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Just about to go to bed and then suddenly remembered I had omitted my Blog entry-so here I am!

Today, received some fantastic pics of Mull provided by a B&B owner on the island. Have asked their permission to place on my website.Will see what happens.

Made some enquiries today of the status of tours on-referred to other operators. Some are going ahead some are not. I guess about 50pct will be done-fair enough I suppose.

My Google Analytics stats seem to suggest that enquiries are continuing to come in which is good. I even get a detailed geographic breakdown. Unfortunately the graphs do not print out.

Made provisional plans to meet up with my “associate” with a mini-coach next week. Just to touch base before the season starts in earnest. I have referred him two tours so far.

Chased up a enquiry dating from January-a lady who requires a self-drive during Easter.Hopefully, she will respond as I have a few days spare to design an itinerary for her.

Have linked up with a tour operator from Essex who specialises in Classic England.We are both members of Travel Trust. Hope to get a good relationship going. I have already planned to set up a page covering Cotswold’s and Shakespeare country (where I originate from).Hope to pass such enquiries on to him in exchange for Scotland referrals.

Received confirmation in yesterday that the author of the text on my new Ancestry Tours page that she is happy with the content. Good.

Should be lots going on with the website shortly. Submitted new content and new Keywords. Also, hope to have contact from an optimisation specialist. In this context I need to get up to speed with AdWords and Base.

That’s it for now-off to bed.

See from today’s press that the Dalhousie Papers-millions of pages dating back 900 years-have been purchased for GBP1.6M and will be held at the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh. This is good news. The papers range from a 12th. century charter of David I of Scotland to a series of letters from Florence Nightingale. Interesting stuff.

Another tour enquiry in, this time from a group of four Germans (seniors) who require a 7 day tour in October. I have responded positively and hope this will go ahead.

Yesterday, I was able to help a group of 7 Americans who wanted some local tours. Could not help myself because I can only take 6 but referred the work to an associate with a mini-coach.

Yesterday, I designed a new web page which I sent up to my web manager. Also, need to embellish some existing pages and optimise the entire site. Judging by the number of enquiries coming in the site is working.

I am also exploring how to make best use of a clutch of .eu domain names which I purchased a while ago. Thinking about setting up a series of basic, one page sites to kick into life.

Plenty of work to keep me going.

Quite a few tour enquiries in today which have kept me busy. I think the website is starting to earn it’s keep. One interesting enquiry was from Italy where a group of 4 wanted an Italian speaking driver guide for a 2 week tour. I have identified a guide and quoted a price. Will see what happens.

I have started to learn about Google Analytics which seems a good product and identifies where website hits are originated on a global map.

Have re-worked my key words and sent them up to my web manager. Have also contacted an expert for web optimisation services.

I guess I need to get up to speed with the new Art Shop.Will try and make some progress next week.

For additional content I have drawn up a new page of places to visit and things to do (in Scotland).

Have so much to learn about the web-it’s an interesting challenge.

Seem to have “lost” my Blog diary of my Hadrian’s Wall tour in June 2006. Fortunately, have a back up but it’s not exactly the same as the original.

That’s it for today.