Blog Measures?

Here’s a couple of ways to check out various blog metrics:

Alexa
does reach, traffic rankings, page views.
http://www.alexa.com/

I like the Blog Smackdown feature: You can also compare two blogs to see which one gets more traffic.

SiteMeter
Analyzes traffic
http://www.sitemeter.com

Breaks traffic down into various components: By Details, Referrals, World Map, Location, Out Clicks, Entry Pages, Exit Pages.

Blog Media Tools:

BlogTalkRadio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com

Turn your blog into a live radio show

Blog Printing
http://www.blogprinting.com/

Turn your blog into a printed book

Some fun blog stuff:

What’s your blog worth
Business Opportunities Weblog

http://www.business-opportunities.biz/projects/how-much-is-your-blog-worth/

Blog Shares
The fantasy blog stock market
http://blogshares.com/index.php

Truth Laid Bear
Relative Traffic Ranking of the top 5000 blogs
http://truthlaidbear.com/TrafficRanking.php
(But It was more valuable before people started gaming the system)

If you know of any other worthwhile blog tools/measures, please use the comments, and we will add to the overall list as it develops . . . 

Category: Weblogs

Retail Sales Ask: “What Soft Landing?”

Category: Data Analysis, Economy, Markets, Retail

Earnings & Reactions: CostCo versus Alcoa

Category: Earnings

Blog Spotlight: Capital Spectator

Another edition of our new series:  Blog Spotlight.

We put together a short list of excellent but somewhat overlooked
blog that deserves a greater audience. Expect to see a post from a
different featured blogger here every Tuesday and Thursday evening,
around 7pm.

Next up in our Blogger Spotlight:  James Picerno is the editor of The Capital Spectator (capitalspectator.com), a blog focused on economics and investment
strategy. He is also a senior writer for Wealth Manager, a trade
magazine for financial advisers to wealthy individuals. He has been a
financial journalist since the late-1980s.

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Capitalspectator

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Today’s focus commentary looks at:

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TIMING & MAGNITUDE

The head of the self-proclaimed "authority on bonds" says the rate hikes are history. PIMCO’s Bill Gross wrote in his October Investment Outlook that "the Fed is done and ultimately will have to lower interest rates in order to restimulate an asset based/housing led economy that has been its primary growth hormone in recent years."

The underlying assumption in his projection is that inflation is "leveling off" and the economic growth rate is "moving towards a 2% real growth rate or less in the next year or so…." As such, the Fed "at some point in 2007 will be forced to cut short rates." Timing and magnitude are yet to be determined, he adds.

In fact, the future may be more complicated than it appears. Economist Robert Dieli of NoSpinForecast.com documents the finer points of this complexity by plotting the history of economic cycles against instances of inverted yield curves. As he illustrates in the chart below (which, alas, we’ve squeezed a bit from the original to fit into the confines of CS), there’s a lengthy history of yield-curve inversions accompanying economic contractions and a drop in the Fed funds rate shortly after the yield inversions arrived. But that doesn’t mean the past is prologue, at least not a prologue that’s clear and obvious.

 

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Category: Blog Spotlight

Buy Versus Rent Spreadsheet

Category: Consumer Spending, Data Analysis, Real Estate, Web/Tech

Earnings Season Begins with a Miss or 3

Category: Commodities, Earnings, Investing, Markets

Bloggers Take On: Employment

This is another of our new features: Blogger’s Take. It is inspired by — a nice word for stolen — the WSJ’s Economist’s Take, which they post after major economic data releases.

We wanted to do something a bit more informal: Looking at different subjects a bit more in depth, and take in some perspectives from a broad variety of bloggers (as opposed to a narrow slice of Wall Street Dismal Scientists.

Here are our first half dozen responses to the question: "What Up With Employment?"
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"A striking characteristic of the US non-farms job data since the trough of 2002 is that recovery growth is the weakest since records began in 1939 (uncertain BLS September revision notwithstanding). Even the brief and frail recovery between the 1980 and 1981 recessions was stronger. It may be that growth has not yet peaked – but that would make this jobs recovery the slowest to pan out on record.

Moreover, the latest non-farm payrolls data paints a picture of deterioration, particularly in construction and related industries. Whilst both the unemployment rate and hourly earnings data stuck out as good news, the fact is they are lagging indicators. The Fed has ammo to hold on this data; but should coming months show job losses (not outlandish) they might still choose to wait on clearer inflation (and BLS) data before contemplating the wisdom of cuts."

- Rawdon, Capital Chronicle

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Category: Blog Spotlight, Employment

10/11/06 upside down is 9/11/01

Category: Data Analysis

Comparos to 1973

Category: Economy, Investing, Markets, Psychology, Technical Analysis

When Does the Fed Cut With the Dow at or near Record Highs?

Category: Economy, Federal Reserve, Markets