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Top 20 High-Yield Blogs and Websites

Bob Ciura Aug 19, 2016


Dividend.com brings you a detailed list of the top 20 high yield blogs/websites ranked by domain authority. Domain authority is a score developed by Moz.com that predicts how well a website will rank on search engines like Google or Bing. When an investor searches for dividend related keywords on the internet like “Apple Dividend” or “IBM Dividend”, a search engine generates a list of 10 websites on the first page that have the highest domain authority including those that have relevant content that match the keywords you have searched for.

Income investors are always on the hunt for a new high-yield opportunity. Investors who enjoy receiving regular income from their investments — be it bond interest or stock dividends — understand the great value in getting those payments like clockwork. When markets decline, income offers a valuable source of downside protection. Stock dividends in particular are a great way to build wealth, even when the equity market goes down, because it gives investors the opportunity to buy more stock at lower prices. Then, when markets increase once again, regular income provides an added boost to total returns.

For individual investors, the Internet is a haven of valuable resources. Those interested in gaining more knowledge of high-yield stocks and bonds should consider reading the following 20 blogs and websites.

 

1. TheStreet

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The Street is an investing website run by publicly traded The Street, Inc. (TST ) and well-known investing commentator Jim Cramer. The Street offers a great deal of free content including a wide range of investing philosophies, as well as a large amount of paid services that investors can subscribe to. TheStreet was established in 1996, and for income investors, it has a large collection of high-yield stock and bond articles.

Best Product/Tool: Jim Cramer’s 25 Rules of Investing

Premium Pricing: Action Alerts Plus, $364 per year; Real Money PRO $832 per year. TheStreet has several subscription services, each with its own pricing, that investors can subscribe to.

Demographic Base: A broad range of investors young and old, across stocks, bonds, and options traders. The value proposition for TheStreet is mostly the insight from the investing experts Jim Cramer and Doug Kass.

Type of Content: Web articles and videos, with a large amount of premium services that investors can subscribe to across a wide spectrum of investing styles. Content has a unique focus on loss prevention, including the 10 Commandments of Investing and a Stressed Out Stocks section featuring red flags popping up in the market.

 

2. Investopedia

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Investopedia is a wealth of knowledge for investors at every level, from novice to expert. The website has a large reference section, in which it houses a library of sorts, filled with an investing dictionary and videos to help break down complex investing terms. The site also has a stock simulator in which an investor can use play money to simulate the performance of a portfolio. It provides research for investors interested in stocks, including dividend stocks, as well as bonds.

Best Product/Tool: The Test Prep tool is an entire section with educational resources for those preparing to take licensing exams in the finance industry, including the CFA and Series 7 exams.

Premium Pricing: None, investing newsletters are free.

Demographic Base: Investors of all knowledge levels, including novice to expert investors. The website also covers breaking news and is optimal for investors looking for insights from both professional money managers and individual investors. Investors with all types of interests can find something of value.

Type of Content: Video tutorials and articles. It’s great for investors looking to learn more about finance and investing, and it provides definitions and explanations for concepts and terminology associated with dividend stocks.

 

3. Morningstar

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Morningstar has built a website with many services designed for high-yield investing, in both stocks and bonds. The platform gives investors a number of options to choose from, including analyst ratings and updates, a stock screener, and Morningstar ratings on stocks.

Best Product/Tool: The best products on Morningstar are the stock and bond screeners, which allow investors to focus on the highest yield investment opportunities.

Premium Pricing: Morningstar Premium, $189 for one year

Demographic Base: Skews toward a more professional audience, including asset managers. To optimize Morningstar services, investors should have a keen focus on the fundamentals of a company. The analysis is heavily based on fundamental analysis across market sectors and asset classes.

Type of Content: Screeners, articles, and videos. Most investment securities, including stocks and bonds, receive a star rating based on Morningstar’s internal analysis. Ratings are a featured part of content.

 

4. The Motley Fool

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The Motley Fool seems to have a more casual approach to investing, with a humorous name and a mission to educate, enrich, and amuse investors. The site has a huge library of content including how-to guides to investing, equity research analysis on individual stocks, and company statistics for many publicly traded stocks.

Best Product/Tool: Stock Advisor, a subscription service that details The Motley Fool co-founders David and Tom Gardner’s top stock recommendations.

Premium Pricing: Stock Advisor, $53 per year. Other services include Rule Breakers, $99 per year.

Demographic Base: The Motley Fool caters to a diverse crowd of young and more experienced investors.

