So you want to become a smarter blogger huh? Great! I’ve been blogging for coming up to 4 years this July, wow how time does fly. In that time I’ve hit some high points and some low points, it’s just part of the process.
Blogging for me, as it probably is for so many other passionate bloggers out there, is a lifetime journey and commitment. It’s also a lifetime education. I hope to be doing this for many more years to come, learning many new things about blogging and how to become better at it, to serve my audience better.
Making money has never really been the main reason as to why I blog, that might sound hard to believe for some folks, but that’s the darn truth! Although… The first book I ever read before setting up my blog was John Chow’s Make Money Online, the Roadmap of a Dot Com Mogul, you can actually find that book on Amazon here (aff). Whilst it tells you that money can be made from blogging, the book actually teaches you how to set up a blog and start blogging!
Anyway, going back to the money issue. The thing is I have other online businesses in ecommerce that do very well, so I’m not in any immediate rush to suddenly make money from blogging, but I do monetise, and what ever I do make tends to be invested back into my blog in any case. If someday blogging was to become a huge income source for me, then I’d be happy with that, however making money isn’t my main goal in blogging!
So why do I blog?
I blog because I simply enjoy writing and sharing something useful with everyone. If I happen to make a little bit of money from my blogging efforts, then that’s great, I look at it as a positive side effect or a by product of doing something that I’m passionate about.
One of the greatest joys that I get from blogging is actually reading other peoples blogs and following other bloggers in similar niches.
I love connecting with other bloggers, and building relationships with them and their readers. That to me is one of the most important elements in blogging, as anybody who’s been blogging for long enough will know. But there’s something else too…
By frequently reading and following other relevant blogs in my niche industry, I’m also educating yourself.
By reading other relevant blogs regularly, you are inevitably learning new skills and adapting them into your own methods and strategies. You are teaching yourself to become a smarter blogger throughout.
OK enough chit-chat from me, before I really do get carried away here.
Below I’ve compiled a list of my all-time personal top 25 blogs that I’ve been following for the last 4 years. I truly owe so much gratitude to these bloggers. These top blogs have helped me to become a smarter blogger! And of course I’m still learning from these great bloggers today.
As these top blogs and nice folks that maintain them have been valuable to me over the years, I also believe that they will be of great value to you too, especially if you’re just starting out on the road of blogging. Maybe you’ve stumbled across a couple of these blogs already, and if you haven’t then great, more reason to explore them!
Seth Godin is a renown Amaerican entrepreneur, blogger, author of some of the most amazing business, entrepreneur and marketing books I’ve ever read. This guy is the grandfather of blogging and entrepreneurship, not to insult Mr Godin. You can read Seth’s blog here which is filled with tons of valuable content. One of my favourite quotes from Seth’s book Linchpin is “An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artist takes it personally.”, and being an artist myself and having worked in the arts industry, he couldn’t be more correct!
By the way, if you want to take a look at Seth’s book LinchPin, you can find it here on Amazon (aff), it’s well worth the read!
ProBlogger and it’s founder Darren Rowse was one of the very first blogs I discovered when I was starting out, like many others I guess. Darren loves to share insightful blogging and entrepreneurial tips that is most of the time aimed at a lot of newbies, but advanced bloggers too. Darren is also an author at ProBlogger and has written many great eBooks and guides. One of my favourite and one that has certainly helped me with my blogging is the 31 Days To Build A Better Blog workbook. You can check out Darren’s blog ProBlogger here.
When it comes to copywriting and content marketing, there is no other blog in the blogosphere that compete’s with CopyBlogger. Brian Clark is the mastermind behind CopyBlogger Media, and of course CopyBlogger are also the brains behind the amazing Genesis Framework platform for WordPress.
The CopyBlogger membership can’t be compared with anything else either, you get a ton of free resources, eBooks, exclusive content, months of education for free when you signup. CopyBlogger is a blog well worth bookmarking and following, and one that will certainly help you to become a smarter blogger There is also a great podcast hosted by CopyBlogger called The Rainmaker, check it out on iTunes. OK you can visit CopyBlogger here.
Pat Flynn is the brains behind the SmartPassiveIncome blog, and as far as proof of how successful you can become online goes, with enough hard work and dedication, Pat is that living proof. Pat considers himself as the ‘crash test dummy’ of online business, sharing what strategies are working and what’s not, with proof of earnings in his outstanding and inspirational monthly income reports. His blog is also renowned for boasting a huge number of MVP’s (Massive Value Posts). Pat also hosts one of the most valuable online business and entrepreneurial podcasts on this planet, again available through iTunes! You can visit the Smart Passive Income blog here.
