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    Default India Travel forum

    I am in the process of launching a new forum for travel in India which would cater to both foreign and desi visitors to different parts of India...

    Does any of you frequent any such forum? Do you have any ideas how to create a better forum then there already are?

    What should and should not be included? Has anyone ever studied this niche?

    I have a good seo budget for this project but dont wanna rush into it atleast not untill I know that it will become huge in time to come

    Your comments would be much appreciated.

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    It is very good idea to launch such a website..
    I have seen a website like that: India Travel Forum | IndiaMike.com

    The main thing to include are hilly stations. There should be a photo gallery too so that members can upload pictures and the visitors can get much help on it like where to travel in that city or something like that. One more thing, it should have good theme with good layout..........

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    All the best admin. When I browse a travel forum first I would like to see some snaps of important sites, a city map and accommodation details.

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    Default good idea

    its good idea.. but we need something more than a website for travel.
    there are lots of college students and group of young working group who wana visit places across india.

    We love escaping out on weekends. We dont look for luxury but basic stay and food is ok for us. If your website can bring such home provider at cheap rates for college students it ud be unique feature of ur website. hotels are too costly. We dont even mind taking our tent with us..

    i am daily visitor of site travelblog.org and ghummakar. I found travelblog more intersting bcos there is vast content available. ghummakar has good interesting stories abt india. But some how the format or layout of travelblog is more apealing to me.

    before we visit any place we want to know all the details about that place. If you can list down all the must visit accourding to importance for a city then it ud be great.. If you can mesh it up with google maps that ud be even better.. I personally many times find it difficult to find a tourist map difficult to locate on my gmap in my mobile.

    If you have city volunteer members who could guide us throgh the roads and in which order we can visit the places in the city and the timings of the opening and closing of places and of corse the best deals it ud be more good.

    instead of having a normal blog if u provide such customised service for travellers it ud be great.

    if i could chat with person who has already visited the place or who stays there it ud be great.
    booking a car at best rates is also a necessary.
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    A forum is the answer for all your expectations. Running a service with hired staff catering to millions of people would make me bankrupt within a few weeks... Unless there is a solid business model to support the costs and it seems very unlikely at this point and also I am not willing to sell anything to the visitors or even get commision from letting others sell which would be essential for hiring staff so that is out of the equation.

    I have been working on this for some time now whenever I get time and have prepared a framework... More like an idea in my mind then on paper.

    There is no forum targetted to Indians only as other forums I see are for forign tourists who want info about culture and stuff more then anythign else. I am trying to get more desi janta on this new site rather then lure the more lucrative videshi crowd as its going to be for fun more then anythign else... Although commercial viability is something which would effect some decisions as I am not planning to keep shelling money out of my own pocket for too long.

    Here at India broadband forum people get instant resolutions from either older threads or for newer issues which are not already resolved they open new threads and our memberes very kindly try their best to resolve all issues. Travel forum is going to be on similar lines with some modifications..

    I have got two domains for this already and will open a poll to choose one to use with this project
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    wow travel forum sounds fun looking forward to it
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    that would be good, something similar to this, and obviously there would be the same kind of crowd as we well I know I will visit the travel forum!

    Keep us updated on this!

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    Great initiative! However, there are already too many India Travel Forums/Sites. Just searched in the google. Do we need another?

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    I agree there are a lot of forums running already and it will be an uphill task to make a new one succesful to an acceptable degree.. But I believe there is no Indian travel forum run by an India and is not dominated by a forigner controlling the opinions on the forum... Find one and I will drop the idea.

    One forum is run by a Pakistani hell bent on killing the tourism industry in India.. another run by a Britisher who sees India from his own perspective and has no or very little interest in showing the brighter side of India.. Then there is another one run by an Indian who thinks threads posted by Indians will spoil the repo of his forum..

    Find me one forum which does not have a negetive baise towards Indians.

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    I think it will be a good idea.

    The forum may take a little longer to be popular but with the right articles and content, plus ad's it should be able to make through.

    I will contribute whatever I can.

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    Can borrow some ideas:

    a) Divide India by regions
    b) List all nice places to visit around those areas and how to get there
    c) Where to stay, what to eat, local specialities
    d) Experience by members
    e) Photographs
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    We have got two options to choose from :

    holidaytravelforum.com and www.Indiatravelforum.in

    I personally feel www.Indiatravelforum.in would be a better bet but its a .net and the only drawback otherwise it would make a perfect domain name for such a forum...

    Which one do you guys suggest as this is the only thing that is keeping me from launching the new site.
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    What is the drawback of the ".net" domain?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Parminder View Post
    We have got two options to choose from :

    holidaytravelforum.com and Indiatravelforum.net
    Well if you want to forum to be just about India destinations, then Indiatravelforum.net would be good, but if you want to include worldwide destinations or would think of including worldwide destination later on in the forum, then holidaytravelforum.com

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    Then I think holidaytravelforum.com is good.

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    I would suggest IndiaTravelForum.net because it would be difficult to cater help on worldwide destinations, because there are already many sites/forums in the net for that.

