Make a Living on Youtube (or die trying), a talk at Ignite Sydney #10
David L. Jones is an electronics design engineer based in Sydney Australia.
In this blog he shares some of his 20+ years experience in the electronics design industry in his unique non-scripted naturally overly enthusiastic and passionate style. Bullshit and political correctness don’t get a look-in.
Dave started out in hobby electronics over 30 years ago and since then has worked in such diverse areas as design engineering, production engineering, test engineering, electro-mechanical engineering, that wacky ISO quality stuff, field service, concept design, underwater acoustics, payment systems, security systems, ceramic sensors, military sonar systems, red tape, endless paperwork trails, environmental testing, embedded firmware and software application design, PCB design (he’s CID certified), power distribution systems, ultra low noise and low power design, high speed digital design, telemetry systems, and too much other stuff he usually doesn’t talk about or can’t remember.
He has been published in various magazines including: Electronic Today International, Electronics Australia, Silicon Chip, Elektor, Everyday Practical Electronics, Make, and ReNew.
Few people know Dave is also a world renowned expert and author on Internet Dating, a qualified fitness instructor, geocacher, canyoner, and environmentalist.
Comments, feedback, and ideas for the next blog are appreciated!, but PLEASE, use the EEVblog forum for suggestions, not email.
Producing and maintaining this blog takes a massive amount of time, and it is now my FULL TIME JOB, yes, no kidding, I’m a full time video blogger. If you like the blog and want to help support it, there are several ways you can do this:
1) Buy some of the products from my SHOP
2) Buy anything from Amazon.com by clicking through here first (I make 6% on every sale, even from 3rd party sellers), and any product, not just those in my store. If you buy from amazon regularly, this is a real easy way to donate that costs you nothing!
3) Buy some of my Merchandise (I only make a few bucks per sale)
4) You can donate money direct
Helping keep the only full time engineering video blogger in the business alive and doing this also ultimately helps others and the industry too!
If others see that I can do this full time, then that might convince them to produce great content too and have a go at it. So thanks for all the support, it helps more than just me!
Step up to the plate and send your product in for one of Dave’s famous tell-it-like-is no bullshit product reviews.
The EEVblog is the #1 electronics video blog in the industry, highly indexed on Youtube and Google, with a well established brand and audience of professionals, engineering students and hobbyists, so your product will get the highest profile coverage on Youtube and Google.
Do your own review and upload to your own Youtube channel and you might get 100 views in a few months.
A review on the EEVblog however gets gets typically 15000-20000 views in a week, plus independent credibility, and people start talking about it and linking to it on forums and other blogs. That’s the difference a high profile blog can offer.
Fluke, Agilent, Tektronix, Gossen Metrawatt, Rigol, BK Precision, IET and Extech are some of the big players brave enough to take on the challenge so far, so are YOU game enough?
Please note, the EEVblog does not do paid reviews, and does not accept just any product for review. It has to be interesting to me personally, and appropriate for the EEVblog audience.
e.g. I’m sure your $50,000 niche doofalinkle protocol analyser, or $50 WiFi Arduino add-on shield is a really great product, but it’s likely not an appropriate product for a general interest review.
Small items like demo or add-on boards etc are best suited to the Mailbag segment. Feel free to send anything into the mailbag unannounced. That is the best way to get your product onto the blog. If a product in the mailbag is interesting enough I might do another standalone video on it.
The mailbag address is below. But if you are sending by courier, they cannot deliver to PO Boxes, so contact me for a real address and phone number for the courier.
1) I love to point out everything negative I can about a product as well as the positives, and that is one of the reasons my reviews are so popular. If you can’t handle that and having your product rightfully called out when something is wrong with it (or can’t handle strong opinions), then send it to one of the established magazine sites and they’ll bend over backward to simply regurgitate your marketing copy to a dwindling audience.
