What is the “Snapchat Fam”?

What Is The Snapchat FamHow Does The Sanpchat Fam Increase Youtube Views

If you are familiar with Youtube you have probably seen comment sections riddled with emoticons. If you are like me you may have wondered why. Where did these emojis come from? The likely culprit is the “Snapchat Fam”.

What is a “Snapchat Fam”?

The Snapchat Fam is a group of individuals who have seen a Youtuber’s Snapchat typically announcing that they have posted a new video. In this Snapchat they will assign an emoticon for people to comment on in the new video. Commenting using the specific emoji will like the Youtuber know who was sent from the Snapchat to youtube. It is made to seem like an inside joke or an inclusive group.

Why there are “Snapchat Fam’s”?

On Youtube, the current algorithms organize videos on the main page or recommendations more favourably for videos with higher engagement. Youtube is considered a community and thus favours videos seemingly with conversation. While the brigading comment sections with emojis in not really conversation it is a comment none the less.

Is the “Snapchat Fam” bad?

Absolutely not. There is no problem with people wanting to increase engagement with their audience, nor is it bad for them to encourage comments for favouring of the algorithm. Every video posted on Youtube is likely made with the purpose of being viewed. And some people rely on their content being seen as a livelihood. On top of that, it is engagement. The Youtuber sees your comments. They can reply. I promise they will start to recognize names. It is a way to build an online friendship combined with your viewership. It is only bad if you feel manipulated.

How to prevent viewers from feeling manipulated?

If you are going to encourage engagement this way then you should attempt to engage back. Your viewers will not continue if they feel their efforts to help you are wasted. Recognize those who go out of their way in order to boost your views. Recognize that you are only as successful as others allow your hard work to be. ANd be thankful for those who support you.

How to Get Your Audience to Trust You.

How To Get Your Audiance To Trust You Steps To Take In Order To Build A Trusting Relationship

If you have the goal of being an influencer you need to build an audience that trusts you. This seems incredibly complex, but in reality, it is very straight-forward.

Tip #1 Always Tell The Truth. The easiest way to earn distrust if to not tell the truth. This is not just lying. This is leaving information out as well. If you talk about a product, and how much you love it, but you don’t mention something negative that you notice it is not the whole truth. If you love a mascara but the second you tear up remotely it is streaming down your cheeks mention it.

Tip #2 Disclose Everything. Not just what you legally have to disclose. I don’t have to tell you I was gifted an item, I don’t. But I do. This is because I want it to be known that I did not purchase it myself when encouraging others to do so. That just seems unfair to me.

Tip #3 Know the Law. You are legally obligated to disclose if you are posting an advertisement. It is the law.  If you are being paid to review a product in order to encourage sales, it is an advertisement. You may notice that people react negatively to you being paid, it happens, but you need to. It is not your fault that you need to get paid for the work you do. You deserve it.

The amount of products a person sees being advertised in a given day is most likely greater than what they expect. This is because it is entirely common for advertisements to be undisclosed despite laws in place to prevent this. If you do a little research beforehand and focus on what you would want to know if the roles were reversed then you can easily stay in the clear.

How Influencing Works.

How Influencing Works Find Out How You Can Become A Digital Influencer

People are no longer consuming advertising in the same way. This has lead to the rise in digital influencing. What exactly is digital influencing and does it work? Here is how influencing works. I will be specifically talking about beauty influencers.

How Influencers Start.

First, an individual has to put in a lot of time and effort. This is not only building up an audience – and in order to be recognized by larger brands, it is quite often a large audience –  They also need to have an audience that trusts them. If no one trusts the opinions you have and the recommendations you make the brands don’t want you to influence on their behalf.

Once you have a base a variety of things might happen. The companies could send you products. Personally, I have been sent products to try complimentary. The idea is that when you have a product sent to you for free you will feel like the company has done you a favour so you want to do something in return. You will use it and by using it in videos, or on posts it will be advertised to viewers for free. So instead of paying someone to promote their product, they are gifted it and it doesn’t cost the company very much out of pocket to do so.

