software. Depending on your program, you can “duck”, adjust gains and more. To save exponential amounts of time, reducing your need for post-production editing as much as possible is your best bet.

This means the images and audio coming from your recording source has to be as smooth and crisp as possible.

Imagine trying to add color to a black and white image – this is inherently more difficult than transforming an Andy Warhol into a gray-scale.

Same concept as taking shadows out of a video. Possible. But it will make you want to pull your hair out and ask yourself why couldn’t there have been just ONE hair light on set, instead?

Lighting and Mics, people!

So far I’ve been using this lapel mic from amazon.com and it’s working nicely for on-the-go recording when you need your subject to be turning and moving – when they are also the ones dictating audio.

This lapel mic by MAONO is a lapel / lavalier microphone which attaches to the user or interviewee by a small alligator style clip, keeping your audio more consistent (and also more convenient) than a hand-held microphone or boom.

Save yourself the hassle of adding voice overs or syncing your audio tracks post-production – have your raw audio be “good enough” right out of the camera.

The lav mic is compatible with DSLR cameras, USB devices and smart phones, making it a flexible choice for multi-platform producers.

The MAONO lavalier microphone has a built-in rechargeable battery to make it available for over 90 hours working time.

**Note** I did experience functionality issues using a knock-off apple dongle or two that are known working cables. This device prefers the original Apple Official cables (which currently run $9-12 new from Apple).

3.55mm to Lightning Adapter not included

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Unboxing the Maono Mic

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XOXO!

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Love,

Mama B

MOM SO HARD | Life Update

It’s been very busy around our house – I filmed a ton of product reviews as well as dealt with a kidney infection in our household. Don’t worry! Everybody is on the upswing and we are all doing well, but my distraction is apparent in today’s video (or at least so I think):

We just managed to squeak a video out this week, but I couldn’t bear to put you through 10 minutes of poor quality footage. We’ll catch up next week for more Monday Motivation!

The title of this vlog could have gone a few ways:

I AM DEAD TIRED AND WORRIED MY WIFES KIDNEYS ARE GIVING OUT BUT DONT WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT | Behind The Scenes Look of A Mom Sitting Here Not Talking About It*

LIFESTYLE OF AN AMAZON REVIEWER: IS THERE A PIMPLE FILTER | When You Don’t Give A Rusty Rat Because You’re “TIRED OF IT” Like Aunt Jill

It’s fun to get new Amazon products to try, but deadlines for reviews are tight, and sometimes it’s hard to get in the right mindset when you have multiple products to test at once.

Like anyone at any sort of job, you have to put on your game face and just do it – pimples, or bad mood, or not. Life at home happened to demand more of my time and attention than I was able to spend on any reviews this week, and go figure it was our busiest week for Amazon products yet.

Product videos are booked until the end of February – the kids had a blast with an Aqua Water mat, Sound Machine, and more.

Thumbs up our last video for our efforts, if you watched it. We appreciate each and every show of appreciation! Thank you!

See you next time,

Mama B

*Her kidneys, for now, we think, are just fine. She got the go-ahead to go off a restrictive diet after a course of antibiotics, and a few key things (steak, butter) seemed to tear her guts up again (meaning, lots of puke around here, poor thing!)

Updates to come, but so far it seems to come and go every few days with no clear onset. XOXO thanks for sending well wishes and positive thoughts our way.

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Backing Up Your Family YouTube Channel | COPPA SCARE 2019

Welcome, and sorry you’re here.

If you clicked this because you are nervous your YouTube channel may be negatively impacted in 2020 I feel for you, and can relate (and that’s why I’m sorry you’re here)!

If you clicked this link just because you like new topics: WELCOME! Glad to have you! No matter who you are, backing up personal data is important. This article focuses on backing up YouTube files using Google Takeout.

I recently watched Laura Hoyda’s video COPPA & THE DEATH OF MOTHERHOOD VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE 😥8 Recommendations for Creators

I can relate so much to this mom vlogger (though her subscriber count is ten times bigger than ours). I had left a comment on her channel that I’ve started backing up my data and today she replied that she needed to do that too; I made a quick recommendation for the method I used.

Since posting my comment, I figured it may be helpful to share the info here, to hopefully help other creators and family vloggers as tensions rise in the YouTube community.

Why Should I Back Up My YouTube Channel?

