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In our series of answering the public’s most often asked questions about social media platforms, we are coming down to the important topic and query of tagging a business on Facebook. So far we did a great post on changing Facebook page name and username. We also did a short post explaining the difference between a like and a follow on Facebook, which we definitely recommend you read it, if you don’t know the answer.

When we are talking about online advertising, social media presence is very important. You can increase brand awareness on social media using various methods. Unfortunately, people want to see the ROI as soon as possible. This means they are not focusing their strategy on sales and growth of social media engagement. 

Engagement is crucial when it comes to social media marketing. Marketers often forget that people want to talk back. Advertising should not be considered as a monolog. You need to give the opportunity for individuals and businesses to submit their own thoughts.

One of the best ways for increasing engagement on your business Facebook page is by directly tagging other businesses (Facebook pages) or individuals who already like your page.

Tagging is a very powerful way to increase engagement on every social media platform, which will lead to more people seeing your content and becoming a part of a community.

Why You Should Tag Businesses when Posting on Your Business Page

Even though tagging is simple, it is often misunderstood and not considered as an essential part of advertising. Tagging is a direct way to reach others and give them attention. 

Giving other people attention may seem very counter-intuitive, but it is very useful in building long-term relationships with other Facebook pages.

Facebook is about driving people to pay attention to your business and brand. Some people think that tagging is re-directing people to other Facebook pages. However, since you are on social media, you cannot focus only on yourself. Social media is about building a strong community.

By tagging, you will create a sense of community and show other people that you care about them. Additionally, you will build trust between businesses that might come in handy for future collaborations.

How to Tag Facebook Page or Individual From Your Business Page

Facebook tagging works the same as many other social media platforms. It is a very straightforward process, and you can do it by following these simple steps:

  1. Go to the post section and type @ sign in your post;
  2. After typing the @ sign, leave no space and start typing the business page name or the person you want to tag. 
  3. After typing the first letter, you will see a drop-down menu of all the choices that match your typing. Once you’ve found the business of individuals you want to tag, select their name. (You will see their name highlighted with blue color in your post this indicates that you successfully tagged someone)
  4. The next thing is to publish the post, and you are done!

Strategies For Tagging Facebook Pages

Once you’ve decided to go for a tagging strategy, you should always go for business pages or individuals that fit into the type content (niche) you submit on your page. Avoid tagging a bunch of people or pages for the sake of tagging. By doing this, you will only make the situation worse, and you will be considered a spammer.

Different Ways For Interacting With People Through Tagging

In order to apply the right strategy, you need to have the right approach. Some people have trouble incorporating tags in their posts just because they don’t know how to interact with other people or businesses.

Furthermore, there are a few ideas on how you can begin interacting with people by tagging:

  • Tag people to give credits if you share something they’ve already published on their social media pages. Your audience can spot that you are getting the content from another page, which will have a negative impact on your engagement.
  • Tag established partners by making a plan. Obviously, you cannot tag people or businesses on every post you share on your page. The best way is to create a tagging plan where you will include them in your post once a month or once in three months. Mentioning partners will only improve your relationship, and it will help you grab their attention.
  • Leverage important events, meetings, and other activities in your posts by tagging partners and associates.

Final Thoughts

Facebook tagging is vital for your social media marketing plan. Remember, social media is all about creating connections with other people or businesses, and the best approach is by tagging them.

It is important to consider that some businesses might have this feature turned off, so you won’t be able to tag them.

Creating new partnerships and managing relationships is the key to success in the online business. Make sure you start building your relationships by tagging since it is a procedure that cannot happen overnight.

By the way, in case you are interested in more social media content, we are recommending some great reads.

For Instagram, make sure you give these posts a chance:

and for YouTube, check this one out:

YouTube Private vs. Unlisted

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YouTube is the biggest video sharing social media platform in the world, and a lot of people upload videos every day. Let’s go through some YouTube statistics that will blow your mind.

  • There are 2 billion monthly active users.
  • On average people watch 1 billion hours of videos on YouTube every day.
  • More than 500 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.

So, if you decide to pursue your YouTube career, now you see that you will have a lot of competition. Apart from creating engaging content that users like to watch, you have to encourage users to click your video once they’ve searched it. 

The best way you could do that is by:

  • Creating a catchy title;
  • Adding a custom thumbnail;

In this article, we will go through the steps for adding your custom thumbnail to your YouTube Videos.

Why is it Important to Add a Custom YouTube Thumbnail on Your Videos?

Well, as you can see from the statistics, there are a lot of YouTube videos uploaded every minute, and what makes your video so unique that people would want to watch it?

(By the way, if you want to check out more content around YouTube, and their rules, make sure you read my guide on Private vs Unlisted videos).

Of course. The thumbnail is the first thing people notice on videos, and it can make your video unique. It is basically like a short introduction to your video without even playing it.

If you want to become a professional YouTuber, you cannot submit videos without a custom thumbnail. It is considered as one of the crucial things even if you are casually uploading videos.

It is the best way to attract more traffic and add a personal touch to your channel. We all know that most of the popular YouTubers have their trademark thumbnails, or something can be easily noticed, among other videos.

Your thumbnail should be considered as your way of creating your video brand.

If you decide not to upload a custom thumbnail, YouTube will automatically select a scene from your video. Usually, it will choose an image that is not good for presenting your video to users. 

How to Add A Custom YouTube Thumbnail?

If you want to add a custom thumbnail to your videos, there are a few steps you should follow. It is essential to understand that to upload a custom thumbnail, you have to verify your account and become a YouTube partner.

Among other limited functionalities, standard YouTube accounts cannot upload a custom thumbnail to their videos.

How to Verify Your Account

In order to verify your account, you have to follow these simple steps.

  1. Log into your YouTube account;
  2. From the dropdown menu, go to Video manager;
  3. You should be able to see Channel Settings (in the left sidebar);
  4. After clicking on Channel Settings, You will see a Verify button;
  5. Click it and you are done;

For security reasons, YouTube will ask for your phone number just so they can send you an SMS with a verification number. After submitting the code, your account will be verified.

