December 14th, 2003

Issue 14

OZ-b&b News


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Editor's notes

Welcome to the fourteenth edition of OZ-b&b News!

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a VERY Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year. 

Based on the number of bookings so far in December via the site, you all seem to be quite busy! has handled over 140 bookings and requests in the first two weeks of the month! 

In this issue:

  • See Australia competition - teams up again

  • What's up with Google?!! - The shake up that shook the search engine world

  • Link to us - We would love a link from you to us!

Thanks again for your continued support throughout 2003 as we continue towards being Australia's most comprehensive Bed and Breakfast directory. 

Have a safe and happy holiday season...


Chris Peck - Director & See Australia getaway
With summer on our minds, and warm weather ahead, it is time to start looking at some summer getaways!  It isn't easy to decide where to go for your annual Christmas season holiday.  A bit of fishing in Tasmania?  Maybe some golfing on the Gold Coast?  What about some relaxation on the beaches of Byron Bay, NSW?

These are just a  few of the amazing getaways you can find on  Where would you rather B&B?  Click away for your perfect getaway...

Win your perfect Getaway!

To help you experience a fantastic summer break, we have a wonderful prize this month thanks in association with See Australia.  How does a weekend away at one of our member properties around Australia sound to you? Just click on the link below and answer one simple question and a fabulous weekend package at a destination of your choice could be yours.*

With over 1200 bed and breakfast, guest house, cottage and farm stay properties, displays accommodation that suits every taste and budget. The fresh layout and design allows you to easily search for B&B-style accommodation based on city, town, state, suburb, tourist region or, specifically, the B&B name. No matter what sort of weekend escape you are searching for - whether it be a lighthouse on the cape, a rural retreat, a groovy inner city pad or a beach house overlooking pristine white sands - you will find it all at Click away for your perfect getaway...

So click your way to the perfect prize at

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What happened to my listing with Google?!
Google recently made far-reaching changes to the way it ranks search results, and the search marketing community has been abuzz with tales of woe ever since. Some have speculated that the key to understanding Google's latest is that they've applied some sort of test of "commerciality" to certain phrases, roiling the waters for sites ranked well on those phrases, and leaving non-commercial phrases more or less alone. The idea is that this would cause a stampede of site owners over to the paid AdWords program, or at least making the point that Google isn't up for providing a free lunch to clever "SEO-ized" sites indefinitely.

So is this just a theory? Or has Google composed a hit list of terms that are commercially valuable, and changed the way it ranks sites on those terms?

Click Here to Read the Full Article

Google Apologizes. There's been a lot of anger and frustration since the Florida Updates. Apparently, Google understands the fact that people's businesses rely on Google results. Craig Nevill-Manning, Google's Senior Research Scientist, said, for what it's worth, "I apologize for the roller coaster. We're aware that changes in the algorithm affect people's livelihoods. We don't make changes lightly." Well, at least that's good to know.

Information courtesy of WebPro News

Link request
As stated in an earlier email last month to our members, OZbedandbreakfast will once again be providing our services to our B&B owners without an annual membership.  We work hard for sponsorships and affiliate programs to be able to do this. 

One thing we do rely on is traffic to our site.  We thought you might like to help us out in this regard.  We simply ask you to add a link to from your B&B website.  The following details can be added: - Find and book Bed & Breakfast, Guest House and Farm Stay properties covering all of Australia.  Where would you rather B&B?  Click away for your perfect getaway...

Bed and Breakfast Australia

Alternatively, you can just cut and paste the following HTML into your website at the desired place:

<p><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2"><a href=""> </a> Find and book Bed & Breakfast, Guest House and Farm Stay properties covering all of Australia.  Where would you rather B&B?  Click away for your perfect getaway...

We would be most appreciative if you could provide us with a link.  Let us know if you do so we can give you a BIG thanks.

All the best from your Team...