King of the Castle on the BBC
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King of the Castle on the BBC

Now it’s not every day that a website gets a BBC recommendation but that’s what happened to last week.

What’s so special about that you might ask? The answer’s
simple … it’s a Cumbrian website and it was designed and marketed by Dark Sea Web Design Limited who happen to our webmasters!
I spoke to Shelagh Caudle at Dark Sea Web about what it means to have a plug on the BBC and she explained that the site’s visitors shot up from just over 1,000 to 2,500 per day immediately following the broadcast. Not only that but emails have flooded in with requests for coverage and links within the site.
“The marvellous thing about the BBC” said Shelagh “is that everyone knows they give an unbiased and independent viewpoint, so to be recommended as 1 out of only 4 sites in a Best of the Web review is credibility beyond comparison. It’s the kind of advertising that money can’t buy.”

Go to the BBC News site to see the video clip (The 2nd item in the feature).

This isn’t the only site from our Cumbrian webmasters that has attracted high profile attention – Shelagh is also Editor of which has had over 1.2 million visitors in the last 12 months and resulted in her being offered the opportunity to write a book within the famous “Idiot’s Guide To ..” series. The site has sections in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and even Chinese and the visitors are from all over the world – no fewer than 231 countries/territories last year Shelagh tells me.

I didn’t know there were that many!
David Allen

Posted: May 7th, 2009

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