From Russia, with Love

From time to time I check Google Analytics, to see where our website visitors are coming from. Recently, I was surprised to see a certain number coming off of the Russian-language Wikipedia site. Sure enough, in the references at the bottom of an article entitled Numeratsiya domov was a link to The History of House Names on cloversigns.com. How flattering!

Russian Wikipedia Page

Russian Wikipedia Page with a Reference to our Article on House Names. It’s been there since February.

I’d just like to say a big “spasibo” (Thank you) to whoever added that link. But, as David Airey pointed out when Wikipedia linked to his site,

It would’ve been an even better surprise if Wikipedia were to remove rel=”nofollow” from their links. Then I might get a little boost in web ranking. It’s for that reason, that whenever I link through to a Wikipedia page I’m sure to add rel=”nofollow” in the link code, so I don’t give out needless external links.

I believe I’ll follow David’s example.

And now, you’re probably itching to know what the Russian article was about. The English version (without a link to us) is entitled House Numbering. It’s actually a very interesting piece and it even includes the iconic “9” from West 57th Street, Manhattan, designed by Ivan Chermayeff:

A distinctive red number "9," a two-ton sculpture designed by Ivan Chermayeff

A distinctive red number “9,” a two-ton sculpture designed by Ivan Chermayeff

Another milestone: 3,000 Signs!

We are proud to announce that Clover Signs has now made over 3,000 signs since our opening in December 2006.  The Clover Signs team would like to thank all our customers for their business which has enabled us to reach this milestone.   Special thanks to those customers that have come back repeatedly to order additional signs for their business or property.

So who bought our 3,000th sign?  It went to the Greenbank Bed and Breakfast which is beautifully situated in the village of Bowerchalke.  The village lies within a conservation area designated as an area of “outstanding natural beauty”.  I’ve never been there but having looked at their website, www.greenbank101.com, I’m sure it would prove to be very rewarding.

Here is the sign already installed!

Green Bank B&B Sign

Greenbank B & B – new sign

And here is the sign it replaced! Yes it’s there, in the bottom right hand corner.

Old Sign

Old Sign

We would love to have you become one of our valued customers.

Good news for B&B’s

For most people the present economic crisis spells bad times but with the Bed and Breakfast trade that does not seem to be the case.   With the recent credit crunch more and more people are finding that going abroad is beyond their means and they are looking at the cheaper alternative of going on holiday closer to home.  This means more business for Bed and Breakfasts and more and more people are looking at the option of starting a B&B to make a little extra money.  At  Clover Signs we are glad for the increase in enquiries into  Bed and Breakfast Signs.  They are simpler than most business signs because often they hang outside a private residence and serve as a house sign as well.  The example below demonstrates this.

Detachable B&B sign.

The sub sign is attached using quick links and can be removed during the winter months or when you no longer wish advertise your B&B to passers by. Also perfect for hotels.

To the Coast of Africa

Having just come into the business here at Clover Signs I was pleasantly surprised to receive a request to design a sign to be presented as a house warming gift. In further inquiry into the design we found it to be headed for the coast of South Africa to a house overlooking the Indian ocean. The sign was to reflect the beauty of the view and the patriotic feelings of the intended recipient. Here is what we came up with after some back and forth with the benefactor.Wavecrest

If your looking for a special sign as a gift, or for a property of your own, visit us at Clover Signs and we’ll be glad to help.