Di Franco Media is LIVE

You know, it’s funny — Di Franco Media is a name you have probably heard quite often throughout the past few months, but it has never received the recognition it truly deserves. I mean, it sort of existed for a short time with this pathetic execution of an idea. Seriously, what was I thinking? It’s about time I shift my focus and concentrate on what really matters.

Today, I am excited to unveil the greatest iteration of Di Franco Media. It’s an all-in-one resource aimed to promote a range of creative services I provide, in addition to a vast amount of knowledge created to help expand your brand. Whether you’re an individual looking to make a name for yourself or you run a small business that is in need of proper branding, Di Franco Media is sure to assist in some way. And the best part? The entire experience is affordable.

Are you looking to build a website, but you don’t feel comfortable about setting up web hosting? Not a problem. I’ll take care of that for you. Utilizing the Express Website feature on Di Franco Media, I handle the tedious process of finding a web host that is appropriate for your project, installing any necessary plugins, and anything else that is associated with the initial setup process. Simply fill out the Service Request Form and I will get right to work.

Express Website aside, Di Franco Media also offers a variety of creative services available. Ranging from simple logo design to professional photo edits, it’s my goal to offer something for everyone. And if you don’t see something that may interest you, not a problem. Just reach out to me and we’ll talk.

Rather than talking about Di Franco Media, it’s best if you go to the website yourself to explore and see everything it offers. This is a project I have put a lot of time and effort into, so I truly hope you enjoy it. I plan on rolling out updates to the website in the coming weeks, so be sure to pay a visit often.

If you are wondering where to begin, I recommend the Getting Started page. Thank you for your support!

2019: Year of Partnerships

As I sit here comfortably in my living room with a Twitch stream playing in the background via my Apple TV, I’m beginning to reflect on everything that 2018 brought me — including the good and the bad. It would be an understatement to say the past year was certainly exciting. I mean, who knew when going into 2018 that it would be the year of purchasing a new home that I can truly call my own? That is certainly something I didn’t expect to accomplish.

Purchasing my new home was, without a doubt, one of the most stressful things I have ever done. A process that seemed to start out pretty straightforward quickly turned into an experience that I will never forget. From sleepless nights to days when I wanted to give up and call it quits, I am truly grateful that everything worked out in the end. If it wasn’t for the support of my family and supporters on Patreon, this house would not be mine.

Needless to say, I am relieved for all the stress to be behind me. Now I can truly focus on the next 12 months and accomplish new goals that were once not possible in previous homes of mine. Let’s break it down and see what 2019 has in store.

Becoming Partner on Twitch

As a Twitch streamer who has been streaming consistently for about 15 months now, I cannot help but get antsy and wonder when I will become Partner. This especially became apparent when I was lucky enough to attend TwitchCon in San Jose this past October. Almost everyone around me seemed to be an affiliate, which made me realize something… I need to stand out. I want to become Partner and take the next big step in my streaming career.

Of course, becoming Partner is no easy task — and that’s why I intend to put the work in. When I purchased my new home, Twitch was honestly a top priority of mine when finding an ideal floor plan for streaming. I needed a large room with plenty of space to expand my setup. In other words, you can expect to see some significant changes to my streaming setup in the coming months.

Another significant factor in working towards Partner involves completely reworking my stream schedule. Rather than streaming late at night during the week, my new routine has me going live every weekday sometime in the afternoon. Not only does this allow me to get more work done in the morning and night, but it’s more convenient for viewers around the world. No matter the time zone you are located in, tuning in during my local afternoon hours should no longer be an issue.

Partnering with HostPapa

Continuing my partnership focused goals, I am excited to announce that I have come to an agreement to work closely with HostPapa — a web hosting company built with small businesses and individuals in mind. Moving forward, my partnership with HostPapa will primarily be used to promote WordPress hosting and the included Elementor WordPress page builder.

