I’m proud to announce that I am getting rid of all the Google Ads from my site. They just don’t make enough money to be worth it. A second factor is that I have always written on this blog for fun, as a hobby, and not because I want to make money. I want to make sure people know that when they read my posts. I find that some blogs tend to pump out articles just to increase ad revenue.
I may think about phasing out my link ads as well. As some of you might already know, Google frowns upon links ads these days and some sites have had their page rank reduced due to unrelated paid link ads. The link ads on my sites are mostly debt-related and not very related to what I blog about so this has worried me a little. Most of them don’t expire until later this year so I’m not worrying about those yet.
A while ago I asked for submissions for my “Ask Dave” series. Well now, contacting me is now easier than ever through my new contact form. It’s been a while since I had an “Ask Dave” post so if you have any burning questions, please send them along.
I got tagged by Canadian Money Advisor in hist article, “What are your favourite financial magazines, books, or websites?!!” Here are mine:
The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton: One of the first financial books I ever read. I read some of it when I was really young and first learned about compounding and RRSPs and other simple stuff. I’ve read some of the chapters again over the last few years and it has some great financial advice in it.
The Intelligent Investor (revised edition) by Benjamin Graham: Read this a couple years ago and it really changed the way I think of investing. Mainly it made me realize that being a successful stock picker is really hard and unless you have all day to spend doing it, don’t do it. Great historical recounts of the tech boom (and bust) of not only the 90s but the 60s as well, and other famous bubbles (and bursts). It also taught me to not worry about the daily goings-on in the market.
Efficient Market Canada website by Marting Gale: The writings on this site greatly influenced my decision to go with an all-passive portfolio and to use ETFs to achive that. It has lots of great articles and recommendations.
A Random Walk Down Wall Street (ninth edition) by Burton Malkiel: Since I have an all-passive portfolio, I figure I better learn more about the theory behind this in detail. This famous book is a good start. I am not almost half-way through it and I definitely recommend it for all investors.
Unfortuntely I cannot recomend any magazine, newspaper, or other media publication. Some have decent articles once in a while but not usually. If anyone has any recommendations, please let me know.
I’m going to be submitting an article to the “Canadian Tour of Personal Finance Blogs” event taking place Monday, April 16th. This inaugural event will be hosted by Canadian Money Advisor. You can see a description of other blogs taking part.