Just checked my toggl time tracker and yeah, is said 354h. It's a lot of eggs in one basket. Almost so much that feel embarrassed to reveal it. But I wanted to learn how to make documentary style youtube videos. So now about 3 months later, my first doc is finally out. https://youtu.be/fQmfn6l_0Ac Would love to get your guys feedback so I can continue to improve.
Amazing shit man, I remember you talking about this months ago, its incredible to see it finally come to life. Do you have any kind of history in film making/editing? Because this was some world class shit, hope you're proud brother.
I've made about $12,000 online, but that was over a year ago now and I stopped doing it because I wanted to make money online in a way I felt good about, which is why I'm now doing the slow burn of YouTube and building an audience, before I start trying to monetise again.
What was the first side hustle you had and how old were you when you started that? It can be anything from selling lemonades to selling home-baked cookies...Just comment below what it was and how old were you when you started it. When I was 10, I used to modify mechanical pencils (a.k.a pen pencils). Initially, I used to take the existing pen pencils that my friends owned and modify them for a small fee. I later pivoted to buying the pen pencils from the shop myself, modifying them, and selling the modified ones at double the price to all my classmates, juniors, and friends. Got busted by the principal and had to close shop in 2 weeks tho lol. 'Twas nice while it lasted. Looking back, it was really fun and I can't believe I sold my friends and classmates to pay me double the usual price for some basic look modifications. Now think back to your childhood days and tell your story in the comments below!
UPDATE: thanks for all these replies, I no longer have a problem with low energy, I honestly don't even know what helped me, maybe I started to be more strict with waking up and going to sleep, every day at the same time, and the morning walks, but I'm still open to hear, what helped you guys maximize your energy hey guys, so I need some help and thought this will be a great place to ask it, I have low energy, and I just don't understand why, because logically it feels like I do everything right: - I have 8-9 hours of sleep every day - I go to the gym 3x a week for one hour - I go cycling in nature for 30 minutes every day - I try to eat healthy (no seed oil, sugars, or processed food) - my room has a lot of windows, so I got sunlight in the morning - I don't use any electronics 1 hour before bed and have blue light blockers here is what my day looks like: I wake up at 7 am, sit down in front of my computer work till 12, then I eat my first meal, (so I intermittent fast 16:8) after it I go back and work. at 2 pm I go to the gym, at 3 pm I go cycling and after it, I usually do some work outside for an hour, then I'm in front of my computer till 9 pm, I turn it off and go to sleep at 10 pm I'm a noob when it comes to high performance and energy optimization, but if anyone has solved this problem, and has some expertise in this field, I would love to hear your advice these are my ideas on why I have low energy: - I spend too much time in front of my computer - I only eat 2 meals a day (btw I usually feel this tiredness afternoon) - maybe not enough water? - lack of supplements? - my diet is not good enough, thinking of changing to a carnivore fruit diet also, I don't drink coffee only some green tea sometimes and I meditate, journal, and read before bed, Idk if this helps
I mean it's possible that it's something to do with your calorie intake compared to how much your burning off, or something related to a nutrient deficiency, but based on what you've said you're doing daily, it's almost definitely something to do with your current state of mental health. How excited are you for the future? How excited are you to wake up each day? Do you have enough meaningful relationships, platonic/romantic? What is your self image like? Do you have hobbies/interests outside of personal development? At least for me personally, my energy levels can vary massively depending on my mental health. Could be worth looking into.
Last night, myself and a few friends from synthesiser skool, stayed up late making as many shorts as we could in one sitting while all on a call with each other. The point was obviously to gamify the content creation process (Inspired by the Minecraft speed run the week before) and it was a ton of fun! We currently are hoping to make it a regular thing, possibly every weekend, so instead of gaming nights, we have content creation nights! Going forward we'll probably be focusing on long form content instead of short form, as we believe it's more useful to get good at long form as opposed to short form. This year I've learnt that community is perhaps the most important part of setting and sticking to goals, as it makes the process much more enjoyable, plus you get held accountable. If you haven't already, make sure to connect with people in this community!
