I just wanted to share with everyone out there the bad experience I just had with Real Player www.real.com (no association with www.realtourvision.com) A couple of weeks ago while browsing the web I came across their web page. They have the latest version of real player (Beta) available for download. Now, normally in the past I have tried real player out and the service they provided frankly speaking just really has not been worth the information or services they provided for the price they were asking. There were too many other competitors out there that did just as good or better than them and their price was free. Again, let me reiterate that this is just my own opinion.
Now to get to the real tour vision tie in with this subject. Their new version has a statement that it can be shared on facebook and twitter. Since RTV and their virtual tour providers are getting heavily involved with the social networking aspect of our product that we are offering the client, I figured I would download it and check it out and see how it could be used or incorporated into our Tampa virtual tour company – Frenck Solutions.
Now the button on their website is marked as a Beta. Being a professional programmer I know that beta’s are not really charged for. Actually, I don’t remember of any product beta ever being charged for). Now today as I went online to keep a eye on bank accounts, I noticed a charge for 14.99 with a transaction number and a reference telephone number of 1-866-585-4541 on my statement. What the heck was this for? Googled the number and it was as if I hit the motherload of all complaints. Try it using the link above and see what you get!!
The download was rather large download and the Real Player downloaded had included a bunch of other “yuck” – free trial for 14 days of Rhapsody, free 7-day trial for games and stuff like that.
Anyway, just to let you guys that are part of www.realtourvision.com beware for these automatic charges to your account if you download this thing. Got account canceled and credited (after calling the number and their spiel at the beginning of the call is recorded for quality assurance and training. I then put phone on speakerphone and asked if he minded that I also record at this end……pregnant pause followed by a weak “it was OK”.
Moral of story is to be careful when trying to get as much social networking stuff going as well as spammers on facebook and twitter. (good indicator is the countrycode of .ru) in the URL of the address.
Tampa Bay Virtual Tours
As a hopeful SEO candidate to get my website www.alamoareavirtualtours.com on the first page or even within the first 10 sites on a search, I have been working and studying how, what and when to make changes or not to make changes for that matter. The free RTV SEO course you gave me as a virtual tour provider made me aware of the need to be diligent and persevere in becoming noticed by the bot crawlers.
Having said that, I can say that within, what, five months, I am either on page two or three of google, yahoo, dogpile and bing. However and it is interesting that each engine seems to crawl at a different algorithm. On one engine, I am found under L’oeil L’esprit. On another I am found as AlamoAreaVirtualTours, but not L’oeil L’esprit. On another I am found using the search ‘San Antonio Virtual Tours‘, which leads to my local virtual tour provider website.
On another it links to benefits:
http://alamoareavirtualtours.com/benefits On that one I am number four on Google. I am also showing up with Active Rain as having a blog concerning ‘San Antonio Housing’. What am I saying? Not only that the search engines seem to have different systems, but that 1) If I can follow the RTV SEO guide, anybody can! and 2) Review and do searches for all the search engines to see where you are. I am a neophyte at this but I will continue as it is a challenge to me. I have a question of you all; Does it do any good to have more than one domain? If so would they all link or direct to the first domain or just link to the website? (Told you I’m a neophyte)
Thanks in advance for hints and or downright criticisms if need be. To check out more ideas and blogs go to http://activerain.com/blogs/hobievirtualtours. Rem* Life’s a Complexity of Simplicities
San Antonio Virtual Tours
In March of this year we held our very first IMAGE webinar all about virtual tour photography and photography related topics. We started hosting the IMAGE webinars to help each of our virtual tour providers grow in photography knowledge and skills and become more successful with their virtual tour businesses. Since then we have held an IMAGE webinar each month. Since these webinars are recorded we have been developing a library of photography knowledge, and now…It’s available online to all of our RTV virtual tour providers!!
To make sure that you can reference this treasure chest of information we have created a page inside of our free virtual tour marketing control panel website where everyone can go and download any of the past episodes of The IMAGE.
To access past episodes of The IMAGE you first need to log in to www.rockpointemarketing.com. It is free for anyone who is an RTV virtual tour provider! If you do not have an account yet for Rock Pointe Marketing then go create one. After you log in to the marketing website, click on the BRC button at the top of the page to go to the Business Resource Center. On the left hand side, the first button you will see is for The IMAGE. Click that button and you are at the page to download the recorded episodes of The IMAGE webinars.
Thanks for all of your contributions in making RTV a better company every day!
Ben Knorr RTV Lens Engineer and your host for The IMAGE.