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Trucking Season Starts

Let’s get the trucking season started.

As you are aware the weather is finally starting to clear up in the Northern states. Frost laws will again be completely lifted and we will move towards being in full swing again for another season. With consumer confidence comes more spending which in turn brings on more production which means you will all be busy and possibly even exceed your capabilities. Each year at this time we send out this reminder followed by reports on industry volumes, customer behavior and other news that is important to any company in the oversize and heavy haul trucking industry. Some of them you may like and others may bore you but for the benefit of your business we do suggest you read them all as more information is better than not enough. We will do our best to keep our communications brief and to the point.

Heavy haul loads.

Here are some key reminders for this time of the year:

• Fully inspect your truck/escort/pilot vehicle, tires, lights, gauges, etc to ensure everything is working in tip top shape.
• Be sure to inspect all of your radios and safety equipment making certain all signal flares and fire extinguishers are up to date.
• Drivers should prepare themselves mentally too. Remember first to protect the motorists, not the load. The load is insured. Things like erratic driving or hand signaling will only confuse a motorist and possibly provoke road rage creating potential for an accident. If a motorists does ever get in between a pilot car and the load whoever see’s it first needs to make everyone else aware, especially the driver of the truck. More than likely he will decide to slow the truck down and that problem will quickly resolve itself pretty quick.
• Driver nutrition. We be writing more about driver nutrition as the season continues but remember you’re whole outfit isn’t much without you. That means you have to take good care of yourself and truck stops and roadside diners aren’t notorious for being too concerned about much more than taste – some even lacking that!

Pilot car truck in lead position.

Finally, while being on the newsletter list is free we must charge a small fee to be in our different directories (heavy haul, oversize trucking companies and pilot car companies) that is as low as $4.16 a month. If you are in it, get your listing spruced up. Add more information about your company and the exact services you provide, upload new/additional photos. Each year we send a huge percentage of our million plus per month visitors to our heavy haul and oversize shippers directory as well as PiloTrac. Customers who wish to use this option can easily locate you as well as trucking company fleet managers, dispatchers, owner operators, etc can easily locate pilot cars via PiloTrac. No matter what service our viewers are looking for it’s much easier to locate a service provider by clicking on a map than it is trying to mine web data by doing search engine searches and sifting through the millions of results.  We’ve been doing this online since 2003 so have a pretty decent idea of what we’re doing.

Here comes the 2016 oversize trucking season!

Here comes the 2016 oversize trucking season!

Finally, it looks like the 2016 heavy haul and oversize trucking season is beginning to start. While freight volumes are still on the low side we can tell by the consistency of loads being posted that the season will start very shortly. This won’t come soon enough for many companies as the 2015 oversize trucking season was very short lived with freight volumes extremely low. Economic indicators for 2016 look fair as the wind power industry continues forward with its expansion (although not as big as in previous years). That’s not to say it’s time to go trailer shopping just yet but it does look like we should have a decent year. While the heavy haul trucking industry certainly needs a boost, the oversize trucking industry needs it terribly bad with so many other companies dependent upon oversize freight in order to operate. Companies like the entire pilot car industry as well as specialized equipment manufacturers that cater to and service the industry. Over the past few decades we’ve learned that the pilot car industry can be very flexible as well as resilient and can recover from freight shortages pretty quickly considering. Whereas the heavy haul industry suffers much longer from a short term financial blow as equipment costs add so much more money to a companies operating costs and overhead.

Freightliner tractor for equipment transporting.

So what do we think about 2016 and freight volumes?

In general we think 2016 will be a difficult year for this area of the specialized trucking industry. While we’re not predicting record breaking highs in freight volumes it is our general thought that 2016 will bring some much needed relief as existing construction projects are already on the table. Companies that wish to have this work will need to brush up existing advertising as well as create new avenues.

Here are a few noteworthy items about 2016 freight volumes:

  • Existing wind energy jobs in WY, KS, OK and East TX will continue. However, quite a few projects are now being built in other parts of the world as well as sea. This hurts us as far a wind energy equipment shipping goes.
  • This is an election year and consumer spending is down so far. Another issue is the candidates. Nobody is real certain where the candidates will be as far as decision making once someone is elected. You know just as well as us these candidates will say anything to get elected but once in office have a whole new story. It’s hard for companies that create huge projects to forecast what their capabilities are for new construction projects. So not a lot is expected to hit the table for this year. This hurts us as well.
  • The US has too many heavy equipment surplus items that need to be sold. That heavy equipment will come up in the auctions this year so shipping from the auctions to the ports will be good in 2016 with the over all freight volume getting some help from this area.
  • The US government has a huge inventory of old surplus airplanes and parts in the Arizona desert. Much of this equipment will be sold this year which will also help the over all freight volumes.

It’s going to be another tough year folks. The companies that will earn the most money in 2016 are the ones that are advertising savy.