    But, the sites of our Tourism department are 'not so bad' to be discarded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    What is the drawback of the ".net" domain?
    The only problem is it is hard to remember for most people as they tend to type in .com

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    I like Indiatravelforum.net .

    Some suggestions:

    Many of us in india don't really know what are the great places we can visit in our country. Articles about each destination would be great.There are many great place down south, but I have not seen many.


    There could be a section for weekend holidays, where people near major towns can go to some nice place to relax over the weekend - I hope you got what I mean ?

    PS: I would find such information very useful as my parents are looking for a nice time off to relax (dad not working anymore).

    Quote Originally Posted by Parminder View Post
    The only problem is it is hard to remember for most people as they tend to type in .com
    Who owns Indiatravelforum.com ? Buy him out
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    No idea who owns the .com but what I know is it wont be cheap so that is not an option

    Indiatravelforum.net is to the point except for the .net in the end but I suppose like we get repeat visitors on this forum we would create a name for ourselves on the travel forum as well if things go well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Admin View Post
    I agree there are a lot of forums running already and it will be an uphill task to make a new one succesful to an acceptable degree.. But I believe there is no Indian travel forum run by an India and is not dominated by a forigner controlling the opinions on the forum... Find one and I will drop the idea.

    One forum is run by a Pakistani hell bent on killing the tourism industry in India.. another run by a Britisher who sees India from his own perspective and has no or very little interest in showing the brighter side of India.. Then there is another one run by an Indian who thinks threads posted by Indians will spoil the repo of his forum..

    Find me one forum which does not have a negetive baise towards Indians.
    Hmmm... Then, it's time to kick some ass... I've full faith in your SEO expertise. We'll rock...

    Indiatravelforum.net is good.

    However, there are other website names available too. Like indiatravelspots.com

    Domains like above don't have the 'forum' keyword. Still they are easy to remember.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Admin View Post
    I agree there are a lot of forums running already and it will be an uphill task to make a new one succesful to an acceptable degree.. But I believe there is no Indian travel forum run by an India and is not dominated by a forigner controlling the opinions on the forum... Find one and I will drop the idea.

    One forum is run by a Pakistani hell bent on killing the tourism industry in India.. another run by a Britisher who sees India from his own perspective and has no or very little interest in showing the brighter side of India.. Then there is another one run by an Indian who thinks threads posted by Indians will spoil the repo of his forum..

    Find me one forum which does not have a negetive baise towards Indians.

    I am a not so old but very old member of india mike India Travel Forum | IndiaMike.com and I found that the reality is accepted there , many foreigners literally love india. And it is really a good site, that is my personal experience and opinion. And the mods in this site are very strong, and prompt in seeing that the decorum of this forum is maintained. And you will get all assistance regarding your travel and stay queries also.



    So creating a new site like travel india forum will be uphill task, still you can do it, even though there are big big companies manufacturing products there also are small companies , so you can start at initial level and then depending on response and popularity move up. Best of luck

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    I have seen that site grow for the last 3-4 years and recently became a member as well and I agree it is the only "good" forum around in this niche.

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    How about "IndiaTravelChannel.com"?

    a) Probably not taken
    b) Easy to associate
    c) ".com" domain
    d) Not just a forum
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    I have started working on India Travel Forum now just installed the script.
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    Lots of categories. Nice. Find a good theme.

    When will we upgrade to V Bulletin 4 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Admin View Post
    I have started working on India Travel Forum - The Front Page now just installed the script.
    I'm proud to be the first registered member (after you) there. Couldn't post because no forums are created yet.

    Come on guys. Register yourself. Be a part of the history!
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    India Travel Forum ;
    Look great. I like the menu on left.
    Could members of IBF have automatic access with same ID PW?
    instead of registering again .

    When will we upgrade to V Bulletin 4 ?
    As it is, forum pages load quite fast, and all options are available.
    ( except switching from one forum to another)
    in another forum, too many links added and looks overloaded, and takes time.
    ( same "VB 4.0.3 " like India Travel Forum)

    One query:
    Annexures made by members which appear in their USERCP.
    Is it allowed to delete some of them ?
    for instance I have 367 using 14.84 MB in 19 pages.
    would like to delete/ some old annnexures . and to reduce the size of the list. for quick reference.
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    OK. I am the third member.

    Will remember to post something soon, probably weekend.
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    Sorry guys the script at the new forum will need to be reinstalled due to a stupid mistake Ive made.. I am sick of this internet connection.. too much packet loss and uploading anything to a server is such a pain.

    Will reinstall it this evening

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    No problems. Take your time.
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    I am 4th member...............

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    @Admin

    You have not activated e-mail confirmation.
    P.S: I am the second member now.

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    I have only just managed to do the basic install and initial setup... I am not used to this CMS thing and this is going to take some time for me to get my head around it..

    I will create the new subforums as soon as I am done with the initial setup.

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    But the 'Contact Us' feature is surely working!

