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Bank Deals Blog is Back in Operation!

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I'm happy to report that Google has restored this blog. It has been about 24 hours since the blog was mysteriously removed by Google. I'm not sure why it was removed. I did not receive any details about what the problem might have been.

When problems occur on blogger, there's no one person you can contact. Your only option is to submit a help message on the blogger help forum. Fortunately, Google does keep an eye on that forum, and they were able to help resolve this issue.

Thank you readers for your email and forum support!

I'll be back to my normal postings tomorrow.

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53 comments.
Comment #1 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
hooray!

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Comment #2 by Cyclone (anonymous) posted on
Cyclone
Yeah, I was wondering what happened. Glad to see your "back on the air"!

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Comment #3 by glxpass (anonymous) posted on
glxpass
Some posters in FWF (we were rooting for the quick return of your blog) came up with an interesting question:

Since apparently Google "owns" your blog and can turn it off for very reasons (not including accidental ones), have you considered moving it to a different hosting service (under which you'd have better control of its operation) or even hosting the blog yourself?

I believe you already have a full-time job, so perhaps either of these alternatives would be too onerous for you, but I thought I'd ask anyway.

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Comment #4 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
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>> When problems occur on blogger,
>> there's no one person you can
>> contact.

Indeed ... It is rather hard to get hold of a live person, to help out, from Google.


>> I'll be back to my normal
>> postings tomorrow.

Thanks.


.

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Comment #5 by Derek (anonymous) posted on
Derek
I was wondering what happened. I check your blog every day. Good to see you back!

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Comment #6 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Glad you are back up.

Google moderators apparently did not want extra commentators either way about the outage, as it took their eyes off of the specifics of the problem.

I like having having someone to call when its something important ..... still ..... THANK YOU GOOGLE. For a FREE service, you still have to give them their due .... even when you are frustrated at times.

Bank Deals GUY - please pass on our thanks if you get an opportunity. - Bob

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Comment #7 by Snippy (anonymous) posted on
Snippy
Whew! Good to see your blog back on-line, Banking Guy! I check it daily, and consider it extremely useful. Welcome back!!

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Comment #8 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
AMEN!

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Comment #9 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Wonderful that you're back! If not for Twitter I never would have known what was going on.

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Comment #10 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
I thought something happened to you! So glad you're back up and running. I check the site every day.

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Comment #11 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Glad you're back. I was worried.

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Comment #12 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Glad you're back! I also check every day. Please know that there are many of us who appreciate all that you do.

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Comment #13 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
welcome back! missed you!

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Comment #14 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
You don't know what you've got until it's gone. Thank goodness it's back!

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Comment #15 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
I follow your Blog daily. Was really bummed when it disappeared. Would have been lost without it.
Happy to see it back up.

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Comment #16 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
very happy to see you back!!

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Comment #17 by mk (anonymous) posted on
mk
Welcome back! You are definitely one of the coolest guys because of all the hard work you pu into making BankDeals so great. Thanks.

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Comment #18 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
I like to think I live a pretty exciting life, but I can honestly say the last 24 hours of my life felt a bit incomplete without your blog up and running. I geninuely mean that.

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Comment #19 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Glad you're back up. This is a great blog.

I thought something ominous had happened and your website got killed for some reason.

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Comment #20 by Duck (anonymous) posted on
Duck
Glad too see you back BankingGuy I was on last night from 1 till about 10 this morning I looked for you BankingGuy at first I just kept checking the site to see page not found after the stock market opened this morning I thought maybe since the treasury was under fire on the hill today they might of put a hit out on you again nice to see you

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Comment #21 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
I would guess it was a system glitch that can sometimes wipe out a disk or memory at random. google must own google of hardware.

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Comment #22 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
A life (savings) saver!

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Comment #23 by Data Is Gold (anonymous) posted on
Data Is Gold
Glad you're back!

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Comment #24 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
21 Comments. Somehow I bookmark various sites and this was one of them I check every now and then. But it really doesn't do anything for me. People stop blogs all the time so this would have been no exception if it went down.

But its back and people now can use it if they wish.

Real financiers don't use blogs to get rich though you may get a bank promo or some interest when you are just starting out which can matter to you when you need it.

Welcome back.

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Comment #25 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
I was worried something had happened to you. Love your blog and glad it's back up. Thanks for a great blog!!!

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Comment #26 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
I missed you Banking Guy!!!

Please don't ever leave us again.

(Yes, yes, I know it wasn't your fault. I still missed you.)

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Comment #27 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Glad it's back... this has become the routine of our lives... check this site and then FWF.

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Comment #28 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Welcome back! (I don't know what we'd do without you)

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Comment #29 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Amen to the above posters, BankingGuy - you do a great job, and I for one read your blog daily, or nearly so. I couldn't find you this morning, so I checked FW and saw the posts by gxlpass, etc.

More specifically, I'd like to make the following points -

Currently we are in what is often called a “poor environment for savers”, and frankly many of the people interested in your blog may be savers. So, some of your posts may have been getting fewer comments lately than they might have a year or two ago. Despite today's hassle with Google, etc., there are several reasons why many of us hope you will not be discouraged by this.

First, many “savers” are investors in sheep's clothing - they exited equities or their equivalents at some point, and are holding cash in liquid funds prepared to get back in. (Whether or not they SHOULD be trying to time the market in this sense is a topic broad enough for its own blog, or more realistically several blogs, but the fact is, they are.) Some got back in in March and now feel “golden”; some are still waiting and crying. BUT, all are to some degree interested in earning as much as possible on their (completely) liquid investments in the meantime - which is one of the areas where your blog shines.

