End of November 2012 Blog Update Comments42 Comments

As some of you will recall, we recently had some rankings problems at my structured settlement 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

Weekend Links – Thank You! on Vix Money

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

Weekly Roundup on Making Sense Of Cents

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

Updates: November 18 – 24 on The Outlier Model

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

Places I’ve Been: Week Ending November 24 on Edward Antrobus

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

Carnival of Money Pros on Vanessa’s Money

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

Yakezie Carnival:The End of Black Friday Edition on My Family Finances

Carnival of Retirement #47 on Finance Product Reviews

Festival #364 on Festival of Frugality

Mr.CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks-Nov 23,2012 Shop Til You Drop! on Canadian Budget Binder

The Saturday Weekend Review #6 November on Canadian Budget Binder

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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By : Jeremy Biberdorf | 30 Nov 2012
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42 thoughts on “End of November 2012 Blog Update

  1. Grayson @ Debt RoundUp

    Thanks for the mention Jeremy. Also, congrats on getting the rankings back up. I know how much of a pain that is. I am part of a giveaway starting Monday, but I look forward to seeing what you have planned for tomorrow!

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    1. Jeremy

      I might be part of that very same giveaway on Monday. The one I have planned for tomorrow is even bigger though. Then the one in just over a week will be especially awesome. And yeah having the rankings back is a nice relief.

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    1. Jeremy

      I’m all for celebrating the small achievements in life :) I’m not going to get pissed drunk, but with a little less stress in my life I might let loose a bit.

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    1. Jeremy

      Fighting Google is always stressful. Since you can’t get in direct contact with anyone there, you’re just left hoping things will work out. When they finally do it’s a good feeling. It just sucks in between when you’re left waiting and wondering.

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  2. Jason @ WorkSaveLive

    I busted my nut with the big Blogoversary giveaway, so there is nothing major planned for the end of the year. Saying that, all of the new staff writers will be making appearances in December…so that should be exciting. I’m also brainstorming a few ideas about January and how to best take part in the “Debt Movement.”

    Glad all the work stuff got resolved!

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    1. Jeremy

      That’s awesome that your staff writers are starting next month. That’s the direction I’ll eventually head in. I won’t be taking part in any ‘movements’ since those are really just the organizer leveraging a good cause to promote himself.

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    2. Veronica

      Ouch, sounds painful – a busted nut. Hehe! You did a good job on the giveaway, I’m curious to see what kind of links / likes / tweets you got as a result from it.

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    1. Jeremy

      Carnivals are pretty important in my opinion since they get you dofollow links on random blogs. I personally try to submit to a bunch of carnivals every single week. Guest posting is even better but is much more time consuming.

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    1. Jeremy

      I actually don’t look at my own rankings at all these days. I’m not really focusing on any specific keyword rankings at this point. First I want to build up more strength within my domain.

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  3. Chris @ Stumble Forward

    Awesome to hear your rankings are coming back. I know it’s tough to recover a site after it’s been hit by the almighty Google. I going through the same thing as well right now.

    My problem was though that I made some pretty poor choices with my site early on that I feel could have been the culprit. Now I’m in the process of doing a complete clean up of my site and making things right with G.

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    1. Jeremy

      Well luckily it wasn’t an actual penalty in this case. It was just a matter of Google needing time to reindex new urls and give credit for previous links. Some onpage issues might’ve slowed things down too.

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  4. TB at BlueCollarWorkman

    Thanks for the mention!

    Man, rankings and website stuff — it gets overwhelming and frustrating so fast! Glad you’ve worked out the ranking problems.

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    1. Jeremy

      It’s even more frustrating when your job security depends largely on being able to resolve those problems. There’s a lot you can do to speed things up, but ultimately it’s in Google’s hands.

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  5. Edward

    I am participating in a challenge to post at least 5000 words per week until the end of the year. That is double what I was writing before. It’s been tough, and I’m glad there are only 4 more weeks to go! But at least it gave me the push to get back on my guest posting schedule.

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    1. Jeremy

      Wow, 5000 words per week? That is quite ambitious. I don’t think I’d be able to manage that unless I made major sacrifices with other stuff in my weekly schedule. Good luck with that Edward.

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    1. Jeremy

      That’s for sure. With such a long term project, the last thing you want is to be held up for a long stretch with a large amount of uncertainty.

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  6. Veronica

    Boy, you get around! Sorry to hear about the rankings doing the dance. I’m sure with your whitehat techniques all will be good. Hey, employer, if you’re reading this, give him a break, this fella knows his stuff!

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    1. Jeremy

      In this case I’ll take that as a compliment lol. Who said anything about my techniques being all whitehat? ;) Almost every SEO professional is at least a shade of grey.

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  7. Matthew Allen

    I can’t stop entering these giveaways lately! Looking forward to seeing what you have coming up this month. I will be hosting my very first giveaway (ever) as well sometime in early December. Should be interesting.

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    1. Jeremy

      For a while I was entering a ton of these too. Back then I didn’t win any. Then when I was barely entering any I won prizes in 2 last month. Good luck on your upcoming contest.

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  8. John

    Jeremy, thanks for the mention. At Fearless Men, Todd and I are going to launch our ebook. Other then that I think the holidays will consume alot of our time.

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    1. Jeremy

      Awesome to hear that your ebook will be launched soon. I’m sure that will be quite well. I’m interested to see how you use that on your blog, whether you will be selling it or giving it away to build your subscriber base.

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  9. Jason Clayton | frugalhabits

    Thanks for the mention Jeremy. I always get a kick out of your images for your blog updates. This one is a hoot.

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