Now since you are verified, you will be able to see even more Channel Settings available for your account, and one of them is Custom Thumbnails.

For some reason, this feature is not available to every verified account. Some people don’t have this option even after they verified their account with SMS code.

This means you have to become a YouTube Partner.

Remember, YouTube will only accept partners who have accounts with Good Standing. You can check the status of your account by going to Channel Settings.

In order to become a YouTube partner, you need to select the Monetization feature. This means that in order to add a custom thumbnail, you have to add adverts to your videos. However, if you don’t want to put ads in your video, you can still be a Monetization Partner with YouTube and click the no ads feature when you are submitting your video.

After you’ve become a YouTube partner, you will see the Custom Thumbnails feature available for your account.

Making Your Thumbnail

We got to a point where you have to put your Photoshop skills into action. If you want to create a catchy thumbnail, you need to do a bit of research. There are particular trends you should follow but still try to optimize so that you can create your unique style.

When you are creating your thumbnail, try to include a particular logo or colors that will reflect your brand, and you would be easily noticed. 

You don’t have to be a graphic designer to create interesting thumbnails, but if you don’t have any photo-editing skills, you can always hire another person to design them for you.

Adding Your Custom Thumbnail

Once you’ve enabled the Custom Thumbnail feature, it is time to upload your images. 

The process is very straightforward, and you can do it by going to:

  1. Video Manager;
  2. Click Edit on the video you like to put custom thumbnail;
  3. Click on Customized Thumbnail and upload your image;

Be aware that your custom thumbnail should be a very high-quality image and as large as possible. You have to understand that this custom thumbnail will also be used as a preview image when you embed the video on social media or other websites. 

Custom Thumbnail minimum specifications:

  • Upload only files that are .JPG, .GIF, .PNG, or .BMP;
  • The minimum with of your image should be 640 pixels, and the preferred resolution for your image should be 1280×720;
  • The file should be smaller than 2MB;
  • Try to follow the 16:9 aspect ratio which is commonly used by other people;

Final Words

That’s it! You are ready to upload customized videos on your channel. If you want to start your YouTube career, custom thumbnails are essential. However, if you upload videos casually, you should not worry about the thumbnail unless you are an organization freak, and you like to put an extra effort into your videos.

Custom thumbnails make a huge difference, so try to make them as beautiful as possible. You will definitely be amazed at how much traffic you can attract by adding the right thumbnail.

Instagram is one of the biggest social media platforms designed for sharing images and videos. However, since you cannot save or download photos like Facebook due to privacy regulations and how the app is intended, most people use their screenshot function to keep a particular picture on their phone.

Many people would like to know if Instagram sends notifications to people when you screenshot their stories.

The function “Story” was released with the start of the app, and it quickly became popular since people can share images that only last for 24 hours after they are permanently deleted. Since this option became so popular, they’ve decided to include it in other apps like Facebook, which did not catch on just as well as Instagram.

Nowadays, there are over 500 million Instagram stories shared every day. This means that there is plenty of content that you would probably like to save or share via direct message to other users.

Instagram has changed a lot of features since its initial release, and the notification for making a screenshot of someone’s story has been added and removed multiple times.

That is why people simply don’t know whether or not the person receives a notification about the screenshot. 

The only way to find out is to research online or find a friend that will post a story and make a screenshot to see if they will receive a notification.

But, we are here to clear that question once and for all. If you are interested in some other interesting reads on Instagram and the neat tricks around it, make sure you give check to my posts about untagging yourself on Instagram photos as well as editing Instagram comments.

Do People Receive Notifications Of My Instagram Story Screenshots?

We’ve all been in that situation when you want to take a screenshot, but you are too afraid if that person is notified about your action. People are worried that the screenshot notification will act as a backfire and possibly causing further complications.

However, apart from all the confusion, there is no such thing as Instagram notifications for making a screenshot of someone’s story. 

The confusion began back in 2016 when Instagram started sending notifications when someone makes a screenshot of a conversation that happened in direct messages. Later on, in 2018, they started testing the notification option for making a screenshot of someone’s story, but they’ve never put it into regular use.

Additionally, Instagram does not send notifications if you:

  • Screenshot a post or story;
  • Screen-record videos;
  • Share take a screenshot and make a post out of it;

However, people will be notified if you make a screenshot of a direct message in a private conversation.

How to Keep Your Story Safe From Screenshots

In order to maintain your privacy and to avoid someone making a screenshot of a photo that was supposed to last only for 24 hours, there are few things you can do, such as:

Switch your profile to private mode

This way, people can still take screenshots from your story, but you will be able to manage your followers and do not approve someone you don’t trust. I have written a great guide on how to view private Instagram profiles, if you are interested in that kinda thing.

Share Instagram Stories only to Close Friends

The Close Friends story sharing option has been around for a long time, and it lets you create a group of Close Friends and share stories only with those people.

How to Share Someone’s Story on Instagram

If you like to share an image that was posted from someone else on your story or other social media channels without making a screenshot, there are few options you can go for.

First Option

This option only works for public Instagram accounts. So, if you like to share a story from a general account, you can follow these steps:

  • Open the story you would like to share;
  • Tap on the three dots icon in the bottom right corner;
  • You will see a dropdown menu of couple options, choose “Copy Link.
  • After you’ve copied the link successfully you can even share the story on other social media platforms;

Second Option

When it comes to the second option, you can use the airplane icon on the bottom of every story. By tapping on the icon, you will see a different screen that pops up with all your friends. You can choose which friends you like to share that particular story. The story will be shared via direct message.

Probably the easiest way to share a story is when the person @mentions you in it. That way, you can easily hit the “Add to Your Story” button and you will share the same picture on your story.

How to Screenshot a Story if Instagram Introduces Notifications in the Future

We don’t know what to expect in the future for Instagram. As we mentioned, they started testing this feature back in 2018, so maybe one day, it will be introduced to Instagram. 

