Winemakers Contributions to Vinodiversity

This page is directed to participants in the Wine Web Seller Course.

During the latter half of 2007 I will be adding a new feature on many pages of Vinodiversity. Readers will be asked to make comments about wine regions, wineries and wine.

At the moment I am trialling a page for comments about alternative varietals in James Halliday's Wine Companion 2008.See this page. readers are invited to add comments via a form at the bottom of the page.

These comments will be within a controlled framework to ensure that the service does not get spammed and thus become useless.

My motive for this is that I hope to attract more traffic to my site, and thus generate revenue to some of my business modules.

I want to ensure that the readers' comments are of a high standard and actually contain useful information for other readers.

As a winemaker you have local knowledge about your region, especially about the wines made there, but also about restaurants, accommodation, events and general touring tips. I want to use your local knowledge to improve my site, and to send some web traffic your way at the same time.

As a service to winemakers I would like to open the readers comments feature in the first instance to makers of alternative varieties (that's what my site is about!)

If you add a comment via that page, or any other page that I am opening up for comments soon I will edit your contribution to include a live link to your website. Due to spamming problems you cannot add a link directly.

The link generated from my site should give you some traffic directly, and eventually get you a higher google rank.

Your side of the bargain.

Try to write something interesting... why is your wine or winery different to the other 2500 in Australia...what is special your wine region...what should people planning a wine tour to your region know about?

Blatant sales copy will not be approved, or published, but you can mention if your wine is featured at a local restaurant. Your contribution should show that you are knowledgeable and helpful to potential visitors, not just a used car salesman in disguise.

The process has been set up for ease of use by contributors, that's you, but maintaining barriers to over commercialised crap, spam and gossip. If the info on the site is not high quality it won't help you or me.

So get started by going to this page, or check to see if readers comments have been enabled for your region.*

Check out what other contributions are there. You can comment on them if you wish, but the real benefits for you will flow from making your own contribution.

Write a few words relevant for readers of the page; make sure you mention the name of your winery, and your wine region.

Just a few sentences will be enough; if you have a lot to say you can make a few contributions over a period of a couple of weeks.

I will be editing all contributions prior to publication, my aim is to give useful information to my readers. I will send them to your website if your contribution adds value to my site.

I hope this system is working well enough to enable you to get a good inbound link to your site with just a few minutes work, and no technical headaches.

Summing up

My site will be larger and more useful to my readers with your contribution.

Links from my pages will help get you a higher Google rank and therefore more traffic from the search engines.

The goodwill you generate from helping potential visitors should eventually lead to a few more happy people visiting your website, and your cellar door.

*If your region is not listed, or doesn't have the comments feature enabled and you would like to participate, then please contact me and I will see if I can boost your region up the priority list.

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