No matter what happens in the future, you can take steps now to preserve YouTube memories in the event your family channels are suspended, shut down, or if you are thinking about moving away from the platform after the COPPApocolypse of 2019 regarding the YouTube’s $170 million penalty brought by the FTC.

If you have videos that are being demonetized or flagged by YouTube, or if you have ever had a copyright strike, you may know the sense of anxiety or confusion as you navigate or dispute claims.

Backing up your channel means you don’t have to rely on YouTube to access your memories that you may have posted and deleted from your personal devices, thinking it was safe “in the cloud” of YouTube, since it was on the internet.

This is a false sense of security. YouTube is a business, and they can suspend or shut down your account for any reason, at any time. Making sure you have copies of your data elsewhere means you will continue to have access.

Where Should I Back Up My YouTube Channel?

Google Takeout is the method I used to send a full-resolution copy of all of my data to myself, which I then uploaded to the cloud (Google Drive) in 5GB packets. If you plan on saving an entire data set, be aware of how much available space you need in Google Drive, as this is a beefy transfer!

After clicking on the downloaded file, File Explorer should launch (if it doesn’t search for “TAKEOUT” on your PC).

I clicked on my Google Drive and created a new file called YOUTUBE BACKUPS, which I pinned to my QuickStart menu (you can drag it and drop it or right click and select PIN).

Next, I dragged and dropped my first 2GB TAKEOUT file into the YOUTUBE BACKUPS folder. It took a bit of time to transfer the data, but it works. Here it is working on my “TAGS_CHALLENGES_COLLABORATIONS YouTube playlist which was apparently part of the first packet (who knew?):

If you fear a Google account lockout, simply transferring your data to the cloud isn’t going to solve a lockout issue. Google owns YouTube, and your accounts are connected.

If you just want to have extra copies of your data, or if you need a temporary solution while waiting for a hard drive or other fix, this could be a good workaround for the short term. I am waiting to purchase a designated hard drive and my personal devices are jam packed with beefy video and audio editing softwares and gaming apps…so I have all the excuses in the world. STILL, I started the TAKEOUT process to at least get some files backed up, and today I saved the first 5% of my channel’s info. If the interweb breaks tomorrow, I’m still hosed…But if YouTube simply shuts down my account, I’ve saved a taste of my own personal data from their server.

For the second TAKEOUT packet, I unzipped the file by double clicking to open, and selected only the Videos file (I don’t care for all the JSON files. This expedited the process as well as saved disc / server space:

Backing up data to an external hard drive like this one is another option:

This can be spendy, as a decent drive can be upwards of fifty to two hundred dollars or more depending on your needs.

Backing up to a personal computer can also be an option, but you’ll have to weigh the pros and cons depending on your needs.

HOWTOGEEK has posted an article that may help you decide (here’s a snippet regarding external hard drives:)

Back Up to an External Drive: If you have an external USB hard drive, you can just back up to that drive using your computer’s built-in backup features. On Windows 10 and 8, use File History. On Windows 7, use Windows Backup. On Macs, use Time Machine. Occasionally connect the drive to the computer and use the backup tool, or leave it plugged in whenever your home and it’ll back up automatically. Pros: Backing up is cheap and fast. Cons: If your house gets robbed or catches on fire, your backup can be lost along with your computer, which is very bad.

Google Drive Work Around

If uploading and downloading things all over the place sounds stressful or is something you know you won’t keep up on regularly, it could be a good idea to use a solution that will let you email videos to your mobile upload address, which essentially uploads to YouTube via your email, meaning you always have a copy in your outbox.

This takes longer and can also restrict your video length when posting from mobile devices, and isn’t an option I personally use (and don’t know a whole lot about). It’s still an option, so I’ve included it here as food for thought.

That’s it!

Best wishes with your Family Vlog channels next year – I hope this has inspired you to back up your data this week! Even a single GOOGLE TAKEOUT folder!

We will all rest easier in 2020 knowing we’ve taken steps to protect important data that is all to easy to forget about once it’s out of our hands.

Love,

Mama B

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UPDATES

**NEW COPPA INFORMATION posted as of Nov. 23 clarifying the language and penalties for creators, including “competent and reliable empirical evidence about the age of the audience” and that “while may animated shows are directed to kids, the FTC recognizes there may be animated programing that appeals to everyone” in guidelines section, which was not released in the YouTube announcement earlier this month.

