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AI Gets It Hilariously Wrong

Enjoy this little review of the current state of AI. If you want to skip to the hilarious part, click here.

You may think of AI (Artificial Intelligence) as something that’s coming in the near future. In fact, it has been with us for more than 20 years.

For instance, somewhere around 2004, I was interested in maybe buying a Dremel tool, a fun device for little carving, polishing and repair projects.

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For the next two weeks on many of the websites I visited, I was shown Dremel tools. (Did I end up buying one? I did.)

The basic idea with AI is that it can learn. It will try to adapt to what is wanted by end users. In recent years it has become so sophisticated that the very people who invented it don’t know how it works. Or, more specifically, they know the foundational architecture, but they are often unable to decipher how it presents what it does.

AI often gets it wrong. This is called ‘hallucinating.’ It may just be little things, like I was recently told by AI that three of the United States each have the longest coastline, one of which is Utah.

What a lot of people who manage and write AI applications don’t yet realize is it needs feedback to learn as quickly as possible. It can be as simple as a toggle. Slide it to yes when AI gives you a good response. Slide it to no if you know the information is incorrect, or doesn’t answer your question.

Going a step further, the designers could provide text areas in which you can comment on what AI presents. AI itself can parse what commentary you write, and improve itself accordingly.

You might worry that people would purposely mislead AI with feedback systems. I believe that’s a minor issue. By majority rule and some other algorithms, AI could weed out the trash. This isn’t much different than Wikipedia. Anyone can write information, but if it’s wrong, the majority of Wikipedia users will make corrections.

A very common worry with AI is that it will take all our jobs away. That’s especially true when you combine AI with robotics, which is not only inevitable, but already happening.

If you’re a writer, inventor, composer, artist, you might think you should run for the hills. How could you possible earn a living? What if you’re a manager, safety analyst, car mechanic, food service worker, surgeon, or even a movie actor? Won’t AI eventually replace your job as well?

You bet! But here’s why you don’t have to worry: AI plus robotics are exactly the right tools to bring us prosperity. Your job won’t be necessary to grow food, build cars, and make clothes. All that production will be handled for us. Prosperity in abundance! There’ll be no need for anyone to hold down a job. Instead, people will be permanently retired from the day they are born. They’ll devote their lives to your family, travel, sports, art, music, whatever interests them.

I suppose the far future will be quite different than what we know now. Children have to learn to read, write, add up numbers, and know how the world works. That won’t be necessary 50 years from now or maybe even sooner. AI can already talk. It can tell us anything we want to know. Soon, it will be able to compose and show us videos on every special interest. What would be the point of reading and all that learning? So, in time, we may become stupider that we once were, however we may utilize our intelligence in other ways. Maybe we’ll become more empathetic and generally more tuned into what might be loosely called ‘love.’

That brings us briefly to the opposite of love. That would be war. War is a crude tool to take prosperity from others. Well, if we can have everything we need, and it’s all free, there’d be no point in wars. Some wars are about ideology, but I believe AI will solve differences in doctrine as well.

Some of the more cynical among us understand that war is about profit. If you’re the CEO of a company that can provide food to the troops, armament, ammunition and so on, of course you will advocate war. With AI and robotics bringing us all amazing prosperity, that motivation for war also disappears.

Back to the present. I did mention that AI often gets it wrong.

I asked the well-known AI text composer, ChatGPT, to create a pickleball romance story, which you can see at Pickleball Romance and ChatGPT.

Then, I thought it would be nice to use an AI art generator, Dall-E2, to create some accompanying art work. First I asked, “Draw a picture of pickleball romance.” This is what I got:

AI tries to illustrate pickleball romance

As you can see, the art program isn’t great at spelling.

I thought the illustrations were too cartooney, so then I asked, “Draw a photorealistic picture of pickleball romance.” As you can see, I got more weirdness:

AI tries to illustrate pickleball romance

Want to see more? Check out AI Attempts Pickleball Again.

