Waikiki Site – ExploreWaikikiBeach.com

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by Ryan

This post is part of the Waikiki Site Series, in which I’ll show you how to build a successful travel niche website from concept to reality.

So I’ve framed up a basic site. There are still a ton of broken links along with missing content and I’d say the site is about 5-10% done, but I promised I would show you the site today so I will.

It’s ExploreWaikikiBeach.com

Feel free to check it out as the site progresses. A lot of work is still going on behind the scenes including finishing the e-book that is advertised on the right column, but the look and feel will stay much the same, just needs more content, video, and images.

Feel free to share your input and thoughts on the site as it progresses!


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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

BibleDebt March 11, 2010 at 4:12 pm

It sure likes like somewhere I would like to be about now.

Experimently March 11, 2010 at 1:42 pm

I must say, it’s a really good idea. I had the same idea for a different location and was surprised to see that someone within the same “scene” had the same idea. Yours is clearly in a much further stage though.

One thing I’d be concerned about is if Wordpress is really the best choice for such a big site, I figured it was more for blogs? While for full blown websites it’s more Joomla, Drupal and so on. Of course that depends a little on your goals, I’ll just assume that you really thought this through.

I’ll keep track of this.

LeanLifeCoach March 11, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Its alive!!! Congratulations Ryan. Looks great so far.
.-= LeanLifeCoach´s last blog ..What’s your magic number? The (literally) million-dollar question =-.

myfinancialobjectives March 11, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Went to the site. Saw the “Current Weather” (80 and partly cloudy), and became instantly jealous.

No I’m just kidding… but not really…:) (Dodge ball, anyone?)

The site looks great, I’m thinking you will make some good money from it seeing as how there is a market for it and your site is really well done. I would love to pursue a similar venture, I just need to find a market for something in my area.
.-= myfinancialobjectives´s last blog ..The Ultimate Motivator: Compounding Interest =-.

Jeremy Johnson March 11, 2010 at 6:46 pm

It looks like you’ve put in a great deal of work. I am wondering if you find the process of getting your site linked on others tedious – like submitting to blog catalogs and what not. Also, what did you use for your translation on the right if you don’t mind me asking.
.-= Jeremy Johnson´s last blog ..A Second Child Is Born, Sienna =-.

Search Engine Viking March 11, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Looks good, Ryan. You’ve really put some serious thought into this one – it’s certainly not going to be a micro site when it’s said and done, I’d say you’re going to end up with at least 100 pages based only on the links you’ve already built up. If that doesn’t scream “Authority” to Google and the other Search Engines, nothing will.

I’ve never “framed up” websites from the start, always been afraid my laziness will get the best of me and I’ll end up with a half-built domain. I’ve always added content as I went along. But your way is really clever, I might have to give that a shot – maybe it’ll inspire me… somehow…

… but what is inspiring me is how much effort you’ve been putting into Planting Dollars AND this Waikiki site. I don’t know how much you sleep, but I’m betting on “not much.”
.-= Search Engine Viking´s last blog ..The Boise Website Series: Intro =-.

Monevator March 11, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Hi Ryan, Looks great and as others have said the idea of framing up the site from day one is an excellent one.

I tried to create a site about one of my passions a couple of years ago, and it fell down because the structure was such that I had to create content all day long. Your information/authority/info approach is far superior.

My only comments at this stage would be to consider moving the Search bar over to the right where it normally is on sites (perhaps above the banner with some sort of info run up there, if you’re worried about distracting from the sign up) and also to consider whether a smaller logo might be useful in the long-run, as you’ll probably want to put a banner up there some.

(Yes, I realize Monevator also breaks both these rules – I speak from experience! 🙂 )

Good luck with it!

Simple in France March 12, 2010 at 7:05 am

Um . . .wow. I’m new to this series.

Can I just say, this is a great idea–I may someday steal your idea and use it for a site on France. I love that you’re doing it with a blog. I think it’s also very clever to link to your new blog with your established blog.

Stating that you are a local and writing in the first person is a nice touch. As I read, I actually wanted to know even more about you (putting myself in the place of someone who would be visiting). What about a photo (even non-identifying) and a (teeny) bio that helps people understand why you are “in the know.” I realize you state that you live there, but something visual that pops out at you might help . . .if you have it on another page and I missed it, you might want to bring it forward.

