Finally coming out of hibernation I expect things for the geo sites to start picking up this and next month.
Last summer I secured a whole bunch of domains that were geo located around each other, some of which are listed on http://www.westofscotland.co.uk/about.html and include the likes of Ayr, Arran and Largs
So with a fairly decent set of towns the plan was and still is to create a physical local guide to Ayr which is the largest of the towns, time has dictated that it will be next year before I launch it however I have the cover designed and database worked on with 600 local businesses and around 100 accommodation entries, a licensed map, local places of interest info and calendar. So the physical guide will get worked on and completed late this year when everything else is quieter, it’s more work to put together than I thought it would be, the guide will be available from the local train station and bus station who agreed to display them as long as they are free, the plan is to sell the advertising space on it to fund it all and work closely with the website, I’ve seen it done to great effect elsewhere.
The sites on the town domains have been ageing a good bit since June ’09 and around 11 of them are in the top 10 in Google.co.uk which puts them more in the limelight and some more still to be put up.
Enquiries have started coming in again, the only thing I really need to work on is pricing as it appears I charged one person £100 per year and then the next one £60 per year, I like £60 per year for an accommodation listing as it offers a decent bit of cash to me that builds up and shouldn’t be hard to recoup for a B&B etc on a top ranking site. Since I have started I have secured about £2000 worth of yearly listings, on top of that one of the sites I bought was already an established geo site with around £5k a year in advertising. That’s all been done through the winter which is a harder sell, the next 2-3 months I’d like to see a lot more enquiries coming in and I don’t plan on doing the chasing this time, should be a good year for the geo set and really turn them into a small business.