Hello Dear Readers! This week we celebrate the three-month anniversary of the new TravelSkills blog and I’d like to provide an update of where we are and where we are going.
First off, for those of you who have been following me for years, I’d like thank you very much for sticking around as we’ve broadened our content and expanded our reach with the new TravelSkills blog.
I’d also like to welcome the thousands of brand new readers! Over the last three months, we’ve attracted an astounding 191,000 unique visitors by posting fresh content at least five times per week. That averages out to about 65,000 unique visitors a month. (That’s HUGE for a blog that’s only been around for 90 days!)
I have heard from some of you that five emails a week is a bit of an overload. To fix that, we now offer a once-per-week email recap of all our posts called TravelSkills Weekly. While I would prefer that you stick to getting a fresh dose of news and advice from us via a single email at the end of the day, you can switch to TravelSkills weekly right here. Just enter your email address and your subscription will switch to weekly. You can sign up for TravelSkills Daily right here.
June was our biggest month so far, due in large part to this post that went viral: 5 Key Questions to Ask a Hotel Check-in. The second most popular post so far is our first hand look at what it’s like Flying on Brand New Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Did you read these?
TravelSkills is now regularly cited by the media as an authoritative source for travel information and advice. In the last few months, TravelSkills quotes and content have appeared all over the place! We’ve been quoted in the The New York Times (twice!), Inc Magazine, CNN, NBC, CNBC, KCBS Radio, WSB Radio, USA Today, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and various other outlets. My travel tips series on CNN’s Airport Network has been rolling all summer long. Seen it yet?
With numbers like that, we’ve been able to drum up sponsorships with Virgin America, Chase and Barclaycard. We’ve also been able to help monetize our efforts through our new affiliation with The Boarding Area. These sponsors and affiliations are what help keep TravelSkills a free publication for you, so please support them when you can! And let me know if your company or brand may be interested in reaching our active and affluent readers!
Hopefully you’ve found TravelSkills content to be newsy, practical, helpful, colorful and maybe even entertaining. Please help me out by letting me know what you love about TravelSkills or what you think needs some work. Email me! email@example.com
And finally, if you like what we are doing here or in other posts, please let us know by hitting the Facebook LIKE button at the top of each page, by sharing our posts via your other social media channels like LinkedIn or Twitter. Leave your comments when a post riles you up or when you have some great advice to share! We love feedback!
And don’t forget that word of mouth is the very best way you can help us promote the blog. Email the www.travelskills.com link to all your frequent traveling friends and colleagues today!
Thanks again for your support!
Chris McGinnis, Editor and publisher
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