9/10/19 Google Takeout Update:

UPDATE: Last year we announced an update to how videos are downloaded from Google Takeout. Starting on October 10th, the minimum time period to keep the original upload will shorten to 30 days. This means that within 30 days of upload, you will get the original version of your video when you download through Google Takeout; after 30 days, you may receive a high quality compressed version (MP4 file with H264 video and AAC audio). 
Note: the original video replacement will not impact video streaming quality, everyone will have the same great streaming experience!

COPPA | YouTube Family Vloggers Leaving the Platform |Coppapocolypse 2019

My last few posts, ironically, have been about YouTube and how awesome it has been to be a part of the Creator community: sharing our joys and deepest sorrows with you during our most intimate moments.

From fertility treatments to birth vlogs and now videos that highlight our favorite products, educational resources and family vlogs.

That could all be changing in 2020 under the new COPPA regulations. Here’s a video explaining the new changes:

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), is the global gold standard in data privacy rules for children. Though the law is 20 years old, the momentum for COPPA enforcement has only increased due to heightened consumer awareness of privacy breaches and precedents set in litigation against ad buyers and sellers. In September 2019, for example, YouTube received a $170 million fine for COPPA violations. iab.com

This leaves a lot of ambiguity in the Creator crowd, and frankly, fear. An analogy has been made of YouTube being the barrel and creators being the fish – what’s stopping the FTC and COPPA from going after small creators?

YouTube is issuing compliance warnings to creators after being hit with a huge fine of $170 million, and specifying that creators will be holding the bag for future fines associated with their own channels.

For family vlog channels like mine, which seem to be in a grey area, this is disconcerting.

I did a scan of my own channel using YouTube’s COPPA tool, after spending time this afternoon marking each one of my videos appropriately as either made for kids or not made for kids. The “learning machine” which YouTube speaks of, had disagreed with me.

In fact, the learning machine found that nearly two percent of my videos were supposedly marketed and directed toward children, after I made my own determinations (these are review videos I made for fellow Amazon consumers and online shoppers, and NOT intended for children). YouTube has categorized these videos “for” me and I have a chance to appeal, which I may. But honestly, I’ll probably just mark them as Kid Safe and take down the ads, to err on the side of caution

However, as the description or thumbnail or video contains one or more of those factors, it means that if the FTC were keen on it, I could be fined around $40K PER VIDEO for running an advertisement on any of these videos. So for now, I make zero advertising dollars on these flagged partnership ads which contain child friendly products.

Language that kids use such as “cool” or “ask your parents” are terms liable to get your videos or channel flagged. The machines are looking and listening to it all!

How is it determined that “cool” is a kids word? So many questions!

Furthermore, having too many videos like this can cause the supposedly “smart machine” to disable my channel. The FTC could fine me personally.

I only found these videos by doing a COPPA compliance scan. You can find this at the top of the creator studio, as a “COPPA Center” action button, or here on the TubeBuddy extension:

So, if the FTC decided, they could bring a case against me, which would at the very least require a lawyer on my end. One option is to mark all of my videos as Made For Kids (but they aren’t – they are for LGBT adults with information on fertility options).

Another option is to mark each video during the upload process (keeping in mind whether or not I have a family pet present, or anything else that can cause children to be interested, else risk a fine). I could also wait until after uploading them as not made for kids and then run the scanner tool – but that could be considered a risk.

Review videos, thumbnails with bright colors, presence of anyone under 13 years old, showing a pet, or a variety of other vague rules could get us busted if we don’t properly mark videos or set our channels as For Kids or Not For Kids (Leaving my neurosis to consistently wonder OH SHIT, did I say the kid-friendly word COOL in that vlog?).

Even with this regulation, kids will still see the same or similar ads on YouTube!

Setting a channel as kid friendly means that creators and viewers alike are unable to post in the comments section. It means up to 90 percent loss in ad revenue per video, and other monetary consequences for vloggers. It means these marked videos won’t appear in suggested lists, and you will not be able to choose personalized page advertisements.

Creators who don’t want their channels flagged as “for kids” must refrain from using music, animation, toys, characters, colorful or fast moving graphics that kids find interesting…the list of absurdities goes on – oh, and keep in mind that KID is a term that varies by country, and you have a global audience on the video platform.

I absolutely love vlogging, but I am nervous that our freedom of expression is getting taken away by these supposed learning machines and the FTC. I am all for protecting kids online, but it seems that the responsibility and pressure being put on creators.

