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la vache!



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:22 pm    Post subject: Forum recommendations Reply with quote

I've just done a quick check of my webstats, and apart from the usual LMH forum referrals Rolling Eyes , noticed loads from the moneysavingexpert.com forum, which has thousands of members. One of the longest standing members of that forum (who stayed here earlier this year)highly recommended my gites on a thread Embarassed . I've had a few other forum references before (one on a remote control airplane forum which seemed a bit obscure, a couple of other 'Mum/family forums), the only problem is that you have to join the forum to see what people are saying about you. But it can be good free publicity, only problem is, you can't do it yourself, of course.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 10:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Forum recommendations Reply with quote

la vache! wrote:
...the only problem is that you have to join the forum to see what people are saying about you. ...

Now that could be taking one's duty just a bit far Crying or Very sad Confused
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a member of that forum (Moneysavingexpert). Whereabouts did they mention you LV?

It's a great forum by the way - and I have learnt (and saved!) so much from that website.
For example - switched my gas/elec to Eon about a year ago and got a very low rate, capped until October 09 which has saved me a fortune in utility bills. Found out about Phonecheap which I now use when phoning abroad for just 0.5p a minute. Found out how to contest my council tax banding - the local council dropped my band and refunded me about 600. Found out about a free Boots mascara (which I would normally buy anyway), worth 13, being given away free in a magazine costing 2.95 - I bought 3 copies, gave them away to friends, and kept the mascaras.
The list is endless. In fact, I don't know why I haven't recommended that website on here before! Sorry guys!

www.moneysavingexpert.com
I would recommend everyone to join - and make sure you sign up for their weekly emails.
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Big Sis..



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats LV, like NC I hadnt noticed it either,have to have a looksee. Smile

Im a member NC, and like you, capped rates for my utilities [which I posted about here]....
and got the cheap mascara as well Wink I will have to look into this phonecheap, thanks,
as you say the weekly emails are a must!! Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have found on most forums that, while you have to be careful about overt advertising, they allow you to put your website address in your signature. This can be very good advertising!
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la vache!



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi NC and BS,
this is the link if you want to see, in the Travel Resource Bar on the MSE forum. As you are members the link should work for you.
I suppose forums are of limited use as threads go out of date quickly, but it is still nice to get some free publicity for a week!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one, LV! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For those of us in Italy I have just been sent the following website: italiannotebook.com which may be of interest.

One can also advertise there so I may give it a try depending on rates!

It's a pity renters are not accepted on TripAdvisor, they put me on to their Travel Library section which I now advertise on, but since it's free nothing really comes along.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Renters ARE accepted on Trip Advisor - we have been on there for some time (just search for 'Haus Sterr'). Unfortunately, you have to list as 'Specialty Lodging' and end up being very difficult to find - we direct potential guests to our page on TA as reviews on there are quite highly regarded. I think you have to be on site to qualify and they send you a list of questions to answer before they accept you for listing.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Margaret I will try them again when I have a moment.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forums with signatures are effective to create backlinks, not that we expect visitor from forums to be prospective guests, but it really helps a lot in SEO to have backlinks in related sites.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am a member of a facepainting forum that has members across Europe and the States. I have my weblink in the signature and will occasionally mention funny things that have happened during a let. I've had one weeks booking from it.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Posting about your area in travel forums is very targetted publicity (remember the signature link either to your website or blog !).

And it is free !

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have some favourites Peter? Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some French ones ...

http://the-languedoc-page.com/expat/expat-foyer-expat-forums.htm

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