How To Get 4,000 Watch Hours On YouTube

There is a lot of criticism behind the 4,000 watch hours YouTube demands before getting access to monetization features on your channel. But if you look at the numbers, it’s a small stepping stone in the journey towards making a living on the platform.

It’s still often the first major milestone any new YouTube content creator will set their eyes on. So how can you reach 4,000 watch hours on YouTube successfully? And what can you do to start a new career on YouTube?

Like many self-starting businesses, it’s not going to be easy. However, by following our advice, which we’ve pulled together through our own experience on the platform, you’ll be able to hit that number if you remain determined.

Why You Shouldn’t Care About Losing 4,000 Monetized Watch Hours On YouTube

Let’s break the news first. 4,000 hours won’t equal to much income. Take a look at the stats below. It’s all based on our own experience on YouTube. 

The average view duration on our channel in a one year period was 4 minutes, 7 seconds. That would mean to reach that 4,000 hour mark, we’d need to accumulate 60,000 views on our channel. The average CPM on our channel in the year was $7.16, with roughly half of our views resulting in a monetized playback.

YouTube takes a 45% cut, too, so after all of this, a total of 60,000 views on our channel earned us $117. It’s certainly a nice chunk of change, but it’s nothing massive.

So what does this all mean? Well, you’d take a loss of about $117 with the new 4,000 watch hours YouTube requires before monetization can be enabled. If you truly care about making something out of your YouTube channel, this really isn’t a loss worth worrying about.

But I Want 4,000 Watch Hours Now. How Can I Do It?

We’re going to share a really great strategy with you below that will help you to break out in your niche and capture thousands of engaged viewers. It’s a long term mission that will take you far, far past just 4,000 watch hours on YouTube. 

However, if you really care about hitting that 4,000 hour mark with the audience you have currently, we will list some cheat sheet style methods you can abuse to squeeze as much watch time out as possible.

Create 20-60 Minute Podcasts

You could consider starting your own podcast. This will allow you to squeeze as much watch time per viewer, but it will also allow you to publish videos with less effort on editing. You can press record, do your podcast, press end, and then publish the raw video.

Live Stream

Live streaming requires no editing and it’s another method to rack up watch time and it counts toward your 4,000 hours. You can multiply your average viewers by the length of your stream to estimate your watch time. So, a single 4 hour stream with 50 average viewers would equal roughly 200 hours of watch time. 

Increase Your Normal Video Length

Longer videos are becoming the norm on YouTube so don’t shy away from posting videos that are 10 minutes or longer and avoid posting shorter videos if you can.

All of these methods are successful in getting more watch time, but instead of focusing on this 4,000 hour mark, think ahead to bigger goals. Work hard and put the time in and that number will surely be reached and bigger milestones will quickly become your target instead.

How To Reach 4,000 YouTube Watch Hours & Beyond 

4,000 watch hours on YouTube isn’t nearly enough to pay the bills, so instead let’s look at how we can bring in enough watch hours and views to make something of an income. To do this from scratch, we’ll need to do a number of things to get ourselves on the radar.

Your biggest hurdle for this is the thousands of other creators that have already made a name for themselves on the platform across thousands of different niches. This means that, as a new YouTuber, your content is unlikely to be recommended amongst already established competitors in your niche. You could post videos without a strategy, and over time, you may see some success. But it would take years without a calculated approach. 

What you’ll need to do is become an expert in your niche and follow trends closely. Your mission will be to create a video on a trending topic before anybody else does. What will happen then is that your content is likely to be recommended over others, even if it’s just for a short time because you’ll be the only authoritative source on that trending news topic. We will give two examples below to better explain this.

You’re a video game content creator: A rumor circulates online that a new item is being added to the latest Call of Duty game. You research it, find the details, and manage to create and publish a video about this topic before anybody else.

You’re a sports news channel:  A rumor appears online that a soccer player is about to transfer to a new team in a record-breaking deal. You find the details and report on it. You post your video before any of the bigger channels have a chance to.

The best result here will be that your video appears on the front page of Google for searches on the covered topic, and that will boost your views on YouTube itself. Similarly, any searches within YouTube itself will lead to your video too. YouTube’s algorithm will recognize the topic in your video as a trending topic, and it will boost it to viewers that are heavily invested in your niche. 

This will include notifications sent out to YouTube mobile app users, even if they aren’t subscribed to you, your video appearing in “Up Next” and appearing on the YouTube homepage.

Of course, as soon as a bigger channel covers the topic, your video is likely to be outranked and you’ll lose that growth. But it won’t matter, you’ll already have captured enough of an audience to get some subscribers and views. 

