Recommended web development blogs

by Martin Reed on 30 March 2007 in Snippets

On top of administering this blog and my websites, I frequently visit a number of other web development / business related blogs and thought I would share a couple of them with you here.

Recommended blog # 1 – TylerCruz.com

I found this blog many months ago and enjoyed reading Tyler’s posts on how his life has changed as a result of making money online. Tyler is a 23 year old from Canada who describes himself as a ‘web publisher and entrepreneur’. Tyler makes most of his money from his poker website but is looking to diversify into other niches such as advice forums and advertising company reviews for web publishers.

At one stage Tyler seemed to lose motivation to update his blog, which was a shame. Now however, he is back and is posting at least one new article per day. I particularly enjoy reading posts about his new projects, as well as his more personal posts which have recently included the purchase of his first home thanks to his online earnings.

Unfortunately Tyler seems to have a few people that dislike him, although I am not sure why. I think they seem to take his laid-back attitude as arrogance, but to assume this would be wrong in my opinion. Tyler seems to admit to his mistakes and failings, which is an admirable quality.

Tyler has recently decided to increase productivity by enforcing upon himself a 40 hour working week – best of luck, Tyler!

Recommended blog # 2 – JohnChow.com

John Chow is another Canadian blogger. His blog is dedicated to sharing knowledge with his readers about how to make money online.

John declares himself as the root of all evil, but this is obviously just a marketing gimmick. Granted, he may slay the odd panda from time to time, and devour the odd live lobster, but you can hardly call someone evil when they disclose so much knowledge on how to build traffic and make money online, and donate so often to charity.

John posts around three to four new articles on his website each day which encourages repeat visitors (including myself). The quality of John’s blog is what inspired me to jump on the blogging bandwagon. If it wasn’t for John Chow dot Com, this blog would not have been born.

John does need to be careful about the lengths he goes to to monetise his blog. His site is littered with affiliate links and the number of paid reviews he posted last month was a little too much. Another bonus for John Chow readers -if you review his blog, he will link back to you – not a bad deal when you consider the popularity of his site.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed these mini-reviews of two blogs I have ‘Live Bookmarked’ – I will mention other blogs I visit from time to time in a future post, but in the meantime I think I have given you all a couple of good resources to go out and devour!

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TeamTutorials May 4, 2007 at 11:40 am

I haven’t read that first blog, I will have to check it out.

Martin Reed May 4, 2007 at 11:46 am

Thanks for popping along! I like Tyler’s blog – it is completely honest and great to read about his experiences.

Best Airmiles Deals May 4, 2007 at 8:31 pm

Just found this site threw John Chow’s site. You’re right about him inspiring lots of new bloggers.

SEO Tips May 4, 2007 at 11:18 pm

I like his rambling =P. Some of his ‘SEO’ techniques is borderline black-hat, but it’s ‘borderline’. Hey he still got a PR6 for Google bombing ;).

SEO Tips May 4, 2007 at 11:24 pm

Hmn…Where’s is the MyBlogLog widget? It’s nice to have picture next to a comment. Just my suggestion.

BTW–what type of blogging platform do you use, Marin?

*If you use Wordpress and would like to learn more about optimizing it, feel free to visit my SEO blog =P.

**Also, it’s rather hard to read your blog, would you mind having the text all white instead of gray?

O.K. Gtg.

Martin Reed May 5, 2007 at 1:26 am

I am considering adding MyBlogLog soon – I wanted the blog to gain a decent flow of traffic before installing such features.

As for the text colour I will play around with it – I don’t want to burn peoples’ eyes, but accept the contrast may not be too great at present.

This blog is running on WordPress.

Robin August 23, 2007 at 7:35 am

I first time know TylerCruz.com from your blog.But i know JohnChow.com one year ago.Google have been penaltied JohnChow.com,his rank is not very good now.I more like problogger.net’s article.But Johnchow also a very good make money blog.

Martin Reed - Blog Author August 24, 2007 at 12:07 pm

Robin – John Chow is becoming ever-increasingly arrogant and this is being reflected in his articles. I certainly don’t visit his blog as often as I used to.

Kane August 30, 2007 at 12:39 am

Would like to see more blogs, have any more links?

Thanks

Martin Reed - Blog Author September 2, 2007 at 9:33 am

Kane – Stay tuned; there may be more shout-outs coming in the future. In the meantime you may want to check out the archives section for my ‘Powerful posts’ articles.

segnala sito October 1, 2007 at 11:41 pm

JownChow a good blog, I appreciate his work.

Fernstudium / Studium October 2, 2007 at 10:06 am

well, i think they do both a realy good job.

Martin Reed - Blog Author October 3, 2007 at 8:19 pm

segnala sito – I have to admit that I read John Chow’s blog a lot less these days; his blog has focussed on making money so much that there is no longer any particularly valuable content over there.

Fernstudium / Studium – Are you a regular reader of both blogs?

Studium October 9, 2007 at 2:55 pm

I was a little bit astonished, that Tyler made 750 $ with his blog in September. That is really a lot and shows me, that I have to learn a lot more in this business…

Martin Reed - Blog Author October 11, 2007 at 12:46 am

Studium – Tyler does publish a lot of paid reviews, hence his good overall monthly income. He also tends to mix in the revenue from PublisherSpot, too.

Either way, he makes more from his blog than I do!

Michelle from the Coulee Region October 27, 2007 at 3:42 pm

“Either way, he makes more from his blog than I do!”

I noticed the lack of ads on here. I’ve been reading so many of your posts over the last few days I wanted to thank you with some clicks but there’s none to click on! Unusual these days to find a site with no ads. I succumbed to the temptation not long ago on one of my sites that I never planned to monetize. Haven’t made very much, yet, but it’s still a bit of a rush seeing those pennies add up. :)

Michelle

PS: Sigh… Captcha still doesn’t like me.

Martin Reed - Blog Author October 29, 2007 at 9:41 pm

Michelle – Who knows, in the future I may just put up a few ads; at the moment though, I am concentrating solely on the content of this blog and am happy running it completely without advertising.

stars November 7, 2007 at 10:43 am

They’re both very cool.
One more tip: shoemoney.com is a very cool similar blog too

Martin Reed - Blog Author November 7, 2007 at 4:29 pm

stars – You’re right; ShoeMoney often publishes some interesting articles on his blog and he should certainly be considered an authority blogger.

Paul January 13, 2009 at 6:56 am

Thanks for the ‘heads-up’ on these 2 blogs. I’ve not read Tyler’s before and I immediately got a feel for what the guy is like and what makes him tick – just like a blog should be. John Chow’s has got some good information…if you navigate around all the adverts and promotion.

Shawn Lindsey May 22, 2009 at 9:56 am

Thank you for the list. We are always looking for more sites like these.

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