I love to find great blogs that really speak to me in a way that inspires, inform and motivates me.
With so many blogs out there, it’s easy to find the big blogs but it’s hard to find a diamond in the rough. However they’re out there. Not all blogs resonate with me after I’m done reading them. Sometimes they really do.
I’ve found these blogs through a comment on another site, a guest post, or a RT on Twitter. I’m thankful for being able to find some awesome people.
Here’s a list of great bloggers and a post that I’ve enjoyed so far and will in the future and believe you should too.
El Thompson @ask_el
She retweeted an @reply I made to another blogger. I wondered who this person was. I read her profile and just saw the words “dreamcatcher” and “not working for the man” and knew this is the type of person I want to know better!
I found out she’s also made the list of Problogger’s 40 bloggers to watch in 2011, which is a huge accomplishment!
She writes at Truthpassionjoy.com. A recent post of hers really spoke to me about stay inspired to keep writing even when I think my writing isn’t good enough at times.
I’ve spoken with her briefly on Twitter and email and she’s very friendly you can feel she’s writing you with a smile on her face.
Ana Hoffman @Webtrafficcafe
She came on my radar when Pat Flynn said he did a guest post on her website. His blog is massive so her blog must be great to get him to write a guest post. I was correct.
Her website, Traffic Generation Cafe, helps you increase traffic to your blog through SEO, social media, list building, and get them coming back for more. I found her posts to be so full of information but easy to read. She obviously knows what she’s doing cause her blog has become a place to go to for blog traffic optimization.
She has so many great posts that I’ve read and still have yet to read but the one post that I’m focusing on is getting more targeted Twitter followers. She said in 2-3 months after using Twitter, it became the largest source of traffic.
I’ve had Twitter for years but never learned how to really use it. However it’s a powerful way to reach an audience and get traffic as she has proved. So I’m taking her suggestions and using it now to gain followers, find great people to follow, and bring traffic to my website.
Also just sharing a couple messages back and forth made me feel how genuine a person she is. Be sure to check out her blog.
Onibalusi Bamidele @youngprepro
Obi is a 17 year old blogger living in Nigeria. He blogs at YoungPrePro He makes a over $5000 a month online. Amazing and just 17 years old! He’s doing something most dream about for their whole lives.
I learned more about him when I read his guest post at another blog. He is a master at guest posting having done 300 year last year! To even write 300 posts is impressive enough for your own blog.
I believe you can learn from him about how to make money online and his definitive guide to guest posting. I’ve re-read it again and will definitely follow it it when I begin to find guest posting opportunities.
Corbett Barr @Corbettbarr
He’s traded million dollar startups for blogging and making money online. Is he crazy? Some would say but he’s happier than he’s ever been. He took a six month sabbatical with his wife to Mexico that forever changed his life. Now he can work any world in the world with an internet connection.
His writing is phenomenal. You would think he’s been a writer all his life but his blog is only about 2 years old.
I really enjoyed his manifesto he wrote called 18 months, 2 blogs, six figures. Great title and he tells you how he did it. That gave me motivation to know that work and love can co-exists
His latest post talks about his business plan from the beginning and looking ahead towards the future. This is a great business plan for any internet entrepreneur.
Pat Flynn @PatFlynn
You’ve most likely have been to his blog. If you haven’t, it’s worth visiting.
Reading his blog really got me back into blogging. I found his blog through a guest post on Entrepreneur’s Journey. After reading his blog, The Smart Passive Income, and reading his success, it was inspirational. He got laid off from his job and turned into a huge blessing in disguise.
His monthly income numbers are staggering.In January he made $35,000+. However he’s earned it because of the killer content he puts out. It’s all free too. When I first found his blog I tried to read as much as I could because all of it was so good.
And he produces really nice podcasts that are worth listening to.
Because of his blog and success with iPhone apps, I’m a month in to my own app being developed. It’s something I’ve dreamt about doing but learning how he did it gave me the confidence to actually get started! I hope to share more about it when it’s released.
This is a small list now but each of those blogs really packs a powerful punch. They’re having success blogging and making an income online. If you’re not a reader please take the time to see what they’re saying.
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