YouTube is a juggernaut, and that’s terrifying for YouTubers – even the most successful – who rely on a stable platform for a predictable income. Unfortunately, because YouTube routinely changes its algorithm and mixes up how it treats different content types, success is not entirely in the hands of the content creator. In the blink of an eye, YouTube could decide to shut a channel down, or could switch the algorithm in a way that jeopardizes income, or someone submits several false copyright claims and strikes a channel into oblivion.
- Written by Catalyst | Created on 15 April 2017
Even the US military advises that energy drinks can do “serious harm to your body.” The military, which requires its deployed staff be highly alert and available for long hours, has lived on these energy drinks for a long time now. The DOD’s own science blog (found here) is now recommending against drinking so many energy drinks.
The report suggested that users of three or more energy drinks per day “were more likely to report sleep disruption related to stress and illness, and were more likely to fall asleep during briefings or on guard duty.” A lot of this was directed at the brand “Rip It,” who market their drinks directly to military branches and contribute to these negative side effects.
- Written by Catalyst | Created on 06 April 2017
Catalyst is excited to announce new shipping options for customers outside of the United States that are significantly cheaper than in the past. For a 6-pack of Catalyst Mints or less, we now offer an economy shipping option for $4.99, and a priority shipping option for $9.99. This is a huge improvement on shipping prices that used to be much higher.
We have many more big improvements planned, but are happy to have finally come up with a good solution for our international fans and customers. Make sure to get those orders in, and help us spread the word about our new shipping options. We need your help to expand outside of the United States to all of the amazing fans around the globe. Feel the Pulse!
YouTube’s algorithm changes are widely discussed for their ability to boost or bury channels, regardless of how established those channels are. Changes to YouTube happen all the time, often silently, and drastically impact your performance. If you run a YouTube channel, you may have seen a sub-count decrease over the past month, or even a view count decrease for specific videos in your Creator Studio. The reason for this, it seems, is YouTube’s new “Restricted Mode.”
Restricted mode is a hidden setting at the bottom of the YouTube homepage. When you’re not logged in, it is possible that some videos could be hidden if they have been flagged as “restricted” content. This particularly seems to affect political videos, some videos which have commentary on YouTube’s restricted mode specifically, numerous LGBT related videos, and some videos with “strong language,” as defined by YouTube’s policies. We’d imagine a good portion of the content creators we sponsor fit at least one of those three requirements, and so might be experience lower views on videos that have been flagged as “restricted” for stronger language.
Right now, there’s not a whole lot that can be done by creators to reduce the impact of restricted mode. If one of your videos is “restricted,” it will not appear to users who aren’t logged in when visiting your Channel page, and may not even appear in the sidebar (though we aren’t yet sure). For now, it seems that videos which are less political or less provocative in nature will have the best shot of avoiding becoming restricted. Restricted mode will also hide all comments on the videos affected.
Fortunately, it seems like YouTube has already modified its Restricted Mode in some ways – like defaulting it to off, potentially – though it may go away altogether if backlash continues.