Does this mean that there is absolutely no way to make a screenshot without notification?

Fortunately, there will always be a way to make a screenshot of someone’s story even if they put notifications. 

You should follow these steps:

  1. Open the Instagram story you want to make a screenshot of;
  2. Turn off your internet connection;
  3. Go back to the Instagram story and make a screenshot;
  4. Force close the Instagram app before turning your Internet connection back on;

Another way is to use Instagram on your desktop browser and simply click the print screen and paste the photo in Paint.

The last method would be using recording apps that will continuously take footage of what you see on your phone or desktop. That way, you can pause the video on the story and make a photo out of it.

All of these are possible scenarios if Instagram decides to include the notify feature in the future and if you are desperate for a screenshot without the person noticing. The methods mentioned above are just expectations and possible ways of bypassing the notifications on Instagram. If this feature is released, maybe they will find a way to restrict all of them.

Final Words

So, now you know that people wouldn’t be notified if you make a screenshot of their story. Since Instagram doesn’t have a clear explanation on this subject, your only chance is to research about the notification system.

Now you can sit back and enjoy making screenshots and sharing them with your friends.

There is no doubt that Instagram is currently one of the biggest social media platforms for sharing photos and videos, and its audience is climbing every day, reaching 1 billion monthly active users. More impressively, Instagram has more than 500 million active people every day which share 100 million photos and videos every day.

Instagram is also popular among businesses reaching more than 25 million businesses on this platform. The majority of the people that use Instagram are female (56.3%), and more than 72% of all teenagers use Instagram every day.

This is why I am often covering important Instagram queries. So far, I did two great posts on how to untag yourself on Instagram, as well as how to edit an Instagram comment.

Both posts had a fair share of success and views, so if you are interested in those topics, make sure you check them out.

Let’s head back to the topic of today’s post. As we can see from these incredible statistics, we are talking about the most impressive platform for sharing photos and videos.

Instagram has many features, and among them, there is a feature that can make your profile private.

In today’s article, we decided to cover some of the ways you can view private Instagram accounts.

The Difference between Public and Private Instagram Account

Instagram is taking another step forward in people’s privacy by allowing them to choose who can view the content they share on the platform.

The truth is, if you want to hide your social life from employees or other people, it is probably best if you avoid using social media platforms like Instagram. However, if you are not concerned with privacy, you can make your profile visible to everyone.

When you decide to make your IG account private, whenever other user wants to see your photos and videos, it needs to submit a follow request which needs to be approved by you.

If you don’t approve of the request, the user cannot access the media you shared on Instagram.

How to Make your Profile Private

To hide media from random people, you don’t know you can make your profile private by taking these simple steps:

  1. Open the app.
  2. Go to your profile placed in the right corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on the 3-horizontal-line icon on the top right of your Instagram profile.
  4. Navigate to the gear icon (settings) at the bottom right corner.
  5. Scroll down until you see ‘Private account’ and switch it on.

How to View Private Instagram Profiles

If you like to connect with someone on this social media platform, but their profile is set to private, you need to follow some of the steps mentioned below.

Send a Follow Request

Well, one of the obvious first steps for viewing a private profile is by sending them a follow request. By simply asking the owner directly is a legitimate way of accessing their media, it doesn’t matter if you know the person or not.

Obviously, not everyone responds to follow requests, especially people you don’t know. That is the whole point they decided to make their IG account private.

However, here are some pointers that might help you with this process.

Be patient

After sending a follow request, you need to be patient. If you spend most of the time of the day on Instagram, other people don’t do the same thing. Give them time, and it might pay off. This depends entirely on personal preferences.

Ask nicely – If there is no answer to your follow request, but you want to follow that particular person, you should ask them politely.  People respond differently when you engage with them in a friendly manner.

Send a Direct Message

Remember, all people have different rules about their social media activity. Some people simply do not approve people that they don’t know, so your chances for your follow request to be approved are very low. That is why you need to send them a direct message and express how you feel about the connection and what your intentions are. Be as genuine as possible, and it will work.

Search Their Usernames

If the first option didn’t cut the cheese, it is time to take it up a notch. If you desperately want to see these person’s media, you can search their IG username on Google. Be aware since their profile is set to private, this option would probably not work, but it still worth a try.

By logging into your account and find the people you are looking for. You will be able to see their usernames even when the account is set to private.

After you know their username, you should copy/paste it on Google search box. There is a high probability that the person you are looking for left some trails on the digital space before they’ve switched their account to private.

This option might not look like it will get the job done, but if you are looking for additional photos or videos, this is a legitimate way to find a solution.

Reach Them Through Fake Accounts

In some cases, both of the methods mentioned above will not pay off. At this time, you probably think that you’d never get access to that person’s account, but don’t give up.

There is still plenty of hope, and your next step is to try to interact with them with a fake Instagram account.

Remember: Instagram does not support this practice, and you might get in trouble for stealing someone’s identity if they find out.

However, it is a strategy that can work. This is also a commonly used way of accessing people’s accounts without them knowing that is you.  So, it might work for tracking people (like your ex) without them knowing about it.

It is essential to point out that this method is overtly unethical, and if you don’t have an important reason to connect with that person, it is best if you reconsider your option. We do not support such action, and you will be DOING IT AT YOUR OWN RISK.

How to Create a Trustworthy Fake Account?

  • First of all, your photos should look decent. Make it a fun profile but still down to earth. Don’t go for famous people or models that might seem obvious it is not you.
  • We recommend that you create a female persona, no matter the person you want to connect with. They have a better chance of approving a follow request. When you are choosing a person, go for someone that can reflect with the person you want to connect with.
  • Make the Instagram profile private, just to show others that you are not on the platform only to gather followers.
  • Follow a few people and let them follow you back. It will be suspicious if you send them a support request with 0 following and followers.
  • Send them a follow request, and if they don’t hit you back, try direct messages.

