As some of you will recall, we recently had some rankings problems at my daytime job. After a month of patiently waiting and taking steps to get back in Google’s good books, we are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Some keyword rankings have fully recovered and others continue to improve.

It would be a huge understatement to say that we’re relieved about this. It’ll be a welcome change of pace to go back to working on website marketing where progress can actually be tracked. Business around here should pick up too. So it’s a big weight lifted off my shoulders. I might even feel the need to celebrate the achievement this weekend.

While I did expect the rankings to recover eventually, it is still a little stressful dealing with the unknown. We didn’t know how long it would take, what level of recovery we’d see or whether any hiccups would hold us back. We could’ve ended up fighting this thing for months.

On the blogging front, I’m involved in a few big giveaway contests this month. Two of them will be group contests that I am co-hosting, one of which I am quite excited about. Tomorrow I have an exclusive contest that I will be announcing on my blog. I’m sure you will all like what I have planned. So check back tomorrow to enter. Also stay tuned in the next 2 weeks for the other contests.

Modest Money Around The Web

Thank you to all the awesome bloggers who mentioned Modest Money this past week. Here’s a little love back.

Frugal Friday: Posts That Ruled This Week, I Ate Too Much Turkey Edition on Frugal Rules

The Round Table – November 23, 2012 on Money Smart Guides

Weekly Personal Finance Blog RoundUp – 11/23/2012 on Debt RoundUp

Friday recap, an herb garden and a casualty on Reach Financial Independence

Can’t Take My Eyes Off These Blogs #15-RIP JR Ewing Edition on Eyes On The Dollar

Weekly Wrap-Up, Mentions and Good Reads #21 on iHeart Budgets

Fearless Men’s Weekly Round-Up | November 29th, 2012 on Fearless Men

Weekend Reading – Giving thanks U.S. style, a good week and great blogs on My Own Advisor

What I’m Most Thankful For This Year on Planting Our Pennies

MPB – Pool Room Posts #5 on Monster Piggy Bank

Link Love/Week in Review 11/23/12 on Budget And The Beach

Happy Thanksgiving and William Shatner Deep Fried Turkey on My Money Design

Got any big plans with your blog to wrap up the year? Or will you be too busy with the holiday season?

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12 Comments

  1. Kirsten August 11, 2014 at 7:50 am - Reply

    I read about myself in that first paragraph :-) which is ok, I’m blogging for accountability and not so much the money. If I earn $20 a year from AdSense, I figure that’s a bonus student loan payment. But you are right – even in my short time, I’ve notice a drop off in some of my early commenters. People have called my blog “raw” and “emotional”. I’m ok with that – but it’s a warning to others who think you can blog about a debt journey and make it appealing to others. I think it can be, but the blogger will have to be super careful.

  2. Brad @ How to Save Money August 11, 2014 at 8:13 am - Reply

    I like, really like, the idea of hiring a content creation service. Not only does it keep writers like myself employed, it would make it so much easier to have new and fresh content all of the time.

  3. Pauline August 11, 2014 at 8:45 am - Reply

    I hire out content here and there but mostly it is my voice on the blog. You can learn about anything online so I like to think people come to my sites for what I have to say.

    • Will August 11, 2014 at 10:39 am - Reply

      I’m really starting to learn that. The blogs I follow most closely, I do because of the personality behind the content.

      • Julie @ The Family CEO August 11, 2014 at 3:36 pm - Reply

        Completely agree. There is more than enough information online, it’s what each blogger brings to it that keeps me coming back.

      • Kay@Green Money Stream August 11, 2014 at 6:30 pm - Reply

        Absolutely agree and this is a great point – it’s personality and a blogger’s personal style and way of communicating that keeps me coming back.

  4. Mario August 11, 2014 at 9:18 am - Reply

    It looks like I’ve broken a lot of these rules so that might explain why my blogs aren’t popular and don’t make money :)

    On the other hand, I really enjoy what I write about, so there’s that.

  5. Froogal Stoodent August 11, 2014 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Quality content is absolutely essential! Once you’ve got some good content, you have to promote your blog tirelessly–and then you MIGHT make some money. Gotta stay on your grind and keep pushing!

  6. MomCents August 11, 2014 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Just getting started and I find that most of the people that follow my blog are other bloggers…and I’m OK with that for that initial traffic and interaction.

    However, I’m looking forward to when traffic comes in from search engines because then I feel someone was looking for something and they found what they needed on my site.

  7. Jon @ Money Smart Guides August 11, 2014 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Content is king when it comes to a successful blog. But having a blog that is responsive and clutter free goes a long way in bringing visitors back.

  8. dojo August 12, 2014 at 5:48 am - Reply

    I agree with everything, except for the content writing services. I find that the perfect job is usually done by me. There are many talented content writers who clearly have way better skills than I do, but I do want to have my own voice, even if my style/grammar is flawed. It’s what gets my blog noticed and it helps me make it successful.

  9. No Nonsense Landlord August 14, 2014 at 5:18 am - Reply

    Great ideas. I do all my own writing, not many free lancers would know the “life of a landlord’. Not many landlords even know it, if they use a property manager.

    Anyone who has not lived a landlord horror story can relate. It really irritates you when you have one, and it is generally when you are trying to help someone out.

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