After that, naturally I had to ask AI itself to show me some examples of AI getting things wrong. Here’s what I got, filtered to eliminate the nonsensical responses:

Give me hilarious examples of AI hallucinations


Certainly! Here’s a list of humorous examples of AI hallucinations:

Chef AI on Overdrive: A recipe-generating AI suggests dishes like “banana peel stew” or “chocolate-covered sardines.”

Weather App Gone Rogue: A weather prediction AI starts forecasting absurd conditions like raining marshmallows or sunny spells of molten lava.

AI Historian: An AI analyzing historical events concludes that ancient battles were actually elaborate dance-offs.

Translation Mishaps: An AI translating between languages starts converting idioms literally, leading to phrases like “the cat is out of the bag” becoming “the feline has escaped the handbag.”

AI Traffic Controller: A traffic management AI directs cars to “perform a barrel roll on the highway” for optimal traffic flow.

AI Comedian Gone Awry: A stand-up comedy AI bot delivers jokes with all the timing of a malfunctioning cuckoo clock, resulting in a stream of nonsensical punchlines.

AI Art Critic: An AI tasked with analyzing art becomes obsessed with abstract squiggles, praising them as avant-garde masterpieces while dismissing Rembrandt as “so last century.”

AI Personal Shopper: A shopping AI recommends bizarre outfits like a neon tutu paired with scuba flippers.

AI Life Coach: A motivational AI starts encouraging users to “embrace their inner sloth.”

AI Musician: An AI creating music begins composing symphonies that blend opera with heavy metal and dubstep, resulting in compositions that defy all musical conventions.

AI Fitness Guru: A fitness AI suggests workouts involving synchronized swimming in a bathtub.

AI Psychic: A fortune-telling AI predicts world peace within the next 24 hours.

AI Relationship Counselor: An AI giving relationship advice recommends couples bond over synchronized knitting.

AI Gardener: A gardening AI suggests planting crops in the shape of QR codes.

AI Linguist: A language-learning AI teaches users to speak in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs or Shakespearean English, believing it’s enhancing cultural appreciation.

AI Detective: A crime-solving AI starts accusing household appliances of plotting against their owners.

AI Financial Advisor: A financial AI recommends bartering with sea shells and moon rocks.

AI Astronomer: An astronomy AI discovers new constellations shaped like famous celebrities.

AI Inventor: An AI invents gadgets like self-dancing shoes or a universal translator for communicating with houseplants.

AI Archaeologist: An AI studying ancient artifacts determines that Stonehenge was a giant sundial for dinosaurs.

AI Fashion Designer: A fashion AI suggests accessorizing with live miniature giraffes.

AI Environmentalist: An environmental AI suggests combating climate change with clouds made of cotton candy.

AI Pilot: A flight navigation AI recommends detouring through wormholes for faster travel or landing on the moon for a scenic layover.

AI Sports Commentator: A sports AI announces events like extreme knitting championships or underwater ice skating competitions, convinced they’re the next big sports craze.

These examples illustrate humorous scenarios where AI misinterprets its tasks, resulting in unexpected and often hilarious outcomes.

Note that the sentence above was also written by AI.

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More Visitors For Your Website


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.

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1. Try to get a descriptive domain name. For instance 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 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:

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

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

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 in a Facebook post, it may not be linked, but 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 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 or 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, 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 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

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 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 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 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 (#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,

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30 Things Only Baby Boomers Will Remember

When VCRs came out, they sold for $1,200. Eventually, you could rent videos for $4.95/day (US). At the end of the era, you could buy a VCR, complete with a remote for $59 and movies were often five videos for five days for five dollars.

Your author was fortunate to take typing lessons in public school during 5th grade, around age eleven. We all had to bring our own typewriters from home. Mine was about 30 pounds in came in a box like a hard suitcase. I was envious of the kids who had smaller typewriters. I was especially envious of the few who had electric typewriters. Imagine, with an electric typewriter, one didn’t have to make a point of pressing the A and the ; keys hard enough to match the impressions on the paper of the J and F keys.

