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  1. In this next installment of our Blog series on our visit to AgQuip 2018, Australia’s largest Agriculture and Farming expo, we continue our look at the various models of John Deere that were present from the old to the new, but in this case concentrating on the new. AgQuip is held yearly over 3 days, at a purpose built area just outside the New South Wales township of Gunnedah. Gunnedah is a 5hr drive from the New South Wales capital of Sydney and is surrounded by farming communities small and large. Admittedly the John Deere was quite striking, mind you as too was the New Holland and Case displays, but you couldn’t help but be drawn in with the huge variation that was on display, which again was only matched by New Holland on the day. While John Deere equipment displayed included the huge amount of various Ride on Mowers and Gator type equipment, it was the bigger machinery that caught mine, and the kids, eyes. The striking green and gold immediately draws the eyes and attention, be it the association with the brand for some, but for me its more a nod to our National Colours that grabs the eye, even though apart from it early foray with Chamberlain, there is nothing Australian about John Deere! After the stirring of National Pride and the rhythm of our National Anthem leaves the back of my head, it is time to go and take a closer look at these green machines. First off we had a 6 Series (can’t remember exactly which model it was) which also had the 623R Loader attachment on the front end. These are a utility tractor and are available in various combinations and specifications of power plant from 108 to 186Kw (145-200HP), and in both 2WD and 4WD options. Right next door was another 6 Series, and in fact may well have been the same model, with this one having the 643R Loader attached. Thankfully the young bloke on the tractor doesn’t come with, as he followed me home! JD 5055E (2008 – 2018) – Manufactured Pune, India The 5 Series was represented by the 5055E open cab model, which I have also seen used at a shopping centre as a trolley collector! The 5055E is a 3 cylinder utility tractor that is powered by the PowerTech M 2.9L engine. The next vehicles we came across were the R4060 and Hagie STS12 sprayers. Click to view slideshow. The R4060 Sprayer we covered in the last Blog, so we won’t cover the details of that unit here, so we will look at the Hagie STS series instead. John Deere, in a deal that was remarkably non-conventional in terms of previous deals and acquisitions, entered into a joint venture with Hagie, who were renown for their ‘innovative front boom, high clearance sprayers’. Even more remarkable, according to expert commentators on the farming industry, John Deere agreed for Hagie to maintain their name and livery. The Hagie Sprayers are built in a factory-direct facility in Clarion, Iowa and are now competing in Australia with the Hardi Rubicon brand of front boom sprayers. Before we look at the rest of the tractors that were on display we shall look at the balers that they had on display. The 459 Silage Special is the standard model of the 9 series of balers. It features various new features including the BaleTrak Pro monitor-controller, and also maintains some aspects of the previous models under the ‘if it ain’t broke don’ fix it’ attitude. The 348 Small Square baler creates smaller bales, and has the option to have the JD42 bale ejector module fitted on the rear which will eject the bale from the rear of the baler into a trailer by the use of a hydraulic ejection system. The last, and biggest tractors that John Deere had on site, was the JD 8370 RT and JD 8345 R from the 8R series of tractors. The 8370 RT (The T designation indicating a Tracked vehicle) is powered by the JD PowerTech 9.0 L Engine and is capable of 275kW (370hp), has AutoPowr Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT), AirCushion Suspension System and weighs 16,578kg (36,549lb). Personally I think these are the weirdest looking tractors and just seem off-balance – even though it’s obvious they aren’t, but I can say this was the most popular tractor among the crowd to look at, especially the younger ones. The other 8R series tractor on display the 8345R was an impressive machine, alongside the Case Steiger, New Holland T9 and the Challenger MT900E. There were actually a couple of these in other displays as well, and while it physically is not as big as the other brand models I just referred to, it still was quite an imposing machine. The build quality of the John Deere stable did impress me, and as I alluded to before, while not being a fan per se, the colour scheme when faced with them up close and personal, is quite impressive. The 8345R is very similar in specifications to the 8370RT, in lieu of it only having the 345hp engine. JDS780 Combine Harvester – looking through header The last piece of equipment to see at the John Deere display was indeed the largest, and certainly the most impressive. The sight of the S780 Combine Harvester resulted in some exclamations of excitement and comments of ‘awesome’ from my young companions on the day. The S780 