Bigpacific.com with its sister site, TheSunshineCoast.com, is the Official Destination Web Site for the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. The site was started as a labour of love in 1997, and has outlasted the dot.com boom and bust, and now entering our 15th year of showcasing the Sunshine Coast to the world with a personal touch and a friendly, genuine spirit of welcome.
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With thousands of visitors per month and over a half million page views (monthly), thousands of pages of information and photos, and top rankings in Google for many Sunshine Coast and related search terms, Bigpacific.com offers exceptional exposure to a stream of highly targeted traffic.
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BIGPACIFIC.COM’S GUIDE TO THE SUNSHINE COAST MAGAZINE
- RSS feed
Our Google Results Speak Volumes:
* #1 or 2 for sunshine coast (5 sunshine coasts in the world, including Australia’s large area), out of 6.1 million possible results
* #1 sunshine coast bed and breakfast out of 1.1 million results
* #2 sunshine coast kayaking out of 116,000 results
* #2 sunshine coast bc fishing out of 129,000 results
* #3&4 sunshine coast bc accommodation out of 841,000 results
* #3 sechelt out of 361,000 results
* #5 gibsons bc out of 130,000 million results
* #1&3 halfmoon bay out of 54,000 million results
* #6 vancouver getaways out of 699,000 results
* #10 sunshine coast golfing out of 899,000 results
* #10 sunshine coast real estate (includes Australian results, the first five are all Australian); #5&6 sunshine coast bc real estate out of 198,000 results
The purpose of Bigpacific.com/TheSunshineCoast.com is to drive traffic to your web site, or to your listing on our site if you don’t have your own domain yet. Once the visitor sees your information, it’s up to you to convert them to an inquiry or sale with the information you provide.
We offer several different types of affordable, high-value exposure on our portal:
* Listings – Basic, Premium or Premium Graphical (Premiums include editing access)
* Banner ad programs
* Feature Article/Link Programs – example
* Panel ads
* Newsletter sponsorships, available monthly to our 3000 member opt-in database
* Special section sponsorships
* Site Wide Annual Sponsorship programs
Additional services available in-house or through our network are design for ads, writing services, photography, proactive maintenance/updating programs, and help adding a domain name to your listing.
Write or call today for information about how you can get online and get found fast – and come up in local searches.
From the wall…
http://www.johnmarian.ca has a phenomenal/near-perfect 0-1% bounce rate, with people spending and average of 3 minutes on the site and a mix of new and returning visitors. Proof that long-style content can still work in ADHD times online.
Great primer on inside-loop and outside-loop templates and hierarchy for Wordpress here, with links to expanded work on included topics.
If you're interested in project management and how projects go south (and west and east and north, all at the same time) here's a great list of budget-busting projects - the Montreal Olympic Stadium takes the grand prize for greatest percentage over budget... a whopping 1990%
I love working with Colleen Friesen specifically, and travel writers in general... their lives are so interesting!
Are you getting bogus security alerts like these from the 'Microsoft account team' (capitalization intentional)? FRAUDULENT PHISHING to get your account info - do not click on any links in the email.
Microsoft will never contact you by email or phone with a request for this information unless you have initiated a technical support request, and even then it will be from within a logged in area of their site such as a chat window or support ticket system with a verification process you must go through first!
July is jam-packed on the Sunshine Coast, leading into peak festival season. Find all the info you need to plan a summer holiday, prepare for a move to the Sunshine Coast, or make the most out of life as a Coast resident.
WARNING: PHISHING ATTEMPT THROUGH PAYPAL LOOKALIKE: I had this confirmed by email@example.com this morning as a malicious phishing attempt (tricking user into providing personal information). If you receive one delete it immediately.
WARNING: ***BOGUS DOMAIN TRANSFER EMAILS*** Please read and share in your networks.
One of my clients received this message yesterday. It is an attempt by the DOMAIN REGISTRY OF CANADA TO STEAL the registration of their domain name away from their current registrar. It looks official, governmental, and has a fake Order # in the subject line that creates the appearance of a transaction already in progress. THESE ALWAYS COME MORE THAN 60 DAYS BEFORE YOUR DOMAIN RENEWAL DATE. (Domains can not be transferred to another registrar within 60 days of renewal for this very reason).
DRC WILL ALSO SEND OFFICIAL-LOOKING SNAIL/PRINTED MAIL with a place for a signature and the look of an invoice.
Inform your registrar if you receive any such digital or printed information from this company.
Bad Dog Design Inc. commented on their own link.
Are you ready for Canada's Anti-Spam law coming into force on July 1?
"After July 1, 2014 there will be restrictions on the extent to which you can send electronic messages, including electronic messages that are designed to ask for consent to send commercial electronic messages."
Fines can reach as high as $1M for individuals and $10M for companies.
Get your mailing lists verified via double opt-in BEFORE the end of June, and consider canvassing local clients and obtaining an old-fashioned signature accepting your electronic correspondence.
Full Details: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/casl-lcap.htm
Bad Dog Design Inc. "Under section 66, consent to send commercial electronic messages (CEMs) is implied for a period of 36 months beginning July 1, 2014, where there is an existing business or non-business relationship that includes the communication of CEMs. Note however, that this three-year period of implied consent will end if the recipient indicates that they no longer consent to receiving CEMs. During the transitional period, the definitions of existing business and non-business relationships are not subject to the limitation periods that would otherwise be applicable under section 10 of CASL. Businesses and people may take advantage of this transitional period to seek express consent for the continued sending of CEMs.
In contrast, express consent does not expire after a certain period of time has passed. If you obtain valid express consent before July 1, 2014, then that express consent remains valid after the legislation comes into force. It does not expire, until the recipient withdraws their consent."
May 27, 2014 at 6:28 pm
Perhaps why Instagram is gaining traffic so fast? How do you feel about 'Promoted Pins'? Given that they are just photos with other photos maybe the ads won't be so intrusive?
Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water... duh-duh, da-duh-da-duh-da-duh... fin slashes surface Bad Dog has your back!
Getty Images announces new embed feature allowing sites to use stock images with attribution and linking for photographer. Great alternative to lawsuits r'us.
Saw this piece from Twitter for business - I wonder how relevant the stats are for rurally-located businesses.
"Mobile has channels. Channels are pathways. In other words, they’re delivery mechanisms through which verbal, written or aural messages are communicated. Some of these delivery mechanisms include mobile display, mobile apps, websites, paid search and others." - 60 Second Marketer
Get a look at the redesigned Pender Harbour Resort at http://www.phrm.ca and book your Easter vacation!
The meme echo chamber on Facebook may be getting quieter... do you like, love, or loathe the photos with words on them, visual inspirational quotes that replicate like rabbits in our feeds?
A pretty telling video about why Facebook advertising to grow likes doesn't work. We'll see if this makes it past the censors.
Bad Dog Design Inc. updated their cover photo.
A question for 2014 design trends... do you prefer standard/traditional web sites for companies you interact with, or one-page scrolling sites (Parallax style)?
Traditional web sites have links that lead to other pages that can be bookmarked/shared;
Parallax scroll lengthwise and/or horizontally and when a link is clicked on the page 'jumps' to the place in the content the link is connected to.
Here's two examples:
The new Parallax scrolling one-page design: http://jacksonvilleartwalk.com/ (image below, with link)
Merlin uses a more traditional format: http://bit.ly/1dqEpty
Bad Dog Design Inc. updated their cover photo.
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