It's no secret that Joey and I are working in collaboration on a travel-oriented site for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (to join the gazillion other sites
competing for that area). But, just imagine, BEACHCOM and BEACHY collaborating on a BEACH site - how can we go wrong?
Today, Beachcom noticed in our stats that we had some inbound clicks from a new source. It turns out the "Official" South Carolina Tourism Site
has our brand new site mentioned in an article that was published just last Friday. Cool, indeed!
So how did that work? We put together a little site about the new Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and made it easy for us to both be involved. We are using Thesis over WordPress as a method of delivery and are collaborating on content. I have a long-existing and successful beach site and have a pretty good "feel" for what beach travelers are looking. Joey lives in Myrtle Beach and has local knowledge. We seem to have made a good team. Evidently an editor at the "State" site thinks so.
Funny thing is - we haven't yet started working on backlinks because neither of us feel the site is comprehensive enough at this point to warrant them. It is still very small.
SEO? Yes, but only to the extent of using proper page design technique, which is taken care of (almost completely) automatically with the Thesis theme. Individual posts are focused on a topic, rather than "shotgunning" a raft of keywords onto a page. People like the focused approach; and also like good pictures so they can "see" what an author is writing about. I spent two days hanging out with Beachcom last week - on his turf. We both shot pix - my tally, alone, was 253 photographs - just of the boardwalk area.
So, will we be selling hotel
reservations and "beach theme" checks on this site? Silly question...