The YouTube Ad Program enables users of YouTube who upload their videos, to earn money from ads that show when people view their videos. It can be a good stream of income if you have original videos that are likely to get a lot of views.
There are two ways of getting into the YouTube Ad Program – the first is to get invited by YouTube and the second is to apply for your account to be included. However, don;t hold your breath for too long if you apply as it can and probably will take months for your application to be processed.
The most obvious criteria that YouTube set for becoming part of the program is to have a video that is completely your own content and that attracts a large number of views in a shortish period of time. However, we have heard of people who got invited with just one video of a few thousand views and others who got turned down with a number of videos of tens of thousands of views – so acceptance to the YouTube Ad Program is not in any way guaranteed.
Once accepted to the program, you can select which of your videos you monetise – so if you only have some that are individual to you then you can just select those. As YouTube is part of Google you will need to have a valid Adsense account as that is how the money is earned.
If you use either of these big search engines to look for clip art then you will come up with a lot of options. Sometimes you can come up with huge clip art directories for free – or even if they are not free you can buy a large quantity of clip art pictures for a very small cost.
Within Yahoo they have a directory of services and in the clip art yahoo directory alone you will find over 70 websites listed that are offering different types of clipart images, either for sale or for free.
If you are looking on Google for clipart then you might want to use a Google advanced image search to find the kind of clip art that you are looking for – especially if you want to find a particular image, say of a dog or something, then you can go to the Google advanced image search and you can select the option ‘clip art’ rather than a photo or a drawing or the straightforward search will will bring up all images whether clip art or not.
Be careful when you use any clip art images though, as you need to check whether they are copyrighted or you have the right licence to use them.
Some people are saying that google plus is the next great thing but my question is, do we already have enough social networks and are we already in overload? It is hard enough to keep track of facebook, twitter, linked in, myspace and anything else you may be a member of so are we going to benefit by the introduction of google +?
My personal opinion, as a Google fan and a gmail user, is that I will be staying away from it until a lot of my friends are using it. Currently I only have a couple of contacts on there and I don’t yet see the benefit – but then did people say that about facebook? Will people get bored of facebook and want something new and so head over to Google plus?
The one advantage that Google seem to have introduced with google plus is the concept of circles of friends or colleagues etc. This means that people can check out what particular circles of friends are up to and interact with them in that way. However, until you have a lot of circles there isn’t much use to this!
With all new concepts it takes a while for things to catch on and Google plus will likely be no different. Whether or not it catches on to the extent that facebook or twitter have I very much doubt. But then again in a few years I may have to eat my words.
When Google first introduced their gmail accounts it was difficult to get one and you had to have an invitation from an existing mail user (lucky I had a friend that worked at Google so I got in there reasonably early). These days however anyone can sign up for a free gmail account.
There are many benefits that I can see to having a gmail account and these are:
- Plenty of storage space. The space for your emails is constantly increasing so you are unlikely to have to delete any emails.
- Messages are held in conversations. If you receive messages replying to a thread then they are all held together so you don’t have to go off looking for previous messages in that thread.
- You can forward your email on. I guess a standard setting but you can forward your gmail on to anywhere you like.
- You can prioritise your mail. You can mark certain mail messages as a higher priority so that they will appear on the top of your gmail account.
- The search facility is so much better than Outlook. You can search with various criteria so that you can pretty much always find the message you are looking for – but then you would expect that from Google!
- The spam filter is pretty clever. I find that gmail pretty much catches all of my spam. There is one small issue though – it sometimes catches ‘ordinary’ email into the spam box so regular checking is a good idea.
- Gmail has it’s own online chat facility between you and other gmail users.
So in my mind Google email has gone a pretty long way towards making a great email client and I wouldn’t swap for anything else right now – I also have a hotmail account but it is nowhere near as good as gmail.