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The blogosphere is full of entertainers, educators, hooligans, and misfits that both inspire me to be better at what I do, and improve my business, so today I want to pay homage to a few of my favorites. I’ve tried to pick a few of each type, therefore not all of them will be business bloggers. I think it’s important to learn from people…
Outside of Your Niche !
In no particular order, here they go:
1. Brian Clark
Brian Clark is a great businessman, and his blog is full of masterful copywriting and content marketing tips. But that’s not why I follow him. I follow Brian because of what he does outside of his blog, not because of what he writes on it. For example, his product creation process is fantastic, and the way he pulled off the merger with Genesis was brilliant. Brian isn’t a blogger…
He’s an Entrepreneur !
2. Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is one of the godfathers of blogging and it’s because of him that bloggers like me know the power of list posts, traffic funnels, and niche blogging. Digital Photography School is a master class in niche marketing, and Problogger.net is what I like to call “blogging 101;”
It’s a Fantastic Place for
Any New Blogger to Start !
3. Fred Wilson
Fred is a venture capitalist in New York City that doesn’t use his blog to make money directly, but still updates it at least once per day. Fred is the epitome of how to use blogging as a brand building and educational platform, and its because of his blog that I’m able to understand…
The Startup Scene and
Venture Capital Industry So Well !
4. Pat Flynn
Pat started off teaching passive income strategies for online marketers, and even though I feel he’s gone astray a bit to become a non-passive pro blogger, I still admire his strategy for making money online. And who can argue, his last report showed gross earnings of over 40k in a single month…insane! Pat makes money with iPhone apps, niche blogs, affiliate marketing, and product creation, so if you want to learn how to diversify…
He’s Your Go-to-Guy !
5. The Oatmeal
Matthew Inman, the creator of The Oatmeal, is on what I believe to be his third successful online venture. The first was a dating site that was later acquired by a competitor, the second was as the co-founder of SEOmoz, and the third as The Oatmeal, where he’s made loads of cash monetizing…
Web Comics and
Though his blog is different, I still call him a blogger because of his content marketing method. If you want to learn how to make money outside the make money online niche, then you can’t help but want to soak up…
Every Bit of Knowledge
From Him that You Can !
6. Cameron Moll
There is no substitute for quality, which is why I think Cameron Moll is one of the best in the business. Though he’s a designer, his work transcends design in a way that brings it to the commoner, like you and I, and helps us appreciate and understand the importance of great design. His blog is full of great links and ideas, and his Colosseo piece is one of the best pieces of art I’ve ever seen. Want to learn how to market something?
Check Out the Video Sales Page,
it’s Brilliant !
I spoke of SEOmoz a bit ago in respect to their lead designer, but now I want to address the work of the current team and their CEO, Rand Fishkin, who has helped to create one of the best SEO blogs on the web. SEOmoz has great content to help budding bloggers learn how to optimize their on and off page SEO, but also has a ton of great tools to help you do that even better. If you want SEO help…
This is Where
You Need to Start !
Though this blog has lost some of its luster since David and Jason no longer write for it frequently, I still believe it to be one of the best small business marketing and product related blogs on the planet. The thing I like about these guys is that their philosophy bleeds through on the page, and you can’t help but read it and either love or hate them. Before their business became a multi-million dollar one, they used SVN to build an audience that cared, and…
It Payed Off Big Time !
9. Seth Godin
You can’t help but be impressed by a man that is able to say so much with so little. Seth’s posts might only be a few hundred words, but they feel like a few thousand. His ability to get at the core of an issue, and pinch until it hurts, is why I am able to get value from him day in and day out. It’s also why I buy his books and support his efforts at the Domino Project. Seth is an oddball, but…
I Love Him for it !
10. Gary Vaynerchuk
What can I say about Gary that hasn’t already been said? He’s a ball of fire, full of passion, and one of the most inspirational guys I’ve watched or read. He is always innovating, always building, and always motivating, and if it weren’t for him, I would have had some very dark days. Sadly, Wine Library TV is no longer running, but you can get your Gary fix via…
So these are my favorite ten bloggers across the web, but I’m sure I missed a few. The thing about blogging is that the industry is changing every day. I wanted to include Leo Babauta, Chris Guillebeau, Hugh MacLeod, Danny Sullivan, and a hundred others, but maybe I’ll save them for next time.
The Bad blogger
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