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Many businesses have or want a website but with the internet being so big and vast, how does one direct traffic to your site? There are multiple ways to gain more web traffic such as search engine optimization, relevant links to your site, articles, blogs, social media and directories to name a few.
When the correct search terms are used, many businesses would prefer their website to appear on the first page of Google's search results, this is called having your website search engine optimized. The question one needs to ask is, "How does your company website perform when applicable search terms, such as these below, are typed into search engines?"
You can try the Search Engine Optimization Test: In any search engine, copy and paste the search phrase and see where your company, if applicable, is listed in the search results, you will also see that Helicopter Links is listed near the top every time.
helicopter engine manufacturers
helicopter airframe manufacturers
helicopter commercial operators
helicopter offshore operators
helicopter external load companies
helicopter utility operators
helicopter air charter companies
helicopter logging companies
helicopter agricultural companies
helicopter fire fighting companies
helicopter tour companies
helicopter filming companies
helicopter service centers
helicopter repair stations
helicopter engine repair
helicopter airframe repair
helicopter electrical components
helicopter components and spare parts
helicopter safety clothing
helicopter ground handling equipment
helicopter trade shows
When typing in specific search words (or search phrases), if your company is not listed on Google's first page of search results, what really are the options? One option is to hire a search engine optimization firm to increase your website's relevance on Google, one could hire a staff of web designers and writers to improve your website's search engine ranking and there are Google Ads which can redirect people to your website. However, how many people are willing to click on Google's paid advertising links? I would think a very low percentage.
Helicopter Links is another option because it is a worldwide helicopter industry online directory and is free to use by anyone and is search engine optimized. Then the question is, are people willing to click on banner ads on Helicopter Links website? The answer is yes. For example, on Helicopter Links homepage (www.helicopterlinks.com) during 2012, one advertiser's banner ad received 45% of the clicks when compared to their text ad (located alphabetically within a white border) which received 55% of the clicks.
Helicopter Links offers one free listing to any helicopter related business and also a variety of categories where any helicopter related businesses can advertise at very affordable pricing. Please contact us and to discuss your company's advertising needs and see how we can help drive more traffic to your website.
Please call Mike Hampson, Owner/Principal at +1 (858) 413-7074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on 10 May 2013 | 1:49 am
I explained that Helicopter Links has been online for 10 years as a hobby site and is an online international directory of helicopter information. In 2011, Helicopter Links expanded to 70 categories, increased to include over 2,800 company links, added outbound tracking and became a small business in September.
I continued by sharing that outbound tracking reveals that Helicopter Links sent an estimated 29,000 referrals to all rotorcraft manufacturers (including gyrocopters) around the world. This is no small feat
We then exchanged several emails. In one of my emails, I suggested if helicopter manufacturers would advertise throughout more categories on Helicopter Links, they'd receive even more web traffic. Don't helicopter manufacturers want more web traffic?
In his next email, the Skeptical Editor responded to me by saying this: "Yes, of course helicopter companies want increased traffic from their customers. But do they know that they are getting views from potential customers or are they just curious people who never will spend money in the helicopter industry? That's certainly a challenge."
My response to his question was to ask what site would have more qualified buyers for the helicopter industry than a helicopter directory site? Although every web site has a certain amount of traffic that arrives by accident or has lookie-loos, Helicopter Links is a reference site for anyone seeking goods, services and information in the helicopter industry.
If I took the Skeptical Editor's statement seriously, it would be similar to someone trying to make the case that all helicopter manufacturer's web sites have no value because what buyer goes online to purchase a turbine OEM helicopter with a 10%-off coupon and a credit card?
Helicopter Links' job is not to make the sale but to publish helicopter manufacturers, companies, suppliers and services. Advertising on Helicopter Links is not only part of a successful marketing mix, branding campaign and sales program but it also is a part of search engine optimization. It's a link (or links) from a helicopter-related web site to a helicopter business-related site.
How many new people enter the helicopter industry every year? An easy-to-use helicopter reference site is a big help in this situation. How many people are dissatisfied with online searches? For many, Helicopter Links is a useful time-saving business tool.
