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The Unusual Success Stories of These YouTube Stars Will Blow Your Mind

The Unusual Success Stories of These YouTube Stars Will Blow Your Mind

YouTube, which was started in 2005, is becoming more and more popular as the ultimate “go to” website for watching and streaming videos. Regular users who would otherwise have remained entirely anonymous are finding fame through uploading videos, just like how Justin Bieber got his start. These growing numbers of anonymous people are building successful media platforms through sharing their talents, their voices, and building an audience of their own. We have gathered information on YouTube’s biggest stars–based on total views and their rankings. These Youtuber’s successes started from simply uploading videos in their bedroom and later they expanded their blogging habit into fame and fortune.

1. PewDiePie – $21 million (3 billion views)

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    PewDiePie, also known as Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, is a Swedish YouTube vlogger whose features basically concentrate on the domain of video games. Kjellberg has broken various YouTube progress records, hopping from 12 million supporters in August 2013 to more than 20 million in January 2014. PewDiePie didn’t become successful just because of a sudden viral hit or a change in his YouTube presence. Instead, the reason behind his success is “consistency”. Kjellberg uploads videos on his channel almost every single day. The moment he started getting popular, he built upon his success and never let up his online presence. He invests heaps of time discussing his fan’s inquiries in the comments, and formed a famous group of “bros” where his fans can share his work with their friends.

    Lesson: PewDiePie’s fame is a worthy lesson for anyone eager to grow audience on YouTube. There is no secret formula but consistency, hard work, and quality content to engage your audience constantly.

    2. BlueXephos – $16.1 million (2.3 billion views)

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      BlueXephos is the major YouTube channel for the Yogscast bunch–a gathering of gaming companions. Back in 2008 a young man named Lewis started a little YouTube channel called BlueXephos to share his best friend Simon’s charm with the world. They gained initial popularity from posting a “how to” video of the most entertaining game at the time, “World of Warcraft.” In 2010, Simon and Lewis started one of the most popular serialized shows on YouTube, The Shadow of Israphel. In March 2013, the channel was the most seen and the second-most subscribed to channel on YouTube. Simon and Lewis won “Greatest YouTube Gamer” award two consecutive years at the Joystick Awards.

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      During its six-year lifespan, Yogscast has grown from being a single YouTube channel to a commercial network. There is now an army of Yogscasters characters each armed with their own YouTube channel, and viewer following.

      Lesson: If you make videos that are related to hot news or popular things that everybody is discussing and finding on the web, you’ll have a superior chance of getting fame. Staying current is vital in the ever-changing world of social media.

      3. DisneyCollectorBR – $5.1 million (1.51 billion views)

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        DisneyCollectorBR is a famous YouTube channel owned by an anonymous Brazilian lady who frequently uploads videos of Disney toys. Despite her anonymous status, DisneyCollectorBR is the most-watched YouTube channel in the United States. Disney has entered into the child’s world and channel videos leave a “spellbinding effect” on children through background music, voice and instructions. Young kids love the opportunity to observe someone demonstrating how to engage with certain toys, which is why this faceless YouTube channel is consistently on the top list. In April, the channel was the third-most seen around the world, coming in right after Katy Perry’s channel.

        Lesson: The appearance of your YouTube channel can make or break the success of your videos. Put your efforts to the draw the attention of the viewers! Create an appealing channel name and add relevant content to get things started. Don’t forget to add a channel short description to give viewers an idea of the kind of content you’re offering.

        4. Smosh – $19.6 million (2.8 billion views)

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          Smosh is a YouTube comedy channel operated by Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla. The producers behind the brand that was established in the fall of 2005 aren’t newcomers to Internet content creation or comedy. The co-founder, Anthony Padilla, started the whole phenomenon back in 2003 when he uploaded a few short Flash animations on the Newgrounds website. A few months later Ian Hecox, his friend, started helping him and the two still work together on each release. They went into the consideration of the YouTube group when their video of the Pokemon signature song became the most popular video of the time. Their dedication to high quality clips has helped them win the attention of more than eight million people from around the world. Since 2006, Smosh has made various comedy videos that are still regularly updated and consistently popular. They have also been in talks to begin airing their comedy content on television.

          Lesson: Don’t undervalue the value of video production. If your content is interesting or creative, but the quality is low, your viewers will watch the video for first few seconds. Invest in a good video camera to capture HD videos and use professional video editing programs to make your video catchier.

          5. RayWilliamJohnson – $18.2 million (2.6 billion views)

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            Ray William Johnson is an American video blogger, writer, producer, and actor best known for his YouTube series Equals. One industry publication reported that Johnson had six of the top 20 most watched videos of the month. Johnson picked up popularity from his series Equals Three where he gives opinion and personal views to viral videos. Johnson is likewise a gifted author of music and lyrics across a number of different music genres–which he uses in his videos. With his entertaining comments and creativity, he maintains a consistently large viewership that endures to follow his work from the aggressive to the instructive. His channel has more than 10 million subscribers and gets more views than 99% of regular television programming. The secret of RayWilliam Johnson success is regular and frequent scheduling–that is one of the important advices, best practices, and strategies to build greater audiences on YouTube.