Series specifications are as follows: Engine Power – 473hp Engine – 13.5 L PowerTech Grain Tank Size – 14,100 L (400 bu.) Unloading Rate – 135 L/s Total Cleaning Area – 5.9m² Separator Type – Rotary The S780 also has a number of technology systems developed by John Deere like the Combine Advisor package ‘helps to set, optimise and automate main combine functions when conditions change’, ActiveYield ‘Fully automated sensor calibration that supplies accurate data with no time spent calibrating’. One thing that I thought was possibly unique, is that John Deere largely utilise a common cab layout, based on the S700 series, throughout its Combines, Tractors and Sprayers for ease of use. Admittedly I could have provided a lot more images of the various models on show, and again this was just a snapshot of what was on display for John Deere. While this experience does not change my overall preferences in farming machinery brands, it certainly broadened my horizons and will look John Deere a little differently in the future. Come join us for our next installment of our AgQuip 2018 Blog where we delve into the AGCO GMBH stable, covering brands such as Massey Ferguson, Fendt, Challenger and Valtra to name a few… Note: I am under no commercial arrangement for any items in this blog. All copyright and trademarks are attributed to their owners and are not intended to be infringed in anyway. View the full article
  2. In this next instalment of our Blog series on our visit to AgQuip 2018, Australia’s largest Agriculture and Farming expo, we look at the John Deere story as background information, and look at the various models of John Deere that were present from the old to the new. AgQuip is held yearly over 3 days, at a purpose built area just outside the New South Wales township of Gunnedah. Gunnedah is a 5hr drive from the New South Wales capital of Sydney and is surrounded by farming communities small and large. Now let me set the record straight! I am not a John Deere (JD) fanboi, in fact I have never really bought into the fervour with which some people have an affinity for the green and yellow branded machines. HOWEVER, that being said, I did, for the clarity of fair reporting and also for interest sake, spend some time looking over the JD equipment. Unfortunately, more so than I would have intended, to the point that Mrs Duck thought I must like JD, and ended up buying a JD ballcap for me! Don’t worry, lawyers have been contacted and terms are being discussed! Anyways, lets start talking about the equipment. Firstly, and probably more interesting for me, was the many old JD tractors, including Chamberlains that were at AgQuip. Chamberlain History An Australian by the name of Bob Chamberlain from Victoria, was a tractor mechanic whom had designed his own version of a tractor specifically built in mind of the unique Australian farming conditions. This tractor was to become the Chamberlain 40K model. The Western Australian had heard that Bob was planning on designing and perhaps building custom built Australian tractors, and convinced him to move to Western Australia and utilise an ex-munitions factory in Welshpool. Subsequently the first 40K model was produced at this facility in 1949. The original 40K comprised 40 horsepower (30kW) twin-cylinder, horizontally opposed engines and weighed around 4 tonnes. Chamberlain 4080 Tractor (1975-1985) In 1953 Chamberlain commenced production of diesel powered tractors with models being the GM diesel powered 60DA and 70DA, along with the 55DA which was powered by an Australian built diesel engine. In 1970, the John Deere Company of America purchased a controlling interest in Chamberlain, and an expansion and refit of the Welshpool Plant was conducted in 1978. During the 1980’s Chamberlain became a fully owned subsidiary of John Deere, and traded as Chamberlain John Deere. Unfortunately by 1986 due to decline in demand, the manufacture of the Chamberlain tractors ceased. John Deere models on Show We will skip the history of the John Deere Company itself, as that is information easily obtained, and to be honest not so obscure or bizarre in any way. We will however, dive into the various models both old and new that were on display this year. Firstly we will take a look at some of the older generation tractors that were on display. I will not be delving into full specs of all the machinery from here on, however will certainly highlight some equipment with some specs where deemed appropriate. John Deere 730 Diesel (1958-1961) 1960 price $3700 USD John Deere 80 (1955 -1956) – 2-cylinder 4-valve, liquid cooled. V4 gasoline pony motor. Now its time to move on to the modern equipment big and small. John Deere via it’s Australian Distributors admittedly had a lot of various items on display with everything from small ride on mowers and Gators, through the medium sized tractors, to the Large and the Combine Harvester. Click to view slideshow. The John Deere R4060 Self Propelled Sprayer and the R4038 Self Propelled sprayers were available as well. R4060 – 36m (120ft) Boom, 6000L Stainless Steel Tank R4038 – 27.4m/30.5m/36.6m (90ft/100ft/120ft) Boom, 3800L Stainless Steel Tank Along with this equipment, they also had a couple of Hagie sprayers on display as well. In 2016 John Deere purchased a controlling share of the spraying company, and now utilise this product line to supplement its offerings in relation to spraying of herbicides, insecticides and fertilizers. Come join us for Part 2 of the John Deere experience where we look at some of the newer equipment available. View the full article