Second, other savers are really dyed-in-the-wool “savers” - conservative, anti-risk, on a fixed income, old folks, etc. - and some of them are possibly coming around to the viewpoint that even if interest rates on savings suck according to recent historical standards, if we are an environment where the cost of living, CPI, etc. is essentially zero OR EVEN LESS (as indicated by some recent indexes), then it pays to pay attention to the different between getting 1% and 2.5% on your liquid funds.

So, keep a stiff upper lip and hang in there!

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Comment #30 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Glad, very glad you are back. I use your site quite often. I am not proficient with the internet and wondered exactly what happened and why.

I would like to tell as many of the fans as possible that I think you do a better job of telling us about bank savings specials than any other site -- like Bank Rate or Money-rates. I also wonder if they might have played a role in the outage of your site. After all, if someone doesn't bother with their sites and relies on your site then they are missing all the hits to their site for which they probably get advertising funds for.

So I hope it does not happen again but like everything else I would like to be prepared and to lodge my complaint about your site being put off the next time it happens. So perhaps you could make a list of email addresses for fans to write to should the site go down again.

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Comment #31 by cinfla (anonymous) posted on
cinfla
Glad you're back, Banking Guy. You've got the best Banking blog on the web! In my opinion, you've got Bankrate.com beat (and many others). Keep up the wonderful work.

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Comment #32 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
This one of my favorite financial blogs. Please continue your good work!

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Comment #33 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
I wonder if this incident had anything to do with your postings about FDIC and all the details you posted recently?

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Comment #34 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Please: No conspiracy theories.

Enjoy!

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Comment #35 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
@ Anonymous, at 3:42 PM, November 19, 2009:

Yes, "real financiers" instead ride the roller coaster that comes crashing down every decade (a la 2008), leaving them broke and homeless. We on the other hand like to build up our wealth, albeit at a much slower pace, but with the safety net of federal insurance underneath us.

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Comment #36 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Please consider hosting the site yourself. It is far too valuable to trust to a whimsical 3rd party like blogger where "there's no one person you can contact." If the reason for sticking with blogger is cost, say so and I am sure many of your loyal readers will come up with donations to facilitate the change. If I were you, I would consider this a serious warning that your website is ultimately not in your control as it is.

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Comment #37 by Sarah Connor (anonymous) posted on
Sarah Connor
Google = Skynet

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Comment #38 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Thank goodness you are back! I have been in a panic. I love checking your blog several times per day (I am an addict :)

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Comment #39 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
THANK GOD!!!

What will we all do without your GREAT help and insight!!

Keep up the good work!!!

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Comment #40 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Glad the site is back up and working.

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Comment #41 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Google should put this site on a protected list to get special attention. After all, it's free advertising to a loyal and 1st rate group of people.

Glad Bank Deals is back! Your research and commentary is awesome.

Much appreciated

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Comment #42 by Joe (anonymous) posted on
Joe
Very glad you're back.

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Comment #43 by Wondering Woman (anonymous) posted on
Wondering Woman
You were missed, welcome home.

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Comment #44 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
LOL. I didn't even know you were off the air. Still, glad you're back. I receive a daily email of your latest postings. I do appreciate your efforts.

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Comment #45 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
WELCOME BACK BANKING GUY! Sorry for what Google did to you (and us), but it's par for the course with most corporations - making changes without announcing and/or explaining...AND not having a line for direct contact! Lack of reasonable direct contact is to me worse even than getting a bad merchandise or service! They get big and successful and don't want to be bothered.

You haven't heard from me (though I do read your valuable Bank Deals Blogs each time!) because I put all of my IRA money with Penfed at 6% CDs for a few years, THANKS TO YOUR BLOG! Wish I had them for the maximum though), and my non-IRAs into CD-type annuities at about 5% or so with right to withdraw 10% each year from the interest without penalty. This won't bring as much as buying gold (or stocks in good times)... but it's better than getting 1% or 2%...

I know you have your hands full with all the wonderful research you do on banks, but if you could, maybe, associate with someone to do the same for annuities, perhaps it will give us more outlets? :o)

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO FOR US!!!

Adela

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Comment #46 by Erlin (anonymous) posted on
Erlin
Welcome back. You are the BEST !!!

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Comment #47 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
I check the blog daily.

welcome back!!

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Comment #48 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
One of the above comments mentioned he receives a daily email with your postings. How do we sign up for that?

Another person indicated you Tweet. I don't have a Twitter account, but what is your Twitter name, as I'd like to become a follower for that?

It was great to see you back online last night!

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Comment #49 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Banking Guy Fans:
Use the Tip Jar link (upper right corner box) to subscribe, actually "tip" via Paypal, and/or use the Amazon link when you're going to buy something on Amazon anyway, and Banking Guy will get a $ "tip" for the referral. I think you can also use any of the Amazon links to the right of his column, even if that particular product is not one you want; once you're linked to Amazon, just go find the product you want.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, TIP GUY!

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Comment #50 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Welcome back. Glad you had your twitter page up to let people know what was going on. (I opened your blog through "cache" from google search, then clicked your twitter link on upper right side.) You do a great service with your blog.

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Comment #51 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
I thought bankrate.com or the FDIC finally found a way to pull the plug on your site.

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Comment #52 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
I didn't notice any problems when I posted on the website yesterday. But, I wasn't here 24 hours for the entire day though.

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Comment #53 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Banking guy you have been a great help to me over the years and I very much appreciate the effort you put into this blog. I thought for a moment you were throwing in the towel... so glad that is not the case.

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