Moving, Trash Dumpsters and Niche Blogs

Moving, Trash Dumpsters and Niche Blogs

I’ve received a few emails inquiring about why I haven’t posted as often during February. Others have asked why their free blog review hasn’t been done yet. So I thought I’d take the time to answer these questions for those of you who are interested.

Buying New House

This is what has eaten up most of my time this month. We closed on a new house on January 31st but we didn’t move into it until this past weekend. We were surprised at how fast builders can construct a house from scratch these days. The last time we had a house built, in 1996, it took over 6 months. This time it took almost exactly 8 weeks from signing the contract for a house on a cleared, empty, lot to signing the closing papers.

Why buy a house now? Incentives, incentives, incentives. The current housing market is weird. If you can qualify credit-wise for a solid, 15 or 30 year fixed, loan you can find some great deals out there right now. Sellers are desperate and are willing to cut sweet deals. I wrote about this earlier in this article, Is Now the Time to Buy a House? , while I was negotiating the deal.

Bayside Container Service

Bayside Container ServiceMoving to the new house has been quite difficult. We had lived at our old location for about 5 years plus, when we moved there, we made one of my classic Moving Mistakes, not getting rid of stuff we no longer needed. We had things stuffed into every nook and cranny of the house, stuff that we no longer used and needed to get rid of.

To help solve this problem, we bought in a dumpster from the helpful and friendly folks at Bayside Container Service. Their containers are a decent looking blue and yellow color plus they have a swinging door for easy loading access, perfect for a household project like getting rid of old, unwanted, junk. Their delivery and pickup service has been excellent. Just to let you know how much junk of ours they hauled away, we filled up 2 20 yard containers. If you live in the Atlanta, GA metro area I highly recommend their service

Harvey’s Household Movers

Harvey’s Household MoversAnother company that was quite helpful in our move was Harvey’s Household Movers. The other times I had hired a moving company to move us it ended up costing a lot of money while the workers generally moved slowly. The guys from Harvey’s moved quickly and efficiently to load our stuff onto the truck at our old house and to unload it at our new home. The movers were able to accomplish the move in a little over 4 hours. On previous moves of similar size it has taken almost twice as long. I’d also mention that their communication with me prior to the move was excellent as well. If you’re moving locally in the Atlanta, GA metro area or moving within the state of Georgia, I strongly recommend giving them a call.

Niche Blogs

I’ve also been working on niche blogs this month as well, kicking off 12 new ones during February. While most of them have articles built from minor rewrites of PLR articles and articles generated using Instant Article Wizard, it does take some time to get these going. This has left me less time to write flagship blog articles here on OpTempo.

The Future

I’ll begin working on free blog reviews again in the next week or so after getting settled into the new house. I’ll also get some new Free 125×125 Ads in the rotation list. If you’ve sent a request for either a review, interview or 125 ad and you don’t see it, let me know. Things have been rather hectic so I may have overlooked your request.

I also hope to get a few more articles written here on OpTempo this month, both reviews of products and web site plus tips on niche blogging and more. If you have any suggestions or questions, just ask and I’ll see what I can do.


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Comment by Lin
2008-02-26 15:26:27

Wow, you are a busy, busy man! I’d lose my mind trying to handle so many blogs. Having two is enough for me right now.

I’ll be keeping watch for more of your great articles, so just keep doing what you do. :)

Comment by jfc
2008-02-26 16:03:59

Hi Lin,

The nice thing about niche blogs is that once they’re being indexed and after doing some basic link building you can slow the posting pace down to almost nothing and still get search traffic. This isn’t true for a flagship/social blog or other authority sites though.

Comment by Lin
2008-02-26 20:25:17

Hmm, I wonder if that’s why so many blogs I come across don’t have a date stamp on any of their posts.

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Comment by Robert
2008-02-26 22:48:22

Bingo! Some themes simply don’t have that part there, but between removing those links and making sure the permalinks don’t include dates either, you’re either just accidentally (possible) or most likely intentionally attempting to make the posting frequency or recentness a non-factor. I used to hate that until I realized what it was and why it was happening.

Comment by jfc
2008-02-29 09:01:28

Hi Robert,

That’s right. If you’re running an informational niche blog that depends on search traffic then the post date doesn’t matter a whole lot. It’s more like a static web site in that regard.

Also, some themes, including some that aren’t specifically for niche blogging, don’t include the date for some reason. Go figure.

Comment by Y. S.
2008-02-28 04:50:20

I’m happy for you. I hope you enjoy your life in your new home :)

Comment by jfc
2008-02-29 09:03:09

Thanks Y.S.

