The 7 Links Project

7 Links ProjectThanks to my good friend Mark at My Own Advisor, who nominated me for the 7 Links Project.  The purpose of this project is for each blogger to highlight 7 of their posts based on 7 questions, and then nominate 5 other bloggers to do the same.  It’s like a chain-e-mail for bloggers to write-up their favourite posts, share with their readers, and then pass it on 🙂  You can view Mark’s post he wrote just a few days ago, and he certainly has much to be proud of with the success of his blog: My Own Advisor – 7 Links Project.

Looking Back I was quite surprised to see that in a period of only 11 months, I had already written 75 posts, with some 683 comments.  That also includes a published article for Canadian MoneySaver Magazine. Considering the Dividend Ninja started as a test-site for WordPress, it’s sometimes amazing how life unfolds. I’m also delighted with the personal connections I’ve made, and the whole experience has been a real pleasure. Well, onwards and upwards!

The Seven Links

Your most beautiful post

Well, I don’t exactly think writing about dividend and index investing is necessarily “beautiful”.  But what really is “nice”, is the way an income generating and balanced portfolio, of bond ETFs and dividend stocks, is priceless during times of  market volatility. It validated all my efforts to keep a balanced portfolio combining indexed investments and dividend paying stocks. While my portfolio lagged behind others during the euphoric market rise from 2009 to 2011, it sure paid off when things started tanking recently. I wrote about this during the recent market slide on August 5th, 2011, Keep Calm and Steady.

Your most popular post

My most popular post, according to Google Analytics is High Yield Canadian Stocks, with over 5,281 page views (year to date), and 37 comments. I covered some of the Canadian Stocks that were yielding between 5% and 10% dividend yield. It just goes to show you, investors are still yield hungry, even after all these years!

Your most controversial post

By far, my most controversial post was part-1 of Can You Live off Your Dividends?  In Part-1 of this series, Dividend Income in Retirement, I examined the concept of dividend income as a viable means to support retirement income. This post gathered a lot more attention than I expected, with some 1200 views in 2 days, some 11 tweets in one day, and a flood of comments. A lot of people were taken aback when I suggested living off dividend income wasn’t as high yielding as people suspected, and that it would require a massive portfolio to generate the necessary income. When I suggested Yield on Cost (YOC) had nothing to do with current dividend yield in retirement, many became very passionate in their responses.

Your most helpful post

Back in November 2010, I wrote a post on how to use Stop Loss and Limit Orders. From the comments, and emails I received from readers, it was quite clear many people were unable to find an easy to understand reference. So my post seemed to be quite helpful. It later turned out that the brokerages handled stop orders and limit orders differently, so no wonder people had difficulty figuring it all out.

A post whose success surprised you

I was quite surprised that Creating Monthly Dividend Income, became one of my highest traffic posts with over 3,906 page views (year to date).  Maybe it just ranked well in Google. It was probably the quickest post I’ve ever put together, in about 20 minutes as I remember.

A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved

Maybe I was being secretly boycotted by the “Alliance of Dividend Investors Against Indexing”, or maybe I should have used “Couch Potato” in the post titles. But I was disappointed that my two part interview with Dan Bortolotti at the Canadian Couch Potato, didn’t get the attention it deserved. Dan took time out of his weekend to answer my questions, and traffic on the interviews was less than average. Nonetheless, these are a couple of great interviews that are worth reading, if you haven’t already:

Dan Bortolotti Interview – Part 1
Dan Bortolotti Interview – Part 2 

The post that you are most proud of

I’m definitely most proud of The Dividend Payout Ratio, which was my first article in print. It was published in the July 2011 issue of Canadian MoneySaver Magazine.  It took me about three days to put this post and the data together, but I thoroughly enjoyed the research and seeing the final result in print. I also enjoyed the feedback and questions I received from MoneySaver subscribers. I’m sure every writer remembers their first published article in print!

