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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Awful Websites

Ive gotta say that gee there are some awful shipping websites out there.

The biggest problem seems to be the plethora of ship trading websites. Ive talked about them before. They are the ones that ask you to fill in cargo and ship postions and offer you access to 15,000 companies.

Here is what they do. Most of them have no idea about shipping. They merely set up a website, design a basic interface, import a directory of shipping company names and then illicit people to give up important marketing information. They offer the dream that in return you may have found the shiptrading eldorado and riches will be yours. The reality is that after one or two visits, you realise it is a scam and never return.

But that doesnt matter because the website owner has signed up google advertising to his/her site and will make USD 1.00 per day in advertising clicks from google. They may also onsell your company details to others willing to pay for the information.

There are now about 30 such portals out there - and probably 28 too many. Someone will get it right one day...

2 comments:

  1. HELLO DEAR VS, I AM A VENEZUELAN THIRD DECK OFFICER ON CRUDE OIL TANKERS DOING MY BEST TO MOVE FROM SHIPS TO THE SHIPBROKING WORLD, YOU ALREADY HAVE GIVEN ME SOME TOOLS, BUT I WILL APPRECIATE IF YOU CAN SUGGEST TO ME SOME WEBSITES REGARDING DAILY SHIPBROKING INFO, I HAVE READ YOUR BOOKS THEY ARE WONDERFUL, THANKS A LOT AND KEEP WALKING TRAINING US.

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  2. Hi and thanks for the message. Most of the best sites are already linked by my blog. These include Wiki invest, the daily newswires and if you check for freight rates on the webpages I mention on my voyage calculation blog.

    Yours
    VS

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