50 Blogs every entrepreneur should read once
I asked Ursula Meyer to give me an insight into what she believed was the top 50 blogs that every entrepreneur should read at least once. This is what she came up with:
Neil Patel has run two successful software companies, Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics, he has worked with clients of all sizes in almost every industry, in return getting results in some of the most competitive online niches like car insurance.
Matt Cutts joined Google as a software engineer in January 2000. He is currently the head of Google’s Webspam team. Before Google, he worked on his Ph.D. in computer graphics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has an M.S. from UNC-Chapel Hill, and B.S. degrees in both mathematics and computer science from the University of Kentucky.
John Rampton is president at Adogy, editor at large of Search Engine Journal and a frequent contributor to Entrepreneur.com and Huffington Post.
Author of Four-Hour Work Week, Tim has been featured by more than 100 media outlets–including The New York Times, The Economist, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, TIME, Forbes, Fortune, CNN, and CBS–and has been a popular guest lecturer at Princeton University since 2003, where he presents entrepreneurship as a tool for world change and ideal lifestyle design.
Rand Fishkin is the founder of Moz.com (formerly SEOMoz), speaker and expert on search-engine optimization, marketing and entrepreneurship.Moz started up in 2004, and we’ve been on an epic ride ever since. From our beginnings as an SEO consulting company to launching the first Pro app in 2007, we’ve tried to stay true to our core beliefs—TAGFEE—and to deliver an exceptional experience for our community and subscribers. We owe a huge thanks to our community for joining us on this awesome journey, and we hope that you’ll continue to be a part of our story.
Danny Sullivan is a Founding Editor of Search Engine Land. He’s a widely cited authority on search engines and search marketing issues who has covered the space since 1996. Danny also serves as Chief Content Officer for Third Door Media, which publishes Search Engine Land and produces the SMX: Search Marketing Expo conference series. He has a personal blog called Daggle.
Larry Kim is a pay-per click and SEO expert, and founder and CTO of WordStream, an industry leader in keyword research and PPC tools. He bootstrapped the company by providing internet consulting services while funding/managing a team of engineers and marketers to develop and sell software for search engine marketing automation.
Seth Godin wrote many bestselling-marketing books, including Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers into Friends and Friends into Customers. He also founded squidoo.com and was an inductee into the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame.
Drew Hendricks is a social-media strategist and freelance writer published on Huffington Post and Entrepreneur.com, among others. Currently, Drew serves as a freelance social media strategist and writer, working with clients to craft innovative digital marketing campaigns that generate user activity and provide a high ROI. Through his social media marketing experience, he’s gained a skill for devising social media strategies that result in a high conversion rate.
Sean Gardner, ranked as number one on Forbes’ Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers in 2013, is a social-media consultant and regular contributor to Huffington Post and Social Media Week. CO-FOUNDER of the pioneering, Huffington Post "Twitter Powerhouses Series", which has interviewed hundreds of people in diverse fields - technology, business, health, philanthropy, travel, food and more - since 2010, and has been an influential voice in the social media conversation.
Aaron Wall founded SEO Book and its corresponding SEO training program.
Jeff Bullas is an online-marketing blogger, author of Blogging the Smart Way – How to Create and Market a Killer Blog with Social Media, and number eight on Forbes’ World’s Top 40 Social Marketing Talent. Jeff is a blogger, author, strategist and speaker who works with companies and executives to optimize their online personal and company brands with digital, content and social media marketing.
Mari Smith is a Facebook-marketing expert and author of The New Relationship Marketing. Mari Smith is one of the world’s leading social media thought leaders, widely recognized for her Facebook marketing expertise.
Chris Brogan is CEO of Owner Media Group, a highly sought after professional speaker and the New York Times bestselling author of eight books and counting, including The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth, and Just Start Here.
Gary Vaynerchuck, the author of Crush It! is a professional storyteller and CEO of VaynerMedia, a social-media brand-consulting agency.
John Boitnott, a journalist and digital consultant, has worked at TV, newspapers, radio and Internet companies in California for 20 years. He has written for NBC, Entrepreneur, USA Today and Venturebeat, among others. He now invests in startups and works primarily with tech entrepreneurs to scale their businesses.
Aaron Lee founded Ask Aaron Lee and is number five on Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers 2013. He is perhaps best known for his strong presence on Twitter.
Sandi Krakowski is a Facebook-marketing expert and one of Forbes’ 20 Women Social Media Influencers. She also writes for Entrepreneur.com. She is the founder and president of A Real Change International, Inc. and Sandpaper Tablet, Inc. Krakowski takes pride in the fact that these companies conduct business in ways that honor God, while striving to help small business owners and big corporations utilize the online space and social media for brand awareness, company growth and client loyalty.
Heidi Cohen, a marketing expert who focuses on providing practical, actionable online marketing advice for business owners, is on Social Media Examiner’s list of Top 10 Social Media Blogs. After receiving her AB with Honors from the University of Chicago and her MBA in Marketing with Honors from NYU’s Stern Graduate School of Business, Heidi built her marketing career at well-known brands for major international corporations such as Citibank, Bertelsmann and The Economist.
Jay Baer is author of New York Times-bestselling book Youtility: Why Smart Marketing is About Help, Not Hype, speaker, marketing coach and founder of digital marketing consulting agency and blog “Convince & Convert”.
Amy Porterfield, a social-media strategist, is co-author of Facebook for Dummies and creator of the FB Influence 2.0 training program.
Danny Brown co-authored Influence Marketing: How to Create, Manage and Measure Brand Influencers in Social Media Marketing. He was voted one of Social Media Examiner’s Top 10 Social Media Blogs in 2011, 2013 and 2014.
