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.

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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.

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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.

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TheKirkReport.com

TheKirkReport.com

The Kirk Report is one of the deans of investment blogs. Kirk was there pretty much from the beginning and he continues to provide excellent information in his posts. He posts on everything from trading/investing strategies to trader psychology. He also has regular LinkFests where he discusses market related news. There are a lot of sites out there that do this but he is definitely one of the best.

One of the nice things about Kirk is that his posts are very useful and sometimes even actionable. What do I mean buy “actionable?” Basically that you not only learn something but if you trade you could implement what you learned today. On many blogs they provide a lot of info on different topics but when you can actually do something with the info the true value really comes through.

If you invest/trade, would like to, or just like learningThe Kirk Report.com should be on your regularly read list and if you use RSS you should be subscribed. It is definitely worth yout time.

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WritetoRight.com

Write to Right.com revisited

We already did a review of Writetoright.com several months ago. A lot has changed since then. The writer has definitely been busy posting and building up his blog. Recently they even redid their WordPress theme making the site look very clean and professional. But as mentioned above they have been posting more as well as posting better. The main target of this blog is to highlight different business opportunities and discuss ways to fix common problems people have when running their own businesse.

Here are a few highlights from WritetoRight.com Sales and Marketing, Starting a Business, and Publicity. Reading through these posts will give you an excellent feel for what this blog is about.

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