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3 Things to Consider When Uploading Videos to YouTube

3 Things to Consider When Uploading Videos to YouTube

It’s no secret that sites like YouTube have changed the way we engage on the internet. I remember when I would conduct research 10 years ago, I would have to read through 2,000 words of content to learn how to solve a common problem. But now, most of the information I need is available on YouTube in a more practical way. Learning through videos is so much easier because you can follow through while watching a tutorial, and you’re not limited to just one. What makes YouTube so incredible is their open-source platform that allows virtually anyone with a safe account to upload videos. This means, you have a lot of content, presented in a different way, and it’s free.

One thing that’s intriguing is the question of what distinguishes a good video from a great video. What are the reasons behind a video getting 1,000 more views than another? I decided to research this so I can start focusing on the factors that matter for the next time I upload a video to YouTube. If I’m able to outshine my competition, then I’ll be able to increase brand awareness, which in the end, will help my bottom-line.

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Here are a few things to focus on the next time you’re uploading videos to YouTube:

The Purpose

For you to succeed on YouTube, it’s important that you know the purpose of your video and what you’re trying to provide your audience overall. The more you know about your purpose, the more guided your video will be. A smooth-flowing video is easy to interact with and the learning process becomes easier for your audience.

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For example, the best videos on YouTube are those that provide information to their audience in a systematic way. They provide structure, depth, and solve a common problem online. All three of these elements are much easier to implement into your video when you know your purpose. When you know your main objective, everything else is built on top of that foundation.

Solve a Problem

I’ve noticed the best performing videos on YouTube solve a common problem. It’s also been stated that 89% of searches on Google are problem-based and you can actually find out about keyword trends by visiting Google Trends. This tool will provide you with keyword popularity and how much it’s increased over the last few weeks.

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The next time you are creating a video, do your research so that you can find a common problem readers are having in your niche. Then, create a quality video outlining how to solve this problem step-by-step. Here’s a cool trick that has helped me outperform my competition: watch other videos focused on solving the same problem and make notes on what they are missing. Then when creating your video, add all the missing elements that will make you stand out compared to your competition.

The Quality

Nothing pushes people away from your video quicker than poor quality. When a video is hard to view and hear because of low-quality formatting and/or production, then people won’t be able to pull out the value they need. These people will then head over to other videos to find what they are looking for. Trust me when I say, there is no shortage of videos online so be prepared to lose your audience to your competitors if you don’t take quality seriously. What can you do to improve the quality of your videos?

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First, make sure you use a video creation tool that is popular and has awesome reviews. You can find these tools by doing a quick search on Google for “best video creation tools”. Secondly, save your video in high definition quality compatible with YouTube. They do allow high-definition when uploading, so take advantage of this feature. Third, formatting is very important when saving because you have several options. You can save in mp4, MOV, Avi, Flv, and others. If you are formatting from your windows PC, then you have access to the Wondershare Video Converter, which is an all-in-one tool. This tool can convert to any format quickly. If you’ve created a video on an Apple device, then products like AppleMacSoft video converter will do the trick.

Final Thoughts

It’s amazing how far the ability to share information has come throughout the years. At one point, you had only text-based content, which was hard to find because of low-quality search engines. Then, you had Google, which changed the way people search for text-based information.

The introduction of YouTube allowed people to internalize and absorb information in a completely different way. It was easier to follow, more practical, and required less effort because you no longer had to read 2,000+ words content. Social media now allows you to share this awesome information quickly with others all over the world. Good luck creating!

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Last Updated on July 10, 2019

11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

1. Lumosity

This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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    2. Fit Brains Trainer

    This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

    Free.

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      3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

      Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

      First four games free, then $13 a month.

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        4. Brain Fitness Pro

        The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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        Buy for $3.99.

        5. Happify

        If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

        Free to use.

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          6. Clockwork Brain

          You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

          Free.

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            7. ReliefLink

            Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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              8. Eidetic

              Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                9. Braingle

                Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                Free.

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                  10. Not The Hole Story

                  If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                  Free.

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                    11. Personal Zen

                    This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                    Free.

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