“Better intellectual hell than stupid paradise” Victor Hugo
BAJAdotCOM launched in Manhattan on August 8, 1995 with 20 pages on the dawn of the dotcom boom – original tag line: “data, desert, desperados”
December 1995 BAJA.COM registers 250 readers/month
August 1996 readership increases to 3,000/mth
January 1996 BAJA.COM launches the mother of all webs www.stupidity.com
Between January of 1996 and October 1997, other generic domain names relating to BAJA CALIFORNIA were registered and acquired to build an extensive portfolio culminating in a successful niche brand known by millions of readers as BAJA.COM / The Interactive Peninsula ™
November 1996 launch of www.bajatraveler.com
February 1997 BAJA.COM offers no fee, advertising-free web-based email and garners 5,000 subscribers
July 1997 BAJA.COM contracts with 247MEDIA to manage it’s growing subscriber database
August 1997 BAJA.COM creates www.searchbaja.com a search engine specifically dedicated to BAJA resources
October 1997 BAJA.COM colocates a designated Unix server on an OC-3 connection
November 1997 BAJA.COM absorbs award-winning New York eZine www.212.net and continues to serve its eclectic content as entertainment traffic generator.
November 1997 launch of www.baja.com.mx as Spanish language mirror site
January 1998, BAJA.COM begins to offer branded free internet access to tens of thousands of users in the USA and Canada via it’s affiliate www.freeinternet.com
February 1998 BAJA.COM sponsors MEXICO CUP Golf Tournament
May 1998 BAJA.COM colocates a designated mail server on a separate network
June 1998 Dan Merzenich joins BAJA.COM as CABOBOB.BAJA.COM
June 1999 BAJA.COM is the original IT provider and sponsor of EXPO LOS CABOS
December 1999 BAJA.COM freeinternet division is acquired by Free-i-Networks of Seattle, and ultimately by NETZERO.
June 2000 BAJA.COM migrates server OS to Linux, installs new web server.
September 2000 launch of http://ensenada.baja.com
October 2000 launch of www.baja.ca for Canadian visitors
July 2001, BAJA.COM chooses Japan based WEATHERNEWS http://www.wni.com/, the world’s largest full service weather company to provide accurate weather information and bi-lingual analyses for the 11 key BAJA regions (http://weather.baja.com)
September 2001, Dublin, Ireland, BAJA.COM chooses HUSH Communications to provide 2048 bit key serving encryption technology to it’s web portal — HUSH.COM Private Label is chosen as best-of-breed for enabling secure channel communications to BAJA.COM subscribers, branding spy-proof, virus-free email to its web site.
March 2002 BAJA.COM launches www.cabopulmo.com.mx
April 2002 BAJA.COM launches www.revolucion.com to entertain and enlighten people everywhere in the best tradition of the web.
June 2002 BAJA.COM joins www.digitaldomain.org as founding member of the International Association of Professional Creators
August 2002 www.impli.com contracts BAJA.COM / the interactive peninsula! to provide content for a cutting edge infotainment segment engaging 4 million consumers at checkout counters in over 100 Ralph’s Markets throughout Southern California.
September 2002 BAJA.COM launches www.loreto.com.mx
October 2002 BAJA.COM partners with San Diego Reader, largest weekly paper in the United States to offer web surfers special deals on clubs, restaurants and services just north of the border www.sdreader.com
November 2002 BAJA.COM launches an all new www.tijuana.com.mx
December 2002 www.busca.com the Spanish language search engine of BAJA.COM is acquired by a Barcelona developer.
December 2002 BAJA.COM server statistics reveal 17,133 pages on the system. database logs 52,000 opt-in subscribers
March 2003 BAJA.COM launches www.cubatraveler.com
May 2003 BAJA.COM sponsors 1st International Festival de www.cinepobre.com no-low budget online filmmakers forum presenting the “Ideology Cola Awards”
May 2003 BAJA.COM launches first real-time Baja reservation system via www.villarentals.com.mx and www.relax.com.mx
June 2003 launch of www.pv.com.mx offering Puerto Vallarta reservations
December 2003 launch of www.rosarito.com.mx Rosarito Beach info and reservations
January 2004 BAJA.COM is acquired by Mensch Networks, completes server migration to rackforce.com
January 2003 launch of fast, real-time Mexico reservations site www.mexreservations.com
February 2004 re-launch of www.ensenada.com.mx “The Whole Enchilada”
February 2004 release of BAJA.COM site version 8 supported by new content management system
January 2005 BAJA.COM records 3.141 Baja reservations processed for prior 12 month period
October 2006 BAJA.COM/GOO (aka searchbaja.com) launches as the largest, most up-to-date regional web resources directory.
December 1995 BAJA.COM reaches 250 readers/month
August 1996 BAJA.COM registers 3,000 reader per month
October 1997 BAJA.COM tops 20,000 readers/month
September 1998 BAJA.COM reaches 60,000 reader/month
December 1999 BAJA.COM registers 100,000 reader/month
December 2000 BAJA.COM reaches 180,000 reader/month 4×1 page views
November 2001 BAJA.COM tops 400,000 reader/month
August 2002 BAJA.COM tops 530,000 monthly uniques, 2.6 million page views
March 2003 BAJA.COM tops 555.000 monthly uniques
December 2003 BAJA.COM tops 6 million readers and 550 million hits
December 2004 BAJA.COM tops 665 million hits for the year
December 2005 BAJA.COM tops 727 million hits, 6.5 million reader for the year