Forgot Your Password?

Do you want an easy way to remember your passwords?

Our second tip is a tool we use to manage our passwords.

How frustrating when you need to access a website or use a service you’ve signed up to only to find the password you thought was correct isn’t the right one. This frequently happens when you need to do smething quickly and time is a constraint.
And even more infuriating when you’ve tried a few other passwords and access is then locked.

Well all this can be a thing of the past due to a great service called Dashlane.

Once set up you only have to remember your Dashlane password and the rest is simple.

Click here to go to Dashlane and download the free version. Once you start using it you’ll wonder how you managed without it.

Cliff & Alison
www.traveljunkies.com
If nobody knows about you, how do you get new customers?
If you want a quiet life – don’t advertise.

#Tips #Password

Is Your Website Down? – How Do You Know?

Do you know when visitors to your website or blog see this?

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The URL you requested was not found
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You have invested time and money in your website and it must work for you.

  • But what if it isn’t there?
  • What if nobody can find it?
  • And how do you know when it’s down?

When our previous website stopped delivering the traffic we expected we carried out a lot of tests to discover why and it was only when we installed Uptime Robot we found the hosting server kept dropping out, sometimes for hours at a time, due to testing they were doing which had nothing to do with us.

Uptime Robot pinged our website every few minutes and sent us an email whenever our site went down and another email when it came back up so we knew how often and for how long our site was down.

Your hosting company isn’t likely to tell you they’re not providing the service you expect, and pay for, so getting an alert when your website is down is very much in your own interest so you can do something about it.

The sad truth is that if visitors see your website is down, they most likely won’t visit you again, and worse, may well spread the word your site was down when they visited.

We highly recommend installing  Uptime Robot – and it’s free.

It takes just a few minutes to set up and immediately gives you the comfort of knowing how reliable your website is.

Cliff & Alison
Traveljunkies

PS. We installed our new Traveljunkies website in January using a different host and Uptime Robot is now showing 100% availability.

Too Much Information

TOO MUCH INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET

So much information

We know the Internet is full of information that could help small businesses if only we had the time to look for it.
But many of us we have our business to run.

Over the next few weeks we’ll post tips we’ve used which could help you.
They’re quick and easy to use and they are free.

So please keep watching

Cliff & Alison
www.traveljunkies.com
If nobody knows about you, how do you get new customers?
If you want a quiet life – don’t advertise.

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Lifestyle

Travel and work anywhere in the world.

Don’t tie yourself down doing a job you hate. Free yourself to travel and work anywhere in the world you choose.

Let’s face it … you hear this all the time

A few months ago some guy was living in his car and now he’s driving around in a limousine and living in a mansion. And all because he’s discovered a new way of making money nobody’s thought of before, and he wants to share it with you.

Yeah, right!

But now and again, someone comes along who really is making a life changing income and showing others how to do the same thing. They are totally different to other people out there on the Internet.
 
 
Andrew Reynolds is not your typical rags to riches story. The fact is he had a decent job before he started making millions online every year…
The only problem was he hated his job, and maybe you do too?
  • He hated the commute every day, stuck in traffic every morning and evening.
  • Working himself to the bone.
  • Barely making enough to get by

Do you recognise this or perhaps your circumstances are different. Maybe you haven’t got a job, or it doesn’t pay enough or you just want a change.

Andrew decided to take action and create a different life for himself, and you can do the same.
Now he has a thriving home business that practically runs on autopilot from his laptop and if this sounds good to you … 
 
 
It can be absolutely life changing 
 

Cliff Chapman
Traveljunkies

 
Please Note – this offer is only available in UK.
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Just 2 Dollars A Week

Which Advert Do You Want For Your Business?

Free Advert – The Free Way To Promote Your Business    

“Traveljunkies Adventure Travel – Worldwide – http://traveljunkies.com”
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It’s absolutely free and will remain in Traveljunkies until you remove it.

It does work. We track every time someone clicks on it to go to the website and some adverts like this have had hundreds of clicks.

