What is backfill, you ask? If you find yourself low on job listings, you can add supplementary “backfill” jobs to your Job-a-matic board to give your visitors more relevant content. And with over five million U.S. jobs in Simply Hired’s database, we’re sure you’ll find backfill jobs that match the content of your site. Not to mention, you will earn per-click revenue from clicks on sponsored job listings in the backfill results.
Optimizing your backfill
After logging into your Job-a-matic account, navigate to the Job Board tab in the dashboard and select Backfill Jobs. Here you can edit the backfill settings of your job board.
You may then determine the number of jobs that you’d like to appear per page of your results, which includes jobs posted to your board as well as backfill jobs. It is recommended that a publisher generally show between 15-25 jobs per page.
Once backfill is selected, you’ll then find a number of fields where you can enter search terms to set preferences. Job backfill can be as customized or as general as you like. Keep in mind that your backfill is based on a combination of ALL fields to make one query, so if you find that your backfill is empty or is only showing a handful of jobs, you will need to broaden your search. Also, you must apply either a location or at least one keyword, or both for backfill to appear.
The next step is to enter a location if you want to show only jobs from a specific area. This is an optional field; leaving the location blank will search all jobs in the U.S. Otherwise, you can enter a city and state, or a zip code to show jobs from that location. On this note, do not enter terms such as “USA”, “East Coast” or any locations outside the U.S.—doing so will not return results.
|Backfill Search Field||Translation|
|With all the words||Pulls only job listings that include all of the words you enter in this field anywhere in the listing (title, location, job description, etc.)|
|With the exact phrase||Pulls only job listings that include the phrase you enter. Quotations surrounding the phrase entered are not necessary.|
|With at least one of the words||Pulls any job listings with any of the words or phrases that you enter. Phrases meant to be seen as a single term should be put in quotation marks.|
|Without the words||Removes any job listings with the words or phrases indicated here. Phrases meant to be seen as a single term should be put in quotation marks.|
|Within job title||Pulls only job listings with the words or phrases indicated only in the job title of the listing. Searches for multiple job titles can be done by including “OR” between titles. Multiple word job titles will need quotation marks.|
|Within company name||Pulls only job listings at the company you enter here. Searches for jobs at multiple companies can be done by including “OR” between company names. Multiple word company names will need quotation marks.|
Other Helpful Tips:
- Commas are not needed between search terms. A space between terms is sufficient.
- Phrases meant to be searched as a single term should be placed in quotation marks (ex: “marketing manager”).
- Job-a-matic backfill is currently US only. Entering a location outside of the U.S. will not show any backfill jobs.
- Setting your location to “U.S.” or “USA” will not return backfill results. Leaving this field blank will automatically search all jobs in the U.S.
- Backfill depends on a combination of all search fields. If your board is not returning backfill jobs, you may need to broaden your search by removing search terms.
- You must set a location or at least one keyword, or both for backfill results to appear.
Still need help with your backfill? Comment below with any questions you have.