I mentioned back in January that I was trying to keep the blog going. It has been difficult over the last couple of years with very little development going on. I lost my Google rankings, and have less companies reaching out to me to visit their operations.
Well, as I said, I’m trying to do better. I try to post 5 times each day on weekdays. This is usually a copy of a couple of newsletters, as well as other new stores. Those stories can come from area newspapers, or things I’ve observed. In the 4 weeks right after the new year, I posted 84 out of 100 possible times. Not bad. In the 4 weeks that ended Friday, I posted 96 out of 100 possible times. Even better!
In January, the site had the most traffic its had in a couple of years, but there is still a long way to go. Please do your best to help me promote the blog. Send links to your friends, like tweets on Twitter, add me on Facebook, whatever you can do. Thanks!
If you are following the Niagara Falls Blog regularly, you know that I have my ups and downs… sometimes the blog is very busy, and other times I don’t post anything for an extended period of time. For the last two months I’ve been posting several things every day, and I’m trying to keep it up. Hopefully you’ve found the articles referenced, photos posted, and links provided to be useful and interesting.
Although business seems to be good in the area, it seems that for the last several years things have been at a stand-still from a development point of view. Most of the changes have been renovations to existing buildings. No hotels have been built. This has made it hard to post new/different things. Many years ago when I would walk around the tourist district, I saw something changing almost every day, so it was much easier to write about.
Regardless, I’m going to try to keep this up. I hope to improve the rest of the AccessNiagara.com website as well.
There are a variety of ways that you can keep up with the blog and other activities on Access Niagara. The best way is to follow the Niagara Falls Blog. If you prefer some other forms of social media, I also have accounts on the following sites:
As a side note, I do have ads on the site to try to support the work that I do. I make very little from them, so I’m debating whether to just get rid of them. As you follow the site, you’ll get updates once I decide what to do.
I saw this on Facebook, and figured it was worth sharing. This is a web page that shows a bunch of awkward family photos. I was surprised to see that photo 16 is of someone in Niagara Falls visiting Journey Behind the Falls.
Last week I received the latest Clifton Hill Update email newsletter
From the Simcoe Reformer (includes a brief photo slideshow):
What Canadian places did we visit most last year? According to data from Facebook, Niagara Falls and Toronto’s Rogers Centre were the most visited.
I saw this recently on Facebook, and figured I’d post a similar thing here.
Have you ever wondered what is on the other side of the world from you? Well, visit http://antipodr.com/ and find out.
What’s on the other side of the world from Niagara Falls? A whole lotta nothin’! Actually, it is in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
Note: I am not asking for anything here. I’m just sharing some information.
Yesterday I received an email that I had received a donation via PayPal. I had totally forgotten I had this setup. A few years ago I setup a page at http://accessniagara.com/donate.php where people could make a donation. I think this is only the second one I’ve ever received.
Some people wonder how I do what I do. My costs are minimal. I pay for a very basic hosting account. In some ways, you do get what you pay for. The site generally works, but other times it seems quite slow. Considering the price I pay, I’m willing to put up with that for now. The main way that the site is supported is with the Google Ads. I would prefer not to have any, as I really don’t make that much from them, but since I need to pay the bills somehow, I have to leave them. It takes a few months worth of clicks for me to earn enough to get paid. Those payments end up being enough to cover my web hosting bills.
I also get “paid” in a way because I get into various attractions for free. Since this saves me money, it is definitely one of the “perks” of having the site.
So, how can you support AccessNiagara and the Niagara Falls Blog? Well, you could donate. If you would prefer not to give money directly, then the best thing is to get the word out about the site. Share links on Facebook, retweet my tweets, post links to relevant pages on forums that you visit, etc. If the site traffic grows, than it will naturally generate more ad clicks, which will earn me a bit more money. Also, as more people visit the site, I have more “leverage” when it comes to contacting the various operators and suggest I come by for a visit.
Just in case you are worried, I have no plans to end the site. I do what I can, and hope that it continues. I enjoy it, and I enjoy my interactions with the community that has developed.
From MSNBC (includes photos of various waterfalls):
Twenty-two million: that’s how many made it to Niagara Falls last year.
Yes, it’s touristy, but travelers—even hipsters—clearly can’t resist snapping pictures here and sharing them. There are tens of thousands of #NiagaraFalls shots just on Instagram.
Niagara has also quickly become a favorite Facebook timeline cover photo and turned up repeatedly among submissions by the T+L community as we searched for beautiful images of waterfalls from Iceland to New Zealand.