Beginning of March 2013 Blog Update Comments48 Comments

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Well I didn’t get a chance to do a blog update last week due to the Canon Rebel T4i camera giveaway starting last Friday. Beyond that excuse I am thinking of how to restructure my posting schedule.

While a blog is bound to evolve over time, I admit I’ve let the vision of Modest Money slide over the past few months. As I got busy with my job and other priorities, I’ve been writing less and less. Lately it’s been all guest posts other than my blog updates. I even had a blogger tease me about how I don’t really write these days when I attended a local blogger meetup. Go ahead, call me a sellout. I deserve it.

So going forward I am going to make more of an effort to write more of my own content. I do have a ton of guest posts in the queue though. So I will continue to publish those and I will keep accepting new guest posts from other bloggers. I really should write at least one of my own posts each week…and no not just these rambling blog update posts.

In fact, until I resolve some problems with Google, I am going to have to lay off the posts listing mentions or favorite posts. For the problems to get resolved successfully, I’ll need to maintain a squeaky clean format. There are some things that seem like perfectly accepted practices but still get looked down upon by Google. Since I don’t make the rules, all I can do is try to comply and jump through their hoops. Those kinds of posts may be taking away from this blog’s focus anyway. To take this blog to the next level maybe it needs to focus more on financial content and less on marketing gimmicks.

I don’t know if anyone really liked my weekend rambling and animal photos, but I apologize if you did. Perhaps I will switch it to a monthly post instead. We’ll see what the future holds and whether I have anything interesting to share. Reading about my progress at work and at the gym probably don’t make for the most exciting posts, even if it is a break from reading the same recycled topics about finance.

Just in case I don’t do another blog update for a while, here’s what’s going on in my life these days…

On the job front, things are going well. Rankings continue to improve and it looks like we found a major issue that could’ve been holding us back. So I’m excited to see the results when that fix is properly indexed by the search engines. I’ve got my fingers crossed.

I’m also making progress on the PPC campaigns that I’m managing for a couple clients. Actually for one, the client is making the progress and I’m just waiting on them. For the personal trainer I’ve got their campaign underway and I’m going to be expanding it to Facebook advertising soon. I think with the keywords being targeted and their current conversion rates, it should work out quite well. I just hope it doesn’t make it too difficult for me to score the prime 5:30 time slot for my own workouts.

It looks like my girlfriend and I will be checking out another condo or two this week. Our hearts are still set on the one I mentioned previously, but we want to make sure it’s the best fit. If those don’t pan out, there’s a good chance that we’ll be making an offer on the other condo. It just seems to be everything we’re looking for…price, location, size, quality, etc. We could really picture ourselves living there. And perhaps more importantly I could see the cats liking it a lot lol :)

This weekend we’ll be heading out of town to meet my girlfriend’s parents. I figure before we buy a place together it’s probably a good idea to at least meet her family first. I’ve met her siblings already on a camping trip, but we hadn’t got around to making it out to where her parents live. I’m looking forward to it, but hopefully she hasn’t said too many bad things about me.

***UPDATE: So my Google problem got resolved yesterday, which was a lot quicker than expected. That leaves me suddenly needing to figure out what approach to take to keep Google completely happy. Damn them and our love-hate relationship.

So if I do change things up around here, is there anything you want me to focus more on? Or are there any changes that you think would improve this blog?

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By : Jeremy Biberdorf | 8 Mar 2013
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48 thoughts on “Beginning of March 2013 Blog Update

  1. John S @ Frugal Rules

    Congrats on getting the PR back Jeremy, I am sure you’re happy to get that taken care of as quickly as it was. Glad to hear that things are going good overall. Have fun meeting your girlfriend’s parents this weekend, that’s always a fun step.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks John. I’m glad it’s all taken care of too. I know for others it was a long struggle to recover. Now it’s just a matter of being a little bit safer about it all. And yeah meeting the parents will be interesting.

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  2. Grayson @ Debt RoundUp

    Nice update Jeremy. Glad to hear that the PPC is starting to get moving. I think it is a constant battle to figure out what we need to do on our blogs. I am going through that right now with the new redesign. Nice to see that you got your PR back. I do wonder how you went about doing it. Mind sending me an email to let me know what you did?

