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More Visitors For Your Website

Introduction

Having built hundreds of websites, and helping my clients bring targeted visitors to their websites since 1995, I’ve learned a thing or two about website marketing.

Rather than doing it all for my clients, I started coaching them in how to do it themselves. After all, many of the techniques I’m about to divulge are easy to do. Some are remarkably effective.

My most successful client went from 3 visitors a month, one of which was her mother, to over 14,000 visitors per day. It took her less than 20 minutes, and cost her no money. Now, your success may not be as spectacular as that, but you’re still likely to do fine, maybe even remarkably well!

I’ll tell you exactly what she did a little later on. In fact, I’m going to present a whole bunch of techniques. You don’t have to do them all. Just pick and choose the ones that resonate with you. For instance, you may not be a master programmer. You may not even know HTML or WordPress. No problem, many of these can be done by people who can barely work a computer.

You may notice I said ‘targeted visitors.’ By that I mean people who are actually interested in what you have to offer. For instance, if you’re selling harnesses for Saint Bernard dogs, your targeted market is Saint Bernard owners. You don’t necessarily want ten million visitors who don’t even own dogs. You’ll do much better with 100,000 people who actually have Saint Bernards and want to buy your harnesses.

So let’s jump in. Stay tuned all the way through, skipping over what you already know, because at the end of this ebook, I’m going to tell you how about to get your visitors to take your action step. After all, you want your 100,000 visitors to all buy your product, contact you, or do whatever you want them to do. I’ve got some great tips and techniques for guiding people to your action steps.

On-Page SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

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For the techniques in this first section, you will need some web design experience, or you can pass this information on to your webmaster. In fact, if he doesn’t have access to this ebook, he’s really missing out. You may want your webmaster to buy a subscription.

Note: Don’t share your subscription. When our automated software finds two people signed on with the same account, it may cancel that account.

1. Try to get a descriptive domain name. For instance StBernardHarnesses.com helps people remember your domain name, and is the first big clue to search engines as to what your website is about.

How do you know what’s available? Go to WhoIs.com to test domain names you’d like to use. If the name you want is taken, WhoIs will offer suggestions for other, available names.

1a. You can leverage AI to help find a domain name. Look at this example from ChatGPT:

You
How can i express in a domain name ‘saint bernard dog harnesses?’

ChatGPT
You could express “Saint Bernard dog harnesses” in a domain name in several ways. Here are a few suggestions:

SaintBernardHarnesses.com
BernardHarnessed.com
BigDogHarnesses.com
SaintBernardGear.com
SaintHarness.com
BernardStrap.com
SaintBernardGearHub.com
HarnessesForSaintBernards.com
SaintBernardStraps.com
SaintBernardTackle.com

Remember to check the availability of these domain names and ensure they are not already registered by someone else. Also, consider choosing a domain name that is easy to remember and type, and preferably includes relevant keywords for better search engine optimization (SEO).

2. Try to get a .com extension. Some of the other extensions like .biz, .us, or .info do not trigger automatic linking in social media and elsewhere. For instance, if you write stbernardharnesses.site in a Facebook post, it may not be linked, but stbernardharnesses.com will be linked automatically as soon as you write it. It may turn blue and be underlined, letting people know they can simply click it, and they’ll be taken to your website. People also tend to take domain names that end in .com more seriously.

3. What if the name you want is taken? Let’s say stbernardharnesses.com is not available. There are some tricks that will work nearly as well. You can use dashes, or add something to the name. For instance st-bernard-harnesses.com or stbernardharnesses5000.com. There are some people will tell you that especially long names, or ones that are hard to type on a phone, such as with dashes are a bad idea. As it turns out, that seldom matters. Most domain names are simply copied and pasted these days.

4. According to experts, your home page should have about 300 words. Woven into those words are the keywords people are likely to enter into search engines when looking for what you have to offer. Keywords can actually be phrases. The term should be ‘key phrases’ but it turns out everyone says ‘keywords.’ For instance, ‘Inuit Throat Singing’ is a keyword.

300 words is a loose concept. Some successful websites have very few words on the home page, while others have thousands of words.

5. Make use of the <h1> tag. This shows a large title. There should be one <h1> tag on every page, or at least your home page. It should contain a title that once again tells readers and search engines in just a few words what your website is about.

