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www.goinnstyle.com is a site specifically designed for owners of Inns and Bed & Breakfasts to promote themselves through our free online directory and also for those looking for a great Inn or Bed & Breakfast to stay in.
 

swirt

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Hi GetInnStyle and welcome to Innspiring.

You may want to get your form that asks for creditcard info onto a secure connection.
http://www.getinnlisted.com/AddListing.aspx
Penalties for such things have gone from huge, to HUGE.
 

GoInnStyle

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Hi GetInnStyle and welcome to Innspiring.

You may want to get your form that asks for creditcard info onto a secure connection.
http://www.getinnlisted.com/AddListing.aspx
Penalties for such things have gone from huge, to HUGE..
The form itself is actually secure, it's loaded through a frame to a secure address, and I know it's secure because the form won't process if it's not on a secure address and the form does process.
Thank you for the comment though, I will see if I can make that more clear on the site.
And glad to be here :)
 

swirt

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Hi GetInnStyle and welcome to Innspiring.

You may want to get your form that asks for creditcard info onto a secure connection.
http://www.getinnlisted.com/AddListing.aspx
Penalties for such things have gone from huge, to HUGE..
The form itself is actually secure, it's loaded through a frame to a secure address, and I know it's secure because the form won't process if it's not on a secure address and the form does process.
Thank you for the comment though, I will see if I can make that more clear on the site.
And glad to be here :)
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The iframe is not secure.
The iframe on this insecure page
http://www.getinnlisted.com/AddListing.aspx
references this insecure page
http://www.getinnstyle.com/InnAddListing.aspx/
which then posts the info to itself
InnAddListing.aspx
So round trip, all of the data gets sent over http not https. Not a single connection is secure.
 

swirt

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Good job redirecting the http to the https .... why not just have the whole page on https? Many users will automatically look for this and will pass you by if they don't see it. They won't take the time to investigate the recipient of the iframe like I did. Some less saavy security software will also issue a warning the way you have it set up now. They won't pick up that the iframe is secure. Why risk it?
 

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Good job redirecting the http to the https .... why not just have the whole page on https? Many users will automatically look for this and will pass you by if they don't see it. They won't take the time to investigate the recipient of the iframe like I did. Some less saavy security software will also issue a warning the way you have it set up now. They won't pick up that the iframe is secure. Why risk it?.
You absolutely raise valid points, we certainly considered it and will certainly do that in down the road, however as a new service our funds to pay for mutliple certificates for multiple sites simply is not in our budget right now.
GetInnStyle is where we assigned the secure certificate that we did buy earlier this year and it is attached to that domain. To keep our costs as low as possible as we get started we decided to use the options we had at hand.
As I said, we will re-evaluate our approach and to determine if it's something we can afford to afford. Unfortuntely certificates are not terribly cheap.
Thank you again for your comments.
 

GoInnStyle

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Hi GetInnStyle and welcome to Innspiring.

You may want to get your form that asks for creditcard info onto a secure connection.
http://www.getinnlisted.com/AddListing.aspx
Penalties for such things have gone from huge, to HUGE..
As you can see it was brought to our attention there were issues with our secure form (at the time it was not secure apparently).
We had disabled the form while we worked on the issue and we have now re-enabled it after further tests. We triple checked our changes to the form and are confident this issue will not arise again. We had some development code which basically gave us a positive result when in reality it was not, we have removed this code, changed some additional code and implemented additional tests on our side to make sure everything is indeed secure.
No Credit Cards other than my own have been processed through this form so far so no one else needs to be worried about that.
We appoligize for the possible mis-conception of our security and take full responsibilty when it is not.
We hope we have not lost your trust in us and to show our appreciation we are offering the next 5 Inn Keepers to reply to this thread a free 12 month listing, no credit card required.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at info@getinnstyle.com.
Thank you,
Micah
 

sonatainn

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Hi GetInnStyle and welcome to Innspiring.

You may want to get your form that asks for creditcard info onto a secure connection.
http://www.getinnlisted.com/AddListing.aspx
Penalties for such things have gone from huge, to HUGE..
As you can see it was brought to our attention there were issues with our secure form (at the time it was not secure apparently).
We had disabled the form while we worked on the issue and we have now re-enabled it after further tests. We triple checked our changes to the form and are confident this issue will not arise again. We had some development code which basically gave us a positive result when in reality it was not, we have removed this code, changed some additional code and implemented additional tests on our side to make sure everything is indeed secure.
No Credit Cards other than my own have been processed through this form so far so no one else needs to be worried about that.
We appoligize for the possible mis-conception of our security and take full responsibilty when it is not.
We hope we have not lost your trust in us and to show our appreciation we are offering the next 5 Inn Keepers to reply to this thread a free 12 month listing, no credit card required.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at info@getinnstyle.com.
Thank you,
Micah
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I'll bite!
Free 12 month exposure = wicked!
 

sonatainn

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Hi GetInnStyle and welcome to Innspiring.

You may want to get your form that asks for creditcard info onto a secure connection.
http://www.getinnlisted.com/AddListing.aspx
Penalties for such things have gone from huge, to HUGE..
As you can see it was brought to our attention there were issues with our secure form (at the time it was not secure apparently).
We had disabled the form while we worked on the issue and we have now re-enabled it after further tests. We triple checked our changes to the form and are confident this issue will not arise again. We had some development code which basically gave us a positive result when in reality it was not, we have removed this code, changed some additional code and implemented additional tests on our side to make sure everything is indeed secure.
No Credit Cards other than my own have been processed through this form so far so no one else needs to be worried about that.
We appoligize for the possible mis-conception of our security and take full responsibilty when it is not.
We hope we have not lost your trust in us and to show our appreciation we are offering the next 5 Inn Keepers to reply to this thread a free 12 month listing, no credit card required.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at info@getinnstyle.com.
Thank you,
Micah
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Oh wait...you only handle the U.S
Where's the Canadian love?
 

EmptyNest

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Hi GetInnStyle and welcome to Innspiring.

You may want to get your form that asks for creditcard info onto a secure connection.
http://www.getinnlisted.com/AddListing.aspx
Penalties for such things have gone from huge, to HUGE..
As you can see it was brought to our attention there were issues with our secure form (at the time it was not secure apparently).
We had disabled the form while we worked on the issue and we have now re-enabled it after further tests. We triple checked our changes to the form and are confident this issue will not arise again. We had some development code which basically gave us a positive result when in reality it was not, we have removed this code, changed some additional code and implemented additional tests on our side to make sure everything is indeed secure.
No Credit Cards other than my own have been processed through this form so far so no one else needs to be worried about that.
We appoligize for the possible mis-conception of our security and take full responsibilty when it is not.
We hope we have not lost your trust in us and to show our appreciation we are offering the next 5 Inn Keepers to reply to this thread a free 12 month listing, no credit card required.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at info@getinnstyle.com.
Thank you,
Micah
.
I'll bite!
Free 12 month exposure = wicked!
.
What kind of exposure do you expect from a new and unknown site? Don't count on it.
 

