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How to Download Videos from YouTube

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How to download video from YouTube is one of the top questions peoples that people ask on the internet, especially those that like saving videos on their phones or laptops. YouTube is a video-sharing platform that houses billions of hours of videos. People download videos from YouTube for various reasons. It could be that you want to save it for future videos or to keep accessing it without having to go to YouTube all the time, it could even be that you want to work on.

Before delving too much into this, you must however bear in mind that downloading videos should be for your personal offline use as YouTube policy is against you try to disseminate it. Part of their policy reads: “You are not allowed to…access, reproduce, download, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, alter, modify or otherwise use any part of the Service or any Content except (a) as expressly authorized by the Service; or (b) with prior written permission from YouTube and, if applicable, the respective rights holders.”

This is large because there are ads that show up when these videos are being played on YouTube, people paid for them and that’s the primary source of revenue for YouTube. When these videos are now being played offline, YouTube can’t make money this way, and as well affects the payment they have to make for the video creators. If at all you want to view YouTube videos else online, you can simply share the video on social media networks or embed it without downloading the video.

However, if your intention for wanting to download the video is for your personal use, then know that I have got you covered because that is what this article is all about.

Below are the three methods you can use to download videos from youtube.

Method One: Download YouTube videos directly using the ‘ss’ prefix.

This method is perhaps one of the most common methods out there that people use to download YouTube videos and I have been using this method for some years now. The good thing about this method is that you don’t need any tool for you to use it, you don’t need to have any browser extension or install an app on your phone. This method also works for any device including your Android phones, iPhone, and Windows devices both on laptops and desktops. You also have the option of downloading the video in any available format of your choices such as FLV, MP3, MP4, and MPEG.

Follow the following steps to download YouTube video using the prefix “ss”

Step 1: Open your browser and from there go to YouTube, search and click on the video you want to download

Step 2: Proceed to the video URL and add “ss” after “www.”  and immediately before the “youtube.com”

Now you will be redirected to the free download site known as savefrom.net which is the parent website of ssyoutube.com, it’s from there you will be able to save the video.

Method Two: Download using the YouTube app

Step 1: Open the YouTube app and search for the video you want to download.

Step 2: Tap the video to play it and then tap the share button

Step 3: Select ‘YouTube downloader’ from the share menu.

Step 4:  Pick the video format you want to download either mp4 for video or mp3 for audio and then tap on download.

Method Three: Download video using VLC player

You need to first download VLC player if you don’t have it on your computer system. After downloading the VLC player on your system, then follow the following steps:

Step 1: Go to YouTube using your web browser, open the video you want to download, and copy the URL.

Step 2: Open your VLC media player and from there go to ‘Media’, click on it and select ‘Open Network Stream, that  is if you are using Windows OS, but if you are using Mac, go to File then ‘Open Network’

Step 3: Open the media where you will find a text editor, paste the URL of the video you want to download from YouTube, and click on ‘Play’.

Step 4: You should then copy the information of the video from the location text box which can be found at the bottom of the page

Step 5: Paste the URL of the video into your browser and load it.

Step 6: Your video will show up automatically, right-click on it and select ‘Save video as’

Your video will be downloaded in MP4 format and titled ‘videoplayback’, you can decide to change the title if you want.

 

 

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How to start a successful dropshipping business in 5 steps

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What Is a Dropshipping Business?

Dropshipping is a type of business model which you can run effectively without having to store any inventory. All you have to do is to get an order for the product and then you can contact the supplier who will ship the product from their warehouse down to the delivery address provided by the buyer.

The major benefit of running a dropshipping business is that you need not worry about the inventory and this is the advantage that dropshipping business has to manage an online store by yourself. You need not worry about storing, packaging, and shipping the products.

How Dropshipping Business Model Works

The dropshipping business has three major players: the manufacturer or supplier, the retailer, and the customer

Let’s now look at the roles of each of these players.

Manufacturer/ supplier

In the dropshipping business model, the manufacturer takes up the role of creating the products, packaging them for delivery, shipping it down to the customer on the retailer’s behalf, taking care of defective products. In order to minimize the risk of unsold inventory, they make their products available to the retailer at wholesale price.

Retailer

The retailer stands as the link between the manufacturer and the customer. It is the role of the retailer to make the products available to the customer by selling the manufacturer’s products on their website under their own brand. The retailer will choose the type of product to sell. Also, the retailer will determine the shipping costs and set product prices

Customer

The customer does not have a direct dealing with the manufacturer because they only need to place their order if they see any product they want and the supplier will ensure that t gets to them.

Steps to starting a dropshipping business

Step 1: Pick your dropshipping business niche

If you want to start a dropshipping business, there are many niches from which you can choose. In choosing a niche, ensure that its type has a sizeable market because you wouldn’t want to end up listing your products without getting any customer or recording low sales.

So, you must first ensure that you carry out the necessary research about the niche you decide on. Just the same way y9ou would do market research for an online store to know how profitable it will be, you must also see drop shipping that way.