Type of Content: Articles, videos, and slide presentations. Content is split into various sections including income investing, growth stocks, and other asset classes.

 

5. Seeking Alpha


Seeking Alpha is one of the biggest, most popular investing websites out there. It is an enormous platform of investors and analysts, with 4 million registered users and over 10,000 contributing authors. The site has a free platform of articles that cover a wide range of investing topics, and it also has a marketplace platform in which investors can subscribe to their favorite equity research for a monthly fee.

Seeking Alpha is great for dividend investing, as it features an extensive Dividend Ideas section. For investors specifically looking for high-yield opportunities, Seeking Alpha offers a breadth of research, including a Top Yielding Stocks section.

Best Product/Tool: Seeking Alpha Transcripts. Seeking Alpha covers more than 4,500 companies and publishes their quarterly conference call transcripts.

Premium Pricing: Seeking Alpha PRO, $2,400 per year

Demographic Base: Seeking Alpha caters to a wide range of investors from long-term holders to day traders. It also spans age groups, from young investors just getting started to retirees. The diverse demographic base is a function of the diverse contributor base. Seeking Alpha has something to offer everyone.

Type of Content: A huge amount of content including presentation slides, conference call transcripts, and articles both free and premium. Seeking Alpha has significantly expanded its content offerings in recent years to cater to nearly all investors’ needs.

 

6. Benzinga

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Benzinga is a dynamic, innovative site that offers actionable ideas. It keeps investors up to date on the most popular dividend stocks, with a large dividend section filled with high-yield opportunities. Investors can read free content on the site or sign up for paid services.

Best Product/Tool: The Tech Startups product has a wide range of articles discussing privately held tech startups, which are often not covered by traditional financial media because they are not publicly traded.

Premium Pricing: Benzinga Pro; Basic, $99 per year; Essential, $199 per year; Premium, $299 per year

Demographic Base: Skews toward a younger, millennial audience. The website specializes in covering breaking news and the topics getting the most attention in the news each day.

Type of Content: Videos, articles, and presentation slides. Benzinga stays on top of the current trends and the latest developments from Wall Street’s highest-profile fund managers.

 

7. Gurufocus

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Gurufocus features investing gurus and their favorite methodologies for stock selection. Some of the highest-profile investors in the money management field have submitted their own screening processes, which individual investors can replicate for themselves. In addition, Gurufocus is a good choice for income investors because it has a large High-Yield Dividend Stocks section where investors can screen for dividend stocks, including sorting stocks according to highest dividend yields.

Best Product/Tool: Guru Stock Picks — a large database of investment professionals and money managers that provide their own personal stock picks.

Premium Pricing: GuruFocus Premium, $349 per year

Demographic Base: Classic Warren Buffett/Peter Lynch–style value investors. Gurufocus is designed for more advanced investors with a specific focus on value investing, using traditional value investing techniques such as price-to-sales, discounted cash flow, and relative valuation analysis.

Type of Content: Articles and screeners. Content is heavily focused in quantitative analysis in the form of several manuals that can be downloaded. Content also includes real-time guru stock picks.

 

8. The Dividend Guy

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The Dividend Guy tells the story of an individual man who has set out to build wealth through dividends and to guide other investors on how to do the same thing.

Best Product/Tool: 7 Investing Principles, a list of key metrics and principles for all investors.

Premium Pricing: Free

Demographic Base: Caters to long-term dividend investors, as well as value investors.

Type of Content: Articles and stock screeners designed to help investors formulate a buy list of coveted dividend stocks. The content offered also includes tools for valuation of dividend stocks that investors are interested in buying.

 

9. Dividend Detective

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The slogan for Dividend Detective is, “If you like dividends, you’ll LOVE Dividend Detective,” and it is hard to argue with this assessment. There are huge amounts of resources for investigating dividend stocks, including a list of high-yield stocks, MLPs, exchange-traded funds, Business Development Companies, and Real Estate Investment Trusts. This site covers every segment of dividend investing.

Best Product/Tool: Free Cash Flow Champs & Chumps. This product breaks down dividend stocks based on which ones generate real free cash flow to sustain their payouts, versus the red flags in the dividend universe.

Premium Pricing: Dividend Detective Premium, $5 for the first month, $15 per month thereafter

Demographic Base: Retirees

Type of Content: The content follows the name — Dividend Detective — in the sense that it is designed to help investors find new opportunities in the high-yield dividend space. Content is oriented toward resources for locating high dividend stocks that may not receive as much attention in their respective asset classes.