Read More to get your free listing in Traveljunkies

But adverts with the right keywords can attract thousands of click throughs

Our advert below has had more than 4350 click throughs

You decide if it’s worth two dollars a week for an advert like this

Traveljunkies Adventure Travel – Worldwide – http://traveljunkies.com

Traveljunkies – Best Adventure Travel Directory Worldwide. If you’re looking for a Hostel, B&B, Camping  or Guest House Accommodation you can find it here. Our clients in UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada , USA, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America offer Family and Leisure Holidays, Tours and Cruises, and Outdoor Activities including Scuba Diving, Skydiving, Skiing, Water Sports, Trekking and Climbing.
Traveljunkies – trusted by Travelers and Businesses since 2002.

Read More …

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How To Get Found On The Internet

Getting found on the Internet is often a matter of luck that someone happens to search for a word that you have on your site that few others use.

It’s a fact that the more popular relevant words are used by most sites and those with the deepest pockets dominate.

And the same applies to advertising.

So how do small business owners compete? How do you get found on the Internet?

We have owned the domain traveljunkies.com since 2002 which is why a Google search for traveljunkies or travel junkies produces a quarter of a million results and we are at the top of page 1. And the same applies for searches on Bing, Yahoo and even the top Chinese site Baidu.com.

When we advertise we us this tactic we use to get more people interested.

Imagine Being Found Even When People Aren’t Looking For You

For example:
If you run a Hostel, B&B or Hotel and there are activities in your area, y
our advert could look something like this

Friendly quality hostel accommodation, 10 mins beach, 20 mins city centre, dorm, single and double rooms, pool, transport, full facilities, great value hostel. Prices from $20 per night. Water Sports and many other Outdoor Activities can be arranged nearby Tel: xxxxxxxxxx


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It’s all about using the keywords people search for.

Adding a short sentence in your advert (see Italics) that has some connection to your business, greatly increases the range of your advert at no extra cost.

Just make sure it’s relevant for the people making the search.

You don’t want to be a spammer.

And finally – don’t advertise where you are just listed with everybody else.
Advertise where a search will find all your key words in your advert.

See more at Traveljunkies.com/premium-advert

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Family Holidays in Sydney on a Budget.

We’ve just come across this great article about holidaying around the Sydney area.Sydney Camping

We all know how expensive it can be visiting Sydney but it doesn’t have to be and one of the many ways to spend a family holiday is camping. There are many holiday parks in Sydney and this article gives the lowdown on 21 sites in and around the city.

http://www.webuycaravans.com.au/campgrounds-caravan-parks-sydney/

Enjoy your holiday visiting this fabulous city.

Cliff

What Do Your Customers Want?

Hey – we’ve done it.

After asking our clients and visitors what they would like, we launched our new website on 4 January 2017.

Take a look here and tell us what you think.

Thank you

Why Are We Changing?

To help small adventure and travel businesses in an industry dominated by big business.

  • Focus on what customers want in this fast growing mobile world.
  • Assure our visitors they are dealing with a reputable business that is a recognised authority in promoting adventure travel.
  • Promote ourselves for our customer’s benefit. We didn’t get to the top of page 1 in Google by hiding ourselves away.

Too often we hear about big businesses squeezing smaller businesses with their financial and advertising power.
No matter how much you spend on advertising, attending events, SEO etc. small businesses can’t compete with big businesses to get to the top of Google. So why try?

But there is a market where big businesses are missing out and it’s where you have an advantage.

A website is not the best place for someone using a mobile phone.
People on the move want things fast, and these are your target customers.
Big businesses can’t react like you can.

A question.  What does someone want to do when they find you?

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They want to contact you and because they have a phone in their hand they most likely want to call you
This is your opportunity.

  • Make contact, build trust
  • Tell them you’ve got what they want
  • Tell them the deal you can offer
  • Make the sale.

If they trust you and like you, they aren’t likely to go through the process again unneccessarily.
Big businesses can rarely do this.

  • Target your customers with a carefully worded advert
  • Include keywords to help search engines find you.
  • Give customers what they want and the easy way to get it.

If you need help to do that we have the skills and resources to help you. I’ll tell you more about how we can help you increase your business when we launch our new site in a few months.

One more question.  Are big businesses putting the squeeze on your business?

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This may be familiar because we’ve asked this question before.

We had an excellent reply from Nick Marshall who owns holiday homes in Cairns, Australia in which he explained the problems he has competing with bigger businesses with deeper pockets.

You can see Nick’s report here together with comments from other small business owners suffering the same problems.

