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How to Treat a Girl

So you’ve got this wonderful girl in your life and you want to treat her in the way she deserves? It’s not that hard! The key is to treat her like a regular human being. Treat her with respect, just like you would with anyone else.

Steps
Showing Your Affection
Do things to make her happy. Treat your girl right by doing things to make her happy. Don’t do these things expecting favors in return or because you want something from her. Instead, do them because you think she deserves them and because you really want her to be happy. She can tell the difference between things you do to get what you want and things you do because you love her.
For example, you can turn the tables and learn how to crochet, just to make her a scarf for once.

You should try to do things that make her happy based on things that she cares about and that matter to her. If she’s a huge rock climbing fan, for example, make a special custom pouch for her chalk.

Be polite. Some women expect you to hold open doors for them and pull out their chair. Some women will be offended by this behavior. You’ll have to work out with your girl what she wants from you but some basic politeness is always in order. Don’t burp or fart around her. Give her an arm to lean on when she’s walking in high heels. Help her carry things when her arms are full or the items are heavy. This is basic politeness and the same sort of thing that you should do for anyone, not just women.

Make time for her. Relationships mean being together. If you’re not willing to make time for her in your day then what does that tell her. Set aside time in your week for going on a date, even if it’s free and low-key. Text her and spend some time talking to her on the phone. She should be high enough in your priorities that you’re willing to break a date with your friends in order to go to a movie with her.
While you should make her feel like she gets 1-on-1 time with you, you can also help her to feel like you’re paying attention to her by taking her with you to hang out with your friends. As long as you’re affectionate even when you’re around other people, she’ll usually still come away feeling like she got some good time in with you.

Of course, it’s important for her to have alone time to. Her independence is very important. Don’t take up all of her time and make sure that she is able to hang out with her friends and do things with them regularly.

Encourage her to pursue things that make her happy. You should encourage her to do the things that make her happy. This is one of the most important roles in a relationship: we give each other support and make each other better people. When you do this for her, by showing her how important it is to chase her dreams, you’ll really be treating her right.
For example, maybe she’s mentioned how much she likes to write songs for herself. Encourage her to set up a YouTube channel so that she can share those wonderful songs with the world.

Think about her. When you open yourself up to thinking about her, it will show and make her feel really good and loved. Let things remind you of her, think of her when you hear about events she might enjoy, and enjoy remembering things that you’ve done together. When you do these things, it will often show in little ways that she will notice.
For example, you’ll be walking down the street and see a picture in a shop that reminds you of that one time you went to the beach together. Buy her the picture and give it to her, telling her what it reminded you of and how good it made you feel. She’ll just melt.

Take an interest in her feelings, thoughts and opinions. When you take an interest in her feelings, thoughts, and opinions, it will make her feel respected and appreciated. This is a good way to treat a girl, making her happy and grateful for the relationship that she has with you. Ask her what she thinks about things. Not just what she thinks about broad topics like music or television, but also ask about how she feels about current events, politics, and the things going on in your lives. This will help her to feel respected. The same goes for asking her opinion on problems you have in your own life.

Pay attention to her feelings and learn how to tell when she’s upset, tired, angry or happy. Once you recognize these feelings, support her when she needs it and let her talk about things that make her happy or excited. Comfort her when she’s sad, even if it means just being a silent shoulder to cry on. You can say something like, “You seem like you’re having a tough time. I don’t know what’s bothering you but I hope you know that I’m here to listen if you want to talk.”

Appreciate the things she does for you. Taking someone that you love for granted is really easy. However, this can really ruin relationships. No matter if you’ve been together for five months or five years, you should never assume that someone “should” do something for you. When she does something nice for you, thank her. Never expect things from her and show your gratitude when she does do nice things.
For example, let’s say that she makes you dinner. Don’t just complain about how it tastes. Instead, thank her and offer to clean up the dishes.

Speaking Like a Gentleman
Speak with respect. When you talk to her, speak with respect. You should never rudely criticize her or say things which are demeaning. Just like it wouldn’t be acceptable for someone to say these things to you, it’s not acceptable for you to say those things to her.[1] Try to think not only about how you’d feel if someone said something to you but also think about how her own experiences might lead her to feel about what you said.
For example, only call her a girl if she is one. Is your girl older than, say, 20 years old? At that point you should be calling her a woman or a lady. When you call her girl, you’re making her seem like a child, implying that she can’t do things for herself, think, or act like the capable adult she is.

Understand her. Get to really know her for who she really is, not just what you think she is or want her to be. Ask questions about her. Dig deep. Take an interest in what she says, what she does, and what she wants. She’ll notice that you do these things and it will show her that not only do you care about her but that you also respect who she is as a person. Ask questions about her religion, her political views, what it was like for her growing up, what she wants for the future.

You can also ask the usual questions like her favorite color or food, but these kinds of things need to be balanced out with a deeper understanding of who she is.

Listen to what she says. When she talks, you should be listening. Don’t tune her out because she “talks too much”. Pay attention because you might learn things about her that you didn’t know before.[2]

Have a discussion when you have problems. Instead of fighting and insulting each other when you have a fight, talk things out. If you really want to treat both her and yourself right, talk about things that bother you when they happen or very soon afterward. Bottling things up and “keeping score” will just make both of you miserable.
You also shouldn’t talk behind her back. A lot of the time it’s easier to complain about your girlfriend to everyone but your girlfriend but this isn’t fair to her and it isn’t helpful for you. Solve the problem instead by talking to her calmly and finding a solution together.

Compliment her in the right ways. Of course you should give your girl lots of compliments but if you really want to treat her the way she deserves to be treated, you might want to pay attention to how you give those compliments. With a little understanding, you will be giving great compliments that make her heart just beat off the chart.
You don’t want to give them out all the time for no reason at all because it will devalue them.

You should focus on complimenting her when it matters, such as when she works really hard or does something really kind.

You should also watch the language that you use. Many times, even though a guy means to say something nice, he really says something that is hurtful.

Watch what you say. You have to be careful about how you talk because it can reveal a lot about how you think and also make the woman you’re with very uncomfortable. Don’t be vulgar, make off-color jokes, or be impolite (like farting in front of her). You also don’t want to talk rudely about people or talk about how sexy other women are. All of these things will make her feel uncomfortable or hurt and you don’t want that.

Generally be truthful but lie smart when you have to. When you talk to her, be truthful. Lying to her, even to be kind, isn’t helpful and it won’t help you to build a relationship of trust. Don’t tell her you’ll be helping your sick grandma when really you just don’t want to go see a chic flick with her. This kind of behavior is disrespectful and sets a bad precedent. When you know that telling her the truth is going to be not only painful but also unproductive or unhelpful, try to lie by omission instead.
If she asks you something like the proverbial “Does this make me look fat?” question, then instead of saying something hurtful, turn the statement around and tell her a truth. You can say something like, “I love the way that dress makes your body look but I think the yellow dress was way prettier overall.”

Avoiding Common Pitfalls
Don’t see her as being any different than yourself. It’s easy to think of girls like different species and think that you don’t understand them. However, girls really aren’t any different than you. They want the same things, they have the same problems, and they have the same feelings.[3] When you realize that, it will be much easier to realize how you should treat them: treat them how you would want to be treated.
If it’s easier, think of how you would want someone to treat a woman that you love. Treat a girl the way you’d want your dad to treat your mom. Treat a girl the way you’d want a guy to treat your sister.

