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BankDeals Is Now at DepositAccounts.com

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I'm happy to report that the transition of BankDeals blog to DepositAccounts has been completed. All of my past blog posts and comments are now at DepositAccounts, and all future posts will be done here. Those who have email subscriptions of my daily blog postings should continue to receive emails. You can also subscribe to my notice postings. Just click on the RSS image on top of the notice page.

I discussed some of the new features on Thursday including notices and enhanced commenting. Additional new features have been added with this transition. Here's a review of some of these new features:

  • Home Page - There's a new layout which allows you to quickly view the latest blogs posts, notices, and articles. If you want to see info automatically filtered down by topic category to nationwide deals, local deals, banking news, or rate changes, refer to the bottom of the home page. For those who prefer to see the posts laid out similar to blogspot, that has also been preserved on the blog page. Think of this home page as the new hub page.
  • Open Discussion Thread - This is where to comment if you've found a good banking deal or an interesting bank-related news story. Recent comments from this thread are shown in the recent discussion box on the right sidebar. To view the open discussion thread, click on either the link in the comment box or the link in the top menu.
  • Membership - You can now register at DepositAccounts, which is free, of course. This feature is mainly to save you time when commenting from not having to enter your name and image verification, but there are other benefits such as the ability to set your default state for the rate tables and local news and to upload an avatar that is displayed with your comments. More benefits will be added later.
  • Rate Tables - Those of you who use the reward checking tables are already familiar with these, but one of the biggest new features to complement the blog posts are rate tables. These are now available for a wide range of products instead of just reward checking accounts, and they also include many more banks and credit unions and are updated much more frequently. You can view all banks and credit unions available to you and note whether they are nationwide (as indicated by the icon of the U.S. map) or local. If you prefer to just view banks with nationwide eligibility, you can do so by changing your state to Nationwide in the right column. Many more enhancements to these tables are planned for the near future, including additional filtering options.
  • Bank Hub Pages - Each bank listed has its own hub page now with pertinent information about the bank. Here you can view all products we are tracking for the bank along with a list of recent blog posts related to that bank and reviews from other users. If you notice inaccurate rates, please use the 'Report an Issue' link on each bank page to let us know what you found, and we'll update the tables promptly.

There will be more features added over the coming months. We appreciate all the suggestions you have already made on previous announcement posts and are working hard to get many of these added. Please keep the comments coming.

Thanks in advance for your patience and grace as we attempt to work out the kinks that will surely come with the transition and continue to build out some of the new site features over the coming days!


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Comment #1 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Site looks great, Ken.  I was a little wary at first being so accustomed to Blogspot's format, but once you incorporated your blog in this site, it looks much better and gives me that sense of comfort again!

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Comment #2 by Richard (anonymous) posted on
Richard
I think this website will take me a little time to get use to.  I am a somewhat older person who hates change.  Not a good tract in the world we live in.  It doesn't seem that your information is as complete and as up to date as your previous blog.  For example, PenFed's rates are not even showing up when you click on the CD or IRA links.  Perhaps this is coming.  Also, is it possible to put the bank's financial rating (stars) next to their name?

Ken, you have done a LOT of hard work and research for us over these years.  I'm sure that many of your readers will wholeheartedly with me when I say that you've done a great job and are greatly appreciated!

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Comment #3 by Richard (anonymous) posted on
Richard
Ken, one more thing.  Is it possible to put the "Preview Post" back in before we click "Submit?"  I almost always find errors in what I wrote and like to change them before the final post.

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Comment #4 by DanTheMan posted on
DanTheMan
   I agree, this will take a bit getting use to. What I see so far, I like...Hey Ken, Where is the TIP JAR and the link to AMAZON. I shop at Amazon all the time and always click the link from your site so you get credit???

   Thanks for everything. I've found so many good Deals here and also posted a couple.

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Comment #5 by KenBDG (anonymous) posted on
KenBDG
@Anonymous #1, Thanks! I'm glad the comfort is returning. After 5 years of posting on blogspot, I too was a little concerned with this switch. But after seeing the programming ability of my technical partner, I'm convinced this site will far surpass blogspot in all aspects.

@Richard, I'm afraid I don't like change either. That's one reason why I kept on blogspot after 5 years. It took me a lot of time and stress for me to be able to close this deal with DepositAccounts. But now I'm very glad I made that decision.

Now that we've made the transition, I should have more time to make sure our tables have all the deals that I have included in my weekly summaries. Any help that you can provide would be very helpful and appreciated. The best way is to use the 'Report an Issue' link on the bank pages, or if you prefer feel free to email me. We definitely want to make this site as comprehensive and accurate as possible.

About PenFed, note that it's called Pentagon FCU in the tables.

About the star ratings, we'll be working on this. I think we can do better than just reporting the ratings of BauerFinancial and Bankrate. Perhaps this community could help create our own rating system. My technical partner has the programming skill to grab the FDIC data and generate a rating. If this sounds interesting, let me know and I can do a post on this topic.

