There is a fine line between being a blogger and being an internet marketer who blogs. While I totally respect blogging entirely out of passion, I think great business opportunities are lost if you don’t consider the big picture.
I’ve already mentioned five of the top make money sites that you should check out, but there are countless other sites worth checking out. This week, I’m going to share my top 4 marketing sites.
Like my previous top 5, you might have already heard of these; however, if you aren’t reading these blogs, they are going to blow your mind and change how you think about marketing.
Author: Seth Godin
Online since: Archives date back to Jan 2002
Page Rank: 7
Alexa Rank: 6,205
Sites Linking in: 11,052 (source: Alexa.com)
Pageviews per month: Unknown
Feedburner Subscribers: A lot
Targeted Reader: Mostly marketers and business owners looking for fresh ideas about building brands, customer service, and permission marketing.
Seth Godin is a marketing superhero in my book. For the last 7 years, once a day, Seth has reliably delivered a content packed masterpiece. His blog is extremely simple. Each post is show in full on the front page. The page design makes it one of the easiest blogs to read on your smart phone.
He doesn’t allow comments, so the only reason to leave the front page is for permalinks and trackbacks. The only ads on his site are for his own books found in the small left hand column.
Seth is entirely content driven and doesn’t seem to have an ego regarding the stats of his page. There are no feedburner counters or alexa rank stats. By keeping a typepad.com domain, it’s nearly impossible to separate his traffic stats from typepad. I’m not sure if this is intentional or not.
His posts are designed to make the reader think. Most of his posts are very short and to the point. A dry sense of humor can be detected in his posts, but I doubt you’ll ever read an obvious joke. Seth looks at the big picture when it comes to marketing and doesn’t get bogged down with just one method.
He preaches strong customer service, saying what you do, and doing what you say. If you’re ready to take different look at marketing daily, Seth’s Blog is a great place to start..
Author: Jeremy Schoemarker
Online since: 2003
Page Rank: 6
Alexa Rank: 5,137
Sites Linking in: 3,153 (source: Alexa.com)
Pageviews per month: 3.5 million (Source: https://www.google.com/adplanner)
Feedburner Subscribers: 57,245
Targeted Reader: Online marketers, bloggers, and entrepreneurs. Tech savvy readers looking for keyword/webmaster tools.
Shoemoney is now one of the best known blogs in the online marketing/make money blogging community. I was going to put him in my original top 5 make money sites. I’ve noticed lately he’s been talking about topics other than making money online, so I decided to switch him with Copyblogger. Officially, Copyblogger should be in this list and Shoemoney should be on my other list, but this is my blog, RAWR! jk.
Back on topic. Shoemoney’s site is a simple 2 column format with a couple of ad banners up top and well spaced ads on the right navigation column. I actually really love how his ads are spaced out between content. It keeps his readers from being overwhelmed with ads, and also (presumably) achieves a higher CTR.
Jeremy’s content is all over the place with a nice variety of tips on blogging, marketing, social networking, and random personal lessons. He keeps his blog personal which is awesome. Basically, he just says whatever is on his mind. He also does a weekly “Free Shirt Friday” where he promotes a site or product by publishing a picture of him wearing a branded t-shirt.
As for writing style, Shoemoney has a clearly sarcastic tone in many of his posts. While he can get down to business, he has a great sense of humor about his writing and always leaves his readers wanting more.
Shoemoney also offers marketplace listings where you can get your ad posted for $25. Given the amount of traffic Shoemoney gets, $25 is extremely affordable for a listing on this site.
Finally, Shoemoney has written several SEO, PPC, and keyword finding tools that can help your site step it up to the next level. You can try them for only $3.95 per month! I honestly have not used them yet, so I honestly have no idea how well they work. After I’m done with my 31 days to build a better blog, I will give the Shoemoney tools a try and report my results.
Author: Naomi Dunford, Jamie Dunford
Online since: October 2007
Page Rank: 3
Alexa Rank: 56,219
Sites Linking in: 417 (source: Alexa.com)
Pageviews per month: 260,000 (Source: https://www.google.com/adplanner)
Feedburner Subscribers: Not Listed
Targeted Reader: Entrepreneurs and small business owners looking for practical tips and support given with an often vulgar and blunt sense of humor.
Upon first arrival at IttyBiz you’ll notice a very clean red banner and three part header. The left column of the three column layout has a few 125×125 ads. The center column is content, and the right column has the RSS sign-up, “Read These First” posts, and a categories list.
The content on IttyBiz is seriously inspired and top notch. Posts are challenging, insightful, and usually completely off the wall. Naomi writes a series of posts called “Moral Of The Story” which all revolve around proofreading; in one particular instance, she used the semi-colon tattooed on her back as an example. Sad, but true… and funny.
IttyBiz addresses a lot of personal demons and fears home business owners might have. Each post seems crafted to remind readers that being successful can be hard and scary, but that perseverance and drive will pay off.
Naomi’s writing style is personal, hysterical, and occasionally frantic (passionate). If you’re just looking for lessons and don’t want to connect, IttyBiz is not for you. If you’re easily offended by bad language or crude topics, IttyBiz is not for you. However, if you want a good laugh and great home business advice, take a nonstop trip to Itty Biz!
Author: Chris Brogan
Online since: registered June 2000
Page Rank: 6
Alexa Rank: 12,089
Sites Linking in: 3,588 (source: Alexa.com)
Pageviews per month: 1.2 million (Source: https://www.google.com/adplanner)
Feedburner Subscribers: 32,003
Targeted Reader: Busy businessmen and women looking for great advice on social networking, building a community, and earning trust.
At first arrival to Chris Brogan’s site, you’ll notice a picture of the handsome devil on the right (apparently,David Risley and he have an inside joke going… I appreciate how genuine these guys are). He uses a three column layout with content on the left (no excepts used), recent entries/topics in the middle column, and subscription sign-ups and ads on the right.
Chris is a social media and community building expert. There is a reason he’s ranked #1 on the Ad Age: Power 150. Just taking a quick look at his “best of” will give you an idea of how much social media advice he gives.
One thing Chris does very well is write lists. Long Powerful Lists. Back in August 2008, Chris wrote an amazing list about 50 ideas on using Twitter for Business. While his other articles are packed with amazing advice, it is the lists that made me bookmark this site and keep coming back for more. He also preaches brevity as if he made the word (it seems like he stresses brevity in at least 1 of 10 of his posts; compared to other blogs where I may have read it once, combined). I agree though. I just have to put it in practice.
His writing style in honest, brief, and sincere. His personal experiences are pleasant to read and never too long. In a slightly different way than John Chow, there is almost always a slight sense of humor to every post that will make you smile.
If you’ve ever wondered how blogging, twitter, or any other social media can help your business, Chris Brogan’s blog is one of the best places to start.
There are tons of amazing blogs with killer online marketing advice and class acts behind the scenes. These four blogs happen to be the most useful, inspired, and entertaining I have found. Do any of the blogs on this list inspire you? What blogs not listed inspire you?