Stop trying to attract other women. You want to look fly all the time. That’s understandable. Who wouldn’t want all the ladies to fall over themselves whenever they walk through a room? However, if you already have a girlfriend or a girl you like, working really hard to attract other women is disrespectful and rude to your girl. Just worry about looking hot to her and don’t worry so much about what other women like.
For example, you shouldn’t be flirting with a girl that isn’t your girlfriend. You also shouldn’t be showing off your chest to other women.

Listen when she says no. When she says “no” it doesn’t mean “maybe later”. It doesn’t mean “I’m being coy”. It doesn’t mean “I’m trying to make you mad”. It means “no”. Don’t continue to bother her after she’s told you no. She knows what you want and she’ll let you know if she changes her mind. For example, if you ask her to wear a particular item of clothing and she doesn’t like it, don’t keep pressuring her to wear it.

Respect her privacy. She’s allowed to have secrets from you, just like you’re allowed to have secrets from her. You’re both entitled to have time to yourselves and things that are just yours. Do not invade her privacy by doing things like stalking her on Facebook or checking her text messages. The temptation can be really strong if you see that she’s left her internet browser logged in or something like that, but you should still resist. It’s the gentlemanly thing to do.

Tell her how you feel. A lot of guys will worry about seeming manly. You don’t want to seem weak, right? So they don’t tell their girl how they feel. This is a huge mistake.[4] Leaving her to wonder how much you really care is just mean. You wouldn’t like it if she did that to you, right? When you care about someone, you should always tell them. Tell them when you mean it most and show them how much you care in little ways every day.
Don’t hide it from others either. Your bros might tease you but they really understand: they’ve had girls they like a lot too. Take the teasing and make your girl happy by holding her hand when other people are around. It shows her that you’re not ashamed of the close relationship that the two of you share.

Trust her and be trustworthy yourself. Trust is the absolute most important thing in a relationship. You can’t have a happy relationship if you don’t trust each other.[5] This means that you need to give her the benefit of the doubt. Don’t sweat it when she wants to hang out with her friends instead of hanging out with you. In your own behavior, don’t do anything that would give her a reason not to trust you.
For example, don’t snuggle with your female friends, even if you’re “just hanging out”. It’s also better to be sure to hang out with female friends when you around a lot of other people, instead of when the two of you are alone.

Don’t tell other people about the things you and your girl do behind closed doors, even if you’re just telling your best buddy. This is an invasion of privacy for your girl and can be very hurtful. All it takes is an argument with your best friend and that secret that you shared with him is posted on the internet for everyone to see.

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Tips
Instead of hot or sexy, say that she looks beautiful. Girls like that better. And beautiful is more respectful too.

Take things slow. Don’t rush into an emotional or physical attachment just because you think you should.

Put yourself in her place and treat her accordingly. In other words, how would you wish to be treated, if you were her?

If she’s upset or angry, let her vent her feelings towards you. Talk about her problems, but don’t try to take over and fix everything. You could end up making things worse for her. While she needs to handle her problem herself, if you allow her to talk it over with you, it will make her realise that you care for her. She will appreciate it, and if she goes through even more rough times, she’ll know who to talk to. This will build up trust and loyalty between the two of you.

Make sure you are yourself and if she doesn’t like that there is no point of faking yourself for her to like you. Act as you would normally do.

Opening doors and pulling out chairs for the girl is not old fashioned and square, it’s sweet! Any girl likes a boy who will treat her well, one who is not afraid to be sweet to her.

While most young women aren’t overly analyzing things, once you start dating, she’s appraising you: what you do, how you dress, dates you take them on, and lots of other things. Take this into account and dress for the situation, as a good balance will keep her impressed. There’s no point in dressing to impress, then being cheap about where you take her. It’s like going to a nice restaurant in a tracksuit.

Treat her with the same respect you would to your future wife. (If you plan on getting married – some people don’t. Still, treating her with respect is never a mistake.)

Pay careful attention to your manners at all times.

Hold her hand, especially if you catch her dangling it surreptitiously behind her. A girl loves the “togetherness” feeling of holding hands, not to mention you’re affirming your interest in each other publicly without being crude. In other words, you’re proud of her, and a man who can take pride in her will make any girl feel that they are treated well.

Taking her to places that cost lots of money isn’t necessary. Take her to the park, maybe buy ice cream on the way; that way you interact with her. If you do go to the movies, plan on going for coffee or dessert after (which means a light dinner, and less expense – bonus!) so that you can talk about what you just saw.

Hold her close to you, and be gentle when it’s necessary.

Arrogant men don’t get all the girls, confident guys do, and there’s a huge difference. Women are less visually-oriented than men are, so even if you’re not the most attractive guy in the world, your confidence will suggest that you’re someone worth being with, and your personality will back up that suggestion. Plus, if you are kind and warm when interacting with her and with others, she will see your value without your needing to have movie-star good looks. Just act and dress like a gentleman, and everything should be sweet.

Show that you are impressed by her, but don’t forget to impress her with something different. Show you are different and sometimes crazy about life. Show her something that only you have got.

Don’t swear excessively or be crude. If you act immaturely, she is less likely to enjoy your company.

If she is trying to do a new sport/hobby/activity, and you already know how to do it, show her how. She will appreciate your chivalry, and be impressed by your skill.

Do not lie! It’s pointless and she WILL find out. Just be yourself. If you lie, it will haunt you until you tell the truth!

Look her directly in the eyes when you speak to her or when she is speaking to you. But don’t be creepy about it. Staring is not considered attentiveness; it’s considered weird.

If your at the end of your date, tell her how much fun you had. If she giggles and then responds, then she probably had fun too. If not and changes the subject then it’s probably a good idea not to ask her out for a while.

Remember to always compliment her. Just because you’re going out doesn’t mean she can’t change her mind if she thinks you’ve forgotten her.

Remember: no matter how hard you’re working to Get The Girl, it’s all but guaranteed that she is trying just as hard to find Mr. Right. A girl isn’t that mystifying or distant of a creature, and she wants to love and be loved just as much as you do.

Do not be scared she is a girl and if she likes you you will know it.

When she is going to take on a challenge, take interest in what she is doing, and wish her good luck. Or maybe even explore this challenge with her? Make it interesting.

Listen to the things she likes to do, and maybe try them out for yourself.

Treat a girl how you want your dad to treat your mom.

When you are at a restaurant, sit across from her at the table (unless the table is really long, in which case you should sit next to her). Allow her to sit facing the room, while you face the wall. This way you give the impression that you require no view other than her beauty.

Avoid the temptation to idolize her or put her on a pedestal. She is as human as you are, and the more willing you are to accept that, the less likely she is to disappoint you.

Calling her hot or sexy is flattering, but always call her beautiful because it means so much more.

Warnings
If she tells you about a personal problem, don’t make it your mission to take over and fix things. Just listen to her. (There are a few exceptions.) If she starts to cry, this is a big clue that she’s really into you; it indicates that she trusts you enough to show she’s vulnerable with you. A nice gesture here is to put your arms around her and just hold her. Don’t say “Don’t cry.” Say, “Aww. It’s going to be okay.” At this point, while you don’t want to try and take over, you can ask, “Can I help?” – let her answer with “No,” or with “Yes, you could just hold me,” or whatever, and then take it from there.

If something scary or shocking happens to her while you’re on a date, such as a zoo robot that appears broken suddenly moves, and stuns her, try and comfort her. Make sure she’s close. It’ll make her feel protected. Girls love to know their boyfriend has the ability to protect them.