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks for your help with that Grayson. I just shot you an e-mail about the recovery efforts. I probably should do at least a minor redesign of my blog sometime soon. I do need to figure out how to change the navigation a bit to accommodate a different approach.

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  3. Brian

    I do like hearing what’s going on in your life, so hopefully you don’t do away with it completely. Your blogging tips were always popular and maybe there’s some good content behind the online companies you own. Looking at the finances (it is a PF Blog) and various implications would be interesting. Looking forward to our next meet up!

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    1. Jeremy

      We’ll just have to meetup more if you want to hear about my personal life lol. I do like writing the blogging tips series. It’s a lot easier to pump out content about something I have a ton of experience with as opposed to writing about topics that I’m still figuring out myself. Interesting idea of writing about my other online businesses…might have to try that angle.

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    1. Jeremy

      I would, but Google explained the directions pretty clearly already. I’d rather not talk publicly about the situation much anyway. Better to just push it under the rug. I probably shouldn’t have even mentioned it in this post.

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    1. Jeremy

      Well to be honest I always envisioned expanding to more writers. So I have no intention of taking on all of the writing again. It’s really the marketing and monetization that I’m best off focusing on.

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    1. Jeremy

      I’ll have to find a way to still use animal photos. Maybe I could find suitable ones for my blogging tips series. I don’t think I’ll write about my PR recovery, but I was thinking about covering the important of blog stats soon.

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    1. Jeremy

      That really changes every several months. Ideally they want content so good that it naturally gets tons of links and social shares. The tricky part is keeping them happy with content that is a step or two below that. Even then you have to pay attention to how they changes the rules to make sure you’re not stepping on their toes.

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  4. Justin @ The Family Finances

    Glad to hear that things are going well for you, both on the job front, the personal front, and the blog front. You’ve put in a lot of time and effort on everything, so you certainly deserve the success.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Justin. Now if only that success could be sustained with some kind of stability and then I’d be set. Instead I’ve gotta be vigilant and keep dodging obstacles thrown my way. I’m starting to wonder if there ever will be completely smooth sailing.

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  5. Liquid

    Glad your search engine problem got resolved :) I think your posts about blogging tips are pretty interesting to read (^-^) And it’s also good you’re keeping your readers in the loop about your condo buying experience. I think many people, especially others first time home buyers, are curious to know how the financing works etc

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    1. Jeremy

      Yeah I should write some more in depth posts about buying a condo as the process gets going. I’ll have to come up with some more blogging tips topics, but those posts are usually pretty easy to hammer out.

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  6. Cody @ Samurai Trading

    I can’t help but wonder what it was that got you on the wrong side of Google. Writing a post about it as some suggested above would be a good read.

    It sounds like maybe it was too much link sharing without enough new content? I’ve been noticing more and more lately with a lot of the blogs I read (especially financial ones) that there is a TON of round-ups and guest posting without much that’s brand new.

    Anyways, glad you sorted it out and looking forward to where things go from here with a bit of a fresh take on things.

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    1. Jeremy

      No it didn’t really have anything to do with the amount of new content. I don’t want to get into the specifics publicly though. Anyone is welcome to e-mail me about it in private. I get a little paranoid writing about any problems with Google in case it incriminates me for anything I did that they might not approve of.

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    1. Jeremy

      Even more so when your girlfriend has been pretty open with some negative stuff about you. Hopefully they’re not too prejudiced against me already.

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  7. Mo' Money Mo' Houses

    Clearly I haven’t been reading your more personal posts as I had no idea you had a girlfriend again or are looking to buy a place. I love your personal posts, so maybe it’s a good idea to restructure and include more of them? Glad to hear your Google problem got resolved. Do you know what happened to get it all fixed?

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    1. Jeremy

      So you apparently love them but not enough to read any in the past month? ;)
      Actually I’ve been with this girlfriend for over 6 months now. I don’t know about including more personal posts. The personal stuff I ramble about isn’t very finance related. Yeah I know exactly what happened with the Google problem, but I don’t really want to share it publicly. You can e-mail me about it or ask at the next meetup.

