Kirkwoodgolf was started by Gillian Kirkwood, pictured right, in April 2002, initially to report on student golf and follow the progress and successes of young Scottish golfers at college in the United States.
Aberdeen-based golf reporter, Colin Farquharson, quickly saw the potential and began contributing, and now the site covers all Ladies, Junior, Senior, Veteran, Student and Amateur golfing news.
The kirkwoodgolf site has a slightly female Scottish bias but nevertheless has a world-wide following of loyal readers of both sexes, many people stumbling on it through Google and becoming firmly hooked by the eclectic mixture of up-to-the-minute golf news, quirky stories and appealing pictures of Gillian's grandchidren. The site acts as a portal to many other golf-related sites of interest, and many readers have it as their home page. The constantly updated diary format and volume of news stories which go up every day ensure a loyal and returning readership of knowledgeable golfers.
We are often asked about the number of hits the site receives. In 2009 we had over 500,000 unique visits and over 1,000,000 page views clocked between 1 January and 31st December. Readership has not abated and we are received almost double that number in 2010.
Type "Kirkwood" into Google and the site is the third entry in more than 21,000,000.
Type "Golf News" into Google and we are 15th out of 799,000,000
Type "student golf news" into Google and we are top out of 140,000,000
Type "ladies golf news" into Google and we are 2nd out of 76,000,000 (just pipped by the LPGA!)
(Figures taken 4 July 2011)
ScottishGolfView started in May 2006 with Colin Farquharson, pictured right, as the Editor, and Gillian Kirkwood as the Webmaster.
It is an even more comprehensive golfing website, covering all Scottish golf and golfers and appealing to both men and women.
We orginally envisaged it as a monthly webzine with a HotNews section similar to kirkwoodgolf, but soon realised that the diary/weblog format was its main appeal, and turned it round so that the front page of breaking news is the first thing that the reader sees.
The Editor and main contributor Colin Farquharson provides a huge amount of golfing reports for the site, and his enthusiasm for getting golfing news out to the public has been rewarded by a growing fan-base who are hungry for golf news that they can relate to and which is not satisfied by the conventional press.
ScottishGolfView has built up a regular dedicated following, and now has an even bigger readership than kirkwoodgolf as its successful formula has become better known.
1,257,405 unique visits were clocked between January 1 and December 31 2009. This is a 35% increase from the previous year.
The site has been averaging well over 120,000 visits per month since May 2009
Type "Scottish Golf News" into Google and we are No1 in 46,000,000
Type "Scottish Golf" into Google and we are No5 in 3,500,000
(If you don't believe me.... check it out yourself!)
Advertise on kirkwoodgolf and/or scottishgolfview
For £30 per month per site (or £40 per month for both sites) you get a 150x300 pixel space in our left side-bar to advertise your product, including a link to your product's website. The width can't be any more than 150 pixels, but the depth of the ad can be lengthened in 100 pixel steps (£10 per 100 pixels per site or £12.50 per 100 pixels for both sites) . The top advertisement in the sidebar rotates every 10 seconds, so that every advertiser gets a chance to be at the top of the list, and as well as that a static copy of your advertisement appears further down the sidebar.
Gilllian Kirkwood can probably help with formatting the design of the ad for a small extra one-off cost of £30 or you might have a designer of your own who could put together the ad for you. If you want Gill to do the design, email your logo, image and text (approx 20-30 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org, and send the ad back for your approval before publishing it on the website.
A short one line link down the left side would cost £10 per month for each site, £15 for both.
We can publish editorial advertising for your site for £30 per posting per site (£40 for one posting on both sites) If you want the same advertisement to run more than once we would consider giving you a discount ... £50 for 2 postings on one site, £60 for 2 postings on both sites. Editorial advertising can accommodate picture, logos etc. We'd expect you to write the text, and give us some pictures and we would format it for the webpage
We can also do a horizontal banner which stays at the top of the page underneath our title banner 600 pixels wide by 150 pixels high for £100 per week per site, £150 for both sites.
Hope you can find something in this range of options which suits you.
Where else would you be able to get onto the screens of the most discerning and knowledgeable golfers in Scotland for such a small amount?
It's a bargain!