Category Archives: Blogging

InstaPundit.com

InstaPundit.com

With a PageRank 7 all of you bloggers out there can tell that InstaPundit is a big blog. Glenn Reynolds started this blog the way a lot of people do, just to express his views. It appears as though the views of the UT (University if Tennessee) law professor are very popular. He is very big into technology and individual liberties.

His views definitely lean conservative but he is very active in commenting on politics, religion, war, etc. Many of his posts highlight the good things happening in Iraq helping to balance out the mainstream liberal medias views and opinions. In fact today he has a post showing a Muslim in Iraq restoring the cross to a Christian church that has been there for several years. The Iraqis are quoted as appreciating the help that America has given them. Regardless of your views on the war it is nice to know that some good has come of this whole thing.

Anyways for up to the minute commentary on world events, law, and politics you would be well advised to visit Glenn and his InstaPundit.com blog.

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VIXandMore.com

VIXandMore.com

If you trade stocks you probably look at the VIX. Some people use it more than others and some have even built trading systems that focus almost entirely on the VIX. Now you can even trade the VIX in the futures and options markets. So where other than the CBOE can we get good info about the VIX’s uses? One of the better sites that we have seen that deals with the VIX is VIXandMore.com. They look at the VIX from several diifferent angles such as for an indicator of sentiment to a trading vehicle.

The writer at VIXandMore also writes about some different model portfolios and trades that he does. Obviously the VIX and market sentiment are an integral component to his trading. Looking at a lot of his charts he also uses Bollinger Bands a lot. So you can tell that he is a fan of volatility as a tool to trade.

If all this kinda sounds like praise it is because it is. We have followed VIXandMore for a while now and appreciate his sound advice and insights into how this space of the market works. If you trade add this site to your RSS reader.

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RGE Monitor.com

RGE Monitor.com Roubini
RGE Monitor.com Setser

Are you one of those type of people that not only want to sound informed and sound smart but actually be better informed and understand what you are talking about? Well if you do and you like talking investments than this is one of the better blogs to read. These guys run a subscription based service that is known on the street as a great piece of research. They pump out timely economic advice and discuss different perceptions on a wide array of topics. Well lucky for all of us they also have two great blogs. Nouriel Roubini and Brad Setser are both excellent analysts and economists. Lately they have covered a lot of topics regarding energy, oil, and all things Asia.

Want to know all about Level 3 mark to model? Do you even know what that is? Well if the answers to those questions go Yes, but No, then you will want to read this Level 3 If you have read about it anywhere else then they probably got there info from these guys.

They aren’t perfect but if you want to be far better informed then anyone you know. Or just like knowledge for knowledge sake you can’t miss making RGE Monitor a regular stop in your RSS reader.

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TicketStrategies.com

TicketStrategies.com

We came across this blog on BloggingZoom.com and liked it right off the bat. The author while not like an old school scalper that stands at the corner of all your favorite events selling tickets does sell and broker tickets to several different events.

First off before you go thinking “well I don’t like scalpers” let us ask you something. Do you buy clothing at the store? Do you buy groceries? Do you buy anything? If the answer is yes then ticket brokering shouldn’t bother you at all. They are just working within the confines of the law of supply and demand. If people want it bad enough and can’t get it somewhere else cheaper than they can buy it from me. That is what selling anything be it a car, jeans, watermelon, a DVD, etc. So if you are a capitalist ticket brokering is all right. Besides if you don’t like the prices the broker is offering the tickets at then find them cheaper. Oh you are saying that you can’t find them cheaper? Well at least someone has them for you.

Back to the blog. We here at Blograters loved the concept immediately because in our younger years a few of us made more than a couple of bucks at it. In high school and college a group of us went to anything and everything that came our way and we did it all for free (actually usually we went at a profit) and that “free” price usually included out ticket, our dates ticket, dinner, t-shirts or CD’s from the concert, and we usually still had a couple of bucks left over. A few times we had a lot of bucks left over.

At ticketstrategies.com they have several articles explaining everything from how to sell tickets to how to get discounts, advance purchases, and other perks that ticket insiders know. We being veterans of the whole ticket broker world have still managed to learn a lot. For instance did you know that many times you can buy tickets before they go on sale to the regular public? Well you don’t “need” a black American Express card (Although it can help) you just need to know where to look. How about if you just want group discounts on tickets. Yes, they exist and that link can show you how.

Basically this site shows you the ins and out of tickets. If you like concerts, sporting events, etc. and you don’t like spending a fortune this is a great site for you to check out and learn some of the tricks.

Happy Blogging and Scalping…..oh I mean Brokering,
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BloggingZoom.com

BloggingZoom.com

Bloggingzoom is a new service brought to us by Courtney and Vic. What is it? It is a place where bloggers of all types and sizes can come and share their content. At first glance many people will probably associate the site with Digg or a few other social voting sites. Two of the many things that sets BloggingZoom.com apart from the crowd are that it is exclusively for bloggers and they help your posts get ranked higher in Google and other search engines.

If you want a good example of what good search traffic can do you only have to look at how Vic’s site has gotten over 1,000,000 hits in only three months. These guys have way way more than a clue as to how to drive targeted traffic to sites. And they are applying that knowledge to your posts that you submit to BloggingZoom.com. Obviously the more people that Zoom your articles the better but even if you don’t get a ton of votes you still get better search engine rankings.

