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GoNOMAD is in the news, in a variety of local and national websites and publications. A profile of editor Max Hartshorne was published in the Republican and MassLive websites. Traffic increased to just under 100,000 unique visitors per month. New content campaigns for Texas Tourism, Bonwi.com, Allianz and other partners continue to help us prosper.
GoNOMAD’s editor and top photographer returned to the New York Times Travel Show in Manhattan for another standing-room-only presentation about travel writing.
GoNOMAD’s business model is explained in an article in the Recorder Newspaper. Max Hartshorne attended World Travel Market in London in Nov 2016, meeting top travel people from around the world.
GoNOMAD goes to WordPress! With a completely new design that is responsive and flexible, we set out to a new adventure in publishing. We have added new features like Google maps, in article slide shows, pop in videos, audio clips and a lot more. “Travel Influencer” Max Hartshorne is interviewed by WeSaidGo Travel in this story.
We are continuing our partnerships with major travel brands. Max Hartshorne presented at the TBEX Travel Bloggers Exchange and the PRSA Public Relations Society of America Travel Conference. He also attending the USTA’s IPW Show in New Orleans in June 2016 and met many of his travel colleagues and friends.
GoNOMAD continues our business partnership, the 360 Travel Network, an association of three sites and seven travel blogs, running content marketing campaigns for major brands like Trivago.com, Allianz Travel Insurance and Enterprise Rent-a-car, providing a full range of branding using display advertising, as well as content marketing, and a large-scale social media promotional effort.
Clients are very pleased with the results and both renew. Website traffic has been building steadily, now at 118,000 unique monthly visitors and 300,000 monthly pageviews.
A completely new mobile site was launched in March 2015, so every visitor no matter what device they are using can easily read our stories, all built for the smaller screen. Editor Max Hartshorne speaks at TBEX in Cancun, Mexico to travel bloggers about how GoNOMAD uses virtual assistants, student interns and outside sales staff.
Paul Shoul and Max Hartshorne spoke again at the NY Times Travel Show about travel writing and photography, the hall was fully packed for the presentation.
Editor Max Hartshorne is invited to speak at the Public Relations Society of America‘s travel conference in Tampa about best practices working with online media, joined by editors from AARP Magazine and AOL Travel.
He also makes a presentation at the New York Times Travel Show with photographer Paul Shoul about shooting travel photos, to a standing-room-only crowd at the Javits Center. We publish our 24th Plane Reader Ebook, about Australia, and site traffic begins to rebound with the new content management system in place.
GoNOMAD launches a completely new redesign and automates all of its publishing to the Joomla platform. This means faster publishing of stories and a much easier navigation, as well as new features like video and better social media integration.
Stories can now be posted from the road or anywhere and the editor is no longer chained to the office. It has been a labor of extreme proportions–the project started with a meeting with webmaster Rich Roth of Greenfield’s TNR Global in 2012.
Editor Max Hartshorne spoke at a panel in Dijon France about social media and our writers fanned out to places around the world writing stories. We will be continuing our streak of Plane Readers with new titles coming out monthly, including Canada, Thailand and New Zealand. Our website traffic is rebounding at 90,000 unique visitors per month, and with the new code, we expect it to grow significantly. The site is also very attractive when viewed on an iPad or other tablets.
We have closed our cafe but we are roaring into e-publishing, with eighteen titles already on Amazon, BN and iTunes, and more to come! We are rolling out a newly designed GoNOMAD Travel that will be easier to navigate and contain even more amazing travel content. New features will be added monthly, a very exciting development. See all of our Plane Readers here.
Editor Max Hartshorne spoke to travel bloggers in July 2012 at TBEX, the travel bloggers convention in Colorado. He continues his speaking with a New York Times Travel show appearance in January 2013, and to artists at the Creative Economy Summit in Turners Falls, MA.
Our new partnerships with Wanderlust and Lipstick.com and PerceptiveTravel.com have created very successful marketing plans for hotel, airline and other travel clients. We are excited about this growth and look forward to new ideas in mobile technology, our new site will be very mobile friendly.
RIP Joe and Kent
Sadly we lose two of our original cast members–Our first webmaster Joe Obeng and Senior Travel Editor Kent E. St. John pass away at the end of the year.
GoNOMAD is moving into the 21st century by launching new initiatives. We are now offering podcasts of our travel interviews that are available on iTunes. We are also launching a new line of ebooks called GoNOMAD Plane Readers, which give people the chance to read all of our content on their choice of devices: Kindles, iPhones, Android phones or iPads. Stay tuned for the big launch in late April as we enter the new world of travel writing taken anywhere.
Many new features are added to GoNOMAD in 2009, and more await us in 2010. Another partnership which will grow this year is with Orbitz, providing up to the minute airfare, hotel and car rental quotes through their trip.com brand. A partnership with TripAdvisor has created a huge hotel review site that’s well integrated on all of GoNOMAD’s story pages.
