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For an update to this post on 4/22/08 please see How I Turned This Blog AroundIt seems like I can make money with this blog afterall!

I am not sure what I am going to do with this blog/website. I have asked several people and I have had mixed answers including stick with it, trash it, and try to sell it to some sucker (uhh…I don’t mean you Sucker).

One problem I have, and many others have as well, is that Google penalized me from a PR3 down to a PR0. Before I knew better, I wrote 3 paid posts and had 2 paid links from (I don’t even want to name those companies anymore). I have deleted those ads and posts over three months ago and they still have me at zero.  This impacts be I believe because it lessens the amount I can sell this blog for.

From what I understand, no one knows for sure whether these penalized sites like mine will ever be given back their page rank. I contacted Google and admitted I violated their terms and told them I was taking everything down. I did take everything down but nothing has changed. It is frustrating when you see other bigger sites blatently advertising paid posts and links like it is just fine. They don’t seem to lose their page rank and they make money off the sucker newbies.

For now I am going to keep the blog and post whenever I can. My subscriber numbers will go down, as will the readership – I know that. I have no idea what I will post, when I will post, or what the quality of my posts will be. Actually, you might have noticed that both the quantity and quality of my posts have been going down this year. The bottom line is that I just don’t care that much anymore and having a blog like this is not the way to make money on the Internet. I have made money with this blog, somewhere between $250 and $300 per month, but that amount does not warrant the time spent.

I am working to change the wording of some of my past posts to get better rankings in the search engines. I really never paid too much attention to that and now I regret it. This blog makes some money by just sitting here and getting some hits from the search engines. I would love to get more search engine hits and fewer regular readers. (I want both kinds of readers but the people coming from the search engines make me more money) So far, I am having a little bit of success at getting more Google hits but I have a long way to go.

I also am not ready to give up the name. A lot of people like it (at least that’s what they have told me) and it is a catchy .com name. It seems that even if I were to someday end this blog, the name could be used to sell an ebook or something. You know, like DayJobKiller.

I’m still looking for work from home jobs and ways to nuke my job but this blog is not the solution. Unfortunately it is taking time away from finding and working on that solution.

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    Man, it seems as though anything you do can get you penalized by google. I agree with you about bigger sites getting away with it too, thats garbage. As far as this site, keep it! This is a great idea and the possibilities of posts are nearly endless.

    Bobby on February 26th, 2008
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    That sucks! You are the reason I got started in afilliate marketing! I definetly think you should keep the site.

    BudgetBoy on February 26th, 2008
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    Thanks BudgetBoy. By looking at your site you sure don’t need me. I will still post but not as frequently.

    DayJobNuker on February 26th, 2008
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    I’m in the same boat, Google-wise, at OpTempo. The only difference is that the paid reviews I did were nofollowed, per ‘da rules’ yet I still got a PR0 penalty.

    As for writing new posts, I’ve been slack on that too, mainly because some other things are eating up my time, mainly moving to a new house and kicking off several niche blogs.

    Frank C on February 26th, 2008
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    Wow, hate to hear this, but I understand. It is wise that you are examining the role of the blog in your life. I see a lot of bloggers chasing that pile of money that they believe will come with each new post. This is not a great rich strategy and, from what I can tell, a rare few actually make meaningful money from their blogs. Anyway, I’ll keep you in my reader and check back whenever you post.

    Coryan | UTurnAhead on February 26th, 2008
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    You should probably do another request for reinclusion with Google. I had to do more than one when I got my PR back. Also you have a great blog. Maybe you should just take a break and work on other projects having a blog can still come in handy, especially when you get your PR back. Good luck.

    Emma on February 26th, 2008
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    That is aweful, Google stripped my PageRank for no apparant reason as well. They have really been on a tear as of late… and it has somewhat devastated the blogosphere. Keep up the solid work, hopefully they will trend away from their current business model of effectively trouncing the little guys out here.

    Jim on February 26th, 2008
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    go on. good luck

    tim on February 26th, 2008
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    Don’t quit now, you’ve got a great blog, great readers and we all appreciate what you’ve given us. Slow down maybe, take a breather from Day Job Nuker and there’s a chance you’ll come back reinvigorated.

    Paid Survey Blogger on February 26th, 2008
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    Not quitting….just really slowing down.

    DayJobNuker on February 26th, 2008
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    I know what you mean. I was making a fulltime income and now, I make enough to pay a few bills.

    I have about 24 blogs, websites and Squidoo lenses. Most of them got hit and they buried a few on the 9th page. I feel exactly the way you do, Google let’s some elite bloggers get away with it. Meanwhile, we get slapped. I’m just as frustrated. I’m not updating as much either.