GoInnStyle

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Hi GetInnStyle and welcome to Innspiring.

You may want to get your form that asks for creditcard info onto a secure connection.
http://www.getinnlisted.com/AddListing.aspx
Penalties for such things have gone from huge, to HUGE..
As you can see it was brought to our attention there were issues with our secure form (at the time it was not secure apparently).
We had disabled the form while we worked on the issue and we have now re-enabled it after further tests. We triple checked our changes to the form and are confident this issue will not arise again. We had some development code which basically gave us a positive result when in reality it was not, we have removed this code, changed some additional code and implemented additional tests on our side to make sure everything is indeed secure.
No Credit Cards other than my own have been processed through this form so far so no one else needs to be worried about that.
We appoligize for the possible mis-conception of our security and take full responsibilty when it is not.
We hope we have not lost your trust in us and to show our appreciation we are offering the next 5 Inn Keepers to reply to this thread a free 12 month listing, no credit card required.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at info@getinnstyle.com.
Thank you,
Micah
.
I'll bite!
Free 12 month exposure = wicked!
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Sonatainn, tell you what, since you asked I'll bring in the canadian love :)
I haven't done it yet because I'm working out the details on how Credit Card processing works outside of the US, but since you won't need your CC for a free listing I can add you in, since there does seem to be deman for out of US listings.
Go here: http://www.getinnlisted.com/AddListing.aspx
Then send me an email at info@getinnstyle.com with all the detail information from the "Inn Information" side of the listings page, and also send me a photo and I'll add your site in.
Cheers!
 

GoInnStyle

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Hi GetInnStyle and welcome to Innspiring.

You may want to get your form that asks for creditcard info onto a secure connection.
http://www.getinnlisted.com/AddListing.aspx
Penalties for such things have gone from huge, to HUGE..
As you can see it was brought to our attention there were issues with our secure form (at the time it was not secure apparently).
We had disabled the form while we worked on the issue and we have now re-enabled it after further tests. We triple checked our changes to the form and are confident this issue will not arise again. We had some development code which basically gave us a positive result when in reality it was not, we have removed this code, changed some additional code and implemented additional tests on our side to make sure everything is indeed secure.
No Credit Cards other than my own have been processed through this form so far so no one else needs to be worried about that.
We appoligize for the possible mis-conception of our security and take full responsibilty when it is not.
We hope we have not lost your trust in us and to show our appreciation we are offering the next 5 Inn Keepers to reply to this thread a free 12 month listing, no credit card required.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at info@getinnstyle.com.
Thank you,
Micah
.
I'll bite!
Free 12 month exposure = wicked!
.
What kind of exposure do you expect from a new and unknown site? Don't count on it.
.
catlady,
You are right that we are basically an unknown site, we are a new site and I understood that would be an issue. Which is one reason I'm working my tail off promoting the site as much as possible, I have advertisments going on right now, I'm posting on forums such as this one, I'm adding myself to other resource directories, I have a twitter account http://twitter.com/GetInnStyle setup where I make annoucements, I tweet when a new listing is added, I have been offering a giveaway similar to what I offered here to help try and grow my services so that it is indeed a useful site to those who use it.
GetInnListed.com is new we will be small for a while but I am positive we will continue to grow and be a site truly worth while.
I work hard to keep my customers happy and will do whatever I can do get them what they need. I'm offering a free lisiting to you (If you have an inn) and you don't seem to want to take it even though it costs you nothing. Exposure is exposure whether it's big or small. Even if you were to get only two new guests a year from our site it would pay for a listing and make it worth while, the fact that you could get a free listing makes it even less risky.
Either way, if you want a listing please let me know, if not, then I think you're missing out on a great opportunity to get in early on a new service that is doing a lot to promote those that list on our site.
Thanks for your comments, good or bad we always appreciate them.
Micah
 

GoInnStyle

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Hi GetInnStyle and welcome to Innspiring.

You may want to get your form that asks for creditcard info onto a secure connection.
http://www.getinnlisted.com/AddListing.aspx
Penalties for such things have gone from huge, to HUGE..
As you can see it was brought to our attention there were issues with our secure form (at the time it was not secure apparently).
We had disabled the form while we worked on the issue and we have now re-enabled it after further tests. We triple checked our changes to the form and are confident this issue will not arise again. We had some development code which basically gave us a positive result when in reality it was not, we have removed this code, changed some additional code and implemented additional tests on our side to make sure everything is indeed secure.
No Credit Cards other than my own have been processed through this form so far so no one else needs to be worried about that.
We appoligize for the possible mis-conception of our security and take full responsibilty when it is not.
We hope we have not lost your trust in us and to show our appreciation we are offering the next 5 Inn Keepers to reply to this thread a free 12 month listing, no credit card required.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at info@getinnstyle.com.
Thank you,
Micah
.
Oh wait...you only handle the U.S
Where's the Canadian love?
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sonatainn,
Wanted to announce / let you know we reworked the listing site and now can handle requests from Canada! We will slowly add in additional countries as requested if we are able.
Again, if you want me to give you one of the 5 listings, shoot me an email with the info and a photo:
Site: http://www.getinnlisted.com/AddListing.aspx (send the Inn Information stuff to: info@getinnstyle.com)
Thanks
Micah
 

swirt

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Hi GetInnStyle and welcome to Innspiring.