Whether you’ve been curious about building your first website, or you are simply adding another website to your portfolio, HostPapa makes it easy and affordable. I plan to talk about this in further detail as our partnership matures, but if you would like to get a head start in checking out what they have to offer, sign up for HostPapa using my referral link. Every signup tells them you are coming from me, so your support is much appreciated.

Exploring Facebook for Creators

Facebook for Creators is a program that Facebook has created specifically for video creators like myself. Having always wanted to up my Facebook game, it’s about time I take the step and explore what this program has to offer. However, there is one catch…

My current Facebook profile will no longer be used. In order for me to sign up for Facebook for Creators, Facebook requires that I have an actual Page — and not the current profile that I have been using for years. Is getting a fresh start going to be tough? Of course it is. But since when do I back down from a challenge? If anything, I’m excited to finally be creating an actual Facebook Page and market it in my videos.

This is a huge change in direction that will take some time to adjust to, but I feel like it is the right move to make. If you are interested in helping me grow my new Facebook Page, please check it out here. All likes and follows are greatly appreciated! Hopefully you will see in time how this new Page allows me to publish content that was previously not possible.

Reigniting Di Franco Media

Do you remember Di Franco Media? Chances are you don’t, and that’s perfectly understandable. While Di Franco Media is technically the name I brand myself under, I’ve never really taken the time to market it appropriately. That’s all about to change. Between my partnership with HostPapa and allowing more time for myself to get work done, I’m excited to finally give Di Franco Media the attention it deserves.

While I am not ready to talk about specifics just yet, my goal with Di Franco Media is to promote my creative services and offer helpful content at the same time. It will be a one-stop destination for discovering valuable resources that can be applied in a variety of scenarios. From graphic design to blogging, Di Franco Media will have it all. And to further extend its reach, the website will be closely tied in with my personal website — which will also be receiving a complete redesign.

And Everything Else…

As a content creator for 13+ years now, I’ve learned something very important. It’s impossible to predict what time will bring. On the Internet, anything can happen. And sometimes, that anything can come out of nowhere and surprise you. That’s what I enjoy most about being self employed. Not every day is the same.

With that said, I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who took the time to actually read this. Blogging may not be as apparent as it once was, but it’s important for me to publish this new year’s resolutions blog post every year. It’s nice to look back and see what I have accomplished, in addition to what I could improve on.

Tomorrow is never promised. Start creating now.

Happy New Year!

A YouTube Holiday 2018

Happy December, everyone! It is once again that time of the year to come together as a community and express our thanks in the annual holiday collaboration video that I put together — made possible by you! Last year’s holiday collab video was just over 30 minutes long. Let’s see if we can make this year’s video even bigger!

Participating is simple. All you need to do is record a video of yourself (preferably at the length of 60 seconds or less) talking about one of the following topics:

  • Something you proudly accomplished in 2018

  • One thing you are giving this holiday season

  • What the holidays mean to you

As always, consistency is important. When recording your video, please keep the following in mind:

  • Videos recorded in portrait orientation will not be accepted

  • No background music is allowed, as I will be providing the soundtrack

  • Try to record in a quiet, distraction-free environment

  • 720p video is the minimum resolution, but 1080p is recommended

  • Do not include titles, lower-thirds or text of any kind

Once your clip is recorded, upload it to Dropbox (sign up for free here) and provide your download URL in the form below. If you need help with this, please feel free to ask.

Good luck and have fun, everyone! I can’t wait to see the final result when it releases the night of Christmas Eve.

IMPORTANT: All videos must be submitted by Thursday, December 20.

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A Tough Decision Has Been Made

At some point throughout these past two weeks, I decided to move forward with an idea that hurts to even think about. To keep things short and to the point, I've made the decision to close Di Franco University and rethink my content distribution strategies. This happens to fall directly in line with one of my goals for 2018, and that's to focus more on my website work. Perhaps it's meant to be, then?

I should clarify, however, that Di Franco University and its content isn't completely disappearing. In fact, a good majority of it is staying intact. The content itself is simply moving to a new home — my personal website! Instead of having to jump back and forth between two websites that are quite similar, why not consolidate things into one platform? You can now view all the Articles and Courses I've put together on one website. I'm thinking this is the direction I should've taken in the beginning.

