Since 2007, PhilippineCompanies.com has been hosted in various servers in the West Coast of the US. As far as reliability and up-time, we have always preferred to host in large US providers versus using local servers. However, November 19 2013, we have moved PhilippineCompanies.com to state of the art cloud servers in Hong Kong. This will give our target Filipino audience with a much faster browsing experience with latencies of around 33ms as opposed to 300ms+ for the west coast US.
We have recently deployed support for Local Business Schema in all PhilippineCompanies.com Business Listings. The format was developed by Schema.org, an organization launched in June 2011 by the major search engines: Google, Bing and Yahoo, to provide “structured markup” of website data. A variety of schemas exist such those for events, articles, movies, products, restaurants and more. By providing Local Business Schema Markup for PhilippineCompanies.com business listings, we hope to provide a better format for search engines to present that data that we have available.
There are several ways to define a Schema for your website. The simplest way is to use the Data Highlighter function in Google Webmasters Tools. Using this tool, you can define the values needed for the schema by simply highlighting and labeling the pertinent fields.
Another method is to embed the Schema Code in your HTML. This maybe trickier but it is by far the more robust solution as you have full control on how to label your data. Below is a snippet on how this specific PhilippineCompanies.com listing for EACOMM Corporation was marked up with the local business schema (code has been cleaned for readability). Text in bold are the schema definitions introduced into the html:
<div itemscope itemtype=”http://schema.org/LocalBusiness” id=”midbody”>
<h1 itemprop=”name”>EACOMM CORPORATION</h1>
<p itemprop=”address” itemscope itemtype=”http://schema.org/PostalAddress”>
<span itemprop=”streetAddress”>11th Floor CyberOne, Eastwood Cyberpark Bagumbayan</span>
<span itemprop=”addressLocality”>QUEZON CITY Metro Manila</span>
<strong>Tel:</strong><span itemprop=”telephone”> (02) 438-2986</span>
Once a site has been marked-up, the structured data testing tool in Google Webmasters Tools will allow you to check how Google is interpreting your Schema data:
Quietly, just over a year ago, we launched the mobile version of PhilippineCompanies.com. To date, approximately 15% of PhilippineCompanies.com visitors do so via their smart or feature phones. These visitors are redirected to m.philippinecompanies.com. The mobile site is not only a clone of the main site but actually offers different features from the desktop version. Mobile visitors can use a “Find Near Me” function where our search engine uses proximity algorithms to find businesses within a specified radius to the user. Another function is a “Get Directions” button where users looking up a specific Philippine Business Listing can choose to get directions to that business from their current location and view it in Google Maps. Finally, the site utilizes “click to call” links for the business phone numbers to allow for mobile users to immediately call a business from our website.
The mobile site is currently on live Alpha and we plan to improve and add to its features to maximize the advantages of mobile browsing.
We are currently testing a feedback/comments system for PhilippineCompanies.com utilizing Facebook comments plugin. This plugin allows users to leave feedback or comments on a business listing using their Facebook account. Scroll down to the bottom of a business listing to leave a comment.
For the over two years now, PhilippineCompanies.com has been offering Affordable Philippine Hotel Reservation via our Hotels and Resorts section of the website. Powered by Asia’s leading Hotel Booking service: Agoda.com, you are assured that you are getting the best possible rates for your next Philippine Vacation. Below are some of the most popular resorts and hotels viewed in PhilippineCompanies.com:
- Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Hotel
Rating: 4 Stars
Bagac, Luzon, Bataan
- Nature’s Village Resort
Rating: 4 Stars
Talisay Hi-way, Talisay City
- Dusit Thani Manila Hotel
Rating: 5 Stars
Ayala Center, Manila
- Boracay Uptown Hotel
Rating: 4 Stars
D’Mall Station 2, Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay
- Costabella Tropical Beach Resort
Rating: 4 Stars
Buyong, Mactan Island, Cebu
- Big 8 Corporate Hotel
Rating: 3.5 Stars
National Highway, Visayan Village Tagum City, Davao City
- Paragon Tower Hotel
Rating: 2 Stars
531 A. Flores Street, Manila
- Thunderbird Resorts – Rizal
Rating: 4 Stars
Eastridge Avenue, Binangonan, Binangonan
- Green Windows Dormitel 188
Rating: 2 Stars
5th Floor FTC Tower, Mt. Apo Street, Davao City
- Dive Link Resort
Rating: 3 Stars
Barangay Lajala, Palawan
We’ve recently posted the top thirty (30) business categories defined in PhilippineCompanies.com in our homepage. The rankings are influenced by the number of listings per category and the total number of hits per listing. As of August 2013, the top 30 categories are:
- Educational Institutions
- Groceries, Markets And Convenience Stores
- Public Elementary School
- Employment And Immigrations Agencies
- Toys, Souvenirs, Gifts, Jewelry And Decors
- Colleges And Universities
- Industrial Services And Equipment
- Hospitals, Medical And Dental Services
- Food And Foodstuff
- Information And Communications Technology
- Cargo/freight Forwarding
- Restaurants And Bars
- Furniture And Houseware
- Retail Electronics, Computers, Mobiles
- Real Estate
- Sari Sari Store
- Financial, Accounting, Insurance And Banking Services
- Hotels And Resorts
- Public High School
- Construction Companies
- Clothing Wholesale And Manufacturing
- Photography, Print And Publishing
- Retail Gen Mdse
- Agricultural Industries
- Travel, Travel Agencies, Shipping Lines, Airlines
- Film, Television And Radio
- Real Estate Lessor
- Trade And Business Associations
- Automatic Teller Machines
Take a fascinating look at what people are searching for in www.philippinecompanies.com by viewing a tag cloud of the latest 500 searches done in the website. Font size and color are adjusted to the popularity of the keyword.