Next time you release a video, the majority of people that watched your last video will see it in various browse features on the platform, even if they didn’t subscribe. So all you need to do then is make sure your next video is engaging and has a great thumbnail.

So if you’ve read this far, you may be wondering. How do you find topics and create, edit and publish videos before anybody else? Well, you need to be heavily invested in your niche to be able to pick up on these stories. Usually they’ll hit pages like Reddit, Facebook, or Twitter before they get reported on by the big news sites and YouTube channels. This is true across a variety of niches on the internet. 

If you aren’t heavily invested in the niche you’re covering, you won’t pick up on these stories, and at that point you have to ask yourself – are you creating videos because you like what you’re creating videos about? You’ll need to be passionate about it and the video creating process, otherwise you’ll hit burnout way before you hit success.

On top of this, you’ll need to learn how to edit fast and you’ll need a good upload speed – this will help you to publish your video before anybody else.

It will be more challenging if you aren’t creating videos about a niche that has newsworthy topics. For example, if you do more creative work like creating animated cartoons or fact-filled documentaries. If this is the case, you’ll need to be more creative about covering trending topics – once again the best way to pick up on this is to truly live and breathe whatever it is you want to create on YouTube. 

The 4,000 Watch Hour Strategy Summarized

To summarize this in digestible information you can take away with you, we’d suggest doing the following:

  • Heavily invest yourself in your niche. Read everything online about it.
  • As soon as you see a trending topic, create a video to cover it.
  • Be fast, focus on light editing, and publish as soon as possible.
  • You’ll gather views and your next upload will be recommended to these viewers.
  • The next step is crucial: Create the best content you possibly can. Make it engaging, interesting, and create a good thumbnail.
  • Repeat this process every time a new trending topic emerges.

You aren’t always going to hit success with this strategy; it may take a few attempts. When it does work, it works wonders and it’s a successful way to break into any niche on YouTube.

In the meantime, you can continue to regularly upload content and use the videos that aren’t getting many views yet to experiment on your content, practice editing, and get proficient at making thumbnails. That way, when your time to shine comes, when you finally see that trending piece, you’ll be ready to pounce on it before anybody else can.

Did this article help? Do you feel ready to take on the world of YouTube yet, or do you still need some advice? Feel free to voice your opinions in the comments section.

How To Convert a PDF To Google Doc Format

If you have PDF documents that you’d prefer to have in text format on your Google Drive account, being able to convert PDFs to Google Doc will allow you to do that.

However PDF conversion isn’t as straightforward as many people think. Sure, it’s easy to quickly convert a PDF file to a Google Doc file. However, what you enjoy in convenience comes at a price in formatting and style, as you’ll see in the examples below.

Thankfully there are workarounds to keep original formatting from the PDF document. Whether you opt for this approach depends on whether you care much about the formatting in the first place.

Preparing To Convert a PDF To Google Doc Format

Before you convert a PDF file over to Google Doc format, you want to make sure that all of the information that’s supposed to be part of the PDF document is all in place.

For example, if you’re converting a PDF lease agreement, the agreement should be filled out with all of the relevant information first. You can do this with any one of your favorite PDF editors

If you don’t have a PDF editor on your computer, the easiest way to do this is using a free online PDF editing tool like SmallPDF

Once all of the forms in the document are filled out, you can download the file in PDF format. It’s now ready to be converted to Google Doc format.

Quickly Convert a PDF To Google Doc Format

The fastest method to convert any PDF file straight into Google Doc format is to initiate the conversion process from right inside Google Drive.

  • Upload the PDF file into your Google Drive account by right-clicking inside any folder and selecting Upload Files.
  • Once the PDF is uploaded to Google Drive, you can right-click the file and select Open with, then select Google Docs
  • Google Docs will automatically convert the PDF document into Google Docs format. 

What you’ll notice immediately is that while the text all imports correctly from most PDF documents, the formatting is rarely perfect.

Common mistakes that occur during automatic conversion include:

  • Double spacing becomes single spaced
  • Simple spacing reverts to no space
  • Indentation is removed
  • Numbered or bullet lists become one paragraph
  • Fields in fillable forms are removed

If you made sure to fill out the fields in the PDF document before the conversion, the text in those fields will convert over fine.

However, this automatic conversion approach is best used if you don’t really care about formatting and just want to transfer all of the text from a PDF document into a Google Doc.

Convert a PDF To Google Doc Format With Formatting

There is a way to get around this formatting failure, and that’s taking advantage of Microsoft Word’s more accurate conversion process.