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Pilot cars need to relax

Pilot cars need to relax!

There’s no doubt about it that the winter time is hard on a pilot car company. This is one reason why pilot car companies need to be wiser with there money when they do have it. Put that money away for the lean season. When winter time and the early spring months come, you’re going to need it!

the slow time of the year

Right now is a very busy time for us. From ad campaigns to developing software and making sure all of our carriers are happy we’re just flat out busy right now. In the midst of this one can’t help but to notice a few things.
As every year the pilot cars have it real tough at this time of the year. It appears that everyone is running (in every direction they can run) and most are unsatisfied with their results with the exception of the true veterans of the industry. We’ve had pilot car companies sign up in the dead of winter this year only to demand a refund within 30 days or so. Our basic service is $4.16 a month! When there’s no freight running there simply isn’t any. This is the equivalency to shooting your company in both feet (at the same time). One thing to consider is we’re not a brokerage supported website nor do we wish to perpetuate the industry in this direction. Our objective is to connect pilot car companies direct with carriers – not people skimming nickels and dimes (per mile) in a unregulated industry. While we don’t support freight brokerage either at least they are required to have a bond and a Federal MC#. Frost laws, the economy and what we refer to as “chaotic theory” all play a factor in determining freight volumes. This year is no different than any other and the official “boom” will happen sometime between the first of May and as late as the end of June just as it does every year.
Prepare for the slow times of the year.
When a pilot car company (or any company for that matter) is stressed out and having a hard time and decides to leave a company as heavily armed as WideloadShipping (online for almost 15 years, top of the search engines, has the trucks doing business on site and takes almost 2 million hits a month during peak months) because they are frustrated during the slowest months of the year they are like any other human being. They are going to think thoughts like “oh, they don’t like me as I quit using them” or “i’m embarrassed because I acted poorly in an email I sent to them” or even worse think they actually got ripped off. Whatever the scenario for $4.16 a month there is no way under the moon and the stars a company can go wrong on a deal like that for more than 20 reasons but here’s a quick 10:
  • You’re getting your name in the marketplace cheaply.
  • Not only that but ask yourself why are the trucking companies here?
  • Our site has so much history it is a trusted site.
  • We place exceptionally well in all related terms so customers can find you.
  • If you have your own website just the link from ours to yours is worth over $300 a yr.
  • Again, as far as popularity you are also connected to your Facebook account.
  • You are linked to your Twitter account.
  • You are linked to your Google account.
  • You are linked to your Google+ account.
  • You are linked to your YouTube account and can show your videos.

This is just a few of the more positive items rambled off real quickly. If we wanted to brag it wouldn’t be very hard. The point is, we offer a very affordable value oriented service and if just one company get’s left behind in all of the years of effort we have put into the heavy haul and oversize trucking industry we are not doing our jobs properly.

As far as pilot car companies are concerned it certainly isn’t where our company get’s it’s bread and butter for sure. Count the pins in the map then just assume each customer has a premium account (which they do not). You will quickly see this is a labor of love and we do it for our carriers, not financial gains as the money just simply isn’t there folks.
If you are one of the companies that has had a hard time with the new pilot car system you can rest assure we are not harboring any feelings towards you and if anything are looking for your presence so we can service our carriers. Send us an email so you can get your account back on track and learn how the system can work for you. Even if you don’t prefer to live post at least get your permanent home base pin is in its proper location and your listing not only looking good but reading well also. Save your money, be smart with your spending and add a few years to your life by relaxing. This slow time too shall end.

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Trucking industry backlinks

Want backlinks on trucking related websites?

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We’re your trucking backlink source.

Backlinks are not everything but they do count for a lot these days and if you’re in the trucking industry you know they are hard, hard, hard to get. The majority of the people who own trucking companies are hard at work at some other task. Even if they did author their own website it takes a lot of effort for the average person to get the job done right. Then things like linking text. You might be on the phone all day for just a few links.

Time to get connected. If you’d like you can join us for more transportation industry backlinks. What you should know about the type of work we do is:

  • We only deal with websites that have 100% total quality content.
  • We only deal with websites that are backed by companies that are well established within our industry.
  • We’re looking to work with companies that are actually in the industry. If you are an insurance broker or industry services provider please click here for more information.
  • We are not very interested in having a link on your “links” page however we do prefer having a text link that is included in well written good quality content.

Did you think that getting a backlink in the trucking industry was impossible?

Think again. One thing I will say is that for some reason our Google page rank bounces between 2 and 4. Not much we can do about that but continue to do what we’ve done for the last 10 years. Ad content. We think this may be due to so many words being repeated on pages like our “oversize trucking regulations” as we will have to use many of the same words over and over and in the Flesch-Kincaid website reading test text like this doen’t rank very well. However, in 2013 we managed to crank out an average of 864,000 actual human page views a month. So, odds are that not only will the search engines show you some love but so will our traffic.

