August 23, 2006; 03:17 AM
Hot Web Holdings Ltd owned by internet entrepreneur Robert Glaser has
purchased yet another piece of prime online real estate, Exit18.com (http://www.Exit18.com).
The sale price was not disclosed. Glaser would only reveal that when
the domain was offered he instantly saw the potential for what he
called “another under utilized” domain name.
The venerable location, exit 18 on I-95 in Connecticut, is the home to the Town of Westport, an affluent suburb of New York.
Mr. Glaser has been quietly buying prime domain names over the past
year for development under the “HOT” brand name and for investment.
When pressed for what his plans were, the native Westport resident
disclosed a search portal similar to Google, Yahoo or MSN but on a
local level for the residents and businesses of the Town of Westport.
Local businesses can obtain top search position utilizing Exit18’s own
pay per click (PPC) advertising program similar to programs used by
Google adWords, Yahoo! Search Marketing and Microsoft’s MSN adCenter.
The cost of PPC is far less expensive than old line methods such as
print, cable TV or other forms of media, and is far more effective. In
addition Exit18’s system features tools that allow clients total
control of their budget, modification of their search listings and the
ability to view statistics.
The benefit to local businesses is clearly local sales and service;
from customers that prefer to deal with creditable businesses they can
identify with, or need more personal attention than can be obtained
Westport residents get the added service of a local business, in
addition to businesses throughout the internet. An additional advantage
is local customers have the luxury of finding what they need online and
picking it up or having it delivered.
Hot Web Holdings Ltd owns many sites but is best known for its online shopping mall The Hot Mall (http://www.TheHotMall.com) and online travel site Red Hot Travel (http://www.RedHotTravel.com).
The Hot Mall offers over 800 well known, brand name, trusted online
shops. Red Hot Travel lets you book your travel online and also offers
recommendations on attractions, restaurants, hotels, and general
information for thousands of destinations.
As a founding member of Prodigy since 1983, Glaser is not new to the
internet. He was on its cutting edge back in the mid-'90s after opening
a retail business. In 1995, he created a web site for online sales and
by the time he sold the business in 2003, "the web accounted for nearly
60 percent of the business," he said.
Exit18.com is owned and operated by Hot Web Holdings Ltd. of Newtown,
Connecticut. Hot Web Holdings Ltd owns a portfolio of popular websites
developed around the “HOT” brand. (www.HotWebHoldings.com)
Hot Web Holdings Ltd.