so I started to create youtube shorts, and they are performing great, yesterday 1k views today 4k views... but as we all know the hook is the most important part when it comes to short-form content, here are my favorite ones: - Pov: ____ - Warning to (target market) - Unpopular opinion _____ - Dropped out of high school to pursue my dream of _____ - Why is nobody talking about ____? - The masculine urge to… - Maturing is realizing _____ - After 37 prototypes the (product name) is finally ready - My biggest regret is ___ - Here's something i wish i knew sooner - You need this if ___ - Before you scroll ___ - For my male/female audience - If you ___ listen up - Stop scrolling if you have ____ - 3 things everyone with ____ needs - If you struggle with ____ watch this - Best ____ alternative - I tried every ____ out there and here are the results… - ____ fans I need your help - I can't believe this ____ is only $__ - This is day 100 of ____ - If you're like me and ___ , then this ones for you - Customer wanted a refund because ___ - I finally found a way to quit ___ - 3 things that help my ___ - 5 things that cured my ___ - Here’s the best way to ___ - Before you buy ___ watch this. - Summer is coming you need this ___ - Just a friendly reminder… - No seriously you need this _ - If you struggle with _ watch this - [target audience] I need your opinion - I can’t believe I lived without _ - Y’all I need your help… - How to never be _ again - Extremely unpopular opinion _ - If you enjoy _ keep watching - [target market] stop scrolling.. - I finally got [the product] and omg.. - Just got my delivery from __ - Stop scrolling if you hate __ - If you're like me & do __ , then this ones for you... - Stop scrolling if you’re suffering from __ - 3 reasons you need a __ - WARNING! before you buy __ - Best __ alternative - Keep watching if you _ - If you hate _, you need a _ - If you want _, make sure to _ - Stop being an NPC and get a _ - I created a product for NPCs - I bet you have never seen the _
The first videos I made didn't yet feel like I should share them (although the info in it is still good stuff). But honestly I think I came to a point where I find my video valuable, funny and aesthetically pleasant. My internal compass feels joy. https://youtu.be/QFMr0P4Yb_g
Nice video! Nice lighting and camera set up, it looked very aesthetically pleasing. The only thing I'd say is to perhaps have a video title that makes it clearer what the video is about, maybe it's just me but I wasn't sure what the title meant just by reading it, I had to watch the video to get context. Keep going strong man!
After long hours of late night editing, I got my Jordan Peterson video finished. Overall I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, although there's definitely room for improvement. Any and all feedback is more than welcome, thank you :)
@Andrew Kirby Thank you so much Andrew. I'm really trying to focus on making videos that have that potential, eventually if I make enough of them, surely something has to click. This video would have been a lot more boring without your advice though, it helped a lot, and actually has really made me consider "what makes people click" a lot more.
So I'm currently in the middle of 30 days without social media (which is why I've been less active here) But during my detox I've been working on 3 pretty big videos, the first is finished and out, so I just wanted to come on here and share it with you guys. Any and all feedback welcome :) The title is "Testing The Law Of Assumption LIVE!"
Ok so last time I asked for your guys help with my Jordan Peterson video, and it worked very well. It was actually my first video that got over 100 views in it's first 24 hours! So, now I've got another idea, but because it's going to take a lot of work, I want to get your guys thoughts on it first. It's going to be called "Focus Pills + 8h Sleep + No Social Media For 30 Days" Below is the thumbnail design I think will work best for it. It's going to be me kind of vlogging my journey, while also explaining the lessons I learned and providing value along the way. Ideally, I'd like it to follow a hero's journey of sorts, so that it feels like you've watched a mini movie by the end of it, like a mini version of limitless or something. But before I go into months worth of work for one video, can you guys tell me if this is a good idea? Is this title/thumbnail combination something you'd likely click on? If not, is it because the idea isn't that great or because of something I can change? Maybe getting 8 hours of sleep isn't exciting enough, but I'm not sure what else the third thing should be? Any and all feedback is MORE than welcome, thank you so much in advance, I love this group 💙
@Andrew Kirby wow, having it be 10 hours sleep actually does make it way more interesting lol. Cold showers could also definitely work (Although I know Cole Hastings did that in a video of similar style) I do like the idea of documenting how much my life improves when I get good sleep, but as you say it just doesn't make for a super sexy title.
