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Three Tips for Getting Your Travel Business Found In Local Search

You’ve probably put a lot of time and money into getting your web site and/or blog set up and ready for potential clients to find online. Like most travel-pros you would probably like to be getting more traffic to your web site (a safe assumption if you are reading this article!). If you aren’t using local SEO strategies, you are missing out on a great opportunity to “get found” online!

Even if you are not in a brick and mortar business and a lot of your clients aren’t local, these simple strategies will help improve your overall SEO. If you are a brick and mortar agency, you’d better listen up! While moving to the head of the search results for “honeymoon travel agent” or “Hawaii specialist” might take quite a bit of work, scoring that “page one” ranking on Google for “Marietta, GA honeymoon travel agent” or “St. Louis Hawaii specialist” will be considerably easier! I’m willing to bet that most home based agents out there are happy to meet with an ideal client at the local coffee shop for a face to face meeting!

So how do you move up into those top spots?

You probably already know that one of the ways that Google uses to rank web sites is the number of other web sites that link to it. There are all sorts of “link building” strategies out there, but there are 3 simple, web sites where you can quickly and easily add links to your business that will have you bumped up into those local search categories before you know it!

Facebook

I’m willing to bet you’ve already got your business listed with the first one, if not, we need to talk! Yep, the Facebook profile you already have can help with your search rankings as long as you make sure your profile is filled out correctly. Facebook pages rank really well with search engines so it’s worth going the extra step to make sure yours is seen as a “place.”

The most important factor is to list an address in your profile. It can be a post office box if you don’t want to list your physical address. Don’t have a PO Box? You should get one… but until you do, list your physical address, then save your profile. After you save it go back in and edit out the street address leaving just your city and state.

Next, fill out your profile as completely as you can. In one or two of the boxes, list your specialty and your location. Word it in the way clients are most likely to search for your specialty. Mine says “Disney Travel Agent, Atlanta, GA.”

Google Places for Business

If Google owns it, you can bet making sure you take the time to fill out the info will help with your search ranking! Google actually integrates results from Places into the search results (and at the TOP too!) so this is an easy way to show up even if you don’t have a web site. Visit Google Places and follow the instructions to get started. You will need to enter a phone number and a physical address for your business. If you use a PO Box you can use the physical address of your post office and list the box #.

Once again, be sure to fill out our profile info as completely as possible. One exception: if you do not have a brick and mortar location, do not list hours. List “available by phone between the hours of _____ and ____. Meetings available by appointment only.”

Yelp

Yelp has easily become the #1 place to search for reviews of local businesses. Not only will Yelp help you out with local search, it is a great place to showcase reviews. You can start asking local clients to post a review of your services. Yelp will even alert you to new reviews so that you can respond to them in a timely manner. It only takes a few seconds to fill out your profile at Yelp for businesses.

Travel Agents for Ulm, Germany – Birthplace of Genius

Bundesautobahn 7 bisects Germany in virtually a straight line drawn north to south, and could be called the country’s Main Street if it weren’t for the BMWs passing you at well over 150 mph. To exercise such speed on this highway is a pity since you are going to miss some of the most spectacular scenery in NorthCentral Europe.

The southern stretch of this autobahn rolls along the high plateau of the Swabian Alb on the edge of the Black Forest, and is blessed with sweeping vistas of craggy limestone mountains and rolling, bumpy emerald hills. You will definitely want to thank your travel agent for suggesting this memorable and awe inspiring drive.

Almost on another planet from Germany’s industrialized north lies the charming and pleasant town of Ulm on the Danube. Virtually bombed into rubble in WWII, Ulm has rebuilt some of its most impressive historical buildings such as the world’s highest church steeple at the Ulm Munster. The Rathaus Town Hall was built in 1340 and features an astronomical clock on the gable dating from 1520.

While at the Rathaus, you have to dine at Alexandre, a huge, bustling, gymnasium-sized restaurant whose modern decor contrasts sharply with the 14th century architecture of the building. It’s a great place to meet locals and visitors, but keep in mind that with music playing loudly all day and night, you might have to shout to be heard!

The aura of this marvelous town is so picture perfect that you might think that Disney had a hand in creating it. It’s one of Europe’s best kept secrets known primarily to specialized travel agents who understand Ulm’s charms.

Definitely worth visiting is the Fischerviertel which is a 16th century river fisherman’s village frozen in time. While there, don’t miss the Gerber Haus restaurant for fine Swabian cuisine, relying primarily on amazingly fresh fish and vegetables that taste like they were just picked. There are a wealth of fine dining establishments in Ulm and your specialized travel agent will be able to point out the best.

When the sun goes down, Ulm starts to party and the hot place is the Roxyhallen, a converted factory which now houses a movie theater, a live theater and an enormous party area that stretches across three floors where you can dance to everything from classic rock to Euro/electro/techno and then some.

