7 Blogs I’m Thankful For (and 7 Posts You’ll Love)
Blogging around here has been a bit slow lately, with the holidays just around the corner and me focusing all my effort on getting a new site ready to launch.
With that said, I’m still reading a lot of good stuff.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and what better way to say “thanks” than by featuring everything I’m currently enjoying?
I think you’ll enjoy these too.
The 7 Blogs I’m Thankful For (and Posts You’ll Love)
These are listed in no particular order, and are each great in their own way.
1) Matthew Woodward – Matt has done a lot of great original case studies and reviews on various SEO tools and techniques. With a lot of stuff that seems to get rehashed in the internet marketing space, I’m thankful for the originality that Matt brings to the table.
One of my favorite recurring posts that he publishes is his income report roundup, which ranks 10+ different blogs on a monthly basis based on what their income reports show.
He includes me on the list, but I’m usually at the bottom. :/ I still love reading these posts, however, because I find it inspirational to read other people’s income reports and see what’s working for them.
2) Entrepreneur on Fire – Although this is is better known for its daily podcast (John Lee Dumas is a podcast-producing machine), there’s a lot of excellent blog content written by John’s girlfriend, Kate. I’m thankful for the regular, inspiring content that EOFire produces, and I especially like the fact that they maintain a great blog despite the focus being on the podcast.
One post you’ll love is titled “How to Request a Guest Post and Get Accepted.” There’s a lot of content out on the internet about guest posting, but I appreciate the tips that Kate gives here, along with actual examples of what she did to secure guest posting opportunities.
This is a huge part of why Entrepreneur on Fire continues to grow and achieve massive success.
3) Leaving Work Behind – I’m a huge fan of Tom Ewer’s blog, not only because he writes a lot of interesting content, but because his style of writing is so enjoyable to read. It’s no surprise that he grosses over $7,000 per month through his freelance writing business.
Tom recently published an update to a post from 2011 (by the way, I love the idea of “refreshing” old posts and republishing them) titled, “Thinking of Giving Up? Read This.”
It offers some great food for thought when it comes to whether or not you should give up on your pursuit to escape your daily “9 to 5″ grind.
4) Niche Pursuits – I’ve probably included this blog in a dozen round-up posts I’ve written in the past, and it’s for a good reason: Spencer consistently produces interesting, educational case studies and other guides on niche site and SEO topics. Definitely something to be thankful for.
Speaking of case studies, Spencer has an excellent one in progress right now, where he’s publicly coaching a student to create a successful niche site.
It’s awesome to see Spencer’s knowledge and experience demonstrated through someone who doesn’t have that experience. In a recent post, Spencer (and his student, Perrin), discuss an interesting way to build real backlinks.
Quick Black Friday plug: Starting Friday (today) and extending through Monday afternoon (12:00 PM PST), Spencer is offering his awesome keyword research tool (Long Tail Pro) for more than 50% off. Instead of $97, it’s $47. This is an awesome deal that I wish I would’ve gotten in on (I paid full price a couple years ago).
This is genuinely one of the few internet marketing tools I feel comfortable promoting.
Also, in addition to getting lifetime use of the regular software at $47, you get the first month free of Long Tail Pro Platinum if you choose that option (value of $17/month). I’d recommend going with this option and then simply canceling the Platinum portion before the free month ends, if you’re not interested in it.
5) Moz – This blog (formerly known as SEOmoz) has long been a staple in my RSS reader due to the “cutting edge” nature of its posts. They are on top of everything SEO related. If there’s something new or changing in SEO, you will likely read about it here (in detail) before most other places. I’m thankful for having such a resource at my disposal.
The post I want to share with you is actually one I bookmarked last year, but have recently found to be incredibly useful. It’s called “How to Write Email to Get a Better Response Rate.” With the new site I’m working on, this post has really come in handy.
Reaching out to bloggers or other people in your niche is important at times, and when you’re starting out without knowing anyone, you need a strategy to actually make sure your e-mail is read and responded to. That’s the problem this post aims to solve.
6) The Smart Passive Income Blog – You knew this one had to be on the list somewhere! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably already know and love Pat Flynn and the Smart Passive Income blog.
His podcast and case studies are second to no one, and he’s always working on something exciting. Recently, he redesigned his blog, and it looks amazing. If I could replicate that in some way (without paying a web designer thousands), I would.
If you haven’t been following him lately, you’ll love to read about the second “Niche Site Duel” he started, along with his site that he has now fully revealed. There’s a lot to learn from here, and you can just tell from the start that Pat has created another winner (which should surprise no one). The harder you work, the “luckier” you get.
7) ViperChill– This is another blog with amazing case studies and cutting edge marketing/SEO advice.
Although he doesn’t publish posts too frequently, you know that when Glen puts something out, it’s going to be high quality. I also like the way Glen isn’t afraid to go against what the rest of the SEO community is saying, by writing about what works instead of what people just want to read.
The post you’ll love here is one he recently published, titled “The Superhuman Guide to Keyword Research & Competition Analysis.” There were several tips here that I already knew about when it comes to keyword research, but I had no idea how you could use Wikipedia to see more about the traffic of a particular keyword. Lots of great examples in this post.
What blogs are you thankful for? Have you read anything lately that you feel compelled to share? Leave a comment below!
Also, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!