My new video is out, I would love to get feedback, I just realized that if I don't share it I have just a few viewers, and yeah content about myself is not so interesting to people that don't know me, but I just wanted to make this video, to improve my relationship with my viewers a little bit, and it was also my biggest project, I used storytelling tactics, and cool transitions, and try to keep the viewers engaged https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFWcUKYl0G4 Edit: as I previously stated, I'm not so proud of the numbers in this video 😔, when I checked it out, I realized that I only have 2 views, so I became a little sad, but I just have to realize, that numbers are not something that I can control, the only thing I can do, is to make a better video next time, yeah it can be sad if I work a lot with a video and I don't see the results, but it's just part of being a creator, do you guys care about numbers? or should I ignore them?
It was a great video and I really enjoyed it! Genuinely lots of great skills on display for one of your first videos. Notes for next time: Personally I think it looks better when you only use landscape shots as appose to vertical ones for tiktoks. I think having some personal footage of yourself (like there was an opportunity in the video to have you and your girlfriend on screen when you were talking about her) would really add a lot to the story. And also I think you should try and look directly at the camera more. These were just the things I noticed but as I said, it was a great video overall, you had me hooked the whole time, can't wait to see what you do next :)
Honestly doesn't feel that momentous but I thought back to the month of November when my growth was super stagnant (hovering around 80 subs) and 500 felt like a million miles away. I'm trying my best not to hedonically adapt and to enjoy every milestone even though it might not instinctively feel particularly incredible. Big thanks to @Andrew Kirby for including me in his most recent newsletter which is what probably pushed me over that 500 mark and to @Tintin Smith for being my rock throughout this whole journey!
For months I didn't want to start a newsletter because it is only for audience maintenance, not for audience growth. Then I realised that the size of your audience is the number of people you can contact at any time. And a newsletter is the only place that can guarantee the number of people you can contact at any time increases. No other social media platform can do that. I want my audience to grow over time, so I'm starting a newsletter. It's called Sunday Synthesis. You can sign up here. Every week me and my team consume 500 pieces of content, then email you the best (and least well known) 5. Here's where you come in. The 5 pieces of content will be curated from the "Content Recommendations" category here on Synthesizer Skool. Every piece of content will be credited to the person that found that piece of content. Meaning that if you post valuable content on Skool, and it makes the top 5 of the week, then on the newsletter I will link to your social platforms so that you can grow your audience. Here is an example of the first newsletter. Congrats @Shivam Jha for making the first newsletter. I have included a link to your YouTube channel. I should note that this newsletter is in beta stages, so things may change in the future. If you can think of any way to improve the newsletter, please let me know.
Honestly this is a genius move. It's going to improve the quality of engagement in the skool, it's gonna allow everyone in here to grow faster, and it's gonna lead to a super valuable newsletter. If executed well, this could go really really well!
So right now I'm feeling a pull to make a video based around Jordan Peterson. Before I make it, I'd like to know what general knowledge most people have about his work, so I can work up from there and make it something new and fresh to most people. So how many of you have read his book 12 rules for life, and if not, have you heard of how he talks about social hierarchy's in relation to lobsters and dopamine? If you don't know either of those, how well do you know Jordan Peterson and how likely are you to click on a video about him? Thank you so much in advance. (Also, I think the title will be something like "The Science Of Curing Social Anxiety" with that in mind which of these thumbnails combines with that to make something truly irresistible to click on) (Or likewise, if you don't think that title is great, let me know that as well, any and all feedback welcome)
Honestly about 70% of my online consumption comes from YouTube. I go on there to learn about youtube, to watch normal youtube videos to see what they all have in common in terms of thumbnails/titles/content etc, I go on youtube to watch personal development stuff, I go onto youtube to relax, I probably spend way too much time on there lol. Then it's either books or communities. A small amount on twitter. And a very small amount on tiktoks/instagram/youtube shorts, usually only on weekends.