As I continue seeing family vloggers leave the platform, channels that have been on far longer than the five years we have, I have been keeping my eye out for an alternative solution that will let us stay connected with you. Juggernauts and other long time vloggers have founded Story Fire and other platforms as an alternative to YouTube, but I just didn’t feel it was a good place (yet?) for the types of content I’m creating and Story Fire in particular is still in Beta.

For now, I will no longer be posting our educational YouTube videos or Early Childhood Education content to our family vlog channel due to COPPA laws – you can find those here on the daily blogs and site pages at MommaAMommaB.com – they will remain unsearchable on YouTube without a link. Review videos may ultimately move to a new channel.

Our vlogs are being backed up to the cloud as we speak, so we are resting assured tonight and staying hopeful that in 2020 we will see YouTube clarify vague details and assist creators behind the scenes as much as possible.

If not, then at least we have our memories preserved, and it was a good run!

Parents who are concerned about privacy issues can use YouTube Kids. If parents don’t want advertisements, YouTube Premium is available for a monthly fee.

Love,

Mama B

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My iPhone Vlogging Essentials for 2019 – 2020

What I Use:

Camera: iPhone XS Max and DJI Osmo Pro Pocket Camera

The gimbal on this thing beats $1K rigs!

Osmo Elite Accessories Bundle Which came with six camera filters as well as mounts and a small travel tripod.

Sound: Camera or phone internal audio (Currently saving up!)

Ultra-light gear is the way to go, for vlogging!

Lighting: Light-weight Raven lights by Smith Victor (x2) on tripods

Editing: iMovie and LumaFusion (Luma Touch app) on iPhone

Battery Charging Case Because nothing is worse than running out of juice and realizing you have no way to recharge your phone – especially when much of my filming is done from my phone. This one by RUNSY has saved me a time or two already, and I’ve barely purchased it but a week ago – my new MUST HAVE!

Though it’s not equipment, it may be considered some sort of a cost or overhead, if you look into the time it takes to be a successful YouTuber:

Social Media Sites to Help Drive YouTube Traffic

This means constantly updating and linking items and products and videos. Lots of editing, color correcting, sound adjusting, uploading, downloading and file transfering. Creating thumbnails and learning the trade (specifically, SEO and how to read your analytics reports correctly). This is an entirely separate blog, but it is food for thought when you are considering a YouTube career. Do you have the time or energy to maintain any ‘extras’?

These are my current pet projects, all of which help earn me revenue either directly or indirectly:

Website + Domain Hosting

TeachersPayTeachers Store

YouTube Store

Amazon Seller Storefront

For more on website and hosting aspects (as well as “How I Earn Money From Home”) stay tuned for upcoming blogs!

What I’m saving for:

The following items are things I hope to have some day, that I think I can splurge on once I meet my own personal social media targets; things would really add to the increased quality of my vlogs.

Now that I have received professional editing requests, I am looking to venture out into different projects in the upcoming year and feeling increasingly assured in updating my equipment (even used newer items) and trying new things, if the price is right!

Drone

In 2019, drone footage is becoming increasingly more popular. It definitely lends a cinematic feel to any video, and the price points have become reasonable. Even drones with 4K footage can be under $200 (this one by Rabing RC is $240).

Drones are becoming increasingly more
affordable for the average vlogger

iPad

I was gifted a hand-me-down iPad that is quite a few years old, and though I am grateful for it, it isn’t able to run my editing programs. Which is basically 90% of what I desire it for.

I would love a newer version that would give me a little more play room as well as the ability to use a digital pen or pencil to edit my videos, versus the iPhone screen (which is the Max version, and still a bit squinty for multi-track editing and color correcting). For now, I’m able to produce videos quickly using my iPhone, so I’m happy enough – but, it’s on my radar, for when I come across that money tree.

Hair Lights or any additional accoutrements, just for fun. Maybe a ring light? A soft box kit? I am increasingly finding that lighting is more important than I ever imagined, but for now I am finding creative solutions on “set”.

(Flashlights? Cellophane paper? Plastic bottles? More on that in a future vlog!)

Gaffer or “Gaff” Tape

Gaff Tape

It’s not even that expensive, yet I haven’t been able to justify it – until recently when someone almost tripped over a light cord. This tape would have been amazing to get some unique shot angles (it’s used similar to Duct Tape but doesn’t leave that sticky residue behind). I think I may bite the bullet and purchase it as a holiday gift to our family, soon. It would come in handy a lot for different projects around here!