If you use Microsoft Word to convert PDF to a Microsoft Word document, you can then convert that document to a Google Doc document. All of the original formatting will be retained and brought over.

  • To do this, open Microsoft Word on your computer. 
  • From inside Word, select Open from the main menu and browse to the PDF file you want to convert.
  • You’ll see a pop-up window notifying you that the file needs to be converted from PDF format. Select OK to continue.
  • When the conversion is finished, you’ll see the document open in Word. Word does an excellent job keeping the original formatting in place. Unlike Google Docs, this typically includes spacing, indentations, bold, and more.

You may need to select Enable Editing at the top of the window to save the file to your PC in Word format. 

  • Select File, Save As, and save the Word document to your PC. The file will save with a docx extension.
  • Open your Google Drive account and navigate to the folder where you want to store the converted PDF file. Right-click inside the folder and select Upload files. Navigate to the docx file you saved and select Open.
  • This will bring the document into Google Drive as a Word file. Right-click the file, select Open with, and select Google Docs.

This will convert the Word document into Google Docs format. As you can see, this newly converted file contains a much better formatted version of the original PDF document.

  • To complete the conversion, select File, and Save as Google Docs.

This will remove “.DOCX” at the top of the document and store the document as a full Google Doc.

This approach may require a few extra steps, but if the formatting of the original PDF document is important to you, this is a good method to bring that formatting over.

Other Ways To Convert PDF Documents

There are plenty of other tools and approaches you can use to convert a PDF document to Word or Google Docs. The option you choose depends which tools you have at your disposal.

As you can see, when you want to convert PDFs to Google Docs, you have lots of great options available.

How To Do Subscript & Superscript in Google Docs

There are many times when certain words in your document require smaller letters at the top (superscript) or the bottom (subscript) if the line of text.

This is especially common for mathematical text, chemical formulas, or something as simple as dates.

In Google Docs, there are three ways you can do subscript and superscript in Google Docs. One is using the menu system, the other is by using keyboard shortcuts, and the last is using the special characters chart.

How To Do Superscript In Google Docs

You can create superscript text in Google Doc using the menu system. 

  • To do this, highlight the text that you want to convert to superscript. 
  • Select Format from the menu.
  • Select Text and then select Superscript.
  • Once selected, you’ll see the highlighted text convert to superscript format.

You can do this for a single character, or you could select an entire line and convert it to superscript. Most of the time though, this format is only used for one character.

A much faster way to do this is to select the text and then use the Google Docs keyboard shortcut for superscript.

This shortcut is Ctrl + . and the character will immediately update to superscript. You can also undo the superscript format by selecting the same Superscript menu option again.

You see the highlighted superscript text convert back to normal text formatting again.

Finally, you can add superscript text to your document using the special characters chart. 

  • To do this, select Insert from the menu and select Special characters from the menu.
  • In the special characters window, enter “superscript” in the search field. 
  • You’ll see a list of common characters used as superscript characters. When you select any of the choices, it’ll insert the superscript character into the document.

Examples of typical text that requires superscript includes:

  • Mathematical exponent
  • To reference a source in the footer of the page
  • Copyright or trademark abbreviations
  • Ordinal indicators like 1st

How To Subscript In Google Docs

Creating subscript formatting in Google Docs is almost identical to creating superscript formatting. You can create subscript text in Google Doc using the menu system. 

  • To do this, highlight the text that you want to convert to subscript. 
  • Select Format from the menu.
  • Select Text and then select Subscript.
  • Once selected, you’ll see the highlighted text convert to subscript format.

Just like with superscript, you can convert the formatting for a single character or an entire line of text. In most cases you’ll only use it for single characters. But the entire line formatting is useful for things like adding subscript comments under a paragraph or at the bottom of a page.

Of course, an even easier way to implement this is to select the text and then use the Google Docs keyboard shortcut for subscript.

This shortcut is Ctrl + , and the character will immediately update to subscript. You can also undo the subscript format by selecting the same Subscript menu option again.

The highlighted subscript text converts back to normal text formatting again.

Just like with superscript, you can add subscript text to your document using the special characters chart. 

  • Select Insert from the menu and select Special characters from the menu.
  • In the special characters window, enter “subscript” in the search field. 
  • This will display a list of subscript characters. When you select any of the choices, it’ll insert the subscript character in the document where you’ve placed your cursor.

Examples of typical text that requires subscripts includes:

  • Chemical molecular formulas
  • Greek characters used in physics
  • Mathematical variables in formulas

Using Subscript & Superscript In Google Docs

The ability to add subscript and superscript formatting in Google Docs gives you the ability to write out formulas and other special text that normally wouldn’t be possible in a simpler text application like Notepad.

