By Kelly Hodges
The good news is that a person seeking to increase their personal finance knowledge has a wealth of information at their fingertips. One no longer has to rely on books or magazines to get this information, as the internet is loaded with high quality, relevant, and extremely useful personal finance sites. The bad news is that there is so much content on the web that sometimes it’s hard to sort through the fluff to get to the best and most helpful sites.
Here are a few suggestions for highly acclaimed places to turn to when looking for your personal finance fix.
1. Google – Because every search starts with Google, we thought we’d start there too. Google is a complicated animal, and many different factors go into determining a websites’ page rank when you search for a particular topic. Things like relevancy of the topic, importance of the site, and more than 200 other factors are calculated behind the scenes to give you the best websites for your search. So, when a search for “personal finance” yields the following results, you can be confident that your time spent reading them won’t be wasted. But also realize that while these sites, and many that rank near the top, are the most visible and main stream, they may not fit your desired niche, feel, and style.
2. Alexa – “The web information company” Alexa employs very sophisticated web crawlers and data aggregation calculators that creeps all over the web and collects data about every website out there. It is then able to use this information to compile rankings of sites that have been sorted into hundreds of categories. Again the algorithm that goes into creating the ranking is complex, but the bottom line is that they have done the hard work for you. So whether it’s budgeting, debt reduction, or ways to save and invest money, you can be assured that the personal finance info offered on these top ranked sites will lead you in the right direction.
3. WiseBread – If you prefer reading smaller personal finance sites instead of the more mammoth ones mentioned above, WiseBread offers a ranking of the best personal finance and frugal living blogs out there based on a score calculated from six different metrics. These metrics attempt to capture the blog’s influence and reach (such as the # of Twitter followers or RSS feeds), so the ranking really represents which sites readers like best. These sites offer great personal finance advice, and are definitely worth checking out.
It’s always a great idea to spend some time educating yourself about issues relating to personal finance. Whether it’s on See It Market (yes!) or any of the websites listed above, finding good content that relates to you is key. Thanks for reading and have a great day.
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