I am complete nube when it comes to blogging, but I’m going to throw out one thing that kind of put me off as I read the site (small, but possibly significant to your readers). The first three lines that popped out at me:

Welcome to Explore Waikiki Beach!
The Most Comprehensive Guide to Waikiki Beach
Explore Waikiki Beach . . .

It felt kind of redundant, almost spammy–off-putting. You may be doing this for a very good reason (SEO ??) that someone like me may not appreciate. But I think your target audience is likely to be people interested in travel in general, not necessarily experienced bloggers.

But that’s just a nitpick–take it or leave it, obviously.
Thanks again for sharing a great project.

Moon Hussain March 12, 2010 at 4:22 am


Looking at the site, wow, you’re doing a really good job and building up a lot of content. Right now, the links on the left are blending into each other, but I figure you’ll fix that as more time goes on.

Great idea, and I’m jealous! I’ll definitely be following idea.
.-= Moon Hussain´s last blog ..My Three Pronged Approach To Creating My First Niche Website =-.

Paul March 12, 2010 at 5:14 am


New site looks great, I’m going to take a closer look later but first impression is very good. Certainly an idea I could do to be investigating.


.-= Paul´s last blog ..When the time is right! =-.

Investing Newbie March 12, 2010 at 7:12 am

I took a look around and here are my comments:

Given that this is a site for tourists to explore Waikiki, shouldn’t it be less visually stimulating? There is a lot of text right now and I think people looking to get a good feel of where they are going would be worried that they have to read too much.

If you are going to keep the same amount of text, I would suggest spacing out some of the tabs on the left side-bar so it doesn’t seem like a paragraph.

Also, because it is a new site, I understand the need for an introduction on the first page, but I think you should display the search process directly on the first page rather than talking about the site. I would definitely transfer that to an About page. If I click on ExploreWaikiki, the first thing I want to see is best places to stay, the current weather and activities. I think you should make those more prominent, while also organizing those links in the sidebar.

Can you tell that I spent a lot of time there? I’m not even going to Waikiki any time soon…
.-= Investing Newbie´s last blog ..I’m a Bi-Monthly! You? =-.

Money Reasons March 12, 2010 at 7:39 am

Great job so far! I liked the video that you created, although some of scenes moved to quickly for me, so I didn’t get to drool too much on my keyboard, very nice!
.-= Money Reasons´s last blog ..What I Have Learned To Date From Blogging! =-.

Financial Samurai March 12, 2010 at 9:16 am

Good stuff Ryan. What are the other 5 in the Top 10 things to do in Waikiki? I’m assuming this is a work in progress. Looks pretty sweet!

Also, is waikiki and beach somewhat synonymous? What are your thoughts on http://www.explorewaikiki.com without the word beach?

.-= Financial Samurai´s last blog ..The Art of The Interview =-.

innocriss March 12, 2010 at 11:31 am

Great job Ryan,
I hardly believe you could come up with this project so soon. You are really determined and i encourage your efforts.
I visited the website and it really has great content, well organized.
There is just one critic i would like to share; hope you love critics… I think wordpress is certainly not the best platform for the project. I think it will limit it’s flexibility.
But, if you are more concerned in having a website you can easily manage, then your choice is the best.
.-= innocriss´s last blog ..Social Entrepreneurship – Now is the Time =-.

Mesothelioma Symptoms March 16, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Please don’t mind me if I study you closely, I will be doing a travel site on the Dominican Republic in the beginning of 2012 (after a year and a half of living there), I’m leaving on a way one ticket March 29th ! Yay me! Lol. But really, all kidding aside, I truly want to build a great site about it, so keep up the great work and I will be taking notes Ryan!

.-= Mesothelioma Symptoms´s last blog ..Respirator Masks Can Save Lives Of Workers In Asbestos Exposure Environments =-.

Jarrod@ Optimistic Journey March 17, 2010 at 8:55 am

Great site Ryan! It would appear as though you’ve thought it out considerably even before you put it into action. I love how you implemented the language translator. Keep up the great work Ryan, you are helping so many people.
.-= Jarrod@ Optimistic Journey´s last blog ..The Benefit of Living an Optimistic Lifestyle =-.

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