Solving One Problem At A Time

Solving One Problem At A Time.

Kind follower Viji (@vrviji on IG) gave me some feedback about the Search Box on my blog not displaying as it should on his iPhone. I suspect it is also worsen by the cranky Drupal CMS I am using. Compatibility on mobile devices is inevitably complicated with so many OS, browsers and screen sizes on so many different devices out there in the market. Tip: Resetting zoomed view to default can usually help.

I requested Viji screen capture the issue for me and he kindly did and e-mailed me promptly. I forwarded it to the manager in Agoda so he can pass it to the developers. Meanwhile, instead of waiting for trouble shooting and resolution, I requested from the manager to supply me a manual link to a neutral or generic search page that will work on all devices. The text link carries my CID or ID to properly track any commission attributed to me. Do not e-mail the link or embed it elsewhere as the system will detect or validate whether it comes from a registered or approved page or source.

Such is the complex backend of affiliate marketing. To share with a friend, always share my site url or the post “article” link. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Where are the direct text links? See position or locations on screenshot attached. On the top half is that on my blog at http://www.tvsmith.my/
and Mycen Hotels on lower half http://www.mycen.my/

An Idea Came With The Storm

An idea came during the crazy storm just now. Since my blog has many travel and lifestyle content, why didn’t I place a hotel search box on it as well?

Storm was so heavy I had to shut down the PC and I am not so well versed with the Drupal CMS. Needed to research on Google. Could not do it when lightning strikes were getting very rowdy.

Anyway, it is all calm now and the search box is up on the top of the right hand sidebar on every page on the blog. Just search when you read about a place or city you like. The search results open in a new tab, or page or window depending on how your browser is configured.

Of course; one cannot place the search box on any website. Fortunately, my blog is an approved affiliate partner site with its own unique CID or tracking ID.

You can now search and book a hotel from here http://www.tvsmith.my/ or here http://www.mycen.my/

Announcing A New Feature At MyCen Hotels

Agoda introduced a new search box to its affiliate partners via a webinar recently. Was the first time I sat through a webinar and found it very effective and informative. The video was clear and smooth, the audio very good. Amazing how much difference a good broadband connection makes. Another significant positive fact was that the manager answered all my questions later via e-mail. See screenshot of the new search box attached.

The new search box is claimed to provide better conversion, better precision with auto suggest, is mobile friendly and has better functionality, among other things. I am averse to making changes as the previous search panel worked. Like most web things, technical support will end eventually for the old. Tech companies call it “deprecated”.
I spent much time helping users find a specific hotel which some couldn’t because of sloppy spelling while searching. People are used to spell correction on Google Search. I don’t mind. PM or e-mail me anytime. Hopefully, the new search boxes can help alleviate this with auto suggestions. If you spelled “Xiaman”, it should suggest “Xiamen, China”

Most of my time is spent creating specific destinations to make it easier to find hotels in that area or city. I am placing the new search box on the sidebar of every page. It means a user can easily search to find over 1.4 million properties in any part of the world, many with discounted rates. Be it Sacramento, Kuala Krai, Vladivostok, Bagan or AsunciĆ³n, for example.

Try it on the site. MyCen Hotels – http://www.mycen.my/

On the search results page. the rates are shown in your local currency as determined via your browser. You can change it and the language at the top of the results page. You can also change the check in / check out dates.

It takes a lot of work but it is the nature of running a business. I need to get it to work as I have no revenue for now after my hospitalization. Irony is, I have more time to work on it since I have no work. There are more challenges in the business model which I will explain later.

To the many who booked through me; thank you for your support. Please share this with a friend or friends who travel.

Update: You can now access the search box on the right hand side bar on every page of this blog. It is right on top on right.

Get A Room – Mycen Hotels – http://www.mycen.my/

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Yangon Was Rangoon

Another helping friend booked a Myanmar hotel through me. The friend is a fairly experienced traveler to Myanmar and he picked the The RGN City Lodge, Downtown Yangon this time.

The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Yangon, close to a major thoroughfare but fronts a much quieter street in a commercial district. Although there is old school rattan furniture in the room, the bathrooms have modern rain showers! I like rain showers.

What do you think of the location Myanmar friend Hsu Wai Phyo and Malaysian expatriate living in Yangon, Joachim Rajaram?

Rooms in Myanmar have been getting relatively expensive because of shortages and a surge in business visitors after Myanmar opened up. I am surprised the room is sub RM 200, given its location. Maybe there was a flash sale or promotional price at the time of booking.

We forget a similar hotel in the heart of KL city could probably cost more.

To book this hotel or to check rates at any hotel in any part of the world, go to http://www.mycen.my/agoda/

With A Little Help From My Friends

With A Little Help From My Friends.

These are some of the hotels near and far booked by traveling friends. Not to brag but to remind other friends that the page can handle any hotel in any city. These are from of the people who voluntarily let me know that they supported me but I can’t name names to preserve their privacy. Some bookings were done anonymously and I can only thank those unknown, anonymous kind strangers in general. Appreciate it, all the same.

It is always heartbreaking when someone respond by saying they just booked rooms at so and so place moments earlier but will remember me the next time. Well this serves as a reminder for those who are planning to reserve rooms online. I need to reach the critical mass before it can help me pay bills. every little bit counts. Not there yet but with a little help from my friends, hopefully it can. Have a good trip ahead, all traveling friends.

In no particular sequence or order:

1. Best Western Chinatown Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar.
2. Holiday Inn Sukhumvit Bangkok, Thailand.
3. Imperial City of Hue, Vietnam.
4. Nhat Li Hotel, Da Nang, Vietnam.
5. Jinjiang Inn Shanghai, China.
6. 7 Days Premium Guangzhou, China.
7. V Garden Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
8. Palm Garden Hotel, IOI Resort, Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Pictures from Agoda.

Book or check rates from my page here:
http://www.mycen.my/agoda/