Go With Instagram profile Viewer Tools

The internet is a place where you can find anything you like. Some websites might offer you to view non-public Instagram profiles by following their guidelines.

Most of the websites are scams that can lead you to several suspicious websites and possibly harm your device.

If the method sounds too good to be true, you should run away in a different direction!

They operate in a strange way:

  • Most of them will ask for upfront payment;
  • They might ask you for your Instagram username and other personal information;
  • And they will take you to the private account you wish to view;

This is not recommended since they can use abuse your personal information or hack your Instagram profile, so do it at your own risk.

Final Words

Instagram has a rigorous privacy policy that is very hard to overcome. You should try your best to follow some of the legitimate ways for accessing a private account unless you absolutely have a good explanation about your intentions, but still, if it is a serious thing and you explain the situation to the user, they will probably approve your follow request.

In case you are interested in more of my social media content, make sure you check this page out. The post I am getting most positive and raving reviews is in relation to a different platform that’s leading in video sharing. YouTube! So check this post that covers the difference between private and unlisted videos.

People are on a constant search for different methods to make money online, and in the past year, submitting surveys has been a popular option.

Most of us spend many hours every day behind our computer. How would you react if I tell you that you can use the time spent on your PC more productively, and earn some extra cash with low effort and knowledge?

With better access to the internet and more possibilities, nowadays the average person spends more than six hours per day surfing on the internet. Since you are already on your computer, you can start earning money in just a few steps.

There are many money-making opportunities online, but if you like a hustle free option that does not require too much effort, answering surveys is the right thing for you. In case you are looking for some others, we have a great topic on how to make 50 dollars a day online.

Nowadays, there is a lot of data available online, but companies face trouble classifying that data and adding a personal touch to the solution.

That is why lots of companies decide to pay for factual information from ordinary people.

Answering a few questions and earning money sounds too good to be true. This is why it is hard to find a legit platform that is capable of providing you with such a solution.

There are many online scams that you can easily fall into, if you don’t have the right guidance, that will only waste your time.

In the past couple of months, Survey Voices has become a popular platform for earning money from answering surveys. Since many people want to get a clear answer if it is a legit company or just another online scam, we decided to cover this full review of Survey Voices.

What is Survey Voices?

Well, Survey Voices doesn’t operate like a regular survey platform where you can earn money. It is more like a middleman that connects you to various survey platforms on the internet. As we mentioned before, there are a lot of scams, so you will need someone to point you in the right direction.

Survey Voices will evaluate you and your qualifications and will direct you to the best surveys online where you can earn money.

First of all, Survey Voices is owned by an already established company called Reward Zone LLC, which is a good start.

People are having a tough time believing that they are promoting only legitimate survey websites since they advertise websites in exchange for some commission.

The biggest magnet that attracts people to Survey Voices is their advertising. They claim that people can earn up to $300 within a week from signing up—no wonder why everyone is excited about this website.

How Does Survey Voices Work?

Now, since you are focused on making your time spend on your computer more productive, let’s go through the steps you need to take to become a Survey Voices member.

First things first, you have to sign up through their straightforward application. The registration is free and will not take too much of your time.

The process goes smoothly until you see a required field that asks for your phone number and address.

People are data sensitive, especially when it comes to their personal information, especially in times where there are a lot of online scams.

Most people do not go through the Terms of Use or Personal Privacy Policy, and Survey Voices claim that they do not have direct use for your personal information unless it gets a commission by selling it to a third party.

In other words, they can make money from the data you submitted. This is quite shady unless you are a person that doesn’t care about their personal information.

Once you go through this process, Survey Voices will provide you with a list of survey sites where you can start to earn money.

This process would be much better if Survey Voices handled all things. However, they are only a referrer that points you to another website with other specific terms and conditions, payout schedules, method of payments, and more.

Why Do People Call Survey Voices a Scam?

Well, now you probably understand how Survey Voices works, so let’s break down some of the significant issues with this website.

First of all, many people mistake Survey Voices for an actual survey site, not a referrer. In reality, Survey Voices is just a platform used to promote other survey sites to their users.

People expect to submit surveys on their site, so when they are redirected to another page, their mind clicks, saying that Survey Voices is a scam. That, in fact, doesn’t make them a scam website, but it’s good to know this in advance.

This doesn’t mean that Survey Voices is entirely scam-free. There were some cases where they directed users to a scam survey website that slipped through their radar, but we cannot generalize as a scam either.

How To Get Paid On Survey Voices?

Despite their bold call of making $300 in your first week, there are no defined payment methods since you will get paid according to third-party sites that you decide to join.

At this point, you start to wonder how Survey Voices know how much will I earn within the first week since they are not dealing with any payments.

Well, it is an excellent question to ask, but they have a system where every survey website is analyzed before they advertise it. However, we hate to break it to you, but the $300 in your first week seems like a very optimistic figure that is almost impossible to achieve. You’ll not get even close to that number.

Here is why:

  • Surveys do not pay that much. – On average, you should expect to get a dollar or two for completing a difficult and time-consuming survey.
  • Most survey websites do not work with cash. – Most of the third-party surveys you will encounter will pay you in points, and later on, you can exchange them for valuable stuff or gift cards from the company.
  • You will not qualify for every survey that is advertised on the website. – Companies like to get a specific type of people filling out their surveys, which means that you will have to meet their requirements.
  • Most survey quotas are full in a very short period. – For instance, a company has asked for a hundred surveys, and that quote will be reached very quickly.

Survey Voices Review – Verdict

Survey Voices has a lot of pros and cons, and finding the balance works differently from person to person.

Pros:

  • Free Sign Up.
  • Reputed Parent Company.
  • Analyzed surveys – having a smaller chance to run into scams.

Cons:

  • Even though they analyze surveys, you can still run into scams.
  • Aggressive marketing. After you sign up, you will be swarmed with advertisements through email and spam calls.
  • No Customer support.
  • Some options are not available outside the US.

