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  • An overcrowded niche (free)
    By on March 12, 2012 | No Comments  Comments

    The other day on ERE they had an announcement of another job site for veterans. Recently a site here in Connecticut got funding called Combat2Careers. These join a long line of military/veteran job boards already out there.

    Though their goal is a noble one, I think there may be too many of these sites to make them all viable business opportunities. I’m sure some of these are non-profit type entities and some may even be more localized programs. But if you are planning to go up against the bigger sites like VetJobs or Military.com you will face a long uphill battle.

    It’s a crowded niche to get into. Having said that, there may be “sub-niches” you can target such as ones with a local focus (ex. “Hire Florida Vets”) or specialty (ex. “Ex-military pilots”).

  • SimplyHired partner badge
    By on March 9, 2012 | No Comments  Comments

    If your job board’s feed goes into SimplyHired, they have a cool badge to promote that fact. As I have mentioned several times in the past, you need to leverage the aggregators to your advantage, even if you consider them as a competitor.

    Badges like this help establish trust among employers. Use it or lose it.

    http://resources.simplyhired.com/simply-hired-badge.html

    Jobs syndicated to the Simply Hired Network
    Jobs syndicated to the Simply Hired Network

  • How to use snail mail to get clients (premium)
    By on March 6, 2012 | No Comments  Comments

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  • Before you buy hosting (free)
    By on March 5, 2012 | No Comments  Comments

    Before you purchase a web host for your job board use this quick tip to save money.

    Go to Retailmenot.com and type in the name of the web host you want to use.

    Press the search box and see what discount codes are available.

    Recently I put a new job board on MyHosting.com. As I began to signup for a simple VPS hosting package I saw the discount box so I quickly searched Retailmenot and found several usable codes to save as much as 20% off!

    TIP: just type in ‘web hosting‘ to see what other providers they have coupons for.

  • Various job blogs, job boards and domains for sale
    By on February 28, 2012 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    I havent sold AllCountyJobs yet. Still working with a couple of firms on a possible deal but its a slow process as you can imagine.

    In the meantime I’m looking to see what interest there is in some extra sites and boards I own that have gathered dust in the recent years. I’m willing to listen to any and all offers on the sites & domains below. No reasonable offer will be refused.

    JOB BLOGS

    Secretsofthejobhunt.com: my job hunter social network built off the Ning platform. Has over 2400 registered users gets 3,000 monthly uniques.

    Blogforjobs.com: not sure how much trafic it has since I took stats off it a while back. If I had to guess 500 monthly visitors. I’ve just been using it for search engine optimization, etc.

    Hiddenjobreport.com: gets around 600 monthly visitors but i dont really use it much.

    GREEN JOB BOARDS

    I’d like to sell these as a package since they all link to each other. In total they get around 15k monthly uniques and generate around 40,000 monthly page views. They all make money (contact me for details). The solar site has attracted 3 postings in February for example. And of course backfill revenue. Each of them rank well for their industry terms. Most them have twitter accounts with 500+ followers.

    All Powered by Jobamatic

    Jobs in Wind Power
    Jobs in Green Building
    Jobs in Solar Power
    Jobs in Biofuels
    Jobs in Geothermal
    Jobs in Recycling
    Jobs in Sustainability
    Jobs in LEED

    TECH JOB BOARDS

    I bought many of these sites recently and all have made money. The guy I bought it from had made $5k with it in less than a year and after I took them over I was able to market the sites to recruiters and have been successfully getting new postings.

    http://www.javaforhire.com/
    http://www.uxuijobs.com/
    http://www.phpforhire.com/
    http://www.rubyforhire.com/
    http://www.hiringmobile.com/
    http://www.hiringdotnet.com/

    NICHE JOB BOARDS

    http://www.adminjobsfinder.com/
    http://www.hvacjobsnow.com/
    http://www.cnajobsnow.com
    http://www.cncjobsnow.com
    http://www.audiojobs.com

    For the tech and niche blogs I’m looking for $250 each.

    JOB DOMAINS (make an offer)

    Gigjob.com
    Flickjobs.com
    Greenjobbank.com
    Greenjoblot.com
    Hiringjava.com
    Hiringphp.com
    Jobsinhtml5.com
    Streamlinestaff.com
    Talentspeak.com
    Westernpennjobs.com
    Workinsolar.com
    Jobhunting101.com

  • Questions employers ask & how to answer them (premium)
    By on February 28, 2012 | No Comments  Comments

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  • Get a good logo
    By on February 27, 2012 | No Comments  Comments

    If you are starting a new job board (or any website) you absolutely NEED a professional logo.

    There’s just no excuse for NOT having one. Services like 99designs.com are an awesome way to get one for around $500 bucks.

    Last week I posted a project to get a new logo for what will hopefully be my next startup, CareerCloud.

    Within 24 hours of submitting my specs I had dozens of top quality logos to choose from by designers all over the world. And I was able to make my decision quickly. I chose the design below. It met all my aesthetic requirements. Clean, simple modern looking with a great color scheme.

    Your logo sets the tone for how visitors to your web site will view you. A great logo like the one above goes a long way in determining the trust a website earns. It says to visitors that hey, this is a professional website that is worth MY TIME in checking out.

    Those of you that fail to invest in a logo and good web design will regret it in the longrun.

  • Two quick tips for design and sales (premium)
    By on February 21, 2012 | No Comments  Comments

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  • Sources of Hires study: Job Boards at 20%
    By on February 20, 2012 | No Comments  Comments

    CareerXroads is out with their annual sources of hire study. Job boards represent 20% of all hires last year.

    Once again we see the value job boards provide. Hoo-waa!

    Check out their slideshare about the study.

  • Jobcircle is not square
    By on February 20, 2012 | No Comments  Comments

    Last week I got an invite from Joe Stubblebine, co-founder and CEO of Jobcircle to come down for a visit and check out their operations. Jobcircle started back in 1998 just a year before I launched my first job board so we have a lot of common history. Their major market is the mid-atlantic region around Philly, MD, NJ, Del while my AllCountyJobs sweet spot is the Northeast/New England areas. So although we do overlap in certain territories like NY we are friendly competitors.

    I’ve known Joe for many years having first met him at one of the recruiting conferences. He is the one who gave me the nickname “mad scientist of online recruiting“. But it turns out he is a bit of a mad scientist also. Like me he has created new stuff like Jobnet (which he raised VC money for) and he even codes. While I was there he dove into his homepage code to make a few changes. Like any good job board CEO he wears multiple hats.

    Chris Russell with JobCircle's CEO, Joe Stubblebine

    Jobcircle’s offices sit just inside an alley in the main part of West Chester, PA. Its a college town with a cool vibe and lots of old buildings from the 1800s. In addition to Joe, there’s a small team of sales, customer service, and tech staff that backs him up.

    Jobcircle has a pricing model that few in the industry can match. The majority of their sales come from subscriptions both quarterly and yearly. They get to do that because they are such an established player in the market with a large candidate database at their disposal. I think Joe said something around 1.4 million candidates if I remember correctly.

    They have a lot of cool products too. A few years ago they launched “audio resumes” which to my knowledge no job board has ever done. And they have some cool add on services like RezRocket, their own resume blast service. They also offer employers something called VoiceBlast, a service I was highly jealous of. Voiceblast sends out 30 second audio messages to pre-selected candidates in an area code. For instance if you were looking to promote a career fair for nurses in the Philly region you can use voiceblast to automatically call candidates within a certain mileage limit of your target location. Its pretty cool.

    So for those of you looking for additional ways to monetize your job seekers and employer clients, take a page from the folks at JobCircle.com.