  3. So this week I took the time and the opportunity to take the family and visit AgQuip 2018. After a 5hr drive there and back, there are many things to discuss both relating to Farming Simulator and not. The Parched and Sunburnt Country It must be said the Farmers in Australia are going through a monstrous period, endless drought and Farms going to the wall, and unfortunately to the point of many Farmers not being able to take it any longer. Many of our Farmers are at the point where they are selling (or shooting) their breeding stocks, some of which they have been breeding and dealing with for many generations. Finally the country (moreover the media and some politicians) are starting to move and assist many that have been working hard to try and sustain our farmers and their stocks. What is AGQuip? So glad you asked, continue reading for the first blog on this great event…. So Tuesday afternoon saw us pack the car after school/work and we drove North from Sydney the township of Muswelbrook towards our destination which was 5 hrs drive away. This was effectively the half way point (and closest place to our destination where we could get accommodation!) leaving us with around 2 hrs to drive to our eventual destination, Gunnedah, and the AgQuip grounds. After an early awakening, we proceeded the last 2 hrs to Gunnedah, mind you the traffic coming into Gunnedah was horrendous, I think Sydney peak hour moved – although you could tell it was a very different crowd.. most of them even very courteous! We arrive at the grounds, and to say the place is huge is an understatement. It is actually hard to believe that the entire area in use is explicitly for AgQuip, an event that happens only annually, and for 3 days at that! As we wandered into the entrance and Gate 1, we were meet with not the big brand overseas equipment I had expected, but some great Australian Brands with their equipment purpose built to deal with Australia’s harsh unforgiving climate and soil. Midwest was not a brand unfamiliar to me, through Farming Simulator 17 I have been using a Midwest Combine Header for quite some time, and with the header trailer enjoyed using this great piece of Australian Engineering. Midwest make a number of headers, with the Durus as pictured having a width of 11.2m through 15m (36ft through 50ft), whilst its Premium is available up to 18m (60ft) Midwest also produce the Quantum a cutting unit that can be attached to a Combine, Windrow Harvester or a front linkage equipped tractor. This enables the farmer to harvest and windrow crops like canola, grass and cereal crops – when mounted on a front linkage tractor to swath, condition, bale and load with the same tractor. Would be a great addition to the FS17/FS19 stable…. any modders interested should check out Midwests website for more information. We then found our way to Ajust-A-Bar – another Australian company, but instead of my rattling, lets take a look at what they say from their website: Ajust-a-bar® is a secondary tillage implement designed to help the innovative farmer tailor make their cultivation and stubble management to suit their farm. This adjustable disc chain alternative allows for depth, angle and pressure to be altered – optimising the results achievable from the tractor seat and opening up options for different soil types across a farming enterprise. Ajust-a-bar®, is used in agriculture to as an alternative to disc chains and stubble cutters. It is used for secondary tillage and presents an innovative new look at cultivation technology. Ajust-a-bar® opens and closes in a different fashion to conventional tillage equipment, this is what sets it apart (see our video gallery for how it opens). This adjustable nature allows alteration of the aggression, this giving full control to the operator for the level of cultivation. This control can assist with erosion and soil management which are critical in Australia’s arid climate and marginal farming areas. Using an Ajust-a-bar® light stubble in one paddock can be chopped one way and the heavy stubble just through the gate can be cut differently all with the same machine. Ajust-a-bar® can cut as deep as 75mm (3”) or can be set to just skim the surface, effectively just tickling the soil or incorporating chemicals. Now this seemed very interesting, and even more interesting to the young ones… I mean it was Big and Yellow… my were they in for a shock later! Anyways, in getting back home I looked up the company and their product, and it seems very interesting – although I am no farmer! The next Australian Company and product we came across was AgrowPlow and Davimac. AgroPlow who make plows and seed drills were bought out by Davimac in 2013. Agrowplow has been in operation since 1977, and Davimac with its Chaser Bins, or Overloaders) has been in operation since 1982, starting, like many Australian rural businesses, out in an old shed on a farm west of Molong in NSW. Well that’s it for our first little (hmm little?) Blog on our day at AgQuip 2018. Come back and join us for more in the series where we will get more than the first 50 metres into the event, and see some more great equipment including Farming Simulator favourites Claas, Massey Ferguson, Fendt, New Holland, Amazone, and perhaps a John Deere or two along with many many more. Note: I am under no commercial arrangement for any items in this blog. All copyright and trademarks are attributed to their owners and are not intended to be infringed in anyway. View the full article
