When one first signs up as an RTA, you are instructed on how to establish your own website.
Now that you've ordered your domain names from GoDaddy.com now is a good time to "forward" and "mask" your YTB sites to your new domain names. We've attached a PDF with step by step instructions on how to do this, so print them out and follow along.We will let the gross exaggerations slide for now. But now it seems that YTB has
8. Now mask your domain, click on the Masking tab and select Mask Domain.
9. Enter a Masked Title and Meta Tags in the appropriate fields.
- Under Masked Title copy and paste this:
Welcome Website Name! For Customer Service Call: (555) 555-1212 (Please change to your information)
- Under Masked Description Meta Tag copy and paste this:
YTB Travel is 140,000 Travel Professionals Strong. A home based business that can be done part time or full time. Learn how to become a travel agent.
- Under Masked Keyword Meta Tag copy and paste this: Travel, YTB Travel Network, YTB, YourTravelBiz.com, vacations, Home Based Business, Cruises, discount travel, adventure travel, air travel, carnival cruise, cruise, cheap cruise, best home based business, business travel.
10. Click OK.
We know many of you have a YTB Travel Site Owners like to use a personalized domain name (vanity URL) to route people to your YTB travel site, and this works just fine.What ever happened to that Canadian outfit that was replacing the Travelocity/WCT engine? I guess that did not work out so well either.
However, when setting this up, it is very important to avoid "URL masking," a feature offered by many domain name providers and third party website services. While this option sounds appealing since it keeps your custom URL in the navigation bar of your client's browser throughout their shopping experience, it does not work well with some of the complex web applications used to book travel.
These applications use data placed in the URL to track the user's progress through the application, route them to the requested data, and track important information like your YTB ID number that allows you to get paid commissions. URL masking sometimes "breaks" this data delivery mechanism, causing the booking applications to fail. In particular, we know this is a problem with World Choice Travel, our primary source for air, car and hotel bookings.
To ensure that your clients do not experience problems shopping on your site, and that your commissions are tracked properly for online sales, please ensure that your domain provider or third party web hosting provider does NOT enable URL masking for your personalized domain name. Additionally, when considering your personal web presence or the use of a third party web hosting provider, please be certain that there are neither information about nor links to information about the YTB marketing opportunity on any site that links to your YTB travel site.
But if YTB has not been paying commissions for WCT (at least) bookings on masked URLs, I guess that means that they really lost more money than they thought. Restatement here we come!