Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Going from 5 to 6 rooms at this inn in Southwest Harbor near Acadia National Park!





























I visited Clark Point Inn the other day to take updated photos of the kitchen after it was painted and a new backsplash was added. Actually, the dining room was painted as well. Now there are lovely neutral colors that transition into the beautiful rich warm color of the foyer.

But as I'm taking pictures of the inn's kitchen, something occurred to me. It's a good size space, about 12x14, with separate entrances off the porch and the dining room. Clark Point Inn currently has 5 guest rooms, a comfortable owner's suite with full kitchen, and the separate inn's kitchen. It seems that there's more interest in a 6 room (or more) inn than there is a 5 room inn, primarily for cash flow reasons. So the option to turn the inn's kitchen into a 6th guest room seems like a smart idea. The inn's kitchen is really quite nice, but if revenue is more important, you have the option. I've just sold two 6 room inns in Bar Harbor in the last two months. And with the sales and occupancy at this inn, there exists the real possibility of performing better financially than the two I have recently sold. I had a successful inn in Southwest Harbor with water views and know firsthand the business opportunity that exists. Besides, if you seek the business that Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park bring, but without the more crowded town, Southwest Harbor might be perfect for you.

Worth serious consideration? You bet!

Contact me for more information.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SOLD 4/22/15! Maples Inn in Bar Harbor, Maine

Congratulations to seller (and wonderful innkeeper) Mark Dresser, and to buyers Leigh and Matt Lauck, new custodians of this beautiful, historic Maples Inn! I was pleased to represent both parties as a Disclosed Dual Agent. We wish them all the best of luck in the next phase of their lives.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Is Your Website Mobile Friendly and Ready for Google's Changes? #Mobilegeddon


Starting April 21, 2015, Google's mobile search algorithm is changing to emphasize web sites that are mobile-friendly. What does this mean for your website? If your site isn't optimized and easy to use for mobile users, it will likely get less traffic and go down in the search rankings when people use their mobile devices. Read more about this on Entrepreneur.com.

A site is mobile-friendly if it's fast loading, features readable text without zooming, properly sizes content and photos so the user doesn't have to scroll sideways, and has links that are easy to click.

Check out this mobile friendly test to see if you're ready!


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Social Media Today: Can You Afford NOT To Be In The Game?


Take 2+ minutes to watch this short video by Erik Qualman, keynote speaker and Best Selling Author of Socialnomics, and then ask yourself "can I afford NOT to be a social player?"
Enough said.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Google Juice tools for SEO

To get the most Google juice (organic web exposure) from your blog posts, photos or websites, always think about SEO, or "search engine optimization". The more links back to your sites, the more your posts can be picked up by the search engines. And the more locations you can get your photos or posts, the better. And it's free. More exposure =  more business. With free exposure. A no brainer? Pretty much.

Here's an illustration of how my blog posts flow:
  • The post with text AND images gets published in Blogger (I also use Weebly and Wordpress). I use links, tags and categories in my posts. If you have images in your posts, your images should be embedded with tags or text if that's an option, because search engines can't "read" images, only text. Images should always be tagged, captioned or embedded with alternate text.
  • I use goo.gl to shorten links (why? well, for one, it's just another public platform where your links can be found; and it's great for Twitter since you're limited to 140 characters!) 
  • I add my photos to albums in Picasa (see photo below)
  • The photos in Picasa can be tagged with the location
  • The photos with location are then visible in Google Maps and Google Earth
  • Many of my posts (should be all) are shared on Google+ in various circles and groups
Do you think Google will be able to find me with the integration I have going on here? Like my husband says, if you can't find Dana, Google is broken"!

Got Google Juice?


<-- Here's a snapshot of the detail of a photo album for the Inn at Bath I have in Picasa. In the description I have a link back to my website; the link to the album is public; the link to the map is public

































Just a note about linking to an external website from your own, ALWAYS set the link to open up in a new tab or window so that your website remains open when the user clicks on the link! You ALWAYS want to keep visitors from closing the tab to your site until they're ready.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Sold 4/3/15! Abbington's Seaview Motel and Cottages in Lincolnville, Maine

Congratulations to the buyer and sellers of Abbington's Seaview Motel and Cottages in Lincolnville, Maine. I was pleased to represent the sellers in this transaction. We wish both parties the best of luck!