            Lesson: Some of the most popular YouTube stars create schedules to release their videos, and it really seems to work for them. Fans get familiar and return for the latest video at the same time every week. To help boost your exposure, create a schedule and let your fans know when to expect your new content.

            6. Shane Dawson – $315,000

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              Twenty-six-year-old Shane Dawson is so popular that he has 12 million-plus subscribers across three different YouTube channels. In August 2008 Shane and his family were fired after he uploaded a video of himself pole dancing in the building he worked in. Later in September, he uploaded a video called “Fred is Dead!” the most-viewed video on YouTube (at that time, received over 23 million views). Every week Dawson posts new videos on his main channel, ShaneDawsonTV, and formerly posts other videos on other channels. Shane often cooperates with other YouTubers and also appears in their videos. Dawson was also featured on “Attack of the Show” and, in 2010, Forbes magazine named him their 25th most famous web celebrity.

              Lesson: Always look for opportunities to collaborate with other YouTubers with similar style and viewership. Through collaboration you can share each other’s audiences, which will result in more YouTube recognition and getting to be a more prominent part of the YouTube community.

              7. Philip DeFranco – $181,000 (1 billion views)

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                Phil DeFranco has long been one of the most cherished vloggers on YouTube; a kid from the Bronx who started off acting like an idiot before building a small empire on the world’s largest video platform. Phil DeFranco got his start on YouTube when he first made his channel, sxephil, in 2006. His channel SourceFed (acquired by Discovery Communications), which blends political news and humor, is frequently named as the most successful of the much-hyped YouTube funded channels. The cast is what sets this show apart from others like it. The whole cast is so lovable and relevant that ever single news piece feels important and entertaining. The videos engage viewers on a personal level and truly create a link with the viewer.

                Lesson: Many YouTube stars gain popularity by making a video response and giving it a hilarious twist. These funny makeovers and parodies are extremely popular, which helps you to capitalize on other people’s success. These responses pop up when people search for the famous video and eventually it catapults the originals to even greater fame.

                8. Fred – $146,000

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                  Fred Figglehorn is an imaginary character, played by Lucas Cruikshank, who uploads videos at Fred’s Channel on YouTube. The character Fred describes himself as a 6-year-old boy with a worthless family life and issues with anger management. Lucas’s videos are about teenage issues like school dances, dating, girls, irritating parents and more in a funny, hilarious, and sometimes-vulgar approach.

                  The character of Fred became a phenomenon on the web with over 1.6 million YouTube subscribers. Fred’s high-pitched chipmunk voice and energetic character attract viewers to watch his videos in droves. Each of Fred’s videos is new, fresh and relevant to what is going on in the lives of kids right now.

                  Lesson: Aggressively engage social media to promote your YouTube channel. Through social networking websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, you can let people in your circle know about your videos. This will not only target your family and friends but also people in your friends’ circles. Let them promote you too.

                  Featured photo credit: I can make you famous!/Tim Constable via flickr.com

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                  40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                  40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                  Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

                  There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

                  Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

                  It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

                  Productivity apps to help you get things done

                  1. OmniFocus

                  This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

                  Download it here.

                    2. Forest

                    Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

                    Download it here.

                      3. Things

                      Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

                      Download it here.

                        4. 30/30

                        Recently covered here at Lifehack

                        , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                        Download it here.

                          5. Any.Do

                          A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                          Download it here.

                            6. PocketLife Calendar

                            This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                            Download it here.

                              7. Asana

                              We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                              , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                              Download it here.

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                                8. ToDoist

                                This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                                Download it here.

                                  9. FlowTasks

                                  From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                                  Download it here.

                                    10. Calendars 5

                                    This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                                    Download it here.

                                      11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                                      A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                                      Download it here.

                                        12. Due

                                        A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                        Download it here.

                                          13. Checkmark 2

                                          I use this app

                                          for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                          Download it here.

                                            14. TeuxDeux

                                            Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                            Download it here.

                                              15. Wunderlist 

                                              Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                              Download it here.

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                                                16. Nirvana

                                                For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                                Download it here.

                                                  17. Priorities

                                                  An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    Productivity apps that help you build habits

                                                    18. Productive

                                                    With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                                    Download it here.

                                                      19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                                      You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        20. Streaks

                                                        This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          21. Remember The Milk

                                                          Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            22. Day One Journal

                                                            When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              Productivity apps that makes organization easy

                                                              23. Evernote

                                                              Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                24. Pocket

                                                                You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                                Download it here.

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                                                                  25. Sync.Me

                                                                  This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    26. Droplr

                                                                    One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      27. Dropbox

                                                                      Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        28. iDolly 

                                                                        In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                        Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          29. Soulver

                                                                          It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            Productivity apps that help you work smart

                                                                            30. Captio

                                                                            A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              31. Drafts

                                                                              A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                                This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                                Download it here.

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                                                                                  33. Doodle

                                                                                  This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                                    I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                      35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                                      A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                        36. GoodReader

                                                                                        This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                          37. LogMeIn

                                                                                          Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                            Productivity apps that improve security

                                                                                            38. 1Password

                                                                                            There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                              39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                              You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                              All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                40. Truecallers

                                                                                                Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                  There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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