Monday, September 27, 2010

SEO Struggles

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the primary way I drive traffic to my websites. I am really getting frustrated. It seems pretty difficult to do well for some search terms. There is just so much competition, and we are all fighting over the same keywords/topics.

It seems like as soon as I crack the top ten I have to fight tooth and nail to stay on the top, or if I slack off I can expect my site to drop in the rankings. I understand that if I slack off I should drop in the rankings, but having to continuously keep adding more content, keep it updated, and getting more links to my sites is really wearing me out. I may have stretched myself too thin with having two main sites that I work on and one smaller site that I am just doing for fun.

My latest review of the Staples credit card.

Friday, July 16, 2010

JPMorgan Announces Profits of $4.8 Billion


"JPMorgan Chase & Co. said Thursday its second-quarter net income soared 77 percent to $4.8 billion as a slowdown in losses from failed loans helped offset a difficult spring in trading and investment banking.
The strong results offered hope that loan losses at the nation's big banks may have peaked in the first half of 2010, a critical step before banks can become stronger and boost lending to consumers and small businesses.

JPMorgan Chase, the first of the big banks to report earnings for the April-June period, easily surpassed analysts' expectations as it earned $1.09 a share, up 28 cents a share from a year earlier. Analysts had forecast a profit of 67 cents per share in the just-ended quarter. Net revenue, however, fell nearly 8 percent from a year ago to $25.6 billion".

From: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100715/ap_on_bi_ge/us_earns_jpmorgan_chase

It looks like the banks might be rebounding nicely and hopefully we can get out of this debt crisis and back to normal.

I know many people that are worried about their mortgages, and hopefully with the banks recovering we can get some money moving in the terms of business loans. If this happens more businesses might be willing to take on more risk and will hopefully be profitable. More profit turns into more market share and and thus these businesses will need more workers.

Unfortunately only time will tell if this comes to fruition, but I hope people are able to find jobs and be able to support their lives. 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Constant Updating

One big negative about running a credit card review site is the constant monitoring you have to do for interest rates and credit card terms. I know many APR are based off the prime rate but even when the prime rate doesn't change a credit card will change it's interest rate.

I'm sure there is a way I could automate all this, but I just don't know how to do that and don't want to hire someone when I'm not making that much money from it.

For instance it seems like the Meijer Mastercard raises or lowers it's apr every three months. I don't think this is very typical but I could be wrong.

Also it doesn't seem like the Disney card has many changes but I dunno.

Maybe I am just frustrated from my recent traffic fluctuations.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Writing Reviews

I've been writing credit card reviews on Squidoo, just to see how much traffic I can get and how much money I can make with them. At first it was pretty easy writing about personal finance topics, and I was getting a little bit of traffic maybe a couple hits a day. I didn't really that much money from Squidoo though. I don't know maybe I didn't really try that hard.