I’ve been really laser focused lately on expanding my viewpoint of the web. That means really digging in and learning from others – and trying not to be a lurker as much. I’ve been adding to my bookmarked blogs and today I thought, “I need to share some of these” because they’re good stuff.
Specifically, I wanted to share some of the blogs I read where I don’t feel an eye roll coming on – instead, I find myself nodding in agreement. These are the bloggers who tell it like it is and help you better your business. Some of them are newer – some have been around awhile. Some are shy. Some have been on national news.
This isn’t everything I read. I just picked some I wanted to share with you for a specific reason. You’ll see that there’s a mix – some men, some women (and 1 company). Some you’ll recognize from this community. Some won’t even know who I am. But that’s okay, I’m learning from them.
Some motivate me. Some make me laugh. Some make me think about my own business. Some kick my butt. Here they are in no particular order:
Alice is one of those women who look so sweet (and she is) – but there’s an inner honey badger going on in there – and I love that! She’s not someone who people attack or who has lots of haters, but she’s not shy about saying what she means and meaning what she says, you know?
Here’s what I’m talking about – It’s My Birthday – Top 40 Business and Content Lessons Learned. You can see her personality shine through and what I love is that we get permission to veer off the advised path – she really lives with a motto of doing it her own way (and empowering you to do the same).
Someone recently alerted me to David Boozer – one of you guys here, in fact. I love that you give me recommendations and I don’t ignore your advice. I always check things out and see if it resonates with me the way it has with you.
David’s one of the ones that did. Immediately, I loved that he was a dad, a Christian, and a loving husband – and proud of all that, too. But what I like is that he easily explains some of the technical concepts that tend to intimidate people like me. Here’s a good example: Web Design or Content – Do You Know Which Is Most Important?
Nicole does some wonderful things on her blog that I love. She shares her ups and downs, her blunders and her successes. She’s a heartfelt marketer. It’s not about riches – it’s about helping people.
She pulls in experts. She’s not afraid to share the limelight or point people in another direction because she’s so good she knows she’s not going to lose readers – in fact, they’ll listen to her more because she’s a valuable resource.
Her blog posts are all personable and she’ll make you laugh or tear up. Here’s one of my favorites from Nicole’s Blog – shows we’re all making mistakes and that we just have to laugh at the imperfections. Fun read: Most Embarrassing Webinar and Teleseminar Moments
Carol is someone who has just catapulted up there in a really fast way. She is amazing in the amount of depth and research that she provides on her blog about stuff that’s cutting edge – stuff you (or I) may not have heard of yet.
What I also like about Carol is that she promotes ethical marketing. She’ll say something’s sleazy if it’s sleazy or deceptive. She teaches strategies, shares tools she likes or uses, and also has plenty of posts that boost your morale on down days. Here’s an example of Carol where she’s making predictions and giving sage advice about the coming year’s marketing strategies: 2013 SEO Projections to Implement Into Your Strategy
When I stumbled on his blog awhile back, I loved how he disclosed his income each month. Not many people do that. It’s a big pain in the butt. I’ve done it before. But he does it consistently.
What I love about these posts is that he doesn’t just do some pie chart and say, “Here’s how it breaks down.” No – he shares about the journey of it all, right down to the happiness he feels when they got their son potty trained! Here’s an example of one of his monthly income blog posts: My Monthly Income Report – November 2012
Angie is one of those real people who shares her journey and her growth – her changes in decisions she makes along the way. I love reading about real journeys and her blog is a prime example of this.
Another thing I like is her interaction with her readers. Not all marketers do this – they mass approve comments (you’ll know because you see spam getting approved) and they don’t respond to any of the comments. Here’s a good example of what makes Angie real – and helpful – to the rest of us: Blog Posting Frequency
Amanda is someone who is doing it all right. She’s promoting ethically, she’s implementing what she learns – and sharing her results, and she’s not afraid to be 100% transparent about it.
I have a lot of admiration for Amanda because she puts herself out there, trying new things. When we had a Vlogging challenge – she jumped right in. Here’s a great post by Amanda about What Spiderman Can Teach Us About Marketing
I have seen Minna on my blog as a person who comments, but it was during our 30 day Vlogging challenge that I became addicted to her personality – her smiling face, her wonderful way of explaining thought-provoking concepts.
I like that she’ll kick her own ass when needed – and she’s not afraid to kick yours, too while she’s at it. You can see Minna’s inner honey badger in action here: Create Your Own Challenge
Um, this isn’t a person. But it still kicks ass. They have tons of stuff on their site, but I focus on the Marketing section of the Advertising and Branding department. Now this isn’t specific to Internet Marketing – but there is good insight about branding and marketing in general.
Here’s the type of stuff I read and can somehow apply to my own business: What Happens When a Brand Takes a Proven Message and Tries Something Abstract? Love it.
Bonnie is a sharer and a helper. Those are the two best ways to describe her. She’s the kind of person who is protective of the people she cares about – and that means people who read or watch her blog entries.
She’s not a newcomer to this industry and she has lots of insight from her experiences, yet she’s always pushing herself forward to learn and do more. Bonnie’s a well-rounded marketer because she’s not absorbed with one strategy – she seeks to create a business that has it all – and by all, I mean it caters to the people. Here’s a great example of her insight: Schmoozing Builds Community
Lisa Stoops is a Mom who is building her online business so she can take care of her loved ones – the same as most of us out here in cyberland! I like Lisa because she’s transparent with her goals and her planning. She talks about where she’s gone wrong or what she’s done right.
