Toady I decided to share with you 11 of the sites that I visit frequently and that I find to be very helpful to what I am trying to do online. I don’t think that visiting and following dozens of blogs and sites is a smart thing to do because that will simply leave you with no spare time to actually take action on all the stuff you read.
This is why I decided to narrow down the list of sites and blogs I follow on continuous basis to the following 11 as I gain a lot from the content they publish and it still leaves me with plenty of time to take action on the content and tips they share. Blogging isn’t easy and I know that from personal experience as I have struggled and still struggling to find the direction I want to go in and to actually get my blog to where I want it to be, which among other things would be to get featured on such a list on someone else’s blog .
All of the following sites have helped me a lot and I’m sure that they can help you too. This is also my way of saying thanks to these bloggers and sites for the help and inspiration they provide. The list is no particular order and I didn’t rank these sites according to importance.
This wasn’t a competition
Smart Passive Income
Pat Flynn is a true inspiration and it is pretty amazing to see what he was able to achieve with his blog over the past 2 years or so. Pat’s Smart Passive Income blog is a really a must read for anyone looking to start making money online as I am more than certain that you can learn quite a few things from what he is sharing.
One of the great things about Pat and his blog, is the fact that he is totally transparent about what he is doing and about his online earnings. Every month he publishes an income report for the previous month showing not only the numbers but also what he learned and how he was able to earn them.
Pat is giving you all the details and insights about his earnings and there really is a lot you can learn by following him on his blog.
Top SPI Posts You Should Read:
Glen Allsop is the man behind Viperchill and I don’t know of any other blogger that puts so much into every single post he publishes. It is really amazing but it seems that every single post on Viperchill is what can be considered as an epic post.
Glen doesn’t have a posting schedule and he can go for weeks (or more) without new content but when he does publish something, it is a must read. It seems that Glen shares with Pat Flynn the desire to help others achieve the same success online without demanding anything in return (something that others on this list also seem to share).
Top Viperchill Posts You Should Read:
- Data Mining: The Ultimate Guide to Niche Analysis
- The Ultimate Guide to Keyword Research
- How to Build a Six Figure Blog Without Anyone Knowing
Marc and Angel Hack Life
I only found out about Marc and Angel Hack Life blog a few weeks ago and I have been reading their posts every day since. I was very surprised that I haven’t heard about this blog before as it seems to be very popular with almost 60,000 RSS subscribers and it focuses on providing practical tips for productive living which is something I am very interested in.
I am sure you know that one of the most popular types of posts is the lists posts and as far as I can see, that is the only type of posts you will find on Marc and Angel’s blog and I personally love it. I have no idea how they can create so many of these lists posts but I’m more than happy to read and learn from them all.
Top Marc and Angel Hack Life Posts You Should Read:
- 12 Things Highly Productive People Do Differently
- 12 Things Successful People Do Differently
- 10 Simple Truths Smart People Forget
- 101 Simple Truths We Often Forget
James Clear is the man behind the fairly new Passive Panda blog. Passive Panda is all about helping you earn more money and what I found fascinating about this blog is how quickly James grew it and turned it into the success it is today.
Being able to build a blog that makes you a full time income within 6 months in such a competitive niche is really impressive and Corbett Bar from Think Traffic thought the same thing since he did an interview with James in which he explains exactly how he was able to do it.
Passive Panda has really epic content which is quite similar to the level of what Glen Allsop is doing on Viperchill (but not really there yet IMO). James puts a great deal of emphasis on the quality of the content he publishes and it clearly shows when you visit the blog and read some of the stuff he published.
Top Passive Panda Posts You Should Read:
- The Simple Blueprint to Getting Started (Plus, 7 Ways to Consistently Make Good Choices)
- Are You Giving Your Best Effort or Your Best Excuse?
- The Truth: Why Trading Time For Money is the Best Way to Make More Money
SEOBook is Aaron Wall’s blog and it is the only blog on the web (that I know of) that tells the tail about Google the way it should be told. He holds nothing back and shares his thoughts combined with facts about what Google is really up to and where they are headed (and it seems to be no where good unless you are a shareholder).
Keep in mind that the blog is only a small part of the SEOBook brand and the site has a lot more to offer. From their free tools and training to their SEO training program. SEOBook is probably one of the best sources online for anything that has to do with search engine optimization (SEO).
Top SEOBook Posts for you to Read:
- Salty Droid Interview
- From AdSense to SpamSense to Spam Cents
- Transparency vs Asymmetrical Information
- How Google AdSense Cannibalizes Content Based Business Models
- Facebook Vs Google: No Contest
Tim Ferriss is the Indiana Jones of the digital age. He is an angel investor and the author of the New York Time bestsellers, The 4-Hour Workweek and the 4-Hour Body. I read both books and I really think that the 4-hour workweek is a must read for anyone looking to do something different with his life.
On his blog Tim covers a vast array of topics and to be honest, I don’t read all of the things he publishes since some of them are not really interesting for me but every once in a while he does publish stuff that I really love reading.
