Amelia Island can benefit greatly from free internet exposure opportunities.
The ten most visited websites in the world based on the last 3 months averages provided by Alexa.com are 1. Google, 2. Facebook, 3. youTube (Google), 4. Yahoo, 5. Baidu.com, 6. Wikipedia, 7. blogspot.com, 8. live.com, 9. Twitter.com and 10. Amazon.com
Except for nr. 5. Baidu.com, The leading Chinese language search engine, which provides a “simple and reliable” search experience, mostly in the Chinese languages and multi-media content including MP3 music and movies, all the other sites are English language oriented.
Besides that, most of these sites are aggregates and/or searchengines, meaning they inform the world of what’s going on on a daily basis. The exceptions here are blogspot.com and Amazon.com, whereby Amazon obviously is the front runner for e-commerce easily topping $40 billion in sales this year.
My interest however today is the power of aggregates like Facebook, Twitter and in particular Wikipedia with its tens of millions of daily hits across the globe. People use Wikipedia to research, from cities to countries, from companies to institutions, from science to inventions and from celebrities to politicians. If at any time I seek to find information on anything my google, yahoo or live search will always show a Wikipedia first page mention of the search, if there is a Wikipedia entry of the topic. And that is what a lot of people don’t understand. Wikipedia will only return a result if people took the effort to write about the particular topic, and the more indepth, the more value the information has. Wikipedia is in essence a huge free information source for anybody and anything who can objectively write an entry that helps visitors find answers to their queries.
Having said this I now invite you click on the following three Wikipedia links and compare
the following destination searches in Wikipedia:
• St.Marys, Georgia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Marys,_Georgia
• Fernandina Beach, Florida http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernandina_Beach
• Amelia Island, Florida http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amelia_Island
• St.Augustine, Florida http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Augustine,_Florida
Did anyone notice that Amelia Island, which as a keyword is many times more important than Fernandina Beach, at least to the potential vacationer coming here, has a very shabby representation; kind of a forgotten step sister. Both St.Marys and Fernandina Beach portray much more valuable information and of course St.Augustine hits it out of the park, even though by economic comparison according to the 2010 Census, it has roughly the same number of residents as Amelia Island.
So here is my request for this December Sunday.
Can I find any volunteers to write visitor specific information that we can upload to Amelia Island’s Wikipedia page to make it a page people will enjoy. You see, all of our local visitor promoting websites together, can not match the power of Wikipedia in ranking and trust.
Check it out if you don’t believe me. No matter what you type into the browser, it will most likely return wikipedia on its first page. From there the chance to inform a potential visitor grows exponentially. Try it. Type in short keywords like Florida in a browser and find that Wikipedia shows up on the first page and you’ll see what I mean.
We’re looking for volunteers to make a “killer” Amelia Island Wikipedia page. Next we will make a Facebook and Twitter page to do the same, followed by a blogsite called: AmeliaIslandNetwork.com
Always remember: Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid; humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant; together they are powerful beyond imagination.” — Albert Einstein