As we come to the close of another year, we prepare to exhibit at a second major Travel Show, this will be the Boston Globe Travel Show in February 2010. We will join our friends at Bootsnall.com to offer a seminar to travel professionals about using social media such as Twitter, Facebook and blogs to help market travel destinations. Later in February we will return for our third year to the New York Times Travel Show and there we will present a seminar on Travel writing for newbies and staff our own booth for three days.
Our traffic is at a record–199,000 monthly unique visitors–and we have never had so many excellent articles to publish. The word is spreading fast about the quality of our editorial and more and more people are finding us a useful place to begin travel planning.
The cafe is going great guns, full of neighbors and travelers enjoying pannini, homemade soups, coffee and conversation. In the works are a radio program to be aired three times a week on WHMP-AM, and a cable Television program to be aired on the local cable channel.
As usual, we have two interns joining us as we have done since 2005!
GoNOMAD”s editor Max Hartshorne is quoted along with Pauline Frommer, Peter Greenberg, and other travel experts for a round up of summer travel ideas in READERS DIGEST magazine. This fall he may be getting a chance to write a blog for a local newspaper. Max and Kent St. John regularly go on travel radio shows to talk about their stories. Audio podcasts can be heard for many of these.
Three interns join the ranks at GoNOMAD, contributing articles, doing travel research, writing blogs and helping us promote the website. They also traveled, going on story assignments to interesting places around the world. Many of our newest articles are set closer to home, in New England and other US destinations.
Going into our third year at the GoNOMAD Cafe and bringing on many new features and a new catalog of exciting trips and tours, we have been seeing great traffic in the cafe and on the website! In our ninth year on the web, we’re working on a redesign of the whole site. We continue to get the word out with our second year at the NY Times Travel Show exhibiting and developing a new TV show about our brand of travel.
It’s been a great year for GoNOMAD, beginning with sending writers around the globe in search of stories. We were invited to go to Iran by the government tourism officials and joined 120 other professionals for a tour of Iran’s great cities.
We began the year with the New York Times Travel Show, where we had a booth and met many of our readers and fans during the large travel trade show.
During the show Kent St. John, Max Hartshorne and guest Matthew Link offered a three person look at how to become a travel writer. We gave tips for dealing with editors and how to write for publications to a large audience at the NY show.
GoNOMAD has also will be speaking for the second year on Search Engine Optimizing for Travel sites at the Boston Globe Travel Show in February 2009.
The GoNOMAD Cafe celebrates one year in business and adds sandwiches, new coffee drinks, and salads to the menu. A larger new cappuccino maker joins an industrial sized oven to allow many more exciting foods to be served.
The cafe has become the hub of the town, a gathering place for many folks young and old. GoNOMAD.com counts 340,000 unique monthly visitors exploring the website and our CPC, CPA and CPM ad programs bear generous fruit. Internet Advertising Has Arrived.
Content arrangements with Tribune Publishing and other newspaper companies provides added publicity plus a new revenue stream. Yahoo Travel links 400 of GoNOMAD’s articles as expert guides on their site.
GoNOMAD.com owner Max Hartshorne opens the new GoNOMAD Café in bustling downtown South Deerfield, where customers can get coffee and pastries, check their email and surf the web. The new café features five pcs as well as wireless access. Though it was a fun idea at the time, and provided a wonderful gathering place in town, this was perhaps one of the worst financial decisions ever made by a web publisher. Never again.
A crew from WGBY Springfield visits GoNOMAD’s offices to shoot a segment for their series “Making it Here ” that was aired in May 2006.
GoNOMAD.com is written up The Associated Press. This story appears in newspapers all over the US and Canada, including The Sacramento Bee, The Boston Herald, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Brandon (Ontario) Sun, The San Mateo County Times and the Windsor (Ontario) Star.
Traffic has never been higher on the site, and publicity continues to come in about our kind of travel.
More than 7500 readers visit GoNOMAD.com every day.
GoNOMAD.com emerges from the cellar! The website officially moves out of editor Max Hartshorne’s basement to a spacious office at 14A Sugarloaf Street in picturesque South Deerfield, Massachusetts, next to Charsky Insurance and Fisher’s Garage.
GoNOMAD.com is written up in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.”If you approach something with real passion and dedication and think about it all the time, and work on it until 1 am,” Hartshorne told Staff Writer Nick Grabbe, “eventually you’re going to succeed. I’m already succeeding by traveling, editing and teaching people how to work with the Web. And I’m having a ball.”
GoNOMAD.com Editor Max Hartshorne, Senior Travel Editor Kent St. John, Travel Writers Cindy Bigras and Lisa St. John, and Sales Director Joe O’Rourke staff an exhibit at the Adventure Expo at the Javits Center in New York City. 22,000 people attend.
Max Hartshorne leaves Transitions Abroad magazine and purchases the two-year-old GoNOMAD Travel, which had been created in Vermont by Lauryn Axelrod and already had a base of 65,000 unique monthly visitors. It was ready to grow, and for the first two years it was a part time labor of love.
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