Ads do many things. Ads say, "Hey, look at me!" Ads spark interest. Ads help buyers find their trusted brands or highlight products with a future need for the buyer. Helicopter Links is sort of a helicopter dating service, if you will.
For more information, please contact Michael Hampson, Owner, Helicopter Links at +1 (858) 413-7074 or email@example.com or see: www.helicopterlinks.com/advertise.
About Helicopter Links
Based in San Diego, California, USA, Helicopter Links is an online worldwide directory of helicopter manufacturers, commercial operators, suppliers, services, trade shows, air shows, magazines, organizations and museums providing over 2,800 helicopter related companies in 70 categories, listed by category and then by continent. Helicopter Links does not require a membership or login to use or to purchase advertising.
Helicopter Links Free Listing Offer
Helicopter Links continues to offer our one-free-listing in one category for any helicopter related business, company or organization. All helicopter trade shows, helicopter air shows and all helicopter conferences are the only organizations which receive multiple free listings on Helicopter Links. Give us a call or send us an email and let's get your company or organization listed!
Home page: www.helicopterlinks.com
Site Map: www.helicopterlinks.com/sitemap
Advertising Information: www.helicopterlinks.com/advertise
Posted on 7 May 2013 | 12:10 pm
Hi. I wanted to update everyone. Helicopter Links, an online worldwide directory of helicopter information, has been online for 10 years. In 2011, Helicopter Links expanded to 70 categories, now has 2,800 links, added outbound tracking and became a small business in September 2011.
In 2011 alone, Helicopter Links sent an estimated 29,000 referrals to all rotorcraft manufacturers (including gyrocopters) around the world.
To kick-off 2012, we are offering a "Buy One Year, Get Second Year Free" advertising promotion. With this offer, we will provide two 12 month tracking reports and a third 2 year trend analysis report. Offer ends February 29, 2012.
If this sounds like something your company might be interested in discussing, please let me know.
1286 University Ave, #209
San Diego, California, 92103 USA
+1 (858) 413-7074
Posted on 23 January 2012 | 4:02 pm
Did I thank everyone for being a Facebook Fan? Did I think all of you who use Helicopter Links? Thank you, I really appreciate it. Did I mention that even though Helicopter Links has been a hobby site for over ten years, we became a small business in September 2011?
For years, Helicopter Links used to be (about) a 10 page web site with several hundred links but in 2011, I greatly expanded our helicopter site to 70 helicopter categories with over 2,800 links. The plan is to move forward and continue to represent the entire international helicopter community on our free-to-use, easy-to-use, no-login-required web site.
We have a one-free-listing policy for any helicopter related business. We also accept paid advertising as well, for banner ads and for multiple listings.
If you have a suggestion for a helicopter company as a free listing or you would like to explore your advertising options:
Please call +1 (858) 413-7074
or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
San Diego, California, USA
To visit Helicopter Links: www.helicopterlinks.com
Posted on 21 January 2012 | 4:44 pm
In the last several days, I added several new search terms for the Site Map. In addition, I made some internal coding changes to improve the aesthetics of the Site Map. These important changes are beneficial to anyone searching for the company they need.
There will be several new sections added to the site in the next several months. The new sections will be Helicopter Rescue Training, Helicopter Ditch/Escape Training, Pilot Supplies and EMS Operators.
Posted on 16 January 2012 | 12:55 pm
We just issued a new press release www.helicopterlinks.com/media offering "free multiple listings" for any helicopter trade show, helicopter air show or helicopter conference on Helicopter Links, for 2012. This news release also details some of Helicopter Links incoming and outbound web statistics and other information about Helicopter Links.
Our Helicopter Trade Show / Air Show / Conference page can be found here: www.helicopterlinks.com/shows
Helicopter Links main web site: www.helicopterlinks.com
Posted on 6 January 2012 | 10:06 am
Helicopter Links currently lists over 25 helicopter specific trade shows, air shows and conferences around the world. We'd like to have our Trade Show web page as complete as possible.
