July 16, 2015

23 Marketing Blogs to Make You a Kick-Ass Marketer

books-768426_1280Having a hard time to find great articles about online marketing?

Not surprising.

The internet is like a universe of its own, with hundreds of millions of blogs.

But time is valuable. You don’t have time for all that scanning, hoping to find a golden nugget here and there.

Here are 23 marketing blogs that publish posts that dó deserve your attention.

Read these regularly, start applying the information and you shall become a kick-ass marketer.

Enjoy 😉

1. Quicksprout

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Want more traffic? Neil Patel shares everything he knows very generously. You can expect a new article on Quicksprout every 3 or 4 days.

He truly is like a blogging machine, and i admire his consistency to come up with, and publish so many valuable articles and infographics. There are also a lot of free guides on his site (which he could easily have sold). He is a living example of the more you give, the more you get.

To get you started:

2. Copy Hackers

copyhackersI have a secret copy crush on Joanna. She’s my fav. copywriter at the moment. Don’t tell her, ok?

I bought all of her books, open all her e-mails before i open any other one, and i pray to the universe that she blogs more often. Even if its a survey she’s asking for, i just cant resist but open the email, and do exactly what she asks me to do.

One thing i admire about Joanna is that she has developed her own voice and opinion from experience. She doesn’t just copy what the ”legends” do. Because if you didn’t know – they’re wrong sometimes.

Be careful to visit her blog, she is quite persuasive!

3. Blogging From Paradise

RyanRyan, what a guy. The title says it all….

If you want to learn how to hop from island to island while writing as a freelancer, this is who you want to follow. He gives awesome blogging tips, often published on Kindle.

At just $2.99 a piece, they are cheap. For just a couple of bucks you get to know exactly how he is able to live this lifestyle. If you are on his list, he makes them available for free for a limited time sometimes, too.

Just seeing him enjoying himself out in paradise is highly motivational. You’d think he’s sipping margarita’s all day, right? But no, Ryan isn’t lazy. He publishes a new Ebook with practical tips on blogging about every single week!

We move to action if staying the same causes more pain than doing something about it. Ryan will show you that if you want to become free, you have to comfortable with doing uncomfortable things.

Visit his blog, read some recent posts, and buy one of his books or sign up for his e-mail list. You won’t regret it.

BOOSTblog-traffic4. Boost Blog Traffic

You’ll only find top notch articles on this site. Read them, and become a better writer.

All of them are written and edited by people who know their craft. By the way, Jon Morrow, the founder of Boost Blog Traffic has a very special story 0f it’s own.. It’s inspiring.

Here are some good articles to get you started:

5. MOZ 

When i was introduced to online marketing, SEO was huge. I was introduced to then SEOmoz.com. They changed their name to MOZ about 2 years ago.

SEO was a whole different ball game than it is now. With the right amount of links you could rank anything.

Things have changed.

MOZ is one of those sites that never stays stuck in the past, you’ll always find quality and relevant information here.

Another thing i like about MOZ is their Whiteboard Friday episodes, a weekly video in which they teach awesome online marketing tips & tricks.

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If you are an online Entrepeneur or Marketeer, this is absolutely a site you’ll want to visit regularly.

Here are some great posts from the MOZ blog:

6. Unbounce

Unbounce-vertical-logo-light-backgroundDo you care about your conversion rates? You should..

Unbounce sells a subscription based landing page creation software.

Trust me when i say they know a LOT about conversion optimization.

On their blog they share awesome tips, e-books, case studies, podcasts, and host free webinars which help you get RESULTS. Because in the end, that’s all that matters…

As a matter of fact, why not start right now?

7. Backlinko

Brian Dean is the guy who coined the term ‘Skyscraper Technique‘, a tactic that some of the most advanced online marketers in this world love to use. This is a great link building strategy, i recommend you read the post.

His blog is filled with very, very smart SEO tactics and epic case studies, like this one:

click link to visit > http://backlinko.com/seo-strategy

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Neil Patel said it best:  “When it comes to link building, Brian Dean is the best in the business.” 

8. Problogger

logo-problogger-comIf you are a blogger, you probably know Darren Rowse.

Problogger has a Podcast, a great blog with actionable advice and wonderful reading roundups (with more awesome links).