You may want to get your form that asks for creditcard info onto a secure connection.
http://www.getinnlisted.com/AddListing.aspx
Penalties for such things have gone from huge, to HUGE..
As you can see it was brought to our attention there were issues with our secure form (at the time it was not secure apparently).
We had disabled the form while we worked on the issue and we have now re-enabled it after further tests. We triple checked our changes to the form and are confident this issue will not arise again. We had some development code which basically gave us a positive result when in reality it was not, we have removed this code, changed some additional code and implemented additional tests on our side to make sure everything is indeed secure.
No Credit Cards other than my own have been processed through this form so far so no one else needs to be worried about that.
We appoligize for the possible mis-conception of our security and take full responsibilty when it is not.
We hope we have not lost your trust in us and to show our appreciation we are offering the next 5 Inn Keepers to reply to this thread a free 12 month listing, no credit card required.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at info@getinnstyle.com.
Thank you,
Micah
.
I'll bite!
Free 12 month exposure = wicked!
.
What kind of exposure do you expect from a new and unknown site? Don't count on it.
.
catlady,
You are right that we are basically an unknown site, we are a new site and I understood that would be an issue. Which is one reason I'm working my tail off promoting the site as much as possible, I have advertisments going on right now, I'm posting on forums such as this one, I'm adding myself to other resource directories, I have a twitter account http://twitter.com/GetInnStyle setup where I make annoucements, I tweet when a new listing is added, I have been offering a giveaway similar to what I offered here to help try and grow my services so that it is indeed a useful site to those who use it.
GetInnListed.com is new we will be small for a while but I am positive we will continue to grow and be a site truly worth while.
I work hard to keep my customers happy and will do whatever I can do get them what they need. I'm offering a free lisiting to you (If you have an inn) and you don't seem to want to take it even though it costs you nothing. Exposure is exposure whether it's big or small. Even if you were to get only two new guests a year from our site it would pay for a listing and make it worth while, the fact that you could get a free listing makes it even less risky.
Either way, if you want a listing please let me know, if not, then I think you're missing out on a great opportunity to get in early on a new service that is doing a lot to promote those that list on our site.
Thanks for your comments, good or bad we always appreciate them.
Micah
.
Micah you seem like a nice enough guy. You have to realize though that most of the members here receive 3 or more spam contacts a week from some new directory starting up and promising to be promising.
There is very little that separates yours from theirs ... other than your yearly fee, which is 5-10 times what most start-up directories are asking for. So far you make all the same mistakes they do and have nothing to show that you are any better than any of the other start-ups that have made great claims about traffic only to deliver very little.
You also have to realize that statements like this
Even if you were to get only two new guests a year from our site it would pay for a listing and make it worth while,
make it pretty obvious that you don't know this niche that you are trying to represent. No innkeeper wants to bust their hump for 2-4 roomnights to break even on the cost of being in your directory.
Many have also learned that a free listing can come back to bite them. Most of us are listed on plenty of free directories that are completely out of date so that means contact info or rate info is all wrong. How did all these free listings get out there? Some company thought they could make some fast money by putting together a directory on the cheap, then they stop supporting it or updating it and it just sits there, creating headaches for innkeepers for years to come.
Aren't you a bit curious why the hundreds of innkeepers who come through this forum each day aren't falling all over themselves to take advantage of your free offer? The members here are pretty savy and can spot things that give them reason to not bother.
The one thing that you have going for you is that you came here and have conducted yourself well (others in your same position have run off in a huff).
 

wendydk

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Hi GetInnStyle and welcome to Innspiring.

You may want to get your form that asks for creditcard info onto a secure connection.
http://www.getinnlisted.com/AddListing.aspx
Penalties for such things have gone from huge, to HUGE..
As you can see it was brought to our attention there were issues with our secure form (at the time it was not secure apparently).
We had disabled the form while we worked on the issue and we have now re-enabled it after further tests. We triple checked our changes to the form and are confident this issue will not arise again. We had some development code which basically gave us a positive result when in reality it was not, we have removed this code, changed some additional code and implemented additional tests on our side to make sure everything is indeed secure.
No Credit Cards other than my own have been processed through this form so far so no one else needs to be worried about that.
We appoligize for the possible mis-conception of our security and take full responsibilty when it is not.
We hope we have not lost your trust in us and to show our appreciation we are offering the next 5 Inn Keepers to reply to this thread a free 12 month listing, no credit card required.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at info@getinnstyle.com.
Thank you,
Micah
.
I'll bite!
Free 12 month exposure = wicked!
.
What kind of exposure do you expect from a new and unknown site? Don't count on it.
.
catlady,
You are right that we are basically an unknown site, we are a new site and I understood that would be an issue. Which is one reason I'm working my tail off promoting the site as much as possible, I have advertisments going on right now, I'm posting on forums such as this one, I'm adding myself to other resource directories, I have a twitter account http://twitter.com/GetInnStyle setup where I make annoucements, I tweet when a new listing is added, I have been offering a giveaway similar to what I offered here to help try and grow my services so that it is indeed a useful site to those who use it.
GetInnListed.com is new we will be small for a while but I am positive we will continue to grow and be a site truly worth while.
I work hard to keep my customers happy and will do whatever I can do get them what they need. I'm offering a free lisiting to you (If you have an inn) and you don't seem to want to take it even though it costs you nothing. Exposure is exposure whether it's big or small. Even if you were to get only two new guests a year from our site it would pay for a listing and make it worth while, the fact that you could get a free listing makes it even less risky.
Either way, if you want a listing please let me know, if not, then I think you're missing out on a great opportunity to get in early on a new service that is doing a lot to promote those that list on our site.
Thanks for your comments, good or bad we always appreciate them.
Micah
.
Micah you seem like a nice enough guy. You have to realize though that most of the members here receive 3 or more spam contacts a week from some new directory starting up and promising to be promising.
There is very little that separates yours from theirs ... other than your yearly fee, which is 5-10 times what most start-up directories are asking for. So far you make all the same mistakes they do and have nothing to show that you are any better than any of the other start-ups that have made great claims about traffic only to deliver very little.
You also have to realize that statements like this
Even if you were to get only two new guests a year from our site it would pay for a listing and make it worth while,
make it pretty obvious that you don't know this niche that you are trying to represent. No innkeeper wants to bust their hump for 2-4 roomnights to break even on the cost of being in your directory.
Many have also learned that a free listing can come back to bite them. Most of us are listed on plenty of free directories that are completely out of date so that means contact info or rate info is all wrong. How did all these free listings get out there? Some company thought they could make some fast money by putting together a directory on the cheap, then they stop supporting it or updating it and it just sits there, creating headaches for innkeepers for years to come.
Aren't you a bit curious why the hundreds of innkeepers who come through this forum each day aren't falling all over themselves to take advantage of your free offer? The members here are pretty savy and can spot things that give them reason to not bother.
The one thing that you have going for you is that you came here and have conducted yourself well (others in your same position have run off in a huff).
.
Well said Swirt. As the webmaster for a directory site that has free and paid listings, I heartily concur!
 

GoInnStyle

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Hi GetInnStyle and welcome to Innspiring.

