Newsletter 3, September 2008

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Issue 3, September 18, 2008 Help people via tourism

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How can you help 12visitme?

First of all: if you have the opportunity, go and visit one of the destinations from the VisitMes or Visits, and help the people over there. Helping these people is helping 12visitme to reach its main goal!

Furthermore: Add content to the website: It is important for a social website like 12visitme that many people contribute. You can start with just giving some comment on a VisitMe, Visit or Organisation (takes 1 minute), and it would be highly appreciated if you would add a VisitMe or Visit yourself. If you ever have made a trip to a nice destination, just share it by making a Visit. You can allways change or delete it...

Use the social bookmark links to give 12visitme or some VisitMe or Visit extra exposure on the internet. If you are already member of one of the social bookmarking sites like StumbleUpon or DiggIt, it will take you 1 minute. If you are not a member yet, this might be a good starting point to get to know these sites and give a review about 12visitme on these sites!

If you have your own website, please add a link to the 12visitme website.

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What is a Visit(Me)?

A VisitMe is a travel opportunity you are offering to other people, so tourists or volunteers will come and visit you.

A Visit is a trip you have made in the past to some interesting place, and that you want to share with others.

The main difference between a VisitMe and a Visit is that the person who places a VisitMe on the website, is also the person receiving future tourists or volunteers. In case of a Visit (which has taken place in the past) the person who places a Visit is not receiving tourists or volunteers, but is a tourist or volunteer him/herself.

Use Social Bookmarking to get more attention for your Visit(Me)

There is an easy way to get more attention from volunteers, tourists and other people for your Visit(Me)! You can use Social Bookmarks to help you with this.

What is Social Bookmarking? Social Bookmarking is placing a link to your Visit(Me) on another site, and promoting your VisitMe via that other site. There are special websites (DiggIt, StumbleUpon, Delicious etc) allowing you to share or bookmark interesting webpages, like your VisitMe!

How can you do this? On your Visit(Me) you see a whole bunch of colorful logos just below the title of your Visit(Me):

Click on one of these logos, and you are automatically forwarded to the related Social Bookmark website. If you are already member of that Social Bookmark site, you normally are forwarded to a page on which you can bookmark/promote your Visit(Me). By clicking the logo on your Visit(Me) webpage, a link to your Visit(Me) is automatically generated in the right format for that Social Bookmark website. If you are not a member yet, you normally are forwarded to a webpage via which you can register on that Social Bookmark website. This will only cost you 5 minutes per Social Bookmark site, after which you can add your Visit(Me) to this website. You can find more info on Social Bookmarking via google or on the Social Bookmarking websites.

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GoodWorkGhana VisitMe currently on top to win 250 euro for most popular Visit(Me)

In the contest for most popular Visit(Me), Stella Akitengs VisitMe for a Community Based Tourism Programme has been surpassed in popularity by the VisitMe from GoodWorkGhana about volunteering in Ghana, see http://www.12visitme.com/visitme/popular/1. On third place is the VisitMe about Bhaktapur in Nepal. Currently the VisitMe from GoodWorkGhana has 20 interested people, but there are still 2 weeks to go :-)

So there is still plenty time to make your Visit(Me) more popular than this VisitMe, and win 250 euro!!! All you have to do is find people that click to become interested in your VisitMe. You can see how people can do this on http://www.12visitme.com/how_do_i/show_interest. You can send messages to other members of 12visitme to ask them to become interested, or you can invite friends of yourselves to become registered and help you win this 250 euro for your project!!!

Having many interested users not only makes the VisitMe show up high on the Popular list on the main VisitMe and Visit page (so you get more attention via the website).

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New organisation participating: Alpine Viet

In September, one new organisation added a webpage on 12visitme, with several related VisitMes:

Alpine Viet trips are designed to go off the normal track, meet the locals and travel in an unconventional way, joining locals on their transport, in their markets and stay in their homes.

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Make you Visit(Me) the featured Visit(Me)

It is possible to have your Visit or VisitMe featured on the main homepage of 12visitme. For only a small fee per day you can give your Visit(Me) extra exposure and get more attention from people visiting this website. If you want your Visit(Me) featured, or if you need more info, you can send an email to: info@12visitme.com

You can find more information on having your Visit(Me) displayed on the homepage of 12visitme on this link

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This news item was published on 2008-09-18 10:46