If you are a blogger in trying to make money you have no doubt run across JohnChow.com. His site is geared towards helping you (and him) make money online. John already runs some successful internet businesses such as TheTechZone.com and has gotten into blogging the past 6-8 months.
As you browse the site you will notice a few things both good and bad.
Pros-He has a lot of good content and wants to help out his fellow bloggers. As an example here is a free backlink opportunity with a site that gets a lot of traffic and all you have to do is review his blog.
-He is heavy into anything that you can put on your site to make money online. He talks a lot about each one and why he chooses to use or not use a certain provider.
-He promotes himself a lot.
-The blog has more and more guest bloggers.
-Several posts are just paid reviews for other blogs.
That being said the pros outweigh the cons by quite a bit. Although he might be overusing the guestblogging most of the articles are still very relevant and useful. And even a lot of the paid reviews are useful and highlight a good blog (obviously some don’t). So overall if you are a blogger looking for info to help you build a better and more profitable blog then JohnChow.com should be a regular visit for you.
WorldBeta.com is run by an experienced finance professional Mebane Faber. He does a lot of research for timing systems and endowment type portfolios. He wrote an excellent paper on a five asset class timing model called A Quantitative Approach to Tactical Asset Allocation It is essentially a long term trend following system that is able to match equity returns with less than 1/4 the risk. Good paper and smart guy.
He has also done a lot of research into Guru Portfolios. Basically this is where you look at extremely successful investors such as Seth Klarman, Warren B, Steve Cohen, and the other hedge fund greats and then look at their holdings. He follows several of these on StockPickr but has articles on his blog about them as well Guru Stocks
I have been following Mebane’s blog ever since he released his paper and can say without reservation that it is worth reading. He also does a good job selecting and mentioning books he is reading and you would be well advised to read them as well. World Beta is definitely a must read.
Trading, Hedge Fund, Asset Allocation, Market Timing
LongorShortCapital.com is one of the funniest financial blogs I read. They basically make fun of anything and put a financial spin on things. This is how they describe themselves.
“At Long or Short LLC, we leverage our superior intellect and extensive investing experience to recommend explicit Long or Short positions and related abstract trades, which may or may not be possible with real world financial derivatives. We use science to improve the lives of the rich.”
Here are a few of their many excellent posts.
Pretty much everything on the site is like this. Funny and yet true. Here is a recent post on a press release.
Read it and tell me its not totally accurate. These guys (based on some of the posts I assume they are guys) are active in the financial world and in their spare time have basically built the financial equivalent of TheOnion.com except funnier.
Humor, Investing, Hedge Fund, Onion
Well if you trade and read blogs you have probably come across Brett Steenbarger’s site TraderFeed. If you have not then you should make it a daily visit. I have been a reader of Brett’s for a long time. He is a Trader/Sports Psychologist that works to help Traders overcome the many psychological hurdles that we all have. He has written “The Psychology of Trading (Wiley, 2003) and Enhancing Trader Performance. I have The Psychology Of Trading and can attest that it is an excellent book.
One of the best things about the TraderFeed blog is that Brett is very giving in his knowledge and research. He actively trades himself so he is not just espousing theories. He actually works with a few trading floors so for the most part he is not helping unprofitable traders become profitable but instead is helping already fairly successful traders overcome their boundaries.
I mentioned that he does a lot of trading research as well and has done a tremendous amount of work with money flows and the Tick. If you go to his blog almost every week he has a post concerning both of those topics A TICK post and Sentiment Money Flow. His research for the most part is quite original and useful.
He also has a good take on what he is doing. He has noted that his 50K+ visitors a month could bring him some decent money but makes no effort to monetize his site. He comes from an academic background and he really just wants to share what he has learned. He has posted about it and it has proven to be true over the past couple of years. Give this site a look and add it to your feeds. I read it every day and can’t recommend it enough.
Happy Blogging and Trading,
Book, Trading, Psychology, Blog
Bloggingforbills.com has recently changed to RyanShamus.com
We will be doing a new review in the coming weeks.
Well this site definitely does not hide its purpose. Ryan is on the internet to make some money. His site is geared towards the Blogger/Entrepreneur. He has a lot of good posts on things that you can do to promote your blog such as this post Non-Electronic Ways To Promote Your Blog It has some good and easy to implement ways to promote your blog.
Lately we have been seeing more and more blogs that blog about making money. As anyone who has been reading blogs for a while knows one of the keys to success in this field is perseverance. If you persist and keep adding valuable new content to your site and continue promoting it you can be successful. In his post here Make Money With a Blog He goes over what is needed to be successful and I couldn’t agree more.
For people that are in the blogging business I recommend that you go visit BloggingForBills
Blogging, Money, Promote
Abnormal Returns is one of my daily investment related blogs. Everyday they post a list of links with some added commentary. Some might just call this a linkfest but most of the time they add useful info to each link and they use a wide variety of information.
They describe their title with this-
The component of the return that is not due to systematic influences (market-wide influences). In other words, the abnormal returns is the difference between the actual return and that is expected to result from market movements (normal return). Related: excess returns.
It is an apt description for what the blog covers. One of the best parts about them is that they really do search far and wide to look for new info. Many investment blogs that post other links tend to do it from the same 10-20 sources. Every week at AbnormalReturns they have at least a few new sources that I had not even heard of and thats saying a lot. At last count my RSS reader has 87 different investment feeds and I still find new valuable sources through AbnormalReturns. Definitely a valuable resource for anyone in the investment arena.
Investments, Hedge Funds, Trading, Stocks, Returns
Achieving your goals easier than you think is the tag line to this site and I think he is doing a good job of showing the reader how to become better. A lot of the articles are sales and marketing related and he does a good job with them. He also talks a lot about becoming an entrepreneur and different aspects of going that route. For instance in this article Suggestions for Finding Venture Capital
goes over different aspects of raising money for your own business ventures.
Another topic he covers regularly is self improvement. Here is a good post that discusses gratitudeI Am Grateful For One nice thing about his self improvement posts is that he covers them without getting too preachy or just plain lame. Most sites that cover a lot of self improvement seem to take on a holier than thou attitude that turns me away. WritetoRight.com does not seem to suffer from those symptoms.
If you may have noticed I like this site and feels that it can add true value to yourself and your business.
Self Help, Sales, Advertising, Self Improvement
If you are a new or experienced blogger Courtney has tons of genuinely good info to help you make money online. In fact using this article Starting a Blog in 5263 Words I was able to build my first WordPress blog in under 30 minutes. My dad while being an internet surfing pro couldn’t program a thing to save his life got his site Egadsandsmallfishes up and running quickly as well. It’s is a wonderful resource for the beginning or aspiring blogger.
For the experienced blogger there are plenty of good articles as well. For instance here is a post102 Ways to Make Your Blog a Backlink Superstar that has been helpful to me on some of my other blogs. I knew several of these but reading this opened up many more that either were totally new to me or I just didn’t quite get how they worked. Luckily the majority of his posts are filled with information that is extremely applicable to all bloggers.
If it sounds like I use and enjoy Courtney’s site it is because I do. Everybody that blogs should add Courtney’s blog to help them make money online to their daily must reads.
Blogging, Internet, Self Improvement, Start a Blog