You may want to get your form that asks for creditcard info onto a secure connection.
http://www.getinnlisted.com/AddListing.aspx
Penalties for such things have gone from huge, to HUGE..
As you can see it was brought to our attention there were issues with our secure form (at the time it was not secure apparently).
We had disabled the form while we worked on the issue and we have now re-enabled it after further tests. We triple checked our changes to the form and are confident this issue will not arise again. We had some development code which basically gave us a positive result when in reality it was not, we have removed this code, changed some additional code and implemented additional tests on our side to make sure everything is indeed secure.
No Credit Cards other than my own have been processed through this form so far so no one else needs to be worried about that.
We appoligize for the possible mis-conception of our security and take full responsibilty when it is not.
We hope we have not lost your trust in us and to show our appreciation we are offering the next 5 Inn Keepers to reply to this thread a free 12 month listing, no credit card required.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at info@getinnstyle.com.
Thank you,
Micah
.
I'll bite!
Free 12 month exposure = wicked!
.
What kind of exposure do you expect from a new and unknown site? Don't count on it.
.
catlady,
You are right that we are basically an unknown site, we are a new site and I understood that would be an issue. Which is one reason I'm working my tail off promoting the site as much as possible, I have advertisments going on right now, I'm posting on forums such as this one, I'm adding myself to other resource directories, I have a twitter account http://twitter.com/GetInnStyle setup where I make annoucements, I tweet when a new listing is added, I have been offering a giveaway similar to what I offered here to help try and grow my services so that it is indeed a useful site to those who use it.
GetInnListed.com is new we will be small for a while but I am positive we will continue to grow and be a site truly worth while.
I work hard to keep my customers happy and will do whatever I can do get them what they need. I'm offering a free lisiting to you (If you have an inn) and you don't seem to want to take it even though it costs you nothing. Exposure is exposure whether it's big or small. Even if you were to get only two new guests a year from our site it would pay for a listing and make it worth while, the fact that you could get a free listing makes it even less risky.
Either way, if you want a listing please let me know, if not, then I think you're missing out on a great opportunity to get in early on a new service that is doing a lot to promote those that list on our site.
Thanks for your comments, good or bad we always appreciate them.
Micah
.
Micah you seem like a nice enough guy. You have to realize though that most of the members here receive 3 or more spam contacts a week from some new directory starting up and promising to be promising.
There is very little that separates yours from theirs ... other than your yearly fee, which is 5-10 times what most start-up directories are asking for. So far you make all the same mistakes they do and have nothing to show that you are any better than any of the other start-ups that have made great claims about traffic only to deliver very little.
You also have to realize that statements like this
Even if you were to get only two new guests a year from our site it would pay for a listing and make it worth while,
make it pretty obvious that you don't know this niche that you are trying to represent. No innkeeper wants to bust their hump for 2-4 roomnights to break even on the cost of being in your directory.
Many have also learned that a free listing can come back to bite them. Most of us are listed on plenty of free directories that are completely out of date so that means contact info or rate info is all wrong. How did all these free listings get out there? Some company thought they could make some fast money by putting together a directory on the cheap, then they stop supporting it or updating it and it just sits there, creating headaches for innkeepers for years to come.
Aren't you a bit curious why the hundreds of innkeepers who come through this forum each day aren't falling all over themselves to take advantage of your free offer? The members here are pretty savy and can spot things that give them reason to not bother.
The one thing that you have going for you is that you came here and have conducted yourself well (others in your same position have run off in a huff).
.
swirt,
Thanks for seeing that I'm a nice guy :)
Your right, I didn't fully realize your members receive such a high number of spam contacts for directories such as mine. With that in mind, I have looked at quite a few directories and when I look at them I think to myself "What a poorly designed and maintained site" as what many of your members also think. When I see something like that I think "I can do better, I can have a nice, clean easy to use site" and then I start researching deeper and try to determine if it's something that would be worth my time in the long run. With my site, I think it is worth it.
Origianally I was just going to be GetInnStyle.com because I have seen so many Inns that look amazing but their sites don't always represent that and my goal is to offer a solution for them. (That was my original plan) So I built the site, built a great admin panel and launched it, and now I'm promoting it as much as possible.
Whenever I told people about my site, they always asked why I didn't have a directory to list sites in as well, which got me thinking about expanding. So that is what I did, and will continue to do in the next couple of weeks. If I was out to get a quick buck this niche would not be the place to do it as you mentioned.
As far as my fee, it is higher than some directories, my response would be, look how your members got burned on those sites. As they say "You get what you pay for". I feel my rate is pretty comparable to a good portion of the directories that I have seen, but there are always exceptions. Right now my rate is based roughly off of 50 cents per day, there are very few things you can get anymore for 50 cents per day.
With that said, I'm open to suggestions, if your members think my rate is to high, I will ask you then to suggest a rate that you think would be more accurate and I will see if we can reach a compromise.
You mentioned that I dont' have much else to offer from other directories, please please suggest features that you all would like to see, I'm still in early stages of what the site will be and I am certainly open to suggestions, the more the better.
The point you have about listings getting out of date and being inaccurate, I think this is something that is the responsibility of both the Inn Keepers and the directory owners. I am glad you raised that point as I will now add to my list to send out an email to the inns in my directory every 12 months or so to request information updates they may have. Secondly, on my listing page I say in the initial paragraph to contact me anytime with information that needs to be updated.
I hate spam as well, I have nearly 10 email accounts and I understand the frustration with spam. I will never email an Inn to try and get them to list with us, I will never post new topics on forums trying to sell my service over and over. I very specifically chose the right areas on the resources page for my two services and have not posted more than that other than to answer questions and to interact with your guests.
This is getting long so I'll wrap it up:
Customer service i #1 for me, if you are not happy, then I'm not happy.
Post your suggestions for Listing rate & Features
Thank you for the discussions and I hope they continue.
Micah
 

wendydk

Well-known member
Joined
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Messages
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Hi GetInnStyle and welcome to Innspiring.