On top of that, the individual is under no legal obligation to disclose whether the product was sent to them or not. So the audience may not be aware of the effect it has on their review. If you buy a $50 lipstick you know the value verse the cost, but it is swayed when this $50 lipstick cost nothing. It’s a great lipstick, but is it really worth the price tag?

Why Influencing Works.

There are less subtle ways of advertising too. Makeup brands may also invite influencers to retreats or resorts, trips of some kind. On these extravagant, spare no expense trips the influencer creates a bond and strongly tied memorizes to companies. If you love two mascaras equally but one company took you to Bora Bora which one do you think you reach for first? Probably Bora Bora. Am I wrong?

It all boils down to psychology. The mind works in interesting ways. You have been conditioned to appreciate the appearance of beautiful people. You see a beautiful person. One who’s opinion you trust, and see them using a product and telling you that is why they look so good, the mind makes a connection. They look beautiful, and they use that foundation. If you use that foundation you can look beautiful like them. This is how influencing works. You are lead to buy things by other people influencing your opinion.

It is more complex, and there are far more ways to do it, but this is a general idea on how influencing works.

Dealing With Early Classes.

Dealing With Early C;asses Tips for Early Morning University Classes

I know that 8:00 in the morning really isn’t that early. But to my credit, I have a reasonably long drive from my school.  So 8:00 means 6:00 am wake up for me. Not my favourite. And boy oh boy do I need every second of sleep I can get. Just like most people I’m sure. But I am a good girl and go to class. Here are some tips for dealing with early classes.

Tip #1 Make A Friend. If you have a friend in that class it will be way less miserable. You don’t need to be besties outside of class, but in class, it is good to have a familiar face to plop down beside. Especially if you have the need to complain about how early it is.

Tip #2 Give Yourself Time. Don’t roll out of bed with 5 minutes before you need to go. Your head will be very foggy and driving while half asleep is very unsafe. If possible I would tell you to exercise in the morning for a wake-up. But that would be naughty of me since I don’t. A warm shower is what I prefer.

Tip #3 Wake Up Your Mind. I might drag myself half asleep into my car, but that’s really only halfway to where I need to be. So I play the radio. Usually, it is the morning news, and some rock and roll sprinkled in between. And I force myself to sing along. That usually does the trick.

Tip #4 Morning Brew. I can’t have coffee. That is a big no-no for insomniacs. However, it could be perfectly fine for other people. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or just water.

Tip #5 Get Some Sleep. If you know you are waking up early the next morning then it would make sense to go to bed early. Eight hours is the common goal so that means I should go to bed at 10:00 to get up at 6:00.

How are you dealing with early classes?

How to Make an Assignment Schedule.

How To Make An Assignment Schedule With Three Assignment Schedule Examples

A large part of university, or college is having assignments. And the best way to deal with them is to make an assignment schedule. I learned this the hard way during my first year, but have a method that once put in place made them a dream. I will give you an outline of the steps, and then 3 examples for time frames. Because some assignments have more notice and some less.

The Steps:

Understand and Analyze Your Assignment – Take a look at the assignment and read it through. Make sure you understand exactly what it is that you need to do. If you have any questions about it this is when you schedule an appointment to see your academic advisor, professor, or teaching assistant.

Narrow an Assigned Topic or Choose and Narrow Your Own Topic – Assignment topics are given to your in broader terms so that you can make it more your own. Those marking it aren’t looking for identical essays from every student. Choose a topic that is of interest to you. This will make it seem less like homework. If you can’t think of anything use lecture topics as an inspiration or textbook chapters. This will be your starting point.

Perform Preliminary Research and Reading -When you enter this stage start making a working bibliography. Be sure to use a variety of sources when researching. Especially physical documents, or peer-reviewed journals. Collect a wider set of notes that you can later narrow once a thesis is developed.

