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How To Build A Following On Youtube

The main reason why people stop posting videos on YouTube is because there aren’t enough people watching their videos. It makes sense, as creating videos is a big undertaking, and not having views or money come in as a result can be discouraging. Before you give up on your dreams of making it big on YouTube, though, there are some things that you should try to build a following on the website. Here are the best ways to establish an audience and increase your popularity.

5. Catchy Titles and Thumbnails

When you’re browsing through YouTube, you’re likely to only find titles that will capture your attention due to the way the algorithm is set up. That’s because if you post a video with a title like “Me at the park,” you’re not going to get a lot of attention unless you were one of the first videos on the platform. Come up with a title that catches attention, focusing on certain keywords and conveying EMOTION like capitalizing certain words.

4. Use Your Tags

One of the absolute most important things that you need to focus on when posting your videos is getting the right tags. These tags are used in the algorithm and your video that doesn’t have many initial views can still be suggested based on what people are searching for. Find keywords that are trending and try to base your videos around those, tagging them in the process. Type your potential title into the search bar and see where your video would fit.

3. Quality Over Quantity

You could download a million short videos in one day and not get a single click on any of them. On the other hand, you could post one really well developed video that’s 20 minutes long and get millions of views. It’s all about quality. If you make a video that just one person finds to be amazing, they will share it with as many people as possible. Don’t worry about churning out content left and right, just make it worth sharing.

2. Be Engaging

One of the reasons that many people love YouTubers and streamers more than any other is because they can interact with them in a way that they can’t with your typical mainstream celebrity. Don’t ignore comments, especially when you’re just starting out. Your foundational fanbase is going to be your most loyal and they’ll remember when you made it big. The more you interact with the fans, the more fans that you’ll get in return. 

1. Giveaways

For those that have made it big on platforms like YouTube, a lot of giveaways have happened along the way. From giving away video games, gift cards and everything in between, you’re reaching a new audience when you give something away at milestones such as subscribers or views. It doesn’t have to be anything big as people love free stuff of any size. It might seem like a cheap way to get followers, but it’s worth the shameless gamble at the beginning of your channel’s lifespan to establish a follower base, right?

Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite: 5 Steps To Take If You’re Feeling The Pinch Of Bed Bugs

While they might carry a stigma of someone living in a dirty home, bed bugs are so common that they affect more people than you might think. With one out of every five households getting bed bugs at some point, you’re likely to run into this problem, even if you’re just staying in a hotel. So what do you do when bed bugs invade your home? There are some simple steps to take to make sure that the problem goes away quickly and allows you to keep all of your furniture and clothing.

5. Locate the Source

Since bed bugs are so small, they can hide pretty much anywhere, unfortunately. Still, you will want to do your best to try and find the source of the problem. Identify areas that may have black droppings or smear marks, as well as the small eggs and blood stains. The bugs may also be large enough to the point where you can see them. Some of the areas where bed bugs like to hang out are in power outlets, your bed frame and other furniture in the room.

4. Quick Containment

Once you’ve identified the source, your next step is to vacuum anywhere that you’ve found a strong infestation, as well as any places where there may be smaller infestations. Areas that you’ll want to check out include your dresser and even the television stand if you have one in your room. Make sure the vacuum collection is sealed and thrown in the trash, while items such as clothes and towels should be vacuumed and washed immediately on high heat.

3. Declutter

It may have been a while since you tidied up your room, but it’s something that you’ll have to do to eliminate bed bugs and prevent them from coming back. Declutter the best that you can, and anything that can be sealed in a plastic bag should be sealed. Allow these items to sit in bags for a couple of weeks as the bed bugs will die and won’t be able to spread. You’ll give them fewer hiding spots overall in the process.

2. Eliminate

Now you’ll want to work on killing the bed bugs, and there are specific ways to do so. Some forms of killing are actually illegal and potentially dangerous, so look for EPA approved bed bug pesticides during this process. If you don’t want to go the chemical route, and we don’t blame you, using both head and cold are also effective, but heat will be easier. Using a steam cleaner with a diffuser is the most effective treatment, and anything that was sealed in a bag can be thrown in the dryer on high heat.

1. Evaluate/Contact Professional Help

You might not be out of the woods yet after killing the bed bugs as there could be a hidden infestation. For that reason, keep monitoring the situation for up to seven days. If there are no more bed bug bites, you likely fixed the issue. If not, then contact a professional exterminator to evaluate once more as there could be some areas you missed out on the first time.

5 Unbelievable Facts About Birds

Birds are truly amazing creatures, and ones that we encounter every day. There are around 18,000 species of birds, all with their own little quirks that make them unique. Between their vision, appearance, ability to fly, and much more, birds are as fascinating as they come. But out of the 50 billion birds that we share this planet with, which ones are the most unique? Here are some facts about birds that you have to see to believe.

