This guide is intended to provide a single source for Registered Alternative Lodgings on the island. You should list your business here if you own such a Registered Alternative Lodging Establishment, and not one of the other businesses acting under the "radar". I just want to say this once here, where local Mauians are the only likely visitors. Imagine trying to plan development on an island bearing in mind how often poor planning can really mess up a community. If you OK a subdivision, then you also have to plan on the water and the sewage, the police and fire, schools roads stores and so on. For decades the county refused to budge on the whole alternative lodging issue, then a decade ago they finally made way for 500 plus lodging choices away from the major chains which had owned the industry before. Many people opted to turn their homes into businesses to fill this need; they did the upgrades and bought the licenses and followed the rules so the county could grow intelligently, finally.
I expect their to be severe consequences for those doing an illegal business through one of the many agencies willing to advertise for them. Certainly the consequences for the county letting it slide have become way too unbearable anywhere tourists congregate. Where do the workers live? Are these alternative, alternative businesses paying anything to the roads that all the workers now have to commute long distances down? I am frustrated and aggravated all the time.
So you see what is behind this new resource built around the idea of a single source directory, listing and promoting only those Inns that have gone the extra mile, and provide sanctioned and inspected service to our island's guests.
Also if your business caters to the clientele which this website attracts, and these are the customers you believe will want your service. This website's service to these same travelers, is to provide listings of activities which I believe they will enjoy and want to make time for. If you offer unusual activities that are properly insured and registered, then you probably offer a service which really should be listed here. Maui abounds with the big fishing, whale watches, submarines and endless BIG business group activities. The island also offers a near endless amount of other adventures which are, or at least should be, NOT included in tourist guides. So many island adventures really require an extra bit of island akamai to be done safely. That leaves another group of businesses doing their business legally in a county recognized manner. They have their adventure well scouted and worked out the kinks. Remember, when a family finally gets the phenomenal task together of getting the whole group in one place for a precious week or two, they really do not want waste their time doing the kind of "half-baked" adventure ideas that I usually get myself into, and hopefully they also don't want to waste the day getting sunburned in a swamp of tourists. Now's your chance, you can list your business here free, as we attract an unusual group who will probably just love your business.
The Free Listing:
First, it helps us, tourists and artists if you list yourselves here. It costs you nothing more than a minute to send me an email with some details. Simple details like artist or shop name, location and phone number if that is appropriate. Takes two minutes maximum really. So help us all... contact me here.
For Promotional Listings: I also need this website to make its builder something to offset costs. So I encourage you to take advantage of the free (and I don't have a service to write annoying newsletters and other advertisements) opportunity to get your business here. While I offer to list your business name, the address and the phone number or email address just to promote both of us. I need to be paid to list both phone and email address; or to link to your website; or include photos.
While we do a wide range of website services, we have learned how you can get the biggest result for the least cost and effort. We offer a basic S.E.O. starter package where we analyze your presence on the internet. Are you even find-able? Trying to compete for such phrases as "Maui Bed and Breakfast" or "Maui Vacation Rental" is a difficult and expensive goal requiring a great deal of professional attention; yet making your business discover-able to potential tourists who have heard of you first, is without doubt, an absolute necessity. I see many B&Bs not taking even the minimum steps to establish some basic internet presence. Sure, starting and running a business leaves next to no time for many things, but we can get you find-able with your photos and your message in a few days and for just a few hundred dollars.
If you already have a website: Short of entering the major competition, you can have us do S.E.O. for your business. A website has become a truly mind boggling device in its complexity. Expecting that website designer artists will understand and relate to incredibly important coding details is probably asking too much. We prefer to focus on the technical aspects of website code and technical details in how to best broadcast your message.
We can do one time analysis reporting on what needs improved in your html coding and/or your online listings. Our report highlights the errors with suggestions on how to fix them.
Beyond technical coding issues, our first priority is working with you to focus your business message to better broadcast business overall. When this we will be able to use your website and the internet overall, to garner the attention that you know your business deserves.
This is much too wide of a topic to attempt to lump each business into packages. Just how far do you want to go? Just how willing are you to do what it takes to be on page one for "Maui Bed and Breakfast"? What are you striving for right now and in the long run. Much of S.E.O. in a business is a long game. Does it really help to a bright burning fire for a few months if you then fall out of the search results? Maybe, but probably you want to play a long game too, so that what we plant today just keeps on growing for years to come.
Ultimately, we must understand your business needs and goals before we can accurately quote premium S.E.O. services. Lets talk. Remember, we offer ways to promote your business from the free, quick and easy listings service on up to highly involved Internet Optimization designed to make you win the competition.