Sunday, December 29, 2013

How much can you make from a video on YouTube?

Ever wondered how much you can make from making a YouTube video. I suspect only a small percentage of the videos go viral on YouTube which is what is required to make real money on YouTube. Much as people rush to the goldfields of past, online services hold the promise of undreamt of riches, but few reach the volume needed to make any real money. 

A good example of a YouTube video that has made money is Psy's Gangnam Style. According to the Huffington Post article Psy made an estimated $870,000 for 1.23 billion views when the article was published in January 2013. Up until now Gangnam Style has been viewed 1.86 billion times. The video was published in July 2012. From the point of view of making money, what is important is you need traffic, lots of traffic.

How much then can you make from your video?

What is good about Psy's video is it provides a guide as to how much you can make. For every view of Psy's video Psy made 0.07 cents. Yes that's less than a tenth of a cent for each view.

Based on the information provided for Psy's video, the following is an indication of how much you could potentially make with a video on YouTube for a given number of views.

1,000 - 70 cents
10,000 - $7
100,000 - $70
1,000,000 - $700
10,000,000 - $7,000
100,000,000 - $70,000
1,000,000,000  - $700,000

Obviously if your video is only being viewed a few hundred times it won't make much at all. If you check current popular YouTube videos you'll see videos are being viewed in the tens of thousands so even those videos will make less than a $100. Those videos with a million views, still don't make a considerable amount of money and it is only when they reach multiple millions does the money sound interesting and tens of millions when the money starts to become appealing. I selected the popular videos option in YouTube and the highest number of views was 4.67 million views. That's a huge number of views for a little over $3,000. Not much really.

What I find very interesting is when you compare the number of viewers of a YouTube video compared to the number of viewers watching a TV show. In Australia, if a TV show had 4.67 viewers it would be a huge success with a massive budget, with the people creating the show making a great deal of money. With YouTube it is just another video.

Hopefully this information helps others who may be considering YouTube as a means of generating income.
 

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

MyAnswers: How to display the user's Library folder in Finder.

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Earlier versions of Mac OS X showed the user's Library folder. Now in later versions of OS X such as Mavericks the Library folder is hidden by default. How do I display the Library folder in Finder?


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MyAnswers: How can I select SD (standard definition) rental movies on the Apple TV?

The following MyAnswers solution 2430 is now available:

Apple TV only provides the ability to select rental movies in HD (high definition). How do I select movies in SD?


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Friday, December 27, 2013

MyAnswers: How to permanently delete an email from the Apple Mail client inbox with it going to Trash

The following MyAnswers solution 2429 is now available:

How do I delete an email from the Apple Mail client inbox without it then going into the Trash folder, where I have to delete it again.


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MyAnswers: How to capture screenshots, windows, parts of windows and menus on the Apple MacBook Air running OS X.

The following MyAnswers solution 2428 is now available:

How to capture screenshots, windows, parts of windows and menus on the Apple MacBook Air running OS X.


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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The preferred Australian English spelling dictionary now available for Apple's MacBook Air and Mac computers using OS X.

If you're not happy with the spelling suggestions made by Apple's built-in Australian dictionary you're not alone. Most people don't like American spelling suggestions (which are secondary spelling variations in Australia).

Previous dictionary products I've supplied for Mac users have only worked with Microsoft Office products Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, but not Outlook. Outlook use Apple's built-in dictionary and not Microsoft's dictionary. Now Outlook users on the Mac can have the preferred Australian spelling.

You can find the preferred Australian English spelling dictionary for Mac OS X at http://www.australian-dictionary.com.au/mac/

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

MyAnswers: Only the most recent email is showing in a folder I set up to store standard emails in Outlook 2013. Not all emails in a folder are showing

The following MyAnswers solution 2426 is now available:

In Outlook 2013 I have a folder with a couple of standard emails. I'm using IMAP to access emails. I have five standard emails but only the most recent one is shown. How do I display all the emails in the folder.


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MyAnswers: Outlook 2013 error using IMAP 'the operation cannot be performed because the object has been deleted' when deleting email.

The following MyAnswers solution 2425 is now available:

After setting up Outlook 2013 as a virtual machine on a MacBook Air running Windows 7, when I try to delete an email in the Inbox I get the message 'the operation cannot be performed because the object has been deleted'. Email access uses IMAP.


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Saturday, December 21, 2013

MyAnswers: Experience running Windows 7 Pro on a MacBook Air

The following MyAnswers solution 2424 is now available:

I share my experience on how I installed and run Windows XP SP3/Microsoft Office 2007 on a MacBook Air.