6. You can have one or more <h2> and smaller headings on your pages.

7. Use images, even if generic images. I mean, how do you picture an insurance product, or a self-improvement concept? You can just find pictures of happy people. Your website visitors will be more likely to stay and read your material if pictures are interspersed. (See how I used the crowd image above?)

7a. You can get public domain images from Pexels.com, and other sources. Make sure they are truly public domain. I have had three clients who were hassled legally for use of copyrighted images. Most such cases are merely nuisances. For instance, one client was used for use of a cartoon image from a television show. A hot-shot lawyer representing the TV show sued my client, and received a grand $300. However, until the resolution of the case after several months, my client was quite worried and paid quite a bit in legal fees.

You can also get images from Wikimedia Commons but you need to either add attribution, or make sure the images are clearly marked, ‘public domain,’ ‘free use,’ or ‘coo.’

8. In HTML, the scripting language of webpages, every picture has an ‘alt’ tag. This was originally designed for very low bandwidth situations or for people with vision impairment in which the picture could not be seen, so alternative text would be presented in its place. With many images these days, the alt tag is left blank, like alt=””. However, you can fill this with keyword content. This has two advantages: The small one is that people who really are vision impaired will have some idea what you’re showing. The bigger advantage is the search engines will pick up what’s in your alt tags. This makes little difference in overall search results. However, there are people who will switch to a list of images when using search engines. The search engines cannot interpret what’s in a picture without an alt tag, but if you have included content, then your picture will show up in image search results. This can make a bigger impart in bringing visitors than you may at first imagine.

9. Add meta tags. Some search engines’ documentation generally says that meta tags carry little or no weight, but some of the experts will tell you they are still important. There’s a lot of guess work of this sort in search engine optimization. Search engines are always evolving to try to beat people who are trying to gain unfair advantage.

For instance, you may think you can hide keywords by using a text color the same as your website’s background color. The search engines will actually demote your site in results if you do things like that.

The two meta tags that are most important are <meta keywords> and <meta description>.

The list of keywords can be long, with each being separated by a comma. For instance for our St. Bernard harnesses example, it might be something like this:

<meta name=”keywords” content=”dog harness,dog collar,St. Bernard harness,St Bernard harness,St Bernard collar,St Bernard collar”>

The description meta tag can be up to 260 characters. Some experts will tell you that 255 characters is the limit. This should be a human-readable description weaving in as many relevant keywords as you can. This meta tag’s content is what will show up in search results where people will see your domain name, and followed by what’s in your meta tag.

If you’re working with WordPress, and if you’re not using an SEO plugin, you can write your meta tags directly into a child theme’s header.php file.

10. If you’re providing a product or service to a specific area, you can greatly boost search results with a line, typically at the bottom of your pages, like this one, which applies to where I live:

Serving San Anselmo, Fairfax, Woodacre, Lagunitas, Nicasio, Forest Knolls, Point Reyes, Olema, and the rest of West Marin County.


Redwoods in West Marin County, California

That way, if someone googles your service plus the town they live in, you may be at the very top of search results.

11. Provide things like a sitemap. Most people think of ‘sitemap’ as a list of links to the pages in your site, typically at the bottom of your pages. The sitemap the search engines want is a file that’s invisible to end users, but the search engines use to understand the architecture of your website. It’s not essential, but helps with search results.

12. If you’re working with WordPress, you can add Yoast SEO, a free plugin that builds sitemaps automatically, notifies search engines of changes to your website, and gives you guidance on SEO procedures such as writing the meta tags.

There are a few more, less important SEO tricks, but these are the basics. Beware of ‘professionals’ who will try to sell you “SEO Optimization” for hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Most of it is smoke and mirrors.

I once had a client who had been paying $2,000/month for “SEO Maintenance” for two years. I asked how well it was warking. She told me that as far as she could tell, not a single client came from that SEO maintenance.

No such thing as ongoing maintenance would make sense, unless the content of the website is changing on a regular basis.

13. You might borrow keywords from other fields. One of the best is to mention locations. For instance, “Here’s a picture of a St. Bernard wearing one of our harnesses in Balboa Park, San Diego.” Or, “Here’s a picture of Martha Steward’s St Bernard wearing one of our harnesses.” These of course leverage Balboa Park, San Diego, and Martha Stewart.”

