If you’ve been around for the last year you have probably noticed an explosion in the number of blogs on the Philippines. There is some success but very little to really make it worth while financially. Earlier today someone emailed me complaining I had put their material on TropicalPenpals. But at the end of the day I had only used what they had already published elsewhere and infact TP isn’t really a business its more of a information network. I wonder if at some point someone will complain that they are listed in Google. There is no profit in TropicalPenpals the reason it all began was the fact when I first researched the Philippines there are websites promising “Paradise” which are at least 10 years out of date but still have prime place in Google searches. Same with trying to find hotels or anything else online its a headache the problem being that most companies haven’t caught on to the internet revolution and to be fair neither has most Western companies as its a continuous time investment to keep things upto date but will be the new market place. But the Philippines has complete voids of information and this is where TropicalPenpals began as I found data online was poor and often biast towards someone’s services. We can offer services but as you can see through the articles which are well over 1000 very little involves us personally and that’s the way a real blog and website should be. Its all about information not sales pitch. I can understand that a person running a business may assume in some way it affects business but lets look at it another way I took several articles regarding beaches and the photos relating to the beaches (non of which had copyright). I put them on Tropicalpenpals and someone searches for beaches in Cebu and finds somewhere they like. The next thing they are looking for are how to get there via private tours or hotels etc. to stay there. Tropicalpenpals has no financial benefit but the company that provided the data is no doubt getting Google searches on that location which in turn provide business.
The Philippines is receiving 70,000 British visitors a year in comparison to Thailand’s 800,000+ or China 551,523 we are a drop in the ocean and not even competing with the rest of Asia on encouraging outside visitors and this is just from the UK market. A strategy of Co-operative sharing amongst businesses and government to make the Philippines a safe and worthwhile experience is not only important but financially rewarding for all involved including a way out of poverty for some of the smaller business operators. But it can only truly happen by working together.