Download Royalty Free Music For YouTube Videos

October 25, 2013 in Tutorials, YouTube

Monetize YouTube ChannelsLast month, I decided that I was going to start increasing the number of videos I upload to YouTube. I mainly produce tutorials and product reviews. The problem I always had was finding free music to use in my videos without having to worry about copyright or paying fees. If you do a Google search for royalty free music, you’ll find lots of websites claiming “royalty free” and ‘free-to-use” music. However, most of them are not really free to use or they have some kind of copyright or attribution attached to them.

However, as I started going through my Video Manager on YouTube, I noticed a tab labelled “Creation Tools” towards the bottom of the left sidebar. Clicking into it reveals the new music library offered by YouTube where you can download free music to use in videos. I did a little research on this music and I think YouTube already offered royalty free music but this is the first time where you can actually download the tracks and store them on your computer.

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The reason why I’m excited about the music found in YouTube’s Creation Tools is that I can use that music in videos I intend to monetize. I can’t monetize a YouTube video if the video contains copyrighted material I don’t own. I have had a few videos in the past I tried to monetize but YouTube was able to identify the music track and then ask me to provide proof that I either own or have permission to use that music before monetization would become active. These were tracks I believe I had rights to use as long as I attributed the composer or artist. Here are the Terms and Conditions for using the music: Read the rest of this entry →

How To Install Windows Mail On Windows 8 For POP And IMAP

April 30, 2013 in Tutorials

12 Windows Mail on Windows 8Recently, I replaced one of my home laptops with a new Acer Aspire V5 Ultrabook laptop. This laptop packs plenty of features including an LED backlit screen and keyboard, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive and a touchscreen LCD with Windows 8. This is my first PC with Windows 8 and the touchscreen is a nice feature to have when using the Modern tile interface. The touchscreen is a bit awkward to use because of the physical keyboard below the screen. If this was a tablet, it’d be perfect.

Since this is my first experience with Windows 8, it took some time to get used to where things are and how this operating system works. I had to Google how to do simple things like how to turn off the laptop. It wasn’t very intuitive. But I’m past that now. Even the desktop interface has a few quirks that I’m still slowly getting used to. However, when it came to really putting this laptop to work and retiring my old Dell Studio 17, I ran into a few more issues.

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One issue I ran into was getting my email on this laptop. Windows 8 comes with a Mail app in the tile interface. To set that up, I needed a Windows Live email account. I didn’t really want to do that but at the time, it was the only way I thought I could get mail on this computer. I didn’t have a current version of Outlook to install so I set up the Mail app. When I finally got it working, it wasn’t exactly what I wanted. It was more like a web-based email client. I was used to the interface in Outlook and Windows Mail. The Mail app is great if I was on tablet but again, this isn’t a tablet.

On my old laptop, I was using the Windows Mail program that came free with Windows Vista. I kept searching the hard drive but there was no Windows Mail program. The good news is that after about a week of searching the internet, I finally found out how to get Windows Mail onto my Windows 8 laptop. Read the rest of this entry →

How To Disable Featured Images On Custom Community WordPress Theme

March 22, 2013 in Tutorials

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I just launched this blog using the free Custom Community WordPress theme from the WordPress.org library. This is a fantastic looking theme with loads of customizations. A lot of the settings are pretty easy to figure out. Most I figured out through trial and error. However, when it came to getting rid of the Featured Images thumbnails, I had a little trouble getting them off the homepage. Read the rest of this entry →

How To Add Page Numbers To A PDF Book For Createspace

March 22, 2013 in Createspace Publishing, Kindle Publishing, Self Publishing, Tutorials

Adding Page Numbers to PDF FileBack in January, I spent about 3 weeks painstakingly reformatting 3 of my Kindle books for the Createspace platform. For those of you who don’t know what Createspace is, it’s Amazon’s print-on-demand book service which allows anyone to publish printed books that can be sold on Amazon’s website. The best part is that publishing on Createspace is free so why not take advantage of this extra sales channel? It took a bit longer to finish reformatting my books than I thought. I also had to recreate my covers in 300dpi for print. When I was finished, I had one high-resolution JPEG image for my front and back cover and a PDF file for the content of the book.

As part of the review process before I actually publish my books and let people buy them, I ordered physical proofs. I won’t get into the editing of those proofs in this article but I do want to point out something I noticed when I had the actual printed book in my hands. There were no page numbers on the bottom of the pages. My content was created in Microsoft Word and getting page numbers to show up was not a problem, except they appeared on every page of the book. Something I didn’t want. I only wanted my page numbers to start where Chapter 1 starts. Not on copyright pages or the Table of Contents. After many Google searches and failed attempts, I decided to leave the page numbers off the book when Read the rest of this entry →

How To Link Kindle eBook to Print Version On Amazon

March 19, 2013 in Createspace Publishing, Kindle Publishing, Self Publishing, Tutorials

Linking Amazon to CreatespaceLast month, I was looking for something productive to do in my business. There were many things I could’ve done like write a new blog post, create a new video tutorial, review a product, fine tune my WordPress websites, etc. However, I did none of those. I wanted to do something that would have a direct impact on monthly earnings. So after quite a bit of thought, I decided to turn my Kindle ebooks into print books. I was happy I decided to do this because it did not take much energy and zero dollars to convert my books to print. Amazon made it easy to do with their Createspace service.

Createspace allowed me create print-on-demand books that have a very professional look to them! The process was fairly simple but for this article, I want to focus on how to get your Kindle ebooks linked to your physical books no matter if you use Createspace or another print publisher. The best way to do that is to tell you through my experience with this process. I released 3 of my print books on Amazon in the same week. I knew that the title and author had to match exactly for Amazon to automatically link the books. That wasn’t a problem for my last 2 books. Those last 2 titles were automatically linked almost immediately.

But for the very first book, I had entered slightly different title names and that was enough to disable automatic linking for this title. Here’s what happened. On my Kindle book, I included my subtitle in the Main Title of the book. This is because when posting a book on Amazon KDP, there is no field to enter a separate subtitle. On Createspace however, there are separate fields for Main Title and Subtitle.

Because the main title of my Kindle book included the subtitle, it didn’t match my Createspace version which only had the main title as the main title. The subtitle was on another line or section. I believe this was the main reason why this one book wasn’t automatically linked.

Of course I wanted my versions linked so I found out that you have to contact Amazon and let them know you want your titles linked. I think I waited 5 days before I contacted them because I just wanted to be sure it wasn’t going to link on it’s own. When I was convinced that automatic linking wasn’t going to happen, I sent a request to Amazon. Here’s the link to use: Read the rest of this entry →