While I enjoy blogging, I don’t consider myself a technology expert when it comes to the pieces that make this blog “go”. The folks at Boarding Area are the people behind the scenes making sure all those parts work the way their supposed to. They recently asked me to test a new widget on my site.
It’s been hanging out for a week or so and doesn’t seem to be causing any technical issues, so I wanted to ask you to let me know if you think it serves any value having it there. It’s a trip planning/comparison tool you can find located on the right-hand side of my site, and it looks like this:
Full disclosure, if you book something through this tool, my site would receive a commission. But, if you just use it to search, there’s no commission. For the purposes of testing, I didn’t ask what the commission was. I don’t really want to know what it pays if and until it actually looks like a valuable piece for the casual user. More money is great, less money isn’t. But, I don’t show up here to write on a daily basis because of the money. I also don’t want a million distracting things on the home page, so if it didn’t hold much value it may not stick around.
I tend to book most of my travel directly with airlines and/or hotels, but I know many folks use online travel agencies like Expedia or Orbitz.
Let me know your thoughts if you give it a try by sending me an e-mail or leaving a comment. I’ll tweet out a coffee or two randomly to individuals who give it a test ride.