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Search engine spiders haven’t yet evolved to the point where they can directly extract the meaning from a visual medium such as a photo or a video. Instead, search engines must rely on the metadata we provide them through alt attributes, title attributes, surrounding elements (for context), and so on.

With some basic techniques, we can enhance the semantic value of images and videos so that search engines, as well as humans, can better deal with them.

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We recently partnered up with our friends at Digiarty Software to give out 10 iTunes gift cards for use in the U.S. iTunes store in celebration of the release of PetsWar, an awesome iPhone game app, and their new MacX iPhone Mounter.

Here are the winners of the iTunes gift cards:

Fine-Tuning WordPress for SEO

Just a few short years ago, building static websites by hand with HTML/CSS was the norm. Nowadays, WordPress powers almost 14% of all websites[1].

Originally developed as a blogging platform, WordPress has since morphed into a powerful content management system for all types of websites.

But, as with most things that evolve from what they were originally meant to do, there’s some fine-tuning that will be required to make them as functional as possible.

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Using "Preventive Medicine" for Bad Clients

Bad clients have been an issue in everyone’s career at some point. Managing difficult client relationships when they occur or avoiding bad projects in the first place are two of the most important skills in managing any freelance business.

Many articles offer great advice on how to handle such situations and how to stay as far away as possible from these troublemakers. But the problem still exists: bad clients are always lurking out there, keeping you on guard and plaguing others in the industry who weren’t lucky (or cautious) enough to avoid them.

So what do you do when you’re the unfortunate one who is stuck with a tough client?

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We reached out to our partners at MaxCDN to hook up five readers with MaxCDN accounts preloaded with 1 TB credit (for most sites, this is enough to last a year or more).

To win, simply answer the following question in the comments: How can MaxCDN help you with your projects?

This giveaway ends on April 20, 2011 after which the comments section on this post will be closed. We’ll use your email address to contact you if you win. The winners will be randomly selected and announced on a separate post. Please note that comments that don’t follow the instructions on how to participate (described above) may not be published.

UPrinting is back with another giveaway! One winner will receive 500 letterheads and 500 envelopes.

For a chance to win, simply answer the following question in the comments: How would you use your custom envelopes and letterheads if you won?

This giveaway ends on April 19, 2011 after which the comments section on this post will be closed. We’ll use your email address to contact you if you win. The winners will be randomly selected and announced on a separate post. Please note that comments that don’t follow the instructions on how to participate (described above) may not be published.

How to Design a Browser Theme

The web browser is probably one of the most frequently used applications on a person’s computer. For designers and developers, a browser theme can be canvas that provides hours of exposure to the artist or brand willing to create a theme for their fan base.

But with such an extreme landscape orientation and a range of functional obstructions, designing browser themes is a creative endeavor with plenty of pitfalls and gotchas.

There are many things to consider when approaching a new theme — from avoiding copyrighted images to achieving designs that work within the confines of a particular browser.

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