It should be no secret by now that I've completely redesigned my personal website, which is the website you're viewing at the moment. Of course, the merger had a lot to do with that. I wanted to put together a new look that is familiar to the Di Franco University crowd, but also easy to navigate for those who have gotten used to browsing my personal content. In other words, not that much has changed.

For the time being, I'm looking to keep things simple. That should quickly become obvious once you begin to explore the website. An all-new My Work page has been created. Rather than splitting up my work by content type, everything is now displayed on a single page. From photography and videos to my newest websites, learning more about me and what I do is easier than ever.

And speaking of making things easier, the Resources page has been updated with some visual tweaks — including bulleted lists of particular features I enjoy most about website builders, YouTube tools, and more. If you ever find yourself stuck when looking to create a project, simply reference this page for a lending hand. It's there to help!

Making such a tough decision like this hasn't been easy. If anything, it's a risk that I am willing to take. My personal brand is very important to me, so I'm excited to see where this takes me.

And finally, none of this is made possible without your support. I trust the community has my back along the way. Here's to taking the next big step.

2018: Year of the Affiliate | My Goals for the Next 12 Months

At the beginning of every year, I like to take a moment to reflect on everything that went down throughout the previous 12 months — and of course, everything that will occur in the coming year. This goes for anything that is related to my personal brand, positive and negative. It's important to focus on what's working for my business, and possibly more importantly, what's not working.

Looking back on 2017, let's begin with the positive. To put simply, 2017 was my best year yet. I introduced all kinds of new projects and ideas, which in turn allowed me to have my most financially successful year to date.

My Patreon campaign received its own dedicated website, allowing patrons to easily access exclusive content. While I couldn't move forward with my original plan of requiring patrons to log in via the website, I think the outcome turned out to be the better route to take. At some point, I even introduced the Patrons Showcase, which can be a great way for patrons to get their work seen by others. To learn more about my Patreon website and its features, click here.

Di Franco University... Let's talk about it. Yes, the website is still live and filled with a ton of useful content. From original articles to in-depth courses, Di Franco University saw a significant overhaul about halfway through the year — giving it a fresh new look and overall easier navigation. The website has certainly come a long way since its debut.

However, there is something missing with Di Franco University. It's not quite the website I originally envisioned. I have no plans of axing it any time soon, as it's a website that I care greatly about, but it's something I want to think about as 2018 progresses. In other words, I would love to see Di Franco University grow. It's just going to take some more time.

Websites aside for a moment, let's focus on my YouTube content. I made it a goal of mine in 2017 to form additional partnerships with major brands that I enjoy. Thankfully, I was introduced to some amazing opportunities before the year wrapped up — including review offers from Razer and Energizer.

Oh, and I was even on TV! Iceland Foods, a popular food retailer in the UK, chose to feature one of my Christmas videos in a TV advertisement during the holidays. Considering this is my first TV ad, I was very excited. You can watch the ad here.

Let's talk tech.

Remember "Project 4K" that I mentioned in last year's post? I'm happy to say that everything went according to plan. I bought myself a Samsung 65-inch 4K TV, brand new audio equipment, and even some new furniture. Okay, so this doesn't exactly pertain to my business, but it's still something I am very proud of. As someone who enjoys watching movies and playing video games regularly, this kind of upgrade was a big deal.

And finally, I cannot forget to mention one of my favorite things that I accomplished in 2017. For the first time in over ten years, I built a custom gaming PC. This is something I found myself talking about for quite a while now, but never actually acted on it. But yes, it finally happened, and was it a process! Check out all my parts on Kit.

So, with 2017 officially behind us, let's turn our focus to 2018 and my goals for the next 12 months. I do have a lot in store. The sooner I begin to execute these ideas, the better.