When the phone rang, you answered it! There was no way of knowing who was calling, and they couldn’t leave messages until later, when answering machines became common. Most of the answering machines used cassette tapes. You had to rewind or fast-forward through the tape to hear your messages. Every now and then, something would go wrong and the tape would spill out of the cassette. When that happened you had to carefully suck it back in by turning one of the spools with a Bic pen stuck through it’s middle. Bic pens fit just right. Nothing else worked as well.

All serious amateur photographers had darkrooms. This was a room in the house where the photographer could lay out trays of chemicals, and a vertically-oriented projector that would shine light through negatives onto light-sensitive paper. The paper was then soaked in three trays of chemicals to develop the print. Drying these was always problematic. You couldn’t just leave a print laying around. It would curl up into a tight spiral. For black-and-white photos, which most were at the time, the darkroom had a dim red or orange light, called a safelight, that allowed a person to see, but would not harm the photos. For color photography, the safelight was a ridiculously dim olive green.

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10 Strange Facts About Cars

The world’s first recorded car accident occurred in 1891 in Ohio, United States, when a buggy collided with a bicycle.

The average car has around 30,000 parts.

The longest traffic jam in history occurred in China in 2010 and lasted for 12 days, stretching over 100 kilometers (62 miles).

The Bugatti Veyron, one of the world’s fastest cars, has 10 radiators to keep its engine cool.

The Porsche 911 has remained in continuous production since 1963.

A woman in England had to take her driver’s test 47 times before she finally passed. Quite possibly her examiner got taken for a ride.

The world’s most expensive car sold at auction was a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, which fetched $48.4 million.

The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling car model of all time, with over 45 million units sold.

The Lamborghini company was founded as a result of a disagreement between Ferruccio Lamborghini and Enzo Ferrari.

The average car spends about 95% of its lifetime parked.

The first car to have an onboard navigation system was the 1990 Mazda Eunos Cosmo.

The Volkswagen Group owns 12 car brands, including Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini, and Bugatti.

The airbags in cars were first introduced in the 1970s.

The first car to reach 100 mph (160 km/h) was a 1904 Belgian car called the “Mercedes-Simplex.”

The first car with a standardized left-hand driving position was introduced by Cadillac in 1916.

The fastest recorded speed by a street-legal production car is 304.77 mph (490.48 km/h) by the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+.

The electric car controversy: If you have solar panels on your roof that charge your electric car, then you are most likely less impactful on the earth than anyone driving a gasoline, diesel or even a hybrid car. However, if your car’s electricity is coming from the grid, then the fossil fuel needed to generate and transport the electricity to your car is actually more than the equivalent use of fuel in a car.

The other consideration is what to do with the expired batteries. Our best technologists have not yet come up with a good way to recycle large quantities of lithium ion batteries as of 2023. Since these batteries are tremendously expensive to replace, the value of an electric car after perhaps ten years will be so low that the entire car may need to be junked.

Some engineers have experimented with using an electric car’s battery to power a house at night, and solar cells to power the house and recharge the car by day. This would reduce or eliminate the need for large household batteries.

The average person will spend around 4 years of their life driving a car.

The windshield wipers were invented by Mary Anderson in 1903.

The world’s first traffic light was installed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1914.

The first car radio was invented in 1929 by Paul Galvin and was called the “Motorola.”

The world’s largest car manufacturer is currently Toyota.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom uses an estimated 450 pounds (204 kilograms) of soundproofing materials to create a quiet cabin.

The BMW logo represents a spinning aircraft propeller, as BMW originally manufactured airplane engines. BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke, although in America it’s often called Bavaria Motor Works.

The McLaren F1, introduced in 1992, was the first production car to have a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis.