You may want to get your form that asks for creditcard info onto a secure connection.
http://www.getinnlisted.com/AddListing.aspx
Penalties for such things have gone from huge, to HUGE..
As you can see it was brought to our attention there were issues with our secure form (at the time it was not secure apparently).
We had disabled the form while we worked on the issue and we have now re-enabled it after further tests. We triple checked our changes to the form and are confident this issue will not arise again. We had some development code which basically gave us a positive result when in reality it was not, we have removed this code, changed some additional code and implemented additional tests on our side to make sure everything is indeed secure.
No Credit Cards other than my own have been processed through this form so far so no one else needs to be worried about that.
We appoligize for the possible mis-conception of our security and take full responsibilty when it is not.
We hope we have not lost your trust in us and to show our appreciation we are offering the next 5 Inn Keepers to reply to this thread a free 12 month listing, no credit card required.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at info@getinnstyle.com.
Thank you,
Micah
.
I'll bite!
Free 12 month exposure = wicked!
.
What kind of exposure do you expect from a new and unknown site? Don't count on it.
.
catlady,
You are right that we are basically an unknown site, we are a new site and I understood that would be an issue. Which is one reason I'm working my tail off promoting the site as much as possible, I have advertisments going on right now, I'm posting on forums such as this one, I'm adding myself to other resource directories, I have a twitter account http://twitter.com/GetInnStyle setup where I make annoucements, I tweet when a new listing is added, I have been offering a giveaway similar to what I offered here to help try and grow my services so that it is indeed a useful site to those who use it.
GetInnListed.com is new we will be small for a while but I am positive we will continue to grow and be a site truly worth while.
I work hard to keep my customers happy and will do whatever I can do get them what they need. I'm offering a free lisiting to you (If you have an inn) and you don't seem to want to take it even though it costs you nothing. Exposure is exposure whether it's big or small. Even if you were to get only two new guests a year from our site it would pay for a listing and make it worth while, the fact that you could get a free listing makes it even less risky.
Either way, if you want a listing please let me know, if not, then I think you're missing out on a great opportunity to get in early on a new service that is doing a lot to promote those that list on our site.
Thanks for your comments, good or bad we always appreciate them.
Micah
.
Micah you seem like a nice enough guy. You have to realize though that most of the members here receive 3 or more spam contacts a week from some new directory starting up and promising to be promising.
There is very little that separates yours from theirs ... other than your yearly fee, which is 5-10 times what most start-up directories are asking for. So far you make all the same mistakes they do and have nothing to show that you are any better than any of the other start-ups that have made great claims about traffic only to deliver very little.
You also have to realize that statements like this
Even if you were to get only two new guests a year from our site it would pay for a listing and make it worth while,
make it pretty obvious that you don't know this niche that you are trying to represent. No innkeeper wants to bust their hump for 2-4 roomnights to break even on the cost of being in your directory.
Many have also learned that a free listing can come back to bite them. Most of us are listed on plenty of free directories that are completely out of date so that means contact info or rate info is all wrong. How did all these free listings get out there? Some company thought they could make some fast money by putting together a directory on the cheap, then they stop supporting it or updating it and it just sits there, creating headaches for innkeepers for years to come.
Aren't you a bit curious why the hundreds of innkeepers who come through this forum each day aren't falling all over themselves to take advantage of your free offer? The members here are pretty savy and can spot things that give them reason to not bother.
The one thing that you have going for you is that you came here and have conducted yourself well (others in your same position have run off in a huff).
.
swirt,
Thanks for seeing that I'm a nice guy :)
Your right, I didn't fully realize your members receive such a high number of spam contacts for directories such as mine. With that in mind, I have looked at quite a few directories and when I look at them I think to myself "What a poorly designed and maintained site" as what many of your members also think. When I see something like that I think "I can do better, I can have a nice, clean easy to use site" and then I start researching deeper and try to determine if it's something that would be worth my time in the long run. With my site, I think it is worth it.
Origianally I was just going to be GetInnStyle.com because I have seen so many Inns that look amazing but their sites don't always represent that and my goal is to offer a solution for them. (That was my original plan) So I built the site, built a great admin panel and launched it, and now I'm promoting it as much as possible.
Whenever I told people about my site, they always asked why I didn't have a directory to list sites in as well, which got me thinking about expanding. So that is what I did, and will continue to do in the next couple of weeks. If I was out to get a quick buck this niche would not be the place to do it as you mentioned.
As far as my fee, it is higher than some directories, my response would be, look how your members got burned on those sites. As they say "You get what you pay for". I feel my rate is pretty comparable to a good portion of the directories that I have seen, but there are always exceptions. Right now my rate is based roughly off of 50 cents per day, there are very few things you can get anymore for 50 cents per day.
With that said, I'm open to suggestions, if your members think my rate is to high, I will ask you then to suggest a rate that you think would be more accurate and I will see if we can reach a compromise.
You mentioned that I dont' have much else to offer from other directories, please please suggest features that you all would like to see, I'm still in early stages of what the site will be and I am certainly open to suggestions, the more the better.
The point you have about listings getting out of date and being inaccurate, I think this is something that is the responsibility of both the Inn Keepers and the directory owners. I am glad you raised that point as I will now add to my list to send out an email to the inns in my directory every 12 months or so to request information updates they may have. Secondly, on my listing page I say in the initial paragraph to contact me anytime with information that needs to be updated.
I hate spam as well, I have nearly 10 email accounts and I understand the frustration with spam. I will never email an Inn to try and get them to list with us, I will never post new topics on forums trying to sell my service over and over. I very specifically chose the right areas on the resources page for my two services and have not posted more than that other than to answer questions and to interact with your guests.
This is getting long so I'll wrap it up:
Customer service i #1 for me, if you are not happy, then I'm not happy.
Post your suggestions for Listing rate & Features
Thank you for the discussions and I hope they continue.
Micah
.
Micah
My directory site offered free trial listings to everyone for the entire first year. I still offer free listings, they just don't have all the bells and whistles as a paid listing.
I would think that with what you're charging, you would allow multiple photos, room descriptions, an email link and an availability calendar link.
 

GoInnStyle

Active member
Joined
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Messages
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Hi GetInnStyle and welcome to Innspiring.