Taking Affiliate Networks to the Next Level

My name is David, and I am addicted to affiliate networks. There, I said it. I have always been fascinated by the idea of "selling" something and making a commission off the end sale. But then again, for anyone who watches my videos regularly, this shouldn't come as a surprise. After all, I have been part of the Amazon Associates program for as long as I can remember.

Actually, I belong to a variety of affiliate networks. It's exactly why I feature a Resources page on this very website. It's my job to provide the information that can help others and possibly get paid in return — provided someone signs up using any of my affiliate links. It's a basic idea, really. Still, I would love to see this idea executed on a grander scale.

I plan on building my affiliate networks using a simple method — be everywhere. Whether it be Amazon or Wix, I want it to be known that I am partnered with brands that I enjoy. And that's important. It's critical that I only endorse brands that I use myself. Affiliate networks are not just there to earn revenue. They pave the way for amazing opportunities that can allow you to grow as a content creator, marketer, etc.

And speaking of that...

Twitch is Life

Did you know that I have been streaming almost daily on Twitch? Hey, I didn't build my gaming PC for nothing. Now that the holidays are over, I plan on putting a lot of my time into growing my Twitch channel. As of this post, I currently have over 2,100 followers. It's my goal to surpass 10,000 followers by the year's end. I think I can manage that. But of course, growth doesn't happen over night.

Because I am now a Twitch affiliate, that alone has motivated me to really take things seriously. Soon I will be putting together a much more functional streaming setup in my bedroom — one that allows for broadcasting from not only my gaming PC, but a variety of gaming consoles as well. I'm excited to show everyone the final result in future videos.

If you're not already following me on Twitch, please feel free to do so here. I am in the process of building a truly amazing community, and I would love for you to be a part of it. Interacting with the chat room is important to me, so stop on by and say hello!

"Project Wix"

I consider myself to be well-versed with two of my favorite content management systems, Squarespace and WordPress. Both have been great to me, as each platform has its strengths and weaknesses. However, I recently decided that it was time to try something new, which brought me to finally wanting to give Wix a fair try. And wow...

Where have I been all these years? The more I use Wix, the more impressed I become. Not only does the platform offer a ton of different content widgets to use, but the design tools are extremely flexible — far more flexible than anything I've experienced with other platforms. Naturally, this recently discovered excitement of mine cannot be ignored. That's where "Project Wix" comes in.

I'm not exactly ready to discuss details just yet, but I am making it a primary goal of mine in 2018 to create a Wix resources website that can help fellow creators build quality websites, grow their brands, and gain the kind of exposure they deserve.

Of course, "Project Wix" will tie in directly with my Wix affiliation, so I am looking to make this a win-win for everyone involved. I will share details as they surface in time.

Scaling Back on YouTube

Wait, what's this? Shouldn't a goal involve growing and not the opposite? Yes, of course, but there comes a time in your workload where you need to step back and look at everything you have going on. Sometimes certain projects can take up too much of your time and interfere with other work you could be getting done. For me lately, this could not be further from the truth.

As of this week, I am indeed scaling back on the amount of YouTube content I publish. I have come to the conclusion that I need more time in the day to get other things done. This is especially true with my website related work. I take a lot of pride in creating websites and exploring different marketing techniques. In order for me to grow in those areas, YouTube is going to have to take a back seat — but only on certain days.

In no way is my YouTube content going anywhere. The vlogs will continue to be published on their usual days, along with the occasional tech review or unboxing going live randomly throughout the week. Going this route also gives me more time to actually plan videos that represent higher production value. I am by no means looking to become an expert, but I'm definitely interested in seeing what my creativity is capable of.

And Everything Else...

Moving forward, those are my primary goals for 2018. Obviously this doesn't include everything that I would like to accomplish this year, but I think it's a solid start. As a self-employed content creator, you can never tell what the future holds. That's one of my favorite things that comes with the territory of content creation. I am free to do what I choose.

Now that I've told you about my goals, what are some things that you would like to accomplish for the new year? Feel free to make a list in the comments below. Your goals could help inspire others to better themselves.

Here's to another great year of original content!