Develop a Thesis – This is a working thesis that may change or evolve. Take the information you have learned about your topic of research and use it to create an argument. It can be the linking of two elements, the negative or positive impacts, even that the event could have been entirely avoided. Remember to do something you find interesting, and most importantly, easier for you to argue.

Create a Strategy for Research and Begin Research – This is when you lay out what sources you will collect, read, and hopefully use. If your library doesn’t have a book you want you might be able to have them order it in so you can read it. The same goes for journals. You should also set aside specific times you plan to research.

Create an Outline – Start by looking at the length of the assignment you are going to be writing, and then figure out approximately how many paragraphs will be needed. From there gather the information you have gathered and group it into similar subjects. Then assign them to paragraphs to establish some flow.

Additional Research – Find the information you need that can link together the paragraphs you plan to write, and new information altogether for ones you have not yet been able to fill.

Write you First Draft – Now that you have an outline and have done your research this should be a lot easier to do. This is when you work more on content than you do on flow. You should already have all the information you need at the point so research is over.

Revise and Edit – Print out and go through the assignment to Have your friend or family members read over the assignment to look for mistakes your eyes have missed because you may read it how you meant it to be instead of how it actually is. I like to run my assignments through Google Translate and have it read out loud so I can catch places I need to make corrections.

Write Your Final Draft – You can make as many revisions in between your first and final draft as you think you need. But once this is done your assignment should be ready to submit.

With these steps, I will show you 3 different examples of an assignment schedule.

2 Month Time Frame:

Day 1 – Understand and Analyze Your Assignment.

Day 3 – Narrow an Assigned Topic or Choose and Narrow Your Own Topic.

Day 5 – Perform Preliminary Research and Reading.

Day 7 – Develop a Thesis.

Day 9 – Create a Strategy for Reseach and Begin Research.

Day 33 – Create an Outline.

Day 34 – Additional Research.

Day 40 – Write Your First Draft.

Day 53 – Revise and Edit.

Day 59 – Write Your Final Draft.

1 Month Time Frame:

Day 1 – Understand and Analyze Your Assignment.

Day 2 – Narrow an Assigned Topic or Choose and Narrow Your Own Topic.

Day 3 – Perform Preliminary Research and Reading.

Day 4 – Develop a Thesis.

Day 5 – Create a Strategy for Reseach and Begin Research.

Day 17 – Create an Outline.

Day 17 – Additional Research.

Day 21 – Write Your First Draft.

Day 27 – Revise and Edit.

Day 30 – Write Your Final Draft.

2 Week Time Frame:

Day 1 – Understand and Analyze Your Assignment.

Day 1 – Narrow an Assigned Topic or Choose and Narrow Your Own Topic.

Day 2 – Perform Preliminary Research and Reading.

Day 2 – Develop a Thesis.

Day 3 – Create a Strategy for Reseach and Begin Research.

Day 8 – Create an Outline.

Day 8 – Additional Research.

Day 10 – Write Your First Draft.

Day 12 – Revise and Edit.

Day 14 – Write Your Final Draft.

Now hopefully you won’t be tempted to leave all of your work to the last minute by using an assignment schedule I have suggested. For more university tips check out the #CToHustle Page.

How to Stay Inspired.

How To Stay Inspired Tips To Getting And Staying Inspired At Blogging

How to Stay Inspired:

When it comes to blogging it can be difficult to stay inspired. Especially if you have other full-time commitments. This can vary from a job to being a stay at home mom. you may wonder how to stay inspired. Or, how others make it look so easy. But in reality, it takes a lot of work as you already know. So this is my story for how to stay inspired.

To combat the cycle of procrastination I start by getting ahead. This post, for example, was written days early so that on the day, or days before I wouldn’t feel rushed. I want to write about things I feel excited about. Helping people for one. I am no expert when it comes to most things. But I myself have lacked inspiration. And now I don’t. Or at least not as often.

