As cherry blossoms bloom earlier than usual in the warmer climates, it gave us an urge to spring clean our go-to lists of blogs we regularly read. To find a fresh list of highly-regarded blogs, we asked a select group of international marketers. Here are their recommendations for favorite blogs and what they love about the content:
Blogger Neil Patel is one of the most influential digital marketers in the world. He’s a regular contributor to Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine and TechCrunch and co-founder of KISSmetrics, Crazy Egg and Quick Sprout.
Marcos raves about Neil’s blog, QuickSprout: “Every guide Neil and his team produce is remarkable, but your must-read post for today is: ‘The Complete Guide to Building Your Personal Brand.’”
“Neil is an advocate of quality-written blog posts over quantity. He writes every post in very simple language, no fluff here, everything is straight to the point. He’s unique in this way, not many people can do it so effectively. Neil is also now blogging at his own site."
“Neil’s blogs also have helped me immensely. When I want to write about a new topic, I look always for inspiration first. If I’m writing a list-based post, I always read his guide, ‘10 Reasons Your List Post Sucks.’ If I want to write a post people will want to share on social media I read his ‘What Type of Content Gets Shared the Most on Twitter?’ post. If lead generation is my goal, I read his post, ‘How to Write Blog Posts That Generate Leads.’”
‘If you read every guide Neil provides, you will honestly feel as though you have writing superpowers. If you have a blog and truly want to increase your readership and engage with them, Neil Patel´s blog is a must-read, period.”
Australian blogger Belinda Weaver is a former marketing strategist who pivoted to become a copywriter and then morphed into a copywriting educator. She dispenses advice at Copywrite Matters well as on The Copy Detective blog and the Hot Copy podcast.
Emma describes blogger Belinda Weaver as a true professional and personally inspiring: “Her marketing tips are light and entertaining, yet still contain just the right amount of content to inspire me to write my own posts each week. Belinda is unique because she brings so many of her own trials, tribulations and successes into her writing. Copywrite Matters is a welcomed guest in your inbox. The blog is easy to read and digest, insightful and always practical. A favorite post I recommend is “Why you’re a fool if you don’t comment on other blogs.”
Keith Keller is well-known internationally as "The Global Twitter Marketing Specialist." He’s a frequent podcaster, speaker and webinar host.
Emma recommends popular blog, Global Social Media Coaching: “I found this post particularly helpful by guest author Stephanie Ward, “Recycle Your Content.”
Paul Graham is an English computer scientist who worked on a computer programming language Lisp, co-founded Viaweb, as well as Y Combinator, the seed capital firm where he’s currently a venture capitalist. He’s authored programming books and is a well-known and influential essayist.
Esteban recommends Paul’s blog especially for tech entrepreneurs: “Paul offers valuable startup advice and his thoughts on other intellectually amusing topics. I've applied many of these principles in my work as a web and marketing consultant. I’ve also applied his ideas to extracurricular activities like organizing events for my Association for Computing Machinery student chapter and the development of a mobile app I’m working on with friends.”
“As a young tech entrepreneur, Paul’s essays have inspired me so much that I even took to Quora to explain my favorites here. This is a snapshot of my must reads:
- Do Things That Don't Scale - Possibly the best single piece of advice for any early-stage entrepreneur. An orthodox and initially counter-intuitive concept, but now it's actually starting to become an axiom.
- Schlep Blindness - Awesome advice on how to search for ideas and overcome the tedious tasks associated with them.
- The Top Idea In Your Mind - Based on the concept that “It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don't think about in the shower.” This has become a mantra for me. It helps you reduce error when you're dealing with lots of alternate choices.
- How to Disagree - Even people outside the tech or entrepreneurship realms should read this. The world would have much richer debates.”
Blogger Nir Eyal is an Israeli-American educator, entrepreneur, contributing writer for TechCrunch, Inc. Magazine and Psychology Today and author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products.
Esteban highlights one of Nir’s product development posts: “In the article, ‘Hooking Users In 3 Steps: An Intro to Habit Testing,’ Nir gives insights about the connection between human and computer interactions and what metrics associated with habit formation or the end user ‘tipping point,’ if you will.”
How about you?
What’s your favorite go-to blog? Share your suggestions in the comments section so we can all spring clean our blog lists with fresh recommendations.