  4. With the release of the GamesCom 2018 Farming Simulator 19 trailer, the big BIG news is of course that the Krone Big M 450 will be a part of the core stable of Brands and Equipment for FS19. While this may not be an important part of everyone’s equipment list, for Duckzorly Gaming it is the integral piece of kit that was essential to maintain the quality and integrity of Farming Simulator as a brand going forward. The game would not survive without this remarkable piece of equipment as it’s headline for launch. Ok, so a little bit of artistic licence there, but nonetheless we are excited to see Krone and the Big M in FS19. Tell us what you think on Facebook or in Discord…. View the full article
  5. Welcome to a new series of articles that will be used to bring you all up to date with the news on FS19. As we get closer to release there is more and more information flowing about the game and we will try and bring it to you when we can, as soon as we can. Latest news prior to Gamescom was the addition of a new brand to the Farming Simulator series – Giants provided the news noting that the Brand will be coming to FS19. Obviously the notable machine coming is the one pictured in their announcement, the 931XC Harvester. Notably the competitor to the Ponsse Scorpion (to which end Giants have confirmed that Komatsu is added in addition to Ponsse), the 931XC will likely be joined by the likes of the Komatsu 875 Thats it for this news item. Come back soon where we will be updating news from GamesCom for FS19 and other notable games. View the full article
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    Bullet Bill Needs a Hand

    Hello Everyone I just wanted to come over here and share some news with you all in relation to Bullet Bill, the author of Coldborough Park Farm, The West Coast and of course Lone Oak Farm, and a member of the great Frontier Designs crew. A bit over 24 hrs ago I awoke to the following post on Facebook Now, I certainly do not wish to take any credit, but I think this is where our Community and us as You Tubers can make a difference and pay things forward.... so I approached Bullet Bill about getting his permission to start publicising and organising a fundraising drive to replace his PC. Let me set the record straight and clear, at no time did Bullet Bill ask, nor imply at anytime that he was putting the story out there (the Facebook post was not done by Bullet Bill btw, was just done as a news item to say he would be 'out' until such time as RL circumstances improved) as a means to make some money to replace his PC. In my discussions with him, it took some convincing that the community would show their support, and that it was a worthy cause. Eventually he relented and I set to messaging a few of the mates and Tubers that know and use Bullet Bills maps. As no surprise almost everyone jumped on board and wanted to help. I committed to commence a drive by doing a Live-stream announcement, which again was supported by a few great people not only in my community, but you-tubers like Virtual Farmer, Sim Station, Silvernews etc.....and it was also lovely to have Bullet Bill himself drop in. The Live-stream video in case anyone is interested is located here: https://youtu.be/LOjFKsXTXts Skip forward to a little over 24 hrs and I awake to find this post on Facebook: Has it finished there? NO Whilst we are getting close we just need a little bit more to top off the funds and get Bullet Bill back to where he belongs and loves to be - behind the computer putting out great quality mods for US the community. So if you can spare some change, please consider using the link below and add some cash in. Bullet Bill is very humble, and again in no way has this been developed as a stunt or the like - and I get the cynical posts that have been posted, and indeed some rather rude and hurtful ones indeed, but I can assure you that I would not be driving this (and it would not have the support of many of my YouTube Creator mates) if it was not 1. a worthy cause, 2. a genuine need, and 3. the right thing to do. So thanks to all that have supported so far, and please use the link below and show your support to someone in need - the best part is - you can rest assured that you have paid things forward, and have done a good deed for the day! https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LKVBYVXJRS2QU Thanks Everyone. Regards Duckzorly
