Pianologist.com

Pianologist.com

We came across Pianologist about a week ago but were not able to give it a fair review for a while due to our lack of piano playing skills and knowledge. A few of us have played the violin for years so we have a clue about music but other then playing the melody with the right hand we are not exactly piano playing experts . Well after a short brain storm and a phone call I was able to get a very accomplished pianist to go over the site and give me her feedback.

Her feedback was very positive. KCLau and CEFam have a very useful blog. They have links for the beginner Easy Steps to Play a Chord all the way to several links on writing your own music Full Arrangement in 60-Minutes

This site has something for everyone interested in playing the piano. They cover playing the piano, making your own music, piano news, and lots more. Their posts are informative and their links are useful as well. If you play the piano and haven’t looked at this blog you owe it to yourself to pay it a visit.

Happy Blogging and Piano Playing,
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MotorolaCellPhonesPower.com

MotorolaCellPhonesPower.com

If you want to know something about a Motorola cell phone then this is the site for you. Looking over the categories on this site it is safe to say they cover almost every single Motorola cell phone you have been able to get the past few years. Here at Blog Raters we have a few Razr’s and 2 Kazr’s and a few non Motorolas. For those of us who are Motorola people (I have a Razr) we were all able to find useful information regarding our phones.

One of the big strengths of this site is for those who are looking for a new cell phone. The blog has reviews and news for all of the phones and stays very up to date. If you have or are looking for a Motorola phone this blog should be on your short list of places read up on their phones. What are the cons of this site? If you don’t want a Motorola then it won’t help you much if you do it could help you a ton.

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WorldBeta.com

WorldBeta.com

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.

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LongorShortCapital.com

LongorShortCapital.com

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.
Molybdenum
Diversification
Girls

Pretty much everything on the site is like this. Funny and yet true. Here is a recent post on a press release.
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.

Happy Blogging,

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TraderFeed.com

TraderFeed

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,

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BloggingForBills.com

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

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CameronSpeaks.com

CameronSpeaks.com

CameronSpeaks.com is a funny and often/always irreverent blog. Its main purpose is to write about things that bug the author “Cameron.” For instance he hates door to door salesman I Don’t Want Your Pizza Or his loving adoration for Rosie O’Donnell, Another good one is his response to animal rights activists like PETA. Whether you agree with the posts or not you will probably laugh quite a bit. Is the author disturbed a bit? Maybe but its still funny stuff.

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CellPhonesGurus.com

CellPhonesGurus.com

CellPhonesGurus.com as the name implies writes about cell phones. Over its history it has been writing about cell phone news and how to’s. This week it changed its focus from cell phone news to almost exclusively how to’s.How To’s Basically if you have a phone and want to know how to do something such as load music, sync with your computer, etc. Just shoot this site a message and they will write a how to with step by step pictures. With the writers knowledge of cell phones I have no doubt that his articles will be of value.

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AbnormalReturns.com

AbnormalReturns.com
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.

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WritetoRight.com

WriteToRight.com
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.

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