The first step towards finding inspiration is blogging about things you find interesting. This sounds simple enough. But, in combination with a desired audience, it may not be. If you love fashion, write about it. However, if people come to you for fashion advice they may not be interested in your grandma’s pie recipe. So it is also important to try and stick to a theme.

For example, I myself am a university student and blogger. I also farm and have a complex personal life. But, I don’t give tips on raising chicken, I give tips on essay writing. Because no one is likely to return to my blog to read related topics for a one off article.

This might also be difficult because it is very easy to write about just yourself. How your day went, or what funny thing your dog did that day. I am not saying don’t write about yourself. I do all the time. It is your blog and you can do as you please with it. But I would recommend having meaning behind your personal stories. If your dog did something that frustrated you, write about how you deal with frustration. This is beneficial for those reading it because they have something to gain from your post.

With this in mind I highly, highly recommend getting ahead of the clock. I post once a week on Saturdays. I start writing my post up to a month in advance. This is when I have a very rough draft or even just an idea. I have many drafts in my pocket at once. This allows for me to choose a topic to write about when I just can’t think of anything else. I am constantly adding to the list of things I want to make a post about.

I knew that with all of my current obligations, such as full-time work, pets, a boyfriend, and a social life my blog takes a back seat some times. This is why I force myself to post once a week, but not more often. I want to continue to love what I do, not turn it into a forced routine. If that happened it would be easy to tell, because the effort I put into it would get worse and worse until I post a paragraph and call it a day.

I find inspiration in everyday life. You could also find inspiration from other bloggers. Keep in mind that you can not copy another bloggers posts. That is illegal and called plagiarism. Plagiarism is not just taking their work word for word. It involves the core content being claimed as your own when it isn’t. “I had a good day” and “My day was good” still have the same meaning despite being slightly altered.

I have a post called “How to Be Happy” Other people may have a similar post. It is almost a guarantee. But I made a list of things that make me happy and wrote about them. I did not use any other posts as a reference or copy another persons work. It is my thoughts and feelings written down for your enjoyment.

Do you have tips for how to stay inspired?

How to Get Your Blog Seen.

How To Get Your Blog Seen Tips And Tricks For Getting Viewers

Starting a blog is only the beginning. Since your website is brand new you are not likely to just appear as a search result. So you might ask yourself how to get your blog seen. It is not uncommon to have a blog and wonder when the views are going to start streaming in. I know I did. But I didn’t realize how much work went into it beforehand.

You, much like me, might think that posting quality content with great graphics, or website design will get everyone to fall in love with your blog. But, if they can’t find it they can’t love it. There are some things you can’t avoid when it comes to getting your website seen. Usually, search engines will prefer websites that have existed longer, because it is more substantial. You can counteract this by uploading more content more often, writing longer posts, or like I did, create posts before you launched your site to have more from the start.

So here is how I started outside of my blog:

Tip #1 Sign Up For Google Analytics. In order to properly view the amount of traffic, you are receiving it is important to set your website up to be viewable. I started this immediately in order to have a realistic view count when I launched my blog. I can even see where the views come from. If I am spending all of my effort to get views from Facebook, but most of my views are from Pinterest maybe I’m focusing on the wrong platform.

Tip #2 Show Your Friends and Family. These people should be kinder and more personally invested in you. Show them your content for advice. And if they like it they can share it with their friends and family. It can have a ripple effect. If you ask them to be completely honest about your site they can also make suggestions that strangers would in the future in a more polite and sensitive manner.

Tip #3 Join Facebook Groups. This is how I got the first page views that were not from my family and friends. I joined a group on Facebook focused on improving their blogs and others. It can be a really supportive environment of people with similar goals in mind. You could even end up making good friends in these groups.

Tip #4 Join Social Media. Set up a page for you and your blog on everything. If you gain followers on one, but not another it still leaves them a way to find you and your content. Be sure to link and advertise yourself and your other social media pages on each site. If you don’t let people know you have Instagram they won’t know that the have the option to follow you.