Here is some of the content i’m talking about:

9. IncomeDiary

This blog was the idea of Michael Dunlop, a young entrepeneur that has made many websites traffic machines. The content on here is always good, mostly quick and actionable tips.

From checking these posts out you can tell what makes them successful. You’ll quickly notice that there are lots of list posts on this website:

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Every single one of these latest posts is a list post, except the one about the 25 year old mountain biker.

Does that make this website less useful? No!

This is a list post, but you are still reading..So it must be kind of interesting.

If anything, this site will teach you what makes people click, open, read and share a post with other people. These are the kind of posts that can stop people from doing what they’re doing, and read the article.

Here are some articles i enjoyed reading:

10. Social Triggers

socialtriggersDerek Halpern is widely known for his expertise in marketing and psychology.

He has been featured on some of the biggest sites, like Entrepreneur, Forbes and Inc.

He built his blog from nothing to a website with more than 300.000 subscribers.

Crazy, right?

Derek knows the definition of value…

His teaching style is entertaining and unique, and he has a talent for storytelling.

Here are some post you should definitely read:

11. Write To Done

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This website is packed with unmissable articles on writing, as they call it. And rightly so!

It has grown to be one of the sites i visit most frequently because the articles never disappoint.

They also have a free guide on writing on their website, which i personally read and highly recommend.

If you just want to read up on an article or two, these are some of my personal recommendations:

12. SEOBook

There are people who think online marketing = SEO and if you optimize your titles and meta descriptions and build some crappy backlinks – you’ll rank forever.

SEObookNah.

BUT SEO is an essential integrated part of inbound marketing. It’s the elephant in the room.

If you want to have a lot of (highly targeted) traffic to your website in the long term, SEO is worth it.

That said, SEOBook is a great resource to learn from since it is a very high standard SEO blog. They don’t publish very often, but every single one of them is worth reading.

A little side note, if you are not familiar with SEO (Search Engine Optimization), this site could be a little too advanced for now. I recommend you start > here < first.

For those who know the basics and want to keep up with the changes of the dynamic world of search engines, here are my recommendations:

13. The Copybot

The_CopybotDemian Farnworth is a magnificant (copy)writer.

I feel like i truly got to know him through his writing.

If Demian would write a book, i would be the first person to buy it and read it.

My favorite series of posts on his blog are called: Introducing The Education of a Writer–Well, Maybe

If you read the posts as well, i’m sure you’ll get a connection with the guy behind the words.

Of course, you’ll also sharpen your writing skills along the way 😉

Besides the series above, here are some other great articles to read:

14. Social Media Examiner

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Like the name says, this website turns social media inside out.

Want to know how to build a following on YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn or any other social media channel?

Don’t look any further. You’ll find great tips and recommendations here.

The blog is updated with a new article more often than you’ll be able to keep up.

To get you started, these articles will get you started to become a better social media marketer:

15. Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk is a hard worker and a hungry entrepeneur.

I read his book Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook, and i’ve been a fan ever since.

Here is an awesome talk from earlier 2015 that will show you what i mean when i say hungry entrepreneur:

And while you’re at it, here are some great articles. These articles not all published on his blog, some are published on Medium – which absolutely makes sense for Gary from a strategic standpoint, because he tends to write posts and stories that are highly shareable:

16. WordStream

wordstream_logoI am a fan of PPC (Pay Per Click) advertising, because you know that someone is actively searching for the products or services that you are offering.

All you have to do is create compelling ads that will stand out from the competition!

Well….Actually, there’s a little more to it.

But don’t worry, this is where WordStream comes in. They have a free > PPC University  < where you can learn everything you need to know to get started.

Their blog is also excellent, and their content is focused on, but not just restricted to PPC advertising.

With that said, here are some of my personal recommendations:

And if you want a post like this but focused on Podcasts, you might like this:

17. Blog Tyrant

Ramsay tells you how to “start a blog and work from the couch”.

You can tell that Ramsay is a professional blogger, because every article has the best imaginable answers to questions that every blogger has at some point. How does he do this? By truly listening to his audience.

The articles are all written in such a way that you, the reader, can understand what this blogging thing is all about:

18. Kopywriting Kourse

Neville teaches copywriting…ehm, i mean Kopywriting.

It’s a pretty clever way to stand out, right?

