UpTake Launches “Travel Gems” Blog Program

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Program pairs travel blog excerpts with reviews to deliver relevant information to travelers and provide new audience to bloggers

Through ‘Travel Gems,’ UpTake merges two social media communities, travel review sites and blogging to improve the online trip planning experience. 'Travel Gems' extends our mission of aggregating the most useful travel information to help consumers decide upon a better trip. Plus, it offers a new source of traffic to bloggers by sending our audience to their sites.

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UpTake, the world’s largest travel and hotel review metasearch site, is now featuring relevant excerpts from blogs from across the web alongside its 20 million travelers' reviews and 775,000 places to stay.

The new program, ''Travel Gems from Bloggers'', is the first of its kind, leveraging pingback technology to find, match and deliver bloggers’ relevant travel stories directly to the page where a user is reviewing information about trip details.

Travel Gems is an aid to travelers and a boon for writers. Site visitors benefit from the personal recommendations found on relevant blog posts by seeing them in the context of their travel research on UpTake. This new resource helps travelers make more informed decisions about their trip, while bloggers benefit from reaching an entirely new audience and building traffic with these new readers.

World Hum, a Travel Channel website, is the premier content partner of the program. World Hum's travel stories are featured on pertinent pages throughout UpTake. Michael Yessis, coeditor-in-chief of World Hum said, “We're excited to be able to share some of our award-winning travel stories, and to help travelers discover new ways to see the world.”

Yen Lee, president of UpTake said, “Through ‘Travel Gems,’ UpTake merges two social media communities, travel review sites and blogging to improve the online trip planning experience. 'Travel Gems' extends our mission of aggregating the most useful travel information to help consumers decide upon a better trip. Plus, it offers a new source of traffic to bloggers by sending our audience to their sites.”

''Travel Gems'' also features blog content from smaller, independent bloggers. While some are specifically travel writers, many others have a different primary focus -- from parenting to food to sports. Their featured posts may include the inside scoop about a local restaurant, how to get a deal on tickets at a sporting venue, a favorite unknown beach, or the best playground in the neighborhood -- all relevant and useful information for a traveler.

The curated posts featured on the site include the post title, blog name, a thumbnail image and a teaser excerpt from the blog, to help UpTake visitors determine if they want to read more.

Interested bloggers have two options for participating in ''Travel Gems'':

  • Join ''Travel Gems'' by submitting links to travelgems(at)uptake(dot)com for review; or
  • Link back to UpTake.com in a relevant post. The link pings Uptake, and alerts the editors that they should review the post for inclusion in Travel Gems.

More information is available at Travel Gems from Bloggers on UpTake.

About UpTake

Founded in 2006, UpTake has collected and organized more than 20 million traveler reviews, ratings, blogs and articles from across the web to help travelers to make better decisions about where to go, where to stay and what to do. UpTake uses a travel ontology and natural language analysis to extract meta-tags from the collective intelligence it has collected and returns unbiased, personalized recommendations based on travelers’ facts and feelings for many categories of content including hotels, motels, camping, beaches, attractions and restaurants etc. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto. More information can be found at http://www.uptake.com .

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