Some people might find Survey Voices to be a good platform where they can get access to a lot of potential money-making opportunities. Others might consider Survey Voices to be useless and rely on their skills to find scam-free survey websites.

You cannot expect to build a highly profitable business out of filling out surveys, but if you want to make your time spend in front of your computer more productive, Survey Voices might be able to help you.

In case you are interested in a more profitable method, and like playing games, streaming on Twitch might be a great choice for you. I’ve done a great post on how much money do Twitch streamers make, so make sure you check that one out.

Do you enjoy playing video games? – Well, most of us have fun playing video games. In fact, the number of players has been continuously growing in recent years, reaching 2.6 billion gamers in 2020.

The gaming world has evolved in the past couple of years, and now it is considered as a career of choice rather than a hobby. Nowadays, people can make serious money (north of 6-figure) by streaming while they play their favorite game.

This is a gamer’s dream come true. One of the biggest streaming platforms Twitch is a great way to start your streaming career. In the past year, Twitch had, on average, 3.64 million broadcasters every month and 2.3 billion hours watched on the platform only in Q4 2019.

In the same period, the YouTube Gaming section had 0.9 billion hours watched, and Mixer had 0.1 million, so Twitch offers the best chance for starting your streaming career.

Become a Twitch Affiliate and Partner

First things first, before you start making money on Twitch, you have to become a Twitch Affiliate. This streaming platform will allow you to join their partnership program, where you will start as an Affiliate, and as you build your viewership statistics up, you will be promoted to become a Twitch Partner.

Obviously, you cannot apply to become a Twitch Affiliate with the first appearance on the platform.

To qualify as an Affiliate, you need to fulfill these requirements:

  • Minimum 500 minutes of total broadcast in the last 30 days;
  • Minimum 50 followers;
  • Get 7 Unique broadcast days over the last 30 days;
  • Average of more than three concurrent viewers over the last 30 days;

However, you will start earning money when you reach the level of Twitch partner. When this happens, Twitch will allow you to monetize your content using various methods.

To become a Twitch Partner, you need to:

  • Stream for at least 12 unique days in the last 30 days;
  • Reach at least 85 average viewers in the last 30 days;
  • Stream for at least 25 hours in the last 30 days;

When you reach this level, you can apply for a partnership, and your request will be reviewed manually within seven business days.

It is essential to understand that Twitch streamers make money using various methods. Let’s jump on the make-money section and review all the ways you can make money by streaming.

Remember: Not everyone makes these eye-watering figures that you will see below.

Ways to Make Money on Twitch

As we mentioned before, streamers have a variety of different ways to make money while they stream, such as:

  • Advertisements;
  • Donations;
  • Subscriptions;
  • Sponsorships;

Advertisements

If you watch streams, you probably already know that when you start a stream, it is common to see a thirty-second advertisement. Sometimes when Twitch is doing big promotional pushes, you might even encounter two ads before you start watching the stream.

Additionally, streamers can put an Ad button that will deliver a 30-second advertisement. Twitch streamers use this option in order to pause their video to get something to eat or go to the bathroom.

However, too many ads will only push people away from your stream, so you have to be careful.

When it comes to how much streamers make off the ads, it is usually measured by cost per mile (CPM) or cost per thousand views. However, Twitch streamers have strict rules and aren’t allowed to share such information due to disclosure reasons.

Generally, you should expect to get around $0.002 from each 30-second ad view. However, you should not calculate all of your viewers since most of them have ad-block in their region. On average, streamers with 10K viewers can get around $40 for a 3-minute ad-block.

Donations

As we all know, donations are one of the oldest ways to support streamers. This is when viewers decide to give money to the streamer to support their channel.

When we talk about Twitch, donations are known as “bits.” The worth of each bit is close to a penny, and it all depends on the price at a specific time. Viewers can make donations of bits though cheering and other exciting and visible methods in the chat.

The amounts you earn from donations depend on the platform you use and the type of content you provide: more entertaining content = more bits from viewers.

Subscriptions

Subscriptions are the best way to make money on Twitch. The subscription section takes up the bulk of the income for more successful streamers.

People can open your profile on Twitch and hit the heart and notification bell to be notified when you are going live. However, they can also hit “Subscribe,” which will put money into your pocket.

On Twitch there are three tires of subscriptions:

  1. $4.99 per month (1 Subscriber Point)
  2. $9.99 per month (2 Subscriber Points)
  3. $24.99 per month (6 Subscriber Points)

Of course, you have to offer something premium to viewers that subscribed, such as ad-free videos, subscribers chat, and more.

Twitch streamers will receive 50% of the subscription fees, and if you become “top tier partners,” you can get 70% of the subscription fees.

Just to have a better idea, we will show an estimate on how much money do top Twitch streamers earn per month.

  • SHROUD ~ $36,000
  • CRITICALROLE ~ $37,000
  • NINJA ~ $19,000
  • MOONMOON_OW ~ $43,000

Sponsorships

Once you become more popular, there will be a lot of third-party sponsorships that will pay you to promote their product. For instance, EA paid Ninja $1 million to play Apex Legends when it was released.

The usual rate for sponsorships ranges from 1 cent to $1 per viewer per hour so, if you have 5,000 viewers, that’s $500 to $5,000 for an hour of gameplay.

You can expect a lot of gaming equipment companies to hit you up, but that will happen later on in your streaming career.

Final Words

Streaming is a great way to earn extra money if you like playing games or even become a full-time job.

To sum it up, 1000 monthly subscribers roughly equates to $2.5k per month, which is very achievable. There are also off-Twitch ways you can make money from your videos, such as uploading them on YouTube, creating merchandise of your brand, or live appearances.

If you still think about starting your streaming career, now it is time to do it. You will definitely not regret your decision.

Linkedin has become popular in the last couple of years, and it now represents one of the best social media platforms globally. 

It sits at the top as the best professional network for people who are interested in networking, making connections, and possibly getting a job. 

People use LinkedIn in a variety of ways; companies use it to find potential superstars, marketers use it to promote content, and freelancers and job opportunists are looking to score a good gig. 