14: What if you can’t get all possible keywords into your pages? You might consider adding a blog to your website. There, you can add pictures of St. Bernards with your harnesses accompanying various owners in various locations. That way, you can leverage the names of hundreds of celebrities or locations. Or for that matter, you can write simple textual posts such as, “We recently discovered the Mount Pillar Ski Resort uses our harnesses.”

15. Notify the search engines of changes to your website. WordPress has a built-in mechanism for this, as does the Yoast SEO, All-In-One SEO, Jetpack, and other such plugins. You can also do it manually at Pingomatic.com. That website refers to all websites as blogs, but you can disregard that, enter your domain name, and check four checkboxes. It then tells over 100 search engines that your website has changed and should be re-indexed.

Ping-O-Matic, part of your SEO plan
Ping-O-Matic

16. You can add social media links. You’ve probably noticed them typically at the bottom of many website pages. They’re even at the bottom of this page. They are icons representing Facebook, X, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.

You may be surprised to discover that most people misunderstand the best use of these icons. They think that these are links to their own pages in social media. In other words, if you’re maintaining a business page on Facebook, or a feed on X, you should link to that. In most cases, that’s not so. It does nothing for you. You already have the people on your website. Why distract them? The only exception would be if your website is static, but you have ongoing news on your social media. For instance, if you’re offering classes on your website, but the actual up-to-date scheduling is on social media, then yes, by all means, link people to your social media sites.

However, the more useful approach is to give people a link to their own social media pages. These icons can not only link people to their own social media presences, but can carry an excerpt from your page and a link. They then have the option, as easy as the click of a button, to create a post on their own page with a link to your website. In most cases, they can post an excerpt from your website verbatim, or they can edit to add their own flavor. Imagine the potential: As more and more people add posts or their social media about your website, your visitor count can grow exponentially. The downside is that almost everyone ignores those social icons at the bottom of your website pages.

17. Post interesting, useful or eccentric content. An example is a website for high-tech radio antennae. This website provided charts and graphs of interest to radio professionals, so it became the go-to website for that sort of information. They ended up with pretty much all the people who needed their antennae, so of course they sold a lot of antennae. To put it in the context of St. Bernard harnesses, if you could add some content about the care and feeding of St. Bernards, you’ll eventually build a reliable collection of well-targeted visitors. Or, you might simply build a gallery of St. Bernard photos. People who love these big dogs, and I’m sure there are lots of them, would enjoy your gallery, bookmark your website, and come back often.

18. Ask people to support your website by bookmarking it and telling their friends and associates. You can simply add text somewhere on your website asking people to do so.

19. Is your website running fast enough? I had a client with an online store that was getting no sales. I checked, and her pages were taking on average 21 seconds to appear. No wonder no one bought anything! I migrated her website to another hosting company, and suddenly, with no other changes, her website was being presented in less than one second. A remarkable number of hosting companies oversell their capacity, resulting in slow websites. Not only that, when you complain, they may try to upsell you, and sometimes that still doesn’t speed up your website significantly.

The hosting company I’ve been recommending for the past four years is Siteground.com. They have plans that start as low as $34 for the first entire year, which includes free email accounts, free automated daily backups and free SSL, services for which some other hosting companies charge extra.

20. You can check your page speed at www.webpagetest.org. When you run a test, look at the fourth column, ‘Speed Index,’ to get an idea of how long people have to wait to see your home page. You might check at various times of the day since the number can vary. If it’s particularly slow, it’s costing you big-time.




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Off-Page SEO

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You can only go so far with SEO. Not only that, it takes a while to kick in. Rumor has it that the Google spiders, for instance, crawl the entire web about once every eight weeks. Note that if there is no link anywhere on the web to your own website, it won’t be crawled. Without a link, the search engines, which jump from link to link, will not discover your site.

So, what can you do?

Off-page SEO has become a nebulous term that isn’t necessarily SEO at all. It’s any combination of techniques that don’t involve actually editing your website.

As it turns out, you can do as much or more through social media than what can be done with SEO. Social media means the websites where the public can post and see posts by others. Some of the big ones are Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, X (formerly Twitter) and Pinterest.

The true way to use social icons

1. Creating accounts with all these sites is free and easy. You can choose one or two, or post concurrently on many social venues.