From January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011 we are showing that we had over 7,400 visitors to our Trade Show web page. In addition, we had over 2,100 people click-through on the various links on our Trade Show web page to find more information. People use Helicopter Links to find information.
As far as we know, Helicopter Links is the only web site where helicopter trade shows, air shows and conferences are listed on one web page, by continent, making it easy for anyone to view these world wide with one click and a scroll of the mouse.
In addition, our Trade Show/Air Show page is the only web page where we offer multiple free listings. If you are part of an organization which produces helicopter trade shows, helicopter air shows or helicopter conferences, please send us an email and we'll list all your helicopter events on our Trade Show/Air Show page at no charge.
Would you like your organization to be part of our growing web site? email@example.com
Our main page: www.helicopterlinks.com
Posted on 4 January 2012 | 8:54 am
I'm pleased to announce that the entire site has been updated for continuity, spell checks and coding for Search Engine Optimization. The continuity standards help make all categories on Helicopter Links to have the same look and feel.
Optimum Search Engine Optimization is something all web designers strive to achieve. For those who don't know, Search Engine Optimization is actually a continual process. Our recent updates will help improve the search engine optimization of the entire site.
The other important update on our site is that the coding has been updated on every page. This will allow the translation of text to be seen as intended.
We've also updated Helicopter Link's Site Map to make it easier to find information. Updating our Site Map will be one of our ongoing goals of having an up-to-date and relevant site map.
To visit: www.helicopterlinks.com
Posted on 4 January 2012 | 8:01 am
To Business Owners and Marketing Staff:
Helicopter Links is offering Introductory Pricing for 2012 - 2013. Purchase advertising for 2012 from our Introductory Price list (PDF available) and receive 2013 advertising at no charge.
Contact + 1 (858) 413-7074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: http://www.helicopterlinks.com
Posted on 2 January 2012 | 7:40 pm
Posted on 2 January 2012 | 7:39 pm
It's been busy here at Helicopter Links. Missed posting on this blog for November. However, October was fun being in Beijing, China, on vacation. Now December is here.
I was able to update the site while in China, that was good. Facebook was still blocked in China, as well as Wikipedia and YouTube. However, Yahoo email was working and I was able to email my Facebook posts to a friend in San Diego and he helped me update the Helicopter Links Facebook Fan page from San Diego.
I recently sent a press release to the helicopter industry concerning our web statistics but after it came out, I realized the press release did not have enough information. So, early next week (if all goes as planned), I'll be sending out a more detailed press release with more information about our incoming and outgoing web statistics.
I've been continuing to update the site in November and will be updating things over the weekend. I will also be adding a page concerning our incoming and outgoing web statistics. We are glad about this because we are seeing that we send a lot of traffic to the entire helicopter industry.
We use Google Analytics for our web statistics. This is considered the Gold Standard of web statistics. We also use another web tracking company to track the outbound traffic from our site. So, we have detailed information concerning how many people are clicking on any company listed on our site.
We welcome all companies to call +1 (858) 413-7074 (San Diego, California, USA: PST) or email us email@example.com for quote. Helicopter Links will help your company achieve it's marketing and sales goals.
Posted on 2 December 2011 | 3:42 pm
We found a coding error on our site which can only be seen when using Google Translate (it might also occur on any translation website, not sure). If you are using the site in English, you'll never see the error. We are fixing it now.
To check out what we are doing. Go to the home page or any commercial helicopter operator section and use the translate tool (in the upper-right hand section of our site) and the website content should stay stable.
Pages which have not been upgraded yet, when using Google Translate, you'll see the content section will become one large paragraph. If you go back to English, once there, refresh your browser to reset the content of the site, so it looks normally.
Our goal is to make our site as easy to use as possible by anyone in any country. This was the main focus for our site layout and will continue to be our major reason for any upgrades to our site. Usability and readability.
One of our next upgrades will be to have the background white with gray text. Not sure when we will do this, either by year end or next year.
Posted on 10 October 2011 | 4:46 pm
I just uploaded our latest site map revision. I think you'll like our upgrade.