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    Bullet Bill Needs a Hand

    Article or Review Author Duckzorly Hello Everyone I just wanted to come over here and share some news with you all in relation to Bullet Bill, the author of Coldborough Park Farm, The West Coast and of course Lone Oak Farm, and a member of the great Frontier Designs crew. A bit over 24 hrs ago I awoke to the following post on Facebook Now, I certainly do not wish to take any credit, but I think this is where our Community and us as You Tubers can make a difference and pay things forward.... so I approached Bullet Bill about getting his permission to start publicising and organising a fundraising drive to replace his PC. Let me set the record straight and clear, at no time did Bullet Bill ask, nor imply at anytime that he was putting the story out there (the Facebook post was not done by Bullet Bill btw, was just done as a news item to say he would be 'out' until such time as RL circumstances improved) as a means to make some money to replace his PC. In my discussions with him, it took some convincing that the community would show their support, and that it was a worthy cause. Eventually he relented and I set to messaging a few of the mates and Tubers that know and use Bullet Bills maps. As no surprise almost everyone jumped on board and wanted to help. I committed to commence a drive by doing a Live-stream announcement, which again was supported by a few great people not only in my community, but you-tubers like Virtual Farmer, Sim Station, Silvernews etc.....and it was also lovely to have Bullet Bill himself drop in. The Live-stream video in case anyone is interested is located here: https://youtu.be/LOjFKsXTXts Skip forward to a little over 24 hrs and I awake to find this post on Facebook: Has it finished there? NO Whilst we are getting close we just need a little bit more to top off the funds and get Bullet Bill back to where he belongs and loves to be - behind the computer putting out great quality mods for US the community. So if you can spare some change, please consider using the link below and add some cash in. Bullet Bill is very humble, and again in no way has this been developed as a stunt or the like - and I get the cynical posts that have been posted, and indeed some rather rude and hurtful ones indeed, but I can assure you that I would not be driving this (and it would not have the support of many of my YouTube Creator mates) if it was not 1. a worthy cause, 2. a genuine need, and 3. the right thing to do. So thanks to all that have supported so far, and please use the link below and show your support to someone in need - the best part is - you can rest assured that you have paid things forward, and have done a good deed for the day! https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LKVBYVXJRS2QU Thanks Everyone. Regards Duckzorly {title } Game version Star rating0 Log Errors Mod or Map Features Required mods Suggested mods Pros Cons Summery View full article
  8. Well hot off the heels of YouTube changing Monetization requirements, and then changes to the way Subs and the notifications are calculated and used, it would seem YouTube is experimenting with more changes to take away our freedom of choice when it comes to the content we wish to see! It has been reported, and there is a new wave of rage coming from many YouTube Content creators about the apparent changes to/or incorporation of new algorithms that makes the subscription feed no longer list items in a chronological order. Read more below! So it would seem that recently a YouTuber asked about why there seemed to be a subtle change to the subscription feed, whereby the subscription feed was seemingly no longer following in a chronological order. Well Team YouTube replied to the user with the following tweet: Right so why is this starting to provide a wave of opposition and angst amoung the YouTube Content Creators? Well quite simple really. YouTube is now, with this new algorithm, placing content in your subscription feed that they ‘think’ you would prefer to watch, because of course we are all mindless google fanbois that will do whatever we are told. So while I am subbed to Eustace Pharmer, and therefore obviously want to see his video releases in my sub feed, there is a significant chance that this may not happen, certainly not chronologically, because the fools at YouTube will try and push content that I (and you) don’t want to watch, and if you bring out the tin-foil hat – they will be pushing the large format channel videos that bring in the most ad-revenue! There was an analogy put forward by ‘I Hate Everything’ (@IHE_OFFICIAL) on twitter, which was Imagine subscribing to a magazine, but then getting a letter from them saying that they’ve decided for you what you actually want to see. It’s like ordering a Nintendo magazine but being delivered a Playstation one. Now that is quite true. YouTube claims that the changes are currently only applied to like 1% of their user base, but like with many of these tests they do, it is more than likely only on the bigger channels, and therefore the impacts would perhaps not be as evident as to the smaller