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

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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  1. Michelle @ Making Sense of Cents November 30, 2012 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Excited to hear about your giveaways!

    • Jeremy November 30, 2012 at 8:11 am - Reply

      Well you know about one of them already. Check back tomorrow to hear about one of other ones.

  2. Grayson @ Debt RoundUp November 30, 2012 at 6:49 am - Reply

    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!

    • Jeremy November 30, 2012 at 8:12 am - Reply

      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.

  3. John S @ Frugal Rules November 30, 2012 at 6:55 am - Reply

    Glad to hear things are going better with work, I say a celebration is probably in order. I am looking forward to your contest tomorrow.

    • Jeremy November 30, 2012 at 8:14 am - Reply

      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.

  4. Jacob @ iheartbudgets November 30, 2012 at 7:48 am - Reply

    Sounds like work was a bit stressful, eh? Glad to hear it’s smoothing out a bit. And I, too, am excited for your upcoming giveaways. Mostly, I just want free stuff. 😉

    • Jeremy November 30, 2012 at 8:15 am - Reply

      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.

  5. K.K. @ Living Debt Free Rocks! November 30, 2012 at 8:09 am - Reply

    Curious to see what your exclusive contest is all about!

    • Jeremy November 30, 2012 at 8:18 am - Reply

      I think fellow bloggers will especially like it. Some of the prizes are just for them.

  6. Jason @ WorkSaveLive November 30, 2012 at 8:27 am - Reply

    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!

    • Jeremy November 30, 2012 at 9:12 am - Reply

      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.

    • Veronica November 30, 2012 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      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.

      • Jeremy December 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm - Reply

        I think he did quite well with his giveaway. Giveaways are great for getting attention for your blog and increasing your stats.

  7. Budget & the Beach November 30, 2012 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Thanks for the relink love back. lol! The only thing new I want to try is submit some articles to carnivals, and maybe try and do more guest posting.

    • Jeremy November 30, 2012 at 9:13 am - Reply

      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.

  8. Kim@EyesontheDollar November 30, 2012 at 9:02 am - Reply

    I am in the giveaway going up Monday. Other than that, I just hope to keep my head above water.

    • Jeremy November 30, 2012 at 9:13 am - Reply

      I’m liking those free giveaways, but I’m expecting much better results for the other 2 giveaways I have planned for December.

  9. Savvy Scot November 30, 2012 at 10:24 am - Reply

    I get stressed enough about my own rankings, nevermind my employers too! Kudos to you though – have a great weekend :)

    • Jeremy November 30, 2012 at 10:37 am - Reply

      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.

  10. Chris @ Stumble Forward November 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    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.

    • Jeremy December 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm - Reply

      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.

  11. Jon November 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Hey Jeremy,

    Thanks for including my link – really appreciate it :)

    • Jeremy December 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm - Reply

      No worries Jon. Just returning the favor.

  12. TB at BlueCollarWorkman November 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the mention!

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

    • Jeremy December 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      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.

  13. Canadian Budget Binder November 30, 2012 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Not too sure but I’m betting I’ll be busy drinking egg nog and spiced rum for about a week then back to work. No, nothing big planned for the blog… that I’m willing to share 😉 Cheers mate. Mr.CBB

    • Jeremy December 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      mmmm eggnog and rum….good stuff. I’m going to have to get me some of that soon.

  14. Edward November 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    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.

    • Jeremy December 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      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.

  15. Mrs. Pop @ Planting Our Pennies November 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the link back, Jeremy. Glad to hear the job front is moving in the right direction. It’s very satisfying to get results on such long term projects.

    • Jeremy December 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm - Reply

      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.

  16. CF November 30, 2012 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait for the contests! 😉

    • Jeremy December 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      Well you can stop waiting for the first contest now :)
      The next will be up on Monday. You know all about the 3rd contest already.

  17. Veronica November 30, 2012 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    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!

    • Jeremy December 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      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.

  18. Matthew Allen December 1, 2012 at 5:22 am - Reply

    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.

    • Jeremy December 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm - Reply

      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.

  19. John December 1, 2012 at 11:40 am - Reply

    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.

    • Jeremy December 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm - Reply

      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.

  20. Jason Clayton | frugalhabits December 5, 2012 at 4:16 am - Reply

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

    • Jeremy April 16, 2013 at 4:39 pm - Reply

      Hey what says November blog update like a cat staring up at the ceiling? 😉

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