2) If your product fails in some way, it will make it onto the video for all the world to see, I won’t hide it and let you secretly fix it as if nothing happened. That has happened to many of the major manufacturers who have sent equipment in for review. But what most PR people would consider a marketing nightmare has in fact turned into a massive positive result for the company when customers see the company pro-actively responding to any issues. Things fail, and mistakes happen, engineers understand that. If you want exposure on the biggest electronics blog on the internet, you have to take a risk and believe in your product and your customer service to fix any issues.
3) I do not allow suppliers or manufacturers to see the review before it goes live, that is the rule, no exceptions. You send your gear, and you take’s your chances. I don’t care if you “just want to make sure I have the facts right”, I ain’t falling for it.
4) It is quite likely that your bit of gear will be compared with and tested against your competitors, or a competitor is mentioned. If you don’t like that, don’t send in your gear for review.
5) There is no set agenda for reviews, it happens how it happens on the day, no two reviews are the same. I may miss a lot of stuff, and/or I may rant on continually about some small thing that annoys me. I may whistle dixie, toss your bit of gear, or mock your marketing department.
6) For technical reasons, video edits after upload to Youtube are not possible. Only under exceptional circumstances will a video be removed and edited. If I get something wrong, I will endeavour to correct it in the comments or using Youtube annotation, but the videos remains.
7) The EEVblog audience love to see inside gear, they want and expect to see a teardown of your product. If you are uncomfortable with this and think I might break your precious widget, don’t sent it in.
So you want product “placement” on my bench so it gets in nearly every video, and used in tutorials etc?
That’s great, who wouldn’t, but it’s gotta earn it’s place. You can’t buy product placement. I only use what I personally like. If it’s a good product and I like it better than what I already have on the bench, then there is a good chance I’ll use your product instead of your competitors in future videos.
Giving your product to me and allowing me to keep it after a review gains you absolutely no favor at all. But it does obviously increase your chances of having it used in my other videos (tutorials, comparison in other reviews etc) if I actually have it to hand to use it.
I’m not fussed if you let me keep the gear or it’s just a loaner, whatever works for you.
This is my blog, these are my rules, this is how I roll, no exceptions!
- No, I do not accept payment for any review or comment.
- Yes, some of the manufacturers or distributors let me keep the products after the review, to be used in the lab. But some don’t, they are just loaners.
- Yes, some of the equipment manufacturers or distributors may direct advertise on my blog main page (usually way after the fact).
- No, I never let a free bit of gear or advertising dollars dictate what I say in a review, I’m too honest and outspoken for my own good. If you don’t believe me, watch my reviews for yourself, where I always find something negative to say about every product. I have shown companies products blow up on their big launch day, I’ve stomped on products and tossed them in the bin on camera, I’ve exposed serious bugs in industry leading products. And that’s what I do to the companies that let me keep their gear for free!
- No, I usually do not sell the gear or give them away, they are useful for comparison reviews in the future. As an industry reviewer I need to accumulate gear for that purpose.
SO YOU NEED SOME PERSONAL ADVICE?
My videos get 25000+ video views PER DAY, EVERY DAY, not to mention my other technical web sites, so that means I get MANY emails and messages EACH DAY asking for personal advice on what meter or oscilloscope to buy, circuit design advice, career advice, questions on projects etc.
Before the EEVblog it used to be a manageable level but now I can’t possibly keep up. If I answered them all and your “simple” technical enquiry I would have no time to make videos, earn a living, see my family, or have a life. So I am now simply refusing to answer any such emails for personal advice.
I like helping people, really, I do, it’s why I do the blog, I’ve been helping people for 20+ years before email when I had to hand write reply letters and lick a stamp. But the volume is now too much, I have a life, I have a family, and I have to draw the line somewhere, sorry.
Serious emails only PLEASE!
BUT, I do read all email, and try to read all youtube and blog messages.
If you want my advice on something then ask in the EEVblog Forum, and then I or someone else may respond to your question. You’ll get a better and quicker response. That’s what the forum is for, it’s an awesome resource, use it!
If you feel the need to send me stuff by old fashioned snail mail:
Baulkham Hills BC
PO Box 7949
Baulkham Hills NSW 2153
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