Lewis Howes, a podcaster and blogger at LewisHowes.com (also published on Entrepreneur.com), was named one of Details magazine’s "5 Internet Gurus Who Can Make You Rich."
Andrea Vahl, co-author of Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies, is former community manger at Social Media Examiner and a social-media speaker and strategist.
Darren Rowse is a blogging and copywriting expert at ProBlogger.net.
In November 2002, he worked as a part-time minister, a custodian for an online department store, and a casual laborer. Rowse started LivingRoom.org.au, a blog about living in Australia, religion (mainly the emerging church movement), politics and other topics that he found interesting.
Jon Loomer is an advanced Facebook marketing expert and founder of Jon Loomer Digital. Jon has more than five years of experience with Facebook from a business point of view, and he’s applied that in one very eventful year for his own business.
Brian Clark is founder of CopyBlogger, the web’s premier source of content marketing and copywriting info, and host of New Rainmaker, a weekly marketing audio broadcast.
Kim Garst, an expert on leveraging social media for business, is owner of Boom Social and one of Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers. Kim Garst provides social media keynotes and in-depth training to entrepreneurs and corporations such as IBM and the Florida Keys Digital Marketing Conference. Interviews with Garst have appeared in Digital Journal and a BIB Podcast.
Brian Solis is a digital analyst and author of “What’s the Future for Business: Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences”. A digital analyst, anthropologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging technology on business, marketing, and culture. His research and his books help executives, and also everyday people better understand the relationship between the evolution of technology and its impact on business and society and also the role we each play in it.
David Airey is an author and graphic designer who blogs about visual identity, marketing and branding. Clients include the BBC, Yellow Pages, blinkbox, Rupp, Asian Development Bank, Berthier Associates, and many others. His first book, Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities, is a bestseller in Amazon’s branding category, and is available in ten languages.
Kristi Hines, a prolific freelance digital-marketing writer, founded Kikolani, a site about blog marketing.
Chris Ducker is a "new business" marketing strategist and blogger, podcaster and author of Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive and Build Your Dream Business.
Derek Halpern founded Social Triggers, a blog, podcast and online video series dedicated to the art of online persuasion. He uses the perfect blend of data driven marketing (conversion rates, academic research, and personal case studies) and content marketing to get traffic, attract customers, and sell products online.
Bryan Eisenberg is an authority on online conversion and persona marketing and author of Call to Action: Secret Formulas to Improve Online Results.
Matthew Barby, a digital marketing consultant, is a popular columnist and lecturer at the Digital Marketing Institute.He has been columnist for many of the major digital publications within the industry and speaks at events across the UK that revolves around content marketing, SEO, social media and wider digital strategy.
Sam McRoberts is a SEO auditing specialist, social-media consultant, guest lecturer and owner of VUDU Marketing.
Ryan Deiss, an email-marketing superhero, founded Digital Marketer. Ryan is also a highly sought after speaker and consultant whose work has impacted over 200,000 businesses in 68 different countries.
Michael Hyatt, author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, was voted one of Forbes’ Top 10 Marketing Experts to Follow in 2014.
Yaro Starak founded Entrepreneurs-Journey, a site that focuses on earning a full-time income through blogging. His successful projects include a Magic: The Gathering card game trading forum and e-commerce site, a proofreading business called Better Edit and a portfolio of website investments, including a blog called Small Business Branding and a collection of sites about miniature motorcycles. All of these projects were sold off when he decided to turned his focus to blogging.
Pam Moore, lovingly referred to as The Marketing Nut, she is a specialist in conversion optimization and social branding and is a Forbes Top 5 Women In Social Media Influencer. Pam is a no-nonsense social business leader with 15 years corporate business experience.
Murray Newlands is an Internet-marketing expert, prolific blogger, advisor, teacher and author. He is also a columnist at Search Engine Journal, Entrepreneur.com, and more.
Ann Handley, chief content officer at MarketingProfs, is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur magazine and co-author of Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blog Posts, Podcasts, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business.
James Schramko offers expert advice on how to start and grow an online business on his blog SuperFastBusiness.
Matthew Woodward blogs about SEO and affiliate marketing. His site is ranked as one of Technorati’s top 100 Business Blogs. Matthew expresses that “the internet is my true passion in life and is something I have been obsessed with since a very young age. I was lucky enough to grow up with the Internet to fully embrace it from day 1”.
Pat Flynn, an affiliate marketer extraordinaire who is known for his regular online earnings reports, is also a blogger and podcaster atSmart Passive Income.
Yanik Silver is a serial entrepreneur and founder of multiple seven-figure businesses. His story is the classic "rags-to-riches" tale. He is the author, co-author or publisher of several best-selling marketing books and tools including Moonlighting on the Internet, Instant Sales Letters® & 34 Rules for Maverick Entrepreneurs.
Mellissah Smith is one of Australia's leading marketing experts having pioneered two specialist marketing firms into operations in three separate States of Australia and more recently expanding the Marketing Eye business in the US with offices in Atlanta.
With 20 years experience, Mellissah has worked with over 300 companies, emerging and large multinational, on developing and executing strategic marketing campaigns.
Frank Kern is an Internet-marketing expert best known for his enormously successful subscription-based marketing strategies.
Pam Dyer, an expert on using social media to increase sales and improve branding, is on Forbes’ list of Top 20 Women Social Media Influencers. Pam has taught thousands of people how to create, manage, and measure outreach initiatives on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google , and other social networks.
Howard Jacobson is founder of Ask Howie, co-founder of Vitruvian Marketing and co-author of Google AdWords for Dummies.
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