You may want to get your form that asks for creditcard info onto a secure connection.
http://www.getinnlisted.com/AddListing.aspx
Penalties for such things have gone from huge, to HUGE..
As you can see it was brought to our attention there were issues with our secure form (at the time it was not secure apparently).
We had disabled the form while we worked on the issue and we have now re-enabled it after further tests. We triple checked our changes to the form and are confident this issue will not arise again. We had some development code which basically gave us a positive result when in reality it was not, we have removed this code, changed some additional code and implemented additional tests on our side to make sure everything is indeed secure.
No Credit Cards other than my own have been processed through this form so far so no one else needs to be worried about that.
We appoligize for the possible mis-conception of our security and take full responsibilty when it is not.
We hope we have not lost your trust in us and to show our appreciation we are offering the next 5 Inn Keepers to reply to this thread a free 12 month listing, no credit card required.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at info@getinnstyle.com.
Thank you,
Micah
.
I'll bite!
Free 12 month exposure = wicked!
.
What kind of exposure do you expect from a new and unknown site? Don't count on it.
.
catlady,
You are right that we are basically an unknown site, we are a new site and I understood that would be an issue. Which is one reason I'm working my tail off promoting the site as much as possible, I have advertisments going on right now, I'm posting on forums such as this one, I'm adding myself to other resource directories, I have a twitter account http://twitter.com/GetInnStyle setup where I make annoucements, I tweet when a new listing is added, I have been offering a giveaway similar to what I offered here to help try and grow my services so that it is indeed a useful site to those who use it.
GetInnListed.com is new we will be small for a while but I am positive we will continue to grow and be a site truly worth while.
I work hard to keep my customers happy and will do whatever I can do get them what they need. I'm offering a free lisiting to you (If you have an inn) and you don't seem to want to take it even though it costs you nothing. Exposure is exposure whether it's big or small. Even if you were to get only two new guests a year from our site it would pay for a listing and make it worth while, the fact that you could get a free listing makes it even less risky.
Either way, if you want a listing please let me know, if not, then I think you're missing out on a great opportunity to get in early on a new service that is doing a lot to promote those that list on our site.
Thanks for your comments, good or bad we always appreciate them.
Micah
.
Micah you seem like a nice enough guy. You have to realize though that most of the members here receive 3 or more spam contacts a week from some new directory starting up and promising to be promising.
There is very little that separates yours from theirs ... other than your yearly fee, which is 5-10 times what most start-up directories are asking for. So far you make all the same mistakes they do and have nothing to show that you are any better than any of the other start-ups that have made great claims about traffic only to deliver very little.
You also have to realize that statements like this
Even if you were to get only two new guests a year from our site it would pay for a listing and make it worth while,
make it pretty obvious that you don't know this niche that you are trying to represent. No innkeeper wants to bust their hump for 2-4 roomnights to break even on the cost of being in your directory.
Many have also learned that a free listing can come back to bite them. Most of us are listed on plenty of free directories that are completely out of date so that means contact info or rate info is all wrong. How did all these free listings get out there? Some company thought they could make some fast money by putting together a directory on the cheap, then they stop supporting it or updating it and it just sits there, creating headaches for innkeepers for years to come.
Aren't you a bit curious why the hundreds of innkeepers who come through this forum each day aren't falling all over themselves to take advantage of your free offer? The members here are pretty savy and can spot things that give them reason to not bother.
The one thing that you have going for you is that you came here and have conducted yourself well (others in your same position have run off in a huff).
.
swirt,
Thanks for seeing that I'm a nice guy :)
Your right, I didn't fully realize your members receive such a high number of spam contacts for directories such as mine. With that in mind, I have looked at quite a few directories and when I look at them I think to myself "What a poorly designed and maintained site" as what many of your members also think. When I see something like that I think "I can do better, I can have a nice, clean easy to use site" and then I start researching deeper and try to determine if it's something that would be worth my time in the long run. With my site, I think it is worth it.
Origianally I was just going to be GetInnStyle.com because I have seen so many Inns that look amazing but their sites don't always represent that and my goal is to offer a solution for them. (That was my original plan) So I built the site, built a great admin panel and launched it, and now I'm promoting it as much as possible.
Whenever I told people about my site, they always asked why I didn't have a directory to list sites in as well, which got me thinking about expanding. So that is what I did, and will continue to do in the next couple of weeks. If I was out to get a quick buck this niche would not be the place to do it as you mentioned.
As far as my fee, it is higher than some directories, my response would be, look how your members got burned on those sites. As they say "You get what you pay for". I feel my rate is pretty comparable to a good portion of the directories that I have seen, but there are always exceptions. Right now my rate is based roughly off of 50 cents per day, there are very few things you can get anymore for 50 cents per day.
With that said, I'm open to suggestions, if your members think my rate is to high, I will ask you then to suggest a rate that you think would be more accurate and I will see if we can reach a compromise.
You mentioned that I dont' have much else to offer from other directories, please please suggest features that you all would like to see, I'm still in early stages of what the site will be and I am certainly open to suggestions, the more the better.
The point you have about listings getting out of date and being inaccurate, I think this is something that is the responsibility of both the Inn Keepers and the directory owners. I am glad you raised that point as I will now add to my list to send out an email to the inns in my directory every 12 months or so to request information updates they may have. Secondly, on my listing page I say in the initial paragraph to contact me anytime with information that needs to be updated.
I hate spam as well, I have nearly 10 email accounts and I understand the frustration with spam. I will never email an Inn to try and get them to list with us, I will never post new topics on forums trying to sell my service over and over. I very specifically chose the right areas on the resources page for my two services and have not posted more than that other than to answer questions and to interact with your guests.
This is getting long so I'll wrap it up:
Customer service i #1 for me, if you are not happy, then I'm not happy.
Post your suggestions for Listing rate & Features
Thank you for the discussions and I hope they continue.
Micah
.
Micah
My directory site offered free trial listings to everyone for the entire first year. I still offer free listings, they just don't have all the bells and whistles as a paid listing.
I would think that with what you're charging, you would allow multiple photos, room descriptions, an email link and an availability calendar link.
.
Multiple photos and room descriptions I'll work on, I originally had an email link on there and decided that Inn Keepers wouldn't want the spam that would come from that. If you think it's worthwhile I can add that back in easily.
I considered free listings for a while, but I hate advertising on websites (especially my own) so I don't do advertising and only make money only based off if I have listings or not. I am a business just as you are with your inn, the point of a business at the end of the day is to make money (or at a minimum come out even). Just as you, money isn't WHY I do my job, I do my job because it's my passion, but none of us can run a business without money to support that business. My business is web design/development, I don't have an Inn to charge guests to be able to pay for my sites, I don't want to be an inn keeper, you do though. My goal is for us both to have successful businesses, you do what you do best I do what I do best and we both win (that's the goal anyway), if I can get more people to see your inn (and possibly end up being a guest) by you having a listing on my site then you grow and I grow.
Basically, my goal is to help you grow and bring in more guests and for me to be able to pay for development costs and some to live on. As you know time, hosting, bandwidth are not free. (unfortunately)
I'd be interested to see your directory, do you have a link?
 

swirt

Forum founder. Former Owner.
Joined
May 17, 2008
Messages
3,210
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0
Hi GetInnStyle and welcome to Innspiring.

