YouTube layout has changed – Re-design/Update

YouTube have this week revealed an insight into a possible redesign of their website.  I occasionally get these early redesign surprises because I opted in to trial Google products and updates somewhere along the line of signing up for my Google account – yes, that’s how much I love them.

The latest redesign is clean, more bright and slightly more minimalistic. Everything seems a little more compact.  I was just beginning to get used to the last version of the homepage though, to be honest (which there was nothing wrong with).  I suppose if I were to put myself in their position, having such a large website, I don’t think you could ever settle for a final design.

It might be just a temporary “feature” but currently the page is aligned to the left, leaving a large empty space on the right of the page, even larger if you have a 23” monitor like myself.  I almost feel like there’s a gravitational imbalance when I look at the page.  When your balance starts being affected by what you see on your monitor, you either spend too much time on the (more…)

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What is SEO and do I need it?

If you’ve just started out a new website, one of the first things you should have asked yourself is “How do I get people to visit my site?”, and after some searching you discover something called Search Engine Optimization (SEO), a topic you will want to educate yourself on if you want to drive more people to your website. (more…)

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How to avoid Black Hat SEO techniques

SEO is an often misused art.  When you optimize your site and aren’t sure if you should be doing something or not, a simple rule is to ask yourself if you would be doing such a thing if SEO did not exist.  If not, then it isn’t natural and it probably isn’t a good idea.  If you were working on a new website and had never heard of SEO, you wouldn’t shrink a pile of keywords to the smallest of fonts and put them somewhere out of sight (a method of keyword stuffing), would you? No, because it makes no sense whatsoever and wouldn’t help anybody. (more…)

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