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Google Top Contributor for YouTube, Google+, AdSense, Blogger, Hangouts & Project Fi
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US users can now upgrade to Google One: additional Drive storage, 24/7 support and other perks

Over the past few months, US users with paid Google Drive storage were upgraded to Google One. Now other US users can choose to upgrade their accounts.

Plans start at $1.99 per month for 100GB storage.

Visit the Google One site to upgrade:

Get more details on the Google Blog
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How to move to YouTube channel to a Brand Account

If you want your YouTube channel to have a different name than your main Google account name, or if you want to be able to add managers to your channel, you can move it to a Brand Account.

YouTube's directions have you create a new YouTube channel on a Brand Account, which you then with your original YouTube channel. it's less confusing, and less likely to go wrong, if you instead create a Brand Account starting from Google+ for your YouTube channel to move to.

+The Lady from UNCLE shows you how to do that:
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Google Photos photo books are now available in Germany

Google says that in the coming months, photo books will also be available in other European countries.

Fotobücher von Google Fotos sind ab sofort in Deutschland verfügbar – im Browser und auf Android sowie iOS und starten bei 12,99 Euro für ein 20-seitiges Softcover-Fotobuch und bei 22,99 Euro für ein Hardcover-Fotobuch. In den kommenden Monaten werden Fotobücher von Google Fotos auch in weiteren europäischen Ländern verfügbar sein.

Read the official announcement

In Deutschland kann man jetzt auch Fotobücher über Google Fotos bestellen.
Es werden Bücher als Soft- und Hardcover angeboten.
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The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views: Plays can be bought for pennies and delivered in bulk, inflating videos’ popularity and making the social media giant vulnerable to manipulation

The New York Times' Michael H. Keller investigates the booming business of fake YouTube views. Sellers are earning hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, and are able to fool YouTube's view verification process.

And it's a problem.

At one point in 2013, YouTube had as much traffic from bots masquerading as people as it did from real human visitors, according to the company. Some employees feared this would cause the fraud detection system to flip, classifying fake traffic as real and vice versa — a prospect engineers called “the Inversion.”

YouTube has gotten much better at detecting fake views since then:

YouTube would not disclose the number of fake views it blocked each day, but said its teams worked to keep them to less than 1 percent of the total. Still, with the platform registering billions of views a day, tens of millions of fake views could be making it through daily.

But for channel owners who purchase views hoping to promote their business or books, they find that there is little return on their investment. And, of course, those "viewers" don't watch more of the channel's videos beyond the views purchased.

Read the full article in +The New York Times to see how well it worked when theyd purchase views:
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Tip for AdSense Publishers: block unwanted ads from appearing on your site by category, website, or ad network

AdSense warns that you should not try to "optimize" ads by blocking. The AdSense ad auction already aims to display the best paying ad for your site. Decreasing the potential pool of ads won't improve on that.

Having more potential categories available creates a more competitive environment in the ad auction, with the largest amount of ad inventory possible competing for an impression on your site.

General Category ad blocking
For example autos, beauty, home, real estate or travel

Sensitive Category ad blocking
For example dating, politics, "get rich quick", drugs & supplements, gambling or religion

* Block by URL*

Block by ad network

About the AdSense ad auction process

Read John Brown's column in +Search Engine Journal for more details.
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Why do people volunteer in the Google Top Contributor Program

Top Contributors share their knowledge in Google Help Forums, Communities and Help on Social and have helped countless people get answers to their Google questions..

Here are Top Contributors explaining why they contribute:

Google Docs TCs:

Google Maps TCs:

Google Chrome TCs:

What's required to become part of the Google Top Contributor Program?

* Be an active member in the Google Help Forums and/or Help on Social and/or Help Community

* Promote and contribute to the health of the forum or community

* Provide clear, thorough and accurate answers to help and educate others

* Interact with Google employees, Top Contributors and forum/community members with a positive attitude

Learn more about the Top Contributor program:

1. Start on the Google Support home page:
2. Click the Google product or service you'd like to help with. That opens the Help Center for that product)
3. Click the Help Forum or Community link (usually on the top navigation bar, either on the right or left, depending).

If you would like to help by answering questions on Twitter, join Help on Social:

More videos on the official Google Top Contributor Program channel:
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Just one of those days ...

Watch Luksan Wunder's unsatisfying video:
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New this week: introducing Android Pie, social media sites remove Alex Jones, new Digital Wellbeing tools are available and more

Lemon, cherry, apple, pumpkin, pecan, Android - so many delicious flavors of pie!

* This week Google officially introduced Android 9 Pie. There are improvements in navigation and notifications, and AI-powered features including Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness, Smart Text Selection and App Actions. So far it seems snappier than Oreo, which is nice.

* One of the themes at Google I/O this year was digital wellbeing - features integrated across Google products to help balance your time online with your time offline. Now, if you have a Pixel phone with Android 9, you can preview the beta version of these features. It includes a dashboard to give you an overview of the time you spend on your device, app times to limit your use, and a “wind down” option that gets you ready for bedtime by putting your phone in do not disturb mode and fading the screen to grayscale. (Facebook and Instagram also offer tools to help you manage your time on those platforms).

* Controversial radio show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was suspended on multiple sites this week, including Facebook, Spotify, Apple’s Podcasts, and YouTube. From the scrambling around, it looks very much like at least some of Jones’ content has long violated the various platforms’ policies, but only triggered a suspension after increasing media scrutiny. Twitter was one of the lone holdouts, and their decision not suspend Jones’ account brought heavy criticism, soul searching, and several rounds of policy clarifications. His show’s Google+ Page is still up and active too, but so far that has been largely unnoted by the media, beyond a single snarky article.

* Facebook is trying to bring authenticity and transparency to Pages with a large following in the US, by adding information about mergers and name changes, and requiring Page managers to secure their accounts and verify their country of residence. And on the local front, Pages for local businesses are getting a redesign, and new features to improve discoverability.

And there are tips and updates for YouTubers, Plussers, Business owners and more. Click the link below for details.

Get all this week’s tips and updates:


* 15 August: Chrome Bookmark Manager extension retired

* 21 August: Google Webmaster Central Office Hours Hangout

* 22 August: YouTube Enhancements (other than Blur and Trim) removed

* 22 August: AdSense on Air: Monetization for eCommerce

* 24 August: Google Webmaster Central Office Hours Hangout

* 31 August: Deadline to submit application for YouTube Nextup in Bangkok, Thailand

Image: Lemon Meringue Pie by Renee Comet on National Cancer Institute Visuals Online (Public Domain). The best kind of pie.
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You can now perform bulk actions in YouTube Studio beta

+Mike Downes has an overview:

Try it out at

(via +Creator Insider)
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Google ‘Cameos’ iOS app lets celebrities & public figures make short videos to answer popular questions about them

This new app is linked to the non-social Google Posts that show up in the Google Search results for public figures and celebrities (also businesses, but they aren't included in the app).

Cameos on Google lets you be the authority on you. Record video answers to the most asked questions on Google and then post them right to Google. Now, when people search for you, they’ll get answers directly from you.

Note that it's not helping celebrites interact with users directly. It's instead surfacing common search queries, and then letting celebs create an answer in a standard format that will then appear in the search results when people do a search with that question.

I've posted under Google+ because I don't have a better category, but Google Posts are like the anti-Google+, since they are non-social by design.

Download the iOS app to request access:

Learn more on +TechCrunch

Via +9to5Google
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