tomthumb2000 - 9:49 pm on Dec 13, 2005 (gmt 0)
Okay, so thanks for EVERYONE'S responses. I don;t take any of it badly, it's all good feedback whether I take it on board or not.
It must be a reflection on the presentation or navigation of the site that some people perceive the site to be empty. The country guides all have over ten sections - maybe because the side bar doesn't change colour no one sees the various sections.
We haven;t put a discussion forum on the site precisely because traffic is so slight. Nothing is as depressing as an empty forum. But i suppose we could start with something more focused and pump up the responses ourselves...
The code is quite messy through the site - is there a way we can clean that up rather than by going through painstakingly by hand?
We knew from the start that it's avery competitive field. Yet it seems to us that all the travel guides available on the net are so mainstream and dull that there was room for an alternative take. We get a lot of feedback (generally either very enthusiastic or utterly outraged) and our hits to visits ratio is pretty high so when people arrive they do spend time. We had a link from an Israeli forum two months ago that sent us 3000 visits in one day.
Our feeling also was not to over-optimise the site and allow for a natural growth. That way we wouldn;t hit any trip wires years from now in google.