gdaddy wrote:Folks don't need to help you or your site, Anthony. You are running a business, not a charity. You need to provide enough value to us if you want to stay in business.
We will participate based on value to us. Your site places the needs of advertisers ahead of users, that is probably why participation is so low.
Tripadvisor is just more fun, informative and professional -- and they have heavy advertising, too. It is just done better.
You have a link for Tripadvisor.com on your site, yet they do not have one for yours. It's bad business to compete against your "partners".
Good luck and count me out of caribbean-on-line.com.
I appreciate your frank response. I don't quite understand it all however. I don't know what you base "Your site places the needs of advertisers ahead of users" on. We don't have as much or as intrusive advertising as TripAdvisor. And - they do have links to us - especially to our maps, which were and still are the heart of our site. We send them traffic, and they send us traffic. We also offer travel sales through our affiliation with Expedia (which owns TripAdvisor). So I think we do okay for each other.
And yes - they do a heck of job on that site. They were a team of MIT computer scientists with millions in venture cap money who sold out for 40 million dollars. And now they are now part of a giant corporation and the whole purpose of their site is to funnel business to their corporate parents, Expedia, Hotels.com, etc. Most people don't even realize this.
I am basically one guy! We started our site (13 years ago) because we thought the premise of the web and the Internet of having people be connected and sharing information was a great idea. Not to get rich.
Our forums were once the busiest place for this kind of information on the web - that is why the founder of TripAdvisor came to me several years ago - to place the ads you still see. That is why they started forums and reviews, years after we had them, because they saw on sites like ours they could work. You may not even recall that in the beginning TripAdvisor basically was a screen scraping site - they would come to sites like Caribbean-On-Line and mine our content to fill their pages up. They took the things we were doing, scaled them up and went national. Great for them - I still think there is room for sites like ours.
I really don't want to get into a pissing match and a business philosophy argument with you - but we still think we offer value as a place that people can come to and share honest opinions - and one that is an alternative to corporate sites like TripAvisor. Still, the real value is in the user - we can only provide the tools. Frankly I don't see why my thanking you for leaving a response on our site even solicited this kind of response from you.
My apologies if you found that offensive. Good luck in your travels on the web and in the Caribbean.