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YouRave Roundup: New Family & Health Ravers

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Another busy week with some updates to blogger profile page which I will cover in another post. It is time to welcome a couple of really nice bloggers to our growing family of travel bloggers:

Kids Go West – Tales of Family Travel in the Western U.S.

Who can give you recommendations for family trips better than a second grade teacher?! Carolina, the author, has a great writing style and thus you will find your self reading and wanting to read some more.

The thing I like the most about Kids Go West are those posts where Carolina blog about her kids picks for favorite things to do, here is a quote from My Kid’s Picks: Best of Yosemite post: “Kids don’t write the guidebooks, but they can help their moms write blog entries. For this post, I’m letting my seven-year old expert give a list of his favorite things to do in Yosemite and I’ll write my thoughts on those places.” … That’s quite creative and insightful! I love it.

Want more? Check out Kids Go West profile on raveable.

Health Conscious Travelnapa

The focus on health and well being while traveling cannot be overstated. I am glad that Melanie, the author, have dedicated this blog to: “Tips to nurture your body, feed your soul, and satisfy you thirst for adventure”. Well said!

The stunning picture you see here is from Melanie review of green hotels in Napa, Going Green in Napa At Long Last .. check it out.

There are a lot of great tips on this blog, for example, here is some recommendations on food to avoid while traveling to fight insomnia: Hate Insomnia? 5 Foods That Sabotage Sleep

Hungry for more? Check out Health Conscious Travel profile on raveable.

Raveable welcomes our new YouRave bloggers.

Raveable is all about capturing the hard to find travel stories, reviews and recommendations from all over the web and bring it to the front of the eyes of travelers everywhere. Learn more about YouRave program and how to become one.

Written by Rafik

October 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm

YouRave Roundup: Welcoming New Ravers

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A week ago I wrote about YouRave program for travel bloggers. Let’s say that it was a busy week. The response from bloggers was very positive and we have several new bloggers sharing their posts with raveable visitors. This post is about them, but before I started let me say that are flattered. Working with every one of you has been a great pleasure for us.

Now, for a quick introduction of the new Ravers:

WeJustGotBack.com – Travel Advice You Can Trustwjgb

An authoritative source for travel advice for families traveling with kids. What I like the most about WeJustGotBack.com is the amazing collection of travel insider guides to popular destination. You can find those on the main site; here check out the San Francisco Insider Guide, or the New York Insider Guide.

But that’s not all. Don’t miss those handy posts offering tips for cheap and free things to do when you travel. On my next trip to San Diego I am going to make sure to have this post handy: 5 fab freebies in San Diego

Want more? Check out WeJustGotBack profile on raveable.

Two Kids And a Map & Pensacola with Kids

My favorite kind of blog: A family of four so passionate about travel sharing their stories, tips and reviews.. Well, here you have it.

Two Kids and a Map: is about all things for family travel; international and domestic.
Pensacola with Kids: you guessed it; it is a special blog for this family home town. I personally like that a lot. Often times I see bloggers paying little attention to in-town trips. I think families in Pensacola are luckier than most!

Check out Two Kids and a Map profile & Pensacola with Kids profile on raveable.

SoloFriendly.com – A Solo Travel Blog

Ok, I get it. Travel is not only for families. There must be some great ideas and tips for the rest of us who are solo. You bet, and SoloFriendly.com is your destination.

First of all, I have to admit that I envy, in a good way, SoloFriendly for here site name. What a catch! Who can forget that?

But more importantly, the recent blog posts about Vegas are to die for. I am glad that Gray, the author of Solo Friendly, shared reviews from here trip to Las Vegas on raveable. I like how she delivered here not-so-positive review of the Paradise Garden Buffet, check it out.

See SoloFriendly profile on raveable.

Finally, I’d like to welcome all of you to our growing family of Ravers.

Written by Rafik

October 19, 2009 at 7:50 pm

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You Rave, We Rave Back

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The web is such a rich medium to exchange ideas, opinions, recommendations, stories ..etc. As with any massive sphere of interactions, only a few of all this content make it to the surface and become mainstream. The travel space is one of those very rich mediums where people write great travel tips, raving reviews of a hotel or a restaurant, or a great attraction for kids and share them through their blogs for the world to see. You feel good about it and people who read your post appreciates your efforts. As a blogger, it feels great to share and have impact on other people. I speak of a personal experience.

But let’s face it, there are millions of blogs and billions of posts. The question is how to make your content reach the eyes of travelers? Well, that’s a tough questions. Many people try but today I am going to tell you how Raveable is going to help you:

You Rave: Blog to Your Heart’s Contentblogger

You love to blog and share. Don’t let traffic growth deter your passion and desire to help other fellow travelers. Blogs are meant to be personal expression, so enjoy your freedom and insist on:

  • Writing your best and greatest posts
  • Expressing your own opinions on your own blog; don’t write for someone else’s blog.
  • Fully own the right to your content. You write it, you own it.

As you conclude every post and feel like it is useful to someone planning a trip on raveable, then you final step before clicking the publish button is to add Raveable Blogger Badge to the post.

Rave Back: Your Post Reach Travelers on Raveable

I have to confess that I love great posts and admire bloggers so much. We feel that bloggers produce the most authentic content there is. It reflects their personal experience. It is voluntarily and not paid for. It is just an awesome act of kindness that we adore so much. Like no other company in the travel space, we feature bloggers on our most precious page, Raveable Homepage.

It is our mission to bring the best content on the front of the eyes of travelers. A teaser from your post will go alongside our content in very highly relevant fashion. At the end of the teaser we put a direct link to your post. We call it RaveBack link.

You might wonder, why a teaser? Well, the idea is to send traffic your way. If we put the full post on raveable, visitors have no incentive to visit your blog. A word of advice here: be wary of sites that capture the full post as Google dismisses your post if it finds it duplicated on multiple sites. Not good for you.

Moreover, your blog will have a profile on raveable with your featured posts organized by topic and city. We also show links to your twitter and facebook accounts to make it easy for people to find and follow you.

See Examples, Learn More, Get Started

The Mother of all Trips is a great family blog. Mara keeps the blog fresh with a lot of great tips that a traveling family will find of great use.moat

On Raveable, Mara’s blog posts show in the following pages:

On Mather of all Trips blog, raveable badge on posts that Mara chose to feature on reaveable:

  • Example badge: find Raveable badge is stamped at the end of this post

You can learn more about YouRave\RaveBack program on raveable bloggers page. On twitter, you can find me actively twittering on @raveable account. Feel free to ask me a question or follow tweets about new YouRave posts from you and other featured bloggers.

If you are interested in becoming a YouRave’r – ping me through email at (rafik at raveable dot com) or through twitter and I will follow up with you.

Let the YouRaves be heard!

Written by Rafik

October 9, 2009 at 6:51 pm

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