I’ve been following Neville for longer than a year now, and i’ve learned tons of copywriting gems. If you want to learn how to get people interested and sell more of your products and services, this is a website one does not simply ignore 😉

Here are some of my recommendations:

*Extra special recommendation*

This one won’t take you more than 3 minutes of your time, will make you laugh and will expose you to a copywriting lesson that is worth gold:

>>>> Why this guy is still totally poor <<<<

19. Neil Patel

NEILPATELI already told you about Neil Patel earlier, because he blogs for Quicksprout. If you thought that blog is impressive, his articles on are usually longer (approx. 3000 words) and more in-depth about a topic.

It’s almost wrong to feature 2 blogs from one person on this one post, but i did not want to leave it out because frankly, its a blogger that any marketer can learn a lot from.

logo-dark20. Buffer

You might know buffer from the scheduling tool, but what you might not know is that they built a big audience from blogging.

Buffer might be the most transparent business in the world. Literally everything is public. What is also cool is that they blog about the company culture, how they deal with things, what experiments they tried and more.

Some examples:

But, as a social scheduling tool to they naturally need to get people enthusiastic about social. How? By consistently sharing fantastic, well-researched posts about it – how else!

Like which ones, you ask? Why not start here:

21. Content Marketing Institute

CMIYou might have heard of the book “Epic Content Marketing”. It’s written by Joe Pulizzi.

He is also the creator of the content marketing institute. They publish new articles on content marketing daily, and they also have a podcast. Save to say, lots of great stuff going on here.

Definitely a website you’ll want to visit often.

22. The Daily Egg

The Daily Egg is the blog for a service called CrazyEgg. This service allows you to find out where people click on your site. It’s a very interesting service, and a budget friendly alternative to HeatMap software.

Their blog is on conversion optimization. It’s a daily blog, packed with little golden nuggets that will improve your conversions:

23. Search Engine Watch

The Search Engine Watch is a great website to keep one eye on the changes in the search engine world. The changes in organic search but also in paid advertising can have massive impact on your website.

Oh, your website is not yet mobile responsive?

That’s now an official ranking factor for mobile.

Didn’t know? You would if you would have visited Search Engine Watch.

If you want to know what all this talk about Google’s Panda’s, Penguins and Hummingbirds is about, you might want to come here a little more often.

The End….

I hope you found plenty of resources here to become a kick-ass marketer. Did i miss any of your favorite blogs? Please let me know in the comments.

If you liked reading this article, please share it or recommend it to a friend 🙂

Jasper Oldersom

Hey, I am Jasper and I am an authentic freelance (copy)writer and marketer. If you need time to focus on other parts of your business, while I write a quality article for your website - I'm your guy.

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Ryan Biddulph - July 25, 2015 Reply

Hi Jasper,

Thanks for the mention on this *awesome* list!

Ryan

    Jasper Oldersom - July 25, 2015 Reply

    You earned your place 🙂 Keep doing what you do best Ryan.

    Thank you so much for the comment!

Lisa - August 25, 2015 Reply

Hi Jasper!
Thanks for this list of great places to find online marketing information. I am already familiar with a couple of these: Quick Sprout, ProBlogger, Neil Patel, Content Marketing Institute… I could go on.

Having a quick list of go-to websites is so important when learning online marketing. The latest reliable information from known experts goes a long way. In the past, I’ve been directed down bad paths from getting information from people that really didn’t know. So be careful who you follow in this crazy online world!

There a couple in your list that I am not familiar with so I’ll have to check them out!

Thanks again for this valuable roundup!

Lisa
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    Jasper Oldersom - August 28, 2015 Reply

    Hey Lisa,

    Thanks so much for your wonderful comment 🙂 Oh yeah, this roundup is definitely of the more established marketing sites out there, but the content on all of these sites is top notch.

    I use Wunderlist to keep tabs on all of my bookmarks. You’re on one of my lists! I definitely agree that you need to watch who you listen to. Also, I think it’s important to try those things yourself and test.

    Thanks again for stopping by!

    – Jasper
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SEO WebDesign - October 17, 2015 Reply

I am starting to check out blogs from this list. Will probably bookmark this for future reference.
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Vishal Verma - March 11, 2016 Reply

I regularly follow quicksprout and moz blog. QuickSprout for different ways for getting traffic and marketing ideas whereas moz blog for seo related issue…
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Rajan - March 12, 2016 Reply

Great collection. Though most were those that I follow but still found few new blogs from your list.
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