The first speeding ticket was issued in 1902 in New York City. The driver was caught going 12 mph (19 km/h) in an 8 mph (13 km/h) zone.

The average car has enough steel to build about 45 bicycles.

The Chevrolet Corvette was initially intended to be a limited production model, but its popularity led to continuous production since 1953.

The world’s first car with an entirely carbon fiber body was the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12.

The Ferrari company produces fewer than 10,000 cars per year to maintain exclusivity.

The first recorded car race took place in France in 1894, covering a distance of approximately 79 miles (127 km) from Paris to Rouen.

Having been produced for more than 30 years in nearly the same configuration, the Volkswagen Beetles and Volkswagen vans have bucked traditional automotive engineering, yet they were very successful. Unlike most cars the engines are mounted in the rear, behind the rear wheels. The engines have two cylinders one one side of the crankshaft, and two on the other. The engines are air-cooled. The engines do not have an air filter beyond a simple screen in the bottom of the crankcase. Instead of ordinary springs for suspension, the wheels are sprung with steel bars that twist and untwist.

There were some problems with Volkswagens. The vans were prone to tipping over. The engines could overheat. And speaking of heat, since the engines were air-cooled, they couldn’t have a water-based heat exchanger. Instead they had sheet metal wrapped around the exhaust system in which air flowed to gather heat. This warm air was then piped into the passenger compartment. The end result was a heating system that wasn’t very warm in the winter. Furthermore, the sheet metal would rust out in a few years in many climates, resulting in no heating system at all. Finally, front-end collisions were often terrible in Beetles and vans.

Silly Laws Still On The Books Involving Automobiles

In Memphis, Tennessee, a woman cannot legally drive unless there is a man running on foot ahead of her car with a red flag to warn motorists that a woman is driving. Like many of these laws, this one is seldom enforced.

In Russia, it is illegal to drive a dirty car. You can be fined for driving a car that is visibly dirty.

In Alabama, USA, it is illegal to drive blindfolded. (Seems obvious, but it’s an actual law!)

In Denmark, it is mandatory to check underneath your car for sleeping children before starting the engine.

In Thailand, it is illegal to drive without a shirt on.

In California, USA, it is illegal to jump out of a moving car.

In Cyprus, it is illegal to eat or drink while driving.

In Japan, it is illegal to splash pedestrians with water from puddles while driving.

In Nevada, USA, it is illegal to ride a camel on the highway.

In Saudi Arabia, only men are allowed to drive cars.

In Massachusetts, USA, it is illegal to operate a car with a gorilla in the backseat.

In Singapore, it is illegal to drive without a valid Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) device during certain hours.

In Australia, it is illegal to drive with a person or animal tied to the outside of your vehicle.

In Oklahoma, USA, it is illegal to read a comic book while driving.

In Minnesota, USA, it is illegal to cross state lines with a duck atop your head.

In Ohio, USA, it is illegal to drive a car without a steering wheel.

In Hawaii, USA, it is illegal to place coins in your ears while driving.

In Oregon, USA, it is illegal to go hunting from a moving vehicle unless the target is a whale.

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Motorcycles were initially seen as a mode of transportation primarily for women due to their perceived ease of use.

The first motorcycle was built in 1885 by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach, known as the “Daimler Reitwagen.”

The fastest production motorcycles in the world, the Dodge Tomahawk, can reach speeds of up to 350 mph (560 km/h). Offered in 2003 they have 500-horsepower, 8.3-liter (506 cubic inch), 10-cylinder engines. Only ten of these machines were produced. They were not street-legal, produced strictly for speed.

The longest motorcycle jump record stands at 351 feet 3 inches (107 meters) and was achieved by Robbie Maddison.

The first mass-produced motorcycle was the Hildebrand & Wolfmüller, introduced in 1894, 16 years before the Ford Model T.

The Harley-Davidson company started in a shed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1903.

The most expensive motorcycle ever sold at an auction was a 1951 Vincent Black Lightning, which fetched $929,000 in 2018.

