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rcjordan




msg:364228
 8:52 pm on Dec 11, 2000 (gmt 0)

I need advice/recommendations.... Last night I was running down some incoming links to one of my resort travel sites (NC coastal beach area) and stumbled across something that astounded me. Last December, according to Top9/PCData [top9.com], this site ranked 18th in "travel destination" websites. Since "surveys and awards" are usually meaningless, I was sceptical. Below is some info I found on the Top9 FAQ, it looks like this is serious stuff. I'd expect that the site is still in the Top 100, averaging 35-40,000 very targeted uniques per month.

Data for Top9.com come from PC Data Online, and are based on their own unique methodology. Their user base of 120,000 is the largest in the industry and consists primarily of home users. Top9.com is all about trying to reflect the most popular sites based on what the average user wants.

Rankings for the "Top9" listing can not be purchased, submitted or influenced; they are based on objective survey methods. If your site is one of the nine most popular sites in its category based on our figures, it will appear in the "Top9" listing.

My first question: Is this really a big deal, or am I reading more into this than I should?

Indeed, if it is a significant travel-related site, then this points squarely to the fact that I do not know how to take full advantage of it. There must be opportunities to parlay this into some sort of sale to more savvy web publishers, or an angel investor, or something? BTW, besides vacation travelers, the site oozes detailed real estate and retirement requests, too.

Your input re whether/where/how I should start looking for contacts will be greatly appreciated! Post here, email (see profile), or stickymail -whatever you feel is appropriate.

 

Brett_Tabke




msg:364229
 2:51 pm on Mar 25, 2001 (gmt 0)

I remember talking to you at the time about this RC, how'd you ever come out with those guys?

rcjordan




msg:364230
 4:32 pm on Mar 25, 2001 (gmt 0)

>how'd you ever come out with those guys?

I don't know whether to laugh or cry, BT. The short answer is Nothing has happened. I'm laughing because my sites are doing well, in terms of traffic and also financially.

But, it's becoming increasingly clear to me that print magazine publishers in my niche, the group that would likely be the next step up and could provide the partnership resources I need, are clueless when it comes to running a web project. I'm going to write this off to "other media mentality." <sidebar> I think other media mentality was the primary reason Disney failed with the 2nd manifestation of Go.com, when they said they were going to focus on travel and entertainment (but never really did). </sidebar>

And, the current vogue of dotcom-bashing is going to have to pass. Right now, I've pulled back to the bunkers and will wait out the on-going web genocide. I'm trying to console myself by buying nice laptops, desktop hardware, any program or script I even think I might want, and traveling to resorts and travel & tourism conventions [groveparkinn.com] on the company tab. It's tough, but I'll manage to get through it somehow.

Marcia




msg:364231
 6:13 pm on Mar 26, 2001 (gmt 0)

Laptops, travel and conventions on the company tab? My sympathies are with you. ;)

rcjordan




msg:364232
 7:36 pm on Mar 26, 2001 (gmt 0)

Yeah, it's tough, but somebody has to do it.

mivox




msg:364233
 8:25 pm on Mar 26, 2001 (gmt 0)

Hoo boy rc, I'm glad I'm not in your shoes... I don't think I could handle all that laptop-toting tax-deductible jet-setting.

rcjordan




msg:364234
 8:43 pm on Mar 26, 2001 (gmt 0)

Yeah, in about 2 weeks I'm going to be forced to spend 4 or 5 days in the Grove Park Inn. Harrah's is taking some of us on a tour of their new casino on the Cherokee reservation, so I guess I'm going to have to "research" the slots and roulette tables, too. Bummer!

Marcia




msg:364235
 12:22 am on Mar 27, 2001 (gmt 0)

This is a heart-rending story, I am truly touched. Enough so, that I am moved to volunteer my services as a research assistant on this project. Just name the place and time.

Oh I know, I know, I am all heart. ;)

scott




msg:364236
 2:06 pm on Mar 28, 2001 (gmt 0)

Wouldn't adding one more make it more or less a "junket?"

Junkets are always better....more official.

I could join and make it a junket.....but just this once. ;)

dwedeking




msg:364237
 2:42 pm on Mar 28, 2001 (gmt 0)

Browsing design firm sites, I once saw a company that did resorts only. They come and stay at your resort for 7 days, do photo shoots and build your site right there. Always thought if you could get a continous stream of these resorts the money saved in office overhead, owning a house, etc, you could retire in a matter of years. :)

rcjordan




msg:364238
 2:59 pm on Mar 28, 2001 (gmt 0)

>They come and stay at your resort for 7 days, do photo shoots and build your site right there

Not just in web sites, you'd be amazed at all of the travel writers, photo journalists, movie film crews, TV film crews, etc. that are around doing some variation of this.

mivox




msg:364239
 8:25 pm on Mar 28, 2001 (gmt 0)

They come and stay at your resort for 7 days, do photo shoots and build your site right there.

Wow... do you think there are enough resorts in the world to support more than one company doing that? ;)

minnapple




msg:364240
 11:50 pm on Mar 29, 2001 (gmt 0)

How I spent my summer vacation.

I am seriously going to try booking at least two weeks at regional resorts this summer using this idea.

With two travel days, and two hours a day working, and a couple of "significant events" you could write off most of whatever the resort doesn't give you free as an expense.

I'll have to say this one of the BEST ideas I have run across here so far!

minnapple

rcjordan




msg:364241
 1:20 am on Mar 30, 2001 (gmt 0)

>With two travel days, and two hours a day working, and a couple of "significant events" you could write off most of whatever the resort doesn't give you free as an expense.

Works for me. ;) (But answering my email takes the two hours.)

minnapple




msg:364242
 2:13 am on Mar 30, 2001 (gmt 0)

rc
You would be on vacation. You would be totally offline.
Can any of us do it for a whole week?

rcjordan




msg:364243
 2:29 am on Mar 30, 2001 (gmt 0)

>You would be on vacation. You would be totally offline

Says who? That's the problem with a virtual business, it is forever lurking there in the phone jack... follows you everywhere you go. But I've worked very hard to set mine up so I can let it run unattended for extended periods. On trips, I'm pretty content to just hit the email.

rcjordan




msg:364244
 2:50 am on Mar 30, 2001 (gmt 0)

Hey minnapple, here are a few of the dotcoms still in inventory...
WalkingTour, WalkingGuide, HistoricTour, HistoricGuide

Take a few third-level domains like London, Ireland, SanFrancisco, toss in a Sony Mavica and there's alot of 'work' out there.

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