    BTW, one of my close friends just started an online business and made $1300.00 in a week! I’m going to join and see if I can achieve the same or better. I’ll keep you posted through mybloglog.

    Good luck.


    supermom_in_ny on February 27th, 2008
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    To keep the site updated more frequently have you thought about letting people write guest posts? Assuming it is legit content related to this site’s theme?

    BudgetBoy on February 27th, 2008
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    Anyone who wants to guest post is welcome. Including you Budgetboy.

    DayJobNuker on February 27th, 2008
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    Honestly, this proves that the bitterness and negativity you portray towards managers and other business leaders is actually a reflection on your own ignorance, impatience and lack of good old fashioned character.
    Quit your crying, suck it up and press on with this blog. If it was a good idea when you started, then it’s still a good idea now. There are several ways to make money with a website… will you find them or give up?
    (if you edit this comment you will prove me right!)
    your move DayJobComplainer.

    Allyn Paul on February 27th, 2008
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    LOL, I wouldn’t edit your comment for anything. You never did get it. Every successful blog needs some sort of a hook or theme. Mine was that I don’t like my job and I generally don’t like managers. I know you are a manager and it kind of proves my point.

    If you had read this blog like you claim to have, you would know that I have been self employed for over 10 years. I don’t have a boss or a manager and I feel sorry for those who work under you. You seem like you have a chip on your shoulder.

    Your comment also shows you didn’t even bother to read the post. I do make money with this blog, just not enough. I am on to bigger and better things that can hopefully make me more money than this blog can.

    For the rest of you, I will post from time to time if I have something relevant to say. I already know my next post will probably be about Article Marketer which I am very disappointed with (at least so far)

    DayJobNuker on February 27th, 2008
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    Don’t worry about page rank at all… it doesn’t even mean anything. I think webmasters need to stop thinking about pleasing Google… they aren’t the internet police.

    Chris Jacobson on February 27th, 2008
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    You don’t have to feel sorry for the people who work with me, they are great folks…and speaking to you honestly and bluntly does not show a chip on the shoulder, it shows honesty.
    And I know you are a bean counter self employed… you judge leadership based on a few days of observation only…but anyway.,…
    I will agree with you that Article Marketer is sorely lacking in customer service and follow thru.
    I signed up for the big lifetime membership, meaning my articles are supposed to be reviewed and distributed with 24 hours… never happens, they just give a generated excuse that they are under-staffed…and 70% of their distribution bounces back as undeliverable.
    Finally, they supposedly look over the articles, and half the time, I disagree with their assessment, but I can’t talk with anyone about it.
    Pure crap!

    Allyn Paul on February 28th, 2008
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    If you need a guest post at any time, just drop me an email – I’m on a bit of a guest posting spree at the moment 😛

    Sorry to hear you’re not enjoying the blogging experience, and taking a break sounds good if so – recharge the batteries and come back with the same passion you had when you started blogging. 🙂

    Jason on February 28th, 2008
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    Dude, Here’s what I’d do:

    1. I’d resubmit to get my pagerank back. To do that, check out

    2. Once you’ve got pagerank, get tons of advertisers to increase blog income.

    3. Sell blog for 10-20x monthly income.

    4. Start fresh.

    Good luck! 🙂

    PolurNET Web Hosting on February 29th, 2008
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    Thanks Dude,
    But I already did that back in November.

    DayJobNuker on February 29th, 2008
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    BUt you didn’t sell your site … ?
    Though, now, I’m remembering you posted it on sitepoint or something….

    PolurNET Web Hosting on February 29th, 2008
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    If at first you don’t succeed, quit. –DJN

    Allyn Paul on February 29th, 2008
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    If this blog is your passion, then you should keep it. You have spent a lot of time to build up the brand, so why thrash it? Maybe refocus on how you can drive repeat traffic to your blog and shift away from trying to monetize it.

    PR is good for getting indexed quickly but it doesn’t really correlate that well with the amount of traffic that you get. (hint… there are plenty of other ways to drive traffic).

    If it’s any encouragement to you, I had a site that was completely dropped out of the Google index. I’m not just talking PR0 but grayed out PR and none of the pages were indexed anymore. After about 2 years, it suddenly came back and it’s now PR2. I haven’t touched that site in all that time.

    Hock on February 29th, 2008
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    PolurNET Web Hosting,
    I have never posted this sight for sale anywhere.

    Allyn Paul,
    Thanks for your very insightful and constructive posts here. You must have a lot of free time.

    Thanks Hock, I only wanted the higher PR in case I wanted to sell it. It is not my passion anymore I am afraid. It is just too much work. We’ll see.

