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One great reason to blog is that someone may find your information and publish it on their site, or magazine, or article. It also adds great SEO for google for your inn, make sure you use a hyperlink and the location of your inn within your articles.

Here is my challenge to you, should you wish to be challenged...

If you have a blog, here is the title you should use:

14 Reasons to visit (your area) in 2014 

If you write this, send me a link to the article and I will post them all in one article on Innteractive Inns blog. 14 shouldn't be difficult. If you don't have photos for everything, 14 photos may be too many anyway, pick a top photo to use, you can count down or up, ie

14

13

12

and the number one reason to visit (your area) to see or do for 2014 is:

WHAT DO YOU SAY? ARE YOU UP FOR IT? 

Deadline 05/31/14

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Hmmm. You KNOW I'm dense, J.B. I just now got the connection between 14 things and the year being 2014! But I'm still happy with things. If I had done 14 top things, a couple of them would have to be the McDonald's drive through (we have TWO lanes now!) and the Walmart Supercenter!

Thanks for offering this for us!

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Arks wrote:

Hmmm. You KNOW I'm dense, J.B. I just now got the connection between 14 things and the year being 2014! But I'm still happy with things. If I had done 14 top things, a couple of them would have to be the McDonald's drive through (we have TWO lanes now!) and the Walmart Supercenter!

Thanks for offering this for us!

Get out of here!

I thought you were just being obstinate. You are allowed moments of each, just don't let them become habit forming. cool

Next year I will expect 15 things to do.

PS Saying J.B. with periods is like a mother calling her son by their full name. gulp. smiley

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I also want to give thanks. You do so much to help all of us market. This is one grateful innkeeper.

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100% free marketing. I hope those who participated find some interest from media, tourism or heads in beds. Well done everyone!

"We Have the Top Reasons to Visit Us!" http://innteractiveinns.blogspot.com/2014/06/we-have-top-reasons-to-visit-us.html

 

*I changed the title as you see the "14 reasons to visit in 2014" was not followed, that herding cats thing again! But that is okay, I can roll with the punches y'all! Getting kinda tipsy doing it! haha yes

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Just posted #4 with #3 & #2 scheduled for one each in the next 2 days and will get #1 when we return from errands.. Woohoo!

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I have 13 and have started posting them on my blog page on my web site. http://www.gillumhouse.com/blog/ #13 was posted yesterday. Today I combined #11 & 12 as one post. #10 will post tomorrow and #9 Thursday. I hope this is a good way to do it.

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Thanks, you will get the most bang for your buck this way, and I will link back to your blog! Looks great. 

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Last night when I posted several of them, I did a preface before getting to the reason. With the mine disasters I included the fact that the last man out alive from Farmington #9 sat next to me in the Shinnston Community Band until he died of cancer a few years ago and he left his prized tuba to the Community Band. Do you think this is good or bad.

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Anyone else, the deadline is May 31st...there is still time. Do a blog, do a slideshow, do a bullet list with just one photos, whatever you fancy! yes

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Great slideshow, and you have such great stuff to offer! 

The one that's just initials...will everybody know what that means? I didn't, till I googled. (Yes, everybody who sees the slideshow won't take time to read the text below the slideshow.)

Great job!

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Just noticed some of the links are underlined and some aren't. It's never easy, is it?!

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Madeleine wrote:

Just noticed some of the links are underlined and some aren't. It's never easy, is it?!

I spent HOURS fiddling with mine, and didn't even pursue JB's last couple of suggestions! No, not as easy as one would think.

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Arks wrote:

Madeleine wrote:

Just noticed some of the links are underlined and some aren't. It's never easy, is it?!

I spent HOURS fiddling with mine, and didn't even pursue JB's last couple of suggestions! No, not as easy as one would think.

I made the same suggestion to Maddie. If it is recreation toss some verbs in there, if it is scenic some adjectives. 

Once you think about it Arks you will go back and do this, it makes all the difference in the world.

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I tried to attach a link to every photo to go to the blog post but that didn't work. Have to go back to see what I did wrong.

As I see quite frequently on some sites: Done but with errors on page.

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Why didn't you create a slideshow ON THE PAGE rather than in the header. Do you think people will wait long enough for those to all load?  For me, I just started scrolling down the page. Didn't know the slide show would be in the header. 