Peter McKinnon talks about it in his vlogs a lot (such as this one titled 7 stupid things you NEED to have as a filmmaker!!). He’s one of the most relevant cinematographers right now with over 4M YouTube subscribers.

I trust relevant YouTubers.

Upgraded WordPress Account so I can sell items directly through my website and keep up to 40% more of my earnings rather than shell it out to TeachersPayTeachers, which for now works fine as I focus on other projects. It’s sitting there, quietly collecting money for my PayPal account, so I’m okay with it.

In a DREAM WORLD:

(…Someone sponsor me – or buy me a lotto ticket puh-lease?!)

iPad Pro with Paperlike Screen Protector and a variety of Apple Pencils, if I can be picky. Hey, it’s my dream world!

I have never owned a tablet with a pencil – It’s on my bucket list!

Macbook Pro in any color, any style, any day or night. Just let me at it!

Recording Studio because that would mean I MADE IT! Plus — trying to set up A/V equipment with toddlers running wild is maddening…I mean…exciting! I would settle for an office with some sound dampening so I can record nice looking intros and better voice overs, etc. There are some really beautiful acoustic panels designed as tastefully as possible to avoid the unsightly egg crate feel.

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It’s so fun to dream about new gear, whatever your hobby is. What’s on your dream list?

Love,

Mama B

HOW MUCH DOES YOUTUBE PAY US? | Our First $100 Check

If you’ve ended up on this page, it’s because I’ve tried my best to get you here. So, thanks for joining me – I’m pleased to have you!

If you’re interested in becoming a YouTube creator or have other online pursuits you want to earn revenue from, I’m especially happy to have you!

Before I tell you how much we’ve earned on YouTube, let me give a background into how we got started, and where we plan to go from here. Earning money on YouTube has been possible because of all of the traffic generated to the site, which for me, involved posting to other areas of the web. I’ll talk about that all, in this post!

If you’re impatient and just want to know how much we’ve gotten paid from YouTube after vlogging for 4 years, it’s $118.

And now, here’s our story:

STARTING A YOUTUBE CHANNEL

My wife and I started a YouTube channel in 2014 to educate about infertility in the LGBT community – this vlog began right away to connect me to an amazing network of individuals, and sparked my interest in becoming a YouTube Creator (that is, attain a certain subscriber and view threshold and meet other requirements).

In those days, any revenue could be earned from popular videos made by any creator. After a few cents rolled into a holding account on Google AdSense, YouTube changed their game and decided only creators who met a certain threshold could be paid (more on that, later). You can see on the chart below that our earnings just…stopped.

For a solid year I continued to post my vlogs, never earning any money or seeing any checks or deposits, yet seeing a few cents sitting untouchable in our AdSense account (the minimum threshold before payment release is $100). Soon, my channel became monetized, and the cents continued to slowly roll in as the weeks ticked by. Which was fun. This was just a hobby.

I took lots of long breaks between posting, because I decided my vlogs weren’t interesting enough to grow a fan base. I decided to keep posting with the intent that it would just be an archive to dump my hundreds of hours of family video, and I could always mark the channel private some day.

I didn’t have a lot of time or money to invest, as I was a brand new mom of two kids under two who had just put her career on hold to raise them. But here I was, for whatever reason, wanting to create content and continue sharing our story. This new frontier was just so fascinating and enjoyable. So I kept at it. I just posted when I could. I enjoyed connecting with people outside of home.

Despite feeling like my videos were subpar, and despite being extremely nervous about being scrutinized (especially as people in my real life began to find our channel), I had a supportive wife encouraging me to create a family vlog, and I continued to upload videos. And meeting amazing people who were in the same stages of life that I was. Experiencing the same relatable heartache and joys and peaks and valleys. A community of women who began to send messages to thank me for sharing my story, or whom I was able to give advice or information to and begin fostering relationships that remain to this day.

Our family traveled, and met some of our viewers-turned-friends along the way. We’ve been invited to the wedding of fellow YouTube Creators, taking a plane and our two small children to celebrate with them their special occasion. Quitting YouTube became something that no longer crossed my mind; it was increasingly becoming a daily routine and hobby and lifestyle.

