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  • Got an old domain? put a job board on it
    By on July 20, 2015 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Back in 2007 I launched a bunch of regional web directories such as Long Island Web Search with the idea of selling backlinks to local businesses. I launched several sites and pulled in some sales but the idea never really took off and all the Google SEO changes pretty much killed off the traffic. I then abandoned them but never took the sites offline. They still brought in some minor adsense earnings.

    This year I decided to turn them into job boards for the regions they serve. I just relaunched four of them for Connecticut jobs, Western Mass jobs, Vermont jobs and New Hampshire jobs. I put them all on the SimplyHired partner platform which is totally free. Zero hosting costs. And it only took a few hours to get them all up and running.

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    I wanted to max out my SH account with 5 sites insead of just one. My other site on SH is UAV Job Bank which is bringing in about $100 a month. The rep at SimplyHired says their platform should be mobile friendly by end of summer so I’m hopeful some of the SEO advantages of their platform will return once that happens.

    By promoting these new sites on places like facebook groups, friends and other social media (for free) the new local sites shoulds bring in $5-$10 a day for very little effort. Thats a car payment! The domains are already aged in google’s eyes so I expect them to be slightly better at SEO anyway.

    If you have any old websites just languishing online consider swapping them out with a free job board like this. They cost nothing to run/manage so whatever you make in clicks or job posts is gravy.

  • New job fair directory launches
    By on June 15, 2015 | Comments Off on New job fair directory launches  Comments

    The job fair space is hot. Thousands of job fairs take place each month around the world and JobFairing aims to be the database of record for these career events.

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    I’m proud to launch this new site along with my co-founder Jody. He’ll be doing all the daya to day operations. My role is to promote and advise.

    I got the idea after seeing how many job fairs were taking place and realized there’s no one place to find them all. Others have tried to build a site like this but their efforts were half-hearted. Our model is a little different and with our new mobile friendly search directory we plan on making our mark. Job seekers can search for free. Employers, job boards and colleges can post their events for free while also choosing from several premium listings to help them get more registrations.

    If you have an upcoming job fair post it here.

  • Problems in job search you can potentially fix
    By on June 8, 2015 | Comments Off on Problems in job search you can potentially fix  Comments

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    A reader asked me to list some of the problems in the job search world that could potentially be fixed with new technology. Here are some thoughts on that subject if you are thinking about starting a new business in this industry.

    • Most people suck at job hunting. They dont know what sites to use, how to write a good resume, etc. How about creating a jobs earch course or online certification program?
    • They dont know where all possible jobs are. Indeed, for all its goodness, does not have all the jobs. Help people find the rest. I’m trying with apps like this.
    • Job descriptions suck, companies need help makign them more attractive.
    • Companies need better solutions to target the spcific talent. There are too many shotgun appraoch type products in the market. Need ones that help identify niche talent.
    • Employers suck at job marketing. They need to think of themseles as marketers but they dont. Good job marketing helps them rise above the generic messaging that runs rampant in recruitment.
    Yes you can build a profitable business in this area but it must solve a real world problem facing employers/recruiters/jobseekers.
    And remember, generally speaking the money is on the recruiting side. Candidates will not pay for much so don’t expect them to open their wallets too often for your product.
  • Things any job board can learn from Indeed (member only)
    By on May 26, 2015 | Comments Off on Things any job board can learn from Indeed (member only)  Comments

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  • 6 year old job site for sale
    By on May 11, 2015 | Comments Off on 6 year old job site for sale  Comments

    This week I got pinged on Twitter about a job board for sale, JobShouts. Its at auction on Flippa right now. The site has a solid page rank and might be worth picking up if you are in the market for a new board to play with.

    I always prefer buying an old job board and revitalizing it rather than starting with a brand new domain. Older sites have BACKLINKS and you need good Google juice to get SEO traffic. It takes time to get backlinks but buying an older site jumpstarts that aspect for you.

    I’m not in the market for a new site right now (I’ve got plenty already) but JobShouts is a solid domain if you want to get into the job search game.

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  • Help Employers with Branding (member only)
    By on April 21, 2015 | Comments Off on Help Employers with Branding (member only)  Comments

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  • New niche aggregator for tech jobs has launched
    By on January 26, 2015 | Comments Off on New niche aggregator for tech jobs has launched  Comments

    I’ve been waiting for more niche aggregators to emerge and Jobfusion appears to be one of them.
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    Our top priority is to build the best possible experience for job seekers. We’re building some cool machine learning tech to personalize job listings based on a job seekers preferences. We plan on making money by referring qualified candidates to companies on a pay per applicant model. – Jobfusion

    There’s lots of niche job boards out there so its time we started seeing more niche aggregators. Aggregating jobs is a better experience for the job seeker anyway. Just think Indeed for tech jobs, Indeed for Healthcare jobs, Indeed for trucking jobs, etc.

    For every niche there are 5-10 job boards that could potentially be brought together under one roof via one search engine. Might be worth taking a crack at this opportunity. You could index them for free and then upsell them premium features. Or you could charge the job seeker a small monthly fee to get access to all the jobs in one place.

  • Is your job board adding connections? (member only)
    By on October 20, 2014 | Comments Off on Is your job board adding connections? (member only)  Comments

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  • Hiring badges are a good idea
    By on September 23, 2014 | Comments Off on Hiring badges are a good idea  Comments

    I use ZipRecruiter for my day job as a recruiter and they just added a feature that I thought was really cool.

    BADGES!

    As you may know I’ve been on a big kick lately about becoming more visual and these ‘We’re hiring‘ badges that are embeddable are a great idea. Not only does it give the employer a cool way to promote their jobs you get free back-links when they are used.

    So whether you are a job board, aggregator or mini-ATS like ZR go create your badges and your clients will love you.

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  • Job boards in the news
    By on September 18, 2014 | Comments Off on Job boards in the news  Comments

    Its September so the job board news is coming fast and furious. Here’s a quick roundup.

    * Jobs2Careers Ranked #131 in Inc. 500 List of Fastest-Growing Privately-Held Companies. Congrats to Bruce Ge for building a good aggregator in the face of Indeed and SimplyHired. READ ABOUT IT HERE

    * NJmarketingjobs is a new hyper-niche job board. It targets a “local niche”. Sites like these have the potential to bring in $1,000 per month if done right and given enough time. SEE IT

    * The American Legion signs on with Monster.com’s Military.com READ ABOUT IT HERE

    * ZipRecruiter lands $63 million in funding. These guys made job distribution into a huge business opportunity. Kudos to the team at ZR. READ ABOUT IT HERE

    * RAllyPoint is a Linkedin for Veterans and helps them get jobs. READ ABOUT THEM HERE