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Don't know how to put a slide show in the page? That's my best answer right now!

 

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It's very easy.  Want me to set it up and then you just add the pics? I'll send you instructions.

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I'll set it up, just send directions!

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Madeleine wrote:

I tried to attach a link to every photo to go to the blog post but that didn't work. Have to go back to see what I did wrong.

As I see quite frequently on some sites: Done but with errors on page.

It is amazing! Well done.

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First one I did. I didn't realize the name would show up. I'll fix it tomorrow. No, I wouldn't expect anyone to know but it is in the text below that no one will read!

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Done! Didn't think I ever would be. I did a slideshow (good idea arks!) and 14 things to do/see/try plus a bonus.

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Madeleine wrote:

Done! Didn't think I ever would be. I did a slideshow (good idea arks!) and 14 things to do/see/try plus a bonus.

Maddie, that is fabulous! Well done!

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Mine are all within this county. Our town (the only real town in the county) is right in the center of the county.

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What is considered "area" - 1 hour, 90 min, 2 hours?????
 

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gillumhouse wrote:

What is considered "area" - 1 hour, 90 min, 2 hours?????
 

Mine are mostly under an hour but a couple are over 3 hours.

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gillumhouse wrote:

What is considered "area" - 1 hour, 90 min, 2 hours?????
 

Whatever you want it to be.

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Got my own "top 10 attractions" slideshow posted this morning. I made it a permanent page on the website, accessible under Attractions on my top menu, then made a blog post that shows an image of the first few slides cascaded over each other, with a link to the slideshow page.

I got some input from others before posting it and that helped a lot. Still not perfect, not as good as our really great promoters here could do, but I'm happy with it!

Thanks for the idea, JB, and for the push to actually get it done!

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Love the idea of the slideshow on the website! Am starting it now. Got my list made up, have pix to put on a slider, I'm off!

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Sigh!

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My baby is here with wife & their her kids (dogs) on the way to Finland. We will be "babysitting for 3 days while they go to DC. Then back to pick them up, pack up, and head out for PA.They will visit friends in Philly while they get the well-dog certificates (no more than 5 days before depart) and then to NYC for take-off. Am working on my list in the meantime.

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

One great reason to blog is that someone may find your information and publish it on their site...

Hmmm. I'm wanting to make this a regular page on my website. But it wouldn't make much of a blog entry to just blog a link to that "regular page". 

Maybe on the blog just put the first image in the slideshow, and when they click it, it takes them to the regular page with the real slideshow.

It would be hard to post the whole thing on both the regular site and the blog because my blog entries are 450 pixels wide and my regular pages are 990 pixels wide (blog has a special sidebar the regular pages don't have). So it would actually need 2 separate slide shows, each with its own images sized for the page.

This ain't easy, JB!

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Arks please don't overthink, have some fun with it. If you want to go back later and connect the dots, then do it, but have fun.

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

Arks please don't overthink, have some fun with it. If you want to go back later and connect the dots, then do it, but have fun.

I don't do anything unless it's fun! Eye-wink

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Is your blog connected to your website?

If not, I'd do the webpage like you said and a short blast on the blog. Static pix on the blog, slideshow on your site.

'Want more? Tap here!'

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So you think it's better to start at #14 and count down to #1 (the absolute best thing you have to do)?

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So you think it's better to start at #14 and count down to #1 (the absolute best thing you have to do)?

Since it is 14 and not like a TOP 5 list I started at #1, as none of them are any better than any other, but if I had a WOW at the end, I would count down. Do you have a BIG WOW you want to unleash at the end?

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Do you have a BIG WOW you want to unleash at the end?

Boy I wish!!!

And I'm only doing a top 10.

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Here is a page with links to information for visitors from the prv things to do I shared:

On the hotels/accomod

B&Bs are at the top

BED & BREAKFAST INNS
Ashleigh Manor  closed 540-876-1247
Clear Point who the heck knows not sure what they are 540-276-2758
Chateauware Bed & Breakfast closed 540-367-1886
Lovestone Inn closed 540-202-0610
The Claiborne House 540-479-4513

So two of the 5 are still open, and only one really is a B&B and we wonder why people get frustrated!

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

So two of the 5 are still open, and only one really is a B&B and we wonder why people get frustrated!

