You'll find none of those irritating advertisements on this site. No pop-ups, no newsletters, no requests for you personal information. Just the strategies and tactics and tactics I use when investing my own personal funds in the markets. I've made the conscious decision to resist any advertising on the investing portion of the site and still deciding if any advertising will ever appear on the photography portion. Perhaps one day I may allow very limited advertisements on the photography side if I can find what I consider appropriate support from camera equipment companies but for now there aren't any advertisements on either side of the site. I'm hoping to keep it that way for a very long time.
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Now I’m not against making lots of money (you'll notice that I do write articles about investing in the stock market) but I’ve been perplexed by all those advertisements I see on other investing websites. I understand the idea behind all that obnoxious and irritating advertising. I just don't particularly like it.
This is a fairly simple concept to understand, but it makes me wonder why any investing sites would have any advertisements on them at all. Think about it. Is the purpose of the site to sell ads? Or is it to provide information and opinions on investing? Do the advertisements make more money for the website author than simply executing the advice that’s being provided? If not, then why doesn't the author just use his own advice and invest accordingly? Surely there's a hundred times more money to be made by buying and selling stocks and options and collecting dividends using the website's advice (if the advice is any good, that is) than there would be in the few pennies, quarters, or dollars made from all those annoying advertisements.
"Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don't have for something they don't need."
I find most advertisements annoying or down right irritating on those other investing sites. I also assume that others would find them annoying if I put any on mine. So I haven't. Fortunately for anyone visiting this site and reading these articles I have the luxury of not having to pay for this site (so far) because it is so graciously hosted by Weebly.com for free.
I’ve had other websites in the past and I can honestly say this is the best development site I have ever used. Weebly.com makes putting websites up on the net easy and simple. If anyone wishes to create a website for just about any purpose, I highly recommend you at least visit their site and spend a little time reading their literature. You’ll be surprised at just how user friendly it is. It’ll allow you to quickly get past the mechanics of putting a website together and allow you to concentrate on the content you want to include on your site. And that should be what your website is all about, right?
"The public doesn't particularly care for advertisements."
If you've read any of my articles you've come to understand that I write about my investing style and the stocks that I am or am not investing in at the moment. I also include many of my investing ideas and the reasoning and rationale behind my buys and sells. I do not charge to visit my site and I don't sell advertising. I put it all out there and with both quantitative data and enough hot links that I can be checked and criticized.
I have a relatively simple investing philosophy and only a few guidelines and processes. To tell the truth, I sometimes think I’m just repeating that philosophy and those guidelines and processes from article to article to article. But I may be wrong. In the end only the readers of these articles can really decide if these articles are repetitive or redundant. I’ll eventually find out when the statistics of this website start to falter.
Hopefully each article articulates or explains a slightly new or different approach to the way I invest. And hopefully I can spark a new idea in the minds of those who read these articles. It’s just one of the reasons I continue to write. But most important of all, I’m not just writing about the topic of investing, I’m writing about the strategies and methods I use when I’m investing with my own money.
So how do I make money with this website?
If no one ever reads these articles they’ve still been worth creating just for the fact that they have improved my understanding of the markets and my trading. Every day my trading strategy becomes clearer and clearer to me. If I ever begin to second guess my decisions, I simply refer to my earlier articles. These articles continue to reassure me on a daily basis that my investing philosophy, guidelines and processes remains on track. And if any of this has helped anyone else, then all the better.
Hopefully someday my kids will become interested in beginning their own journey of building wealth and securing that financial freedom and security that seems to have eluded me so far, but always seems to be just around the corner. It's an exciting journey but it takes years to complete. Luckily I have many years left!