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.