We have taken notice of what Nick and others have said which convinced us to concentrate on promoting small businessess.
In fact, we will restrict adverts to small and medium size businesses although we won’t eliminate Booking Agencies because many small businesses rely on them.

So please take a few minutes to see what other small business owners have told us here. We think you will recognise similar problems and we’d very much like to hear your story.

Keep watching for more details when we launch our new website

Best wishes

Cliff Chapman
http://www.traveljunkies.com

 

I recently received this email from one of our clients with some very sad news.

Hello Cliff

The information is correct although we have sad news. Tyll’s Dive will close down begin may this year.

Our small business could just not survive and compete against new dive businesses with a good money back up.

As of now we have no one interested in buying the name and the permit owner of building is not interested in new tenents, which makes it difficult to sell the business as a whole package.

After we close down we will take a couple of weeks to relax and enjoy the island again, then most likely going back to Denmark for a while and find out what will happen from there and what options we have.

Thank you for your support over the years.

Dorte
Tyll’s Dive
Roatan

 

It’s A Visual World.

Why You Should Use Pinterest For Your Business

The brain  processes pictures 60,000 times faster than it processes text.

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FACT:  The life of a Pinterest pin is 1600 times longer than a Facebook post.

FACT:  The average Pinterest user spends 14.2 minutes every time they log in.

FACT:  Pinterest was the fastest growing social network in 2014, growing by a whopping 97 percent!

With numbers like this, you can see what a powerhouse Pinterest has become.

Things you may have heard about Pinterest:

Only women use Pinterest.

Not true any more, but not a bad thing for the travel business. It’s a well known fact that women are more involved than men in planning holidays and often make the final decision.

People only pin pictures about food, fashion, weddings & lifestyle.

Again this isn’t true, but aren’t holidays part of lifestyle anyway.

Your target audience isn’t on Pinterest

Oh yes they are because almost everybody is your target audience.

It’s too time consuming and you don’t have time for another social network.

But shouldn’t you be spending your time on where your customers are looking for what you sell.

If you have a  business to advertise and want to reach out to a whole new audience, then Pinterest must be for you.

Compared with a Facebook Post that might only be seen for a day or two by your Likers, or a Tweet that will flash by in seconds, pictures on Pinterest get pinned and repinned often for months afterwards to an ever increasing audience, because every repin is somebody helping to promote your business.

AND ANOTHER FACT:  80% of all pictures on Pinterest are Repins.

There are thousands of articles on the Internet about Pinterest tips and techniques but it’s very important to know how Pinterest works otherwise you will spend time posting pictures and wondering why nothing is happening.

There are many beginners guides but the one we used and I highly recommend is Melanie Duncan’s excellent program, Power of Pinning, which takes you through the steps to be very successful using Pinterest.

Click on this banner to see how Pinterest can help grow your business.

There’s a full 60 Days Money Back Guarantee with no questions asked so you really have nothing to lose.

Make the most of your pictures to grow your business.

Please leave a reply & tell me what you think, thanks

Best wishes.

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Cliff Chapman
traveljunkies

Why Pictures Work And What You Can Do Easily

A short while ago I posted this and had a lot of positve comments saying how effective a simple picture like this is.

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So I asked these three questions

1.  Are you using your pictures to help grow the number of visitors to your website?
2.  Do you include a picture in all your Tweets?
3.  Do you have the pictures you need to include in your advertising in the social media you use?

And the answers I got were mostly YES to question 1 and NO to questions 2 and 3.
The solution for question 2 is simple – just do it, but number 3 isn’t quite so easy.
But there’s help from SproutSocial here …

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, and the average length of a word is 5 letters, it would take you 8 months worth of Tweets to tell the same story you could with one shared image on social media. So why not just include an image?

There are lots of tools for different types of images and many of these have free and paid versions, and all are listed in this document.

I recommend you start at the top and look at two Image Design Tools, CANVA and PICMONKEY (Nos 1 & 2 in the list) to see what suits you best.
Both have free versions which enable you to design and edit images for your social media posts.
There are many free image editing tools for you to start altering, touching up, or creating your own social images, and these are two of the simplest ones to use.

So click on the link below and get started.

36 Free Tools for Creating Unique Images
By Michael Patterson on 

http://sproutsocial.com/insights/free-image-creation-tools/

Cliff Chapman
traveljunkies