Travel Agents for Ulm, Germany – Birthplace of Genius

Bundesautobahn 7 bisects Germany in virtually a straight line drawn north to south, and could be called the country’s Main Street if it weren’t for the BMWs passing you at well over 150 mph. To exercise such speed on this highway is a pity since you are going to miss some of the most spectacular scenery in NorthCentral Europe.

The southern stretch of this autobahn rolls along the high plateau of the Swabian Alb on the edge of the Black Forest, and is blessed with sweeping vistas of craggy limestone mountains and rolling, bumpy emerald hills. You will definitely want to thank your travel agent for suggesting this memorable and awe inspiring drive.

Almost on another planet from Germany’s industrialized north lies the charming and pleasant town of Ulm on the Danube. Virtually bombed into rubble in WWII, Ulm has rebuilt some of its most impressive historical buildings such as the world’s highest church steeple at the Ulm Munster. The Rathaus Town Hall was built in 1340 and features an astronomical clock on the gable dating from 1520.

While at the Rathaus, you have to dine at Alexandre, a huge, bustling, gymnasium-sized restaurant whose modern decor contrasts sharply with the 14th century architecture of the building. It’s a great place to meet locals and visitors, but keep in mind that with music playing loudly all day and night, you might have to shout to be heard!

The aura of this marvelous town is so picture perfect that you might think that Disney had a hand in creating it. It’s one of Europe’s best kept secrets known primarily to specialized travel agents who understand Ulm’s charms.

Definitely worth visiting is the Fischerviertel which is a 16th century river fisherman’s village frozen in time. While there, don’t miss the Gerber Haus restaurant for fine Swabian cuisine, relying primarily on amazingly fresh fish and vegetables that taste like they were just picked. There are a wealth of fine dining establishments in Ulm and your specialized travel agent will be able to point out the best.

When the sun goes down, Ulm starts to party and the hot place is the Roxyhallen, a converted factory which now houses a movie theater, a live theater and an enormous party area that stretches across three floors where you can dance to everything from classic rock to Euro/electro/techno and then some.

The Benefits of Becoming a Travel Agent

There are many different benefits of being a Travel Agent. First off being a Travel Agent means that you are now in the industry, which means you automatically qualify to receive travel and vacation benefits. There is a great way you can get these benefits and much more that I will be discussing below without having to get a license or qualifications or anything of such. But the question is, how can you benefit from being a travel agent. And yes you do need a license to be a Certified Travel Agent, but I’m going to honestly show you a way where you can become a travel agent without having a license and still receive all the benefits I’m going to share with you.

Lets talk about the benefits of being a travel agent.

cruise lines offer travel industry rates for bona fide travel agents. The rates can vary from $35.00 – $50.00 per person per day. The travel professional is allowed to bring one companion at the same rate.

Hotels and car rental firms offer discounts to travel industry personnel. The discounts can vary from 10% up to 50% off normal rates. These discounts are subject to availability and offered at the discretion of the supplier.

Many escorted tour companies will offer substantial discounts on their tours. These discounts will also vary but are typically 10% – 50% off the retail price.

One of the most appealing benefits to travel agents is the opportunities to go on a FAM Trip! FAM is short for familiarization. Special trips are organized specifically with the travel professional in mind.

They are offered by tour companies, hotels, convention and visitor bureaus, airlines and cruise lines. The purpose of these trips are to familiarize the agent with the products as being a benefit for being in the industry. The great thing about these FAM trips or sometimes called member trips is that they are so easy to use. Once you become a agent you are able to take one of these FAM trips immediately. These trips are extremely discounted, and can save you up to 1,500 per vacation, which is well worth it. Here are some examples of some of the member trips that you can take advantage of.

1.) 4Day Jamaica Vacation for only $234.00
2.) 4Day Cozumel, Mexico only $181.00
3.) 4Day Cancun Mexico Vacation only $230.00
4.) 6 Day Caribbean Cruise for only $285.00
5.) Myrtle Beach golf vacation for 3 nights for only $359.00
6.) Disney World 3 Day/ 4 Nights Only $335.00- oh the kids will love this one…
And there are dozens of others that you can take advantage of as well. These are not single trips these are family vacations.

Other benefits include commissions from booked travel from 70% to 90%, and enhanced commissions, educational programs and events, Corporate and leisure hotel programs, travel insurance vendors, blocked cruise space & exclusive vendor deals, professional familiarization (FAM) rates on luxury cruises, resorts and tours. Travel agent discount on hotels and rental cars, show and theme park discounts and free admission to popular attractions, Take advantage of huge tax breaks available for home-based businesses. You also can do all of this from home because you get your very own customized website ready to go set up just like expedia, orbitz or any other major travel website where your friends and family can book and you can receive your commissions. And you can set your own hours.