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    @admin
    please use new subforum "India Travel Forum" here.
    will be easy to consolidate ideas. Any post given here can be shifted to new sub forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by essbebe View Post
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    please use new subforum "India Travel Forum" here.
    will be easy to consolidate ideas. Any post given here can be shifted to new sub forum.
    The problem is we do not have consent of forum members here to move their posts away from this domain.
    Its the same problem with letting members here access the other forum without having to register there with the same user name as here.. It would be illegal as the thousands of members we have agreed to the terms and conditions that do not include any mention that their user id and password would be associated with another website at some point..


    On the other hand we will have Facebook connect on India travel forum which would allow those who have Facebook ids to login at the forum without going through too much hassle..


    I dont know if anyone of you noticed but Ive had that domain since last two years and the holidaytravelforum.com is even older.. Had this plan for so many years just never had enough time to get it started..
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    Congrats Ad on the site...

    i didnt knew about untill now..

    will def register in some minutes...

    will i be given unlimited image uploading
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    Yes you can upload as much as you want but I am yet to look into upload permissions and dont know what the default is so give it a week or two and I will announce it here when the site is ready for a launch

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    I completely forgot about this forum... will start working soon Give it a month and that place would be buzzing

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    This project is still very much alive although work is going on a snails pace. I hope it would all be ready for a launch by the end of this year

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    its would be nice if you had some mods here so you can give time to your other forums as well...

    essbebe,mickey or MD would do well imo...

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    Sorry i wont moderate. Just will be a senior memberhappy with that
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    2012! We have risen from the dead again. I refuse to die. Its a joint project now me and smoothie looking after things now and the budget we have is "huge"
    Its going to run now... no more giving up due to lack of time now.. I am going to devote some time on the net just to make sure that this forum takes off We are going to spend "tons" of money on this project

    Suggestions are welcome
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    Suggestions about the website I meant not about spending or giving away the money. A gentleman sent me a PM reffering to this thread saying he needs some money and he goes you have got a huge budget for the website please spare some for me along with his bank account number. You all must be wondering what he needs the money for ... so was I so I sent a PM asking what does he need the money for and guess what the reply was? He needs the money to take his girlfriend out for a 10 days holiday to Goa and he even gave me an option to book him a hotel room if I dont want to do a bank transfer..

    Duuuuude! Get a life
    Dont send me PMs with new ids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Admin View Post
    Suggestions about the website I meant not about spending or giving away the money. A gentleman sent me a PM reffering to this thread saying he needs some money and he goes you have got a huge budget for the website please spare some for me along with his bank account number. You all must be wondering what he needs the money for ... so was I so I sent a PM asking what does he need the money for and guess what the reply was? He needs the money to take his girlfriend out for a 10 days holiday to Goa and he even gave me an option to book him a hotel room if I dont want to do a bank transfer..

    Duuuuude! Get a life
    Dont send me PMs with new ids.
    Hmm. I could also do with some free money. :lol:
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    I suggest start shifting the "Travel" topic in IBF to the new one which you're planning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nevinjohn View Post
    I suggest start shifting the "Travel" topic in IBF to the new one which you're planning?
    I would disagree. For one, this is a broadband forum. Secondly, travellers are looking for travel specific information. Moving travel realted suff here will not result in good SEO and search results. Also, it would unnecessarily clutter this forum. As it is, we do have too many sections not related to Broadband.
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    I agree with Just4kix, we can not move/redirect content or forum from here. India Travel Forum is a totally different forum and have to survive on its own.

    We are still looking for your valuable suggestions and feedback

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    Alright, the flood gates are open now and we have the forum up and running. Me and Smoothie went to Bhangarh on our way to Jaipur and Smoothie have posted a nice thread along with tons of pictures from the trip. Do take some time to check out the forum and if you could post a few threads of your own from the holiday destinations you have been to it would be great.
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    nice site! promise to use it the next time I'm traveling

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anjali Banerjee View Post
    nice site! promise to use it the next time I'm traveling
    Will be waiting to see you around and I am about to update some more travelouges there (Jaipur, Shimla, Kufri, Fagu, Gulmarg and many more)
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    Finally this project has come to life. Many years of struggle and lack of perfection and many other factors kept this project from taking off. I can now safely say that this project has taken off and there is no looking back now.

    New forum only gets about 500 visitors per day these days but it has been steadily rising for the last 8-9 months or so. There are regular members on the travel forum and most of them are from outside India which gives me a bit of confidence that some people find it the right place to discuss their plans about visiting India.

    Have a look at https://www.indiatravelforum.in It would be great to see you all over there.

    Please note that posts with silly spelling mistakes, SMS language and useless posts would be removed without warning.
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    Since I joined that forum it has attracted a lot of people[emoji6] [emoji16]
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    Did u removed ITF from Tapatalk?

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    Yes tapatalk was removed.

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    Yes, had to remove tapatalk because it was getting a bit annoying with their footprint everywhere, even the new reply notifications had a link to tapatalk. I will try their unbranded application and see how that goes. It is a bit costly so need to have a bit of traffic before we spend that kind of money.

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