More sleepless nights
After the initial excitement of publishing my website and visiting it three times a day at the minimum, I pursued relentlessly to complete the initial framework.
In addition to submitting my url on Google, The Missing Manual suggested registering my site on DMOZ – the Open Directory Project to increase my PageRank. However as the directory uses real people editors as opposed to spiders, it was essential that my site was complete before submission.
So it was a few more sleepless nights.
On 25th Oct, I got the media page done. Partly for the benefit of readers but mostly to prompt myself to keep up to date with news, this section highlights travel related news snippets from around the world, travel magazine features and recommended cable TV series for the intrepid travelers.
I found a newly launched local travel site, Relax, an affliate site of the Singapore Press Holdings which consolidates both local and international travel news and articles which I intend to leverage. I also embedded free Google news, a useful element in case I became lax in my news update.
On 28th Oct, the trip planner section had its first article – a write up on my company trip to Club Med Bintan. It includes tips on planning a company trip, review of the resort and also a blog on my three days child-free experience there.
I couldn’t wait any longer so I made a submission to DMOZ under the category Regional/Asia/Singapore/Travel and Tourism/Travel Services. Most of the listings here are registered tour operators so I am not sure if my site ranks with them but I couldn’t find any other suitable category. Anyway the wait is supposed to be between two weeks to six months so I am patient.
Today I finally completed the last part of my website featuring my backyard – Singapore. The article features the park connector network in Singapore and my 30km experience on it.