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Big Improvements Coming to Bank Deals

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I'm happy to report that Bank Deals Blog will be moving off of blogger onto a new, self-hosted website. As we learned last week when this blog was temporarily removed from the Web (without explanation and completely outside of my control), it’s a very nice thing to have all of your work under your own control. As part of this move onto a new platform, I will be bringing in a partner to help me manage all of the technical issues related to the site. I’ll continue to oversee the overall content on the site and will of course continue to do my regular blog postings.

The new website will be more than just a blog. It will also include comparison tables for a wide range of deposit products. This will be a big improvement over the bank lists in my weekly rate summaries. Not only will these tables be easier to read and sort, but the tables will include many more banks and credit unions, and the rates will be updated much more frequently. Most of the work of updating these rates will be offloaded from me, which will give me more time to focus on finding deals and writing articles. The first part of bank deals to move will be HighYieldCheckingDeals.com. All of those reward checking accounts will be included in new tables at this new website. When all of the reward checking accounts have been added, I'll introduce the new website in a blog post.

My technical partner has a lot of website design experience, and I’m optimistic that his experience is going to allow us to add new features and tools that have not been possible on the current platform. So if you have ideas of any new features that you would like to see in the coming months, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.

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39 comments.
Comment #1 by Data Is Gold (anonymous) posted on
Data Is Gold
Glad to hear! This is one of the best blogs on the net.

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Comment #2 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
It's one more example of how things generally work out for the best. What seems like a negative gets turned into a positive.

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Comment #3 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
It's about time. You are doing a great job.

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Comment #4 by Virginia (anonymous) posted on
Virginia
Good luck with the move and the new site - that's a big undertaking, but we will be happy to follow along when you're ready!! Thanks for all your hard work and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Comment #5 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Will it stay free or are you planning to charge for this?

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Comment #6 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
This is a great blog and I hope it remains free. I love your summary and reviews. They are very easy to read and understand, and quite accurate!

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Comment #7 by Banking Guy (anonymous) posted on
Banking Guy
Don't worry. It will remain free.

Thanks for your support everyone! and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Comment #8 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Wow! Great News from bad. You just do a fantastic job keeping us all aware of the good bank deals. Happy Thanksgiving.

Best on the move, we are looking forward to it.

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Comment #9 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Good luck with the NEW Big Improvements.
Can't wait!

I read the blog everyday, and tell everyone I can about it.

Even my Banker.

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Comment #10 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Good luck with the new website and many thanks for your very valuable info and advice to date.

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Comment #11 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
My suggestion will be to include an e-mail list alert when ever the interest rates are changing up or down or new special offers are posted. That way you will drive more traffic to your new web site and it is very useful feature for the readers.
Thanks and congratulations.

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Comment #12 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
If you could add an RSS feed for each state that would be awesome. That way I can tell at a glance on my RSS reader what the latest local deals are for my state.

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Comment #13 by Mike H. (anonymous) posted on
Mike H.
I have read your blog for many years now. Thank you for your hard work. Your regular readers know how much effort you put into this blog.

You are by far the best!

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Comment #14 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Let me add my praise for this blog. I find it an invaluable source of information -- all of my CD investments over the past couple of years have been based on items I've seen here. Many thanks, and have a good Thanksgiving.

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Comment #15 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Scared me half to death when your site went down - thought maybe you had a serious problem or some got to the site and corrupted it. Glad you are back - you are the best and I wish you well with the new site.

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Comment #16 by henry (anonymous) posted on
henry
Thank you for the great work BANKING GUY. This site is one of the most valauble source of financial information on the world wide web for savers. Happy thanksgiving.

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Comment #17 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
I am gald you can do this. Your site is invaluable to me. I never knew about reward checking accounts (I now have 2) and some credit card deals(pentagon federal)Only learned them from this site!!. Please keep up the good work. Also how do you have time to do all this(Phone calls to CSR, etc)I think i read on your blog once that you have a full time job. But its great. I try to link to amazon and other sites from this blog so you can get some credit. It would be worth it to pay a small fee to be a member of your new sit3!! OI also was upset when the site was down this week!! barrytuneup@yahoo.com

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Comment #18 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Banking Guy - you should add a recurring payment option to your Tip Jar (like twit.tv).
And all you guys with reward checking accounts that require monthly de minimus payments - pony up!

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Comment #19 by Vito M Zerilli (anonymous) posted on
Vito M Zerilli
nice move.

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Comment #20 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Good going. But please, keep it clean and simple, as it is now. I realize that too many designers don't at all understand COMMUNICATING and so make it so noisy you can't find anything or deal with things very easily and definitely can't focus on things.

That is, less can be MUCH more. You've had the less is more lineup to date, please don't lose it with a loud, messy design all loaded up with bells and whistles. They just make it hard to navigate -- and slow to load.

Craigslist is one of the most visited sites on the entire WWW, and one reason is because it has kept itself clean and simple, no bells or whistles, a very fast load. People in design never seem to understand this. They tend to make the design overwhelm the content.

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Comment #21 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
This is the BEST BANKING NEWS I've heard in a LONGGggggggggg time.

You provide a GREAT service!

We will all help also searching for those deals as well.