The term “crotch rocket” is a slang term for a sportbike, known for its aggressive styling and high-performance capabilities.

The fastest electric motorcycle, the Lightning LS-218, can reach speeds of over 218 mph (350 km/h).

The longest journey ever completed on a motorcycle is 457,000 miles (735,000 km), achieved by Emilio Scotto from Argentina. He completed his 10-year ride in 2009 on a 1980 Honda Gold Wing.

The first motorcycle helmet was invented in 1914 by Dr. Eric Gardner.

The most commonly used motorcycle engine configuration is the V-twin, where two cylinders are arranged in a V shape.

The first motorcycle police patrol was established in Berkeley, California, in 1911.

Many motorcycles until about 30 years ago had 2-cycle engines. These engines had to burn a little oil mixed into their gasoline to keep the engines lubricated.

The large Harley Davidson engines are more than 25% bigger than Honda CR-V engines.

The world’s largest motorcycle rally is the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, held annually in South Dakota, USA. Over 350,000 people attend.

In some countries, motorcycles are used as a cost-effective alternative to ambulances, especially in congested urban areas.

Motorcycles are much more fuel-efficient than cars, with some models achieving over 100 miles per gallon (42 km/L).

The Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA, is a popular location for motorcycle speed record attempts due to its flat and smooth surface.

The most popular motorcycle brand in the world is Honda, followed by Yamaha and Harley-Davidson.

The longest continuous wheelie on a motorcycle is 205 miles (330 km) and was achieved by Yasuyuki Kudo.

The term “café racer” refers to a style of motorcycle that originated in the 1960s and is characterized by its stripped-down appearance and high-speed capabilities.

The fastest land speed record achieved by a motorcycle is 376.363 mph (605.697 km/h) by Rocky Robinson on the Ack Attack streamliner.

The first motorcycle jump over a car was performed by Evel Knievel in 1967.

The first motorcycle gang, known as the “Wino Willie’s”, was formed in California in the 1940s.

Motorcycles were originally called “motocycles” in the early days.

The term “chopper” originated from motorcycle enthusiasts who chopped off or customized parts of their motorcycles to make them lighter or more aesthetically appealing.

The motorcycle with the largest engine displacement in production is the Triumph Rocket 3, with a 2,500cc engine.

Motorcycle riders are less likely to be involved in fatal accidents compared to car drivers, but more likely to be seriously injured in an accident.

In New York, which is probably typical of most places, one out of every four car drivers gets in an accident every year. Most are little fender benders. The same kind of impact on a motorcycle could be much more serious. Fortunately, visibility and maneuverability on motorcycles is generally better, so some accidents can be avoided.

Motorcycles can stop in a very short distance compared to cars.

The Guinness World Record for the most people on a single motorcycle is 56, achieved by the Indian Army’s motorcycle display team.

The term “lane splitting” refers to the practice of riding a motorcycle between lanes of slow-moving or stopped traffic, which is legal in some countries and states.

Motorized unicycles and monocycles have been built by enterprising inventors from time to time. A unicycle consists of a small wheel with the rider on top. A monocycle is a large wheel with the rider inside. Monocycles usually have outrigger bars or wheels in front. Without the outriggers, a sudden application of the brakes would not stop the wheel. It would continue to spin with the rider spinning inside.

The first motorcycle road race took place in France in 1897 and covered a distance of 78 miles (125 km).

The Suzuki Hayabusa, introduced in 1999, held the title of the fastest production motorcycle for many years.

The smallest road-legal motorcycle is the Honda Motocompo, which can be folded into a compact size and fits into the trunk of a car. This was produced between 1981 and 1983 with a 49cc two-stroke engine and single speed transmission. The total weight was 93 lbs (42kg).

The longest motorcycle parade involved 4,405 participants and was achieved in the Philippines in 2013.