LinkedIn currently has over 575 million members, according to Kinsta statistics.  

If you are a working professional looking to join LinkedIn, you will be benefiting from today’s article about LinkedIn interests. 

As almost anyone on this social media platform, you are probably looking to create an attractive and robust profile. 

Each profile contains its interests; these interests could be a defining factor as to how people perceive you and your business. 

This is natural because people want to do business with other people. When someone visits your profile, they want to look around.

Having interests help you connect with a profile visitor on a personal level, and it gets the profile visitor a sense of actually knowing you. 

Why LinkedIn Interests Matter? 

The interests you share reflect who you are and how your audience perceives you. It would be best if you aimed to choose interests that are relevant to your target audience. 

Make sure you are always professional. LinkedIn is not the platform for funny memes, even though they are almost everyone’s interest. Head on to Instagram and share some of those if you feel the need, but make sure you keep a professional demeanor when you are on a business platform. 

You can go about setting up interests by putting yourself in the shoes of a potential recruiter or a prospective business partner. If someone visits your profile, you want to show them that you are an excellent opportunity to work with them, and LinkedIn interests are just one part of that. 

Being relatable to potential employers or random connections makes them more prone to contacting you. 

There is another reason as to why LinkedIn interests matter so much. When someone is creating an ad on LinkedIn, they can target users based on their interests. It would help if you aimed always to be the target of potential employers, so be on the lookout for setting up the right ones. 

Related Read: How to Set Up LinkedIn Ads

How to Add Interests on LinkedIn

We are now coming to the central part of this article. Adding interests on LinkedIn is super easy, and even for a user that is not tech-savvy. 

  • The first thing you need to do is head to your personal LinkedIn profile
  • From there, scroll to the additional information section of the page. 
  • From a list there, locate ‘interests.’ 
  • Now, you have to find the pencil icon that allows you to edit that part. 
  • In the text field that appears, start adding your interests. 

On the main page, LinkedIn shows up to 6 interests. Anything above that, a user will have to click on “See More” to get a full list of interests, so keep that in mind. 

People can also view your interests by category, whether it is the influencers you are following, companies, groups, or schools. 

How to Change Interests on LinkedIn

Do you wish to remove a specific interest from your LinkedIn profile? Don’t worry, that’s relatively easy to do as well. 

To remove any influencer, school, or company that you follow, all you have to do is click the checkbox next to it to unfollow a specific party. 

If you want to leave a particular group, you will need to locate the group and head to their page. 

Once you are there, you will go to the settings (three dots at the top right), and choose one of two options: 

  • Leave the Group.
  • Update Your Settings.

By choosing the first option, you will no longer be associated with that group, and you won’t receive any updates or see posts that happen in that specific group. 

However, if you choose to update your settings, you will see that you can choose whether that group will be displayed on the profile.

This is a very nice option that allows you to follow a group’s updates, but people can’t know whether you are associated with it in any way. 

To Conclude

LinkedIn is a powerful platform and a tool you must care about. While setting up Interests is relatively significant, it is just one part of the picture. 

You need to do a lot of work for your LinkedIn profile to make sure you attract the right kind of people.

If you are interested in any of my other posts on social media, make sure you visit this page.

My recommendation for a fun read is one of my latest posts about YouTube Private vs. Unlisted settings. 

YouTube is the second biggest search engine in the world right now, and a home for billions of videos posted by its users. It’s a platform that counts over 2 billion active users, with over 50 million users creating and sharing content for others. 

For more statistics, make sure you check out this post

If you wish to become one of the users sharing content for other people (and trying to make money), you will benefit from this post. In today’s article, we will be covering the difference between YouTube’s private and YouTube unlisted settings. 

Many people confuse these two, so I thought I should shed some light on the difference between the two. 

Unlisted VS Private

When you upload content to YouTube, you can choose to make the video public, private, or unlisted. 

Many people only want to use YouTube as a platform to host content for themselves or a smaller group of people, and want the videos to stay mostly hidden from the public eye. 

There’s more than one way to do that, so let’s cover all three YouTube privacy settings. 

Public

This is a default YouTube setting when you are uploading your video for the first time. Using this setting, anybody on YouTube and the Internet will be able to see your video and see your channel. 

If you are looking for something like that, don’t change this setting. Having a video public has many advantages, from growing the subscriber count, to eventually monetizing the channel and making money directly from your video content. 

If you are looking to create great YouTube content, you don’t need a lot of investment or unique footage. You can start by using stock videos from websites like Pixabay. We have done a great post on Pixabay safety, so make sure you check it out. 

However, if you are not a person who wants to make themselves a public figure and hate dealing with trolls and spammers, definitely avoid this setting. 

Private

A private setting in YouTube Studio means that video will be available to see only to those people who you have personally invited. That video won’t be available through Youtube search or Google Search. It won’t even be possible to see by going directly to your channel. 

A good thing about making private videos is that you are the only person that chooses who can see the video and who can’t. Anyone you have invited can’t invite others, and other people can’t see the video even if they have the link. 

Unlisted

The unlisted setting on YouTube is practically a middle ground between private and public. Making a video unlisted means the video won’t be available in search results or on your channel.

However, anyone that has the link will be able to see the video in full. By sharing the video link, you are enabling the person to see it, even if they are not an active YouTube user. 

They can also share that same link with the others, so making the video unlisted is not full protection from all those curious eyes. 

Why Make a Video Unlisted

There are a handful of reasons as to why you should choose to make a video unlisted. Many people do this to get initial feedback before making the video available to the public. If you are starting something new, you might want to get only a couple of people’s attention and ask for their specific feedback.

Other people might spot errors in your content that you otherwise wouldn’t notice and that allows you to improve your content until full rollout to the public. 

Many people choose to do company-related training through YouTube and make that video training content unlisted. This, however, leaves them with colossal exposure, since unlisted videos can be easily shared. 