channels – and in this case I still mean channels with 1000’s of subs not just small ones with a few hundred like ours. While it may not be in effect changing many feeds at the moment, the fact that it is being looked at and tested is a little worrying indeed. This is something all Content Creators and subscribers need to be aware of. For instance, for a channel like DuckzorlyGaming, if this came into effect, would our channel videos be shown at all in our subscribers feeds, or just occassionally? Would our subscribers then drop the sub altogether because they figure that no videos are coming up in my feed, so he mustn’t be making any content. So yet again the behemoth that is YouTube (well Google) is trying to take away the last untouched area of the YouTube area and take away our choice even more. I await the chorus of how many more people will now drop YouTube and move to Twitch! Thanks for reading! Note:Original article was published on Newsweek, and the images from the twitter feeds comments were taken from this article after being verified on each users twitter feed. View the full article
  9. In this article we are going to have a quick discussion about the YouTube Subscription Feed and the Notifications Bell. Not all is at would seem to be with these functions, so read on and see if you really do understand how it all works! You might be surprised! YouTube and its parent Google, quite sensibly, are all about maximising the bang for their buck, after all they need to make money and please their shareholders, while continuing to develop, innovate(??) and perhaps even annoy their content creators. Recently we saw the huge change in the YouTube Partner Program, where the requirements that were needed for Content Creators to have a chance at making just a small, insignificant in many cases, amount of money for the work they were putting in. Don’t get me wrong, we all know there were many abusing the system, either by essentially botting and re-uploading featured content from popular Content Creators to inflate their own numbers, or by other various and known tactics. Did the change fix this? No, of course not. Did it make the Content Creator community happy? No, by and large it alienated a lot of the ‘lower end’ community, with many having either quit or moved to alternate platforms, most notably Twitch. Well there is a couple of other things that the ‘wonderful’ YouTube does that many may not realise, so let’s talk about subscriptions and the Notification bell! With us still? Great Ok, so lets talk about the subscribe and notify functions in YouTube. So, you are wandering around the internet and you find a YouTube video or channel you like (Hopefully its www.YouTube.com/c/Duckzorly – yes blatant self promotion!) and you like the video or content so much you want to be informed of when there are new videos or streams. So firstly you will hit the subscribe button, and then YouTube will send you occasional notifications (from the YouTube help page). Now once you have subscribed, when you are viewing YouTube (as long as you are logged in to a registered user account in YouTube) you will have a list on the upper left hand side of the window with a list of all your subscribers. When you look at this section, known as the Subscriptions Feed, the latest videos sorted by newest to oldest of all your subscribed channels will be available, so you can readily see what new videos have been released in the last few hours, days or weeks. Back to the subscribe button metrics – remember we said (and quoted) YouTube as saying if you subscribe to a channel you will get OCCASIONAL notifications. Now, various areas of the YouTube help area have stated that the way to get notified of a Creators new videos is to click on the notifications bell.. which has a text popup that says something like”Receive notifications about every new video”. So Content Creators have been telling their subscribers, hit the Bell to make sure you don’t miss any updates to the channel… sounds easy doesn’t it? So you occasionally get notified as a subscriber that content has been updated, but you seemingly will get a notification for every video if you press the notification bell on a Creators channel. Right? That’s what it sounds like doesn’t it? The YouTube help pages couldn’t be telling you a false truth or anything, could they!!!! So in a video from the Creator Insiders a couple of weeks ago, it was advised that the actual mechanics of how the notifications work is not how everyone actually may have been interpreting it. Firstly, the Bell is only for push notifications via mobile devices or email, and does not have any direct relationship with the subscription feed. What it does do though is not send notifications to all that have subscribed and hit the notification bell. YouTube will send the notifications ONLY to your most active subscribers – i.e. ones that are active via chat, sharing etc, not necessarily just because they are a subscriber. Why don’t YouTube send notifications to all subscribers no matter what? Well, actually the reasoning behind it makes perfect sense, although it is in effect detrimental to smaller channels trying to