5. Teeth Aren’t Teeth

In sort of the same way that you feel when someone tells you that rabbits lay eggs, you have to second guess what you just heard when someone says that birds have teeth. It just sounds like it’s possible, right? Well, it’s not a crazy thought, as there are several species of birds that at least appear to have teeth. However, those aren’t teeth that you’re seeing from birds like the Double-toothed Kite. Instead, these are ridges in the beaks that give off the unique appearance.

4. Poisonous Bird

When you think of poisonous animals, you’re probably thinking of snakes, scorpions or spiders. Birds are nowhere close to that list, but there is one type of bird that is actually toxic. This bird is the hooded pitohui, and thankfully for most of the world, it’s only found in New Guinea. The hooded pitohui looks like a common oriole and is found mostly in hills, and were found to be toxic back in 1990 due to a neurotoxin in their skin. With that said, it’s probably not a good idea to grab a bird anyway, but especially in New Guinea.

3. Eyes Are Smiling

If we were to ask you what land animal has the largest eyes, you would probably guess an elephant, rhinoceros, or something along that line. However, the largest eyes belong to the ostrich, which measure in at an average of 5 centimeters in diameter. An ostrich eye is so large, in fact, that they’re bigger than their brains. Bonus fun fact about bird eyes; owls don’t actually move their eyes, but instead move their heads around to see, which explains the impressive range they have.

2. Humming a Tune

Perhaps no single bird has as many fun intricacies as the hummingbird. Hummingbirds are the smallest of their species, and the only birds that can actually fly backwards. These little guys can travel over 500 miles in just one flight and don’t tend to land much as their super small legs only allow them to stand still for so long. Hummingbird hearts also work faster than just about anything, pumping out over 1,200 beats per minute during flight.

1. Beware of Cat

More than any other animal in the kingdom, the average cat poses the biggest threat to bird populations. If you’ve ever had a cat, you know it’s their natural instinct to find and chase birds. They’ll make that cute little weird noise when they see one and will be locked in visually. When cats are outdoors, they take it to the next level, and in the United States alone, more than 2.4 billion birds meet their maker each year thanks to furry felines.

5 Spreadsheet Hacks You Can Use To Save Time At Work

Time is one of life’s greatest commodities. Which is why we’re always on the lookout for ways to do more with less of it—especially at work.

If you use spreadsheets as part of your job, you already know that they’re an excellent tool for collecting and organizing data. But the odds are you’re not using it to its fullest capacity.

The good news? You can be with these five time-saving hacks for Microsoft Excel.

1. Keyboard shortcuts

This isn’t just one hack. It’s hundreds of them. (Yes, you read that right.)

Rather than using the pull-down menu to perform functions, keyboard shortcuts can help you save seconds—which adds up to some serious time savings.

Some examples of our go-to keyboard shortcuts include:

  • Ctrl+ A Select All
  • Ctrl+B Bold (apply or remove)
  • Ctrl+F Find
  • Ctrl+O Open file
  • Ctrl+Y Repeat last command
  • Ctrl+D Fill down

Looking for even more commands to speed up your Excel use? A quick Google search will turn up an abundance of keyboard shortcuts for common tasks and actions.

2. Total columns or rows

Need to quickly tally up a row or column? Forget highlighting. Instead, just click in the last cell of the worksheet and select “Alt + =.”

3. Move up and down without scrolling

If you’re working with a large data set, scrolling from the top to the bottom (and back again) can feel like it takes forever. Rather than endlessly scrolling, use these two hacks:

  • Ctrl+ Up Arrow (1x) Jump to the last line of data preceding a blank row
  • Ctrl+ Up Arrow (2x) Jump to the top line of the worksheet

4. Insert multiple rows (or columns)

Manually inserting more than a single row or column can be a time-consuming chore. This hack lets you bypass the drudgery with a single click.

Start by determining the number of columns or rows you need to insert. Then, highlight that number in your worksheet. Next, hit right click and choose insert. Voila! You’ll instantly have the exact number of rows or columns you need.

5. Copy your worksheet

Let’s say you have to create the same worksheet on a weekly or monthly basis. Rather than starting over from scratch every time, you can simply use this hack. It carries over all of the existing parameters, so you don’t have to waste time recreating formatting and other elements. All you have to do is update whatever needs to be updated.

Ready to learn this time-trimming trick? Just right click on the tab at the bottom of the worksheet and select “Move or Copy.”  Since your goal is to copy the existing worksheet, check the “Make a Copy” box and you’ll have an exact copy of the worksheet to revise and use.

The best part? These five hacks are just the start. There’s a near-endless array of tips, tricks, and techniques that can help you optimize Excel for user-friendly and speedy results.

We recommend mastering these five, then moving on to learn five more. Before you know it, you’ll be an Excel hacks expert.