A new section for Helicopter Accessories was just created yesterday and just re-reformatted (probably not a word) tonight. Helicopter accessories can be found on our site map, in two different ways.
One, you can simply go under A and look for the list of helicopter accessories we highlight. Or two, our Helicopter Links web site allows you to browse the A-Z sections of the site map to help you find your current (or new) helicopter accessories supplier.
We've cross referenced many words in our site map hoping to make it easy to find information. For instance, if you are looking for uniforms, someone might look under clothing. However, another person might look under uniforms.
So, we have a clothing listing in the "C" section of the site map which links you to the uniform web page. If someone looks in the "U" section of our site, they'll find a uniform listing linking to the uniform web page.
Let us know if our site map makes it easy for you to find information or feel welcome to provide us with other comments. Thanks.
Posted on 29 September 2011 | 3:31 am
It's never too early to start planning for the world's largest helicopter trade show in the world, HeliExpo 2012. HeliExpo 2012 is February 11-14, 2012 held at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, United States of America.
(Reminder: The exhibit hall is open February 12-14, 2012. Sunday - Tuesday. For those who are only interested in attending the trade show floor area.)
Regulars Know The Routine
If you are planning to attend, it's about that time to start booking flights and hotel rooms for HeliExpo 2012. The regulars know what to do.
Are You New To HeliExpo?
For those who love helicopters and are new to HeliExpo, you'll have an experience you'll soon not forget. The exhibit hall is open February 12-14, 2012, Sunday through Tuesday.
Not only does the showroom floor have typical trade show booths but many of the booths include real helicopters, in the flesh. There are also static displays around the perimeters of the show room floor. During HeliExpo 2011, they also had free helicopter rides. Hopefully this will happen again at HeliExpo 2012. Talk about anticipation.
Many freebies are given away at the show including full color helicopter posters, pens, helicopter calendars and magazines. Make sure to bring an extra suitcase and if you have a poster tube you can get your posters back home in good condition. Here's the Blick website detailing their well made PVC poster tubes with shoulder strap. See: http://www.dickblick.com/products/alvin-ice-tubes
They also have about every helicopter magazine available at no cost! You can grab one or two or a stack full of your favorite helicopter magazines. Look for the long magazine rack against the wall when you first enter the showroom floor. You probably have to make 2-3 trips from the show floor back to your car or hotel room, there are that many freebies.
Some More Tips For Newbies
For those newbies on a budget and driving to Dallas, you can buy a one day pass. Be sure to get there a good 1 or 2 hours prior to opening to get your pass. The lines will be long. And if you have a have a valid student ID, you can get in for a big discount. If you are a helicopter fanatic the HeliExpo is worth the time and money spent.
See Helicopter Association Internationals's website for more details.
Posted on 25 September 2011 | 4:19 pm
Here are some more updated pages on HelicopterLinks.com:
Uniforms, Clothing, Helmets, Headsets
Components Spare Parts Manf/Dist
Components Spare Parts Repair/Overhaul
Avionics Repair and Overhaul
Consulting, Planning, Management Services
Electrical Battery Manf/Dist
Electrical Battery Repair/Overhaul
Ground Power/Ground Equipment
Instruments Gauges Manuf/Dist
Instruments Gauges Repair/Overhaul
Testing Equipment/Centers for Excellence
Electrical Battery Manf/Dist
Electrical Battery Repair & Overhaul
STC, Engineering Firms, Composites
Airframe and Aerostructure Manf/Dist
Tools and Maintenance Stands
Electrical Battery Manf/Dist
Financing and Leasing
Fuel, Oil, Lubricants and related equipment
Navigation and GPS
Posted on 25 September 2011 | 3:32 pm
A needed spell checked was made for the entire site today. We also cleaned up the words at the top of each category, making HelicopterLinks less wordy, more to the point and easier to use. We still have a couple of categories on the site we hope to finish this week.
