January 9, 2015 — We are pleased to announce that Inside The Gate (ITG) set another readership record during 2014. Within our very small industry our net results were as follows: A total of 1,069,979 readers stopped by and visited ITG. Collectively, they devoured 7,605,886 total pages (aka: page views) of up-to-date (published 6 days every week) timeshare news stories, PR’s, articles, specialized weekly columns found nowhere else and, of course, our very popular weekly Timeshare Blog – the GateHouse.
So Here’s The Scoop: A handful of weeks from now we’ll be starting our 6th year and for the record – as monitored & verified by AWStats, an independent website monitoring service – during 2014 our slowest month was February when we experienced 45,412 readers pouring over ITG and our busiest month was October of 2014 coming in with 121,469 readers.
Along with everyone associated with ITG who has made the publication possible — including those readers who continue to supply us with inside information and tips, etc. — our success would not have been feasible had it not been for all ITG advertisers over the years that supported our online timeshare new service – especially those who have continued to do so mostly uninterrupted, some from the very beginning.
As readers may know, ITG and our GateHouse blog are also fully searchable, meaning that every news story, PR, article, column, etc. is archived; using our search tool all a reader has to do is enter a company or person’s name, etc. and ‘hit’ enter – and everything we’ve archived on the chosen topic the past 5 years will pop up on their screen.
There is no shortage of ‘stuff’ readers are searching for these days, either, as ITG and the GateHouse blog are each literally thousands of pages deep with all sorts of information easily accessible (including hundreds of columns that I have written).
On top of that we have a “Special Features” section containing the “Morning Meeting” tab with 300 sales tips for reps as well as our “Guest Columnist” tab filled with various interesting perspectives; our “Off Topic” tab for those interested in “just for fun” topics not related to timeshare; and “On the Road”, full of information about timeshare resorts and destinations as well as travel deals and special events.
Another new record is that as of this week – January 3rd to be exact – ITG was ranked by Alexa as being the 168,551 most-visited website in the USA; internationally they ranked ITG as the 477,780 most visited website on planet earth.
On first blush that may not sound too impressive until you consider just how truly small our industry is and that in the USA there are nearly 30 Million businesses – most having an Internet presence – and globally, my best guess is that among the couple hundred nations there’s likely scores of millions more businesses and persons in cyber space with their web site presence.
The last milestone ITG set during 2014 is that timeshare owners/members have discovered us and turned to ITG for advice, due, in part, to the Mexico and Costa Rica (‘…we have a buyer who will pay you 3 x’s what you paid for your timeshare…’) fraud coverage in our GateHouse timeshare blog section.
The result of that coverage — based solely on owners/members feedback who actually contacted us during 2014 and the average amount they ‘almost’ bank wired — was that our staff (free of any charges or fees, etc.) prevented NLT than $3.5 Million (USD) of owners’/members’ hard earned money from being stolen and winding up in the off-shore coffers of those scammers, swindlers, low-life, scum sucking bottom feeding con artists, thugs, cheats, liars and thieves.
Surely there were many other owners/members who have read our fraud coverage and acted on their own without contacting ITG and therefore didn’t lose (wire) any money to these grifters, so the real total will surely be much higher.
Of the hundreds of ‘thanks’ we received in 2014 – this one, IMO, sums it up best:
Thank you so much for your good service… just as we figured re the scam. I can’t understand how these illegitimate companies & people operate for years even when their names are known – as you say, they are probably not in your country & down in Mexico there’s many more serious problems for the gov’t to address, or they just don’t care……Thanks again for keeping us & thousands of others informed & safe! Yours truly (name redacted)
Now it sure would be great, as I’ve written previously, if all the other industry publications, associations, exchange companies, developers and other industry-relative businesses would help spread the word and at least post on their websites or e-mail their owners/members (clients) about this particular fraud and stop these bandits once and for all!
Doing so would reap ‘the biz’ enormous rewards, but I suppose, that, too, sadly and needlessly will remain yet another easily achievable but unfulfilled timeshare industry pipe dream.
Good Luck Out There
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