Don’t EVER lie to her, ever. If you do she will automatically lose trust in you.

Do NOT take her for granted! don’t think she’ll always take your crap, there’s always that chance that she discovers that she deserves better. that’ll easily end a relationship.

Too carried away! Girls don’t want you to get into some stupid story aside from the conversation. Also, refrain from going off about very specialized stuff she isn’t familiar with, like math. Using words or phrases she won’t understand can cause her to feel uncomfortable, um, like you know?. For example, let’s say you’re a computer tech and all of the people you work with use “Computer Geek-Speak” to amuse yourselves around the office. Calling her a “n00b” isn’t going to help anything! Similarly, using slang you and your co-workers invented will make her feel confused and on the outside – don’t use “in-jokes”. In other words, if you’ve developed a kind of “club” or an inside joke type of slang, she won’t understand or appreciate the humor. Make sure you either clue her in and bring her to the “inside” so she can understand what you’re saying, or just don’t use that slang or those jokes when with her.

If you like, say your sister’s friend, for example, and think she may also be interested, find out from your sister if her friend likes you back. If the answer’s yes, come on to her slowly. Too fast can, of course, be a turn off. Find common interests between her and yourself. If you find an interesting feature on this girl, talk about it, compliment her. But anything too pushy and your sister will probably see through this disguise and tell her friend about your secret crush. This could be a good thing if the friend is interested too, but could also be uncomfortable for you and your sister.

Make sure she doesn’t find out you tried to learn how to make her laugh by reading articles on the Internet, at least not until your one-year anniversary. By then, she’s definitely into you and minor things like that won’t hurt.

There are several things that can spook a girl on a date. It’s odd, but they’ll appear more vulnerable during dates. It’s probably to get closer to you.

Make sure you’re being yourself. If you act like a gentleman when you are alone with her, and then like a jerk when you’re with your friends, she will catch on and you will run into trouble.

Don’t turn cute, sweet talk into dirty talk. Girls hate that.

If you exaggerate your compliments or are insincere, a girl can usually see through that.

Related wikiHows
How to Say Sweet Things to Girls

How to Treat a Girl

How to Carry a Romantic Conversation

How to Treat Girls With Respect

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How to Shoot a Jump Shot

Whether you’re a pro NBA player or an amateur, there’s nothing like the silky smooth “swish” of a jump shot that hits nothing but net. The act of shooting a jump shot is an art form when executed by masters like Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, and many others. Like all basketball fundamentals, improving your jump shot is a matter of starting with basic fundamentals and building into advanced techniques with plenty of practice.

Steps
Shooting a Basic “J”
Square your body to the hoop. To start practicing your jump shot, first, pick a comfortable shooting location (many find it easiest to shoot from the free throw line, the “wings” on either side of it, or closer to the hoop). Turn your body to face the hoop and plant your feet on the ground. Your head, shoulders, waist, and feet should be aligned towards the hoop so that you don’t need to turn or twist at all to make your shot.
If you’re just starting to learn how to make jump shots, begin bypracticing on your own — in other words, don’t have a friend “cover” you until you’ve made a few shots on your own or it’ll be hard to make progress.

Get into a strong shooting stance. Believe it or not, the way you position your feet and lower body can have a big impact on your shooting accuracy even though you don’t directly use them to shoot the ball.[1] To get in a shooting stance, start with your feet together and move your non-shooting foot (the one opposite your dominant hand) away from the other until your feet are shoulder-width apart. Put a slight bend in your knees and hips to give yourself the flexibility you’ll need to power your jump.
Shoulder-width foot positioning is important for your shooting speed and balance. Keep your feet to close together and you’ll struggle to maintain your balance as you make your shot; keep them too wide apart and you won’t be able to give your jump enough power or react quickly to changes on the field.[2]

Bring the ball into shooting position. Grip the ball in front of your dominant shoulder using both hands. Spread your fingers and hold the ball with your fingertips to get as much control of the ball as possible. Position your shooting hand (the same one you write with) behind the ball so that the back of this hand faces directly away from the basket. Position your non-shooting hand on the side of the ball so that the thumb on this hand points toward your forehead.
Your non-shooting hand is just as important for your shot as your shooting hand, so don’t neglect it. Though it won’t give your shot any power, it’s largely responsible for shot control and balance. To see how important your non-shooting hand is, once you’ve gotten the hang of your jump shot, try shooting one-handed!

Get low, then jump! Increase the bend in your knees and hips until your stance looks like you’re sitting down. Push with your hips and legs to launch yourself into the air. The lower you get, the more powerful your jump will be. One of the most common mistakes new players make is shooting from an erect standing position — in fact, you should only straighten up as you push off of the ground, not before.
For the greatest accuracy, as you get low, keep the forearm (ulna) aligned vertically, so that the the hinged motion is always in line with the hoop. Think of shooting as a smooth hinged motion with your elbow as the hinge. Ideally, the forearm should be aligned pointing at the hoop. If your elbow moves out of alignment as you shoot, it will change the direction of the ball, so get in the habit of keeping it tucked in.[3]

Launch the ball. As you jump, bring the ball (which you should still be holding with proper hand placement) up in front of your body. Start to launch the ball up and toward the basket in an arc with your shooting arm only. Straighten your shooting arm elbow as you shoot, but keep it in line with your body.[4] Your non-shooting hand should only be used for keeping the ball under control and thus should stay on the side of the ball where it won’t affect the path of the shot.
Many coaches recommend looking at a certain part of the hoop as you make your shot. This may improve your accuracy, and, as a general rule, the less variance you bring into your shot routine, the more accurate your shooting will become. Some coaches recommend targeting the back of the hoop (especially for players who tend to under-shoot), others recommend the front of the hoop (especially for players who tend to over-shoot), and others coaches actually recommend visualizing the spot the ball will need to go for a “swish”. The last option requires the most concentration, but some individuals claim that it achieves the best results.[5]

Release and follow through. At the top of your jump, release the ball by turning your wrist downward. The ball should roll off of your shooting hand, touching your index finger last. At this point, your shooting hand and arm should look roughly like you are reaching into a cookie jar on the top shelf. After you release the ball, let your shooting arm come down naturally, making sure to flex your knees and hips as you land back on the court. This will cushion your landing and enable you to be ready to catch the rebound if you miss!
Try to get in the habit of releasing the ball at the top of your jump. Though you can make shots if you shoot earlier or later, doing so tends to make your shots jerky and inaccurate.[6] Also, releasing at the top of your jump gives you an advantageous shooting position — it’s harder for defenders to block you when you’re high in the air.[7]

Increasing Your Versatility
Start shooting from around the basket. In an actual game of basketball, obviously, you won’t be able to shoot easy, direct jump shots from the free throw line or the wings all the time — it’s the defense’s job to prevent this. To begin to increase your versatility as a shooter, start to shoot from all over the court. You’ll soon find that some shooting positions are much easier than others, but you’ll only be an effective shooter if you’re able to start hitting shots from all around the hoop, so practice these tricky shots! In general, you’ll want to eventually be able to hit shots from anywhere inside the three point line and, ideally, just beyond it. You’ll almost never be expected to shoot from more than a few feet behind the three point line during a game, so you don’t have to worry as much about shooting these long-bomb shots.

