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    By on October 20, 2010 | Comments Off on Job board hours (free)  Comments

    Running a job board? Expect to keep fairly standard business hours.

    Generally you’ll do most of your business between the hours of 9am and 6pm. That is when most recruiters, HR people and business owners post their jobs. The weekends will bring a job or two but don’t expect much activity. Tuesdays are probably the most active day of the week in terms of site traffic and sales. Sometimes I see a flurry of activity on fridays also as recruiters scramble to get jobs posted for the weekend.

    TIP: avoid cold calling/emailing on mondays. People are just getting ready for the week ahead and catching up on their tasks. Your call or message will generally be ignored.

    The sales cycle is usually quick or may take a week or two if that particular employer has not used you before. You may get some recruiters asking for ‘free trials’. Try to avoid doing this as much as possible unless its a client that you particularly covet. Steer them towards a discounted rate by offering them a coupon instead.

  • Dont get into these industries (free)
    By on September 13, 2010 | Comments Off on Dont get into these industries (free)  Comments

    HuffPost has a slideshow about 10 job markets that will never come back. So these are not job boards niches you should be getting into.

    The industries are: Construction, Automotive Manufacturing, Realtors, Pharmaceuticals, Newspapers, Airlines, Big Telecom, State/local Govt jobs, Mechanics/Repair, Bank Tellers.

  • New job board software: jobboardspro
    By on September 6, 2010 | Comments Off on New job board software: jobboardspro  Comments

    Another self-installed software for job boards is out. This one is called Job Boards Pro. Price is $195. According to the site:

    “A solution designed for your needs built with our wide variety of objects and layouts. Web based application written in PHP and using the MySQL database”

    You can test it;

    Front Page
    Administrator Panel

    username: guest; password: guest

    Its an ok design template and apparently they have others to choose from. Other vendors in this space include Jamit, Jobbex, Jobberbase and Joobsbox.

  • Q&A with Madgex (free)
    By on August 20, 2010 | 2 Comments2 Comments  Comments

    I asked Alastair Digby from Uk based Madgex to tell us more about their job board software.

    1. What is the history of Madgex?

    Madgex has been supplying job boards and resume database solutions to the UK market for the past 10 years. In that time Madgex has established themself as the UK’s leading job board provider working with 85% of the B2B market in the UK. Today we power over 250 job boards for clients across the globe including the Guardian, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Washington Post and Incisive Media.

    2. Who are some of your leading job board sites?

    One of our major success stories has been for the UK newspaper The Guardian who have grown to pass 2 million users month during January 2010. This demonstrates just how successful the site has become recording 20,870,445 page impressions. They were also credited as a Hitwise Top 10 Award winner for the period between July – December 2009. Some of our other leading sites include Caterer Global, Brand Republic Jobs and Minneapolis Star Tribune.

    3. Your graphic design/interfaces are very well designed…but what’s the backend look like? What features do you offer for employers and job board owners?

    Our aim is to help job seekers to find the best jobs and recruiters to find the best candidates by delivering inspirational and innovative digital recruitment. Over the years we have invested extensively in user experience to create a platform that meets the needs of today’s market. This translates into a range of features designed to increase application rates, lower operational costs and maximise revenues. Employers benefit from self service job posting and can create recruiter profiles, fully branded mini-sites and video jobs. They can also choose from a range of standard and premium job up-sells designed to increase response rates. Our ongoing enhancement and innovation means that new functionality is added constantly at no extra cost to our clients for the duration of their contract.

    4. Are your sites Search engine friendly?

    Our job board platform incorporates a powerful SEO component that allows job board owners to fully tailor their SEO via our content management system. It’s crucial that our clients attract a relevant audience to their site based on the search terms job seekers actually use with search engines. This is also combined with dynamic automatically generated landing pages so job seekers can easily find relevant content. We also include a range of analytics options to further enhance reporting and monitor activity across the entire.

    5. Whats the cost?

    There is an initial set up fee then an annual license, at present we don’t offer a rev share although we are open to the idea depending on the circumstances.

    6. What US sites do you power?

    In June 2009 Madgex launched its first US job board for no. 11 ranking US newspaper; Minneapolis Star Tribune. Star Tribune made the decision to move to the Madgex Job Board platform due to the remarkable user interface design and focus on innovation. Madgex also provides job scrapping services for the Washington Post. Madgex Job Scraper automatically extracts job adverts directly from employers’ and recruiters’ web sites, increasing the content of their own sites. Madgex will be making further announcements regarding increasing our client base in the US.

    7. Do you collect payments or is the job board operator responsible for setting that up?

    Our job board owners are responsible for collecting payments themselves. Clients have the ability to manage their rate card via the content management system and also run promotions at their discretion. We are able to work with a number of payment providers enabling clients to choose one that best suits their individual needs.

    8. In your opinion, what is the future of the job board industry?

    Trying to predict the future of the job board industry can be very difficult especially in the challenging times we’ve all faced over the last few years. Ultimately, innovation in technology will be the key driver for how job seekers find jobs. We feel there will be more cross-over with social media platforms such as Twitter, but that ultimately job boards will remain the central point for job content to proliferate through the web. Due to the high number of job boards in the market, finding the most relevant content has become increasingly difficult for job seekers. We believe the future lies in matching candidates using resume search and match technology which has numerous benefits for both job seekers and recruiters. This technology will enable recruiters to source candidates more effectively saving time and money by only purchasing resumes that match their needs. Job seekers benefit from only being put forward for roles based on their skills and experience therefore increasing their chances of a successful application.

