Amazon's "Retro Zone" is a go-to destination for nostalgic gamers

I'm a Gen X'er, so my gaming roots were built on the good ole days of the Atari 2600, original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), and the Sega Genesis.  Sure, the modern consoles are incredibly great in respect to their graphics and games, but I will always have a soft spot for the old gaming days!  Well, for us gamer kids of the 80's, Amazon has a solution to help bring the memories back.

Amazon's new "Retro Zone" portal on Amazon.com is a collection of all the best retro video games, consoles, clothing, toys, and books available for sale on Amazon.  Definitely a must go-to site for gamers looking for a trip back to the days when gaming got it start.

Until November 8, 2017, Amazon's "Retro Zone" is doing a giveaway where you have the chance to win a Nintendo Super NES Classic!  Check out the Retro Zone and let me know your thoughts (and purchases you make from the site) below in the comments!

A Look At YouTube Channel Management Tool TubeBuddy

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I have mentioned a couple of times on this blog and on social channels that I am launching a video project this month, which will have a presence on YouTube, Vimeo, and Twitch.  I have spent quite a bit of time over the past couple of months reading articles, listening to YouTube podcasts, and watching videos in order to learn as much as possible since I don't have much experience with video.

To help stay committed to my project, and make it the best possible product, I took the leap and purchased a tool to help optimize my YouTube channel and videos.  The tool is called TubeBuddy, and while I have not had much time to play around with it yet, I can tell you that it is an incredibly robust, comprehensive tool.  TubeBuddy is a Chrome browser extension that is free with a premium subscription model you can pay for (I purchased the Legend subscription tier).  It is also worth noting that TubeBuddy is a certified YouTube partner.

TubeBuddy includes an unbelievable amount of features, but here are some of the ones I am most excited about:

  • Video scheduling
  • Thumbnail generator
  • End screen templates
  • Bulk video management options
  • Video SEO auditing
  • Keyword rank tracking
  • Advanced tag management
  • Automated video promotion
  • Rich video analytics
  • Channel health assessment

As I start to upload my videos and get deeper into the TubeBuddy tool, I will post more of my thoughts on the product.

7 Best Podcasts About Building and Growing Your YouTube Channel

For the last couple of months, I have been working on a video strategy I am looking to roll out in November.  Because I don't have much experience in video marketing and channel strategy, I have been watching a lot of videos and listening to a lot of podcasts on the topic.  Here are seven of the best podcasts about building and growing a YouTube channel that I have come across over the past couple of months.

YouTube Creators Hub - YouTube Creators Hub is a podcast for YouTube creators looking to grow their YouTube channel for business or personal use. The podcast is hosted by Dusty Porter who is YouTube certified and knows his stuff. If you are looking for YouTube strategies, tips, and tutorials this is the place for you.


TubeBuddy Express - Dusty Porter makes my list twice!  In this podcast, he shares his knowledge about all things YouTube and video content in general. He talks about different tips on how to utilize the TubeBuddy plugin (which I have purchased) to help you with your daily YouTube workflow. He talks about YouTube news and features as well as interviews different video creators and how they are creating content that makes a difference.


TubeTalk - TubeTalk is a solid podcast hosted by Jeremy Vest. TubeTalk is an amazing source for expert tips and trends about online video, marketing, advertising, SEO, social media, and more.


Video Creators - Learn with Tim Schmoyer and other full-time YouTuber creators about how to grow a business around your online video audience. These entrepreneurs discuss topics related to their own personal YouTube channel growth and the business that surrounds the audience they've built. Listen as they discuss advanced strategies and tactics they implement to earn a full-time income from their YouTube subscribers and social media audience.


Grow on YouTube - This podcast comes off in the description as a YouTube gaming podcast, and there is gaming talk involved, but many of the episodes give great tips for any YouTuber.  The "Grow On YouTube Gaming Podcast" is hosted by YouTuber, entrepreneur, and marketer Jay Cartere. On this podcast you’ll learn how to grow your channel on YouTube and build your personal brand through Cartere's experiences as well as strategies to help you achieve your goals.


Another YouTube Podcast - This is a relatively new podcast that just got started in August 2017 but has kept up with posting regularly.  Some of the episodes are lengthy, so if you have long commutes, you will like this podcast.  Worth a listen for sure.  The one-stop shop for everything and anything related to YouTube.


Tuber Talk - Tuber Talk is a podcast about YouTube hosted and produced by Maddie Gudenkauf.  This podcast started off strong in February 2017, but has not posted a new episode since March 2017.  I do think it is worth checking out the episodes that were posted, though, and I plan on staying subscribed just in case it comes back to life.  Maddie's YouTube channel is still running though, so that might be worth checking out.