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YouTube Help and Advice

There’s a guy named Matt, also known as mdscinto on YouTube, who is looking for a bit of advice. I believe his biggest problem is that he’s a commodity:

When I started my YouTube page a few months ago, I knew it was going to be hard to get it up and running. After watching all the tech greats, with their ability to get their hands on all the latest gadgets and gizmos, I felt a little saddened by the fact that I would not be up to their level of popularity for a while. Because I’m not able to simply email companies and ask them for a product for review, I’ve been struggling. For the most part, my videos consist of OSX tips and tricks, news, and opinion videos. While I can voice options and news in writing, it seems for the most part, this is not acceptable in video format.

I like to talk about the latest tech news, and stuff that I find interesting. I do this because I hope to find connection with other viewers who feel the same way, and I love having arguments on my videos between different viewers and even myself. I think that is what is so great about the tech community on the web; we all have different opinions and thoughts about new products, concepts and innovations. However, I feel that I am stuck at this point. When I try to voice my opinions in video, not only do I get terrible views, but some viewers simply put down all my statements by saying “You don’t have the product in your hand, don’t talk until you do.” I see a major issue in this. Why must I have gadgets in my hand to be able to have a great video? Can’t the ideas I’ve gathered from others, reviews, podcasts and sources such as these prove just as useful? Where am I at fault?

For example, the other day I posted a video on my youtube page talking about why I thought the Blackberry Storm was not an iPhone killer among other thoughts. To my surprise, this video got almost 1500 views within the first few days of uploading. I was blown away, and very excited. For the first time, my video was recognized; I stirred up arguments, good feelings and more subscribers. I was very excited, as I thought my page was taking off. A few days after that, and a couple of days later, I posted a video discussing the features of the new Nokia N97, which is due to be released next year. I thought this was a fine topic; discussing a new phone with some awesome new features. I was happy with my video, and uploaded it. The next day, the video was commented by viewers who said “why are you doing this video? It’s pointless; you don’t have the phone.” The problem I have with this is, why is this so important?

I’m not trying to grab more viewers from this post; I’m just voicing my concerns. I don’t know how to get my page up and running without the ability to provide what viewers want; not opinions, but physicality. I’m stuck a this point; I want to have a successful fan base. but I don’t know where to start. I hope readers of this put some thought into my words, as they are coming from a distressed and tech enthused person. Thank you for reading.

Right. There are millions of people (geeks or otherwise) who face the same problems that you do, Matt. If your personality doesn’t translate well in video, then video probably isn’t your medium – and if what you’re doing or saying isn’t incredibly unique or valuable to your audience, then you’re not going to get very far. Be true to yourself and you’ll never fail.

How Geeks Can Make Money from Video Jobs

Geek!This is Marina Martin’s submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

If you have a digital video camera, there are many ways you can earn extra cash to fund your geek habits, including working for a filmmaker network, entering video contests, selling stock footage, filming events, and sharing your own videos.

Work for the Elastic Lab Filmmaker Network

Elastic Lab pays freelance videographers to occasionally shoot footage for a variety of creative and commercial projects. They have multiple filmmaker tiers, so there are paying projects available to both hobbyist geeks who livestream and film their cat riding a Roomba, all the way up to independents with a full-length film under their belt.

A typical assignment involves filming an interview on a specific topic or shooting a tour of a local landmark, and every project pays at least $100 (usually more). Project invites are sent out based on where you live and what kind of equipment/experience you have, and it’s up to you whether you accept or decline each invitation.

Signing up is totally free, and there are no hidden fees; they even reimburse for shipping and media. The only requirements are that you’re at least 18 years old, you can legally work in the U.S. or Canada, and you have access to a real digital video camera – no Flips, still cameras, cell phones, or web cams.

Enter Video Contests

There are lots of film contests out there, and just by making a one- or two-minute video, you can win $500 or even $20,000 – pretty sweet! The best way to hear about the latest video contests is to drop Video Contest Hub and Online Video Contests into your RSS feed reader.

Sell Stock Footage to MotionDrops or iStockVideo

Many websites are in the business of reselling stock footage, typically on a commission basis. People buy stock footage to use in news broadcasts, in their own videos, or even to practice motion graphics effects. You can shoot anything – the sky, the ocean, your dog reading your calculus book – and see if someone out there wants to buy it!

MotionDrops splits stock footage sales with videographers (called “producers”) 50/50. Their non-exclusive licensing agreement means you can sell the same clips on their site that you’re selling elsewhere, maximizing your potential profit.

To start selling on MotionDrops, create an account and upload your current clips. You can upload individual clips or create collections that you sell as a group. They must approve your footage before it makes it into the marketplace, but they’re pretty fast about it.

You’re probably very familiar with iStockPhoto, but did you know they sell stock footage, too? In addition to making money on your footage, iStockVideo gives you access to a forum full of other geek videographers and membership in their A/V Club. They also have an annual iStockalypse event where you can get together with fellow video geeks in your town and make art.

iStockVideo gives you 40% commission on exclusive video clips, and 20% on non-exclusive clips. To sell your footage there, signup for a free account, take a quick quiz (no sweat!), and upload your three best samples for their approval.

You can always upload your footage to your own website and use PayPal and some SEO magic to sell it yourself, too.

Film Local People & Events

If you’re new to videography, you definitely don’t want to be filming once-in-a-lifetime events like a wedding … but there are plenty of less-serious opportunities to cut your teeth on making money shooting footage.

Kids’ birthday parties, local band concerts, high school football games, or even houses and apartments for sale — there are tons of places for a geek to earn some cash behind the camera. Start spreading the word – ask your family, friends, and friends’ families if they need anything videotaped.

You may need to do an event or two for free so you can make a demo reel to show to a prospective customer. If you’re stuck for ideas, ask to film a cousin’s birthday party or a dance recital. Be bold and offer your services outright – maybe you could walk around their house filming their belongings so they have a record for insurance purposes.

Incorporate Ads and Product Placement in Your Personal Video Projects

You’re probably already making your own videos for fun – LEGO re-enactments, comedies, or maybe even livestreaming like Chris. Why not make money while you’re at it?

StoryBids lets advertisers bid on the chance to incorporate their products in your video. Upload your video/concept and see if you get any bites!

Brightroll matches you with advertisers who will pay you to play their short video ads (“pre-roll”) at the beginning of your videos. They’re not for everyone, though, as they require 100,000 video views per month and 250,000 page views per month to qualify. (But it’s definitely something to strive for!)

If you don’t quite have 100k video views yet, there are plenty of video sites that share ad revenues with content creators, like Metacafe, Veoh, and (of course!)YouTube. By uploading your own videos to their sites, you can make money from your audience.

If you have specific geek knowledge to share, upload tutorial videos to Hubpages and eHow for additional revenue-sharing opportunities.

Well, there you have it! What videos have you created lately? Have you made any money making video? Any additional resources to share with fellow video geeks?