There’s some tweaking and LOTS of changes needed for old pages, but I’m getting happy with the new look of the Airports Blog and Airport and Airlines Directory I’m trying to resurrect after many years of neglect and abuse.
QuickAid.com was initially the web’s largest collection of airport records – about 28,000 database records in an early online version of a failed dedicated system developed to help navigate several airports around the country.
I bought it years ago and despite early successes I managed to offend Google with the link structure and low quality. The irony of the experience was that I actually did NOT deploy a lot of the clever ideas I had for fear Google would lower my good ranking for many Airport related terms. Eventually Google downranked the site but now seems to be happy with QuickAid as a prominent Airport Directory, so it’s time to make it … much better.
This process will take some time, but, like I keep explaining to mom about my real estate projects …. it’s going to be … great when I’m done!
Airline Phones and Websites
Denver International Airport – DEN – offers free WIFI throughout the Airport Terminal Complex. Although they ask you view a 30 second ad spot this is hardly unreasonable given the cost savings of about $10 over the pay for WIFI airport installations.
I flew out via BWI this morning and although I really enjoyed the city of Baltimore, I would have had a great impression if they provided ad supported WIFI at the Airport.
Posting a blogger.com fix I just struggled with for some time. This sounds more complicated than it is but I could find little online to help me, so hopefully I’ll save somebody future time with this post.
I wanted to run my Airports Blog as part of AirportCityCodes.com, hosted at Verio. Blogger (owned and run by Google) has a great IP redirection feature that lets you run a blog off your domain by creating a CNAME record that directs to ghs.google.com and accesses your blogspot blog. Normally this works fine, but Verio’s DNS system will reject ghs.google.com because it in turn is an alias for ghs.l.google.com. Verio claimed that Google using improper DNS protocol by telling people to use ghs.google.com.
The blogger fix at Verio is to use this: ghs.l.google.com.
Note the period at the end which is needed at Verio to keep them from appending your domain name to the record.
If this does not work, or at some other registrars (Network Solutions was mentioned somewhere), I think you’ll want to use the IP address for ghs.l.google.com which is this: 188.8.131.52
I hope this works for you, and if not let me know as I use this feature for many blogs and I’m always interested in Troubleshooting tips, especially for blogs.