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The BIG List of Top Internet Marketing Blogs

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Top Internet Marketing BlogsWhat does it take to make an awesome blog? Why are some better than others? In the end it all comes down to the quality of content and the message you are delivering. Blogs are all about creating trust and a reliable brand name that people come back to.

If you were to tell me six years ago that blogging would change my life and the way I do business online, I would be quite excited! That’s the thing about blogging… no matter what niche are focus you are going after, you are opening yourself to a whole new audience and world of opportunities.

Just from a blogging perspective, when you think about how many affiliate focused, internet marketing, social media and “blogging” blogs that are out there, it’s definitely quite overwhelming. What’s amazing and cool about the blogging space is that so many people are sharing really great information for free, which means there is really no need for anyone to buy a paid course or product if you actually just know where to look… but that is half the problem!

With so many blogs to choose from how are you supposed to know which are best. I’ve spent a good amount of time compiling some of the great “Top Marketing Blogs” lists from trusted web sites and have shared them all with you below. There are quite a few of them, so be sure to weed through the list and bookmark and subscribe to your favorites!

Affiliate Blog News Feeds

Before we jump into the top lists, I wanted to point out one of my favorite methods for keeping up with the latest news from affiliate marketing blogs, which is through affiliate news feed sites. I’ve showcased many of these sites on the blog already, but here is a recap of the best ones out right now - AffPosts.com, AffBuzz.com and AffDaily.com.

AffPosts Blog Feeds

In addition to these news feed sites there is still a whole world of other “blogging” and “marketing blogs” out there that are of high quality. Below we will start the recommended “top blogging lists” which cover over 1,000+ individuals marketing based blogs!

UnBounce Top 75 Marketing Blogs

UnBounce Top 75 Marketing BlogsComing up with a massive and quality list of recommended blogs is not easy, but UnBounce has done one of the best jobs out there. Their list has 75 of the top blogs out there and they break them down into categories such as “Blogging”, “Analytics”, “Content & Copywriting” and anything else you can think of. In addition to breaking the sites down into categories they’ve also written a nice short description for each. This is a must read list that was put together by Kristi Hines!

SocialMediaExaminer’s Top Social Media Blogs

Top 10 Social Media Blogs 2013When Social Media Examiner comes out with their lists of top ranked sites they definitely put a lot of work and research behind their recommendations. In their 2013 “Top Social Media Blogs” they had over 750 different nominations and broke it down to only 10. Social Fresh, Boom Social, Jeff Bullas, Danny Brown and Heidi Cohen were the top 5 recommended blogs on the list.

ProBlogger’s 15 Bloggers to Watch in 2013

ProBlogger Top Blogs ListsIt’s always good to see when big name sites consistently update their recommended blogging lists year after year and come up with reader’s choice list as well. ProBlogger.net has done a good job with their list of recommended blogs is always a good one to look out for. One of the names in the affiliate marketing space on the list is Tom Ewer from Leaving Work Behind, who actually created his own Top 100 Blogs List that propelled his site to quick success.

Affiliate Summit Top 25 Blogs of 2012

Though the list hasn’t been updated for 2013, the Affiliate Summit list of Top 25 Blogs for 2012 still has a great collection of resources. What’s also great about this list is that nearly all of the sites listed are attendees of Affiliate Summit events, which means the site owners are quite accessible and very familiar with the space. I’m happy to say that I’m featured among that list of Top 25 blogs which also includes AM Navigator, Dukeo, Finch, iPyxel, Luke PeerFly, John Chow, ShoeMoney and many others.

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The Top 50 Marketing Blogs to Watch in 2012

Another articles that provides a lot of value and resources is the Evan Carmichael list of Top 50 Marketing Blogs to Watch in 2012. One of the big reasons why these lists don’t seem to be updated on a yearly basis from many blogs is that they take so much time to put together and many of the blogs listed would be repeated year after year. A few of the popular names on this list include Search Engine Land, Seth Godin’s Blog, TrendHunter, Problogger, Get Rich Slowly, Marketing Pilgrim and others.

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Marketo Big List of B3B Marketing Blogs

Top Marketo BlogsThe Marketo “Big List of B3B Marketing Blogs” is an older one from 2007 but it’s a massive list of over 300 blogs that includes some blogs that were started all the way back in 2002. Even though the list is a few years old it’s still a massive resource and they have a nice table setup that makes it easy to browse through the list and spot any names that you might not already be familiar with.