A few people have asked why don’t I just use Digg? First of all you should still use it. Almost any promoting that you can do for your site and its posts is going to be helpful to your efforts. But a few things that in our opinion make BloggingZoom.com better are that you are only competing against other blogs. Another thing is that at BloggingZoom.com you are not punished for submitting your own material. So now instead of getting a friend to Digg your article you can Zoom or submit your own material and then let the voting happen.

These are but a few of the advantages that BloggingZoom.com offers the blogging community. If you want to improve your traffic, your search rankings, and overall popularity of your blog then it is worth your time to go and register at BloggingZoom.com.

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RealMeme.com

RealMeme.com

You may have missed the memo on what a meme is but this site does a great job showing what is popular and how to gauge it. It also is an interesting window into internet search and what is relevant. Here is a perfect post that shows how they look at traffic and search to see where there is growth and what is there Facebook, is it sustainable? Read it and it will start to make sense.

Another good post to illustrate the concept is this one regarding recessions. He shows how search and interest in a topic can be an indicator of the likely hood of that event happening or being successful.

If you study the writings on RealMeme.com you will come away smarter about uses for the internet. If you are like a lot of visitors to this site you probably have a blog and if you want to quantify any of what you do then studying Meme’s can help you target current relevant material for your readers.

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Greg Mankiw’s Blog

Greg Mankiw’s Blog

Greg Mankiw is a Harvard professor of economics. He has also authored a text that several economics departments use (I used his book when I took Econ 101) and from 2003-2005 he was chairman of President Bush’s council of economic advisors. Basically he is a very respected economist and overall smart guy.

Blograters isn’t reviewing this blog because we own the book, we are reviewing it because it really is a good blog to learn about economics in a relatively simple way. He talks about current events and how they are affected or how they effect the economy.

If you want to get smarter, act accordingly, or at least sound smarter you should read this blog. If you are into the economy (and technically we are all part of the world economy) you will enjoy his writings. If you aren’t so into the economy then you can still learn a lot of practical things at his blog. Todays post is a perfect example Who Pays How Much In Taxes. You hear politicians talk about who pays what but we know that they all have big agendas. Another good post on correlation vs causation which is a far more relevant topic to most people lives than they think (basically we think a lot of things happen because of something when in fact it is just by chance that the other thing happened at the same time. Not everything we think is cause and effect is true.).

And to end this review on a topic that at least half of the readers of this blog can be happy about here is a post on the narrowing of the pay gap between men and women.

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TheLongTail.com

TheLongtail.com

TheLongTail.com is a wonderful blog that discusses long tails. What are long tails? The concept is described very well here. Basically it is that with the costs of a storefront coming down thanks to the internet it is easier and easier to target small niches that otherwise don’t get much attention. When that happens we end up with not only more choices but the amount of small niches may be as big or even bigger than the main old school categories.

If you have ever seen a normal distribution or “bell curve” there is the middle which encompasses about 80% of the data and then the two tails on both sides that have less and less. Well the long tail is all about discussing how in our free electronic markets the tails are growing larger and larger. Obviously not a normal bell curve.

Anyways the blog discusses the long tail and its effects in several areas of the market as well as other aspects of life.

The blogs writer is Chris Anderson editor in chief of Wired Magazine. If you are reading this you have no doubt heard of Wired. It is a magazine focused on technology. He started the blog as a companion to his book “The Long Tail” and it has taken on a life of its own.

If you want to learn how the marketplace of the future is being shaped and how to find where you are in it you should add this blog to your RSS reader and read it often. Chris is an engaging writer and does a good job explaining his views.

Happy Blogging,
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Blog.Pmarca.com

Blog.Pmarca.com

You would never guess that this blog is written by Marc Andreessen. Yes, that Marc Andreessen the one who wrote Mosaic the first internet browser and then went on to form Netscape and since has been involved in several successful internet ventures. Aside from being an investor in several other technology companies (such as Twitter) he is currently very involved in Ning.com a social networking site where you get to build your own social network.

So enough about Marc. What does this blog have to offer? It turns out it offers a lot. Marc is not just an internet pioneer but a smart businessman. He is no tech geek without communication skills. Some of his posts are funny and others are full of good advice. Being a personal blog his writing mandate is whatever he wants it to be and he comes through. But as opposed to many other personal blogs Marc is very smart and is good at getting his points across. If you are interested in the cutting edge of the internet or just want a good laugh go to this site regularly.

Happy Blogging,
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WRevenue.com

WRevenue.com

WRevenue is a new site that is here to try and help you double your sites revenues as stated in the header. As opposed to a lot of sites that are supposedly about making money online this one has a good story behind it. The founder Scott Wainner is actually a .com millionaire. He was one of the lucky ones that sold his company and made a few (ok a ton) bucks. He posted his story here.

His knowledge is eveidenced in his writing. His posts are well put together and make sense. On top of that though he relates what he did with some of his sites and how it worked out. Basically he is writing from experience and experience like pictures can be worth a thousand words. Anyways his posts are excellent reading for any internet entrepeneuer.

Why Take My Advice Anayways?
Ten quick and relatively easy ways to boost your sites earnings power
Make money with Adsense in forums

These are a few of his posts. Look for more ueful and well written posts in the future. If you are a .commer you should add this to your RSS reader and read every post.

Happy Blogging,
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