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Shelf Life successfully raised $35,000 (well, $34,579 here: http://www.indiegogo.com/ShelfLife) and totally from clicks provided by fans of the show. Ok, so what’s the show? Shelf Life, produced by Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt, features the talents of Travis Willingham, Bryan Enk, Dee Bradley Baker, Tara Platt, Yuri Lowenthal, and Phil Morris. The description goes like this: A web comedy about four action figures on a young boy’s shelf and no topic is off limits: sex, politics, gender, race, religion, and more from a...

The video “Extremely Scary Ghost Elevator Prank” has gained over 14 million views in just two days. It features a trick of sorts where people in Brazil go into this elevator that is, unknown to the rider, fixed to go nowhere. While they’re in it, lights flicker, then go out, leaving the interior dark just long enough for a small girl to crawl into the space and stand there with her doll. She looks freaky. But even with that, you’d think people would not be afraid of her, or realize that the elevator wasn’t...

PSY’s Gangnum Style YouTube video has not just accumulated 812,794,421 views (as of this writing), but lost in the news that the music video has surpassed Justin Bieber’s “Baby” for YouTube’s most watched video is the fact that, along the way, it’s gained revenue from the ads placed on it. In fact, by this blogger’s estimate based on experience as a YouTube Partner, PSY’s earned almost $2 million in Google AdSense revenue since it was first posted on July 15th. That estimate is based...

Bristol Palin, the daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and a reality TV show star, just won a defamation lawsuit filed against her. The win, reported by TMZ.com, may open the door for a clarification of the rights of YouTube Partners. I saw that because of the reasons stated for why the lawsuit was thrown out of court. What happened was that a drunk man named Stephen Hanks saw Palin, Bristol, riding a mechanical bull, and then falling. Without provocation, Hanks referred to Bristol’s mother as “a whore,”...

Shiva Rajaraman, Director, Product Management at Google YouTube starts Play 2012. Shiva’s talking to the Play 2012 Conference audience and asked “How many people have used YouTube in the last week?” About 90 percent of the audience raised their hands. But when he asked how many people went on YouTube yesterday, only a handful of people, including this video-blogger, raised their hand. And that’s the point: YouTube wants more people to make the site an every day place to be. That’s YouTube’ challenge....

Robert Kyncl, YouTube Global Head of Content, gave a great speech at MIPCON 2012 that’s very much like the one he gave at CES 2012 Las Vegas. The overall focus was that content is king and the cost barrier to entry for a content creator is lower than ever. In other words, you can produce a viral video without spending a dime and make a good income from it (well, it does call for a time investment). Here’s his speech, and then a panel conversation, below. Then, that’s followed by the text of his speech. TRANSCRIPT A...

YouTube consistently makes it easier to determine how a YouTube Partner’s video sharing business is performing. When this vlogger became a YouTube Partner in 2008, and thus able to earn money from video traffic via Google AdSense, YouTube’s online ad placement system, there was no built-in system of data collection so I could fine-tune my video offerings to meet market demand. You have to have the data to define what your market is before you can serve it. Then, starting in 2009 and after a hue and cry by YT Partners,...

Want to know how to blog and to video-blog? Watch this three-video segment that consists of a 2009 interview of me by “Christina Marie,” then the host of a cable show called SF Live, and also known as Christina Marie Flores, the former girlfriend of now-suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. (And no, before you go there, Christina Marie Flores and I were just...

Is the viral video dead? In installing an algorithm to favor “engagement” over clicks, and seemingly in response to the “Reply Girls” controversy, where two women specialized in making videos that were responses to the most popular videos on YouTube. The problem is that, in making this change, YouTube has damaged the dollar earning of many, it would seem thousands, of YouTube Partners. The result has led to an outcry on the YouTube Partner Forum, and in videos, like mine, that express displeasure with YouTube’s...

A number of YouTube Partners, including this video blogger, have complained of a sudden and dramatic decrease in revenue starting in late December (though Zennie62’s decrease has not been as great as most). The place for the complaints, the YouTube Partner Forum, is packed with complaints like this one: Hello I am not a youtube “partner” but my youtube account is monetized and has been getting about 8 to 10k views consistently over the past month. I got 12k views on Sunday, and then the views declined dramatically,...

There are an estimated 20,000 YouTube Partners, or people who make some level of money from the production, uploading, and distribution of their own original content videos. Zennie62 is one of YouTube’s first partner channels during the first year it was established, and that’s going all the way back to April of 2008, when the application was approved. YouTube has always taken great pains to inform its partners of information on videos, and monetary performance. But the effort has grown and changed with 1) the number of...

About a month ago, this blogger said that YouTube was not featuring people of color in the YouTube Partner Program highlights, now called YouTube Creators. So, that talk with YouTube turned into this new segment called “YouTube Feature.” YouTube Feature is an effort to give a spotlight to partner channels from women and minorities. In the process of creating this presentation, YouTube provided a list of channels to help get the ball rolling. The original idea was to have more of an interview format, and that approach...

YouTube Videos Pull In Real Money – NYTimes.com: “Making videos for YouTube — for three years a pastime for millions of Web surfers — is now a way to make a living. One year after YouTube, the online video powerhouse, invited members to become “partners” and added advertising to their videos, the most successful users are earning six-figure incomes from the Web site. For some, like Michael Buckley, the self-taught host of a celebrity chatter show, filming funny videos is now a full-time job. Mr. Buckley quit his day job...

On Thursday July 3rd, U.S. District Court Judge Louis L. Stanton forced YouTube to give Viacom — which owns shows like “The Daily Show”, and “The Colbert Report” — records that show what videos you and I have been watching. Here in this video , I explain that the implications are dangerous and could help, for example, the Chinese Government find and kill Tibetan protesters. In this, a private company could purchase the data from Viacom and then resell it to the Chinese Government. The Chinese Government...