Motorcycles are often used in professional bicycle races as camera platforms, allowing photographers to capture dynamic shots of the race.

The record for the highest speed reached by a motorcycle while being ridden blindfolded is 265.33 mph (426.99 km/h) by Ben Bostrom.

The Honda Super Cub (pictured above) is the best-selling motor vehicle of all time, with over 100 million units sold worldwide since its introduction in 1958.

In some countries, motorcycles are modified to serve as taxis, providing quick and affordable transportation in congested urban areas.

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The world’s first film studio, the Black Maria, was built by Thomas Edison in 1893. It had a revolving roof to capture sunlight for filming.

“The Shawshank Redemption,” now considered a classic, was a box office flop when it was initially released in 1994.

The first film to use Technicolor, “The Gulf Between,” was released in 1917.

The highest-grossing film of all time is “Avengers: Endgame,” released in 2019, with a global box office revenue of over $2.79 billion.

The first film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture was “Wings” in 1929.

“Jaws” (1975) was the first summer blockbuster, changing the way movies are released and marketed.

The record for the most expensive film ever made is held by “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (2011), with a budget of $378.5 million.

The first movie with synchronized sound dialogue, “The Jazz Singer,” was released in 1927.

Alfred Hitchcock’s famous movie “Psycho” (1960) was the first to show a flushing toilet on screen.

“Avatar” (2009) was the first film to gross over $2 billion at the box office.

The first film to be entirely computer-generated was “Toy Story” (1995), produced by Pixar Animation Studios.

The movie industry in India, known as Bollywood, produces the most films per year, surpassing Hollywood.

“Citizen Kane” (1941), directed by Orson Welles, is often considered one of the greatest films of all time but initially struggled at the box office.

“Gone with the Wind” (1939) is the longest film to win the Best Picture Oscar, with a runtime of 3 hours and 58 minutes.

The world’s largest film studio complex is Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad, India, spanning over 1,666 acres. That’s 2.6 square miles or 6.74 square kilometers.

The first film to have a sequel was “The Birth of a Nation” (1915). It was followed by “The Fall of a Nation” in 1916.

The concept of movie trailers started in the early 1900s when advertisers would show short clips after the movie ended.

The iconic MGM lion roar was first heard in the movie “White Shadows in the South Seas” (1928).

“Cinema” is derived from the Greek word “kinema,” meaning “movement.”

“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982) surpassed “Star Wars” (1977) as the highest-grossing film of all time and held the record for 11 years.

The term “blockbuster” originated from World War II, describing bombs that could destroy an entire city block.

“The Godfather” (1972) was the first film to show a character, played by Marlon Brando, speaking with his mouth full.

The first color film was “The World, the Flesh, and the Devil” (1914), which used a process called Kinemacolor.

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The world’s most expensive purse, the “Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse,” is valued at $3.8 million US and is adorned with over 4,500 diamonds.

The average woman owns around 13 different purses.

The transparent purse trend became popular in the 1950s, allowing women to showcase the contents of their bags.

The word “purse” comes from the Latin word “bursa,” which means “bag” or “pouch.”

The oldest known purse dates back to the 14th century and was discovered in a medieval graveyard in Yorkshire, England.

The smallest purse ever made is known as the “Le Chiquito Mini Bag” by Jacquemus, which measures just 2 inches (5cm) in width.

The iconic Hermes Birkin bag was named after actress and singer Jane Birkin, who complained to the company’s CEO about the lack of practical handbags.

The Chanel 2.55 bag, created by Coco Chanel, was named after the month and year it was introduced (February 1955).

The Louis Vuitton Speedy bag was originally designed as a travel bag but later became a popular everyday handbag.

In the 18th century, men also carried purses known as “reticules” to hold personal items like snuffboxes and money.

The world’s largest collection of handbags belongs to the Houston Museum of Natural Science and features over 800 purses.

In Japan, it is considered impolite to place a purse on the ground as it is seen as a sign of disrespect.