With most of the social media sites, you can start by creating a profile. In your profile you should post a link to your website, and optionally add a little bio as to what you do, or why people should visit your site, and add relevant pictures. That, in itself, will bring some visitors to your website.

2. The magic really begins when you start making posts. This is free and easy to do. You can do it as often as you like. For instance two former presidents of the United States used to post on X (formerly Twitter) up to 20 times per day. Each post should carry a link to your website.

These links are called ‘backlinks’ and can have a surprising effect on SEO. It turns out that if two websites are equal in all ways, except one has more backlinks than another, it will be higher in search results. This is a good way for the search engines to understand the value of a website. If many people have linked to it, then it must be important and therefore should go higher in search results, right?

Not all backlinks are equal. Early on, people assumed the search engines merely counted backlinks. So, they started making websites that were merely lists of links, with no value in their own right. These are called ‘black hat backlinks’ and the search engines actually demote your site’s position in search results if they find these. Legitimate posting in social media creates ‘white hat backlinks.’ Even so, they are not as strong as backlinks from other, non-social media sites. I’ll talk more about that later.

3. You could simply make textual posts, but if you add pictures, you’ll get much more attention. You can find public domain pictures at Pexels.com and Wikimedia Commons among other sources.

4. Memes takes pictures one step further. These incorporate a bit of text in the pictures to better capture the attention of the people you want to come to your website. If you’re not experienced with Photoshop, Corel Paint, Gimp, or other image editing softawer, you’ll find there are some free meme generators online.

5. If you have the capability, you can make videos to post on X, Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube and other venues. Videos can be very powerful compared to textual content or static images. YouTube can be a particularly great place to post.

6. Whether you are posting pictures, memes or videos, take advantage of the description that accompanies your posts. Of course you want to capture your targeted audience and cause them to want to see your website. Make sure to incorporate your important keywords into your descriptions.

7. Consider obscure keywords. For instance, if your post utilizes the keyword ‘dog,’ it will be in competition with 10,000 other posts containing ‘dog’ posted on the same day. No one will ever see it. So, maybe it would be bettor to use keywords like ‘St. Bernard,’ and ‘Saint Bernard.’ Even that may be lost in the shuffle. You might instead try to incorporate keywords like ‘St. Bernard health,’ or ‘cute St. Bernard’ or ‘St. Bernard puppy,’ or ‘St. Bernard training.’ Now, you have a post that if people enter any of those terms, it will be seen.

8. Add hashtags. These are keywords that start with #. If your keyword is a phrase containing multiple words, such as “St. Bernard Puppy” remove the spaces and punctuation. To make your hashtag more human-readable, you can capitalize the first letter of each word after the first, like so: #stBernardPuppy.

Many people don’t fully understand hashtags. They may believe that they are just another way to express keywords. It turns out they have a real function. Let’s say someone has posted something about St. Bernards, and they included the hashtag #stBernard. Now, a visitor sees that post and is particularly interested in St. Bernards. That user may click the hashtag, and will be taken to a list of all the recent posts containing the hashtag. That way, they may come across your post that they otherwise would never have seen. You might think of hashtags as a way or sharing new viewers. You’ve gotta give to get – but the tradeoff can be big. I often put a series of hashtags at the end of my post descriptions, like so:

We found that the best time to introduce St. Bernard puppies to harnesses is when they are around 8 weeks old. See more about harness training at StBernardHarnesses.com (#stBernard, #stBernardPuppy, #stBernardHarness)

It is said that some social media venues will shadow ban posts with more than three hashtags. Shadow banning means that you can happily create posts all day long, but the public will never see them. I have published many posts with more hashtags, and so far as I can tell, I have not been shadow banned. Still, it’s something to consider.

Most social venues including Facebook, Instagram, X, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn utilize hashtags.

9. Go crazy. The average social media post is seen by only a handful of people. However, if you can make a post that is interesting, cute, or positively eccentric within reason, it could potentially go viral. If you get it just right, everyone will click their [Like] buttons, upvote your post, or promote it in various ways, and you could end up with literally millions of people coming to your website overnight. The reality is that this seldom happens. Another reality is you can keep posting until one of your posts catches on. You may not get millions of visitors, but maybe 100,000? Or maybe just six, but the exact right six that will license your patent, become your business partner, or take an action step that makes you wealthy.