Posted on 21 September 2011 | 3:08 pm
We just revised the Site Map today (September 19, 2011). Previously, if a category had several related services, the entire name of the topic was linked. It was difficult to read a linked category with too many words.
To fix this problem we linked only the first word (or words) of the category and listed the other related services as text only. We hope it is easier for you to use.
We are planning at least one additional site map update this week and another for October of 2011. We will be adding more categories to reflect the helicopter companies and helicopter support companies in the helicopter industry.
We will always be willing to change our Site Map to reflect needed categories or due to technological changes which occur in the industry. You are more than welcome to send a suggestion if you so choose. firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on 19 September 2011 | 8:27 pm
Here are more recent page updates on HelicopterLinks.com:
Heliport Consulting and Planning
Helicopter Sales, Distributors, Leasing, Financing
Helicopter Tour Operators
Helicopter Air Charter
Helicopter Air Conditioning Manufacturers and Distributors
Helicopter Air Conditioning Repair and Overhaul
Helicopter Repair Stations
Helicopter Service Centers
Helicopter Maintenance Stations
Helicopter Line Maintenance
Helicopter Filming, Photography and Electronic News Gathering
Helicopter Painting, Detailing, Paints and Supplies
Helicopter Airframe Repair
Helicopter Completions and Modifications
From August 2011 to the present, we have added 1,152 additional helicopter company and helicopter supplier links to our site.
Posted on 14 September 2011 | 12:53 pm
Spent almost the entire day revising the site to render correctly in Internet Explorer. However, browsers are so finicky, who can guarantee their sites will render as they are intended to? Updating our site should have happened awhile back but better late than never. Don't you agree?
I shouldn't be too hard on myself, when I'm reviewing sites—before I list them on HelicopterLinks—I am seeing many sites which have not been updated for years. Many times, I'm seeing sites with copyrights on their home page from 2005 and earlier. Go figure.
Posted on 13 September 2011 | 2:45 am
The S-92® “Legacy of Heroes” Demo Tour has officially commenced. See Sikorsky's official Press Release for details.
According to their press release, the Tour Stops include 10 cities in the United States of America, 10 countries in Asia, 6 cities in India and then continuing to South America! How incredible is that?
Sikorsky made a microsite to follow the progress of the tour. See www.sikorskylegacy.com
Posted on 9 September 2011 | 3:30 pm
We are working on changing the alphabetical horizontal listing of companies (reading from left to right, going from top to bottom) to a vertical listing of companies. We had some suggestions this would be a more natural and easy way to read our site. We agree.
Posted on 9 September 2011 | 2:27 pm
Just a note, all helicopter companies, companies who supply the helicopter industry and helicopter organizations receive one free listing on HelicopterLinks.com.
We expanded our site this year and are continuing to update our pages and appreciate your patience while this is accomplished. Here are several of our recently updated pages:
Helicopter Pilot Flight Training Schools
Helicopter Mechanic Schools
Helicopter Simulators which includes software and consultants
If you are currently listed on HelicopterLinks
If your company is currently listed on HelicopterLinks.com and you would like to change your company listing to another section, please send us an email email@example.com or call us + 1 (858) 413-7074.
If you are *not* currently listed on HelicopterLinks
If your company is not listed on our site, please send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us + 1 (858) 413-7074 and let us know.
To determine which section you'd prefer to be in, please visit HelicopterLinks Site Map to choose the appropriate section or sections. (In your email, please include your city, state/province and country where your main headquarters resides. Thanks.)
Advertising with HelicopterLinks
If your company would like to advertise in one or more sections, on HelicopterLinks, please send us an email email@example.com or call us + 1 (858) 413-7074 and allow us to provide you with a quote.
Posted on 7 September 2011 | 10:55 am
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
+1 (858) 413-7074
HelicopterLinks.com Offering Free Listings to Helicopter Industry
SAN DIEGO—Aug. 4, 2011 – HelicopterLinks.com, a worldwide directory for the helicopter industry, is accepting free listings from helicopter operators, maintenance facilities, suppliers, schools, trade shows, air shows, manufactures, professional organizations, publications and other related businesses.