The goal was always to have a posting schedule, but what that looked like, varied. A lot. Our channel may not be as popular as some of our friends who started after us, or who have posted less often than us, or… (or… or…)

*I am still trying every day not to compare myself to other channels.*

YouTube is often raising the bar and making it harder for smaller channels to ever get off the ground. The new COPPA regulations have many creators saying peace out, and I know creators that are slowly migrating to other platforms as YouTube buries its head in the sand. So the future is uncertain, and I began backing up all of my latest videos to a hard drive incase my channel or account is shut down by YouTube or otherwise compromised.

My “advice” is just for fun. After all, I have a pretty small channel – but it is steadily growing and I’m interested to see what happens next.

Considering my revenue has increased by one hundred and fifty eight percent in the last twenty eight days, I am motivated to continue this journey of regular posting, though it’s definitely not for the pay – to date we’ve received a check, supposedly, which never showed up on our end and one that just came through, which we are planning in investing back into our community to a family or individual in need of extra holiday cheer.

I am hesitant to post this (because JINX! and because YouTube is so weird and maybe my next five months will be crap earnings despite my best efforts to remain consistent) but I am too intrigued not to share all of this with you guys!

If my channel tanks by the end of 2020, cool! It’s still all for fun and I have some amazing archives to share with my children when they are old enough to care, someday. I’d also have a TON of free time if I gave up vlogging, so there’s that! I’d have a whole second life!

If it takes off and continues to grow and earn revenue for our family, that’s extra cool because we love giving back to our community – after all, this started with a collection of internet strangers rallying around us during our most trying years of infertility struggles. It feels natural to share a portion of any proceeds from the vlogs we produced on the subject.

I recently began using the YouTube video sharing platform to talk about my favorite parenting and newborn products, as well as mention items I was selling on the side – .PDFs and other downloadable, digital content for teachers and educators.

The more I keep just doing what I love, the more I see free products and money just end up on my doorstep and bank account, respectively. My goal was to earn one paycheck from YouTube.

That’s pretty cool, if you ask me!

YOUTUBE EARNINGS

Our videos gained the most popularity as we prepared for our second pregnancy with IVF shots (I gave myself injections with a huge needle in my butt-cheek on camera, pretty much daily, for a few weeks). To date, these remain our highest earning videos: around $110 on our most popular (310K views).

Before you get excited thinking about the earning potential on the hundreds of videos we have on our channel, you can see that $100 is not the norm! Most video earnings are around a dollar or so, and that comes from the ads watched.

Key word: WATCHED

If skippable ads are skipped, creator revenue is reduced significantly (or eliminated altogether).

Also, this paycheck was four years into our vlogging career. I just happened to hit the right timing and keywords and was able to “ride the analytics wave” as it was. IVF remains a top searched term – although we are no longer vlogging that experience, we were able to retain our audience by being the same authentic selves we portrayed in those IVF videos. Essentially, the idea is called Branding Yourself.

In my case, Branding. 😉 Ha.

Our channel may continue to show its peaks and valleys of popularity and revenue, for as long as we continue to vlog. We may hit another analytics hit streak. We seem to be picking up Amazon review opportunities currently, and those have been fun and also have brought additional YouTube earnings and free products and discounts to our viewers. We are able to do giveaways and contests and just have a really great time.

AMAZON SELLER MARKETPLACE

In theory each click will earn us revenue – but despite a ton of effort, Amazon has changed its policy a few times and boots us due to not enough click throughs. If you aren’t able to generate enough space to your storefront, Amazon simply doesn’t hold space for you.

This has led me to some frustration as links are constantly being broken and it causes me site maintenance. So, keep in mind that you’ll have to generate your own traffic to your own storefront and maintain some level of interest to avoid being cancelled.

After being shunned from the Amazon Affiliates program, I was allowed a Seller Storefront but laughably, after spending a ton of hours posting links and thumbnails to all my blog posts, I recently received an email that I was about to get the boot from THAT program, too.

I’d just recently began listing storefront items less than ten months ago. To say annoying is understating it, but I still try. And still have yet to earn a red cent. (If purchase isn’t the EXACT item from my link but a similar option or suggested link from the Amazon page, it doesn’t count. Basically, only “click the link and buy” counts)

REVIEW PARTNERSHIPS

As I began writing reviews for my favorite Amazon products, a company (who had seen our YouTube videos talking about new products we had purchased) reached out to us to ask if we would be willing to do a video review for them on Amazon, if they sent us a product to test.

We decided it was a suitable product for our family and did a quick review video for them. The money for the item was refunded to me via PayPal the day that I ordered it, and our agreement was for a video review posted within 7 days to Amazon.

