“Want to learn how to start a blog?” “Need to know how to make a blog popular fast?” “How about getting all the latest blogging tips and tricks?”
If you aren’t already, you need to follow the best five blogs for bloggers listed in this article.
This list will show you where to find the best information and advice for bloggers and businesses looking to drive traffic and make money online.
In order to give you as much value as possible in every aspect of blogging, each blogger included in this list has a slightly different focus – i.e. marketing, SEO, blog writing, business, social, and so on.
Top five resources for bloggers
This list was created using a combination of my own experience in learning from other bloggers, and overall popularity on third party blogging sites like Technorati, or global site rankings on Alexa.
All of the bloggers listed below are worth following on Twitter in order to keep an eye on their latest blogging advice, tips and tricks.
ProBlogger is a blog by bloggers for bloggers run by Australian blogger Darren Rowse. I like ProBlogger because it provides an overwhelming wealth of information about every aspect of blogging.
Darren and ProBlogger have been in the blogging industry for many years and while many of the posts on ProBlogger are from guest bloggers, Darren does a good job of ensuring that only quality posts are published on ProBlogger.
What you will learn from ProBlogger:
The best way to describe what you stand to benefits from ProBlogger is that you learn how to be a blogger.
I’m not talking specifically, how to set up a blog and write something, I’m talking about how to actually live like a blogger.
A lot of the information on ProBlogger focuses on how to manage your own time, how to motivate and inspire yourself to create a better blog and blog content, and so on. Don’t disregard the human aspect of blogging… we are, after all, human.
I like Neil Patel’s QuickSprout because of its focus on real-world techniques. Neil has a no-nonsense approach to content, and I recommend that any blogger looking to get serious about SEO and the business of blogging follow him.
Neil has worked on some of the world’s most popular Web real estate. He has helped huge sites get even bigger. The fact of the matter is that he knows what he’s talking about, and the advice he gives is based on his experiences.
What you will learn from QuickSprout:
QuickSprout is very good at providing a scientific method to all things related to growing a website (blog) online. Many of the content tips and tricks that Neil talks about are based on hard evidence (generally analytics data), experience and good research.
QuickSprout is a great resource for bloggers who feel they aren’t getting enough direction from other blogging resources.
3. Google Webmaster Forums
Ok, so this isn’t a blog. But this list is all about providing you with the best resources you need to succeed as a blogger. Google Webmaster forums are an important source of information for learning about Google, SEO, analytics, and how to use the tools Google provides to ensure a steady and growing stream of high quality organic search traffic from Google.
What you will learn from Google Webmaster Forums:
Not only will you find many other bloggers and webmasters who have similar problems (to any you experience during the course of writing and maintaining a blog), but there is a wealth of experience in all things Google hanging around these forums.
The forums are also an ideal place to actively get answers – since most bloggers don’t offer a forum, or don’t have the time to answer questions in the comments.
Business2Community isn’t a blog; it’s a curator of blog content. Much of the focus of the content on B2C is on marketing and social media, but I have included B2C in this list because it provides a great overview of the latest blogging, social, SEO, and marketing tips and tricks in the industry.
In addition, B2C is a great place to find and connect with other bloggers in order to grow your social influence. While I tend to shy away from sites that offer syndicated content in general, there is an undeniable benefit to keeping an eye out for potential contacts who may be strategically important for growing your blog.
What you will learn from Business2Community:
B2C is a perfect companion for any blogger looking to expand their general knowledge of SEO, marketing, and social media. All super important for growing a blog.
5. SEO Entrepreneur
SEO Entrepreneur, by David Mercer, is a blog that focuses on growing businesses online using content, blogs and blogging techniques.
This unique approach to blogging means that SEO Entrepreneur provides a rounded approach to blogging that includes everything from using great Web design, to SEO, to analytics, networking, business, marketing, social, and more.
What you will learn from SEO Entrepreneur:
David has a strong focus on the technical aspects of creating a blog that will outperform other blogs in terms of performance, SEO, and content quality. Some of the most popular articles on SEO Entrepreneur include:
- A free eBook on How to make money online using SEO, marketing, blogging & social media
- The top five tips that teach you how to rock social media
- On-site SEO vs. off-site SEO
SEO Entrepreneur also offers a Q & A Forum where bloggers can ask questions about any aspect of blogging and get an expert answer.
Do you follow other bloggers that you think should be mentioned in this list? What are your all time favorite blog posts that have taught you something invaluable about blogging? Share your blogging tips, advice and experiences in the comments below, or join me on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ to continue the conversation.