Image 1 is definitely better than image 2. I would try and find a way to have more intrigue, have the viewer asking more questions. Your carnivore vs vegan created questions that the viewer needed to have answered when they saw the video. Idk how, but you need to find a way to do that here as well I think.
After a long time of excuses, I finally published my first video on my new channel! (I posted a few random videos on YouTube years ago but it was just to host the videos for my website). I think I stalled for so long because I wanted doing video and YouTube something I could be passionate about but feared that once I got back into it I’d realize I didn’t love it. 2 weeks ago when I recorded, edited, and published this it was the most fulfilling week I had in many years. I LOVED it! I’m kinda obsessed now with making better videos Thanks to @Andrew Kirby and everyone else in here for being my inspiration behind the scenes. https://youtu.be/TGv2yIJ1BwI
Feel free to roast me. The title will be something along the lines of: My 17 Idols/ Mentors At 17 Years Old Which idea do you like the most? (I know they need work. They're not finished) The first one is supposed to symbolise them showing me the way to success + me being inspired (photo probably needs retaking) The second one was to keep it simple and add a bit of mystery The third one is supposed to symbolise a meeting with them (circle of mentors idea)
First is most attention grabbing but I feel like it could be too confusing for someone just casually scrolling, as it does kinda look as if it's heaven. I think if you stick with the concept, but find a way to make them all a lot bigger, so you can quickly recognise their face on a thumbnail on a mobile phone.
Hello everyone, we are recording one video per week (a total of 15 videos posted already) but we are not growing on YouTube. Here is the link to our channel for feedback https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO3lovsp080hMGRS-9WF_vQ) 1- How can we increase the number of views? 2- What are your tips & tricks to increase watch time and make the video more attractive, entertaining, and engaging?
I agree with Corey, there's just too much going on in the thumbnails, ideally you'd only have about 3 main things in the thumbnail (including text), and the text should only be about 1-4 words. This is because thumbnails appear pretty small on phones, and because people choose whether or not to click on a video in literally 1-2 seconds, so they need to be able to get the gist of the video by literally just glancing at the thumbnail. In terms of retention, here's what I've found has worked for me. Within the first 30 seconds, you need to confirm with the viewer that they are in the right place and it wasn't clickbait (so find a way to deliver on the promise of the title asap) while also teasing something really exciting at the end of the video. A trap a lot of people fall into is saying something like "and make sure you stick around to the end of the video, because I'm gonna give you the greatest trick of all time" I've tried it myself and it just doesn't work, in fact when I hear it in videos now it kind of just makes me want to click off because it feels like I have to slog through a bunch of pointless stuff before getting to the main part. So instead what I like to do is have a "coming up" section, like reality TV shows often have. There's a reason they all do it, It really keeps people hooked in. Once you've reassured the viewer that they are in the right place, and you've teased something really exciting for the end of the video, it's time to deliver value in a pretty fast and snappy way. Basically no fluff or stumbling on words, keep it as concise as possible. And then make sure your video ends with a bang, or some kind of value bomb. Hope this all made sense, I just wanted to really condense all of my most valuable lessons I've learned about YouTube so far. Keeping going strong, YouTube success is waiting for you!
I'm putting everything together for my first painting video (inspired by the concept of Conformity), and I'm trying to decide if putting text on the screen is enough. Do you think it's important to have my actual voice describing the concept and narrating what I'm doing? I just.. I don't like my speaking voice that much, and especially not right now when I'm all nasally and gross cause I have Covid lol If it's important to have my voice, I'll just record video because I can't let my voice face the world alone. It's real bad. Plus, I don't have a sick accent like many of you do. I literally have a sick accent, omg. I just realized what I said after I wrote it hahaha okay, thanks for any/all input :)
I like you accent! I think most people believe they don't have a cool accent because they're so used to it, but there's almost always a group of people out there who are extra engaged by it. I would suggest using voice as it's definitely more engaging than text alone, but that's just my personal take.
