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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the name implies Former Spook.com is written by a former “Spook” or spy. If you like an insiders look at all things intelligence than this is a site for you. While never revealing anything classified he does give us informative briefs regarding the GWOT (Global War On Terror) and other political themes. And while this reviewer is partial I don’t think that the writer of FormerSpook.com tries to take sides, instead he focuses on the facts on hand.
If you follow the situation in North Korea you might like to read this article on the Pyongyang shutdown. If you have been following the recent controversy regarding potentially changing the process and requirements to gain a security clearance you might like to read this article on it. He discusses the pros, cons, and everything else on this and many other topics.
If you are a political buff you will like this site even if just to give you a different and informed perspective. Go to FormerSpook.com and learn how someone who knows whats up look at things.
ValleyWag.Com is a blog that is all things Silicon Valley. If you like tech gossip/news then ValleyWag should be one of your regular stops.
Being one of the bigger blogs in an area help out in that you get a lot of information from “insiders” whom you have never even talked to. Reading through the recent posts you can tell that ValleyWag hit critical mass long ago. Here is an awesome post showing where Larry Page one of the founders of Google lives using Google Maps using the Streetview feature. I wonder what he gives the kids on Halloween. Here is another funny post about The Next Internet Millionaire some of these are hilarious and kinda scary at the same time. And then here is another post that has exactly what you would expect from deep in the heart of the valley Someone actually using the Apple I-Phone before the actual launch.
Basically if it has to do with technology, venture capitalism, or anything else in Silicon Valley ValleyWag.Com is the place to see it first.
CrayonWriter.com is a website dedicated to writing. The owner of this blog Theda K Rogers is a professional copywriter who writes in her business and on her blog. Most of her posts relate to actual writing and to having a home based business and more specifically a home based writing business.
She has definitely spent a lot of time thinking and planning out what her business is all about and has stayed focused on her website. As opposed to many other blogs that wander everywhere CrayonWriter.com actually stays on topic and writes about writing. (This is a sidenote/rant regarding this. We get a lot of requests to do reviews and lately I have gotten a few followup requests asking why we haven’t reviewed a particular site yet. While we have undoubtedly mistakenly overlooked a review most of the time it is for one of two reasons. 1-the writer barely has any posts yet so it is hard to do a review of any substance. And 2-if they have a lot of posts they jump all over the place and you have no idea why you would want to make it a regular stop.) Luckily Theda K at CrayonWriter has avoided these two downfalls of many bloggers. She has a lot of good and useful writing info and several useful posts on starting a home based business and being a work from home parent.
If you want to learn about copy-writing or how to cope with working at home with the kids (which is like 90% of bloggers) then make the Crayon Writer a regular visit.