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  • Lessons on starting a job search content company
    By on July 28, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    Ever heard of The Muse? its a job search content site that pumps out 40 articles per week and sells profile pages to employers. In this episode of TWIST with Jason Calacanis, the co founder Katherine Mnshew talks about jobs and the career space. If you run any kind of job search business its a great way to spend an hour.

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  • SimplyHired to replace Jobamatic, will add support for multiple sites under single login
    By on July 22, 2014 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Thanks to one of my readers (hat tip Jason Pedley) I was tipped off to new plans by SimplyHired to revamp/replace the venerable Jobamatic software platform. As of September 30th, Jobamatic will go away to be replaced by Simply-Partner. I’m also told by their PR department that they will finally be adding support for managing multiple sites under one account, a feature that has been long sought after by many Jobamatic users. Though the “parent/child” support as they refer to it, wont be available until probably the end of August.

    NOTE. Once you switch to the new system you cannot transfer sites to another person. “Unfortunately, there is no way to transfer your Simply Partner child account to a new owner. You will have to delete the child account for the website you are selling, and the new owner will have to send in an application for that website to Simply Partner Solutions.”

    Existing Jobamatic users must signup under the new platform. Any balances under the old Jobamatic will be paid out. I have some additional questions waiting to be answered so I’ll be posting more on this story but I wanted to get this news out ASAP.


    Below is the full press release;

    Simply Hired Enhances Partner Solutions for Publishers and Premium Websites

    Top sites can now quickly and easily add relevant job listings that engage their unique audience and drive incremental revenue 

    Sunnyvale, CA – July 23, 2014 – Simply Hired today unveiled its new Partner Solutions for premium web sites. The enhanced offering introduces new capabilities to give qualified partners a robust, turnkey solution to enable job search and discovery on their digital properties. The new offering is fully customizable to integrate with any site’s look and feel, and can be implemented in minutes to drive audience engagement and incremental revenue.

    “Over the past 9 years, Simply Hired has developed job search technology that leads the industry.  Now we’re putting our latest product innovations in the hands of our partners so they can offer comprehensive, timely and relevant job search on their own sites,” said James Beriker, president and CEO of Simply Hired. “This high-value content is proven to build audience engagement and loyalty, and gives publishers an important new revenue channel through direct job listing sales to advertisers.”

    Leading media sites, including Washington Post, Fox Business, Bloomberg Businessweek, Computerworld, and vertical leaders like International Nurses Association and Hero2Hired, use Simply Hired Partner Solutions to provide their users with high value, relevant job listings within their native brand environments. These high-quality job search experiences leverage the same data science, innovation and powerful algorithms that deliver the most relevant jobs to more than 30 million unique visitors each month on SimplyHired.com.

    The Simply Hired Partner Solutions are completely redesigned on a new code base to offer the most robust, feature-rich, no-cost job solution of its kind. Key capabilities include:

    –        Flexible customization: Partners can easily customize the hosted job search experience to precisely match their site’s brand and aesthetic. Job listings are seamless to each site’s unique audience and advertisers to ensure an optimal experience for all users.

    –        Revenue optimization: Partners can directly sell job postings on their own site. These postings are guaranteed premium placement to maximize visibility and drive new revenue.

    –        Expanded library of job widgets: Partners can surface contextually relevant jobs anywhere on their site to target passive job seekers broadly across their website.

    –       Reporting & analytics: Expanded reporting dashboard and site analytics give partners greater

    “Simply Hired’s flexible solution enhances our site experience with the most relevant job listings for our community,” said Aaron Golden, CRO, VentureBeat. “We are excited to be working with Simply Hired and look forward to driving incremental revenue with this relationship.”

    About Simply Hired
    Simply Hired, a technology company based in Sunnyvale, California, operates job search engines in 24 countries and 12 languages. With more than 30 million unique visitors per month, the company provides job seekers access to millions of job openings across all job categories and industries, reaching job seekers on the web, mobile devices, email, and via thousands of partner sites including The Washington Post, Fox Business, Bloomberg Businessweek, Computerworld, International Nurses Association, and Hero2Hired. Simply Hired enables employers to efficiently and cost-effectively reach candidates searching for jobs through its full-service pay-per-click (PPC) and self-service pay-per-post job advertising solutions. Simply Hired was founded in 2005 and is privately held with funding from Foundation Capital and IDG Ventures. For more information, visit www.simplyhired.com.

  • My list of the top 15 national job boards
    By on July 22, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    Here’s my list of the top 15 National job boards. This list is NOT ranked by traffic, rather by my knowledge of the job board industry, their popularity among job seekers and number of jobs in their respective databases. None of these are niche sites. They contain listings from all industries across the USA.


    1. Indeed.com – the worlds top job search engine.

    2. Monster.com – the job board we all grew up with.

    3. SimplyHired.com – just like Avis in rental cars, they’re the #2 aggregator so they try harder.

    4. Linkedin – big and getting bigger. Soon to add aggregation.

    5. Glassdoor.com – the new kid on the block with momentum.

    6. CareerBuilder – oldie but goodie.

    7. Craigslist – the cheapest job posting prices by far.

    8. Beyond.com – also operates hundreds of niches job sites.

    9. Juju.com – a solid aggregator more people should check out.

    10. Snagajob.com – kind of like the national site for part time jobs.

    11. Linkup.com – just employer jobs.

    12. Ziprecruiter.com – this job distributor also is a job board.

    13. Jobtarget(job finder) – they power thousands of association job boards.

    14. Bullhornreach.com/jobs – they help staffing firms with jobs that you can also browse/search.

    15. US.jobs – powered by Direct Employers.

  • Sponsor my site
    By on July 14, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    Do you have a product or service that targets job boards and other online recruiting sites? Consider sponsoring my site to get your product in front of thousands of visitors each month. I have a highly focused audience of job site owners, product managers and other online recruiting professionals. A simple ad on the right column can be yours for a little as $50/mo.