    9. Our strength is our team

    Like any great organisation, the team at Madgex are our strongest asset, this was recognised in 2009 when Madgex was ranked in the top 50 of the Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For. In the same year Madgex was also included in the Tech Media Invest Top 100 list which was a fantastic achievement for the business. Our developers are allocated 15% of their time to work on new concepts and ideas that can often help push our products and services forward and help improve our client offering. We are passionate about user experience and you will often find focus groups and testing taking place from eye tracking to advancing our mobile applications to helping us better understand what job seekers need from platform job site. By investing in our team and supporting their own personal development we are rewarded by having a great working environment and offering an unrivalled service to our clients.

  • Preventing competition (free)
    By on July 21, 2010 | Comments Off on Preventing competition (free)  Comments

    JOB BOARD TIP: When starting a new job board one of my favorite things to do is buy up as many similar domain name combinations as the domain I am launching with.

    Doing so allows you to slow down or prevent others from entering your space. Even if the domain is owned by someone else, offer to buy if you can. Then forward all those domains to your main one so that anyone typing it in gets to your site.

  • This Week in Startups
    By on June 17, 2010 | Comments Off on This Week in Startups  Comments

    Last friday I had the privilege of being on my favorite podcast, This Week In Startups with Jason Calacanis.

    If you don’t know this show, you should. Its a great resource for startups and entrepreneurs. I have learned many tips and tricks by subscribing. You can get it on audio or in video format.

    This episode was an all Ask Jason format where he took callers for 2 hrs. I was the second call and appear around minute 16. My question was about whether I should make my latest project ‘freemium’ in terms of a business model. I think you’ll find it an interesting show
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rdaS5QCzoE&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

  • Best day for job board sales? (free)
    By on June 3, 2010 | Comments Off on Best day for job board sales? (free)  Comments

    Chris talks about the best days of the week for job board sales.

  • Deconstructing Youtern.com
    By on May 20, 2010 | Comments Off on Deconstructing Youtern.com  Comments

    In my latest screencast I critique the new internship site, Youtern.

    Want your job board deconstructed? Join my premium membership site and I’ll do it for free. Or you can hire me to do it without joining for just $129.

    My goal in each screencast is to help you improve your job board so you can make more money.
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6jRjxURXgY&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

  • JuJu now offering publisher option
    By on May 14, 2010 | 2 Comments2 Comments  Comments

    The 3rd largest job search engine, Juju.com has a new publisher program similar to what SimplyHired and Indeed have available. You can backfill your site and earn money on the clicks you generate.

    For job board owners this is good news. More competition means more options and potential for making more money. If you are good at driving traffic to your site then these options represent another revenue source.

    According to the company, their payouts will be better than what other JSE’s are providing. In my experience with Indeed and SimplyHired that has been around .1 – .5 cents per click, so here’s a chance to improve your bottom line.

    For more information on the Juju publisher program you can contact:

    (click here to sign up)

    Christopher Campbell
    Director of Network Development
    w. 212-537-3898 x6
    c. 865-621-4827
    ccampbell@juju.com

    NOTE: I havent played with it yet but plan to integrate Juju into one of my newer green sites. I’ll write a followup post on that later.

  • Why I love Jobamatic so much
    By on May 6, 2010 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    A lot of non-job board people tend to give Jobamatic grief when it comes to online job hunting. They say that it has helped to proliferate / litter the web with duplicate jobs. And they are right to an extent. The ease of use of setting up a job board is dead simple and they have given the green light to anyone with a website who wants jobs.

    But for me it has been a solid new revenue source. The recession of 08-09 forced me to find new ways to make money and I took to Jobamatic like a fly on sticky paper. I launched several green job boards and have been pleasantly surprised as to the results. They are getting thousands of users per month, attracting good search traffic and rank well for keywords.

    Perhaps the best reason to use Jobamatic is the built in SEO of the site architecture. Its the best SEO in the biz in my opinion. On a site like JobsinLEED for example 80% of the 5,000 monthly uniques come from search engines. Thats damn good seo.

    I’m also a fan of making a few extra bucks on back fill clicks. Its not much (only a few cents per click) but it adds up over the course of a month and some of my sites bring in over $100/mo just in backfill. So if you can drive traffic, you will make money.

    The overall look and feel of Jobamatic is also awesome. Its the most “web 2.0” of all the vendors. I can tweak the design to fit my need and since I place Adsense in strong positions above the fold it offers me flexibity in designing the look and feel. All users can add images and text to the header and footer of all pages. The pages load fast and thats another plus. Fast servers = more money.

    But they do have shortcomings. Jobthread for example lets you control not only the header/footer but the left and right columns as well. And there is no employer login. If you setup a yearly package for a company they have to remember a code each time they want to post.

    There is no support for multiple accounts either. (Jobtarget does) so I have to create separate accts from all my sites which now number around 10 so it gets hard to track of everything some time. This also causes me to get separate payments for each site which come in once a month via paypal. I wish I could be paid once and be done with it.

    But I digress. SimplyHired recently hired more people to work on the Jobamatic product and I have told them of my thoughts on the software. I do hope they listen.

    Anyway, long live jobs, long live the job board, wounded as it is by some, it will always be my home.