You may want to get your form that asks for creditcard info onto a secure connection.
http://www.getinnlisted.com/AddListing.aspx
Penalties for such things have gone from huge, to HUGE..
As you can see it was brought to our attention there were issues with our secure form (at the time it was not secure apparently).
We had disabled the form while we worked on the issue and we have now re-enabled it after further tests. We triple checked our changes to the form and are confident this issue will not arise again. We had some development code which basically gave us a positive result when in reality it was not, we have removed this code, changed some additional code and implemented additional tests on our side to make sure everything is indeed secure.
No Credit Cards other than my own have been processed through this form so far so no one else needs to be worried about that.
We appoligize for the possible mis-conception of our security and take full responsibilty when it is not.
We hope we have not lost your trust in us and to show our appreciation we are offering the next 5 Inn Keepers to reply to this thread a free 12 month listing, no credit card required.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at info@getinnstyle.com.
Thank you,
Micah
.
I'll bite!
Free 12 month exposure = wicked!
.
What kind of exposure do you expect from a new and unknown site? Don't count on it.
.
catlady,
You are right that we are basically an unknown site, we are a new site and I understood that would be an issue. Which is one reason I'm working my tail off promoting the site as much as possible, I have advertisments going on right now, I'm posting on forums such as this one, I'm adding myself to other resource directories, I have a twitter account http://twitter.com/GetInnStyle setup where I make annoucements, I tweet when a new listing is added, I have been offering a giveaway similar to what I offered here to help try and grow my services so that it is indeed a useful site to those who use it.
GetInnListed.com is new we will be small for a while but I am positive we will continue to grow and be a site truly worth while.
I work hard to keep my customers happy and will do whatever I can do get them what they need. I'm offering a free lisiting to you (If you have an inn) and you don't seem to want to take it even though it costs you nothing. Exposure is exposure whether it's big or small. Even if you were to get only two new guests a year from our site it would pay for a listing and make it worth while, the fact that you could get a free listing makes it even less risky.
Either way, if you want a listing please let me know, if not, then I think you're missing out on a great opportunity to get in early on a new service that is doing a lot to promote those that list on our site.
Thanks for your comments, good or bad we always appreciate them.
Micah
.
Micah you seem like a nice enough guy. You have to realize though that most of the members here receive 3 or more spam contacts a week from some new directory starting up and promising to be promising.
There is very little that separates yours from theirs ... other than your yearly fee, which is 5-10 times what most start-up directories are asking for. So far you make all the same mistakes they do and have nothing to show that you are any better than any of the other start-ups that have made great claims about traffic only to deliver very little.
You also have to realize that statements like this
Even if you were to get only two new guests a year from our site it would pay for a listing and make it worth while,
make it pretty obvious that you don't know this niche that you are trying to represent. No innkeeper wants to bust their hump for 2-4 roomnights to break even on the cost of being in your directory.
Many have also learned that a free listing can come back to bite them. Most of us are listed on plenty of free directories that are completely out of date so that means contact info or rate info is all wrong. How did all these free listings get out there? Some company thought they could make some fast money by putting together a directory on the cheap, then they stop supporting it or updating it and it just sits there, creating headaches for innkeepers for years to come.
Aren't you a bit curious why the hundreds of innkeepers who come through this forum each day aren't falling all over themselves to take advantage of your free offer? The members here are pretty savy and can spot things that give them reason to not bother.
The one thing that you have going for you is that you came here and have conducted yourself well (others in your same position have run off in a huff).
.
swirt,
Thanks for seeing that I'm a nice guy :)
Your right, I didn't fully realize your members receive such a high number of spam contacts for directories such as mine. With that in mind, I have looked at quite a few directories and when I look at them I think to myself "What a poorly designed and maintained site" as what many of your members also think. When I see something like that I think "I can do better, I can have a nice, clean easy to use site" and then I start researching deeper and try to determine if it's something that would be worth my time in the long run. With my site, I think it is worth it.
Origianally I was just going to be GetInnStyle.com because I have seen so many Inns that look amazing but their sites don't always represent that and my goal is to offer a solution for them. (That was my original plan) So I built the site, built a great admin panel and launched it, and now I'm promoting it as much as possible.
Whenever I told people about my site, they always asked why I didn't have a directory to list sites in as well, which got me thinking about expanding. So that is what I did, and will continue to do in the next couple of weeks. If I was out to get a quick buck this niche would not be the place to do it as you mentioned.
As far as my fee, it is higher than some directories, my response would be, look how your members got burned on those sites. As they say "You get what you pay for". I feel my rate is pretty comparable to a good portion of the directories that I have seen, but there are always exceptions. Right now my rate is based roughly off of 50 cents per day, there are very few things you can get anymore for 50 cents per day.
With that said, I'm open to suggestions, if your members think my rate is to high, I will ask you then to suggest a rate that you think would be more accurate and I will see if we can reach a compromise.
You mentioned that I dont' have much else to offer from other directories, please please suggest features that you all would like to see, I'm still in early stages of what the site will be and I am certainly open to suggestions, the more the better.
The point you have about listings getting out of date and being inaccurate, I think this is something that is the responsibility of both the Inn Keepers and the directory owners. I am glad you raised that point as I will now add to my list to send out an email to the inns in my directory every 12 months or so to request information updates they may have. Secondly, on my listing page I say in the initial paragraph to contact me anytime with information that needs to be updated.
I hate spam as well, I have nearly 10 email accounts and I understand the frustration with spam. I will never email an Inn to try and get them to list with us, I will never post new topics on forums trying to sell my service over and over. I very specifically chose the right areas on the resources page for my two services and have not posted more than that other than to answer questions and to interact with your guests.
This is getting long so I'll wrap it up:
Customer service i #1 for me, if you are not happy, then I'm not happy.
Post your suggestions for Listing rate & Features
Thank you for the discussions and I hope they continue.
Micah
.
... I think this is something that is the responsibility of both the Inn Keepers and the directory owners.
The innkeepers may have no problem with the added responsibility of keeping yet another directory up to date. The problem is how do you update something that has gone derelict...you can't get your info removed or updated.
...Secondly, on my listing page I say in the initial paragraph to contact me anytime with information that needs to be updated.
See, it is statements like this that tell me you are already out of the game before you get in it. If your directory is as big as WE need it to be in order to get the traffic WE need, you will never have time to update things using email. You will get swamped and abandon the directory....leaving us with yet another derelict directory. You apparently have the skills to build an admin panel, that's what you need.
 

wendydk

Well-known member
Joined
Jun 7, 2009
Messages
1,656
Reaction score
0
Hi GetInnStyle and welcome to Innspiring.

