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Submit a Site/Add URL
Since you are reading this, you are probably a webmaster or in some way affiliated with a website dedicated to hiking. If so, we invite you to submit your website for inclusion in slackpacker.com.
There is no charge for adding a HIKING TRAIL link on slackpacker.com, and there is no requirement for a reciprocal link. The only requirements are that the site must be pertinent to a hiking trails or trails, provide useful information and be suitable for viewing by hikers of all ages. If you've written a narrative about your experience on a trail, that's perfect! If you have a site about your favorite places to hike, tell us! Does not matter how unprofessional it is. In fact, helpful insights are a lot more important than any whiz-bang snazzy website.
DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR SITE IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLIES:
1. It's a storefront to sell camping gear, with very limited helpful content.
Let's beat this horse one more time...
Bad: if the primary focus of your site is to sell stuff, we'll probably kick it back.
Good: If the primary focus of your site is to preserve the memories of an enjoyable hike you made with family, please send your URL to link(at)slackpacker(dot)com.
In case you missed it, and a lot of people do, here it is one more time: Send your URL to link(at)slackpacker(dot)com. That's how you submit your site.
Why do we do this?
The purpose of slackpacker.com is to provide convenient access to sites with trail maps, descriptions, narratives, journals, etc. It is not feasible to create or even house all of this information on one site, but it is our goal to build a comprehensive database linking to an unlimited number of sites that actively maintain this information. We hope that your site is one of these.
Slackpacker.com is designed to be a site that feeds web users to your site; it is not intended to "compete" with your hiking-oriented site. While we do provide some content, the purpose of this site is to have users click-through to your site, click back, and click-through to more sites like yours.
Many sites, such as GORP, provide excellent content for the slackpacker -- but are by no means complete. By the same token, private individuals have created thousands of very specific narratives on hard-to-find trails, posted these pages on free web servers -- only to be ignored by search engines. The purpose of slackpacker.com is to provide a way to find these pages, and make research easier for the hiker.
Add Your Link
The Slackpacker.com will add a link to any pertinent hiking site, as long as the content provides something of value. In other words, if you simply have a vague paragraph alongside a bunch of books for sale, we don't want to add your site. If you have a specific page about a specific hiking trail, that's the URL we want to link to. We will add a link to general sites, but you are less likely to get click-throughs. Again, that's link(at)slackpacker(dot)com.
Reciprocal Links...A Win-Win
Again, you are not required to add a reciprocal link on your site to the slackpacker. But your site will benefit in the long run, because many search engines will rank your site higher if you have reciprocal links with sites of similar content. Last but not least, because slackpacker.com is maintained by volunteers, any link you provide makes our efforts more worthwhile.
Linking Your Page to the Slackpacker
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If you have any problems contact link(at)slackpacker(dot)com.
The Fine Print
If your site requires an individual to "register" prior to getting any information, your link will be eliminated. If your site requires an individual to pay for information, your link will be eliminated. Commercial sites are fine -- as long as some useful content is provided. Link farms are acceptable as long as they focus on a specific region or locale. Vague, meaningless sites with scads of commissioned banners will not receive links. Sites with x-rated or inflammatory content will not be linked.
We want to link to your hike reports, trail narratives, etc. If you have worthwhile links for the other pages (intro to Slackpacking, Geology links, etc.) then by all means tell us. If you've taken the pains to create a web page, you probably want people to view it...a free link on slackpacker.com will certainly help. Thank you for your participation.
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