    DayJobNuker on February 29th, 2008
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    DJN– I thought you’d want a reader like me who takes time to join the discussion…
    ANd, yes, sometimes people can be blunt but that doesn’t make them bad. (kinda like when you decided to poke fun at, and slam on some part time bloggers for no good reason a while back.)
    You should be glad that I am taking this much time in an attempt to keep you pushing forward with this project… there is potential here, but I fear you are too close to it to notice anymore.
    We all tuned in here to watch you “Nuke Your Day Job” but it seems when there is a bump in the road, or a loss of motivation, you are just quitting.
    That’s sad and is a direct reflection on your lack of character. It also happens to be one reasons that some people never climb the company ladder or realize their own dreams…they quit before they get there.


    Allyn Paul on March 1st, 2008
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    Geez, cut the guy break. He could have just let this blog die without telling anyone anything. I think it is very big of him to explain his current situation.

    Steve on March 2nd, 2008
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    Google isn’t everything. My blog got penalized also, but I am keeping things just the way they are. Good Luck with everything. I like your blog.

    Kat on March 2nd, 2008
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    Sad to hear you took a blow from Google. I’ve read your blog a few times after finding it on Court’s dlist.

    My vote would be to keep going. Get some guest posters, cut back on your time investment, keep this thing going and wait it out.

    Eventually Google may get around to updating your PR. (like they did Court’s recently)

    If you get your PR back, least the site could be a good spring board (or at least a back link) to some new project.

    Its a hard call. Sometimes success comes through sticking it out, and others is knowing when to move on.

    Good luck with your choice though.

    Scene Girl on March 3rd, 2008
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    I think you should keep it. This is a great blog that has grown very quickly and will likely continue to grow. Maybe not in readership if you aren’t going to post very often but at least in traffic as you get more established and SE rankings grow.

    Plus, the domain is golden! You don’t want to let that one go. However, if you did sell it I think you could get a good price just based on the domain alone.

    I think getting guest posters would help a lot. You still get updates but you don’t have to spend all your time writing them.

    I’ve done a guest post on this blog once before and would be more than happy to do more of them. I don’t have a lot of time to spare but I could probably write one post a month.

    Trent Brownrigg on March 3rd, 2008
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    Stick with it. You have a really good blog here.

    Soa on March 4th, 2008
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    It can be difficult, but I’d hate to see you give up. I like the DayJobNuker name too. One strategy that seems to always work for me is to multiply. So if I have one blog setup and going, I go put up ten more blogs and get them set up and running too. If you’ve got a hundred blogs and Google takes page rank away from 5 or 10 of them, you’ve still got 90 so you don’t care.

    Josef on March 6th, 2008
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    Don’t sweat Google. Work on getting your traffic up in other ways than just using the search engines. Also, don’t abandon your blog. You have really good posts and good insights on making money online.

    Brian on March 13th, 2008
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    You still get good traffic even if you don’t have high PR, don’t you?

    DavidTan on April 3rd, 2008
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    Yes David I do get decent traffic and I am getting a little more from Google which is nice.

    DayJobNuker on April 3rd, 2008
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    PR is good for getting indexed quickly but it doesn’t really correlate that well with the amount of traffic that you get. (hint… there are plenty of other ways to drive traffic).

    ???? on April 5th, 2008
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    I think getting guest posters would help a lot. You still get updates but you don’t have to spend all your time writing them.

    Personal Loan on April 5th, 2008
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    Man, I don’t know what you’re page rank is, but I’ve been surfing the internet for several weeks now and YOUR SITE has come up NUMEROUS times. This has to be the third time today that I’ve seen it in search results and have clicked on it numerous times.

    There are bigger and better things than blogs – no doubt. If you feel that you’ve maximized the potential of the blog, that’s your business. Personally, I would move it over to another server with another ip address under another domain name. Have the domain point to it with masking. Then resubmit to google. Just my thinking and I could be totally wrong.

    I’ve made 110.00 my first month with build a niche store. I would seriously consider giving that a whirl. phpBay pro, you could be showing an ebay listing relevant to the discussion on every page of your blog here. Would be good for your readers and good for you. Anything they buy on ebay for 7 days is money in your pocket if they’ve clicked the link – which you already know, I’m sure.

    I like your site. Don’t go negative. It makes people that have never really made money online start “blacking out” each other. That’s what we used to call it when a discouraged salesperson started whining to other salespeople. They all started complaining and misery loves company. They eventually convince themselves to quit.

    I would stay motivated and don’t burn yourself out. Post on this blog once or twice a week.

    Move on to other things.

    There is a great opportunity here for you. Alot of people out there would give their left arm to think that they could pay their light bill/phone bill whatever with money from affiliate marketing.

    McCain on April 10th, 2008
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    Keep this site, i learned a lot about internet marketing /affiliate business.

    Free Stuff on April 16th, 2008