 

10. DividendInvestor

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DividendInvestor is a how-to for investors interested in keeping daily track of their dividend investments. Here, investors can keep track of when dividends are declared, the amounts, and how to keep track of dividend income over time.

Best Product/Tool: The Dividend Detector, a huge list of dividend-related updates including dividend increases and decreases, declaration dates, and special dividends.

Premium Pricing: Premium Membership, $299.90 per year

Demographic Base: Income investors living off dividend income, primarily retirees.

Type of Content: The content is heavily geared toward directories that hold large lists of stocks falling under different categories including REITs, MLPs, and Royalty Trusts. Content is focused on how to find high-yield dividend stocks, with calendars and screeners to discover hidden opportunities.

 

11. Wyatt Investment Research

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Wyatt Investment Research, founded by investor Ian Wyatt, provides a large number of articles and other content for investing in the stock market. The website also includes a learning portal for options trading. Wyatt Investment Research is particularly useful for income investors, with a newsletter devoted to Income & Prosperity.

Best Product/Tool: Million Dollar Portfolio, a real-money portfolio created by founder Ian Wyatt.

Premium Pricing: Million Dollar Portfolio $295 per year

Demographic Base: Retirees

Type of Content: A combination of articles and video content. Articles discuss single-stock analysis or lists of dividend stocks that may be attractive. Content also includes videos that explain more complex investing techniques such as options trading.

 

12. Dividend Mantra

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Dividend Mantra is devoted to obtaining financial independence through dividend investing. The blog is especially valuable to investors just starting out and looking for high-yield dividend opportunities, as it provides links to brokerage firms, investing books that are great for getting started, and other websites that cater to high-yield investing.

Best Product/Tool: Dividend Mantra has a wide range of sections, each with investing-related articles. The most useful for dividend investors is Dividend Income Update, in which the site creator publishes his own portfolio’s dividend income and the dividend stocks he has currently invested in.

Premium Pricing: Free articles; book The Dividend Mantra Way, $4.99

Demographic Base: Retirees. The website is great for investors hoping to secure their financial futures based on dividend growth, so that an investor can eventually live off the dividend income of an investment portfolio.

Type of Content: Mostly free articles that focus on analysis of individual dividend stocks. The site has many articles that discuss the most widely held dividend stocks that can be the foundation of a dividend portfolio.

 

13. DividendStocksOnline

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DividendStocksOnline is perfect for the high-yield hunters out there. The website dedicates much of its online real estate to high-yield dividend stocks, including a Top 10 section with potential stock picks.

Best Product/Tool: High-Yield Stocks, a section dedicated to high-yield dividend stocks and what to look for from these types of investments.

Premium Pricing: Premium Dividend Data, $9 for first month, $19 for each additional month

Demographic Base: Income investors, particularly in the high-yield dividend space. Primarily retirees.

Type of Content: Free articles and paid dividend data content. Articles include lists of dividend stocks, specifically attractive high-yield dividend opportunities. The content also includes lists of best dividend stocks, such as the Top 50 Stocks section.

 

14. Dividend Channel

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As its name suggests, Dividend Channel is all about dividends—including high-yield stocks. Investors can use this website to keep close tabs on high-yield dividend stocks, with tools such as a screener, a calendar with important future events, articles, videos, and even a Daily Dividend Report with the most recently updated dividend announcements and changes.

Best Product/Tool: DRIP Returns Calculator. This tool allows an investor to see the difference between dividends reinvested versus not reinvested and the impact of reinvested dividends over a selected period of time.

Premium Pricing: Dividend Channel Premium Newsletter, $9.99 per month.

Demographic Base: Investors looking for dividends, typically retirees. The website keeps investors up to date on when they can expect companies to declare and pay their dividends. The platform is most useful to investors living off dividend income and those interested in getting new dividend ideas every day.

Type of Content: Content is mostly free and is made up of articles, calculators, and a calendar that keeps subscribers up to date on dividend declarations. Using the screener, investors can focus on high-yield business development companies, or BDCs, as well as high-yield bonds and preferred stocks. It also provides a service called Top Ranked Dividend Stocks.

 

15. Sure Dividend

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Sure Dividend’s 8 Rules of Dividend Investing brings a categorized systemic rank to the most popular dividend stocks in the stock market. This is a guide for investors on what to look for from dividend stocks and the key factors for dividend investing. It gives specific, actionable ideas for long-term investing in dividend stocks.

Best Product/Tool: The Sure Dividend 20 Stock Model Portfolio, which is based on The 8 Rules of Dividend Investing.