Use the backboard for angled shots. Most of the time, the defense will try to deny you a direct, easy path to the basket. For this reason, you’ll usually be shooting at the basket not from head-on, but from an angle. From angled positions, it’s trickier to get a “swish” than when shooting from head-on, so most players try to bounce their shots off of the backboard. This slows the ball and angles it down into the basket, increasing the likelihood of an angled shot going in.
Believe it or not, there has been actual scientific research done on this aspect of shooting a jump shot. The results indicate that the best angled shots tend to hit the backboard at a spot in the top middle section of the square behind the hoop. As the angle of the shot becomes more pronounced (that is, as a player shoots from further to one side), the “ideal” backboard spot moves up and away from this central point in a diagonal direction (in other words, someone shooting from the right side of the hoop should try to hit the backboard above and to the right of the top middle of the square). [8]

Aim for the hoop for head-on shots. When you do get a chance to make a shot from straight in front of the basket, research shows that the benefits of using the backboard are less pronounced. In these cases, you may want to try to try for a “swish” (a shot that goes through the hoop without touching the rim or backboard). These can be tricky to make at first, but can become almost intuitive with frequent practice.
One head-on shot you’ll want to practice plenty is the one you make from the free throw line. Free throw shots are some of the only shots you’ll get to take without being guarded by a defender, so it’s important to practice to the point that you can make most of them. On average, NBA players tend to make about three-quarters of their free throws; for high school players, this statistic is closer to one-half.[9]

Give your jump shots a healthy arc. When the ball approaches the hoop, the angle it’s traveling at can have a big effect on how likely it is to go in. Steep-angled shots (those with high arcs) are, in theory, more likely to score points.[10] However, in reality, it’s usually quite difficult for players to control high-arced shots. Thus, players looking to perfect their jump shot should try to aim for the perfectly-balanced shot — one with a medium-high arc that’s still easy to control.
Some basic research has been done on the effectiveness of various shooting arcs. Based on this research, the minimum arc for a shot to be able to make a “swish” shot is about 32o — with a regulation-size hoop and a men’s ball, making a “swish” with this arc requires basically a perfect shot. On the other hand, high-arced shots (like, for instance, 55o) are very tough to control — even a tiny error can send the ball off-course.[11] From this research, a happy medium of about 45o seems preferable for most shooters.

Practice your three point shot. A great three point jump shot is a huge asset to the team — if you’re able to consistently sink shots from behind the line, the defense will have no choice but to guard you constantly, preventing at least one of their team members from covering the rest of the players. This means you’ll want to spend plenty of time perfecting your three point shot. Three-pointers can be extra tricky — the additional power needed to get the ball to the hoop makes the shot harder to control — but they’re worth the work.
Don’t forget to move around the court as you practice your three-pointer. Some of the hardest shots of all in basketball are three point shots from the side of the hoop. These shots force you to make a “swish”, since you can’t hit the backboard from this angle. If you can master these shots, you’ll be a major shooting threat on the court.

Practice with a partner to put pressure on you. No matter how much you practice alone, you can’t replicate the experience of a defender trying to block your shot. Once you’re fairly confident with basic jump shots, try getting a friend to guard you as you move around the court and take your shots. Remember, in a real game, it’s the defense’s job to make sure you never get an easy shot, so the more practice you get against actual players, the better.
Shooting around a dogged defender can be seriously challenging — you’ll need good dribbling and ball-handling skills to get your defender to slip up long enough for you to squeeze in a shot, so you may want to practice these skills separately.

Learning Advanced Techniques
Try a pull-up jumper. Basketball can be a lightening-fast game. During a fast break, for instance, offensive players usually don’t have time to stop moving, calmly line up their shot, and make it when they’re ready — instead, they either have to drive straight to the hoop and go for a lay-up or make a jump shot immediately. When a player goes straight from running into making a jump shot in one fluid motion without any pause, this is called a “pull-up jumper”. Once mastered, this skill is a valuable one, as it allows you to make shots from virtually anywhere around the basket without giving the defense any time to react.
To make a pull-up jumper, start off by dribbling at a fast jog of run down the middle of the court. As you near the free throw line, flare out a few feet to the side. Come to a balanced stop in rhythm with your steps as you bring the ball up into both hands. Without hesitating, immediately get low, jump, and shoot. Practice until you can pull this move off quickly without stopping at any point.

Try a turnaround jump shot. What do you do when you get the ball off of a pass and a defender is immediately right behind you, blocking your path to the hoop? One way to get out of this situation is to use a technique called a turnaround shot. In a turnaround shot, the player with the ball pretends to go one way, then spins in the opposite direction and shoots as soon as he’s facing the hoop. Most of the time, this will give him a small window during which he can shoot without the defender blocking him.
To shoot a turnaround shot, start with your back to the hoop and a defender guarding you closely from behind. Back towards the hoop as you dribble and stay low until you’re a comfortable shooting distance away from it. Take a step in the direction of your throwing hand as you drop your non-shooting foot back slightly. Quickly pivot around on your non-shooting foot and make your jump shot immediately.

Try a fadeaway shot. Many of the NBA’s all-time greatest players had masterful fadeaway jump shots. As their name hints at, fadeaway shots are jump shots made when a player jumps and leans backward. This technique brings the ball away from the defender, giving the shooter extra room to shoot and making the shot very tough to guard against. However, it can be very hard to make fadeaway shots, so they’re often seen as the mark of an excellent (or selfish) player.
To make a fadeaway, start an ordinary jump shot or a turnaround shot as you normally would. As you jump, push yourself upward and backward, putting space between yourself and the player behind you. Lean back with your spine for extra space. Square up with the hoop in the air and hold the ball just above your head. When you reach the highest point of your jump, shoot the ball with a snapping motion of the wrist.

Note that fadeaways require much more wrist strength than ordinary shots because much of the power from the legs that would ordinarily be used for the shot is spend propelling the shooter backwards.

Try a pump fake. An important part of having a great jump shot is knowing when not to shoot. By carefully interspersing your shots with the occasional fakeout, you can keep defenders on their toes. More importantly, however, is the fact that a convincing fake can open up shooting opportunities when you’re being guarded by a defender that just won’t leave you alone. To make a pump fake, get low as you normally would just before taking a shot. Bring the ball up in front of you and prepare to jump. Start to rise up, but stop yourself just short of actually jumping. If your defender falls for your fake and jumps, either quickly dart around him or time your own jump so that you shoot just as he’s hitting the ground to give yourself a free shot.

It’s important to stay in contact with the floor during your pump fake. Taking even a small hop without shooting constitutes an “up-and-down” penalty in basketball.

Tips
Always believe that the next shot you take is going in. Even if you missed 20 shots before, believe that the next one is going in. It might not seem important, but your mental confidence is key to proper form. In other words, if you have doubt you’ll make the shot, your mind and body will most likely find a way to screw it up to accommodate you.

Repetition will help you with muscle memory. Keep practicing it and it will start to come naturally!

Hit the weight room. The shot starts from your feet, so don’t forget to work out both the upper and the lower body. Having more upper body muscle definition will give you more control of the starting position of the ball (tighter pocket) as well as the release. This is extremely important for game situations when you might have to stop sharply before shooting, not giving you enough time to properly line up and concentrate like you would at the free throw line.

As you develop and improve, don’t get overly confident and never force your shots in games. Even the best shooters in the world hit only about 40% of their long-range shots in real games. That’s 4 out of 10. Pick good (not forced) open shots, and when in doubt, pass.

Reasons why you may have missed your shot:
Your feet may have been too close together, which will not allow you tojump as high as possible and stay square to the basket.

The ball may not have started at the proper height in the shooting.