Why Make a Video Private

As I’ve mentioned, YouTube private settings can be a great way to provide company training to your fellow employees. It can also be used to store and share private videos with your family members. 

You can create a private video library. When you don’t share it with anyone else, they are only available to you, and that safety can’t be broken down. 

A smart hack a lot of people use is they use YouTube’s unlimited storage. If you don’t have enough space on your phone memory, you can start uploading and making videos private and use YouTube as a storage space. 

How to Change Your Privacy Settings

Setting up privacy settings for YouTube videos is extremely simple. Every time you upload a YouTube video, you will get an option to choose between Public, Private, or Unlisted. 

And we have come to the end of this short YouTube post covering the basics of YouTube video privacy settings. I hope you have understood the differences between private and unlisted and the benefits of these settings. 

Did you notice any of your Amazon statement’s containing the term ‘Amazon courtesy credit’? Do you wonder what it is? 

As you all know, I am a massive fan of the Amazon platform. In the past few years, I have spent a lot of time analyzing and studying it to understand better how it works and what kind of features and benefits they offer. 

I also worked hard to figure out how to show you better these benefits and how you can use them. 

That’s why I have been working on a series of posts regarding Amazon. So far, I have covered quite a bit of different topics. The ones that caught the most attention are guides related to finding an Amazon wish list and editing Amazon reviews

If you haven’t checked out those, make sure you do. 

The topic of today’s post is Amazon courtesy credit. 

Amazon doesn’t go out of their way to explain and make this service accessible, but they frequently use it. You have probably got an email about it at one point, but you may have ignored it. 

It’s not strange for massive eCommerce platforms to offer courtesy credits, and Amazon made an effort to have their own. 

What is an Amazon Courtesy Credit? 

Amazon courtesy credit is an Amazon special issued by the platform to mitigate damages or reward specific actions. You can even get it after you file particular complaints. 

It’s often confused with a gift card balance or promo codes. Still, it’s a different thing, as Amazon courtesy credit is being given for delays that happen or to rectify Amazon’s mistakes. 

How Amazon decides to give courtesy credit is totally up to their internal policy and discretion, and it’s tough (and not recommended) to abuse it.  

What To Use It For? 

You can use Amazon courtesy credit for purchasing pretty much any Amazon product. There have been certain complaints that those credits went missing after they haven’t been used for a longer period. 

Those concerns were low in number, so they didn’t present a significant concern, but if you want to be on the safe side, you can opt in to use the courtesy credits fairly quickly. 

How to Get an Amazon Courtesy Credit? 

There are a couple of different ways to obtain an Amazon courtesy credit that I have used, so let’s cover them. 

Slow Shipping Method

If you are an Amazon Prime user, there’s a way to get amazon courtesy credit by choosing a slow shipping method. Being an Amazon Prime user, you get an option of a free one day or two day shipping, however, when checking out, you also get an option of choosing a several day long shipping. 

It is called “Free No-Rush Shipping”. 

By choosing this option, you can sometimes be credited with an Amazon courtesy credit. Be aware that this option is not guaranteed, and you can often only get about $1.50 in digital reward that you can use to purchase digital products like eBooks, music, videos etc. 

Also, these offers have expiration dates, so you must use them in a timeframe provided by Amazon. 

Filing a Dispute

Another and more common way to obtain Amazon courtesy credit is by filing a dispute. Of course, this shouldn’t be abused, and disputes should be only filed when there’s something wrong with your order. 

If your order hasn’t been delivered on time or you have never even received the package, you can open a dispute. 

In these cases, Amazon will often offer a courtesy credit to “repair the relationship” because of the mistake on their end.

These credits can be anywhere from $1 to $20+, and you will get an email notifying you of it. 

How to Use Amazon Courtesy Credit? 

Be aware that you will be able to use Amazon courtesy credit to make purchases for products that are fulfilled and sold by Amazon. 

On each product listing, you can find information about who is selling and fulfilling the products, and each of these needs to say Amazon. 

Amazon courtesy credit is being applied automatically at your check out, as part of your purchase. You can see those credits being applied at every purchase breakdown and shipping and all the other fees. 

If you choose to not use a courtesy credit in any instance, you can deselect it manually when choosing a payment option. 

How to Check Your Amazon Courtesy Credit? 

If you are looking to check out your courtesy credit balance, you will be able to find that information on the following link. 

If a category for Amazon courtesy credit is missing, that means you don’t have any. 

What is Amazon Prime Courtesy Credit? 

I often get asked this question. There’s no difference between regular Amazon courtesy credit and Amazon Prime courtesy credit. 

The only difference is in what we have already explained. That is how you can obtain courtesy credit, where Amazon Prime users can do it by delaying shipping and giving Amazon extra breathing room in fulfilling all orders. 

Final Word

We have come down to the end of this article. I hope you now have a better understanding of Amazon courtesy credit, how to check it and how to use it in the future. 

If you are interested in more Amazon related reads, make sure you check out following articles: 

How to Contact Seller on Amazon

And

How to Return Books to Amazon

Do you love playing games? Then I can only guess that you have heard and quite possibly used Steam at one point in your life. 

You have probably realized that games can cost quite a bit of money, especially if you like playing them often. 

Based on the most recent statistics, Steam has over 20 million users! It’s one of the most used platforms in the gaming industry, and I can bet that a vast number of these players are hunting for free steam codes. 

Many people stopped believing that it is possible to get free steam codes in a legit way due to a lot of scams being shared online. 

If you stop and forget about all the steam code generators and all the other bullshit, you will find a couple of very decent ways to get steam codes in 2020. 

All of these require a bit of your time and work, but your effort will pay off in the end.  

Before we delve into that, let’s cover some of the basics that an average user needs to know about Steam and free codes. 

Steam Wallet

A steam wallet is essentially a banking tool built on a Steam platform that provides users a way to transfer funds and purchase content. It’s a digital wallet that can store money and receive money if you decide to sell some of your content on the platform. 

It’s an excellent alternative to using Paypal or your debit cards on Steam, where you can meet quite a lot of scammers. 