I love that she joined in on the 30 day Vlog challenge with us because we got to discover more about her. Sometimes something she’s doing will just make me start thinking about my own business. Like this blog post where she talks about her pursuit of High Impact Activities
Joanne labeled herself the “Geek Granny” but she’s no geek. She’s wonderful and relatable and is sharing some fantastic stuff over on her blog. Some of it is mindset – like the struggles she had with concentration.
But some of it is helpful stuff in a technical sense. For example, her blog post about Working With Windows 8 was helpful. I’d heard it was frustrating, so I was glad to see her cover it from her perspective.
In our industry, we all have days when we sit there wondering how we can create a better system for whatever it is that we’re doing. I feel this is what Tiffiney is so good at – helping us uncover things we may want to change and then sharing tips on how we can go about it.
Here’s a perfect example where she herself wants to fix something, so she not only talks about it, but shares tips in case you’re going through something similar: Reclaiming Joy with Good Time Management Habits
I actually got to know Kevin through Twitter. He would respond to me, and I’m always curious about the people who interact with me, so I followed his link and started reading his blog.
He’s blunt (which you know I like). I haven’t seen anything spammy from him. He’s trying to steer others (who may know less than he does) in the right direction. This is the perfect example: Your Time in This Game Means Nothing – and it’s something I wish newbies would remember.
Ruth is someone who I’ve followed for awhile. She’s such a sweet personality – and something I’m not (besides sweet LOL) – adventurous! I am such a hermit – and here’s this young lady living her life as a traveling marketer.
I’m starting to see a pattern of what I like here. Again, this is a woman who shares her own struggles and triumphs, and helps us get through our obstacles with her no nonsense advice. All ethical. I like her style. Here’s a good example of how she teaches others: Pushing Ahead When a New Project Makes You Nervous
Okay I have to laugh at something. Did you know that when I first saw Carrie on video, I didn’t think I would be able to relate to her. Guess why? She was too happy! I must have been having an incredibly grouchy day or something, but I look back and think, “Who could NOT absorb this lady’s messages?”
She’s motivating. She’s real – not too big to admit she falters now and then. She’s funny. She’s responsive. She’s caring. She’s known as the Barefoot Executive – and she has the real credentials of being a published author, on the news, and so on (that some others fake). Here’s one perfect example of why I love her blog: Making Big Leaps in Your Life and Your Home Business – love the quote on the image in this blog post.
Lynn, like Nicole Dean, is one of the really successful women who I’ve followed for years now. She shares her personal stuff, which is what makes her human. She vlogs – which lets us get to know her and become connected to her.
I love how transparent she is. She’ll tell you what she’s doing in her business. She listens to her audience, too. Look at this blog post as an example – How to Become an Affiliate Niche Blogger - someone emailed her a question and she turned it into a blog post to help everybody. I do the same, so I can relate to it and respect it.
This is a guy whose name is synonymous with motivational stuff. Only unlike a Tony Robbins, whose motivation has a broad umbrella, Eker’s motivation is related to business success.
You could literally get lost in his site getting your mindset pumped up enough to last you a year. Here’s a recent one that I loved: Work Hard to Hardly Work
Debi J is what I call a “no excuses” lady. She’s working a job where she’s on the road and also building her business while sharing her steps with others. She has a mindset where she’s strong and empowered and unafraid!
It’s wonderful to get the perspective of someone who isn’t yet claiming to be an expert. She implements the stuff she purchases and shares her journey. Sometimes she gets me thinking about things I hadn’t though of before, like her blog post here: Do You Settle in or Keep Moving?
I first heard of John awhile ago when someone would ask about blogging experts and everyone would chime in with his name. Then I saw a big spread in some magazine (I think it was Entrepreneur – can’t recall).
He’s someone whose blog I’ve checked in on before, but after buying my first product from him – Blogging with John Chow – I’ve checked in daily to see if whatever he’s blogging about or Vlogging about it something I need to know.
His best posts are the ones where he’s a Dad and his little girl Sally is a co-host of the vlog. But he has some great guest bloggers there too, for when he isn’t giving his own insight. Just a good place to pop in daily and see what’s what. Here’s a good one John did not too long ago where he’s telling us about a tool and giving a great tutorial on using it: Make Money Online With Social Sharing Po.st
This is a blog I’ve come to love since our 30 day Vlogging challenge. Part of the appeal for me is that Paul teaches such wonderful writing tips. I feel like I’m getting a refresher course in things I’ve learned and forgotten – or being introduced to new ways to better my writing.
I also like that Paul’s a family man who is pursuing this marketing stuff, and trying new things, as a way to provide for his family. And the fact that he cares about what he’s saying and those reading just oozes out of his vlogs. Here’s a great one about a topic I needed the butt kicking in: Day 7 Author Vlog
This is a sampling of the blogs I read. I may not stop by daily. I usually don’t even comment. I’ve been a lurker until recently. But no more. I need more connection and less hermit practice in this industry.
Enjoy the blogs – tell me if there are any in this list that you also follow. Or, are there some other good ones you feel I should know about? (I may already know and have them bookmarked, but they’re just not in this list).