Your feet may not have completely stopped, and your weight may have been moving sideways as the ball was released.

You released the ball too early/too late. Timing is everything.

Always remember that, if you’re close enough to shoot it, you’re close enough to make it.

Practice close range shots multiple times until you are confident, thenmove on to 3-point shots.

Warnings
Follow through, but never force–regardless of your height, if it feels like you’re just wailing the ball at the rim or the backboard: Stop! You’re not doing it right and only hurting yourself. 70% of a good jump shot is muscle memory and proper form. Don’t mess yours up intentionally.

If you’re serious, shoot 400-500 shots a day. Try to stay within 2 – 2 1/2 hours total time, but don’t exhaust yourself initially. Build up so that it feels comfortable (otherwise, you’re wasting your time–your muscles are not “learning”; when you’re exhausted, you’re in survival mode). You can break up the shots in 2 sessions.

Don’t think about anything but dropping the ball softly in the hoop with a smooth follow through. You hesitate when you think too much. This throws you off balance because your arms and legs stop working together in sync. Shoot like you are a real basketball player.

Once you start bringing the ball up from its initial position just prior to release, it never travels back toward (or behind) your head. You may drain a couple of shots this way, but ultimately, it limits your range and regularity with which you make shots. Direction we are looking for is up, then, at the last moment, forward while following through.

Things You’ll Need
Basketball

Hoop

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How to Perform a Set-Shot (in Basketball)

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How to Cook Brazilian Rice

Authentic Brazilian rice requires you to brown the grains of rice at some point during the cooking process. The most traditional Brazilian rice is flavored with onions and garlic, but common variations of the recipe may include other ingredients like coconut milk and brown sugar or broccoli.

Ingredients
Traditional Brazilian Rice[1][2]
Makes 4 servings

1 cup (250 ml) uncooked long-grain white rice

1 small onion, minced or chopped

1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced

1.5 Tbsp (22.5 ml) vegetable oil

1 tsp (5 ml) salt

2 cups (500 ml) hot water

Brazilian Coconut Rice[3]
Makes 4 servings

1 cup (250 ml) uncooked short or long grain white rice

1 Tbsp (15 ml) butter

2 cups (500 ml) coconut milk

1 Tbsp (15 ml) brown sugar

1/4 tsp (1.25 ml) salt

Brazilian Broccoli Rice[4][5]
Makes 4 servings

3 cups (750 ml) cooked long grain white rice

1 Tbsp (15 ml) olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 small onion, minced

1 medium bunch broccoli, chopped

1/4 tsp (1.25 ml) salt

Steps
Before You Begin: Wash the Uncooked Rice
Place the rice in a fine mesh colander. Pour the rice into a colander with fine mesh holes. Gently shift the colander so that the rice is evenly spread throughout.
The holes of the colander must be very small. For this reason, a mesh colander is better than a plastic one, since mesh colanders are often available with very fine holes.

It is not recommended that you use cheesecloth since the grains of rice will likely stick to the cloth.

Note that this part of the process only applies to versions of the recipe that use uncooked rice. If you are using rice that has already been cooked, the cooked rice does not need to be washed.

Rinse the rice thoroughly. Rinse the rice under running tap water. Continue rinsing until the water dripping out from the bottom of the colander runs clear.
You must wait until the water runs clear. Only then can you be certain that the rice is thoroughly cleaned.

Shift the rice gently in its colander or use your hands to gently stir it as it rinses. Doing so will help clean the rice quicker and more thoroughly.

Let the rice dry. Set the colander of rice aside and let the excess water drip out naturally. Wait until the rice air dries before you use it for the dish.
Do not attempt to dry the rice with paper towels or cloth towels.

The rice must be thoroughly dry before you add it to the pan in any of these recipes.

Method One: Traditional Brazilian Rice
Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Pour the oil into a large saucepan and set it on your stove over medium heat.
Let the oil heat up for 30 to 60 seconds before continuing to the next step. It should look glossy and should easily glide around the bottom of the pan when the pan is tilted. Do not let the oil begin to smoke, however.

Add the onion. Stir the onion into the hot oil and cook it alone, stirring frequently, for about 1 minute.
The onion should start to become fragrant and take on a translucent appearance, but it should not yet begin to brown.

Add the garlic. Stir the garlic into the onion and cook both, stirring frequently, until the garlic turns golden brown.
This should only take 2 or 3 minutes. The mixture should be fragrant and lightly toasted, but not quite browned.

Cook the onions and garlic carefully. If they start to burn, this burnt flavor will also taint the rice and make the dish less appetizing.

Stir in the rice and salt. Add the rice and the salt to the saucepan. Stir well to distribute the onion and garlic evenly.
Basmati and jasmine rice are recommended, but any long-grain white rice should be fine.

Let the rice brown. Stir the contents of the pan until the rice starts to take on a lightly toasted appearance.
As you toast the rice, you will need to stir it frequently to ensure that none of the grains stick to the bottom of the pan.

Pour in the hot water. Add the hot water to the saucepan. Stir well, making sure that all of the rice is submerged.
For best results, use boiling water prepared in a saucepan, tea kettle, or microwave. Hot tap water will also work, but make sure that it is as hot as possible before adding it to the pan.

After adding it to the pan, let the water reach a boil before continuing to the next step.

Simmer until done. Cover the saucepan with its lid and reduce the heat to low. Let the mixture simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, or until all of the water has been absorbed.
If the water evaporates before the rice is tender, you can add more water to the pan and continue cooking it. Only add 1/4 cup (60 ml) of additional water at a time, though, to prevent the mixture from getting too soupy.

Serve hot. The Brazilian rice is now finished and ready to enjoy.

Method Two: Brazilian Coconut Rice
Melt the butter. Add the butter to a large skillet. Set it on the stove over medium heat and let the butter melt completely.
To minimize the number of dishes you need to dirty, use a large skillet with deep sides and a lid or a large, wide saucepan with a lid. If you start the process with this sort of pan, you should not need to switch to a different pan later on.

The butter should be allowed to melt but should not start to smoke or burn.

Toast the rice. Add the rice to the melted butter. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
Frequent, nearly continuous stirring is the only way to prevent the uncooked grains of rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan during this step.

When finished, the grains should have spots that look lightly toasted. Do not allow the grains to burn or brown too deeply.

Any type of white rice should work for this recipe. Brown rice could also be used, but white rice is the most traditional.

Add the remaining ingredients. Pour the coconut milk, brown sugar, and salt into the pan. Stir well to combine.
Make sure that the rice is completely submerged beneath the coconut milk

Allow the liquid to reach a full boil inside the pan before continuing to the next step.

If your skillet is too shallow, transfer the toasted rice to a deep saucepan and add the other ingredients to that.

Cover and let simmer until done. Turn the heat down to low and place the lid on the pan. Allow the rice to simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the liquid has been completely absorbed.
The rice should also be fairly tender when done. If it is not tender after the liquid has been absorbed, add another 1/4 cup (60 ml) of coconut milk or water to help the rice cook.

You may wish to stir the rice every few minutes during this process to prevent the grains from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Serve hot. At this point, the Brazilian coconut rice should be fully cooked and ready to enjoy.

Method Three: Brazilian Broccoli Rice
Heat the oil. Pour the oil into a large saucepan and heat it on the stove over a medium setting.
Wait 30 seconds, or until the oil becomes glossy and thin enough to coat the bottom of the pan.

Saute the onion and garlic. Add the onion and garlic to the hot oil. Cook the two ingredients for about 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently. The garlic and onion should be fragrant and soft, but they should not begin to brown.