    Just contact me.

  • Job boards in the news
    By on July 9, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    Here’s a look at whats happening in the job board world.

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  • New Twitter job search engine
    By on July 2, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    Recently I’ve been fascinated by job seekers using twitter to find jobs. I spoke to one of them on my podcast about how she used it to get a job in Boston. So that got me thinking about better ways to leverage twitter and the job hunt. So my developer and I spent 6 months crafting.tweaking/designing some thing new.

    Allow me to introduce Jobcritters!


    For job seekers it allows them to connect with more job publishers such as job boards, employers, staffing firms and recruiters. And it lets them create a keyword rich “twesume” that allows recruiters to find them easier. It is totally free.

    Job boards should join in order to be added to a public directory and for the ability to post sponsored job tweets.

    It’s time we organized job related twitter accounts and this site is the first step towards that goal. So head over to Jobcritters.com and add your site for free then add keywords to your profile. When done your twesume should look like the example below. You are allowed up to 10 keywords to describe your site niche plus embed up to 3 links. These keywords will be used for our job publisher directory which will launch in a few months.

    And to be sure your jobs feed is searchable by our job seekers just be sure to include the words job OR hiring when you push out your jobs to twitter. (see example below image)


    This tweet has job title, location and #job hashtag. It will display on Jobcritters job search results easily.

    So I hope you join and help organize the job-twitt-osphere!

  • My latest job board launch
    By on June 25, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    CONNtechjobs.com is my latest job board launch. After a two year absence its my first local job board. I’m targeting two things – tech jobs in Connecticut. I call this a micro-niche job board. One that targets an industry AND location. Its hosted on Jobboard.io and backfilled with indeed listings. Its been live for about a month and I’ve been promoting on linkedin to attract recruiters. I’m using facebook ads to drive targeted Connecticut traffic to it.
    tech jobs connecticut
    I have a long time horizon with the site. The first year will mean free job postings and lots of content. I have to get the blog up and running next. That content will focus on the CT job market.

    So as things progress I’ll give you a peek inside its progress, sharing stats, marketing techniques and other news surrounding its growth.

    Stay tuned…

  • 4 Most common mistakes starting a job board
    By on June 16, 2014 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Once of my recent clients asked me this question and I wanted to put this down “on paper” while its still fresh. Newbies in this industry often underestimate the time and effort required to make a job board sustainable. Starting a job board is easy but maintaining/growing it is the hard part. So here are the 4 biggest mistakes I see people make.


    1. Not being in it for the long term. Making consistent money in the job board market takes 1-2 years. Too many people give up after 6 months. Thats the wrong move. You need to keep going and push through to see results. Start slow and build your site month by month.

    2. Not investing in design. Dont launch a job board and not invest in good web design. Even if you are using one of the off the shelf software tools you still need a well designed, professional looking logo. Good design helps job seekers and employers “trust” you more.

    3. Not understanding internet marketing. If you don’t know about SEO, Adowrds and other forms of internet marketing than you better get your butt in gear and study up on them. You need to understand how they work and use them to advertise. I recommend starting with Google Adwords and work your way slowly into other channels like facebook and twitter ads after you’ve got a handle on the keyword thing.

    4. Picking the wrong niche. Don’t create a site that has 10 other competitors. Find a niche that hasn’t been tapped or is under served. Then undercut any competition to gain market share.

  • Global job board for sale
    By on June 9, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    One of my readers who runs a global job board for the middle east is selling it and asked me to help him find a buyer. So I had him write a simple intro about their audience and traffic. If you are interested contact me and I’ll put you in touch with the owner.

    www.YesIJob.com is an international job board targeting the following areas:

    – North America
    – Central Europe + Russia
    – South Asia: Singapore, China, Japan, Malaysia…
    – North Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia
    – Africa: Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Angola…
    – Middle-East Gulf countries: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Saudi Arabia…

    The business model of YesIJob relies on a strong connection with the social and professional medias. Especially, We’ve 6 LinkedIn Groups per region of the World with an average size of around 40 000 members per Group. In addition, there are also many other facebook fan pages per region/area (Middle-East with more than 5 000 fans, North Africa with more than 17500 fans…) + 4 Twitter accounts (1 Generalist, 1 for Jobs in France, 1 for Jobs in the Middle East, 1 for jobs in North Africa).

    Thanks to this rich social and media presence, YesIJob is able to source qualified candidates from many regions of the world at an affordable cost for our customers. The use and maintenance of YesIJob.com is easy and friendly thanks to the automation that has been implemented for job listers operations/processes. Job Listers can create an account in seconds and then submit their Jobs in 4 quick steps before being invited to the Payment step where different payment gateways are available besides the most common one: PayPal.

    The average daily traffic is around 2 000 unique visitors; this traffic is 100% free.

    YesIJob is open for Sale for those willing to manage an exciting business on the internet!

  • FOR SALE: premium 6 letter domain name
    By on June 2, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    Short memorable domain names are hard to find. I’ve owned CHIMBY.com (pronounced “chim-bee“)for several years now and it has see active service as a number of different sites over time. Since I’m not using it at the moment (just as a redirect) I thought I would put it out there and see who’s interested.

    if you like the domain, make me an offer.