AdAge Power 150 List

One of the most well known and used metrics for measuring the top marketing blogs on the internet was the AdAge Power 150.Another list that I am proud to say this blog is featured on, but at the same time I’m sad to say that the list is no longer being updated. As of July 2013 the Power 150 stopped updating their stats and the current ranking of sites on the list forever stand where they are at. The Power 150 list was great because it used not ony the search rankings and branding of sites, but also metrics such as Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, Alexa, Yahoo and Todd Points to come up with their scores for ranking sites on their list.

AdAge Power 150

Technorati Top 100 Blogs

One of the most comprehensive lists which is updated daily is the Technorati Top 100 List, which is based off their Technorati Authority Ranking system. Many of the names on the list you will already be familiar with, but what I like about Technorati is that they also provide Top 100 lists for smaller categories such as Entertainment, Celebrity, Living, Politics, Gadgets and much more. It’s also cool to check out their list and see which sites are moving up and down on the list on a daily basis.

Technorati Top 100 Blogs List

BuyerZone Best of Best Blogs

The BuyerZone list of Best Blogs highlights some of the best blogs across the internet and separates them into different categories such as “Business Branding Blogs”, “Best Technology Blogs” and “Entrepreneurial Blogs” to name a few. This is a great resource for finding business blogs that don’t appear on many of the other lists are they are not technically affiliate or marketing related blogs.

BuyerZone Best Blogs

The 2013 Inc. 5000 List

Last but not leads, while this list may not be targeted towards blogging, it still is certainly important. The Inc. 5000 list is full of great companies that you can find a lot of valuable information on such as how many employees they have, where they are located and what their business and annual revenue numbers are. This is a great way to find some new companies that might be under the radar and also to locate their company and marketing blogs.

The 2013 Inc 5000 List

As you can see, this is quite the list of resources. Not counting the Inc. 5000 list, there is well over 1,000+ different affiliate marketing, social media and make money online blogs for you to benefit from. Please be sure to share this list around and help others discover all of the amazing content that is out there.

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Meet the Entrepreneurs and Experts of Affiliate Summit West 17

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Thousands of internet marketers, entrepreneurs, content creators and brands will ascend upon Las Vegas this weekend for Affiliate Summit West 2017. Not only has Affiliate Summit become one of the largest affiliate and internet marketing conferences in the world today, it’s also one I’ve been closely associated with ever since the beginning. From it’s first conference in a small room in New York City with just a couple hundred people to now having more than 5,000+ attendees and conferences twice per year, it’s always been great to attend as both an attendee and speaker.

At the same time, it would be a huge mistake to discount Affiliate Summit as just another networking of marketing conference. The relationships, businesses and life experiences that are a result of the event is second to none — which I why I always recommend everyone to attend, no matter their current level of expertise.

By the way… if you are attending, don’t miss the awesome “How to Become a Millionaire Blogger” panel with myself, John Chow, John Rampton, and Syed Balkhi. It’s almost always standing room only, and rated as one of the highest attended and most valued sessions of Affiliate Summit.

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Over the years I’ve literally met thousands of people through the conference and built many powerful relationships and business opportunities as well. With each new year, new speakers, entrepreneurs, and bloggers will take the next step in becoming financially independent, starting a side business or simply changing the world in some way or another.

To help you not only get inspired for this year’s Affiliate Summit West conference but also get inspired with just a glimpse of the talent at this event, I wanted to highlight some of my previous podcast guests, who will also be speaking at #ASW17. Enjoy, and I hope to see you there!

Inspiring Stories and Marketing Tips from Affiliate Summit Speakers

Below you will find a list of speakers currently on the agenda for ASW 17. However, through my podcast I’ve interviewed more than 80 different industry experts… many of which who will be also attending the event in one way or another. Be sure to check out the full list of interviews here.

Shawn Collins and the Affiliate Summit Empire

Shawn Collins of Affiliate Summit

Shawn Collins the co-founder of Affiliate Summit, which has become the largest affiliate marketing conference in the world today.