One of the sections I love the most on Tim’s blog is the random shows he is doing with Kevin Rose (founder of Digg). There are currently 17 episodes of the random show and these videos are without a doubt my favorite part of his blog. There is so much to learn from these 2 very successful people and it is just really fun to watch them share their thoughts and ideas.
Top Four Hour Workweek Posts:
- Foundation: Kevin Rose and Tim Ferriss
- Scientific Speed Reading: How to Read 300% Faster in 20 Minutes
- The Truth About Abs: How To Make $1,000,000 Per Month with Digital Products
- The Random Show
Derek Halpern is the man behind Social Triggers, a blog about these “little psychological devices” (social triggers) that persuade people to join your list, buy your products and share your content.
Human psychology has a lot do with getting traffic and making sales online and the only place I found that really talks about this issue is on Social Triggers. Derek is really great in breaking down psychological research and business case studies into simple, actionable steps that can really help you improve your online business.
Derek is also the marketing guy at DIYthemes (thesis) and he also blogs there mainly about blog design and little site tweaks that can make a whole world of difference.
Top Social Triggers Posts:
- How People Make Decisions (and How it Helps You Grow Your Business)
- How to Charge 100X More Than Your Competition, Sell a Ton, And Keep Customers Happy (with Ramit Sethi)
- How to Craft Contagious Content
- What People Buy: How This One Simple Question Reveals Everything
I think the droid really says it best:
“The Salty Droid is an Anti-Scam bot that patrols the Internet. His scanners seek out opportunities for the administration of rhetorical justice. Smack Downs are administered to those who would use our precious Internet to cause old-fashioned HARM.”
The man behind The Salty Droid is Jason Jones and you can read the interview Aaron Wall did with him on SEOBook to learn more about him and why he does what he does. We all know that the internet is full of those so called “gurus” that won’t stop at anything in order to make money and The Salty Droid really hates those type of people and has no problem saying so and proving why he hates them.
I already wrote The Truth Is Out There – Salty Droid Style post about the Salty Droid so you can check that out to learn more about it and why I love it.
Corbett Barr is the founder of Think Traffic and he does all he can to help online entrepreneurs create websites and blogs that matter so they can build thriving audiences and earn income to support themselves.
With Think Traffic, Corbett teaches the exact same strategies that he used to build his business and to help over a thousand clients and students become more successful online. Although the blog is called Think Traffic, traffic is not all the Corbett blogs about but it sure does take a major part.
Since traffic takes a very big part in just about everything you do online, it made sense to me to me check Corbett’s blog and I really love the content and tips he shares with his visitors.
Top Think Traffic Posts:
- 21 Quick Actions You Can Do Today to Set Your Blog Up for Massive Success
- Write Epic Shit
- The Ultimate Guide to Finding Your Unique Selling Proposition
Joost de Valk, aka Yoast is the man behind this great site/blog. It has everything to do with tweaking websites from search engine optimization to speed and user experience. If you are using WordPress and doing some SEO than I would be you already heard about Joost and his blog. And if you didn’t, than it is about time.
Yoast is without a doubt one of the top SEO and WordPress experts out there and when he shares his vast knowledge I pay attention and I think you should do the same. Yoast has developed some of the most popular WordPress plugins that have been downloaded millions of times in total and for a very good reason. I would say that the two most known plugins are his WordPress SEO Plugin and Google Analytics for WordPress.
Yoast’s posts are usually not very long and they are straight to the point kind of posts which makes them very easy to read and to take action if needed.
Top Posts From Yoast:
- GoDaddy’s spammy link building techniques
- Link Building 101
- Intelligent Site Structure for better SEO
- The complete guide to duplicate content
Lumosity is different from the other sites I mentioned as it isn’t a blog and I don’t visit this site for the content (although it does have some very interesting content to read). I visit Lumosity in order to play games and I think of it as the gym for my brain and it really does improve brain health and performance.
Every morning before I start checking emails and begin working I make sure to complete one course. The games are fun and it is really cool to see how you progress overtime and get better at them and its also pretty cool to see how you compare against others in your age group.
The reason I know it works is quite simple. I first heard about Lumosity and started using it around 2009 and for some reason I stopped using the site for about 18 months or so and only recently got back into it. I can clearly see how poorly I preform now in comparison to last time since Lumosity keeps the top 5 scores for every game you play and I just can’t see to beat my old scores from 2009 .
Here is a screenshot of my brain profile which I think I can brag about .
Top Lumosity Games I Love:
Want More Blogs?
I personally don’t think you need to follow too many blogs because that will simply take too much of your time and from my own experience I can tell you that only reading blogs all day wouldn’t really help you achieve you goals. You need to focus on implementing the stuff you read and taking action since that is the only way to truly advance towards your life and business goals.
With that said, I figured I should let you know about Tom Ewer’s list of the 100 blogs you need in your life. This list is focused on blogs in the same niches that I am focusing on so I know that my readers would probably appreciate such a huge list of the top blogs (according to Tom).
If you find a blog is missing from that list than feel free to comment on that post and let Tom know about it .
Try not to make this into a self promotion thing and only recommend sites and blogs that are not yours and that you truly think can help others .
To you success (and mine ),