Premium Pricing: The Sure Dividend Newsletter, $9 per month

Demographic Base: Investors, such as retirees, who buy and hold dividend stocks over long periods of time for the explicit goal of generating income.

*Type of Content(: Web articles, with periodic newsletters. The content guides investors through every step of the investment process, taking a historical perspective of the importance of dividends over time and how investors can select dividend stocks in today’s market.

 

16. Dividend Diplomats

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The Dividend Diplomats website tells the story of two individual investors’ journey to financial freedom, attained by dividend growth investing and frugal living.

Best Product/Tool: The Top 5 Lists are a collection of the most popular articles on the site, which rank stocks across a number of asset classes and industries.

Premium Pricing: Free

Demographic Base: Income investors planning for early retirement by living off of dividend income.

Type of Content: Articles are a blend of dividend stock picks and personal finance. One of the site’s most useful sections is the 60% Savings Challenge, where the site operators challenge all investors to save at least 60% of their income and use the savings to invest in dividend growth stocks. This is very useful advice for investors looking to generate additional funds to invest in dividend stocks.

 

17. Dividend Growth Stocks

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Dividend Growth Stocks is that the site operator has published the Dividend Growth Stocks portfolio, its holdings, and the performance of the portfolio. In addition, the website publishes a regular list of blue chip companies that announce dividend increases each month, along with single-stock analysis using traditional dividend valuation metrics.

Best Product/Tool: D4L Subscribe, in which investors can subscribe to regular updates by the site operator, which includes a view into the operator’s portfolio and dividend goals.

Premium Pricing: D4L-Premium Services, $95.70 per year

Demographic Base: Focus is on current income needs, geared toward retirees. The website is best for highly analytical investors who drill into the fundamentals of a company.

Type of Content: Spreadsheets with calculators as well as articles. The content on this website is more quantitative in nature than other websites. Dividend Growth Stocks employs a quantitative valuation method in a very uniform way for each stock it analyzes.

 

18. DivGro

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The stated aim of DivGro is to seek out a growing dividend income stream. The site publishes a large amount of articles, and its operator lists a portfolio that investors can follow. The blogger also lists the goals of the income portfolio each year, so that investors can see for themselves that high dividend yields and dividend growth investing perform well over time.

Best Product/Tool: The Top 10 Stocks tool. Each month, the blog ranks the top 10 dividend growth stocks that warrant further investigation by high dividend investors. This is aligned with the watch list in which investors can monitor the dividend growth stocks that currently look the most interesting.

Premium Pricing: Free

Demographic Base: Investors with a longer time horizon. The content is geared toward investors looking to grow dividend income over a multi-year period to see the benefits of dividend growth investing.

Type of Content: Free articles that are meant to keep investors up to date with the latest dividend developments. Articles closely follow popular dividend stocks and update investors based on when dividend stocks raise their dividend payouts.

 

19. Dividend Earner

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Dividend Earner is a great website for investors interested in building sustainable wealth over time through dividend investing.

Best Product/Tool: The Monthly Dividend Income statement, a list of the website operator’s real investments that tracks monthly dividend income being generated by the portfolio.

Premium Pricing: Free

Demographic Base: Investors with a longer time horizon, which could be younger dividend growth investors.

Type of Content: Articles discuss the best dividend stocks across typical income producing sectors such as REITs. The content discusses both domestic and foreign stocks, and it also includes articles designed to help investors with asset allocation.

 

20. Two Margins

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Two Margins is a very novel concept. It seeks to change the way financial information is analyzed and disseminated by allowing analysts to post notes on corporate financial statements. It utilizes crowdsourced opinions to help users glean valuable insight. It bills itself as a new form of financial media.

Best Product/Tool: The depth of Two Margins’ document pool. The site maintains SEC documents for over 4,000 companies.

Premium Pricing: Free

Demographic Base: Young investors, traders

Type of Content: Analyst opinions are delivered as notes, attached to SEC filings. Instead of opinion-based articles written by various authors, the content is based on brief, succinct notes provided by analysts. The content is much more quantitative-focused, for investors interested in fundamental analysis of dividend stocks.


The Bottom Line


In investing, there is always more that can be learned. These 20 sites are a great source of knowledge, model portfolios, and new ideas for high-yield dividend stock and bond investing. This group encompasses a broad range of investment ideas and asset classes, and the websites are suitable for investors of all age groups and levels of expertise. What they all have in common is a wealth of knowledge available for investors interested in dividends.

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