Gitelink - which started life back in 1999 - is a directory that produces results. Which is certainly what you are looking for, if you are wanting effective advertising for your gite. Don't take it from us, take it from people who already advertise their gites or B&B on Gitelink France.
What our announcers say:
► "We very much value Gitelink and get a lot of clicks to our site"
Tim, south of France, January 2014
► "I have been very pleased with the number of hits I receive via Gitelink, more than my listing on Holi****.co.uk"
Pat, southwest France, January 2014
► "We had a good year thank you and Gitelink ranked well in our analytics, top as far as internet referral was concerned. Despite the doom and gloom of other B&B's we were pretty busy all summer and turned away a lot of clients."
Jonathan, south of France, November 2013
► "Additionally I have a 2 week booking already for May/Jun 2013, from Australia! It came via Gitelink."
Patrick, southwest France, Dec 2012
► "I have sent the renewal form .... as always our link from Gitelink has provided us with a good proportion of the hits on our website.
Pat, northern France, Oct 2012
► " My google analytics show Gitelink sending high numbers to my website. Recently I discovered that a 3 week booking for Ocotber (fabulous!) which I thought had come through Facebook as this is how she first made contact, came originally through your site. "
Carolyn, south of France, Oct 2012
► "Thankyou for another fantastic year of advertising"
Catherine - Brittany - Nov. 2011
► "Sadly, for personal reasons, I've had to sell my gite, but have greatly appreciated working with Gitelink. Hopefully I'll be starting up again in a couple of years' time, and will be in touch again in due course."
FB - Brittany - Nov 2011
► "Bookings (from other sources) are slow this year and as Gitelink is so reasonably priced I decided it was worth the investment to have an extra listing. "
Helen - southwest France - June 2011
► "We definitely want to renew with Gitelink.... I have done my own analysis and know that we get results from you."
Michele, north-east France ,
► "My Chambres d'hotes in France has been advertised on your website for some years and I have had good enquiries from it. ......"
Monique - central France - 2011
► "Thanks for your service. It certainly boosted our 2010 business."
Robert, South of France ,
► "I’d like to renew my listing for (my site)... Gitelink has of course been a fantastic source of referrals throughout the year, by the way.
► " This year to date we have received around 1500 referrals of which Gitelink account for 955 (64%)."
Pat, south-western France,
► " I have been extremely impressed with the amount of traffic that Gitelink has generated for my site this year, thank you very much."
► "Bravo pour votre référencement"
► "According to our stats the most traffic for the UK business is through Gitelink, and I have recommended you to a friend who is setting up shortly in the Charente."
► "We are extremely happy with your site I have just looked at our 'came from' stats. You produced 97 out of the last 500 hits to our site. The next 'link' site produced 45 hits so you are producing the goods".
T.F South of France.
► "Thanks to our web stats, we can see that Gitelink is the best referrer for our site, well in front of Li****, P**** or F***** "
A.F. Loire Valley area.
Gitelink probably has as high an average clickthrough rate as any other major gites website, and higher than most. And while this cannot of course be verified across the board, it is certainly the experience reported by of many of our advertisers.
Why is this? Basically, it's because Gitelink is both highly visible on the Internet, and a small directory. And when it comes to gites and b&b directories, small is beautiful, just as long as the site gets the traffic.
To give an example, here are annual "top four" referrer stats sent in by two satisfied Gitelink customers, one in the north of France and one in the south:
Best for quality
Unlike most gites directories, Gitelink sets quality standards (see right-hand column), and we refuse up to a quarter of all applications.
About / Legal
Gitelink is based in France and operates under French microenterprise status. Consequently VAT is not charged.
Gitelink is a directory, not a booking agency. It does not operate as an intermediary between advertisers and customers. It does not take bookings. It does not maintain an online database. Its function is to publish and publicize details of accommodation and thereafter enable direct contact between gite advertisers and customers.
All information on gites and other accommodation provided on gitelink.com is done so under the entire responsibility of the property-owners or their webmasters. Gitelink cannot be held liable for any possible errors or misleading information in the descriptions of properties listed in the directory. Descriptions posted on Gitelink are a short summary of the indepth information provided on the external websites to which each description is linked.
Requests for further information on Gitelink.com should be addressed by email.
ஐ Gitelink quality criteria and values:
Gitelink is a selective directory:
We include only properties that come up to the Gitelink quality criteria and values.
Most of the properties proposed to the directory meet these criteria, many far exceed the minima; but from time to time we have to refuse.
There is no quality chart to sign, no inspection; we presume that the information and photos on websites submitted are correct and that property owners do not deliberately mislead either us or their potential customers. In short, we trust our advertisers to be honest.
Values: Gitelink lists properties that respect their customers. Gitelink does not knowingly list gites that are well overpriced. A gite that has special qualities can charge above normal for their area – no problem with that; but we will not promote gites whose advertised rates are unjustifiably high for what they are offering. Other listings sites may have no qualms about doing this; we do.
Minimum surface area: A minimum of 30 m² for two people, or 36m² for three people, thereafter at least 12m² per person (advertised capacity). Most rural gites easily meet this standard. (Different criteria apply for B&Bs).
Outdoor space: every property must have an outdoor area - garden, sunny courtyard or terrace or in certain cases a spacious balcony.
Furnishing: each property must be furnished attractively. This does not necessarily mean expensively, but it does exclude properties furnished with the cheapest furniture available.
Capacity: the announced sleeping capacity implies the capacity in beds, in bedrooms. Extra places on sofa-beds in the lounge can be mentioned.
Exceptions: Gitelink also accepts flats or apartments in exceptional locations, as long as other qualities compensate for any of the above criteria that may not be met. For example, we accept less spacious but attractive flats/ apartments in historic urban settings, or modern flats in high quality developments (with pool and grounds), notably in the Riviera / Côte d'Azur.
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Compared to other directories and online rentals marketplaces .....
Visibility to visitors....
On its website, one of the major UK gites marketplaces claims a choice of "thousands" of gites listed, and "a million" visitors a year.
At Gitelink, we don't beleive in the old saying "big is beautiful".
We get a lot less overall visitors, but with only about 200 properties in the directory, each property listed on Gitelink is likely - individually - to attract far more visitors. It's not the number of sites listed that makes an effective directory; it's the ratio between the number of visitors to the directory and the number of sites listed. And on that, Gitelink is probably unbeatable .....
A unique partnership
Gitelink is the unique and sole gites advertising partner of About-France.com, one of the major French tourism sites on the Internet. With over 2.5 million visitors in 2013, About-France.com naturally sent a considerable number of interested visitors through to Gitelink.
Compared to the prices charged by online holiday rental marketplaces, Gitelink prices are quite unbeatable, and some of our 2014 prices are unchanged since 2011.
Gites with a capacity of up to 12 guests can be listed for 2014 for just £26 or €32 - which is at least five times less than other "majors"....
Even our top rates, for large gites operations, are well below other sites' cheapest basic rates....
In fact, listings with Gitelink are pretty well risk-free.
For example, a website offering a single gite with weekly rental rates from £320 or 380 €uros would need to take only one single week's booking in twelve years to make a Gitelink listing worthwhile!
As for B&B's, a single night's booking in the year, even at only 40 €uros, would be enough to pay back the cost of a listing.
For gites charging at least £400 a week, the likely return on investment of a Gitelink listing is even better.
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