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YouTube Thursdays - Rambling on Pi Day

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This has been an extremely hectic week and I didn't have time to put together any new lessons for video editing. However, I have a few random/rambling kinds of things to share so the week won't be a total silence 😄

The first thing on the rambling list is AI and SEO - With all the prolific content being produced by AI, it is harder to determine what is real or computer generated. However we still want and need the human element in the basis of the information that we consume. YouTube is still a medium (and will remain so) that is very much "human-centric". What I mean is that if you see a real live, breathing human sitting in front of the camera and sharing their personal knowledge with you, you know it's source. It is our life experience being shared. People watch, like, and CONNECT. As Charlie Dresen has told us with his videos: "when people call me, they say, you don't know me but I already feel like I KNOW YOU."

Here's a video talking about that subject

This next video is not real estate related but I felt it was just an excellent job of presenting a company where you could get to know and trust them. They are somebody that if you are in their area, it would be kind of a no-brainer that you would choose to work with them. Are you creating that level of trust with your videos?

bonus video: Behind The Scenes/Bloopers of Making of the above video
(don't you love a good BTS/bloopers video? I do.)

And finally, the last ramble point is a video in my discovery feed from this morning. It shows the rise and fall of different websites over the years of the internet being a thing in our lives. Watch how YouTube pokes up from the bottom and makes a meteoric rise and stays at the top of the charts. People want videos. Are you producing videos yet? I'll leave you with that question. See you next week on YouTube Thursdays. (PS - follow that link to catch up on previous week's posts)

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Ritu Desai 703-625-4949
Samson Properties - Chantilly, VA
Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor

BINNGOOOOO!!! Thank you so much for putting this together. Very insightful

Mar 14, 2024 06:56 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

This is a very important number for anyone that has ever done extensive math calculations. So Happy Birthhhhhhhhdddddddaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy.

Mar 14, 2024 10:51 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Craig,
That was a very interesting video of the rise and fall of various websites. I started my website and blogs in 1995 when AOL and Yahoo were the big dogs to rank on. That's how old I am. LOL   I forget what those video charts are called. Do you know, Craig?

Mar 14, 2024 11:01 AM
Wayne L. Brown


You're not alone.  I'm a Dinosaur.  Lol

Mar 14, 2024 12:29 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Producing videos on a regular basis is part of the success of your YouTube channel Craig Daniels. How long the use stays on your channel after they click on the thumbnail and what your user likes from past search preferences is everything. Great post!

Mar 14, 2024 11:30 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Craig:

Really enjoyed your PI Day ramblings and the videos, especially the first one.



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Mar 14, 2024 12:20 PM
Wayne L. Brown
Franklin Advantage Inc. - Alpine, CA


Love your content each week and the information that you provide.

As part of the older generation, all the new Tech such as videos, making banners, etc can be overwhelming at times, but somehow we have to learn and participate.

Thank you again for your insightful posts.

Mar 14, 2024 12:32 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Craig it will be interesting to see if AI is able to have the same influence on YouTube videos as it is having on blogging.

Mar 14, 2024 02:17 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Craig,

Wow what an informative post. The second video is excellent...loved the real live humans and history of their company! The first video is eye opening! So much...WOW!! Thanks for the research and sharing with all of us!

Mar 14, 2024 03:06 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Craig- I loved the first video. It was easy to see why SEO as we "knew" it, has and is changing. I have been concerned about AI but as you said a video with a real human being is far superior to AI generated content or an AI person. We want to work with IRL people. 

Mar 14, 2024 07:09 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Craig Daniels  I totally get it, I am not a fan of AI, rather I prefer to be human... I answer my own emails, my texts and phone.... if you do not leave a voice mail I do not call back... simple as that, Endre

Mar 14, 2024 09:23 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I forget what I was watching but they were showing a newscast that was Ai generated, but it sure appeared to be an actual human, haha.

Mar 15, 2024 04:58 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Hey Craig, I am on the third video by the SEO guy.

Very interesting... and a chock of information that you don't normally hear or find.

I had an idea that YT videos were going to overshadow web site SEO.  He makes the case here.

I find that the people most successful on YT right now are like this person: animated in person, not faceless.  I don't think that most of us here want to go this route, but I think it may be most effective.  It depends on who you are and what type of personality you wish to project.  Outgoing types may engage in this mode, but I am not cinematic at this point!  HA.

So, I have to try other things and he doesn't quite push those other things.  But, there is great stuff here, especially in the third video.

If you look at this, what you are seeing is a promo at the end of every video.  Very effective.  The length of these infotutorials are about 15 minutes.  Good length.

What I find amusing is that this guy is a web designer or something, and now he turned himself into a YT guru.  These people, like VIDIQ and a swath of self appointed experts, are the ones getting huge views and have monetized their channels.  hmmmmm.  I think Michael Jacobs needs to ponder over this...

Mar 16, 2024 12:20 PM
Michael Jacobs

John Henry, Florida Architect my pondering pot of things seems to never run dry - thank you for the suggestion though.  

Mar 17, 2024 04:03 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Mar 16, 2024 05:55 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Craig. I have got to do more to get into video even if it is just creative with my grandkids. There are benefits to being retired. Enjoy your day.

Mar 17, 2024 05:46 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Every day is pie day as far as I am concerned. My favorites are Lemon Meringue and Apricot.

Mar 23, 2024 06:14 PM