I have a confession: because I’m building a new travel site I’ve not had time to research, plan and write my usual article for today.
So I’ve pulled together the top 5 blogs I follow on a daily basis.
These are the places to which I turn for inspiration and guidance. Some of them I’ve followed for a number of years, a couple of them only for the past few months.
But all of them are written, owned and managed by people I respect enormously for what they’ve achieved online. They’re all people who not only talk the talk, they walk the walk too.
Note that some of the links below are affiliate links. That means that if you sign up for something I’ll get a bit of beer money.
Here they are, then – the top 5 blogs I follow on a daily basis:
Brian Clark’s CopyBlogger. This is (if I remember correctly) the blog I’ve followed the longest. Initially I followed CopyBlogger because I needed to learn how to write for the web, but over the years it’s developed into a remarkable place to learn about content marketing.
In addition to their daily copywriting tips, Brian and co-editor Sonia Simone, plus selected cohorts, have released a number of top class educational products including Teaching Sells, the Remarkable Marketing Blueprint and, most recently, The Third Tribe.
Seth Godin’s Seth’s Blog. Another blog I’ve followed for a long time, Seth imparts short but unbelievably succinct messages each day focusing on Marketing, Business and Mindset.
Seth’s books include the Purple Cow, The Dip, All Marketers are Liars and 10 more. He’s also the founder of Squidoo.
Nathan Hangen’s Nathan Hangen. I only discovered Nathan’s blog recently as a result of a guest post he did on CopyBlogger, but that post hooked me and I’ve followed him for a couple of months now.
Nathan is still in the Military but he’s been combining his duties in the forces with the development of the online business he’ll be starting full time once his term ends in a few more months.
Everything Nathan does is action focused – meaning he gets stuff done. One of the difficulties many face (including me) is converting plans and ideas into reality.
Everything Nathan writes about is practical and action focused – and he shames me into action whenever I’m in procrastination mode 🙂
James Chartrand’s Men With Pens. Another blog focused on copywriting, it comes at it from a different angle from CopyBlogger because it focuses on off line writing (including novels) as well as writing for the web.
Articles come out 2 or 3 times a week and are packed with detail. I usually keep these articles on one side to read over the weekend because they’re longer and require (deserve) more time and focus than I usually have during my work week days.
Darren Rowse’s Problogger. A practical blog focused specifically on the business of blogging.
A large portion of Darren’s articles describe his experiences as he develops and tries new things on his blogs (both Problogger and Digital Photography School). It’s like you’re watching over his shoulder as he grows his blogging businesses.
He’s incredibly open with information, often publishing traffic reports displaying the results of different techniques he’s tried.
Darren recently launched his 31 Days to Build a Better Blog course and work book, and the Problogger Community – a forum linked with his blog.
OK – those are the top 5 blogs I follow on a daily basis. If you have others you’d like to bring to our attention leave us a comment!