The first handbags designed for women had no pockets, as pockets were considered masculine at the time.

The practice of carrying a rabbit’s foot in a purse for good luck originated in the early 20th century.

The first designer handbag was created by the luxury brand Hermès in 1922.

Some high-end designer purses can take up to 18 hours to create by hand.

In ancient Egypt, both men and women wore small pouches tied around their waist, known as “chatelaines,” to carry their belongings.

The term “clutch” originated in the 19th century and referred to a small purse that women could “clutch” in their hands.

The clutch purse gained popularity during the 1920s when women needed a small, elegant bag to complement their flapper dresses.

The term “wristlet” refers to a small purse with a strap or handle that can be worn around the wrist.

In some cultures, carrying an empty purse is considered bad luck, as it represents financial loss.

The modern backpack was originally designed in the 1930s as a purse for hiking and outdoor activities.

In the 19th century, women’s dresses often had hidden pockets sewn into the seams to carry small purses.

The first zippered purse was introduced in the 1920s and quickly became popular for its convenience.

The term “satchel” refers to a large, structured purse with a handle and a flap closure.

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US Navy

The U.S. Navy is the largest navy in the world, with over 330,000 active-duty personnel and more than 290 deployable ships.

The U.S. Navy was established on October 13, 1775, making it the oldest navy in the world.

The U.S. Navy’s motto is “Semper Fortis,” which translates to “Always Courageous.”

The Navy’s aircraft carriers are the largest warships in the world, with the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) being the latest and most advanced carrier. It weighs approximately 100,000 tons.

The U.S. Navy operates around 70 submarines, including ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) and attack submarines (SSNs).

The Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron is composed of highly skilled aviators who showcase the capabilities of naval aviation at airshows across the United States.

The Navy SEALs are one of the most elite special operations forces in the world, known for their expertise in unconventional warfare, counterterrorism, and special reconnaissance.

The U.S. Navy played a crucial role in World War II, including major battles such as the Battle of Midway, Battle of Leyte Gulf, and the D-Day invasion.

The Navy’s research and development agency, the Office of Naval Research (ONR), has contributed to significant technological advancements, including the development of radar, GPS, and the Global Positioning System.

The U.S. Navy has its own version of the Marine Corps’ Marine One helicopter, which is used to transport the President of the United States.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is a civilian law enforcement agency that investigates and prevents crimes involving the Navy and Marine Corps.

The U.S. Navy has its own hospital ships, the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy, which provide medical assistance during humanitarian missions and natural disasters.

The Navy’s Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), commonly known as SEAL Team Six, is one of the most secretive and elite units within the Navy SEALs.

The U.S. Navy’s naval aviators and flight officers are trained at the Naval Aviation Schools Command, located in Pensacola, Florida.

The U.S. Navy has a long-standing tradition of crossing the equator, known as the “Shellback Ceremony,” where sailors who have not crossed before undergo initiation rituals.

The U.S. Navy’s submarine force has a tradition called the “Order of the Ditch,” where submariners who have crossed the International Date Line are initiated into a unique brotherhood.

The Navy’s uniform regulations require sailors to have a specific number of buttons visible on their uniforms, depending on their rank.

The U.S. Navy’s fleet is powered by various types of propulsion, including nuclear power for aircraft carriers and submarines, and gas turbines for destroyers and other surface ships.

The Navy operates a fleet of aircraft, including fighter jets, helicopters, maritime patrol aircraft, and unmanned aerial systems (drones).

The U.S. Navy’s ceremonial band, known as the United States Navy Band, performs at official events, concerts, and ceremonies around the world.

The Navy has its own code of conduct, known as the “Navy’s Core Values,” which include honor, courage, and commitment.

The U.S. Navy’s Naval Reactors program is responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of the nuclear propulsion systems used in submarines and aircraft carriers.

The Navy operates its own satellite communications system, known as the Navy’s Fleet Satellite Communications System.