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cuil weirdness

I’ve been trying to use cuil but their results are very variable. Sometimes they are great – at  least as good as google but other times they just don’t seem that relevant.

My www.bellhop.com.au site now has 999 results but one of the first page links is to a page on Ashanti witchcraft. And another is to a page that does not exist,  although the whole site (budu) has gone so I’m not sure what that means.

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one way travel links

I’m trialling adding user-generated content on my sites. But as unmoderated comments can often be a nightmare of spam – I’ve decided to try to limit the content to city descriptions. I think this will help to create a better experience for visitors to my sites.

It’ll also be over great use to webmasters who want to get more one way links to their site as I don’t require a link back form them. Just the effort of creating a few lines of original content.

The rules are the description must be original and at least 100 words. In return I’ll credit the source and add a link to their site. I think this offer of one way links will work for us both and for my audience.

So if you want links form a site that offers Australian hotels, or New Zealand hotels or hotels in Aisa then find a page without text and send me some content.

Oh, and no porn, gambling, pharmaceutical or links to other sites that would bring mine into disrepute.

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too Cuil

Okay, so a few days on and cuil have not indexed any new pages from my sites – but I’ve uploaded another couple of hundered pages to these sites so there is something new to index. But the content isn’t hugley different so they may just be ignoring those pages (these pages are part of another trial I’m doing with google but more on that later). I should stop being so lazy and go and look at the log files to see if their spider has come by again.

I’ve also sent the two sites they were not indexing through to their email address to see what happens.

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five star luxury hotels on the cheap

I’ve extended my hotel search to include five star hotels … Some of the deals look very good.

You can see on the Channel Islands page how I’m highlighting a few five star hotels in with the other hotels.

On another site I’ve taken it a bit further and you can view only 5 star + hotels by city e.g. Tashkent in  Uzbekistan or Five star luxury in Nantou, Taiwan.

I’m not sure how many people search by “star rating” and in some countries the boundaries seem to be very flexible. Many hotels seem to be ‘self-rating’ rather than by an ‘official’ accreditation process. As always the  international hotel chains should be more reliable, which can be good or bad depending on how adventurous you want to get.

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Currencies of the world unite (it would make my life easier)

I’ve started adding rates to my hotel comparison sites.  As the sites cover several countries, they also cover several currencies which has added a new twist: how to display the correct currency symbol. Not all browsers support unicode currency characters so should I use an image?  Possibly, so now I’ll have to look into that and find simple solution to check which currency it is then dispaly the correct symbol in the correct way.

Still, I’m pleased that the provider of the data ( www.HotelsCombined.com ) has started adding minimum rates in. It will make my sites sdo much more valuable.

Now if they’d just add brief descriptions …

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Best hotels in Kazakhstan

Ok, so it’s not going to be a huge money spinner but Wikipedia lists Kazakstan as being in Central Asia so I’ve added it to my www.hotelbuddy.asia site so that you can now find the best hotel deals in Kazakhstan.

One problem being that my site is in English only and I’m not sure how many of the locals speak English … but perhaps English-speaking foreign travellers will find it useful.

Or perhaps the links to Tajikistan Hotels or Uzbekistan Hotels will be of more help.

Which brings up the issue of the domainance of English – or the presumption by many of those of us that speak it – that everyone else does too. Certainly I’ve often (to my shame) relied on the friendly help of English speaking natives when travelling rather than trying to speak their language – or some other immediary language we both share.

Many larger hotel sites do supply transalations for other languages but I often wonder how complete and therefore how useful they are.

 

 

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Asian Hotels

The price of .asia domains has come down so I’ve registered www.hotelbuddy.asia and set up a site. 

I’ve added a few countries and need to work out the state/regions for my automated process to work but there a few pages for people to find great hotel deals in Asia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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