Step 2: Carry out competitor research

Now that you have decided what you will be selling in your online store, you want to know who your competitors are and understand the way they operate their business. You can not underestimate what you will find out in your competitor research and it will definitely help you build a stronger marketing plan for your dropshipping business.

Step 3: Secure a supplier

Choosing a dropshipping supplier is a very important decision in creating a successful dropshipping business. In choosing a supplier, make sure you choose based on their past records and ensure that they have good ratings, you wouldn’t want to end up disappointing your customer, would you? There are many suppliers you can choose from and you can also move to another supplier if you notice that the one you are using is not effective.

Step 4: Choose a suitable Dropshipping platform for your store

After you have decided on the above steps, the next thing you should do is to choose an online platform that you will use for your dropshipping busies. Some platforms have a prebuild e-commerce function which has made it easy for anyone to set up a store with them, all you just need to do is to brand it according to your business brand and start building your store on it. Examples of such platforms include Shopify, Aliexpress

Step 5: Promote your dropshipping store

Having your online store set up is not enough, you need to also ensure that your products get to the face of your potential customer. This means you will need to set some budget aside for the marketing and advertising of your store. Ensure you do this while building your dropshipping business plan, it will let you forecast the running cost and set it aside so you don’t end up stranded after setting up your store.

Now that you know how to start a dropshipping business, it’s time to talk about marketing your new store. To stand out in your market, you may want to put extra effort into your marketing and advertising efforts when building your dropshipping business plan.

 

 

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How to create YouTube channel

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Many people see YouTube as a site where they can spend a good number of time watching funny videos, gossips, tutorials, etc while to some, it is a source of income. Being able to be successful as a YouTuber will require some effort and you need to put in the hard work. It is not everyone that starts a YouTube channel that will be successful in it especially if the purpose is to make money from it. Some will lose interest if they don’t start seeing results immediately, some might run out of ideas of what to post. YouTube is not a quick fix for your financial situation and you must be patient before you start earning from it.
This is why it is advisable that you should choose a niche that you are passionate about. Now let’s look at some niches you can choose from if you want to start a YouTube channel.

The most popular niches on YouTube
Here are some of the most popular and profitable niches on YouTube that you can choose from:

  • Tech Videos
  • Personal finance
  • Gaming
  • Product Reviews
  • Unboxing products
  • Tutorials
  • Cooking and foods
  • Fashion
  • Beauty and Makeup
  • Weight loss & Healthy Living
  • Haircare
  • Music
  • Travel
  • Gossip and news
  • How-Tos
  • Comedy

How to create a YouTube Channel in 7 simple steps

Step 1: Create a Google account

YouTube is owned by Google and you need to have an account with Google before setting up your YouTube channel. If you already have a Gmail address, simply proceed to YouTube but if you don’t, go to the Google account creation page and create a new Gmail address.

Step 2: Create a YouTube brand account

By default, once you have a Google account, it automatically gives you a personal YouTube account. However, if you want to create a YouTube account for your brand, you will need to set it up.

Follow these guidelines to create a brand account:

  1. Sign in to YouTube using the Google account you want to use to create the channel.
  2. Click on your profile image at the top right corner of your screen
  3. A dropdown menu will appear, click on “Create a Channel.”
  4. A window will pop up, select “Get Started.”
  5. You will be given an option that says “Use a custom name,” click “Select.”
  6. Enter your brand name and click Create.

Your new channel has now been created. You can then proceed to customize your channel’s settings on the next screen.

Step 3: Add your brand identity

You will need to add a brand identity for your channel so that it can stand out amongst many channels on YouTube. You will need to access your account on a computer for you to do this rather than on a phone.

Step 4: Upload your first video

Once you have successfully set up your account, you can now start uploading some videos on it starting with your first video.
Follow these steps to upload your first video:

  1. Sign in to your newly created YouTube account.
  2. Click on the Create a Video. You will see a video icon with a plus sign, click on it.
  3. Click Upload video.
  4. Select the video you want to upload from your video files.
  5. Add your video title and description including relevant keywords.
  6. Click on “publish”.

Step 5: Organize your YouTube channel into a playlist

It is important that your videos are properly organized, doing this will let those who visit your channel know which playlist they should go to for a particular video.
To properly organize your videos, you should create a playlist for them and segment them based on different topics.
To create a playlist for your videos, follow these simple steps:

  1. Once you’re in your channel, click Customize channel.
  2. Click the Playlists tab.
  3. Click New playlist.
  4. Enter the title you want for your playlist and click create.
  5. You will be directed to where you have your new playlist. Click Edit.
  6. Click Add videos and choose the videos you want to add to your playlist.

Step 6: Create a channel trailer

When a new visitor visits your channel, it is important that you introduce what your channel is all about using a short video, and this is what is referred to as a channel trailer. The trailer should also let them know why they should subscribe to your channel and encourage them to do so.
You can create a YouTube channel trailer with these simple steps:

  1. Once you have a video that you want to use as your trailer,
  2. Log into YouTube and upload the video you want to use as your channel trailer.
  3. Go to your channel and click “Customize channel”.
  4. Click the tab that says “For new visitors”, then click Channel trailer.
  5. From your videos list, select the video you want to use as your trailer, then click Save.