The Five Nominees

I’ll nominate five other bloggers I also enjoy reading. Apologies to My Own Advisor for the duplication on two of those blogs, but they are my favourites as well!  If you’re already on the list, have already taken part, or not even interested, then just ignore the nomination and enjoy the free link 🙂

Here are my five nominees:

So if you would like to participate in the 7 Links Project, then just write up your 7 answers, and nominate five more bloggers, and pass it on 🙂 It’s that simple and fun to take part!

14 Responses to “The 7 Links Project”

  1. Dividend Mantra

    Aug 21. 2011


    Wow. I’m honored to be nominated. I’ll have to write something up tonight!

    Congratulations on the success of your blog so far! I know that your blog was one of the reasons I started mine in the first place. It’s so wonderful for us dividend investors to have a way to share ideas and communicate. I feel like we’re advantaged in that way if you compare dividend investors from just 10 years ago. Cheers, and I wish you continued success!

  2. The Dividend Ninja

    Aug 21. 2011

    @Dividend Mantra

    Mantra, my pleasure. Your blog is one of my favourites! No rush on the post – just for fun 🙂

  3. The Wealthy Canadian

    Aug 21. 2011

    All I gotta say is that I’m anxious to get some reading done on your site because I haven’t read all of the posts mentioned today.

    I’m a big fan of your blog and you’ve got some great content. Content is king in the blogging world, and you’ve got it goin’ on IMO!

    I really liked your “Keep Calm and Steady” post, and I also think your post, “Index or Dividends?” deserves at least an honorable mention. 🙂

    In all seriousness, keep up the great work. Your site is on my blogroll.

    Congrats on the Cdn MoneySaver article too! I am sure it was well deserved.

    I appreciate the nomination and you can expect to see the 7 Links Project roll out on my site this upcoming week.


  4. The Dividend Ninja

    Aug 21. 2011

    TWC, WOW thanx a lot man! I really appreciate your feedback.

    But I have to say I’m rather humbled. Although you’ve only been blogging since July, the depth and detail in your posts is absolutely amazing. 29 posts in one month (since late July) I think is quite an achievement 🙂 And quite frankly you are indeed a “wealthy Canadian”. When you discuss investment strategies or ideas, I pay attention.

    I think we will be seeing a lot more of TWC both online and print! I’m betting a cold beer on that one.


  5. My Own Advisor

    Aug 21. 2011

    Hey Ninja,

    First of all, thanks for the mention and the kind words about my site.

    Secondly, you should be delighted with your blog and the progress you’ve made. 1) The blog looks amazing, 2) your posts are excellent and 3) maybe most importantly, your blog has become a critical vehicle enabling you to become more in-tune (and successful) with your financial journey. Win, win, win.

    Thirdly, as a very nice bonus, you’ve made some great connections. It has been a pleasure to interact with you and I wish you continued success with the blog and your financial journey. Onwards and upwards indeed!

    Stay in touch and keep up the great work!

  6. BeatingTheIndex

    Aug 21. 2011

    Nice set of posts DN, I enjoyed your “keep calm and steady” post the most. We might be looking into another crash coming right ahead, it’s going to be very hard to keep calm and steady 😉

  7. The Dividend Ninja

    Aug 21. 2011

    Thanx man! Bonds are keeping it steady right now, and then new funds in September to invest with 🙂 Energy and oil stocks are going to be bargains in the year to come, but they are essential to our economy.

    @My Own Advisor
    WOW Man, what can I say? Thanx for all the support! Well yah it has been a great journey. You and I have a balance of bond ETFs/Funds as well as dividend paying stocks. I know that you know, that this strategy is already starting to pay off. Protection from falling markets with bonds, and consistent dividend income! 🙂

  8. MoneyCone

    Aug 23. 2011

    I remember your post on Dividend Payout Ratio, excellent post indeed!

    Thanks for the nomination, much honored and humbled.

  9. DIY Investor

    Aug 30. 2011

    Hi Ninja,
    Thanks for including me. Like the others I’m honored. I’ve been out of commission for a few days because of loss of electricity. With earthquakes and historical hurricanes on the East coast life has been even more interesting the last few days.
    But electricity is back and I”m back. Thanks again for the mention.


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