10. Boost certain posts. With some of the social media sites, notably Facebook, you can pay a little money, and suddenly a post that might have been seen by six people will be seen by 6,000 people. You can experiment with boosting on a small scale until you find something that works. Starting with a post that seems to get good organic results, meaning no money was paid to the venue, you might boost it modestly, such as for $5 per day for four days. Most of your experiments are likely to fail, but suddenly, you may boost a post that brings you a lot of business. When that happens, you can raise the amount your willing to pay, and realize potentially great results.

11. Consider outright advertising. You can run similar small experiments with Google AdWords and other advertising paradigms. You must be prepared that most will bring dismal results. However, if you try a number of experiments, some possibly highly eccentric, suddenly you may come across something successful.

12. You can post on several sites concurrently. For instance, you may have discovered this very ebook originally through one of my posts on X, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram or Pinterest. Because the various sites have different image aspect ratio requirements, and different text requirements, I have learned to make all my memes square, at least 600 x 600 pixels, and keep my text under 255 characters to accommodate X. Then, I’ll simply upload my meme and text to all five sites, one after another.

Below, are some example social media posts. Stay tuned, because below that, I’ll give you some ideas for making your website more effective, now that you’ll be having more visitors.



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Making Your Website More Effective

If your website is like like most, the whole reason for its existent is to cause people to take an action step, typically to buy your product or contact you.

Unless you have a very unique product or service, they’re not going to take action right away. So you have to funnel these your visitors into an action step.

1. First, grab them. The average attention span on the Internet is said to be 1.5 seconds. So, you don’t want to try to sell your visitors on the action step right away. Instead, the first thing they see on your website should be something that convinces them they should stay tuned a little longer. They should invest some time to learn what you’re up to. That can be an intriguing picture, or a big header. It should be ‘above the fold.’ That’s an old news paper term meaning just like it sounds, something they can see without unfolding the paper. In website terms, that means something they can see right away without scrolling. So, place something above the fold that catches their attention. A tactic that can work well is to ask a question that makes them wonder. A scratch that needs to be itched. An example I was thinking of for this very thing you’re reading, was “What’s Wrong With Your Website?”

2. After you’ve got them invested enough to spend a few minutes on your website, you can start guiding them down toward your action step. If your product or service is obvious and they just came to your website to get your contact info, you’re all set. Make sure your contact info is readily visible. If you publish your phone number, it should be clickable on mobile devices (<a href=tel:123-456-7890;’>(123) 456-7890).

Avoid the common mistake of presenting a contact form without also showing your email address. It is true that spammers could get your email address and run with it, but on the other hand, contact forms often don’t work right, or quit working with GMail or other services change the rules about what seem to be machine-generated emails, and some people find contact forms objectionable.

Also, don’t assume everyone can click on you email address to launch their email client. Make sure your actual email address is visible in case they need to copy and paste it.

3. Be careful about over-selling. A current trend is really long pages that have section after section extolling the wonderful virtues of the product to the point where it seems like hype or snake oil, and people will leave.

4. If you’re selling a service, make sure your picture, or the picture of someone that the visitors will be contacting, is on the website. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a movie star, or even if you are downright ugly. Once they’ve seen you, they’re much more likely to pick up the phone, or send that email.

The Magic Technique

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Finally, I’d like to tell you about the technique that brought my most successful client 14,000 visitors per day.

It’s link exchange, another case of giving to get. In its simplest form, you contact the webmasters at other sites, and ask whether they’d like to do a link exchange. That means you’ll place a link to their website on your own website, and expect them to do the same on their website for you.

You’re right to assume you’re building leaks. In other words, some users may click away from your site before they’d take your action step, but there are some things you can do about that.

You can add the target=’_new’ designation to each link link so that they’ll open in new tabs, leaving your website open in it’s original tab.

You can make a dedicated links page where you place all your reciprocal links. However, this is a little underhanded unless you mark it prominently, like adding it to your main menu, and giving it a name like ‘Additional Resources.’ You can also try to make associations where the links you’re adding to your website aren’t directly competing with you, yet the owners of the sites that are going to carry your link will not feel threatened by your link.

If you get place on an active website, the results can be amazing. And this is how my client got 14,000 visitors a day. It turns out she contacted a few webmasters, one of which happened to be working for a major news service. I don’t recall for sure, but I think it was USA Today. I doubt the webmaster was authorized to do that, but perhaps he didn’t know. I never followed up, but I’ll bet the link was removed after a week or two. By then, she had such a following on her own website, that the reciprocal link was no longer required.