Chris Ducker is the founder of ChrisDucker.com and author of several great books, including his new book “Virtual Freedom” which I’m yet to get my hands on. He is an expert in entrepreneurship and virtual staffing. I’ve only been subscribed to Chris’s blog for a few months and in that time I’ve learned a sh*t load of great stuff, which I’ve been able to apply to my own online strategies for my other online businesses. Chris also hosts an educational podcast on iTunes called “the New Business Podcast”. You can follow Chris’s blog here.
By the way, again if you’re interested in checking out Chris’s book “Virtual Freedom”, it’s available on Amazon here (aff).
Jim Connolly writes at his marketing blog at JimsMarketingBlog.com. His area of expertise are working with businesses and writing about marketing. However Jim also shares a lot of valuable and actionable tips on blog marketing, copywriting and social media marketing. I’ve been following Jim’s blog for a little over a year now and have read some great articles on his blog. You can follow Jim’s blog here and join over 60,000 other people who follow his blog.
Chris Brogan is a nice chap with a beard (at time of publishing)… Chris is a New York Times Bestselling author, a professional speaker and writes for his blog over at ChrisBrogan.com where he loves to share tips on a wide variety of topics, ranging from business marketing to creating connections online, to using social media, to using a variety of tools to help you better your business, and not to forget tips and ideas for bettering yourself as a person, that is important. You can check out some of his books on Amazon and follow Chris’s blog here.
When it comes to traffic generation for your blog or your website, Ana Hoffman is truly an expert in this field. She writes for her blog over at TrafficGenerationCafe where she will teach you most things you need to know about search engine traffic, social media traffic and traffic conversion. You can visit Ana’s blog and get her free traffic report here when you signup.
If you want to stay updated on all the latest news, events and updates that is taking place in the SEO world, and namely with what is happening with Google, follow Matt Cutt’s no-frills blog. Matt is currently the head of Google’s web spam team. You can follow Matt Cutts here.
Now let’s look at an another entrepreneur that is definitely worth following as a blogger, and that’s no other than Neil Patel. Neil blogs over at QuickSprout.com and is the co-founder of companies like Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics. Neil is recognised for many accolades including being recognised as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama, and one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 by the United Nations.
Asides from helping big name companies grow their revenue and traffic, Neil loves to share some of the most valuable tips and strategies on building an audience, copywriting, advanced SEO, blogging and much more. It would be more than fair to say that following Neil’s blog WILL definitely help you become a smarter blogger in your niche. You can follow Neil at QuickSprout.com here. You can also run your website through the free SEO analysis tool on the homepage.
As a blogger, if you want to keep up with all the latest news, trends about Google and search engine marketing in general, as well as grab tips on SEO, social media and internet marketing then this website is a must for bookmarking. You can visit Search Engine Land here.
I hope you are bookmarking some of these sites, especially if you haven’t visited some of them before. Alternatively, you can just bookmark this page for future reference.
If you want to stay tuned with all the social media marketing news, get tips and strategies on a wide variety of cool social marketing tools and platforms, then I’d highly recommend you bookmark SocialMediaToday! The site is amongst the top 10 most popular industry media sources for digital marketers on Twitter. Again you can visit Social Media Today here.
Almost every dedicated blogger uses Facebook to reach out to their existing connections, and build new ones. Inside Facebook is your one stop resource for marketing and advertising on Facebook. There is a wealth of valuable information, marketing tips and strategies, tools and platforms that can help you fine tune your blog marketing efforts. Visit InsideFacebook.com here.
Want to be a smarter blogger, get to know WordPress properly, and here’s a blog to help you do just that. If your chosen platform is of course WordPress and you’re a complete newbie to this powerful content management tool, then have no fear, WPBeginner to the rescue!
WPBeginner is the largest WordPress resource site for WordPress Beginners and boasts tons of simple to understand and apply WordPress tutorials to help you become more custom to using WordPress. You can find out more about the site by visiting WPBeginner here.
When it comes to WordPress website optimization, no one knows it better than Joost de Valk from Yoast.com… OK maybe a few others know about SEO too. Joost is also the brains behind one of the most widely used SEO plugins for WordPress, WordPress SEO by Yoast, one of the plugins I recommended installing as a first time blogger. In addition Yoast.com also boasts lots of awesome content, tips, strategies on blogging and would you believe, SEO. Visit Yoast SEO here.
