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MySpace rules the web…

Posted by rantaboutit on January 29, 2007

An article i was reading listed the 20 most popular websites where people spend time. I should admit i was pretty much surprized after going through the list. I was expecting Google to top the list but turns out that isnt true.

So, the big question is, where do we spend all our time online? Which websites are more successful in capturing our attention compared to others?

Lets go over some facts

  1. The Top 20 Websites add up to 39% of all our time spent online.
  2. MySpace, a social networking site owned by News Corp tops the list by a big margin.
  3. Surprizing Yahoo YHOO is ranked #2, thanks to Yahoo Finance, Flickr and Yahoo portal.
  4. Google GOOG is ranked #5 well below msn.com owned by Microsoft MSFT ranked #3 and eBay EBAY ranked #4. People spend 4 times less time on Google than Yahoo.
  5. YouTube a popular video sharing website makes it to the list at rank #12
  6. Adultfriendfinder.com also finds a place in the list suggesting need for a friend or two for the lonely Americans.
  7. Some of the expected sites were Amazon AMZN, Craigslist.com and Wikipedia.org
Conclusion: Only 2.1% of our time is spend on Google. This stands out to surprize everyone. However if you think clearly you will realize that we end up using Google services like Gmail, Google Maps, Google search as quick read or look up. But we end up spending more time on social networking sites and portals with loads of contents.

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Newspaper blogs beats newspaper news…

Posted by rantaboutit on January 29, 2007

The number of visitors to the blog pages of the top 10 online newspapers grew 210% in the past year, far outpacing growth to the parent sites.

NetRatings Inc. NTRT found that while the unique audience to online newspapers grew by 9% in 2006 where as the number of visitors to blog pages at the top newspapers grew at 13% of the parent sites’ total traffic.

Here are the most popular online newspaper blogs and links to their pages with their estimated December audiences.

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Bet on high dividend stocks…

Posted by rantaboutit on January 29, 2007

With the way the stock market is behaving, it is sometimes better to play with less volatile stocks. High dividend paying stocks fit the bill. For starters according to Investopedia,
Dividend is the distribution of a portion of a company’s earnings, decided by the board of directors, to a class of its shareholders. The dividend is most often quoted in terms of the dollar amount each share receives. It can also be quoted in terms of a percent of the current market price, referred to as dividend yield.

High dividend stocks are safe bet among cautious investors. Even if the price of the stock goes down, the high dividend paid by the company will compensate for the loss. Most of the high dividend stocks do not fluctuate alot and infact few good stocks see a steady rise in the price.

High dividend stocks i recommend:

  • Frontline Ltd. FRO with Dividend of $10.00/share and Yield of 30.70%
  • Novastar Financial Inc. NFI with Dividend of $5.60/share and Yield of 25.90%
  • New Century Financial Corp. NEW with Dividend of $7.60/share and Yield of 25.30%
  • HomeBanc Corp. HMB with Dividend of $0.80/share and Yield of 25.20%
  • Knightsbridge Tankers Ltd. VLCCF with Dividend of $4.00/share and Yield of 16.20%
  • Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd. NAT with Dividend of $5.28/share and Yield of 15.20%
  • TNR Technical Inc. TNRK.OB with Dividend of $4.75/share and Yield of 14.90%

The returns range from 30.70% to 14.90%. These returns are definitely lucrative compared to what the banks offer. I recommend my readers to do your own research about these stocks and invest accordingly.

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