So recently I made a video called "I Changed My Past (You Can Too)" and so far it's been very well received and has my best retention ever, with almost 55% of people still watching by the end of the 6 minute video. It doesn't seem to be getting pushed that hard by the algorithm yet, however I'm holding out hope because a video I made last year called "The Truth About The Law Of Assumption" didn't rank in search until nearly 4 months after it was published. (It's thumbnail is the third picture on this post, the video is about to cross 3,000 views) Now the second thumbnail down there is the original thumbnail for the "I changed my past" video, however as Benedek pointed out, it's a little confusing and has too much going on, which is why I then created another thumbnail (The first image attached to this post), which is hopefully more clear and has less going on. When I made the change, the CTR picked up a little bit, but after a day it's gone down and stayed relatively low. Should I go back to the first thumbnail, or try and redesign the thumbnail all over again? I'm trying to rank in search for "How to change your past" or for "Neville Goddard Revision Technique". From what I've seen, thumbnails designed to rank in search tend to break the "3 element" rule, and they can have a lot more going on in them and can have a lot more text (Hence how my thumbnail on "The Truth About The Law Of Assumption" managed to rank despite breaking lots of thumbnail rules) Please give me some input and please share your thoughts on thumbnails, I feel like we can all learn a lot from this.
@Corey Bennett Boardman hahaha, thanks man. It does feel pretty great, although I do think it's partly because the first hundred or so people to watch it already have seen some of my previous videos, so they'll naturally be more interested, but it's still super cool to have a small audience of people! Thanks for suggestions, I'm still feeling very torn on it all, because every now and then it'll get pushed very slightly in search or browse, and I don't want to mess with it. As I said I've uploaded videos, and without ever changing anything, it got ranked in search 4 months later. But I do like where you're coming from with the title change. I think I'll have to experiment.
@Cotton Sam I like where you're coming from, thank you so much for taking the time to make those! I'm a little scared to change anything on the title thumbnail just yet, as I know it can take time for the algorithm to pick things up, but I'm gonna have to start experimenting with all of these titles and thumbnails soon. Again, thanks so much!
So basically, I'm going to combine proven viral video ideas. A trend that started over the past few months is videos with a title along the lines of "I read x amount of books to learn these 3 lessons" and they seem to all do very well, with some videos getting millions of views. And a slightly older viral video trend was "I spent x amount on fake guru's, here's what I learned" and they all seemed to do pretty well, Andrew himself made a video like this that did very well for him. So my idea is to have a video with a title something like "I Paid 100 Guru's To Learn These 3 Lessons" I made up a quick draft for a thumbnail, but I feel like there's lots of different directions I could take the design, so I'm open for feedback on that. What do you guys think of this idea? Is it something you think could do well, and if so, is there any changes you'd make to the title and/or thumbnail?
I just got off of a podcast recording with @Jamie Barclay We planned to do 1 hour but ran over by 45mins. I really enjoyed it and thought it was a great conversation. Then I realised I hadn’t recorded his audio. 🤦♂️ I have mixed feelings. Happy with how it went but kind of annoyed. A reminder that it will never be a perfect situation and to keep pushing regardless.
Haha, it kinda sucks it didn't record what I thought was a great conversation, but these things happen and you've just got to learn and move on. Looking forward to re-recording it with you next week :)
#11: @Corey Bennett Boardman - Content Creation, Synthesising, Death Really enjoyed this one. It is rumoured @Andrew Kirby liked it too. Maybe you should check it out? Big thanks to Corey for coming on. YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iIq8pMWiKw Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/16g4cnadvlVqe0d4F5C5wm?si=9YOBJYpFSxCKptIssGjYMw Other Platforms: https://linktr.ee/thesheasbypodcast
Just released my latest video and it's one of my favourite's so far. I really tried to lean into "Edu-tainment" as Ed from Film Booth talks about, and I also tried to simultaneously hit the search algorithm as well as the general YouTube algorithm. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, I'll actually be surprised if it doesn't at least perform above average for me, as I feel like I've applied a lot of good lessons for this video. Would greatly appreciate some feedback if you have the time :)
@Anessa Ryce hahaha, aw thank you for such kind words 🥺. I really want to try and do something similar for all my videos. Make them educational but still hopefully entertaining and cause some kind of emotional reaction. Looking forward to your upcoming videos 😊