In the event we find that your website is full of great content and you thought the same of us. We are willing to even go further based on what you have to bring to the table. Something like a permanent anchor text link towards the very top of your website would prompt us to email the rest of the folks that trade backlinks with us and let them know about you as well.

If anything consider being added to our list.

At the moment we have a pretty good sized list of folks that mention us in their articles from time to time. This list of backlink friends in the trucking industry is like gold and we know it. So, to be included in it and possibly be shared with everyone else you have to let us know you exist. If you we’re looking for some automated way to get this done well guess what? There isn’t one. There are many companies that say they can do it. But, by the time they are done with you getting backlinks from other trucking companies or within the transportation industry will be the last of your worries as you will then have to either:

  1. Figure out how to “undo” all of the damage they did by manually requesting the links be removed.
  2. Start a whole new website.

The search engines are a billion dollar industry and they are NOT going to tolerate crappy backlinks, web circles, link wheels, link exchange scripts or any of that anymore. Compare those days to the cowboy days where you rode into town with a gun strapped to your hip. They’re over. The only way to do it is the right way. Contact us we’ve got a whole empire of trucking related companies that are looking for good backlinks.

 

So if your are operating within the heavy haul trucking industry daily and your website reflects this kind of content then you exactly who we’re looking for. Simply contact us and let us know about your traffic and what you have in mind.

Advanced advertisers group

Welcome to the advanced advertising group.

Advanced advertising for the transportation industry.

Advanced advertising for the transportation industry.

Or the beginning of it anyway.

The advanced advertisers group is for anyone on a budget that needs to get web exposure. Members of this group are expected to participate in assignments within a reasonable time-frame. Some assignments may take less than 10 minutes of your time. Other assignments may take 20 minutes of actual work time. If we are a group we can make things happen online. Fast. The vast majority of projects we will be working on will be free. The tools we will be working with will be free as well. Most of the assignments and projects we will work on will take very little effort on your part so again it is imperative that you spend a small portion of your time (20 minutes a week  of actual task time) to complete them. This is one of those projects where we are all dependent on each other. If we have laggers we will sag. Sag suggests failure and this group will be immune to failure.

Sag.

If you don’t have 10 to 20 minutes a week to dedicate that’s cool. Just don’t join the group. If in any way we can ever help you please send us an email with a brief description of your problem and the best time to contact you.

Eligibility.

Your company should be specifically involved in the transportation of goods.

What are the benefits?

Each member of this group that completes all of the simple projects we send out will benefit by getting more business. It’s simple. If you rank better in the search engines your phone is going to ring more. What you will learn from this group is simple things that you can do that will make your web presence more powerful.

We have a simple check in system to help you.

Yep after the completion of each assignment we ask that you report back to us indicating that you are have completed. Then once the time expiration on the project ends we will begin the next project.

Synopsis.

Every little bit of information we give you is derived from years of working with the internet. Much of it is kind of like a secret in the sense that is isn’t known by everyone. If everyone knew all of them the’d be doing it and the next thing you know it wouldn’t as well anymore. Are you going to learn some cool techniques? You bet. However, after you learn them you will realize they are all based on common sense. Like looking at a glass of water and seeing it from different perspectives. Is it: full, empty, evaporating, a magnifier, a vase, a lifeline, a shower, a bomb,  a murder weapon, cookie cutter, prism, fish bowl and so on. The internet operates the same way.

When do we get this wheel rolling?

In order to have a reasonable success rate we need a group.  We will need at least 40 people. As soon as we do, we will send out a introductory email including the first assignment. We look forward to working with you soon.

 Register here.

Trucking Industry Launches Fundraising Phase of New Industry-Wide Image Movement: Trucking Moves America Forward

Trucking Industry Launches Fundraising Phase of New Industry-Wide Image Movement: Trucking Moves America Forward
Trucking Industry Launches Fundraising Phase of New Industry-Wide Image Movement: Trucking Moves America Forward (via PR Newswire)

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, the trucking industry announced the launch of a fundraising effort for an industry-wide movement centered on a positive image and a more robust connection with policymakers and the general…

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Minnesota Summit On Natural Gas In Trucking Opens October 17

Minnesota Summit On Natural Gas In Trucking Opens October 17
Minnesota Summit On Natural Gas In Trucking Opens October 17 (via PR Newswire)

Download image Minnesota Trucking Association. (PRNewsFoto/Minnesota Trucking Association) ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Natural gas is $1.50 to $2.00 cheaper per gallon than diesel fuel today, and it is cleaner burning. Converting…

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Newsletter management

Newsletter management.

Newsletter management.

You can add/edit your subscription to our newsletters. All of our important updates and information is published to our newsletter subscribers first. Facebook follows and the rest is just word of mouth. If you want to be first on the list about important news, updates, software releases and more this is the list for you. We have two categories; trucking companies and pilot car companies.

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