Keep a close eye on the two ingredients as you cook them. If they burn, the burnt flavor will likely get into the flavor of the rice and may ruin it.

Add the broccoli. Place the chopped broccoli in the pan with the onion and garlic. Stir the ingredients together until evenly distributed. Only use the crowns or heads of the broccoli. Do not use stems for this recipe.

For best results, make sure that the broccoli is chopped into very fine pieces. Doing so will help keep the final cook time lower.

Cover and cook for 3 minutes. Cover the pan and let the vegetables “sweat” for about 3 minutes.
In essence, you are allowing the vegetables to steam cook in their own moisture during this step. This will only be effective if all of the vegetables have been previously chopped or minced into very fine pieces, though.

The broccoli must be tender when this step is finished. If the broccoli does not feel tender after 3 minutes, cover the pan again and let it cook longer.

Add the rice. Pour the hot, cooked rice into the pan with the vegetables and stir well to combine. Cook the rice for a minute or two, allowing it to deepen in color.
Unlike other Brazilian rice recipes, note that the rice in this recipe must be previously cooked before you add it to the pan.

Any long grain white rice is suitable for this recipe.

For best results, use freshly cooked rice that is still fairly hot.

Season with salt. Sprinkle the contents of the pan with salt. Mix the salt in, then let the contents of the pan warm thoroughly.

Serve hot. Once everything is steaming hot, the rice should be ready to serve and should be enjoyed immediately for the best flavor.

Things You’ll Need
Fine mesh colander

Water

Large saucepan with lid

Heat-resistant mixing spoon or spatula

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How to Accessorize

Accessories can make an outfit extraordinary. Take a little black dress and add a spiky necklace and metallic heels, and voila — you’ve taken your look from nondescript to edgy urban chic. Switch out the necklace and heels for a string of pearls and a pair of tasteful flats, and you’re ready for an important business lunch. Learning the basic rules for accessorizing will help you bring out the best features of your wardrobe.

Steps
Knowing the Dos and Dont’s
Wear a few well-chosen accessories at a time. A lot of people make the mistake of piling on all the accessories they own at once. When it comes to accessories, less is usually more. If you’re wearing jewelry, a watch, a scarf, a hat and sunglasses, no one piece will stand out, and your outfit will end up looking cluttered. Choose a few accessories that accent your outfit or highlight the feature you want to play up.
Wearing a full jewelry getup, complete with earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings, can overwhelm your look. Try wearing either earrings or a necklace instead of both, and limiting how many rings you wear at once.

If you do wear a lot of different accessories, make sure they aren’t competing for attention. Match your metals and colors so that your accessories look like they were chosen with intention. For example, you could wear big gold hoops, a colorful warm-toned scarf, and a gold watch for a streamlined look.

Pair bold accessories with understated clothes. Neutral clothing can be completely transformed when you add a few bold accessories. If your wardrobe has a lot of neutrals like black, white, beige, olive or navy, accessorizing gives you a chance to play with fun colors and give your outfits a boost. The best thing about neutrals is that they look great with most other colors, so you don’t have to worry too much about making sure your accessories match your clothes. Here are a few ways to use bold accessories to add some life to your neutral outfits:
Pair a thin red or hot pink belt with a black or navy dress.

Wear a splashy orange or yellow scarf or shoes with khaki or olive-colored clothing.

Freshen up your white blouse with a multicolored statement necklace or big drop earrings.

Avoid being too matchy. It might be tempting to play off the blue polka dots in your dress with matching blue earrings, a blue necklace and blue shoes. However, matching to this extent can sometimes look a little old-fashioned or childish. Throwing some unexpected, yet surprisingly perfect accessories into the mix shows off your creativity and adds interest to the outfit. Use the color wheel to help you come up with interesting color combinations that accent each other beautifully. For example, if you’re wearing a purple shirt, try adding something mustard or lemon-colored to your outfit instead of hunting down the same shade of purple. Since yellow is opposite purple on the color wheel, your outfit will be appealing to the eye.

Wear colors with black and white. If you’re wearing a black and white flowered top, then you could pop in an electric blue medium sized beaded necklace and some cute blue earrings.

While going overboard with matching is usually ill-advised, it can also be a lot of fun when you do it deliberately. Wearing red pants and a top with red sunglasses and a red scarf could look vintage and chic. Your monochrome look will be sure to turn heads.

Wear items that play up a color in your outfit. If you’re wearing a multicolored outfit, accessories can add interest by allowing you to bring out one of the understated colors. For example, if your dress is black with a small flower pattern, you might wear ceramic bangles that match the green of the flower’s leaves. Playing up one color makes the outfit look pulled together and elegant.
You can also use accessories to tie together two seemingly mismatched clothing items. Pick an accessory that shares colors with both of the clothing items, like a scarf that picks up the pink in your blouse and the beige in your pants. Now your outfit looks like it each piece was chosen with intention, rather than just thrown together.

Balance the size of your pieces. If you’re wearing a pair of large, dangling earrings, don’t pair them with an oversized statement accessory. Your look will be more balanced if you wear a smaller necklace (or no necklace at all) so that your face isn’t overwhelmed by too much large jewelry. Keep the size of your various accessories in mind when you decide what to wear together. Accessories can also be used to balance details on your clothes. If you’re wearing blouse with interesting embroidery near the collar, you wouldn’t want to wear a big scarf to cover it up. Instead, choose a thin chain that will accent but not hide the details you want to show off.

Let one item be the star of your look. If you’re excited to wear an adorable new hat you just bought, don’t wear your bold new belt at the same time.

Choose items that enhance your features. Accessories give you the opportunity to bring out the best in your face and body. Well-chosen accessories can make your eyes look bigger, your neck look slender, or your calves look more defined. For example,
Wear large hoop earrings to accent the slant of your cheekbones.

Wear shoes with a bit of height to elongate your legs.

Wear a scarf that matches your eyes to make them look brighter.

Wear a slender chain necklace to draw attention to your collarbones.

Use bold makeup as an accessory. If you’re wearing a shade of knockout red lipstick, or you’ve lined your eyes for a vintage cat eye look, you probably don’t need too many accessories to complete your look. Let your makeup itself be the accessory. Just make sure the colors you choose complement the colors in your outfit and help tie your look together. Here are a few other unexpected items that can count as accessories:
Nail polish and nail art

False eyelashes

Tattoos

Glasses and colored contacts

Hair extensions or weaves

Picking Out Accessories
Adapt your accessories to your signature style. There’s no end to the accessory choices out there, and it can be tricky to narrow down your options. If you’re just now starting your accessory collection, begin by choosing a few pieces that match your current style. Once you get used to accessorizing, you can start branching out and experimenting with bolder pieces you might not normally think of as “you.” Here are a few basics you might want to add to your shopping list:
Earrings: silver or gold hoops, jeweled studs, and a few pairs of fun dangly numbers.

Necklaces: a tasteful silver or gold chain, a string of pearls and a bold statement necklace.

Scarves: a neutral scarf that matches everything and a few bold scarves to show off your personality.

Belts: a classic leather belt, a wide statement belt and an elegant skinny belt.

Hair accessories: an array of barrettes, a headband or two, and if hats are your thing, a sunhat and a beret.

Find inspiration in magazines and blogs. When you’re deciding which accessories to purchase, check out fashion magazines and blogs for great ideas. Look for inspiration from people who have similar taste to you or clothes that aren’t far from your wardrobe.
Pay attention to how the accessories are styled. What colors and textures are paired together?

