Thursday, March 29, 2007

How To Trade: A Call To Trader/Bloggers


I want to thank readers--and especially my colleagues in the financial blogging arena--who have helped to grow the readership of TraderFeed. The first four months of my blogging, the traffic was between 6000 and 8500 visits per month. Frankly, that was fine by me. I knew that the blog, with its short-term equity index trading focus and its emphasis of historical trading patterns and trading psychology, was a niche offering. Since that time, the niche has grown substantially, as the chart of monthly visits (and my swollen email inbox!) indicates.

I'd like to show my appreciation by calling attention to other fine blogs that are out there. Specifically, I'd like to link to posts that describe, in some depth, how you trade. The posts could illustrate specific trades, summarize trading methods, or both. I find there is a real need among beginning traders to see models of how other people are doing it. From those models, traders might then be able to discover the trading styles and time frames that best fit their interests and talents.

So what I propose is an upcoming linkfest of posts on "How To Trade". If you have a post that fits the bill, either in your archives or that you newly create, please email me with the URL in the next few days. I'll be more than happy to highlight your work and introduce new readers to your blog by adding a few of my own words re: your methods and your site. My email address is at the bottom of the "About Me" section of the TraderFeed home page.

Thanks for your interest, support, and willingness to provide guidance to new traders.

Brett

11 comments:

mdbllbr said...

Maybe the traffic is an usefull technical indicator...

Congratulations and thank you for your blog.

Brett Steenbarger, Ph.D. said...

Thanks; there does tend to be an uptick in blog traffic (not just for my blog) during higher volatility, uncertain times.

Brett

Caravaggio said...

It's nice to see this blog flourishing Brett. My favourite market related web-sites are:
Traderfeed, Daily Speculations, the FT, and the Economist.

As for "How To Trade", I just wish I knew.

WALL STREET said...

Hi, Doc
Congrats to you. Just wanted to ask how do you increase blog traffic?

Brett Steenbarger, Ph.D. said...

My, Caravaggio, you've placed me in exalted company. Many thanks for your overly generous comment. As for "How To Trade", I'm a firm believer that some of the best learning comes from our own successes. Those will point us to what we do best and what will bring us success--

Brett

Brett Steenbarger, Ph.D. said...

Hi Wall Street,

It's an interesting question. There's a sense in which I don't worry about blog traffic (and do little to affect it one way or another), and there's a sense in which I'm quite sensitive to it. You've given me an idea for a new post, which will appear tomorrow AM. Many thanks. Some of my best post ideas are sparked by reader comments--

Brett

J-Roc said...

Hi Brett,

I always appreciate your contributions! I read your blog through my reader and I have noticed since the beginning of March, my reader only gets a summary or snippet of your blog and not the entire blog. This was not the case before and wondered if there was something you changed in your settings. I was wondering, if you did make a change, if you could publish the entire blog. I find it easier on my eyes to read your blog from my reader which has a white background. I appreciate your consideration. Many Thanks!

J-Roc

Caravaggio said...

Hi Brett, re the 'generous comments', they stand even though I don't read most of the posts because I don't trade stocks. What I do read, however, I nearly always find enriching. Keep up the good work.

ps - I have to agree with j-roc re posting full RSS feeds. It's definitely the more reader friendly approach.

Brett Steenbarger, Ph.D. said...

Hi J-Roc and Caravaggio,

Thanks for the comments re: full syndication of articles. I would absolutely *love* to continue that. My problem was that a couple of site owners were pulling the full syndication to reproduce my articles on their sites without my permission. If readers have suggestions for me re: handling this situation, I'm very open to considering those. Thanks!

Brett

Lauriston said...

Great idea Brett

I'll try and get something together and email you. I am not exactly very analytical or rigorous, but my real-life trading would lead me to believe I am using something that works!'ll post something and send you an email and you could decide whether it is worth linking to :)
I am looking forward to perusing "how others do it" and see how I am improve, or help others improve. You are not too far away from me in Chicago!!

Brett Steenbarger, Ph.D. said...

Thanks, Lauriston; I look forward to your post! Already I've heard from many new bloggers who are doing interesting work.

Brett