Dear ExplorOz Reader,
Easter is over, school holidays have started in most states and
this means that the outback is opening up for the dry season. If you're
planning a trip ExplorOz has everything you need on just about every
topic. There's lots for you to Explor before
It was pleasing to see a good response from the 4WD Clubs to our last
newsletter. We currently have 122 clubs from around the country listed
in our Business Search under the Clubs category. You will notice
that we have stacked the order of the ads with clubs that have provided
us with a logo image first. Come on Clubs - free advertising doesn't get
much better than this. All you have to do is email us your
In March, we recorded our highest stats
- Over 370,000 user sessions
- Over 18 million hits
- Almost 2 million page views
All for that one month alone!
But lets look at the lighter side of this...
More pages are viewed during weekdays than weekends (sorry bosses...)
with around 14,000 pages of the site viewed each day. On weekends, this
drops to around 9,000 page views per day. Hopefully, this means most of
our readers go for a quick trip on the weekend rather than sit in front
of the computer!
Although we record 14,000 page views per day across the site, the Home
Page only accounts for 3,000 (21%) of those. This means that the
majority of people using ExplorOz come directly to pages as a result of
Search Engine lookups for specific keywords, or have bookmarked
favourite pages to return to.
But the most amazing fact of all is that the Forum
actually only accounts for just 25% of the daily page views - that means
75% of page views are spread across the rest of the site - that's a lot
of activity. For those of you who only ever read the Forum, there's a
lot you're missing...26,000 pages in fact!
new in the ...
The ExplorOz website has been
chosen as the launch-pad for the official announcement to Australia and
the world, that the Australian owned and operated SAT-TRAK24
two way satellite global communication and navigation system is now
To make this announcement,
SAT-TRAK24 have decided to give you access to view a part of the system
in operation via an online "event". Basically, what you'll see
is a View-Only version of the Subscribers Webpage Interface - an
optional feature of the system. In operation, this webpage is only
available to nominated friends/family of the traveller, however for the
purposes of this "event" this
webpage has been hosted on ExplorOz for public viewing.
As you'll see, you can read
(but nominated family/friends would be able to also send) messages to
and from the "traveller". The "traveller" can also
publish photos to this webpage.
The nicest feature of all
however, is that during travel, the vehicle is sending live position
data to this webpage so the viewers can see the actual position of the
"traveller" on topo 250K maps that can be zoomed in and out to
The "traveller" for
the purpose of this promotional event is well known celebrity the Uteman
(Allan Nixon) - one of the lucky few who actually gets paid to travel
around the country!
SAT-TRAK24 online event and find out where on earth is the Uteman!
the satellite position updates live every 10minutes when travelling).
of the Outback 2006 - Great Outback Clean Up
Maps, Clean Up Australia and the Australian Outback Development
Consortium Ltd have announced plans for the ‘Great Outback Cleanup
2006', a competition event for teams to clean up rubbish along some of
the greatest 4WD tracks in Australia.
Great Outback Clean Up will be a key event for the Year of the Outback
2006 and will take place over two weeks in August when 20 pre-registered
4WDs will drive along each of the 19 designated tracks leaving from the
capital cities and selected regional centres converging on Alice
Springs. In Alice Springs, an outback themed event will celebrate the
success of the Cleanup and prizes will be awarded.
entry is limited, places will be auctioned (in coming months) on the
ExplorOz website, which has been chosen as the official website for the
more details read the latest Press Release from the AODC - click
Supportour Major Sponsors
continue to sponsor the Forum
on a regular basis. You'll also see SAT-TRAK24
is currently sponsoring the Forum providing you with access to the Event
Launch Page over the next 2 weeks.
From the desks of
Michelle, & Juliana
The ExplorOz Team