grow, well at least it appears that way. In any case, the reason why notifications aren’t sent to all, is because when they did trial sending to all, they found that more people switched off all push notifications from YouTube, which then means they (YouTube) lose all revenue stream possibilities….. bad for them, but yes ultimately it could be bad for all of us as well. Due to the recent discussions and feedback over this issue, YouTube have advised that they are working on making both the Subscriptions and Notifications functions a lot clearer, and making it more easily discernible to work out whether a user wants notifications or not to get the push messages, or to just rely on the subscription feed. So while we all generally will remind our viewers to click the Subscribe and the Notification Bell, above is the reason why some will not get the notifications, and will only see the updates to your channel by looking at either your channel page directly or the Subscription Feed. So to me at least, it now makes more sense why I haven’t been notified, or why some of my subscribers haven’t been notified of content update. I hope this article has helped to open your eyes and understand a little bit more of how the YouTube system is currently working. If it did then please leave a comment, if it didn’t then hey just say Hello! Take Care and thanks for reading! View the full article
  10. In this discussion Blog, I will be attempting to delve into the various dreams/ideologies/fantasies that many people may/do have when entering the World of becoming a “YouTuber” when it relates to making money from the platform. Now let’s face it, there are a lot, and I mean a lot of people/businesses/organisations on the YouTube platform that make a lot of money, significantly more than what they may be able to achieve in ‘real life’ based on their life or academic skill-sets. Good on them! HOWEVER, in the scheme of things this is in effect the minuscule minority of YouTube users! Yes there is always the reference to the likes of Pewdiepie that reportedly makes millions of dollars (at least the reported figure in 2013 was $4 million), or DanTDM who earned $16.5 million from his YouTube partnership in 2017, the majority of the 1,300,000,000 YouTube users earn absolutely nothing from the platform. There are many Content Creators out there that are perhaps under a misguided impression, that they can create a YouTube account and post out a video or two (or re-brand someone else’s!) and make some money. Well the reality is that it is much more difficult than that, and perhaps many of these new Creators are coming in under very misguided, or uneducated/uninformed impressions. In it for the Right Reasons? One of the reasons (and again this is my personal opinion from what I have looked into and discussed with others) many YouTube creators fail to make an impression, OR moreover fail to (in their eyes) succeed by making millions of dollars in a short period of time, is many aren’t in it for the right reasons (again I reiterate and emphasis – MY OPINION). While, as we have seen, it is seemingly very easy to make lots of money from YouTube, there is an expectation from many that this success should happen almost overnight. I mean lets see, get game, get OB, record gameplay, upload and get paid $$$… easy right? Well in effect that is the process, except the last part. You see, I believe that while it may be the vocal minority, but in any case a lot (and in particular those affected by the change of the YouTube Monetisation changes – see below) were “YouTube sucks”, “I want my money”, “You can’t change monetisation like that” and it goes on, seemingly are not looking at their ‘investment’ the right way. Investment? Yes, investment! Essentially anyone that is a YouTube Creator is investing in themselves and their channel for the future. Many may not be looking at it as a primary source of income, but still the investment of time, money, skill-sets and learning are still a very tangible part of being a YouTube creator. Now in this investment, should you really be looking at the quick windfall, or the get rich quick scheme, or should you be investing in the longer term taking steps to ensure the longevity and security of your investment. Ok so some of you are thinking I have lost the plot, I am sure! But lets look at the way I personally look at YouTube and my channel. The investment of time and money into my miniscule YouTube channel is one underpinned by two core beliefs and aims. To provide a safe, family orientated set of Game-play videos such that I know that my young children (or indeed any other child or family) can watch without any fear of being subjected to themes, language or behavior that I would not like them to be subjected to, and To record and share my love of a hobby that I enjoy, and would be doing with or without the addition of recording/editing game-play and sharing with those that have a common interest. Now, lets look at both of those options – nowhere have I mentioned money, success by return of value, monetisation or anything. Now, that does not mean I would refuse any money at all, in fact far from it – it would