Tips for your blog itself:

Tip #1 Download Yoast SEO. This WordPress plugin is a real life saver. Before I installed it on my website I didn’t notice the potential I was missing. It allows you to choose keywords you want people to be able to search your article by, which is so helpful. I also know the readability of my articles to see if it is a good fit.

Tip #2 Use Smart Keywords. On the Yoast SEO section of the post where you choose keywords, you want to make sure you choose them well. If you wouldn’t look up “My First Day of College” then don’t use that, use “What You Need to Know for Your First Day of College”. If people don’t search it, they won’t find it. My title is “How to Get Your Blog Seen” This is the number one way people will organically find you.

Tip #3 Have Relevant Keywords. My title is “How to Get Your Blog Seen” but I could have bananas as a keyword despite it being irrelevant to my post, or blog in general.

Check out “How to Start a Blog” to see more content like this.

How to Start a Blog Right.

How To Start A Blog Right The Steps You Need To Know Before You Start A Blog

This is a guide on steps you need take to start a monetizable blog. Before I started a blog I put in a lot of research. Believe me. I have learned through trial and error how to start a blog the right way. This is for absolute beginners.

Most people I have seen tell you to pick a niche first before you do anything. And this may be the reason people start in the first place. You might want to have a Mommy Blog or a Fashion Blog, but it is completely okay to not know where your content is heading.

Instead, I propose that before you do anything, ask yourself “Do I want to make money blogging?” If you would like to make money, whether it is a full-time job or a few cents for the hobby, you need to be self-hosted. If not I recommend WordPress.com. It is completely free and requires little effort to set up. All you do is sign up, pick a theme, customize, and post.

However, this guide is for those who wish to make some money.

Step 1: Choose a Host.

A website host is the way that your website is connected to the Internet. Personally, I recommend Bluehost. I have used it for two separate websites and have never had a problem. Others may tell you to start with a higher end package when starting web-hosting, but you honestly don’t need it. There is not going to be an overwhelming amount of traffic, and the perks are unnecessary when starting out. If you later feel that it is you can easily upgrade. I choose the 36-month contract because not only is it the least expensive monthly rate (which is charged once at the beginning) but it allows me to have 3 years between renewal, so I don’t have to remember. I have seen other people recommend other Hosting Providers but have not used them, so can not give them a fair review. Disclaimer: I am a Bluehost Affiliate, therefore if you use my link and purchase services I have a chance that I could make a commission.

Once you start you can choose a domain name. This is the title of your website, and how people will find you. On my “About Me” page I explain why I chose mine. I went with something more tied to my personal identity instead of a particular niche, however, if you know exactly what audience you want it may be helpful to attract them with an appealing domain for that category.

For a full and detailed tutorial on Bluehost setup, I recommend checking out “Bluehost Beginner’s Guide” on Website Setup.



Step 2: Choose a Platform.

Bluehost has a one-click installation for WordPress.org which is what I use and recommend. If you are particular about launching quickly with all the little details the way you want it, you can test out themes on WordPress.com first to get a feel for what you like before making any financial commitment. I am currently using the Theme Pique. I didn’t find it necessary to purchase a theme when there are perfectly good themes available for free. It also allows you to change your mind later without regretting spending money.

 

Step 3: Become Searchable.

After you are done be sure to publish the site so that the page can be found using the URL, not a “website under construction” page. In order for people to be able to find your website, you must add it to search engines. Search engines like Google, and Bing.

Now that people can find your website by looking for you using search engines it is time to focus on where the majority of your traffic will come from. Social Media is the main source of traffic. Even more so, bloggers typically have the majority from Pinterest. Here is where it gets more laboursome. In order for people to want to see your post it must seem interesting to them. Post images are important to draw people in to click and read. I use Photoshop Elements 11, but I have had this program for years and you don’t need something so expensive. Any tool that allows you to put text over images will do. I personally don’t recommend using stock images because it can lead to trouble in the future if you aren’t too careful. On top of this you can use Instagram, Twitter, Facebook to name a few. But do not spread yourself thin. I recommend focusing on 2-3 so you don’t burn out or have to much repetition.