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Friday, December 20, 2013

MyAnswers: How to test your computer to see if it can run Windows 8.

The following MyAnswers solution 2421 is now available:

How can I test if my computer can run Windows 8?


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Thursday, December 19, 2013

MyAnswers: Can I use my two screens with VGA and DVI ports with a new computer with DVI and HDMI ports.

The following MyAnswers solution 2420 is now available:

I've bought a new computer and want to use my existing two screens. My screens have VGA and DVI ports but the computer only has DVI and HDMI. Can I still use both my existing screens.


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MyAnswers: Be careful when purchasing computers from retailers as you can end up with underperforming hardware.

The following MyAnswers solution 2419 is now available:

Be careful when buying a high performing computer from the large retailers. One of my clients purchased what they thought was a fast computer. When I checked the AMD processor it was half the performance of the Intel i7.


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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

MyAnswers: Older Windows XP computers running very slow due to design flaw. There is a workaround.

The following MyAnswers solution 2418 is now available:

A number of people have found their older Windows XP computers are running very slow. They've done nothing new with the computer but find the speed sometimes intolerable. Checking Task Manager shows svchost.exe consuming a considerable amount of CPU resources.


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Alert: Your iCloud storage is almost full. You are currently using 4.8 GB of 5 GB total storage.

I received an email tonight with the subject 'Your iCloud storage is almost full.'. I couldn't help think, was this a scam email or a legitimate email. I checked all the links in the email, the headers for the email and the IP address from where the email was sent from, which was registered to Apple. So yes, this was a legitimate email.

I was surprised to see I'd used up nearly all my iCloud storage. I actually thought I'd disabled most of the iCloud features but apparently not. Time for me to go in and first delete some unwanted material on my iPhone which has been uploaded to iCloud. Then I'll disable the features I don't want to use with regards to iCloud, so hopefully the problem won't occur again. It turned out I had the iPhone backup set to use iCloud. I deleted the backup and the incomplete backup that had been created in iCloud. I do however use other techniques to backup my devices so it is important to make sure you backup your devices so you can at least recover the data that is important to you. 

This is actually a good marketing strategy for Apple. Those who don't manage their use of iCloud will end up purchasing more storage thinking they need it. When you look at a basic iPhone it has 8 or 16GB or storage. The 5GB will easily be consumed backups and you may not even know it is happening. It also means there's data usage from your internet access plan you've used that may or may not impact the cost of your internet service. Whilst it does take some effort, it is important for you to know what each feature of your device does and how that could affect you.

What also concerns me is this is an automated message in a standard format. Once spammers/scammers see messages like this they'll create fake messages to trick people into taking some action. If you receive any such messages from Apple treat them with suspicion. It only takes a moment to infect your computer or to share your personal or credit card details.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

MyAnswers: ERROR 403 - FORBIDDEN when submitting a PHP form which contains a website address.

The following MyAnswers solution 2417 is now available:

I've created a form in PHP which enables a user to enter a website address. If the user enters http:// at the front of the website address, when they press submit they receive an 'ERROR 403 - FORBIDDEN' message.


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MyAnswers: Adding text to a a graphic using Gimp 2.8.4 on a MacBook Air running Mavericks doesn't work.

The following MyAnswers solution 2416 is now available:

When trying to add text in Gimp 2.8.4 on an Apple MacBook Air running Mavericks, after you click on the graphic and start typing the text does not appear and Gimp thinks you are using a keyboard shortcut. Quite unworkable.


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Friday, December 13, 2013

MyAnswers: How to change deleted messages on Apple Mail to go to Trash and not Deleted Messages folder.

The following MyAnswers solution 2415 is now available:

Apple Mail on the MacBook Air sends deleted emails to a Deleted Messages folder and not the Trash folder as expected. How can I change the deleted messages to go to the Trash folder.


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MyAnswers: My experience running Windows XP SP3 and Microsoft Office 2007 on a MacBook Air running OS X Mavericks.

The following MyAnswers solution 2414 is now available:

I share my experience on how I installed and run Windows XP SP3/Microsoft Office 2007 on a MacBook Air.


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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Alert: New Voicemail Message from Cbus, Bulla Dair Foods and Centro Property Group.

This morning I received three emails (to different email addresses) with the subject 'New Voicemail Message'. The email contains an attachment 'VoiceMail.zip' which contains an executable program.

You should delete these emails as the attachment is malware.

The body of one of the emails started with the following: 'You have been left a 1:09 long message (number 1) in mailbox from "Cbus" 07516326347, on Monday, November 19, 2013 at 07:29:02 AM'. As you can see this email pretends to be a voice mail message from Cbus. The other two emails pretended to be voice mail messages from Bulla Dairy Foods and Centro Property Group. The company and telephone number changed for each email.