About the comment preview feature, that's a good idea. I also post a lot of comments, and I really like a preview before it gets published.

@DanTheMan, Thanks for your support, and thanks for using my Amazon link. What's actually more valuable for me is traffic. One thing that helps is sharing any of my articles that you find useful to places like Digg and Tipd. Once you register at those sites, it's really easy to tip. All of the posts have the share button at the top. I was a little disappointed I only got 2 tips at Tipd.com on my 2009 bank failure review post.

Thanks!
Ken
aka the Bank Deals Guy

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Comment #6 by Mary (anonymous) posted on
Mary
New website is aesthetically very attractive.  It shows an incredible amount of attention and forethought in the preparation to move.

I am curious how you will implement the weekly summary.  Local deals and national deals were an excellent review.  The weekly summary by length of certificate really gave me a functional overview.  Please continue this format.  In the new website just sorting tables by state does not give me the same information.  I have contacts in many states, banks and credit unions across the country, and would go crazy from tedium if I have to check each state’s rate table.

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Comment #7 by john (anonymous) posted on
john
can we add a forum?

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Comment #8 by KenBDG posted on
KenBDG
@Mary, Thanks for your feedback. I do plan to continue the weekly summaries in the same format as before. I'm afraid this week's summary will be a little late. It'll be published tomorrow.

@John, A forum for later this year is being planned. For now, our open discussions thread is intended to function as a very basic forum.

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Comment #9 by Mocirne posted on
Mocirne
Ken, I agree with DanTheMan up there, even though you are more dependant on traffic and Diggs, etc., you should still re-implement the Amazon tip link.  I always do my major purchases through Amazon now, even if it costs slightly more than other places, just to send back to you at least a small fraction of money I've made because of you.

Also, do you get anything from us clicking on various ad-links throughout the site.  If so, this is something everyone should be constantly doing.

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Comment #10 by KenBDG posted on
KenBDG
@Mocirne, Thanks for offering to use the Amazon links. I'll see if we can re-implement these.

About clicking on the ads, it's against the terms for site owners to encourage ad clicking. So please do not try to drive up the clicks on the ads.

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Comment #11 by Janice (anonymous) posted on
Janice
Could you please put the tags for each post back onto the main page? I now have to click "comments" to see the tags of each post.

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Comment #12 by Janice (anonymous) posted on
Janice
Additionally, could you also please consider making the header and the top navigation a bit smaller? Currently, the header navigation takes up about 1/3rd of my computer screen when I first read the blog.

Ideally, the header image would be a bit smaller vertically and the username and password boxes could all be in one line.  The navigation line (Home, Savings Accounts, Checking Accounts, etc line) could also have a smaller height (perhaps the same height as the sub navigation line (the grey section underneath the blue navigation section). 

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Comment #13 by KenBDG posted on
KenBDG
@Janice, Thanks for your suggestions. I'll check with my technical partner to see if these design changes can be done.

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Comment #14 by David (anonymous) posted on
David
I've added the new RSS link to my Google Reader but when I use Google Reader to click on individual articles I get this error message on the new site:

An Unexpected Error Has OccurredWe apologize for this inconvenience. The site admin has been notified of the problem.  

This has been happening since the changeover.  Am I the only one with this problem?

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Comment #16 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Some nice promotional rates at Northrop Gruman Credit Union available for 9, 18, 30 and 60 month terms.  For example, the 9 month rate is 2.04% with $40K , 1.78% if less.

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Comment #17 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Is fort knox credit union better deal than ally bank as far as early withdrawl penalty is concern?They have 90 days of interest penalty and if u go go with 5 years with 100k they pay 3.75% Apy. so the penalty comes out about $912. So $3750 - 912 =$2838 which equals to 2.83%. Ally is about for 1 year is 2.58%. Fort knox for 1 months comes to 3.10% and 2 years comes to 3.24% with the balance of 100K or more.

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Comment #18 by 12chickens posted on
12chickens
Re: ALLIANT CREDIT UNION: OUTGOING WIRES BEWARE.  In addition to faxing in their form for the information and in addition to calling in with the same information verbally in its entirety, one has to be ready for a "secret return phone call" from them sometime afterwards before the wire will be transmitted.  This is the secret policy to protect us all.  (their words) We are supposed to intuit this from the fact that one lists one's phone# on the wire instructions.  The policy appears to be ironclad.  There is no particular time frame for receiving the "follow-up phone call."

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Comment #19 by daemonlair (anonymous) posted on
daemonlair
You might try submitting your post to stumbleupon, socialnews.biz and mixx. Sometimes that is easier than getting onto Digg. I have not heard of tipd.

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Comment #20 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Mid America Bank and Trust (Dixon, MO) has reduced rewards checking to 4.5 from 5.5%.

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