Step 7: Make your channel discoverable

You are almost done with setting your channel up completely. Your work is not yet done until you ensure that those visiting YouTube can discover your channel.
To make ensure that your channel is discoverable, follow these guidelines:

  1. Add relevant channel keywords, you can do this in the creator studio. Make sure that the keywords you add are related to what your channel is all about.
  2. Allow YouTube to recommend your channel. You need to turn on this option in the Channel recommendations section and click save.

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How to get paid on YouTube

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YouTube is one of the many ways by which you can make money online. There are lots of people who are getting paid on YouTube, these people are called YouTubers or Vloggers. Before you can start earning YouTube, you must first have a YouTube channel where you constantly upload videos. For details on how to create and start a YouTube channel from the scratch, check here.

Video upload could be on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, but just ensure that you choose a pattern that works best for you and stick to it. You must also be aware that you must not use any copyrighted property on your channel without exclusive authorization from the owner. Such property could be video, audio, image, etc.

When you use such property without authorization and the copyright owner files a report against you, YouTube might give you a strike depending on the type of complaint the copyright owner gave, and once you have up to 3 strikes, YouTube will close your YouTube. Not all copyright claim lead to strikes, but in such a case, the copyright owner will claim any revenue made from the advert played on such video.

This is why you should be as original as possible with any video that you would upload on your channel.

Now that we know some information about starting a YouTube channel, lets now dive into how we can monetize the channel.

1. Apply for the YouTube Partner Program

You can earn directly by partnering with YouTube. This is how the majority of YouTubers make their money from YouTube. For you to approve you as their partner, there are certain requirements you must meet, and these include:

  • Your video must have at least 4,000 valid public watch hours in the past 12 months.
  • Your channel must have at least 1,000 subscribers
  • You must be living in an eligible area
  • Your channel must follow all YouTube’s monetization policies
  • You must have a linked Google AdSense account.

Getting the viewing-hours threshold can look impossible if you are just starting, but you should not be discouraged. Even if you are getting less than 10 views on your videos in your first few weeks, that should tell you that your videos are getting views and it’s a matter of time before you start getting views in thousands.

You must make sure that your videos are high-quality and you must also put every necessary effort into it as well.

Some of those that watch your videos will subscribe to your channel once they see that they can always learn one or two things from your channel. However, the best way to get subscribers if you are just starting is to first ask your friends and family to subscribe, and also ensure that at the intro or outro of your videos, you request that your viewers subscribe.

Once you meet the stated requirements, you can then proceed to apply for the partner program by clicking on your profile and navigating to the “monetization” section.

2. Connect to Google AdSense

In order for your channel to get approved as a YouTube partner, you will need to connect your channel to Google AdSense, which is the company’s advertising system. Advertisers pay Google to bid for space on your channel using AdSense depending on your audience, relevant keywords, and the video topic.

YouTube will pay you based on the number of people that click or watch an ad on your video. Although you must know that ads don’t play on your videos each time someone plays your video so this means that not all views will bring money for you. You must also be aware that YouTube takes a cut of the ad revenue for tax.

You will be paid when your balance gets to $100. This is why you must always work at growing your channel so you can have a large audience because the more views you have, the more money you make.

3. Check out YouTube Premium

YouTube Premium is another way partners can make money on YouTube. How this works is that you make your videos available on YouTube Premium, which is the ad-free subscription service offered by YouTube. You will be paid from the revenue made from membership fees depending on how much Premium members view your videos.

4. Use product placement and video sponsorship

Some companies that are interested in your videos can contact you majorly because your channel promotes content that is related to what they offer. They will pay you to promote their products to your audience.

If you have a sponsored product in a video, ensure that you notify YouTube by ticking on “video contains paid promotion” before you upload the video, you will find this in the advanced settings of your video manager.

5. Become an affiliate partner

Earning through an affiliate program is a good option for you if you have subscribers that are loyal to your channel.

If your audience trust you enough, you can encourage them to visit some affiliates’ sites to carry out certain actions, most often, it requires them to buy certain products and you will be paid a certain commission out of the amount they paid.

You can also on your own reach out to some affiliates sites like ShareASale, ClickBank, and CJ Affiliate to sell their products to your audience. In all you do, ensure that you protect your image, this means that whichever affiliate product you will e recommending, must be verified and legit also.

6. Sell personal products or services to viewers

YouTube can be a place to promote your personal product or service. If you have a product or service you would like to promote, YouTube can be a good platform to do that. It is advisable that whatever product or service you want to promote is related to your videos. Take for instance, a channel that is into make-up can decide to promote and sell make-up kits to viewers. You can also create ebooks or videos on “How-to” and since you are a YouTuber, creating videos will come pretty easier.

 

 

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