I tested the attachment and only Sophos currently identifies the attachment as malware and all the other commonly used antivirus programs are not yet aware of the malware.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

What is the difference between the Z3740 and Z3740D used in 8" Windows 8.1 tablets?

I noticed the Toshiba Encore 8” uses the Z3740 Intel Bay Trail processor whilst the Dell Venue Pro 8” uses the Z3740D. There are other specification differences that are easy to understand, and possibly more important, but the difference for the processor isn’t stated. I decided to investigate and found the following on the Laptop Mag site.

Bay Trail-T, the tablet iteration of Bay Trail, is available in six SKUs, ranging from the low-end, dual-core Z3680 to the quad-core Atom Z3770, which can run at up to 2.4-GHz and has dual-channel memory. Where all Clover Trail CPUs maxed out at 1366 x 768, both the Atom Z3770 and Z3740 support resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 while the Z3770D, Z3740D and Z3680D max out at 1920 x 1200. The low-end Z3680 can manage only 1280 x 800.... Read More

One feature I’m interested in is connecting a tablet to an external monitor. The Z3740 from this information appears to handle a higher screen resolution. In theory this may or may not mean it can be connected to a higher resolution monitor than the Z3740D. There is no way for me to know if this is actually implemented or not without testing different devices. In practical terms, this may or may not make a difference, but I feel it is good to know.

Kelvin Eldridge
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

CryptoLocker virus encrypts users' files and then blackmails users to have their files decrypted.

In November the CryptoLocker virus received quite an amount of publicity in the press. Certainly the virus is particularly vicious. This is a no win situation. Either you pay up and risk losing your money, or lose access to your data.

This article from Charles Darwin University provides a good background on the virus.

Clients are reminded the best defence with regards to losing their important data is to perform a regular backup.

I provide clients free access to a backup utility I wrote for myself for use with Windows computers. Clients are welcome to contact me if they would like to set up a backup to protect your important data.

Kelvin Eldridge
www.OnlineConnections.com.au
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Be careful with Dell delivery times. This is a good reminder to be mindful that not all deliveries will make it for Christmas.

I assisted a client with an order for a Dell computer on the 22nd of November. The computer was to be delivered within the next 10 days. An email was received on the 26th of November confirming the delivery would be on or before the 2nd of December.

On the 2nd of December at 2:55 pm an SMS was received requesting a response for delivery on either the 10th of December, the 11th of December, or to receive a call. I decided to receive a call to make sure I speak to someone on behalf of the client. To receive an SMS on the expected date of delivery stating a different time is terrible customer service. The client waited around all day for the delivery and Dell sent the message to me and not the client. Dell had recorded my details as a secondary contact.

I find it staggering that well before Christmas Dell can't deliver within the 10 days they advise. That will now make it 18 days until a delivery is expected, and at this point, there is no guarantee the delivery time won't be adjusted again. This isn't a purchase for Christmas, but if it was, there would be a concern regarding delivery.

This is a good reminder as we approach Christmas that a lot of people will be disappointed when they don't receive items they've ordered for Christmas. At this time it is perhaps a good idea to start thinking about buying from bricks and mortar shops rather than online, and make sure they actually have stock on hand. Placing an order in a shop is no more of a guarantee that you'll receive an item as placing an order online. I recall waiting for an order for months from the Myer Store and months from a distributor for an Epson colour laser. If it isn't in stock, in the premises, chances are you may not get the item in time.

Kelvin Eldridge 
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Monday, December 2, 2013

MyAnswers: Can I force Internet Explorer to open using the Desktop versions from the Start screen.

The following MyAnswers solution 2411 is now available:

When I add a tile to the Start screen in Windows 8 it always uses the modern version of Internet Explorer. Can I force Internet Explorer to open web sites in the desktop version since I'm using a desktop computer.


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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Feeling old! If you're over 30 it appears Tumblr thinks you're over the hill.

I thought it was interesting when I entered my age when signing up to Tumblr. People often use the expression "years young" as not to offend the more senior generation.

When I saw with Tumblr you had to enter your age to proceed, and my age was then followed by "years young", I couldn't help wonder at what age you went from "years old" to "years young".

It turns out the new senior is now a young 30.


Perhaps those working at Tumblr should be careful. Once they reach 30 they may be considered over the hill and put out to pasture.

There really is very little point in adding "years old" or "years young" to a number which is simply a person's age. As to entering your age, I see little point to that as well.

Kelvin Eldridge
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