Congratulations on not being closed.

Cream of the crop.

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I just finished doing a rackcard for a friend..24 Things for Kids to do...in Luray Va

she is getting sucg good response to it. she asked the local !Chamber to do it and they refused, so we did it together and put  a CREDIT TO HER BUSINESS ON IT

She ordered thousands and is giving them to everyone she has  put on the list.

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I just finished doing a rackcard for a friend..24 Things for Kids to do...in Luray Va

she is getting sucg good response to it. she asked the local !Chamber to do it and they refused, so we did it together and put  a CREDIT TO HER BUSINESS ON IT

She ordered thousands and is giving them to everyone she has  put on the list.

That's what I did with my 50 things to see & do here book. Had to pay for it myself because the chamber won't do it and the tourism assn is broke. Everybody went wild over it. We went through 3000 in less than a year.

Second printing it expanded to 70 things to see & do, and I was able to sell ads to pay for the printing.

We decided to stick with doing 3000 at a time because a lot of the things to see & do are businesses, and new ones keep opening and old ones keep closing, so the thing gets outdated pretty fast. Best to stick with a number you can use up in about a year then update and reprint yearly.

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Arks I thought of you and your 50 things as you can cut n paste from that doc. Smiling

Re changes to the printed brochures do what the chambers or museums have always done, stick a label over something that has changed (but hopefully not on 2999 of them). The more you add the more chance of a business closing, in fact there is a local newspaper at our lake who sent out a list of things to do at the lake today and I clicked on it.

I thought, hey just like out 14 reasons...and i immediately spotted Smith Stables which has been closed for years. So did they just rerun it or not do their homework? Could be either or both.  Some of the items were a stretch too, I thought, kind of pathetic. Volunteering. Well and good, but not on a tourist brochure of what to do on your summer vacation at the lake, no they didn't say pick up trash or anything. They didn't say WHAT to volunteer at.

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Suggestion... Qr code that leads to an easily updated webpage.

 You might get more ads, too. Just paying for the link to their site might get more people to sign up.

We pay $50/year to be on a site for birders. It's a link.

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Madeleine wrote:

Suggestion... Qr code that leads to an easily updated webpage.

 You might get more ads, too. Just paying for the link to their site might get more people to sign up.

We pay $50/year to be on a site for birders. It's a link.

He has QR codes.

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I'm in too, but first I need to know your deadline. Thanks for doing this.

 

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5/31/2014

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Make it simple or complicated, here is an example of what i have so far:

14 Reasons to Visit (our area) in 2014!

The XYZ Bed and Breakfast is offering 14 reasons to visit (our area) in 2014. We would like to entice you first time visitors to pack up the car and make a road trip to our area. You will quickly learn why this is an inncredible part of the country. For those return visitors, who were here and didn't realize what they missed, this list is also for you. We hope you innjoy our list!

MUSIC

OUTDOOR RECREATION

HISTORY

FOOD

SCENERY

WINE

 

I will post the info on each one of these with a link, to equal 14.

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

Make it simple or complicated, here is an example of what i have so far:

14 Reasons to Visit (our area) in 2014!

The XYZ Bed and Breakfast is offering 14 reasons to visit (our area) in 2014. We would like to entice you first time visitors to pack up the car and make a road trip to our area. You will quickly learn why this is an inncredible part of the country. For those return visitors, who were here and didn't realize what they missed, this list is also for you. We hope you innjoy our list!

MUSIC

OUTDOOR RECREATION

HISTORY

FOOD

SCENERY

WINE

 

I will post the info on each one of these with a link, to equal 14.

Great start! Thanks for sharing!

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Hmmm. Interesting. Great idea! Yes, those lists top this and top that are popular. I guess you'd build it as a slide show with a Next button. I'll look into it!

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Arks wrote:

Hmmm. Interesting. Great idea! Yes, those lists top this and top that are popular. I guess you'd build it as a slide show with a Next button. I'll look into it!

If you use wordpress there is a slider option to use. Smiling (with manual page turns like you mention)

Remember everyone when you use any photos, save the photos with the name of your inn and town as it WILL show up in google from that. Get the most bang for your buck.

ie instead of:

"beach_view2.jpg"

use

"Beach view from Sunset Cottages at Fairmont Alaska.jpg"

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