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  8. Darnell Jackson

    I applaud you for being open about your thoughts but why the F do you want to please Google so much?

    What are THEY really doing for you?
    It’s your content that’s attracting the visitors.

    I think you’re on the right track, focus on your audience screw the aglo’s.

    PS
    How can you please one who does not want to be pleased?

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    1. Jeremy

      Oh I’d absolutely love if I could tell Google to fuck off. Kinda hard to do with any kind of online business though. It would be foolish to ignore the biggest potential source of traffic. The reason that a lot of visitors even find my content is because I jump through Google’s hoops. If I jump through enough of those hoops I can make some serious money with affiliate promotion. Sometimes you just have to put up with companies’ shit to get their benefits.

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  9. Kim@Eyesonthedollar

    Glad things are going well. I really liked the blogging tips posts as well so maybe you could bring that back. If your cats like the place, then it must be right. If our pets are happy, that’s the real reason to do anything, right?

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    1. Jeremy

      Well I didn’t take my cats to the condo viewing…that would just be weird :)
      I could tell that they’d love the view and all the sun. They are the bosses…so I guess I should just go ahead and put an offer on that condo.

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  10. K.K. @ Living Debt Free Rocks!

    It’s good to hear that things are going well for you all around. Best wishes with the condo shopping and meeting the GF’s parents this week-end.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks KK. Good to see you back commenting. The meeting with my GF’s parents went really well, but the condo shopping might be back to square one.

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  11. Jose

    Congratulations on getting your PR back Jeremy. I’m glad to see you have gotten things straightened with the big G. It does suck to have to play by someone else’s rules, especially when you really don’t think your doing anything wrong. But I guess we’re all stuck with doing that to some extent. If you ever see my site going in that direction, please tell me before google does (not that it matters that much with my PR).

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    1. Jeremy

      Or sometimes there are just rules that are ignored on a widespread basis. In those cases it is easy to ignore the risk and assume you won’t get penalized. Usually people know exactly where they’ve gone wrong.

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    1. Jeremy

      The guest posts from others really is appreciated. It is nice to have the breathing room to focus on other areas. I can’t neglect the writing side of things so much though. So expect to see me start writing a bit more soon.

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  12. Edward Antrobus

    People do seem to be recovering from getting Google-slapped more quickly this time around. Congrats on getting yours back.
    I completely understand about scaling back on roundups, since I’ve done the same thing. I just find it ironic that you stopped right after I linked to you last week in a post. :)

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    1. Jeremy

      Yeah I do feel bad about the bloggers who have linked to my blog recently hoping to be included in a future link round up. I’ll have to find some other ways to help those people out. Ultimately I have to keep my own best interests in mind.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Norwegian Girl. We’re having serious second thoughts about the condo after thinking it through. There may be a little bit too much risk in that particular condo. So I think we’ll be continuing the search.

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  13. John @ Fearless Men

    Jeremy, Congrats getting your PR back!!! I know that was a huge headache for you so glad it was resolved quickly. Maybe Google does like you afterall.

    So what about the UFC fight next week? You going for St-Pierre? Maybe I can finally get you to comment on FM for our article today on the fight? ;)

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    1. Jeremy

      It was a headache at first but I tried not to let it bug me too much. Of course it would be a lot nicer if it didn’t happen at all. And yeah it has been a long time since I’ve commented on your blog, but the same can be said about me commenting on any blogs at all. The UFC next week is pretty obvious who I’ll be going as a Canadian. The Diaz brothers are pretty annoying with their whole cocky schtick anyway. I’d like to see Nick get his ass kicked pretty good.

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  14. Glen @ Monster Piggy Bank

    Great work appeasing the big G. I can’t wait until they get some real competition…

    Anyway if you want to keep people in the loop regarding your life updates perhaps starting another blog might be the way to go?

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    1. Jeremy

      That’s probably a long time away considering how massive they’ve grown. No I probably won’t start a more personal blog. I’ve already got too much on my plate as it is.

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  15. Melissa

    All you do is post guest posts from random nobodies that no one actually wants to read, and your twitter is only links.

    Sellout would be an understatement.

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