Some interesting insights can be derived by analyzing this relatively simple data representation.The majority of searches are targeted to Metro Manila. Indicative of how the Philippine economy is still heavily centralized around the capital. Interestingly, you’ll see how the other provinces and cities stack up as well against the capital (and its component cities against each other). i.e. Cavite, Batangas and Laguna are playing catch-up to the popularity of Metro Manila. The most common search topics entered include “Employment and Immigration“, “Construction Companies“, “Education/Schools“, “Hospitals“. This shows us the priorities of the Filipinos in terms of looking for work abroad, improving infrastructure/building houses, getting an education, and healthcare.
It would be interesting to see how these trends change over time so check-back every now and then to Philippinecompanies.com’s Tag Cloud Page.
Search Query API
The Search API allows you to query the PhilipppineCompanies.com search engine and display the results in your website. The API uses the GET method to access the search engine and returns the results in RSS format which can then be easily parsed for display in your site.
For example, if you want to search for hotels located in Boracay:http://www.philippinecompanies.com/searchapi.php?what=hotels&where=boracay
You can generate some example links by using the form below:
WHO or WHAT: WHERE:
Proximity Search API
This API performs a search based on geographic proximity to a pair of latitude and longitude values. This is particularly useful for people developing mobile applications. Similar to the standard Search API, variables are sent via GET method and the server response is formatted in RSS.
LINK: http://www.philippinecompanies.com/proximityapi.php?what=[search query]&within=[Search Radius in meters]&latlng=[latitude],[longitude]
For example, if you want to search for hotels located within 2,000 meters of coordinatesLat:9.551418 Long:123.78371 (which corresponds to Alona Beach in Panglao Island in Bohol):http://www.philippinecompanies.com/proximityapi.php?what=hotels&within=2000&latlng=9.551418,123.78371
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At over 10,000 visitors/day PhilippineCompanies.com is now one of the top 1000 websites in the Philippines. This coincides as well with the site surpassing 50,000 companies listed in its database. In our continuing effort to improve the website, the following changes have recently gone live:
- PhilippineCompanies.com has moved to our Cloud-based Virtual Private Servers which would allow us to scale more easily as the site continues to grow. The upgrade should significantly increase the website loading time as well.
- The site has been redesigned to what we think is a cleaner and sleeker look.
- A new section that has gone live but still under constant improvement and development is the Stock Market section of the site. This area provides links to stock information and news for Publicly Traded Philippine Companies.
- Visitors can now download the PhilippineCompanies Toolbar to have faster access to the PhilippineCompanies search engine.
Expect several other new features in the next few weeks!
We’ve been planning to integrate Google Maps with our Philippine Business directory/locator website since it was launched 2 years ago. However, we found the accuracy of the Philippine maps far from perfect, with very obvious descrepancies between the map-view and satellite views. This has changed in the past few months as can be seen by this fantastic street-view of Makati’s Central Business District (check out how even the one-way roads are labelled!).
As such, we’ve finally decided to have Google Map viewer in the company profile pages of PhilippineCompanies.com. The system works by using Googe Maps’ Geocoding facility to determine the Latitude and Longitude of a location using the address information we have in our database. Accuracy is up to street level within Metro Manila and other major cities while the rest of the country would be on the municipal-level. We’re currently working on trying to improve the querying system as well as the way addresses are stored for Philippine Companies so that we can maximize the accuracy as we pass data to Google Maps. This is a daunting task however, with a database fast approaching 50,000 companies. As such, we’ve allowed visitors to edit map locations by pin-pointing the exact business location in the website’s registration page.
With improved Google Map accuracy for the Philippines, we’re very excited in offering possible new Map-related Web Services in the weeks and months to come!