It will be more enjoyable once we are settled in, that’s for sure.

Comment by Dinheiro
2008-02-28 21:21:31

jjfc, how many niche blogs do you’ve? I’m stuck with the update of niche blogs, i’ve a few, but i really cannot update them every single day, maybe once a week, but not every day. I’m thinking when i’ve hundreds (like Vic or Grizzly), how can we update weekly that blogs? It’s almost impossible! Do you recommend any technique?

Comment by jfc
2008-02-29 09:12:34

Hi Dinheiro,

Managing a lot of sites is a challenge for me too and I’m just getting the hang of it. Right now I’ve got 25 niche blogs active plus about 17 small static mini-sites (hand coded HTML!) I did a while ago. I have a few other undeveloped/underdeveloped domains that I’ve used in the past for either ecommerce or for PPC/affiliate campaigns.

I do pretty much what Griz says he does, keep everything in a spreadsheet and schedule updates using that list. There are site management software packages around that can help too. I’ll plan to write a post about this topic soon.

Comment by Dinheiro
2008-03-03 12:55:01

Thanks jfc, and i almost forgot, nice house this one :)

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Comment by Grizzly
2008-02-29 11:20:52

Nice shack Frank - do the servants enter from the rear? Lol.

Just thought I would mention that once your blogs are ranked you only need the occasional post to keep it active - re; the adsense bot more than the Google bot. I tend to watch the rankings - if a site begins to drop I tune it up. If it holds steady I leave it be. Some blogs are lucky to get a new post every 3-4 months but I do try and give most of them a post monthly. Note: You should keep your money sites as fresh as possible though - twice a week if you can as you will find these are the sites with the most competition.

Enjoy the new digs Frank - it looks great.

Comment by jfc
2008-02-29 12:11:24

Thanks Griz,

I’m getting quite a workout hauling stuff upstairs. Our last house was a smaller ranch style house.

On tuning up a site, that is one of the major advantages of using a blogging system like Blogger or WordPress rather than static HTML, updating is a lot easier.

What’s weird is that I have some sites that are consistent earners and search traffic getters even with no updates for months. Others struggle to be indexed even with regular fresh content and they aren’t on taboo subjects like “payday loans” either, just ordinary hobby or general consumer info. It’s hard to guess what Googlebots will like and not like.

Comment by Dinheiro
2008-03-03 12:56:59

Thanks again grizzly, and jfc. This little information means a lot to me, it’s gold, thanks

Comment by Chris
2008-03-01 01:41:08

Very nice house Frank. Long time reader, first time commenter. Keep up the good work.


Comment by jfc
2008-03-01 11:44:37

Thanks Chris,

It still amazes me that this was an empty lot on December 1, 2007 and it was ready for us to move into it on February 1, 2008. It took us longer to get our move coordinated than it did for them to build the house!

Comment by Hock
2008-03-02 15:27:21

Nice house, Frank. Congratulations on the move! I can’t believe that all it took was 8 weeks to build a new house.

Comment by jfc
2008-03-02 22:45:41

Hi Hock,

They seem to have a pretty good project management system in place and seem to keep their sub-contractors on a tight leash.

Of course, there are a few quality issues to be resolved such as the hot and cold water being reversed on one bathroom sink and the dishwasher not being installed properly. That’s why I didn’t mention the builder. They have poor SEO on their website and, if I’m not satisfied with their customer service, well, guess what people will find when they Google for that company. :twisted:

Comment by trade show booths
2008-08-01 08:51:07

hi Frank, kudos to your “random post” feature again.
1. This article has a great title. How could I not click through wondering what these things had in common… now I know.
2. I am amazed a house can be built in 8 weeks. That is mind-boggling. Now that you’ve been in it for half a year, what do you think of it?
3. Your comments and link on the mover remind me of our mover. He did a great job and I recommend him to everyone anytime the subject comes up. Lesson - the best “marketing” is being the best company. Happy customers are the best salespeople you can have.
Well, back it’s to work for me. Happy First of the Month!
~ Steve (aka “Mr Trade Show Booths”)

Comment by jfc
2008-08-01 14:16:01

Hi Steve,

The house is still fine after 6 months. There were a few warranty repairs needed, for example, the hot and cold water pipes were mixed up in one bathroom. Our concern right now is if the builder will be successful in building out and selling the rest of the subdivision. The incentives they’re offering now are better than what we got.

Comment by trade show booths
2008-08-01 08:57:21

hi Frank, If any of your readers are moving in Santa Barbara (California), our mover was Bushnell Moving. The owner is Ken Bushnell and I highly recommend him. ~ Steve

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