Help me reduce!

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Inviting the community to have a look at my site: www.tenpins-more.com  I know there are TOO MANY PAGES!  But I inherited this customer who wanted exactly what he already had from different designer.  Now I am slowly combining pages; so help me reduce!  I want to combine some more, but I don't want any single page to be too long.  Ideas?  Thanks.
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Caitlin Hecsh

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Boomer, Champion

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Hi Caitlin,

You have created a lovely site! If you don't mind me saying so, I would also try and reduce the number of pages. The new trend seems to be large images that have a magazine-style opening page. Don't worry about pages being too long, it's easy to scroll on mobile devices now days. Do a search for "website trends" :)
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Hi Caitlin, your page sizes seem fine to me. If anything, you could add even more content to them. My best performing pages are those with lots of content. Don't worry too much about trends, these come and go, your main concern should be good content that people want to share, especially good photos. You will see that my site http://www.simplyeighties.com doesn't follow any trends and has what many would regard as too much content on each page, However, this has given me many high-ranking pages because I focused on providing bigger and better content than my competition, and the site provides me with a full-time income. Wikipedia is another example. They have huge amounts of content and rank very highly for many searches.
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Caitlin Hecsh

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Hey Mark - very cute site.  How do you mean the site provides you with income?  In real life, I am a designer for print...you can see my site at www.artistic-print.com.
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Caitlin Hecsh

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huh - wish I understood a tenth of that!
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Mark N

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Ha ha. In simple terms, I basically earn a commission (usually 5% to 15%) promoting products on Amazon and other sites. For example, on this page  http://www.simplyeighties.com/80s-t-shirts-for-men.php#.VdczCvQcHIU I earn a commission from every T-shirt bought.
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Caitlin Hecsh

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Hey Mark, I see that there's advertising on your pages from various companies.  What does "affilate links" mean?  How does that happen?  Are the t-shirts your product that you stock and sell?  There is obviously so much I don't understand.
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Hello again. No, I don't stock anything (thankfully!), the links go directly to suppliers at Amazon, Zazzle etc and they do all the hard work! Just click on one of the shirts and you'll see what I mean. I just get a cut from the sale. Plus, if the customer orders anything else on amazon then I get commission from that, too for up to 30 days (if the customer doesn't clear their cookies).

This page links to the Amazon Associates program at Amazon.com https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&assoc_ss_ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2F and explains more about it. 

An affiliate (or associate) is simply a third party (like me) who advertises products for a company. 
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Hmmm  Well I will definitely have a look at that.  Thanks so much for explaining things.
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Caitlin Hecsh

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FYI, I'm not actually concerned so much with page size as there are too many to manage!  Every time I post something, it goes on several different pages, but then I forget where I've been so something is always outdated.  So far I have reduced the original five league pages to one.  Just wish I could lose some more!
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Hi Caitlin,

I agree with Mark, I don't think you have too much content on your pages, in fact this is a good thing considering that Google requires you to have at least 300 or more words on each page.
I would like to suggest maybe changing your navigation from a horizontal to a vertical navigation which present your menu in a more pleasing way.This will mean you need to change your style. If you decide to go this route, I suggest using Serendipity, which is under our recommended styles and see if that helps. Here is a great tutorial to help you with changing your style: Changing Styles

Please also provide me with more information on what you mean when you say "Every time I post something, it goes on several different pages,"

Great work on your site!
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Caitlin Hecsh

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"Every time I post something, it goes on several different pages"  means that, in multiple places, I manually insert text and maybe also an image with links to pdfs.  So when an event or tournament is over, I have to find all those spots and remove the material.  Inevitably, I miss one until someone calls my customer to complain or something like that.  In print, I can see my entire document and do a search for the offending problem to fix it.  PS: I really hated that vertical navigation - sorry, just didn't like the look!
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Hello Caitlin,

Just some of my first thoughts on intuitive groupings (?):


1.
  • Leagues
  • The Pros


2.
  • Food in the fast lane
  • Perfect Shotz

3.
  • Home
  • Take the tour
  • Services
  • FAQ (linked)

4.
  • Calendar
  • Tourneys


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Caitlin Hecsh

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well that's helpful...I'll definitely consider this!  THX
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abettercommunity

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Hello Caitlin,
Not bad, but I have a small opinion.  The light bluish/green color you have for some of your links as shown on the left of this image can be a little bit of a strain on the eyes (especially for some computers with different settings).  The link as shown in the right of this image isn't too bad if you want to keep the same color scheme.  Just remember, dark text on light (such as white) background and light text on dark (such as black) backgrounds.  Most of the time this is a good rule, in my opinion.
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Caitlin Hecsh

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You know - thanks for noticing that.  This goes back to some weird problem with a custom panel.  I'll check into this soon!  THX!