Although the San Diego-based website also accepts paid advertising, its owner, Michael Hampson, said offering free listings will help to achieve his goal of providing visitors with the most comprehensive, easy-to-use, online directory in the industry.
"With the vast amount of content on the Web, it's often difficult to find quality information quickly and easily," said Hampson. "My site is easy to find and people who use it don't have to click more than once or twice to find what they need."
Helicopter companies and organizations interested in having a free listing must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include their company name, city, state or province, country, website and listing category (chosen from the sitemap at http://www.helicopterlinks.com/sitemap). Hampson personally approves each listing before it goes live and updates the site regularly to minimize outdated information and broken links.
Hampson, who became fascinated with helicopters as a teenager, launched HelicopterLinks in 2002. Today, the site draws an average of 23,000 hits worldwide per month.
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Based in San Diego, California, USA, HelicopterLinks.com is a comprehensive, easy-to-navigate worldwide directory of helicopter manufactures, operators, suppliers, maintenance facilities, trade shows, air shows, publications, professional organizations, pilot schools, museums and more. For additional information, please visit http://www.helicopterlinks.com.
Posted on 8 August 2011 | 6:27 pm
AugustaWestland Youtube Channel
Bell Helicopter Youtube Channel
Eurocopter Youtube Channel
Sikorsky Youtube Channel
We have searched the internet and have found a total of four helicopter manufacture Youtube Channels. If you know of any other helicopter manufacture with a Youtube Channel, please let us know (email@example.com) or post it on our Facebook Fan page: http://www.facebook.com/helicopterlinks
Posted on 27 July 2011 | 2:06 pm
HELI-EXPO® is the world's largest helicopter trade show. Heli-Expo® 2012 is being held in Dallas, Texas, United States of America, February 11-14, 2012. The exhibit hall is open February 12-14.
Other Heli-Expo® tidbits
There are also meetings, presentations and special events during the trade show. Remember to lightly pack one suitcase (or bring two suitcases) for the many freebies and giveaways at the show. If you go to your local art store before the trade show, you can pick up a heavy duty storage tube to protect your free posters and large calendars.
Annual Fly-in and Fly-out
If you get to Dallas a day or two early, you can watch the helicopters arriving for the trade show. Also, if you stay a day after, you can watch the helicopters fly away.
Per Rotor Magazine's Spring 2011 issue (page 25), during Heli-Expo® 2011, forty-nine helicopters flew in, the rest were trucked in. Bell Helicopter and Eurocopter flew 90 demo flights from the convention center's own private heliport. It was the first time Helicopter Association International offered a working heliport during the trade show. Helicopter mania! Can it get any better? I don't think so.
If you have a valid student ID, did you know you will receive a substantial discounted rate to attend the exhibit hall?
Protecting your free helicopter posters
I like the 25 inch long Alvin Ice Tube. It's a see-through PVC tube with shoulder strap and permanent (anchored) cap on the one end and a removable cap on the other end. This 25 inch long tube fits nicely into your standard suitcase. I usually bring two tubes since there are a lot of free helicopter posters. Here's a link to an art store, with picture and description of the artwork tubes. http://www.dickblick.com/products/alvin-ice-tubes/
Professionally mount your helicopter posters
Now that you have non-tattered and wrinkle free helicopter posters when you get home, you can have your favorite posters laminated and mounted. Go to a local print shop to have this done.
I specify a luster lamination because I like the look (non-glare but not a true matte laminate), it's a cross between the gloss and matte laminate. I specify gatorboard (versus foam core) to mount posters on because it's stronger, has a longer service life and is less susceptible to bending than foam core.
Remember to specify a hanger from the print shop (usually $2 or $3?) and it's well worth the cost, making it easier to attach the poster to the wall. These look nice in the office, hangar or home and also make nice (and inexpensive) gifts.
HELI-EXPO® 2012 website
To make plans to attend the HELI-EXPO® 2012 and for more information see: http://www.rotor.com/events/HELIEXPO2012.
Posted on 29 June 2011 | 3:18 pm