That’s it. I hope you find this information very prosperous! – Jeff, 500Ways.com

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Laughing Babies

From Wikipedia:

“Caregivers of an infant are advised to pick up on the infant’s facial expressions and mirror them. Reproducing and empathizing with their facial expressions enables infants to experience effectiveness and to recognize their own actions more easily (see mirror neurons). Exaggeratedly reproduced facial expressions and gestures are recommended, as they are clearer forms of expression. The baby’s babbling should also be picked up and repeated. By imitating each other’s sounds the first simple dialogues are initiated. Accentuated pronunciation and melodic intonation make it easier to recognize individual words in a sentence. However, it is not advisable to use simplified “baby talk” (e.g. “Did you ‘ouch’?” instead of, “Did you hurt yourself?”).

“Even if parents cannot yet understand infants’ babbling, a timely response by parents to babbling leads to faster language acquisition. This was confirmed by researchers who first studied mothers’ behavior towards 8-month-old infants and later tested the infants’ vocabulary when they were 15 months old. A first important development of infants is the discovery that they can influence their parents through babbling (development of intentional communication). Parents can encourage this by engaging with their infants in babbling. This in turn promotes further language development, as infants then turn to their parents more often.

“Previous studies have shown that the infant’s speech is encouraged when parents, for example, smile in the infant’s direction or touch the infant every time the infant looks at them and babbles. It also helps if parents respond to what they think their baby is saying (for example, giving a ball or commenting when the baby looks at the ball and babbles). Responding to sounds produced when the baby looks at an object (object-directed vocalizations) thus provide an opportunity to learn the name of the object. In this way, babies also learn that sounds are associated with objects. However, language development is only achieved if parents react positively (e.g. smile) in response to the infant’s babbling. A high response rate without a connection to the infant’s utterances does not lead to language promotion. It is detrimental to language development if a mother instead tries to divert the infant’s attention to something else.”

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Tennis

Tennis was originally played with bare hands in the 12th century, and rackets were introduced in the 16th century.

The longest tennis match in history took place at Wimbledon in 2010 and lasted for 11 hours and 5 minutes.

The original name of tennis was “sphairistike.”

The game of tennis was called “jeu de paume” (game of the palm) in France.

The fastest recorded serve in tennis history was hit by Sam Groth at 163.7 miles per hour (263.4 kilometers per hour).

Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament in the world, has been held since 1877 and is played on grass courts.

The French Open is the only major tennis tournament played on clay courts.

Tennis was initially played indoors during the winter months in England.

The term “love” for zero in tennis originated from the French word for egg, “l’oeuf,” which sounds like “love” in English.

The yellow tennis balls were introduced at Wimbledon in 1986 to improve visibility on television. Until then, everyone played with white tennis balls.

Venus and Serena Williams are the only two sisters to have both held the world No. 1 ranking in women’s singles tennis.

The first recorded women’s tennis match took place in 1884, between two sisters, Maud and Lilian Watson.

The longest winning streak in tennis history is held by Martina Navratilova, who won 74 consecutive matches in 1984.

The Davis Cup, an international team competition in men’s tennis, has been held since 1900.

The youngest player to win a Grand Slam singles title is Martina Hingis, who won the 1997 Australian Open at the age of 16.

Perhaps the most famous tennis match ever, held in 1973, was quite controversial. It was called “The Battle of the Sexes.” Former tennis star Bobby Riggs, then 53 years old, bragged that he could still beat any female tennis player in the world. After initially declining to compete with him, 30 year old Billie Jean King, a current tennis star agreed to the match. It was a winner-take-all situation with a $100,000 prize, worth 2/3 of a million in today’s money. Billie was down in the first few games playing mostly from the baseline, but running Bobby all over the court. She wore him down, and eventually won in front of a sold out crowd in the Houston Astrodome, and a worldwide television audience.

The court surface at the Australian Open, known as the Rod Laver Arena, can be transformed from a hard court to grass or clay within 90 minutes.

The term “Grand Slam” in tennis refers to winning all four major tournaments (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open) in a calendar year.

The largest tennis tournament in the world is the US Open, held annually in New York City.