How to View Google Maps Location History

The Google Maps location history lets you see all the places you’ve been to with your phone. It records the locations you go to, stores them in its database, and lets you view it wherever and whenever you want.

This database of the places you’ve been to is accessible from most devices, including your desktop computer, iPhone, and Android devices. All you basically need to do is access the Google Maps app on your device and you can view your Google location history on maps.

Enable/Disable Google Maps Location History

You must make sure the feature is enabled in your account before you can use it. It can be turned on and off on all three device types shown below.

Turn On/Off Location History On Desktop

If you’re on a desktop computer and you want to turn Google location history on or off, you don’t actually need to install any apps to do it. You can get the task done from any of the web browsers on your computer.

  • Open a new tab in your browser and head over to the Google Maps website. Log into your Google account if you aren’t already.
  • Click on the three horizontal-lines at the top-left corner of your screen and a new menu will appear.
  • Select Your data in Maps from this new menu.
  • On the following screen, click on the option underneath Location History.
  • You can now turn the Location History toggle to ON and OFF.

Turn On/Off Location History On Android

If you’re on an Android device, then you’re going to need to install the Google Maps app on your phone first. It comes preloaded on most phones and you should find it in your app drawer, if it isn’t already on your home screen.

  • Launch the Google Maps app on your phone.
  • Tap on your profile icon at the top-right corner.
  • From the newly opened menu, select the option that says Settings. It’ll open Maps’ settings.
  • Select the Personal content option on the following screen.
  • Scroll down until you see the Location settings section. Here, you’ll find an option that says Location History is on. Tap on it to open it.
  • You should now see a toggle on your screen letting you enable and disable the Google location history feature on your Android device.

Turn On/Off Location History On iPhone

iPhone users also need the Google Maps app to enable and use the Google Maps location history feature. Once you’ve grabbed the app off the App Store, the following is how you manage Google location history settings on your iPhone.

  • Open the Google Maps app on your iPhone.
  • Tap on your profile icon at the top-right corner of your screen and select the option that says Settings.
  • Scroll down on the following screen and tap on the Personal content option.
  • Tap on the Location History settings option on the screen that follows.
  • Use the toggle next to Location History to turn the feature ON or OFF.

View Google Location History On Maps

After you’ve enabled the feature and it has recorded some of the places you’ve been to, you can then view your Google Maps location history on any of your devices.

While your Android and iPhone shouldn’t have any difficulties showing you your Maps timeline, the timeline actually looks better on a desktop and is recommended you access it from your computer if possible.

Access Your Location History On The Desktop

Once again, if you’re on a desktop, you don’t need an app or software to access your location history. You can view it on the official Google Maps website.

  • Launch a new tab in your browser and open the Google Maps website.
  • Click on the three horizontal-lines at the top left corner of your screen and choose Your places.
  • There’ll be four tabs on the following screen. Click on the tab that says Visited and it’ll open.
  • You should now see a list of all the places you’ve visited while the location history feature was turned on. It’ll also tell you the date when you visited a place. You can click on a location to open it in the Maps.
  • If you want to view your location history in a more interactive and fun way, you can access the Google Maps timeline page. It shows your visited places on a map date-wise.

View Your Location History On Android

On an Android device, you can use the Google Maps app to access your location history.

  • Launch the Google Maps app.
  • Tap on your profile icon at the top and choose Your Timeline.
  • Tap on Today at the top and select the date you want to view the history for.
  • Tap on Places, Cities, or World to see your visited places on a map.

View Google Maps Location History On iPhone

You can use the Google Maps app on your iPhone to view your location history.

  • Open the Maps app.
  • Tap on your profile icon at the top and select Your timeline.
  • Tap on the calendar icon at the top and choose a date to view your history.
  • It’ll show your location history.

Share Your Google Maps Location

Google Maps is a lifesaver app for many people as it helps you from getting lost and shows the directions you should be taking. One of its features lets you share your location with your near and dear ones.

If you’re on a trip or somewhere out and about and you want your family to be able to keep track of your whereabouts, you can share your real-time location using the app.

  • Launch the app on your mobile device.
  • Tap on your profile icon and choose Location sharing.
  • Choose the duration you want to share your location. Then select the contact to share the location with and hit Share.

When did you find out that Google has something called Timeline to let you view your location history on your devices? Do you find it useful? Let us know your thoughts about it in the comments below.

Where To Find Themes For Google Slides

Step aside PowerPoint, Google Slides templates can take it from here. Google Slides have been gaining popularity more and more in the last few years and don’t look to be stopping anytime soon. 