You may want to get your form that asks for creditcard info onto a secure connection.
http://www.getinnlisted.com/AddListing.aspx
Penalties for such things have gone from huge, to HUGE..
As you can see it was brought to our attention there were issues with our secure form (at the time it was not secure apparently).
We had disabled the form while we worked on the issue and we have now re-enabled it after further tests. We triple checked our changes to the form and are confident this issue will not arise again. We had some development code which basically gave us a positive result when in reality it was not, we have removed this code, changed some additional code and implemented additional tests on our side to make sure everything is indeed secure.
No Credit Cards other than my own have been processed through this form so far so no one else needs to be worried about that.
We appoligize for the possible mis-conception of our security and take full responsibilty when it is not.
We hope we have not lost your trust in us and to show our appreciation we are offering the next 5 Inn Keepers to reply to this thread a free 12 month listing, no credit card required.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at info@getinnstyle.com.
Thank you,
Micah
.
I'll bite!
Free 12 month exposure = wicked!
.
What kind of exposure do you expect from a new and unknown site? Don't count on it.
.
catlady,
You are right that we are basically an unknown site, we are a new site and I understood that would be an issue. Which is one reason I'm working my tail off promoting the site as much as possible, I have advertisments going on right now, I'm posting on forums such as this one, I'm adding myself to other resource directories, I have a twitter account http://twitter.com/GetInnStyle setup where I make annoucements, I tweet when a new listing is added, I have been offering a giveaway similar to what I offered here to help try and grow my services so that it is indeed a useful site to those who use it.
GetInnListed.com is new we will be small for a while but I am positive we will continue to grow and be a site truly worth while.
I work hard to keep my customers happy and will do whatever I can do get them what they need. I'm offering a free lisiting to you (If you have an inn) and you don't seem to want to take it even though it costs you nothing. Exposure is exposure whether it's big or small. Even if you were to get only two new guests a year from our site it would pay for a listing and make it worth while, the fact that you could get a free listing makes it even less risky.
Either way, if you want a listing please let me know, if not, then I think you're missing out on a great opportunity to get in early on a new service that is doing a lot to promote those that list on our site.
Thanks for your comments, good or bad we always appreciate them.
Micah
.
Micah you seem like a nice enough guy. You have to realize though that most of the members here receive 3 or more spam contacts a week from some new directory starting up and promising to be promising.
There is very little that separates yours from theirs ... other than your yearly fee, which is 5-10 times what most start-up directories are asking for. So far you make all the same mistakes they do and have nothing to show that you are any better than any of the other start-ups that have made great claims about traffic only to deliver very little.
You also have to realize that statements like this
Even if you were to get only two new guests a year from our site it would pay for a listing and make it worth while,
make it pretty obvious that you don't know this niche that you are trying to represent. No innkeeper wants to bust their hump for 2-4 roomnights to break even on the cost of being in your directory.
Many have also learned that a free listing can come back to bite them. Most of us are listed on plenty of free directories that are completely out of date so that means contact info or rate info is all wrong. How did all these free listings get out there? Some company thought they could make some fast money by putting together a directory on the cheap, then they stop supporting it or updating it and it just sits there, creating headaches for innkeepers for years to come.
Aren't you a bit curious why the hundreds of innkeepers who come through this forum each day aren't falling all over themselves to take advantage of your free offer? The members here are pretty savy and can spot things that give them reason to not bother.
The one thing that you have going for you is that you came here and have conducted yourself well (others in your same position have run off in a huff).
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swirt,
Thanks for seeing that I'm a nice guy :)
Your right, I didn't fully realize your members receive such a high number of spam contacts for directories such as mine. With that in mind, I have looked at quite a few directories and when I look at them I think to myself "What a poorly designed and maintained site" as what many of your members also think. When I see something like that I think "I can do better, I can have a nice, clean easy to use site" and then I start researching deeper and try to determine if it's something that would be worth my time in the long run. With my site, I think it is worth it.
Origianally I was just going to be GetInnStyle.com because I have seen so many Inns that look amazing but their sites don't always represent that and my goal is to offer a solution for them. (That was my original plan) So I built the site, built a great admin panel and launched it, and now I'm promoting it as much as possible.
Whenever I told people about my site, they always asked why I didn't have a directory to list sites in as well, which got me thinking about expanding. So that is what I did, and will continue to do in the next couple of weeks. If I was out to get a quick buck this niche would not be the place to do it as you mentioned.
As far as my fee, it is higher than some directories, my response would be, look how your members got burned on those sites. As they say "You get what you pay for". I feel my rate is pretty comparable to a good portion of the directories that I have seen, but there are always exceptions. Right now my rate is based roughly off of 50 cents per day, there are very few things you can get anymore for 50 cents per day.
With that said, I'm open to suggestions, if your members think my rate is to high, I will ask you then to suggest a rate that you think would be more accurate and I will see if we can reach a compromise.
You mentioned that I dont' have much else to offer from other directories, please please suggest features that you all would like to see, I'm still in early stages of what the site will be and I am certainly open to suggestions, the more the better.
The point you have about listings getting out of date and being inaccurate, I think this is something that is the responsibility of both the Inn Keepers and the directory owners. I am glad you raised that point as I will now add to my list to send out an email to the inns in my directory every 12 months or so to request information updates they may have. Secondly, on my listing page I say in the initial paragraph to contact me anytime with information that needs to be updated.
I hate spam as well, I have nearly 10 email accounts and I understand the frustration with spam. I will never email an Inn to try and get them to list with us, I will never post new topics on forums trying to sell my service over and over. I very specifically chose the right areas on the resources page for my two services and have not posted more than that other than to answer questions and to interact with your guests.
This is getting long so I'll wrap it up:
Customer service i #1 for me, if you are not happy, then I'm not happy.
Post your suggestions for Listing rate & Features
Thank you for the discussions and I hope they continue.
Micah
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Micah
My directory site offered free trial listings to everyone for the entire first year. I still offer free listings, they just don't have all the bells and whistles as a paid listing.
I would think that with what you're charging, you would allow multiple photos, room descriptions, an email link and an availability calendar link.
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Multiple photos and room descriptions I'll work on, I originally had an email link on there and decided that Inn Keepers wouldn't want the spam that would come from that. If you think it's worthwhile I can add that back in easily.
I considered free listings for a while, but I hate advertising on websites (especially my own) so I don't do advertising and only make money only based off if I have listings or not. I am a business just as you are with your inn, the point of a business at the end of the day is to make money (or at a minimum come out even). Just as you, money isn't WHY I do my job, I do my job because it's my passion, but none of us can run a business without money to support that business. My business is web design/development, I don't have an Inn to charge guests to be able to pay for my sites, I don't want to be an inn keeper, you do though. My goal is for us both to have successful businesses, you do what you do best I do what I do best and we both win (that's the goal anyway), if I can get more people to see your inn (and possibly end up being a guest) by you having a listing on my site then you grow and I grow.
Basically, my goal is to help you grow and bring in more guests and for me to be able to pay for development costs and some to live on. As you know time, hosting, bandwidth are not free. (unfortunately)
I'd be interested to see your directory, do you have a link?
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I also know that building your own website, and hosting it, is not all that expensive in the beginning, excepting the time you have invested, which can be enormous.
I just celebrated my directory site's second birthday, and am very happy with my search engine visibility, ranking, reputation and revenues. I also do my Inn's website, and have built sites for other area businesses, so I'm not a total dummy.
You gotta start somewhere.....better to offer a free trial and have a bunch of Inns listed (and maybe renew to paid listings at the end of the trial) than stick to your fee schedule and have only a few in the whole country. And the links out to them will also help your SEO, as Swirt mentioned. Perhaps you could offer the type of listing that you have now as a free trial listing, and offer the opportunity to upgrade to a better listing with more bells and whistles and better placement to bring in a little revenue.
I NEVER pay to be one of the first Inns listed, although I have replied to solicitation emails offering a link back from my site in exchange for a free trial listing on a promising new directory (as long as the listing has a web link).
I will email you my directory URL seperately. Best of luck to you in this new endevour
 
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