The fastest recorded forehand shot in tennis was hit by Venus Williams at 129 miles per hour (208 kilometers per hour).

The term “deuce” in tennis refers to a tied score at 40-40, and it comes from the French word for two, “deux.”

The “golden set” in tennis refers to winning a set without losing a single point. It has only been achieved a few times in professional tennis.

Tennis balls were traditionally made of leather and stuffed with hair until the late 19th century when rubber was introduced.

The first tennis tournament for women, known as the Wightman Cup, was held in 1923 between the United States and Great Britain.

The most common grip in tennis is the Eastern grip, which is used for both forehand and backhand shots.

he first African-American player to win a Grand Slam singles title was Althea Gibson, who won the French Open in 1956.

The longest tie-break in tennis history was played between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010. It lasted for 70-68 in the final set.

The first recorded use of the term “tennis” to describe the sport comes from medieval French, meaning “take heed” or “hold!”

The term “bagel” in tennis refers to winning a set 6-0, as the shape of the number zero resembles a bagel. In Pickleball, ‘bagel’ means a game that was won with no points being scored by the opposing side, typically as 11-0. Pickleball has another term, “bagel with cream cheese,” which refers to a game that’s won without the opposing side ever being allowed to serve.

The longest doubles match in tennis history lasted for 6 hours and 22 minutes, played at Wimbledon in 2019.

The first professional tennis player was Suzanne Lenglen, who turned professional in 1926.

The tallest professional tennis player on record is Ivo Karlovic, who stands at 6 feet 11 inches (2.11 meters).

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Golf Jokes

Why did the golfer bring two pairs of pants? In case he got a hole in one!

What do you call a golfer who skips every other hole? A cowboy!

If you drink, don’t drive. Use a four iron.

Why do golfers always carry an extra ball? Just in case they need to tee off again!

What do you call a golfer who’s lost his ball? A stroke victim!

What’s a golfer’s favorite type of music? Swing!

What do you call a golfer who’s in a hurry? Tee-time traveler!

How do pro golfers stay cool during a round? They stand next to the fans!

What do you call a golfer who’s always telling jokes? A “tee”heeing comedian!

Why did the golfer always carry a pencil and paper? In case he needed to draw a lie!

Why did the golfer bring a ladder to the course? In case he wanted to reach new heights!

What do you call a golfer who can juggle three balls at once? Impressive!

Why did the golfer bring a bucket of sand to the course? In case he needed to “sand”wich his ball!

What do you call a golfer who can drive the ball 300 yards? A liar!

Why did the golfer bring a pair of binoculars to the course? To spot the “eagle”!

What’s a golfer’s favorite type of exercise? Swinging by the bar after a round!

Why don’t golfers get too upset when they miss a shot? Because they’re always “driving” for perfection!

What’s a golfer’s favorite type of footwear? “Fore”-giving golf shoes!

Why did the golfer bring an extra glove? In case he wanted to “hand” out high-fives!

How do golfers measure success? By the number of “par”-ties they have after a round!

Why don’t golfers ever make good comedians? Because their jokes are always “bogey”!

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Shoes

The oldest shoes ever discovered are 9,000 years old and were found in Fort Rock Cave in Oregon, USA.

Until 1818 shoes were interchangeable, there was no difference between right and left shoes. King George IV of England changed the tradition by ordering a set of boots made to fit specific feet.

The average American woman owns 19 pairs of shoes, while the average American man owns 10 pairs.

The high heel was invented for men, not women. It was originally worn by Persian soldiers in the 15th century to help them keep their feet in stirrups while riding horses.

In the 16th century, shoes with a long, curved toe called “poulaines” were popular among the nobility. Some poulaines were so long that the tips had to be fastened to the legs with chains to prevent the wearer from tripping over them.

Why was it illegal to buy more than three pairs of shoes in the United States during the 1940’s? Leather was needed for the war effort. Most shoes at that time were made almost entirely from leather, yet today many are made from cloth, plastic and synthetic rubber.

The first rubber-soled shoes were made in the 1830s by the American inventor Charles Goodyear.

The world’s most expensive pair of shoes, worth $17 million, were created by the designer Debbie Wingham and feature gold, diamonds, and other precious stones.

The first sneakers were made in 1917 by the Converse Rubber Shoe Company and were originally called “All Stars.”