be great if I could earn a little bit of money to help pay for the cost of doing so, hardware upgrades as needed, internet costs etc etc. And I have for instance created a Patreon account, where if individuals feel they would like to support me by donating money via that service, then they can do so, under no obligation nor expectation. BUT, in no way do I honestly expect to make money, nor do I need to make money from my YouTube channel. I will continue to provide content while I enjoy doing so – it’s a hobby – albeit one that almost equates to a full time job, but I enjoy it – so there is no stress, in fact it helps me de-stress by doing so. Of course the obvious and bonus side effect of doing this is the wonderful people you meet and interact with, and I am truly blessed to have made some very awesome friendships in my time on YouTube…which to me is worth more than any money I could make…. (OK if I made a few million from YouTube I may re-evaluate that statement! lol) Getting back to my point, I believe that many people are running their channels with the express purpose and mindset of making money and becoming rich and famous (or infamous!) but that’s for them to decide obviously. But I believe, if you are not doing it for the right reasons ( reasons for yourself that is) then you are destined to fail and fall over at some point. Thus not having the right mind-set or reasons for becoming a creator in the first place is what may be the cause as to why so many were annoyed at….. YouTube Monetisation You are most likely aware of the recent furor that erupted as YouTube modified the requirements to become a Verified Partner Program participant and thus have your videos monetised on the YouTube platform. This change in policy set the new criteria to be a combination of 1000+ subscribers and 4,000 watch hours (240,000 minutes) over the previous 12 month period. Now this change was required to ‘amend its policies in order to prevent abuse from “bad actors”‘. Basically this change, while YouTube stated that it wasn’t directly due to it, was brought on by the Logan Paul saga whereby he published a video featuring a suicide victim’s body hanging from a tree. While YouTube stated it wasn’t as a result of the huge fall out from Logan Paul, it was certainly VERY VERY coincidental that it occurred within two weeks of the video first being reported in main stream media. This essentially moved the requirements from 10,000 total lifetime views, which was honestly not that hard to achieve. My Channel (www.youtube.com/c/duckzorly) obtained this level in late October 2017 and went into the ‘awaiting review’ category, which once reviewed would have seen me earning around 1c a month based on the size and growth of the channel at that time, but subsequently due to the changes saw my Partner Program and any monetisation removed until I meet the new criteria. Obviously, the change to 1000+ subscribers and 4,000 watched hours hit hard to the smaller channel creators, personally I see it as a good thing, as it removes a lot of the channels that were perhaps just in it for a quick buck, particularly those that were rebranding/rebroadcasting other people’s content, and effectively being paid for it. These changes reportedly led to a lot of creators stating they were leaving YouTube and moving to Twitch, of giving up entirely. Now it us understandable to me, that if as a creator you were getting even up to $100 per month from your channel, while it may not be life changing, it would certainly help with the costs of creating content be it hardware or whatever. Many had said they would move to Twitch etc, which is obviously their decision to make, but is the amended policy really that bad after all? I am not going to delve into it too much, but suffice to say, while it has certainly made it a lot more difficult for the smaller ‘YouTuber’ to make a ‘success’ (when that success is measured about making a few dollars a month) of their channel, what it will equally do is remove and thin out those that are not looking after their growth, or those that are not doing the right thing on so many different levels, which may well mean once you do get to the level of monetisation being enabled, your fiscal gain would be better than it may have been if YouTube maintained its levels (10000 views). Conclusion While it may have been a little long and a little ;tldr, essentially I guess the point I am trying to make is fairly simple; If you are looking for the get rich quick success on YouTube you either need to have something very unique that will take off, or you are not looking at the right platform – or the right mindset, to achieve your goal. I think that YouTube can provide many a nice way to enhance their income streams, but not necessarily replace it entirely, but it will take time. It will require you to INVEST in your channel and your content you are providing to ensure that no only are you putting out content, but also evolving and adjusting and being open to making changes to assist in opening your content up to the potential millions of viewers using YouTube! View the full article
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