As the turn around time for Amazon videos to pass review is about 1-2 days, this gave me about 3 days after receiving the product (shipped in 1 day through Amazon Prime), which means reviewers must be quick in testing, filming, editing, and uploading.

After that video was posted, another company reached out to us and the process was basically repeated, with the same seven-day turn around. This company was so pleased we ended up doing about 4 or 5 more reviews through them, under different Amazon Seller names, all with reputable products that fit our lifestyle and target demographic.

During this time, we also turned down a LOT of product review offers from various Amazon sellers. Athletic massagers, neoprene gun holder belly bands, duplicate products (how many dinosaur mats can you test before it becomes your life’s work?) and companies that just sounded sketchy or who didn’t have quality items.

Though some of these things would make for hilarious video content, we also have to properly represent the products for sale – so if it doesn’t work for us, we can’t feel good about promoting it to an audience who we already know won’t want it- it doesn’t make good business sense for everyone involved.

After a couple of Amazon reviews, we were contacted by the social media director of Radio Flyer, who asked if we would be interested in working with them to promote the launch of a new trike. We agreed, and he forwarded us to the Marketing Director, who reached out with details. I don’t believe this was in any way related to any Amazon review videos, but simply based off Instagram. We did the review for our first “name brand” partnership, and I felt so proud that this had all happened as a result of just doing what I love!

After that, we kept doing tutorial and review videos and a company who came across them sent an email asking me to check out their product and if we would mention it on our page for $20. I checked out the site and found that it could be interesting to you guys, so we talked about it and they sent via PayPal after we made the agreement.

We will earn money via AdSense from YouTube advertisements

This post on WordPress post earn money.

You guys get to find out about a cool free service that you might actually use.

WEBSITE or BIO / LANDING PAGE

With a background in I.T. and an interest in web design and e-Commerce, I set up this blog at WordPress last year, and after getting a few followers and having a bit of content going, I registered a domain and hosting address, which gives me the ability to include advertisements on my page which will earn money, though I have yet to meet the $100 minimum payment threshold.

If I want to run Google Ads I would need to install a widget, and only the higher tier accounts are permitted. So for now, I stick with WordPress ads, and a mid tier membership rate.

These non-customizable ads always seem to be some unsightly scar treatment cream or closeup of a skin boil. Sorry about that.

I got rid of the pesky “wordpress.com” in my URL address by hosting my site so I can be simply “mommaamommab.com”

Having a webpage is nice if you manage multiple accounts but still want a way to link back to each one – you’re able to promote your own content a bit more. Google knows all, and having many search results for your brand obviously helps increase traffic…so the more you can get your name out, the better!

Starting with a free blog or eCommerce website is a great place to test the waters and determine what platform and style you like before making a commitment. If nothing else, a LinkedIn, Google Plus or other social media page works.

PINTEREST

Pinterest analytics are on FIRE right now. Check out this image hover from my business hub:

That’s almost 50K people seeing this one Pinterest post, 335 saving it to their own boards (I found that many pinners never click on a link, but rather use the image alone to drive their own inspirations or spice up their idea boards with beautiful images).

This pin is tagged with basic terms like “apple” and “tot school” and “preschool” and “gross motor activity” (which is fancy terminology for moving your whole body or your limbs instead of a small motor task like writing which uses finer control). This simple post has gotten a ton of visibility in the last ninety days, as you can see from the photo.

Furthermore, over three hundred people in the last ninety days actually clicked that link and went to a page selling my actual product and a few purchased it! That page was my seller storefront on Teachers Pay Teachers, a resource sharing site for creators and educators.

Sales on TpT

This particular apple themed printable has been downloaded over 14 times at the time of this posting, earning me just under $4 after taxes and fees. If I look at how much of the traffic to this post was from a site other than just the Teachers site, I see that Pinterest drove a ton of the traffic my way, and it ranks second as a traffic source to my sales pages (second only to the TeachersPayTeachers website where it lives):

As far as free promotion goes, that’s pretty good! You don’t need a website to save items to Pinterest – you can pin from your image files and direct traffic via URL to wherever your products are listed for sale.

I have so many more exciting analytics to share with you all in future blog posts and vlogs. If you haven’t followed me on some platform, you should!

And if you made it this far THANKS AGAIN from the bottom of my page.

Love,

Mama B

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