If you are not keen on using Paypal or debit cards, you can add funds to your steam wallet using free steam codes.

Alternatively, you can also link your bank account and add your funds like that. 

But you can see how a free steam code would be a better way, right? 

Getting Steam codes is not that easy, but we have a few ways and websites that can help you out. 

Free Steam Codes

I’ve tested quite a bit of these, and I am only recommending the ones I know work 100%. 

So let’s start with my first recommendation on the list: 

InboxDollars

One of the most popular websites in this area is Inbox Dollars. You can earn money by filling out surveys, watching videos, answering questions, and similar stuff. You can choose to be paid out in cash or rewards such as the ones for Steam Wallet. 

The platform is entirely legit, tested, and I know plenty of cases where people generated gift cards for steam codes. 

MistPlay 

Another great option on the list is MistPlay. It’s a popular choice for all those looking to do these small jobs on a phone. This Android-based app is built on giving rewards to users for trying out and playing new games. Sounds fun, huh? 

If you enjoy trying out new mobile games, and you are happy to do this while watching TV or just killing time, then MistPlay is a perfect option for you to consider. 

To see how legit it is, you can check out plenty of reviews users posted on this page

Keep in mind that this app is not built for you to make a lot of money – it takes a bit of time and work, but you should expect that from a platform that pays to play games.

SwagBucks

I still remember the days of getting into digital marketing and hearing the name of this website. The years SwagBucks has been in the business just goes to show that it’s a platform that’s legitimate and pays out their entire user base regularly. 

Like for InboxDollars, you are getting paid to do all of the small and easy tasks any person can do. By doing these tasks, you earn points that you can cash out by getting steam codes.

Rakuten

Rakuten is a cashback website. That means that you get rewarded with a cashback every time you purchase something through the stores they are affiliated with. It’s pretty simple, and Rakuten goes step forward in alerting you of low product prices that you can take advantage of. 

They also have a reward program if you are consistent and go out of your way to refer friends. 

Survey Junkie

As the name says, this website is survey focused. It allows you to earn money by taking surveys and watching videos. You receive $5 for signing up, and you can make anywhere between $1 and $3 per survey. 

While it sounds attractive, keep in mind that it takes a bit to complete the survey. On average, you will probably be earning around 3-4 dollars an hour, which is not too huge, but it can help you reach your goal of getting free steam codes. 

Same as for all the other platforms mentioned above, you can take the cash or the gift cards. 

A minimum payout is $10. 

A website very similar in nature to Survey Voices, one we covered completely in our review.

MyPoints

A well-designed website with an easy to use interface is another shop based website on our list. 

All you have to do is shop with the retailers they are affiliated with. That list is vast and contains all of the places you probably already use (Amazon, eBay, Walmart), so it won’t make a big difference. 

Essentially, you are providing your user information in exchange for a cashback. This is a platform that’s been around for more than two decades, so you can rest assured that it’s safe and legit. 

PrizeRebel

One of my personal favorites on this list is PrizeRebel. It takes you about 10 seconds to sign up, and you can instantly start earning points by performing various tasks. Later, you will be able to convert points into gift cards, and Steam is one of the options. 

Steam Codes Explained

Steam codes work pretty much like any other gift card. If you have purchased a gift card, either online or offline, all you had to do was scratch the back of them to get the codes. 

It’s the same principle here, and once you get these codes, you can redeem them on Steam and get the credit directly into your wallet. 

There’s also a direct way of getting access to a specific game through a Steam code. 

How to Use Steam Codes

Redeeming steam codes is pretty straightforward. All you have to do is log in to your Steam account (or register one if you don’t have it) and head to your account details that appear when you click on your username. 

You will see the option to add funds to your steam wallet, where you should click next. 

After that, you will get options for adding funds through credit cards, PayPal, or bank account. You won’t choose either one of these options, and you will click on “Redeem a Steam Wallet Code.” 

You can now enter the code and get the credits that you can use to purchase any game or item you wish. 

Can You Transfer Money To Someone Else On Steam? 

If you were wondering if there’s a way for you to transfer money to another digital user (or receive it), you should know that’s not an option.

However, even if you can’t do that directly, you can give Steam Digital gift cards to other people. 

An amount between $5 and $100 can be placed and gifted using these cards.

There are certain limitations to doing this. You can’t gift any credit that you obtained through a gift card before this. You can only create a Steam digital gift card by loading the money directly from your Paypal, Bitcoin, or a credit card. 

Can You Withdraw Money From Steam? 

Steam doesn’t allow its users to withdraw money or credit from the platform. They advise everyone not to load a lot of money on the platform if they don’t immediately use all or most of it.

Many methods are being shared online on how you can withdraw money from Steam by purchasing certain items and then selling them directly to other people for cash or bitcoin. Unfortunately, you don’t get any security by opting to do this method, so I don’t personally advise it. 

Steam Codes to Cash? 

This is also not possible on Steam, but like with a lot of other stuff, you can get around it. You can trade codes with people you know and get money in exchange. 

You can also sell unused codes on specific platforms and gaming websites, where people can pay you directly. 

Again, none of these options are recommended by Steam and offer no protection, so be cautious when dealing with people you don’t know. 

Watch Out For The Scams

Steam code generators? Yeah, that’s too good to be true, honestly. If you ever see any scam of this type, just avoid it altogether. People running these scams can make them sound extremely believable, but they are only scams. 

There are no holes in the Steam platform to generate free codes people would give out through any generator, and there’s no benefit to a person if they just freely share it with the world.

Summing Up

We are coming to the end of this article. I am aware that gaming can be quite an expensive hobby or a career, so I’ve tried to do my share in helping you minimize the financial hit your wallet could take. 

I know that you may be hooked on giving all of these sites a try, but keep in mind that doing surveys or other types of tasks could take quite a bit of your time, and they don’t pay a lot of money. 

You may want to consider whether this is the right investment you wish to take; at the end of the day, time is the most valuable asset you have.