How to optimize YouTube videos for increased exposure

One of the most powerful search engines in the world is probably a site you don’t even consider to be a search engine. Falling just behind Google, YouTube is the second most popular search engine in the world. Yes, you read that right. The same site you watch funny cat videos is also one of the most popular and trafficked search engines in the world. That’s what makes it essential to learn how to optimize YouTube videos to help you get more exposure.

This may not make sense at first. How can a video site be used as a search engine? But YouTube is much more than silly videos you want to share with your friends.

People turn to the site to find information, reviews, how-to guides, news and much more. The site itself is part television station and part Google search engine.

You can find absolutely anything on
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10 sites for web designers & developers to bookmark on National Reading Day

Happy National Reading Day, y’all!

While today is semi-officially reserved for encouraging schoolkids to read, don’t look past the opportunity for us to nurture our inner child. And there’s no better way to do that than by focusing on growth — professional growth, that is.

National Reading Day Bookmarks

In the spirit of National Reading Day, these 10 sites could turn your breaks in the porcelain palace into a legit web design masterclass. Here they are, in no particular order… 10 sites that will help you build your web professional skills.

1. Smashing Magazine

Okay, you might be familiar with this one — hence this reminder to make sure Smashing Magazine gets bookmarked and browsed regularly. It’s one the definitive places to turn, not only for trends and news, but also a wealth of tutorials. While the basic site is free, a paid subscription is worth considering. A couple … Read more

Minnesota rethinks how it supports entrepreneurs and businesses

As cities and states face pandemic-induced budget shortfalls, they’re struggling to create playbooks to help businesses get back on their feet and put millions of unemployed Americans back to work.

The Brookings Institution projects that state and local government revenues will decline $167 billion in 2021, and $145 billion a year after that.

That doesn’t leave local and state policymakers with a lot of levers to pull to stimulate economic growth.

Related: Online micro-businesses can be an easy economic win for local governments

That puts the onus on these leaders to strike a careful balance: Come up with creative ways to help these businesses without depleting key funds that are needed to keep emergency service workers and teachers employed, as well as deliver adequate services to residents.

Thankfully, there are some models for supporting businesses of every shape and size, whether brick-and-mortar Main Street stores or home-based digital enterprises.

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7 Apartment Decorating Ideas When Buying Furniture Online

There are seemingly endless ways to arrange your apartment, but having an arsenal of good ideas can cut through the clutter. Did you just move out of an apartment? Ready to start with a fresh design for your new one? From figuring out the best way to decorate your kitchen to knowing what plants can survive in a tiny apartment, we have the apartment furniture and decorating ideas for you.

1. Themed lighting fixtures

Lighting is important in creating your space. For the maximum effect, your lighting should be similar in style and theme to create a sense of flow and cohesion in your space. Here are some considerations to light up your apartment:

  • A bold ceiling fixture is eye-catching and directs attention upward. 
  • Torchiere floor lamps are ideal for apartments lacking in area because they provide plenty of light without taking up much needed floor or tabletop
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Website Terminology Glossary: Domains, Vol. 1

When you’re hustling, time is money and that money comes in coins, not bills. It’s why we made our Website Terminology Glossary for web pros. This free resource for designers, developers, marketers or anyone else makes it easier explaining technical stuff to clients. Rather than a lengthy back-and-forth, use this glossary of domains terminology that breaks it down in real terms.

Start getting time back, and put more of those coins in the bank.

Website Terminology Glossary: Domains, Vol. 1

If you don’t keep things simple, explaining domain names to clients can quickly turn into an epic saga sweeping through the entire internet and its infrastructure. We recommend using the analogy of navigating the streets of a brick-and-mortar city.

DNS

The domain name system (DNS) links everything on the internet. It translates the random numerals and dots used in networking (an IP address) into easier-to-type domain names. A domain name’s … Read more