Social Media Examiner is run by Michael Steltzner who is a pretty well known guy in the blogging community to say the least. The blog is always updated with some of the most valuable tips, techniques, trends, news, case studies and research that will help you to fine tune your own social media marketing efforts. Michael also hosts a popular podcast which is also worth tuning into on iTubes. You can learn more about Social Media Examiner here.
Steve Scott is one of my top favorite bloggers and authors. I have to give credit to one of his recent books titled How To Write Great Blog Posts That Engage Readers. Such a great read and even for someone who’s been blogging for a number of years. You can find that book on Amazon here (aff). Anyway, Steve blogs mainly about internet business and Kindle publishing. He also regularly writes and shares blogging and affiliate marketing tips based on his own findings, if you want to learn more about Steve, his blog and valuable eBooks, I’d highly recommend visiting his site here.
Miss Ileane Smith is the gal behind popular blog BasicBlogTips. Now BBT specialises in sharing beginner and advance blogging tips, social media tips and one of Ileane’s favorite topics, YouTube and video marketing. Ileane has a large and loyal reader base and updates her blog regularly with fresh content with actionable tips. I’ve even had the pleasure of guest blogging for BasicBlogTips.com. You can visit Ileane’s blog here and become part of her growing community.
Daniel Scocco is the main man behind daily blog tips. If you’re looking for more advanced blogging tips then DailyBlogTips has to be in your list of bookmarks.
The blog is updated daily Monday to Friday and has a lot of great tips to offer beginner and advanced bloggers. Learn about blog design, blog promotion, blog traffic and monetization, blogging to support your business, case studies, internet marketing and much more. To find out more visit DailyBlogTips here.
Number 20 on our list is BlogTrepreneur run by entrepreneurial brothers Matthew and Adam Toren. They both run the site which shares articles on blogging, entrepreneurship, making money online, social media, business and personal development. The Toren brothers also authored an award winning book called Kidtrepreneurs. If you approach blogging with an entrepreneurial mindset, this blog has to be on your bookmarks list too. Find out more about the site, the authors and subscribe to their updates here: Visit BlogTrepreneur.
BloggersPassion is one of my top favorite blogs and Anil Agarwal does a great job with putting out some valuable content on the blog. I remember visiting BloggersPassion when I first started blogging on Magnet4Marketing back in 2010, and I picked up a lot of great tips, some I’m still using today in my blogging strategies. BloggersPassion loves to share articles on blogging obviously, hosting, WordPress tutorials, making money and SEO. If you haven’t already done so, I’d highly recommend you check out Anil’s blog here and consider subscribing.
ShoutMeLoud is one of the most successful blogs in the blogosphere, authored and managed by founder Harsh Agarwal. Harsh certainly has an inspiring story to tell about how he got into blogging himself, but foremost his blog ShoutMeLoud is crammed with a lot of valuable content that’s sure to help you become a smarter blogger. Over the last few years ShoutMeLoud has been my ‘go to blog’ for a lot of WordPress, hosting, SEO and webmaster tips and tutorials. Whether you’re just starting out in blogging or are an experienced blogger, visit ShoutMeLoud for sound blogging advice provided by a true blogging professional as well as many other guest authors on the blog. Check out ShoutMeLoud here.
Adrienne’s blog makes my list of top bloggers to follow because she is living proof of how having a blogging community can power your online success! Adrienne is known in the blogosphere as the Engagement Superstar, her blog is bursting at the seams with awesome content, and her comment section is just an awe-inspiring one. Adrienne currently has an amazing product called Build A Blog Community, which is an 8-part online course that I’ve taken, you can learn more about it here (aff). Check out Adrienne’s blog here.
FamousBloggers is a successful multi-author blog that gives tips and advice on marketing and promoting your blog in every way imaginable. Whether you’re looking to build traffic, build an email list, create backlinks to your blog or finding a profitable niche for your next blog project, FamousBloggers have some great tips and advice to give. The site was founded by Hesham Zebida, and you can visit and subscribe to the blog here.
Last but not least, Pradeep Kumar is the founder and chief editor at HellBound Bloggers. He established the blog when he was just 17 years of age. Pradeep loves to write about blogging, SEO, WordPress, making money online and business tips based on his own experiences. To learn more about HellBoundBloggers visit the site here.
So there you have it folks, a list of top blogs worth bookmarking for the future! If you can think of any other blogs that I haven’t mentioned that deserves shouting about, perhaps maybe even your own blog, please do mention them in the comment section below. But seriously No Spamming!
Enjoy and have a great week!