The cloud-based software app provides users a way to create and format collaborative presentations. Google Slides’ convenient features allow users to save time and effort in their busy day-to-day schedules. Google Slides is also customizable via themes and templates to spice up your presentations with elegance and professionalism.

So where can you get your hands on a few themes for Google Slides? Short of creating your own, there are plenty of websites that offer you custom themes from which to choose. We’ve taken the liberty of putting together a list of the top places you can look to find the perfect theme.

Where To Find Themes For Google Slides

What are the advantages of using Google Slides over PowerPoint anyway? Before giving you sites to check out, let’s go over a few advantages to using Google Slides.

  • The best reason of all, it’s free.
  • File saves are automatic while the presentations are being created. Similar to how Google Docs and Sheets are saved while you work. This results in no loss of data.
  • Access to the entire history, including edits made by other team members.
  • Collaborations can occur simultaneously on a single presentation. All edits appear instantly while you work. 
  • Chat with your team members while you work.
  • The templates are saved to cloud storage. This means that you can access your presentation from both desktop and mobile no matter where you are.
  • Google Slides have been adapted for Chromecast, Hangouts, and AirPlay.
  • PowerPoint presentations can be easily converted into Google Slides.
  • Links, videos, YouTube videos, and images are easy to insert directly into the presentation.
  • Already comes with a gallery of assorted templates.

To find the Google Slide template right for you, here are six websites that can help.

Slides Carnival

A great place to start when looking for a large assortment of themes for Google Slides is definitely Slides Carnival. Every theme, including PowerPoint templates, are free to use under Creative Commons License Attribution (CCLA). This means that so long as you’re willing to give credit to Slides Carnival in your presentation –something as small as a link back to the website– their themes are available for either personal or commercial use.

There are plenty of theme categories to choose from like Formal, Creative, Elegant, and Business to name a few. If uncertain about what you’re looking for, you could always look through their available themes via color choice.

Slides Carnival attempts to publish around one or two new templates each month and suggests that you follow them on Facebook and Twitter to keep updated. 

Slide Model

Primarily a site for PowerPoint templates, Slide Model has dipped their toes into the Google Slides game. Slide Model offers around fifteen dozen free themes for Google Slides, most of which are educational or business related. Of course, there is a catch.

You’ll need to sign-up for a Slide Model account. Don’t worry though, it too is free. One of the perks to signing up aside from the offered themes for Google Slides is that you’ll receive additional free slides weekly. You can even keep track of all your favorites making them easy to find and download at any time.

Slidesmash

When looking to create successful Google presentations, Slidesmash has you covered. In addition to over 40,000 for PowerPoint and Keynote, Slidesmash is another website with free to download and use Google Slides.

Choose from an assortment of slides including Holiday and Watercolor themes. There are sixty color themes, including dark and light versions, and the site hosts a blog full of helpful tips and tricks to bring out the best in your presentation.

Most of their slides are interchangeable between PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides, so chances are good that if you find a theme you like, you’ll be able to make it work.

SlidesGo

Not unlike Slides Carnival, SlidesGo is an excellent place to start looking for your next presentation’s theme. SlidesGo is always pumping out new and original themes monthly and separates them based on their use.

You can view all slides by Most Popular, Education, Medical, and Multi-purpose. Most of the themes are truly something unique and special. Certain themes for Google Slides, like Chalkboard Background and Tech Startup, really stand out in color and imagery. Of course, like the others on this list, every one of their slides is free.

Slides Gala

Open-source themes for Google Slides more your thing? Slides Gala has handpicked open source templates, themes, and decks to help you pull off the perfect presentation.

They tout their theme choices as being made with thoughtful design, a professional appearance, and compelling content. They consistently add additional templates regularly and even offer advice on how to start your own blog. Talk about multi-tasking.

Slides Gala offers up eight different choices for themes for Google Slides: Business, Creative, Playful, Formal, Startup, Elegant, Inspirational, and Simple. You’re sure to find something worthy of note for an upcoming presentation.

Graphic Mama

Not actually a website dedicated to downloadable themes, Graphic Mama acts as more of a themes blog site. She will rank themes and provide lists of the best ones available to you at the current time of posting. Not just themes but all forms of visual content, graphic design, and illustrations.

That being said, she does offer you around ten Google Slides themes of her own design. Not only this but there’s even a recently written blog post on The Best Free Google Slides Templates to Grab in 2020. Seeing as you’re currently looking for a theme, that blog post could help you find the best ones out there. It pulls from multiple sites that offer Google Slides themes including from those already listed.

Where do YOU get your themes for Google Slides from? Let us know in the comments.