Most magazines and blogs provide information about where the items are from, so you can purchase them for yourself.

Check out thrift stores and clearance bins for trendy accessories. Accessories are so much fun because they give you the opportunity to wear all the latest trends without having to break the bank. If you see an accessory you like, chances are there’s a knockoff within your price range. Instead of saving up your money for an item that’s likely to go out of style next season, look for less expensive versions of the accessories you want.

Spend big on classic items. There are some classic accessories that are worth spending more money to purchase. If you’re absolutely certain that you’ll wear an accessory a lot, buying something higher quality could be a good investment. For example, a pair of diamond studs will probably get a lot of use, and it might be worth it to you to have the real thing. When you’re deciding whether an item is worth splurging on, ask yourself these questions: Will it stay in style forever, or is it about to be last season’s fad?

Does it match the majority of my wardrobe, or will I struggle to find an outfit to wear it with?

Is it made with high-quality materials (like sterling silver or 14 karat gold) or is it priced high simply because it’s a name brand?

Pick accessories that go with your complexion. Your accessories will look best if they enhance your natural coloring, whether you have warm or cool-toned skin, hair and eyes. If you have warm-toned skin, earth colors and golden tones will look best. For a cooler complexion, go for jewel tones and opt for silver over gold.
To figure out whether you have warm or cool-toned skin, put a silver bracelet on one wrist and a gold one on the other, or hold silver and gold jewelry up to your eyes. Which metal looks more flattering against your skin and makes your eyes appear to sparkle? If you’re warm-toned, it’ll be the gold. If you’re cool-toned, it’ll be the silver.

No matter what your skin tone is, accessories can be a fun way to play with colors you wouldn’t normally wear. If you never wear peach near your face because it makes you look washed out, try wearing peach-colored flats or a peach belt. That way you can enjoy the color even if it doesn’t match your tone.

Consider accessories outside the obvious. Anything you wear on your body can be used as an accessory. An umbrella or a parasol can be used to accessorize an outfit. So could a tattoo sleeve, a feather boa, pins, veils, keychains hanging from your belt loops, and candy necklaces. Be creative!

Trying Different Looks
Use accessories to create a fun but work-friendly outfit. If you work in an office, you might be looking for a way to show a little personality while still looking professional. Accessorizing is the perfect way to show off your style in a way that’s tasteful and office appropriate. Accessorize any basic office neutrals with the following:
Stud earrings. As long as they don’t hang too low, most earrings are office appropriate. If you have a big meeting, you might want to go with classic silver, gold or diamond studs, but for everyday wear, mix things up with a little pop of color.

Chic glasses. Black or tortoise shell wayfarer-style glasses will make you look smart and stylish at the office.

Colorful flats or kitten heels.

Give your normal clothes an extra edge. With the right accessories, you can turn a standard sweater set and slacks ensemble into something with rockstar edge. In fact, the juxtaposition of the two looks is all the more interesting and fun. To amp up your basic sweaters, shifts or blouses, wear these: Mixed metal jewelry. Try a stack of gold and silver bangles.

Studded jewelry. Wearing jewelry with thick metal studs or little spikes shows the world you mean business.

Bold eye makeup. Break out the black eyeliner and create a smoky eye to go with your goth jewelry.

Motorcycle boots. They look good paired with a dress or jeans.

Create a bohemian beach look. The place where you live might be completely land-locked, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look like you just spent your afternoon at the beach. Try these accessories to build a look that’s free and breezy:
Colorful beaded necklaces or earrings.

A sheer, light-colored scarf you can use to block the sun or wind.

The perfect pair of sunglasses.

Rings made with natural stones.

Dress for a classy event. If you’re going to an award ceremony, a formal wedding or another event at which you want to look your best, keep your accessories elegant and understated. These accessories pair well with formal gowns or cocktail dresses:
A string of pearls, diamonds, or other precious gems.

Small drop earrings or studs that match your necklace.

A slender matching tennis bracelet or simple chain.

Video
Tips
Dress to flatter your body.

If you’ve grown out of an accessory like shoes or a hat, you don’t have to leave it in your closet forever. Give it to a charity like Goodwill. Other people can use them!

Try making your jewelry accent your clothing. For example, if you are wearing blue jeans and a blue and purple striped shirt, then you should accent with purple.

If you want to make your accessories pop, use silver stud earrings and red necklaces and bracelets. But if you want it to blend in, do longer silver earrings or blue studs with blue or silver bracelets and earrings.

Go for opposites! For example, if you’re wearing a green top and black skinny jeans, don’t be afraid to go for a pair of green converse and a black hat! Don’t be nervous about mixing things up a bit!

You don’t have to spend a lot of money get amazing jewelry! Try buying second-hand jewelry.

Warnings
Remember, don’t go too overboard with accessories! You don’t have to have every accessory.

Related wikiHows
How to Make Dangly Earrings

How to Make a Beaded Necklace

How to Clean Diamond Earrings

How to Create a Rubber Band Bracelet

How to Price Your Jewelry Designs

How to Pair Sweaters with Normal Clothes

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How to Use Google Analytics

You’ve got a fancy new website for your business up and running, and all that’s left is to rake in the money, right? Before you start seeing cash, you’re going to want to make sure that your page is getting the traffic it needs. That’s where Google Analytics comes in. By inserting the Analytics code into your website or app, you’ll be able to track all of the traffic that it gets. This will help you make sure that visitors are getting the best experience possible.

Steps
Creating Your Accounts
Visit the Google Analytics website. Open in your browser. Click the “Access Analytics” button at the top-right corner of the site. This will take you to a new page that shows a brief rundown of how Analytics works. Click the “Sign up” button to create your Analytics account. You will need to sign in with your Google account if you are not already.

You can create a new Google account specifically for tracking your Analytics data if you want to keep it separate from your personal Google account.

Select between “Website” or “Mobile app” tracking. Use the buttons at the top of the page to switch between website tracking or mobile app tracking.

Enter your account information. In order to create your Analytics account, you will need to provide some basic information to Google. This will help determine how the Analytics data is interpreted and returned to you. Enter an account name. This will be the account that manages various properties that you track. You can track up to 25 properties per account, and can have 100 accounts per Google account.

Enter your website name and URL or app name in the “Setting up your property” section.

Select the Industry that best fits your website, and select the timezone that you want your reporting to take place in.

Select your data sharing options. There are four data sharing options you can choose to enable or disable. These allow your Analytics data to be shared with other Google programs such as AdSense, anonymously with Google for statistical reasons, and with account specialists for troubleshooting and optimization of your Analytics account.

Create the account. You’ll be taken to the Admin page where you can find the Tracking ID for your website or mobile app.

Visit the Google Tag Manager website. This is a new tool from Google that makes implementing and changing analytics tags much easier across all of your sites and apps. Tag Manager is free, and you can sign up with your Google account at .

Create an account and add a container. The container will hold all of the tags you want on the site, including Analytics, AdWords, and any third-party tags. The container name should be your website URL or app name. Select the type of container you need (Web, iOS, Android). Click the “Create” button.

Click here if you’re inserting the tag in a website.

Click here if you’re inserting the tag in a mobile app.

Inserting Tags in Websites
Copy the tag that’s displayed when creating your container. This tag will need to be inserted on every web page that you intend to track.

Open each webpage’s source code. If you don’t have access to your site’s code, get in touch with your web developer. You will need to be able to edit the code in order to insert the tag.

