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July 28, 2007

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to this Saturday, July 28, 2007 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, the blogosphere's only weekly review of the best posts from the most recent editions of the best of the world of business and money-related blog carnivals!

This week, we reviewed well over two hundred posts from more than two dozen blog carnivals. But before preparing our list of the best posts of the week, we eliminated the blog carnivals that weren't hosted by humans.

Seems a bit rash, right? Especially since we eliminated all but seven blog carnivals from this past week. But OMM is about finding the best of the best, and that includes the hosts who cared enough to actually read through and review each of the posts submitted to the carnival they volunteered to host. Otherwise, what's the point of having a blogger contribute to a collection of links nobody has any reason to follow back to their blog?

There are, after all, more effective ways to draw search engines to your blog. And like banner ads that become invisible after people get used to them, link spam carnivals are becoming just as invisible. Don't just take our word for it - if you're a blogger who contributed to these carnivals, go to your traffic logs and see just how many hits you received from each carnival to which you contributed.

It's just not worth it!

If you want to participate in blog carnivals, your better bet is to use our list of carnivals each week to find the ones that are worth your time. Just scroll down for the best posts from the best carnivals of the week that was!...

On the Moneyed Midways for July 28, 2007
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs Plan Your Trip Now for Your Business! Desty Online Shawn shows how creating a business plan can be almost identical to planning to go on a trip.
Carnival of Fraud Invasion of the Pod People, Round 2 (L-O-N-G) Wisdom from Wenchypoo's Mental Wastebasket What's wrong with today's most hypocritical "progressive" politicians, their more dubious causes, and the people who give them their unquestioning support? Wenchypoo, well, we'll just quote her: "I see Pod People…they're everywhere…and they don't even know they're being used!" The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Carnival of Real Estate Expected Rate of Decline of Home Prices in the Next Year The Digerati Life Given the seemingly housing-driven market turmoil this week, we suspect this may be the most popular post of this week's edition - the Silicon Valley Blogger gives her take on the slipping home market.
Carnival of Real Estate Selling Like a Catholic Schoolgirl Active Rain Brian Brady shares what he learned about the art of the sale from his Catholic grade school education. Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of the Capitalists Intuit: The Small Business Helpers Adam Pieniazek What do Intuit's managers do right? Adam Pieniazek reviews the internal corporate culture of the tax and accounting software giant.
Festival of Stocks Stocks as Income Investments The Real Returns In a neat investing lesson, the Real Returns walks through the math that confirms that the S&P 500, as represented by one share of the SPY exchange traded fund bought in January 1994, now has a dividend yield of 5.62%!
Lead Optimize Cellular Retailers Must Greet Customers Within 30 Seconds - Study Learn Good Customer Service Jason Rakowski discusses a J.D. Power & Associates study that found a strong correlation between when a customer is greeted and a wireless retailer's customer satisfacton scores, along with other factors that influence custome perception that are not to be missed!
Small Business Issues Turning Coal Into Diamonds: A Case Study on Customer Complaint Tracking Productivity Planner Chris Russell shows what you can learn about turning the "coal" of customer complaints into customer satisfying "diamonds" from a company that actually manufactures diamonds!

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