So you want to become a smarter blogger huh? That’s great! I’ve been blogging for coming up to 7 years this July (2017), do I consider myself to be a smarter blogger from when I started?
Well, I’m certainly smarter than I was even a year ago, I’ll say that much.
Over the last 7 years of my blogging career, I’ll admit I’ve hit some very low moments, but at the same time I’ve also experienced some high moments.
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I hope to be doing this “blogging” and “online business” thing for many more years to come, because there is so much more I want to learn, and I know I can become better at what I do here at Magnet4Blogging Media to better serve my community.
Why I don’t care about making money from blogging
Money has never really been the motivation behind ‘why I blog’, that might sound hard to believe but it’s the truth!
I make money from various other online business ventures and investments, so making money from blogging has never been my top priority.
However, the first book that I ever read about blogging was in fact a book titled John Chow’s Make Money Online, the Roadmap of a Dot Com Mogul.
OK so enough ranting from me, so what ever your reason for doing blogging, what ever level you’re at in blogging right now, below you’ll find 21 top blogs (and respectful bloggers) that I think every blogger who’s serious about moving forward and succeeding online should follow.
Let’s check them out.
21 Groundbreaking Blogs To Follow, That Will Make You A Smarter Blogger
Seth Godin is a renown American entrepreneur, blogger, author of some of the most amazing business, entrepreneur and marketing books I’ve ever read.
This guy is considered to be 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 and “digestible” 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 having started my online career as an artist and being 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, it’s well worth the read if you have the time.
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 aimed at newbies and advanced bloggers.
Darren is also an author at ProBlogger and has written several eBooks and guides. One of my favorite 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 tips, there is no other website in the blogosphere more authoritative on the subject than CopyBlogger.
Brian Clark and his team are the masterminds behind CopyBlogger Media. The company also created one of the most powerful theme framework softwares for WordPress called Genesis Framework.
CopyBlogger offer a membership where you can get access to a ton of free valuable resources, eBooks, exclusive content, months of education for free when you signup (at the time of writing this).
I would highly recommend bookmarking CopyBlogger as this is one site that will help you to become a smarter blogger what ever your goal in blogging.
There is also one of many great podcasts hosted by CopyBlogger called The Rainmaker, check it out on iTunes. You can visit CopyBlogger here.
Pat Flynn is the entrepreneurial brains behind the SmartPassiveIncome blog.
Pat is living proof of what can be achieved with creating passive income through smart blogging and creating online businesses. His most recent income report details how he made more than $300,000 in a single month.
Pat considers himself to be the ‘crash test dummy’ of online business, sharing what strategies are working and what’s not.
Pat also hosts one of the most popular, invaluable online business and entrepreneurial podcasts on iTunes. You can visit the Smart Passive Income blog here.
Chris Ducker is the founder of ChrisDucker.com and the author of several great entrepreneurial books, including “Virtual Freedom” which I’m yet to start reading.
He is an expert in entrepreneurship and virtual staffing.
I’ve been subscribed to Chris’s blog for a few years now and I can honestly say that I’ve learned so much in that time.
Chris also hosts an educational podcast on iTunes called “the New Business Podcast”. You can follow Chris’s blog here.
In addition, Chris is also the founder of Youpreneur, a premium membership package for young entrepreneurs and blogger who want to get access to a ton of resource, education, training, support and more.
By the way, if you’re interested in checking out Chris’s book “Virtual Freedom”, it’s available on Amazon here.
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 number of years now and have enjoyed the content he shares. You can follow Jim’s blog here and join over 60,000 other people who follow his blog.
Chris Brogan is a New York Times Bestselling author and a professional speaker.
He writes for his blog over at ChrisBrogan.com where he loves to share tips on a wide variety of topics ranging from business marketing, creating connections online, using social media, to using a variety of tools to help you better your business. And, not to forget that Chris loves to share tips and ideas for bettering yourself as a person, that is very important.
When it comes to traffic generation for your blog or your website, Ana Hoffman is truly an expert in this field.
She writes primarily for her own blog and personal brand website 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.
Have you hear of Neil Patel? Of course, you have.
Neil blogs over at QuickSprout.com and is the co-founder of companies like Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics.
Neil is recognized for many accolades including being 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 brands and 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 on QuickSprout.
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.
I believe it’s important for bloggers to keep up to date with all the latest news, trends about Google and search engine marketing in general.
Search Engine Land is a great website for getting valuable tips on SEO, social media and internet marketing. You can visit Search Engine Land here.
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 services, 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, so it’s well worth bookmarking. You can visit Social Media Today here.
When it comes to learning about WordPress there’s only one blog that I can think of. That blog is WPBeginner.
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.
The glossary section of this website is a page definitely worth bookmarking.
When it comes to WordPress website optimization, no one knows how to do it better than Joost de Valk from and the team over at Yoast.com.
Joost is also the mastermind behind one of the most widely used SEO plugins for WordPress, WordPress SEO by Yoast. This is one of the plugins I recommended installing as a first time blogger.
In addition, Yoast.com also boasts lots of awesome content on it’s blog, including tips, strategies on blogging and would you believe, SEO. Visit Yoast SEO here.
Social Media Examiner is run by Michael Steltzner who is a well known guy in the blogging and social media community.
The SME blog is always updated with some of the best tips, techniques, including 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 on iTunes which I recommend tuning in to. You can learn more about Social Media Examiner here.
Steve Scott is one of my top favorite bloggers and authors of all time.
I have to give credit to one of his 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 by the way.
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 and experiences.
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 specializes 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 followed her blog from the very start of my own blogging journey, and have had the pleasure of guest blogging for her blog at BasicBlogTips.com.
Daniel Scocco is the main man behind daily blog tips.
If you’re looking for more advanced blogging tips and knowledge then DailyBlogTips has to be in your list of bookmarked blogs.
The DBT blog is updated daily Monday to Friday and has a lot of great tips to offer beginner and advanced bloggers.
To find out more visit DailyBlogTips here.
Number 18 on my list is BlogTrepreneur run by entrepreneurial brothers Matthew and Adam Toren.
Blogtrepreneur 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.
You can 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 extremely valuable content on the blog.
I remember visiting BloggersPassion when I first started blogging back in 2010, and picking up a lot of great tips, some I’m still using today.
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 Agrawal.
Harsh certainly has an inspiring story to tell about how he got into blogging himself, but foremost, his blog ShoutMeLoud is an information hub 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 many 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 appearing on the blog. Check out ShoutMeLoud here.
FamousBloggers is a successful multi-author blog that provides 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 peeps there you have it, my list of top blogs to follow and bookmark for the future, what do you think? Are you following any of these blogs yourself?
If you can think of any other blogs that I haven’t mentioned above that deserves a shout out, perhaps maybe even your own blog, please do mention them in the comment section below. But seriously, no spamming what ever you do.
If the comment section is closed, feel free to send me an email here with your name and blog URL for me to check out.