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I just wanted to give everyone an update on the upcoming transition of this blog to Thanks for everyone's comments in last week's post in which I first introduced as the future platform for BankDeals. The comments and suggestions are much appreciated.

One important thing I forgot to mention about in last week’s post was that it's an existing website that includes some existing articles as well as its own rate tables. The previous owner of the site will now be my technical partner, who will help me carry out the transition of BankDeals onto the new platform and will continue to help me with various technical aspects of site development over the coming months. Based on my conversations with him, there are a lot of exciting things that we’ll be able to do with this new platform that I believe will make BankDeals an even better resource. From a content standpoint, it's important to note that the BankDeals blog will essentially "take over" the blog after the transition and that the existing bank deals blog format will not be going away. Some other important points to note:

  • Once we move, the blog will be entirely from me, and I plan to continue the same postings that I’ve always done.
  • We'll make sure that the new site will have all of the features of the current blog and that it will maintain all of its personal touch and the community feel (minus some of the canned blogger design/color elements!). In fact, we plan to enhance the community capabilities and involvement by adding features that are not possible on the current platform.
  • All past blog posts and comments will be maintained on the new site. And now, with the website under our control, we won't have to worry about losing the old posts and comments like what almost happened last month. is still very much in a transformation stage from its previous form, and after the transition, we plan to make the blog content the center point of the site. The rate tables will complement the site nicely, and I'll continue to work with my technical partner and all of you to ensure that they are built out in a manner that captures everything covered in the blog on a near real-time basis. I'm very excited about what we can do technically on this front to leverage the reach of this community and capture all of the more hard-to-find deals out there. In my opinion, this is something that none of the generic rate comparison sites provide.

I'll continue to follow up in the coming weeks with updates on the transition. In the meantime, please continue with suggestions or comments about features that you would like to see built into the new platform. While we probably won't be able to incorporate all of these immediately, I'm excited that the site will finally have the platform and the technical capabilities to allow us to create these additional features. I'm sure there might be some growing pains during the transition, but I'm confident that with your help, we'll end up with a far better site for helping people find the best available deals.

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Good to hear you will keep your blog as-is, and merely have additional options on the site. I do want your blog because you give a lot of extra info such as problems to watch out for or who will qualify for tis or that.
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I'm happy to know that this transition will save you some time in updating rates, etc., and that you will have a partner to assist with the technical end. The work you do is amazing! Glad to hear you will be maintaining the daily blog. I always look forward to reading your entries every evening. Thanks for all of your hard work!
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All the best to you with new site. Like so many others, I am a big fan of the current site. I often think "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," but you seem to be aware of that pitfall. So that's good. Thank you for the hard work and commitment. You deserve to become a millionaire from all this effort. We certainly ain't gonna get rich from the current interest rates. :)
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Any plans to make the "highest rate" column in the rate table be accurate?
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I would like to see on the page for each bank or credit union, the STAR ratings clearly posted next to the banks info as well as any news or financial info about that bank.

Also maybe incorporate your twitter posts at the new site as well.

I am VERY excited about this new site, and look forward to the launch soon.
  |     |   Comment #6
Great job, keep going! Consider feeding in the FDIC's Weekly National Rates and Rate Caps. Come Jan 1st we'll all be marching to the beat of that new drum.
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It would be good if you could allow readers to collapse each entry, so that when we see "local only" deals we can instantly dispose of them and not have to scroll down through long entries to find those available nationwide. Either that or have "local only" deals in a separate column.
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I would suggest having an ACH comparison table. The table would list bank name with how long to complete the ACH transfer (pull/push), method of validating linked accounts for ACH transfer (instant validation or micro deposits, etc), number of linked accounts allowed, etc...
  |     |   Comment #9
Thanks for all you are doing. I look forward to the final product. Steve Glasgow
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  |     |   Comment #10
I'm excited and good luck to you! Your blog is a fun way for me to make a little bit of extra cash with a little bit of patience and lots of keeping track of stuff.
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You want to have him fill out your application too?
  |     |   Comment #12
Ken, I pray you continue to make enough money from this venture to pay for a website:)
  |     |   Comment #13
Sounds like the transition will take less time than the Wells Fargo/Wachovia merger has. But then again, so did building the pyramids in Egypt!
  |     |   Comment #14
So happy with your new site and also that you will keep all the aspects that you have now in your blogs.
Love all the information on the banks and the accounts in your blog and glad that this will not go.
I wonder if there could be a summary site like you have in your High Yield Checking Account Site. This site is so quick to go thru, and would be very helpful with the savings and CD's etc by length. Not sure if this new site could accomodate this but I really liked the High Yield Checking site. Maybe we could click on the bank and go to the bank's site as well as to the information and comments you have written about that bank or credit union.
Thank you for all the help and good luck with your new venture. We all appreciate everything you do, the research, the education, and the easy to understand instructions.
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It will be very helpfull if only the certain state accounts will appear when the certain state was chosen. Now you need to dig throu all the national options too.
Thank You.
  |     |   Comment #16 renders its text in a type size so small it is nearly unreadable on my laptop. Enlarging the type with my Firefox browser however shifts the text rightward causing it to nearly disappear from the page. This will require attention.
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Will you also be adding any information on Credit Cards on the website. I think that will be another really good feature to add.
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I'd like to see a listing of all reward checking accounts from all states all at once (like how you had it at highyieldchecking.blogspot). Also, I noticed there are some duplicate bank entries at the transitioning, and various inaccurate rates in the table. In addition, is it possible to add the following info for the reward checking accounts (RCA): # credit -debit transactions required, ATM max reimbursement (when you meet monthly requirements), Y/N? for montly online access required, APY for balances above the high yield maximum. Thanks 4 savingeverything
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Hi Ken,

The new site is actually easier to use and should serve you much better. It looks great.

However, I noticed that my blog wasn't listed on the blogroll of your new site. How are you going to handle the other bloggers on your blogroll who have loyally linked to you since you first started?

Banking Guy
  |     |   Comment #20
Mike, All of the blogs in the blogroll will be moved over in the transition. Thanks.
  |     |   Comment #21
hate the fact that banks under a particular state are no where near as organized as before..if it says illinois all the banks should be from illinois....change is bad..
  |     |   Comment #22
State Bank of Toledo has $25K max for reward checking accounts.

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