As a brand new addition to The Faraway Guide, I am extremely excited to join this amazing website. After earning over 2,300,000 miles, traveling to 45 countries and reaching 10,000 unique monthly visitors at Mr. Free Miles, I am looking forward to enhancing and expanding the content even more.
Below is the post I blasted out to my readers earlier today:
Yes, that's right - after building a readership of over 10,000 unique visitors per month, I'm joining forces with The Faraway Guide.
Specifically, I will be managing a "Points & Miles" section of their site, meaning all the content from Mr. Free Miles will be available there. These changes go into effect later this week.
Summary of changes
A few things are changing with minimal impacts to readers:
- I will keep writing about the topics I have been. I think that's the first thing that should be stated. If you follow my website and like the content, keep following me at TFG.
- Domain redirects. The mrfreemiles.com domain will redirect to thefarawayguide.com. All old posts and content will redirect to the same content at TFG.
- RSS feed will be changing from http://www.mrfreemiles.com/blog?format=rss to http://www.thefarawayguide.com/blog?format=rss. If you want to subscribe only to "Points & Miles" topics, the RSS feed will change to http://www.thefarawayguide.com/blog?category=Points+%26+Miles&format=rss.
- The weekly newsletter will continue to be sent Monday mornings, now with all TFG content. In the near future, emails will continue to come from my @mrfreemiles email address.
- No more Tools page. Well, sort of. I broke down all of the useful phone numbers, award charts and downloadable forms into a series of blog posts to be posted in the next several weeks. So the content exists on one soon-to-be-published page. Sit tight in the meantime.
- Blog categories and tags will change. This is a minor change, but worth noting. I will still have airline, hotel and bank tags to search content by a specific company.
I mentioned being above the 10,000 unique visitor mark, which is growing at a rapid rate. But there are a few reasons for the change, that I hope will help explain my motives:
- More focused content. As a staff of one, it is difficult writing about everything I would like to. Managing a website is a full-time job - writing is just the fun part. Some points sites have staffs in the double-digits and millions of unique visitors a month. They can pay for editors and content managers, whereas I have to pick my spots. TFG will expand my reach and simultaneously allow me to focus more on great content.
- Better design. Nothing needs to be said here - just take a look at the TFG homepage and you will understand why. It is cleaner and more accessible to readers.
- The name. Friends, family and readers have been calling me "Mr. Free Miles" for well over a year now. The name stuck, for better or for worse. As my writing evolved though, I began broadening my scope to include non-miles posts. TFG is the natural expansion from that: all the points & miles topics, with more room to grow.
- More fun. Sometimes websites get a little full of themselves - seeing tens of thousands (or hundreds, or millions) on an analytics report can do that. The reason I started a website was that I thought it would be fun to share the tips & tricks that helped me out so much in my travels. That reason has not changed - only amplified with more time, more content, and now more readers.
Below are some of the useful links to be aware of. These will all be live on July 1.
- Home: thefarawayguide.com
- Blog (All): thefarawayguide.com/blog-home
- Blog (Points & Miles Only): thefarawayguide.com/blog/?category=Points+%26+Miles
- Credit Card Deals: thefarawayguide.com/best-credit-card-deals-for-travel
- Getting Started Guide: thefarawayguide.com/getting-started-5-steps-to-cheap-travel
- Award Tools: thefarawayguide.com/best-travel-tools-and-resources
- Flight-Related Posts: thefarawayguide.com/flights
- Hotel-Related Posts: thefarawayguide.com/hotels
- Search: thefarawayguide.com/search
And...that's it! As always, I love hearing from readers so let me know what you think of the changes - either here or over at TFG.