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 FireAlthough 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.

Click here to get Long Tail Pro for over 50% off.

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.

That’s All!

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! :)

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34 Responses to “7 Blogs I’m Thankful For (and 7 Posts You’ll Love)”

  1. Thanks for sharing this Eric.

    There are at least a couple of blogs in there that I need to see in detail.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Jawad!

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  2. Eric,

    Thanks for the additional blogs to follow. I have been reading/listening to most of them with the exception of Matthew and Glen. I have added them in and will be tuning in to what they have to say.

    Great Job.

    Mike

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Mike – You’ll definitely like Matthew and Glen. Both have a lot of great knowledge when it comes to SEO and internet marketing.

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  3. Kate simply produces AWESOME content at an astounding rate and it’s awesome to see amazing peeps like you Eric recognizing.

    You rock!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks John! Agreed – you snagged a good one there (in Kate)!

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  4. Great list of blogs here, Eric. Not to long ago, I recall spending a bit of time on Matthew Woodward’s blog. That man knows his stuff!

    John’a EOF is pretty awesome, as well!
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Howie, and good to hear from you!

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  5. Hello Eric,

    Thanks for sharing this post! I’m a relatively new blogger myself and (while I knew of some of these sites) others I did not know of. I’ve been looking for a while for some more online income sites to follow and these will definitely be added to my list. Thanks man!

    Looking forward to your new site,

    Josh May
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    Eric G. Reply:

    No problem, Josh, enjoy!

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  6. Great list!

    I didn’t know EOF had a blog and I stopped reading MOZ a while ago but should keep checking back in.

    Not read Viper Chil either but thinks I am subscribed to the RSS!

    My Feedly is overflowing with feeds…
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    Eric G. Reply:

    It’s easy to overload your Feedly..:) I have the same the problem.

    Thanks for commenting, Joe.

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  7. Blogging has been around the corner giving us more stuff to learn, read and eventually be thankful for it.

    The posts being features by the author is really worth reading for.
    I go over with the list and find myself enjoying it too. I have other blogs that I also enjoyed reading.

    Thanks for people who continues to share insightful and informative tasks over the internet everyday!

    Thank you for posting this as well!

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    I really appreciate reading it.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    And thank you for the comment, Annalyn!

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  8. thanks for sharing these blog lists. have read a few and they are really at the top and niche blogs.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Priyanka!

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  9. It seems like we are in the same boat Eric! Except for the Entrepreneur on Fire, I am used to other other blogs, especially Spencer Haws Niche Pursuits.

    His coaching calls with Perrin in the last couple of weeks are revealing as they are practical insights on how to build a niche site from the scratch and become profitable from them.

    I am Thankful for this blog and with Moz( an amazing online tool). Thanks for sharing this post!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I agree, Sunday, the coaching calls with Spencer and Perrin are really interesting and insightful.

    Thanks for the comment!

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  10. Hey Eric. These are all great blogs you mentioned.The one guy I really like is Glenn from Viperchill. His case studies are very thorough and when he writes a blog post you know you’re going to get nothing but pure value. Plus I love the plugin he created as well (OptinSkin). Have a good one!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Tyronne – and I agree, Glen is great!

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  11. thanks for your sharing, I see that these blogs are very professionaly. I often read the Matthew Woodward blog, and I love it.Hope to read more helpful information from you
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Tony!

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  12. Solid list — some of my faves as well. Not too familiar w/ Matthew Woodward or Viperchill — will have to check them out. Thanks!
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    Thanks for the comment, Nick!

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  13. Great list, already actively read half of those blogs. Glad I clicked on Matthew’s tweet about this post. I’ve been checking out the ones I haven’t heard of before, reading some great content.

    Thanks for the additional blogs to add my Feedly account, will be adding your blog to it aswell
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Alex, I appreciate it!

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  14. 8. Live the New Economy — Possibly the smartest guy on the Internet (who still only makes less than $1000 a month in passive income!)

    OK… just kidding. You’re still one of my faves though.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hey Mike, how’d you know that’s what my #8 was? If I only I didn’t cut it off at 7… :)

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  15. you killed the list, and yes, except for the entrepreneuronfire blog, all the other 6 blogs are one of my favorites too. They’re just cool, i just don’t spend a week without reading them.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Isaiah!

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  16. A very interesting posts. I have recently started reading blogs regularly. Earlier I used to spend a lot of time reading and commenting on forums as I felt this was where all the action was. I have over 2000 posts on warrior forum alone.

    However, I was pleasantly surprised to find such delightful and helpful information on some of the blogs which one may never expect to find on forums. This has got me visiting and reading blogs regularly.

    I like Matthew Woodword’s blog very much, so also copyblogger. Your list has given me more blogs to keep track of. Inshallah, it will also inspire me to update my own blog regularly.

    Thanks for this wonderful post. Going to bookmark or save it for future reference.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Syed!

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  17. I personally follow some of these blogs, especially Niche pursuit, which has been one of the great creation for me until. Thanks for sharing this amazing list
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thank you for the comment!

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