 

Step 4: Monetize.

Do not, I repeat do not go crazy with monetization. The methods I use to monetize are listed in my “Full Disclosure” page. I recommend starting with Google Adsense and Amazon Affiliates. There are ads on my blog in order to make some form of revenue from page views, but the more ads you place the busier your blog will look and the more overwhelming it will become for readers.  I suggest 1 add on your sidebar if you have one, and 1 on each post, unless they are very long, then 3 maximum. Amazon Affiliates is not an intentional way to make money on my part, but I use it because if I mention a product I like to link to it incase someone else would like to try it. Amazon has so many products and is a reliable website. I would never send someone to a website I don’t trust using myself.

5 Bullet Journal Basics.

5 Bullet Journal Basics Everything You Need To Know About Bullet Journals

I started my bullet journal recently and have written down some bullet journal basics I wish I had known before.

Here is what I have learned:

Tip #1 You Don’t Need a Lot of Supplies. I have Moleskine Large Grid Notebook*. A pencil, eraser, and a 10 pack of Staedtler Triplus Fineliners*, and a White Sakura Gellyroll Pen*, and a ruler. And you don’t even need that much. I just wanted some variety.

Tip #2 You Will Make Mistakes. The reason I bought the white pen is because I make tiny mistakes. I just used the pen to cover it up.

Tip #3 Keep it Simple. I went way to complicated to start and it left me not wanting to continue. Start adding more complexity after you have gotten into the habit of it.

Tip #4 Don’t Plan Too Far Ahead. I am so bad for this. However, I have forced myself to follow so ways to avoid planning too far while not leading to future regret. I have pages blocked off for every week of the year so that I can fill out those pages in the future, and behind them is where I started my monthly calendars and my random pages for that month.

Tip #5 Bullet Journals are Personal. Don’t think that you have to have a beautiful journal, drawers of supplies and hours put into it. You can have a terribly unorganized single pen mess and still bullet journal. There is absolutely no need to compare your journal to anyone else’s.

And most of all, have fun with it. If you would like an idea for a weekly layout please watch “Easy Bullet Journal Layout for Beginners

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How to Make Side Cash.

How to Make Side Cash I Started My Own Job And Here Is How I Did It

I am currently a student. But, it is currently summer, therefore there is an opportunity to make myself some money. How to make side cash if you will. However, when I have classes it is very difficult to find time to work with my ridiculously hectic schedule. I now have a better system in place for that. Finding a small family owned business that was not operating to its full potential was what I set out to do.  Now I’m working for them. I created a website, Facebook page, business email, and specifically for increased income instead of increased traffic, a Kijiji account.

Kijiji is used to list items. You can help a successful purchase be made for an item the company has, and if not it still increases traffic and awareness for the business. This is my side summer job which I have set up to be capable of continuing well into the school year to try and combat those crazy tuition costs.

If you would like to do the same here is how I would go about it:

Tip #1 Look for Small Businesses. A small business is far less likely to be reaching all of its potentials. Usually, the owner and manager are the same people. So they don’t have time to look for or do themselves the job you are proposing.

Tip #2 Think Social. Social Media is the way that a lot of advertising is done, and it can be completely free. Managing a Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are all ways to get more people to see that business without spending a cent.

Tip #3 Website Opportunities. Is there a way to get this business more profit online. A website can show locations, make appointments, or even order a product. When seeing a small bakery that doesn’t have the option to pre-order, propose a website that allows for birthday cakes to be customized with lettering in specific colours to be picked up on a certain day. Or, reserve an item in a clothing store to try on in store. The possibilities are only as big as your imagination.

what ways have you discovered for how to make side cash?