Paste the copied code directly beneath the opening tag. Re-upload the updated file and repeat for every page on your site. This will enable the Tag Manager to insert the tags you want onto each of your web pages.

Click the “Add a new tag” link on your container’s configuration page. You can find this page after you close the window displaying the Google Tags code snippet.

Select “Google Analytics” from the list of Products. Select “Universal Analytics” and click “Continue”.

Copy and paste the Tracking ID from your Google Analytics Admin page. Select the type of tracking you want to monitor from the drop-down menu. Page View is the most common, and simply tracks when someone has visited the page. You can also choose from a variety of other types, including events, transactions, social media clicks, and more.

Select a trigger for the tag. For the Page View tag, select “All Pages”. You can select “Some Pages” if there are certain pages you don’t want tracked. You can also choose from other, more-specific triggers.

Save the tag. Review your tag settings and click the “Save Tag” button. You’ll see your new tag in the list.

Publish the new tags. Click the “Publish” button and then review the information displayed. Click “Publish Now” to send the tag to the website and activate it.

Start monitoring your results. After about 24 hours, you should start receiving analytic reports. Click here for details on reading your reports.

Inserting Tags in Mobile Apps
Install your development tools. In order to enable Google Tag Manager in your Android app, you’ll need to add it to your app’s source code. Discuss this with your app developer if you don’t have access to your app’s code. You’ll need the following tools to add the code to your app:
Android SDK
Google Play Services SDK
If you want to implement the tag in an iOS app, click here for detailed instructions.
Add the permissions to the file. Open the file and add the following code into the permissions area:

Return to the Google Tab Manager page. Click the “Add a new tag” link in your container’s admin page.
Select “Google Analytics” from the list of Products. Select “Universal Analytics” and click “Continue”.
Copy and paste the Tracking ID from your Google Analytics Admin page. Select the type of tracking you want to monitor from the drop-down menu. App View is the most basic option which will tell you every time someone opens the app.
Save the tag and publish it. This will enable you to download the container binary to add to your app.
Click the Versions tab at the top of the Tag Manager page. You’ll see a list of your tag versions.
Click the “Actions” button next to your first version and select “Download”. This will download a small file to your computer.
Create a raw resource folder in your project. The path should be . Rename your downloaded file to remove any upper-case characters and then copy it to the folder.
Create a new public class to extend Object. This is where you will implement the Google Tab Manager code.
Enter in the Google Tab Manager code. Enter the following code to implement your tag. Replace with the ID of your container, and with the filename of your container binary file:

TagManager tagManager = TagManager.getInstance(this);
PendingResult pending =
tagManager.loadContainerPreferNonDefault(containerId, R.raw.container_file);

pending.setResultCallback(new ResultCallback() {
@Override
public void onResult(ContainerHolder containerHolder) { ContainerHolderSingleton.setContainerHolder(containerHolder); Container container = containerHolder.getContainer(); if (!containerHolder.getStatus().isSuccess()) {
Log.e(“AppName”, “failure loading container”);
displayErrorToUser(R.string.load_error);
return;
}
ContainerHolderSingleton.setContainerHolder(containerHolder); ContainerLoadedCallback.registerCallbacksForContainer(container); containerHolder.setContainerAvailableListener(new
ContainerLoadedCallback());
startMainActivity();
}
}, 2, TimeUnit.SECONDS);

Publish your updated app. The above changes will report any time someone performs an event in your app. Since your tag is set to fire on any event, you won’t need to include any more code to activate the tag. If you wanted tags to only fire on specific events, you’ll need to add additional code Click here for details on reading your reports.
Click here for more detailed instructions on implementing Google Tags. Start monitoring your results. After about 24 hours, you should start receiving analytic reports. You can find your analytic information from the Google Analytics website. See the next section for information on reading your reports.
Monitoring Your Results
Open the Reporting section of the Google Analytics site. This will load the “Overview” page of the Behavior section, which will show you some basic information about the number of views you’re getting. You can see how long visitors are staying on the page, the percentage that are bouncing off, and the percentage that are exiting.

Open your Dashboard. You can view the Dashboard for each of your tracked sites by using the Dashboards menu on the left side of the site. Dashboards allow you to see in-depth information about the traffic for your site.

Customize your Dashboards. Each Dashboard comes pre-configured with basic widgets. You can customize them to better suit the needs of your site and business. Click the “+Add Widget” button in the Dashboards menu to add new widgets to the Dashboard. You can also remove any widgets that are already active.

Create more Dashboards. You can create new Dashboards to monitor specific aspects of a site. You can create up to 20 Dashboards. To create a new Dashboard, click the Dashboard menu and then click “+New Dashboard” Starter Dashboard contains all of the basic widgets.

Blank Canvas contains no widgets.

Use Filters to limit traffic that is displayed. If you have a lot of traffic coming from employees, you can use Filters to hide the traffic they generate. You can also use filters to only show traffic to a specific subdirectory, or hide traffic from that subdirectory.

Setting Goals
Return to the “Admin” section of the website. Select the account under which you would like to set up goals. This is under the “Views” tab. As you add more websites to your account, you will see a list of account names in this area.

Click the Goals button in the left menu. Select “Create a Goal” to start defining a new goal for your view, and then give your goal a name. Make sure to check the “Active” box to have the goal start tracking immediately.

Choose the type of goal you would like to create. There are templates available depending on the Industry you selected for your website when you created your Tracking Code.
Choose “Destination” as the goal if you want to get a certain amount of visits to a specific URL.

Choose “Pages per Visit” or “Screens per Visit” to specify a certain number of pages that your users visit while they are there. Specify a “Condition” and a number of pages visited. These are sometimes called “Readers.”

Choose “Duration” to work toward a certain visit length. Fill in the timein minutes or seconds. Then, enter the goal value. You may refer to these visitors as “Engaged Users.”

Choose an “Event” goal for a “Call to Action,” such as buying a ticket or submitting an RSVP. You will need to return and fill out this goal once you have activated the Analytics Goal Tracking feature.

Choose “Sales” or other e-commerce goals to track the number of people that buy and what they choose to buy.

Save your new goal. Select “Save” when you have specified all the details for your goal. You can create up to 20 goals per view.

Read your Goal Flow Report. This report will give you information on how visitors are reaching your goal. It is located under Standard Reporting > Conversions/Outcomes > Goals.
You can see where visitors are entering your funnel to your goal, where they are exiting if they are leaving too soon, where the traffic loops back, and more.[1]

Activating Additional Analytics Features
Track email, social media and other marketing campaigns with Google Analytics. Build a custom URL that tracks traffic for each new campaign. Go to the Campaigns URL Builder to build your URL with the website, source, medium, term, name and content. Use this custom URL on any online links. Google will track the user’s information.

Go to the “Campaigns” tab. Select “Traffic Sources” and proceed to”Sources” to analyze your specific campaigns for their success.

Setup linked accounts with Google AdWords. If you have a Pay Per Click (PPC) account, link this to Analytics so that you can track conversion rates and run reports on each PPC ad.

Use Event Tracking. Similar to a custom URL for campaigns, customize your event links to track the source and conversion for ticket purchases. Add specific details about your event in the latter half of the URL, including them in the following order: event, category, action and label. Search for the “Event Tracking Guide” to find specifics on how to set up this slightly technical URL. Go to the “Reports” section to track your event movements.

Related wikiHows
How to Get Useful Information from Google Analytics

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