Friday, June 29, 2007

Good Long Tail Blog #94

Okay, so we get around 20 emails a week asking us to exchange links/add to our blog roll, and the rest.

These are predominantly from corporate bloggers or small affiliate sites masquerading as blogs.

As a rule, we are NOT in the habit of exchanging links with sites simply because they want to boost their Google Juice and Technorati ranking. Indeed, if we respond to every request we would be giving some of the biggest blogs in the UK a run for their Link Love money.

I digress...

An email we received this morning would normally have fallen into the above category, because of the approach, but perhaps because it is Friday the site is actually worth a mention simply because it is a great example of the Long Tail of Travel in action.

[During presentations on blogging over the last year or so we have been arguing that travel professionals should be creating blogs which focus on a particular area of their business or a speciality they may have - to give them a point of difference to the 86.8 million other blogs out there.]

Private Islands Blog is about as niche as you can get. It has a very simple design (take note bloggers everywhere, us included) and its owner, Mark Amherst, writes passionately about the business of owning an island, how to go about staying on an island, where are the best private islands in the world, etc.

If any travel agents or tour operators want to see how to create a specialist, decent-looking blog this is a good place to start.

Kevin May, editor, Travolution


Mr. Cheyenne Morrison said...
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Travolution Blogger said...

Cheyenne Morrison: I have removed your comment from our blog as it could be considered libellous. I understand you have a number of issues with Mr Amherst and his Private Islands Blog, but this is not the place for them to be aired.

Anonymous said...
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Travolution Blogger said...

Anonymous: libel law still stands, even on the web. sorry, post removed regarding Cheyenne Morrison.

Alessandro Chivas said...

Cheyenne Morrison, the person leaving the negative comments has been exposed here:

I doubt Private Islands Inc. would publish anythign libelous!

Travolution Blogger said...

Alesandro: Clear lack of understanding of libel law going on here.

I have been forced to delete comments from Mr Morrison and others over this matter in recent months. The Travolution Blog to not the place for grievances on any side to be made public.