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Golf Tee Times at TeeTimes.net

I have been hard at work creating more than 1,000 pages of unique content for my golf reservations project over at TeeTimes.net. Most of this has involved creating unique descriptions for each of the golf courses within the system (a detailed list of golf courses and golf course regions can be found here).

Why have we done this? The present descriptions that we were using as part of our booking engine would be what the search engines call “duplicated content”. The content was not original and it was being fed onto sites allĀ  across the web. By creating our own descriptions of the golf courses, our content should be treated as unique.

I will keep you posted if this makes a difference.

December 10, 2008 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

Reliable Flagging, Maple Ridge – Read this before calling them

Thinking of calling Reliable Flagging of Maple Ridge for your flagging and traffic control needs? Then please read this post first.

Back in July, I wrote about the weekly wrong numbers that we were receiving for Maple Ridge’s Reliable Flagging (see the post here). I wrote the post to seed the search engines with the right phone number. Well the calls stopped for a while, but they started up again a few weeks ago [I was bumped out of the top position for the keywords “reliable flagging” by an Industry Canada profile]. And then the calls started again. For the calls we’ve been answering, it works out to be 2 to 3 calls per week. From an SEO perspective, this shows the power of being in the top slot as opposed to being number 2.

And every time someone calls, we’ve been dutiful in trying to help out and pass their actual phone number along (it is now written on a permanent sticky-note next to the phone and I have it memorized 604.466.3524… 604.466.3524 …604.466.3524 … 604.466.FLAG). And every time we get a phone call, we ask the caller to “say hi from John” when you call the right number.

But not any more. No way. No how.

Here’s why. I had another phone call today from someone looking for flagging services. I told him the correct number without a beat, and he mentioned that I must get a lot of phone calls for them as this is the number that I got from the Internet. I said “I did”, and “please say hi to Jane for me.” After hanging up, I did a quick search on Google revealed that we are no longer ranked number 1 for reliable flagging. Hmmm… I pondered. Let me call Jane directly again as last time when I tried to find a solution, she wanted to know why I didn’t call her and let her know about the problem.

The response that I got from her today was appalling in my opinion. She is saying that she only gets business from the Yellow Pages and never from the Internet [hands up if you simply recycle your Yellow Pages when it arrives on your doorstep]. And she certainly has never had anyone say that they got her phone number from me. She kept on insisting that it is an issue between me and Telus if we are getting those phone calls [think about that one for a while].

Then I tried to interject the berating and threats that she is “going to sue my ass off” with a creative solution. I offered to get her a website built through some of the contractors that I use overseas at cost … as in I am not going to be making money… and for a basic brochureware site, you are talking $100-$200 max. But at least as a website owner she could control her own name and her own business. But I forgot… she doesn’t get any business from the Internet.

I cannot comment on her business skills, customer service abilities, professionalĀ  demeanor, traffic control skills, or anything else in that regard. I do hope that for whichever customers do choose Reliable Flagging over other great businesses offering flagging services, your experience in dealing with Jane has been better than mine (please post a comment below if you agree or disagree). I hate to admit it, but I actually hung up on her. I never hang up on anyone. I am even polite to telemarketers.

So for the last time, Reliable Flagging’s phone number is 604.466.3524. And this time, when you speak to Jane, please say “Hi from John”. And do tell her that you got her number from my blog and the Internet.

Oh… and for those looking for flagging services in Maple Ridge or the Vancouver area, these websites look interesting:

Ansan Traffic Control

Valley Traffic Systems

October 9, 2008 at 5:12 pm 9 comments

Creative Commons Code Snippets as LinkBait

I launched a LinkBait SEO experiment today for a client, Urban Presentations Home Staging. We have created a small application called a Home Staging Price Calculator that allows people to copy-and-paste a code snippet onto their own websites. First and foremost, the application is useful to those who want to know more about the price of staging a home for real estate sales.

The little applet is published under Creative Commons with the restriction that any websites that use the calculator must do so with a link back to the Urban Presentations website. The thought being, that if Realtors use this home staging calculator, it will likely be on a page dedicated to the concept of Home Staging. And hopefully, they would pass back a bit of link love in the process. We will see if it works.

September 26, 2008 at 1:10 pm Leave a comment

Optimizing TeeTimes.net for Search Engines

This is more of an open pondering on my recent TeeTimes.net project, you know… the one that enables golfers to book golf course reservations from the golf course down their street, or around the world.

I am now in the midst of optimizing the site for search engines. I have submitted to Yahoo! Directory, DMOZ, Best of the Web, eLib.org, Lii.org, and a few others. I have been StumbledUpon and ‘slurped’ by Delicious. I have even retained an SEO rep to help me source some highly-relevant links … the white hat way.

But here is my question. I have just received a link from a legitimate site that has a PR8 ranking (It is a very well known and respectable site and the content that was created for me on this site is keyword rich). The thing is, given the very nature of the site and the products that I am offering, I am confident that I could get multiple links from this same site (let’s say… 1 per week). Each link is on its own page whereby the only external link goes to the TeeTimes.net website. So does the math for the search engines and page rank work like this:

“1 site, 1 page, PR8 rank, 1 link”

equals…

“1 site, 2-10 pages, PR8 rank for each, 2-10 links”

In other words, is 1 equal to 10? And will it help book golf tee times for those who are looking for the golf course down the street?

John

[EDIT: And before you comment on it… yes I know that having 10 sites, each of which has a PR8 link is better.]

September 11, 2008 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment


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