10 advices on how to make your e-tourism website stand out in China
In 2023 tourism from China will BOOM with the opening of borders after 3 years of complicated zero covid policy.
The global expenses made in the tourism market in China are on the Top according to all experts tourisms.
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This percentage represented 2850 milliards de dollars and is supposed to reach +300% compared to last year in 202023 according to iResearch.
Chinese outbound tourists are like all kind of tourism, they maximize the potential of Internet,
- 80% of them used the Internet before traveling abroad to look for information
- They play and compare their trip.
- They check influencers recommdantion
- They willr ead travel notes on Mafengwo , qyer
- They will use baidu to search information about their destination cities, activities.
This is why tourism actors willing to attract Chinese tourists to their destinations should seriously consider launching their website on the Chinese Internet.
Here is how they can make their website stand out on the Chinese Internet:
To succeed, the actors of e-tourism in China have an interest in being on Baidu and in vogue Chinese social networks. Working on your Baidu SEO and getting closer to opinion leaders so that they promote their products on social networks is vital.
Chinese online tourists want to be able to trust the website they will be buying their trip or hotel and flight reservations from. In order to be trusted the website should let the tourist know what their past customers thought of the company. Customer reviews are essential to help tourists decide whether or not they will be buying from one website or another.
In 2023, Chinese tourist always check review before choose an hotel, a detsination or an activity. (logical)
2. Baidu, THE Chinese search engine
The Chinese e-tourism market has a lot of tourism websites and booking platforms that are ultra-present on the Chinese internet and long-established. In order to stand out, a tourism website should have an efficient SEO strategy tailored to Baidu.
It is indeed the leading Chinese search engine with a market share that reached 81% in the second quarter of 2022.
3. Have a Nice Chinese website
Baidu will give priority to websites written in Chinese since a very little part of the population would actually understand a website written in English. The website should therefore be in mandarin in order to reach a greater amount of tourists.
Chinese prefer to read in Chinese more confortable. and 90% are not confortable with English.
Have beautiful Photos that will engage your future clients
4. Hosted in China
Have a fast loading website is a must.
Nobody want to wait 3minutes before opening a website in 2023.
The Chinese leading search engine will also take into account the place where the website is registered. If it is hosted abroad, Baidu will give it a strong penalty, and pages will be slowly uploading or not uploading at all.
However, when the website is hosted in China it will be better positioned in the page rank of the search results.
5. “On-site” content
Chinese tourists are booking their trips online to save time and money. So that it is important to provide them with a website with clear content. Essential information such as the price should be put forward.
Quality pictures and videos will also help the Chinese tourists to imagine their trip and help them in their buying process. Baidu cannot read Flash and Java items so your Chinese website should only use HTML content to display the illustrations.
traffic is “Human” ; Writte and advise for human people, not for Robot.
Photo, video are better than “words”
6. An appealing and fast loading website in Chinese Mandarin
To appeal to Chinese tourists a tourism website in China should be a reliable source of information that offers reviews of previous customers. The website should offer multiple services such as reservation services, online booking assistance services, travel blogs. The website should finally be easy to use and have both good web and mobile platforms.
traditional Chinese is used in Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore and Taiwan.
Simplifed Mandarin is used in Mainland China.
7. Optimize your Website for Baidu – China
Submitting your website to Baidu, means you have to avoid publishing content that is considered illegal in China. Respecting the censure is another step to be trusted by the leading search engine in China.
No P0rn, no Gambling, no illegal activity (of course).
8. Choose Qualified keywords
The longer are keywords, the better they will work. Chinese online tourists indeed tend to form phrases and not actual words while looking for information. This is a fact a tourism player should take into account before determining a list of the best keywords for their tourism website. Repeating those keywords in the titles and descriptions will help Baidu to spot the keywords and bring the website a higher page rank.
9. Work on your Backlinks
Baidu promotes the websites owned by the company itself. Qunar, a leading e-tourism platform that is owned by Baidu at 55% arrives at the top of the search results at each request about tourism for example. To complete your website should only use Chinese backlinks coming from trusted websites.
Backlinks = popularity of your website.
The more links to your site, the more relevant is the content.
10. Baidu Paid Advertising
Baidu Advertising is a service of Baidu that provides Pay Per Click to companies who want to get in the highest ranks of the search results. However, there are a lot of Chinese websites paying to appear at the top results.
The first and sometimes even the second page will therefore be monopolized by companies who paid for their websites to be that high in the page rank. So that it is essential to analyze on which request there are fewer websites advertised by Baidu.
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