Hopefully you will still let us provide you with our input as you do now.

Can't wait for the new site!

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Comment #22 by Mocirne (anonymous) posted on
Mocirne
@ Anonymous, at 6:58 PM, November 25, 2009 -

That's actually a great idea. I definitely would rather give my 12 debits/month to Banking Guy than some random institution, especially considering HE is the reason why I'm doing rewards checking accounts in the first place.

Glad to hear about the move, BG! I'll be the first in line for the new and improved site.

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Comment #23 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Banking Guy,

You may want to keep this blog open with perhaps just a link to your new website. That will make it easier to find where you moved to for those who don't frequent your blog daily.

Also, I would definitely place ads on your new website. You do a lot of hard work and I would imagine that you get plenty of hits. The ad revenue can really ad up.

Thanks for a job well done!

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Comment #24 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Banking Guy - I'M THANKFUL FOR YOU! I, like all the others, was very nervous when I saw your blog down and thought something might have happened to you. I hope others as well recognize all your efforts by using your Tip Jar. Happy Thanksgiving.

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Comment #25 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Best of luck in your expansion enterprise! What a terrific guy you are! Just wanted to add 2 requests if it is possible:

(1) I hope, the same as that "Anonymous" person said: "You've had the 'less is more' lineup to date, please don't lose it with a loud, messy design all loaded up with bells and whistles. They just make it hard to navigate -- and slow to load."

(2) As I mentioned in the past, what would it take to add a similar service for annuities? These are good and simple tax shelters...

Adela

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Comment #26 by ichaelm (anonymous) posted on
ichaelm
It sounds like the best consumer banking-related website on the net is going to get even better!!

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Comment #27 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
I'm so glad you now have your own website. You deserve to have control over your own blog. Thank you for the wonderful service you give to your readers. Keep up the good work. Good luck!

Stu

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Comment #28 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
I like your blog.

I do not want to go to several web sites to find it all--just a one stop blog.

Why start with high yield checking as the first web site--that seems like only one part of your info.

What will your web site have that your blog doesnt?

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Comment #29 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Just to add to the well deserved praises, THANK YOU BANKING GUY! Have a great holiday season!

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Comment #30 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Banking Guy:

Through your excellent blog postings I was able to find many great rates that I would not have found otherwise. Also able to increase my yields over my local So Ca market area. My family and friends all appreciate your hard work!

OC Steve

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Comment #31 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
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Yes ... I also echo the sentiments expressed by several other folks.

This Blog is one of the most thorough ones.

Thanks ... And best wishes to you for your new site.


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Comment #32 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Another voice in the chorus... your blog is the best of its kind and has been very valuable to me. Keep up the great work!

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Comment #33 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
I can't remember how/when I found your blog but you have helped me tremendously in finding some great CD rates credit uion in years past as well as reward checking accounts etc...Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.

My suggestion is that perhaps you could separate the "nationally available" from the "local" deals. It is very frustrating to find a good rate only to determine it is not in my area.
Keep up the good work.

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Comment #34 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Mr. Banker,
I'd like to express my appreciation for all of your hard work and research that you do on a daily basis - I often wonder, "How does he do it" -- but I'm so glad that you do :-) I'm looking forward to a new and improved site. Your Awesome!! Happy Holidays.

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Comment #35 by Jean (anonymous) posted on
Jean
As a suggestion, maybe you can let people rate and provide feedback regarding accounts/institutions. A future enhancement might be to include fee comparisons, loan rates and fees, etc. Also, being able to limit information based on state and/or region would be cool. Keep up the good work!

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Comment #36 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
indexing to specific banks would be a nice add-on.

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Comment #37 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Will Bank Deals be accessible through google? Will one be able to type it into google to access it?

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Comment #38 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Ideas For the Bank Tables: bank name; the name of acct; interest rate apy; min balance to get rate; min balance to avoid monthly fees; term of CD; any special requirements (ie. Citibank's Ultimate MMK); # debit signature-based transactions per month; # billpays required per month; any ATM fees reimbursed; link to your review;. Ideas for banks: it would be nice to search for a state, and to view all your bank reviews (from present to the oldest post on bank in that state). Banks with business in many states should be linked too. Could be messy with recent mergers like Wells Fargo, PNC, TD, Bank of America, and even regional banks.

Please keep all your historical posts from here to your new site. Or, have both; but, definitely keep this blogg site open. As someone suggested, it would be nice to separate "nationally available" with the "local only". Could be difficult for the big banks like Bank of America, Chase, Citibank, WellsFargo/Wachovia where rates may differ by geographic markets?

I hope, as suggested, your new site will be simple; and similarly organized like this one here. No fancy designs; no java; no annoying ads. And, I learned that even you, the reader, has to do research... peform your own search without using embedded links or weblinks,... before you send out any info. Keep it simple; keep reaching for those exciting national and local bank deals; and allow your readers to keep you uptodate, as well. Also, it would be nice to read about you; when bankdeals started, were you fully employed at a company and how many hours spent on here. In 2007? 08? And, today?!? What do you do? Keep up the work and Savingeverything

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Comment #39 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
the paypal tip jar is
not user friendly.
would appreciate a
different way to make
cash tips.

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