The term “sneakers” was coined in the late 1800s because the rubber soles allowed people to walk quietly, or “sneak” around without making noise.

The average American spends around $300 a year on shoes.

The oldest known leather shoe was found in Armenia and dates back to around 3,500 BC.

The world’s largest shoe store, the ShoeMart in Connecticut, USA, has over 1.5 million pairs of shoes in stock.

The tallest high heels ever made were 20 inches (50.8 cm) tall and were created by the French designer Christian Louboutin.

The longest shoelace ever recorded was over 2,400 feet (0.73km) long and was made in Germany in 2004.

The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which adds up to about 115,000 miles (185,000 km) over a lifetime. That’s more than 4 times around the equator.

The first running shoes were made in the 1860s and were called “trainers.”

The first platform shoes were worn by actors in Ancient Greek plays to make them look taller and more imposing.

The oldest known pair of women’s shoes with high heels dates back to the 1680s and was made in Venice, Italy.

The world’s largest shoe manufacturer is Nike, which produces over 900 million pairs of shoes each year.

The first shoes specifically designed for basketball were made in the 1920s and were called “Chuck Taylors” after the basketball player who endorsed them.

The world’s fastest recorded mile was run in 3 minutes and 43 seconds by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco while wearing a pair of Nike track spikes.

The first boots were worn by ancient nomads in what is now Russia over 5,000 years ago.

The first women’s dress shoe with a pointed toe was designed in the 14th century in Italy and was called the “poulaine.”

The first pair of Air Jordans, created in 1985 by Nike, was banned by the NBA because they did not meet the league’s dress code.

See also: Clothing.

See also: Fashion.

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Ten Weird Facts About Alaska

91.5% percent of Alaskans are not Eskimos.

The proper new term for Eskimo is Inuit.

You may find Inuit throat singing interesting. By non-Inuit standards, this is quite unusual, Click below.

The state capital of Alaska, Juneau, is not accessible by car from the rest of the state. Visitors must arrive by boat or plane.

Alaska is the largest state in the United States, covering an area of 663,267 square miles (1,717,854 square kilometers).

Despite its massive size, Alaska has the lowest population density of any state, with only about one person per square mile.

Alaska is home to the tallest mountain in North America, Denali, which stands at 20,310 feet (6,190 meters) tall. That’s just short of 4 miles tall. Many people have trouble breathing above 10,000 feet.

Alaska is also home to more than 3 million lakes, including the largest lake in the United States, Lake Iliamna.

The state of Alaska has more coastline than the rest of the United States combined, with a total length of 6,640 miles (10,686 kilometers).

Alaska is the only state in the United States that has coastlines on three different seas: the Arctic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, and the Bering Sea.

Despite being so far north, Alaska is not entirely covered in ice and snow. The state has a diverse range of ecosystems, including rainforests, tundra, and boreal forests.

The northern lights, or aurora borealis, are a common sight in Alaska, particularly during the winter months.

Alaska is the only state in the United States that does not have a state income tax or a state sales tax.

Alaska has more glaciers than the rest of the United States combined, with over 100,000 glaciers covering a total area of 29,000 square miles (75,000 square kilometers).

Alaska has more than 80% of the world’s active volcanoes, including the highest volcano in North America, Mount Wrangell.

Alaska has more national parks and preserves than any other state, including Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, and Kenai Fjords National Park.

The longest day of the year in Alaska is the summer solstice, when the sun can be up for more than 20 hours in some parts of the state.

The name “Alaska” comes from the Aleut word “alaxsxaq,” which means “the mainland” or “the great land.”

Alaska has a state sport: dog mushing, which involves racing sled dogs across long distances in the snow.

Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million, which is equivalent to about $125 million in today’s dollars. The purchase was known as “Seward’s Folly” after Secretary of State William H. Seward, who negotiated the deal.

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Abraham Lincoln’s Ultimate Organizing Technique

Abe Lincoln did a very simple thing that you can do too. It helped him keep track of an entire country. It worked back in the 1800s, and it will work just as well today.

He had an envelope on his desk marked, “If you can’t find it anywhere else, look in here.” In a way, that’s kind of the motif of 500Ways.com also. If you can’t find it on the entire rest of the Internet, you may find it here.

The one change you might like to make is to use a folder on your computer rather than a physical envelope for all the miscellaneous files.