Monday, June 23, 2008 now sending *eight times* the traffic of

A few months ago, I wrote a post noting that the #3 Czech search engine ( was sending a lot more traffic than the #1 search engine (

Well, that situation has now completely reversed itself, and Seznam is now sending the traffic that one would expect.

Seznam's referrals to have grown so quickly that I fully expect Seznam to be the #1 search engine for referrals to by the end of August. The cause of this seems to be the simple fact that Seznam had not properly indexed until recently. Once they did index, our pages started to come up in the number #1 spot for some very generic queries (e.g. "pivo v Praze"). And it's not just the beer map that ranks well. Last time I checked, was the first or second result for searches like "supermarket praha" and " Mexické restaurace Praha".

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Top 10 sites referring traffic to for last 30 days

The top 10 sites that sent traffic to over the last 30 days are as follows:

2. *Lots of links to Nelso on TechCrunch
3. *Yeah! Corporate blogs work!
5. *My Twitter account sends a lot of traffic
7. *Not search traffic. This is traffic from iGoogle and Google Reader.
8. *Czech food blog

It's interesting to see WikiTravel as the #1 referrer - there is, as far as I know, only one link on that site to It's a link, of course, to the famous Prague Map of Beer Prices. In fact, almost all the traffic from sites #1, #6, #8, #9, and #10 above are links to the beer map (note to self - think of another cool mashup to generate traffic).

Not so good is the fact that #9 ( and #10 ( are travel blogs in Italian and Spanish, respectively. Would be great to get them to send users to Nelso Italia and Nelso España instead of sending users to the English-language version of Nelso. I'm not even sure that these blogs know that there are Italian and Spanish versions of the site.

Thursday, June 19, 2008 looks like a parked domain?

Came across a screenshot in Chris Messina's Flickr photostream of's homepage that carries the description "This looks like a parked domain... but it's not!".

Not great (that a casual visitor to might think that it's not a real site, but rather one of the spammy sites created just to collect money from Google AdSense). However, it's useful to get this kind of feedback from someone that doesn't know us.

I have to admit that the homepage is not very inviting, and we are probably losing visitors that see the homepage and immediately hit the back button. The idea was to make the homepage as clean as possible, but we've probably taken it a bit too far. Time to finally do that site redesign (OK, initial design), and add more content to the homepage.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Our first Yahoo! SearchMonkey application is live

Nelso just completed its first Yahoo! SearchMonkey application, to help enhance Yahoo! results for businesses in the Nelso European database. This application will add phone numbers, addresses, email, and business photos right into your Yahoo! search results, making it easier than ever to find the info you need.

You can install the plugin into your Yahoo account by visiting the profile page for Nelso Local Search for Europe on Yahoo!. Try it out and tell us what you think.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Mercer ranks the top cities in the world for quality of life

The 2008 Mercer Quality of living survey is out, and European cities dominate the list. At #1 is Zurich, Switzerland (was also #1 in the 2007 survey), and Geneva, Switzerland is tied for #2 with Vienna, Austria.

In fact, speaking German seems to be a good indicator of quality of life. Along with Vienna and Zurich, other primarily-German speaking cities in the top 20 include Dusseldorf, Munich, Frankfurt, Bern, and Berlin.

Prague ranks #71 for quality of life, but does considerably better when ranked on personal safety, at #45.

As for North America, the list is led by Canadian cities (Vancouver is #4), with the top U.S. city being Honolulu, Hawaii at #28.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Paid placemarkers on Google Maps France

While doing a search for hotels in Paris on Google Maps, I noticed paid advertisements on the map in the form of custom placemarkers with hotel logos. Obviously, Google is looking to produce more revenue from its very popular mapping service, but I hadn't seen this before.

A quick search for hotels in New York shows that this is common across all the Google Maps sites.

Nelso uses Google Maps for its search and business detail pages. Will these ads start showing up on our Google Maps when a user searches for a hotel in Copenhagen or Prague? The Google Maps Terms of Service certainly allow for it ("Google reserves the right to include advertising in the maps images provided to You through the Service"), so it's probably only a matter of time.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Rough version of Nelso Hungary launched

We've recently launched a pre-alpha version of Nelso in Hungarian at This site contains the same data set as the other Nelso sites, but the translation could use a little work.

Here's a list of Prague restaurants in Hungarian to kick things off: Étterem Prága.