A lot of things happened since a twenty-year old from Chicago began to share links he found interesting enough to share. The blogging world is in a different dimension now, and always changing. New and useful information is always coming up on an almost daily basis. It’s a daunting job to go through endless ideas and suggestions about how to blog efficiently. Still there are some excellent resources on the web dedicated to them. In this post, I’ll try to list just 5 brilliant blogs on blogging itself. If you’re a blogger or thinking to become one or just browsing for more insight into the world of blogging or writing in general, these blogs will definitely be your best friends in the journey ahead. Bookmark them, read them regularly, take notes and ideas from them.
Darren Rowse started ProBlogger in 2004 to share his own blogging experiences with other aspiring bloggers. ProBlogger is now more than just a blog, with more than 8000 articles and guides, an ongoing popular podcast, a series of eBooks and even a job listing for freelance writers.
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ProBlogger is the place to go for finding practical tips on how to make money blogging. It is the most authoritative blog out there that teaches how to start a blog, consistently create compelling content and grow the blog to earn money from it. If you click “Start here” from the homepage, you’ll be taken to a vast database of articles related to these three main purposes in a beautiful, easily accessible section. You can click on “Podcast” to listen to Darren, giving out invaluable tips and suggestions for bloggers, both new and experienced.
If you like what ProBlogger offers, you can enroll in one of their courses or buy one of their eBooks. I’ll definitely suggest subscribing to ProBloggerPlus newsletter to receive weekly updates from them as well as gaining first access to new resources, offers and events.
Don’t forget to go to their Jobs section where employers post their job requirements on a pretty regular basis. You’ll need to provide details like your name, contact number and address when applying for a particular job listed there. Darren asks 75$ to put a job listing there, so this can be a very safe place for you to hunt your gigs, without worrying about not being paid upon finishing the gigs.
CopyBlogger is teaching how to create killer online content that attracts attention, drives traffic and builds businesses since 2006. I could have just said they teach content marketing but once you visit their site you’ll feel that somehow they hate the term. They deeply believe content marketing to be natural and sexy, even a fun thing to do. And when you begin to follow them regularly, you’ll begin to believe the same about that yourself.
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If you take the time to explore this website, soon you’ll understand that their only goal is to make content writing simple. Don’t be fooled by their homepage, they just despise any term related to digital marketing or content marketing because those terms are often misleading or intimidating to beginners. Writing should be pure joy, meant to be felt, perfected by vigorous practice. I myself am deeply moved by their vision and try my best to follow that around here in ScribbleSquare too.
Articles loaded with vision, information and a healthy dose of humor will keep you hooked on the site for hours. Sonia Simone’s unconventional take on things, Brian Clark’s mischievous wisdom and Stefanie Flaxman’s no-nonsense tips and suggestions will seduce you into coming back for more.
In 2006, HubSpot cofounder and CEO, Brian Halligan coined the term, “Inbound Marketing” that basically describes using relevant content to guide consumers through each step of their buying process. Since then HubSpot has created their own ecosystem uniting software, education and community to help many businesses grow in a better way. So this is not just another candidate from the “blogs on blogging” category but a vast treasure trove of resources, aiming to help you with every aspect of your content marketing approach.
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Around 2004, Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah noticed that marketers and salespeople tended to interrupt or harass people in order to get their attention but that strategy was failing big time. HubSpot was created to stop interrupting and start helping, with the sole focus on the consumer. When you visit their site, that focus soon becomes evident. Every post on their blog is written with a clear goal to help those reading. Even if you don’t know anything related to blogging, content marketing or digital marketing, you can start at HubSpot and they’ll gently explain every important concept there is to know.
I’m a HubSpot Certified Content Marketer myself, and that may bias me towards giving them glowing reviews but I’ve never seen any other site where each post provides so much depth about understanding the topic being discussed. Besides they offer a lot of tools to help with your marketing, sales, service and CMS, many of them totally free.
HubSpot provides excellent online courses on everything under the digital marketing umbrella, all of which are completely free. I’d strongly suggest you to make an account and you can learn about the things you’re passionate about literally in no time.
A visionary Indian blogger, Harsh Agrawal started ShoutMeLoud.com on Dec 1, 2008 by borrowing a credit card from one of his friends. Twelve years since then, SML has received many international acclaims and awards, with also more than 1 million page views a month. SML has been instrumental in creating the Indian blogger community. In 2015, they even organized a non-profit pan-India road trip, conducting seminars in 13 Indian states to educate the youngsters about the benefits of blogging and how to do it the right way. Helping others has always been at the forefront of SML and if you decide to enroll yourself inside their ShoutUniversity 2.0 for $175 for a lifetime access, you’ll be making a good investment towards your future.
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Even if you’re not ready to enroll into ShoutUniversity, there’s plenty of resources on the site itself to help a blogger, whether beginner or advanced. They maintain an active blog but the crème de la crème is hidden in their “GUIDES” section. It may look a bit deceiving at first look because there seem to be only the very basic guidelines on starting a blog or a podcast with some beginner lessons on WordPress. But once you click on “Blogging” from the “GUIDES” section, you’ll discover the true essence of SML.
All the articles listed there have a very basic theme, to start at the very basics and then slowly go into deeper understanding of the topics. Yes, SML is created with the beginner blogger in mind but professional bloggers also will find many interesting things amiss in other blogs on blogging.
SML also covers Social Media Marketing with in-depth articles on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. If you want to learn SEO or about how WordPress plugins can make your life easier or about monetizing your blog, SML can be your one-stop solution, especially if you’re from India yourself because Harsh takes care to finetune every information related to blogging that is the most relevant for the Indian bloggers.
Jessica Knapp started her blog, BloggingBasics101.com in 2006 after finding out what a blog was only the week before. Currently her blog has more than 300,000 unique visitors a month. She (and I’m sure her cat Larry has a contributing paw behind) has been providing social media and blogging tips and suggestions for the beginner and intermediate bloggers through her website. Once you go there, you’ll be amazed with the idea of simplicity around. Many blogs on blogging make the mistake of taking blogging too seriously and confuse themselves and their visitors with all the technical jargons. Not this site.
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Beside simplicity, you’ll come to love the approach Jessica takes in explaining even complex things to her readers. She begins by slowly introducing the basics through a lot of personal stories and compelling example, and before you know it, she has already covered the whole topic! From every little thing about changing the theme of your WordPress site to using your content to capture the attention of your visitors – she covers them all, enthusiastically and holistically.
One thing to regret however is that though this site has many wonderful resources for those interested with blogging, it is a bit lazy on uploading new content. I really hope Jessica writes more in the coming days, still at even the current state of her site, BloggingBasics101 is a blog definitely worth your visit.
Whether you’re thinking about starting your own blog or just casually interested in finding out more about blogs and content marketing, these 5 blogs on blogging will surely help you. I’ve learned a lot and am still learning a lot from them on a regular basis. In fact, I was inspired to start my own blog on blogging here in ScribbleSquare by being constantly motivated by them. What do you think about my efforts so far in this regard? I’m just driven to add value to you in whichever way I can and maybe someday this happy little blog will get itself featured on a “blogs on blogging” list curated by some other blogger.
Wish you all a happy week ahead. Keep learning and working towards your dreams every single day. Whatever they may be.