I’ve been good friends with Shawn for a while now and we’ve both been able to experience the affiliate marketing industry completely transition and develop over the past 15+ years. We were both in attendance at the Affiliate Force cruise, which was one of the first attempts at an affiliate marketing conference, but knew it could be done better. At that point Shawn and Missy decided they could do it better and the rest is history!

John Chow, the Master of Blog Monetization

John Chow

John Chow is one of the most well-known and successful bloggers in the world. If you’ve ever Google’d “how to make money online” or “how to make money blogging”, you’ve probably come across his name and site several times.

The amazing thing about John Chow was that he was never supposed to make money with his blog in the first place. What was originally just going to be a blog on his personal life and what he ate for lunch, soon became a “money making case study”. As John learned new and exciting ways to monetize his blog content and audience, the money just kept rolling in.

Jump forward several years later and his blog is now generating over six-figures per month, and most of it recurring and automated through his amazing sales funnel system — all of which John talks about in this episode.

Rachel Honoway, From Intern to CEO

Rachel Honoway

Rachel Honoway is the CEO of For Me To Coupon. However it’s not her current position that we are focusing on, instead it’s the great journey that’s led her to where she is today.

The start of Rachel’s journey in the world of online marketing is nearly 20 years in the making. Rachel’s first job was at an internet marketing company called Kowabunga, where she first came in as an intern. As the company continued to grow in size, so did Rachel’s daily tasks and her job title. The company was soon acquired and Rachel was then managing more of the company than ever before. Once leaving Kowabunga, Rachel had a wide range of opportunities over the years before ending up at For Me To Coupon, where she is the CEO today — which is all discussed in this latest episode.

Syed Balkhi, the Wizard of WordPress

Syed Speaking at Fincon13

Syed Balkhi is not only a master at WordPress, but he is also an awesome entrepreneur.

Since an early age Syed has always had a passion for business and building success. This could be seen from the early years of his life when he was just a kid in Pakistan and selling greeting cards. Then later in life while in high school, Syed started developing sites of his own while quickly discovering what the internet had to offer.

Today Syed runs some of the most powerful and heavily trafficked sites in the world… and yes, they are all powered with WordPress!

Stephan Spencer and the Science of SEO

Stephan Spencer

Stephan Spencer is an SEO expert. He’s also the author of Google Power Search and co-author of The Art of SEO… so it’s safe to say he knows his stuff when it comes to SEO and ranking sites in the search results.

How sites rank in the search results can go all the way back to before 2000, which is when Stephan and his NetConcepts company started getting heavy into SEO services. The thing about SEO is that it’s always changing, so to be one of the best SEO experts in the industry, Stephan is continually at the forefront of the industry and connecting with some of the most successful experts, businesses, and brands in the world.

Geno Prussakov Shares his Affiliate Management Tips

Geno Prussakov

Geno Prussakov is an affiliate marketing expert, author, and international speaker.

In the world of the internet, being an expert is key. Geno has mastered the art of affiliate marketing and affiliate program management and through this expertise has been able to grow his personal brand and business at the same time. As the author of many best-selling books on affiliate marketing, and also haven spoke at 50+ different conferences on such topics, Geno is the voice many people turn to when looking for answers to their affiliate marketing questions.

Having trained thousands of marketing professionals through his various books and online blog, Geno also went on to create Affiliate Management Days, which is a conference solely focused on the art of successful affiliate program management.

Oliver Roup Wants to Make Every Link Intelligent and Valuable

Oliver Roup

Oliver Roup is the founder and CEO of VigLink, a company that helps content creators make money through the use of affiliate marketing, while not having to deal with all the complexities of individual tracking, manually creating links and joining multiple programs.

Before getting active in the online marketing space, Oliver had accumulated quite an exciting resume of previous work with Space X, Microsoft, Paul Allen and many others. However, what might be Oliver’s most exciting experience to date was taking his business at Viglink from an idea to the flourishing business it is today.

For Oliver, this isn’t something that would happen overnight. Instead, it was a long journey of meeting with investors and VCs, trying to convince them that his idea was worth their time and investment. After many failed attempts, Oliver finally found an investor that was interested and things started to move fast!

Years later and over $20 million dollars in funding to date, the company continues to grow and scale in size while also helping sites of all sizes make money with their content while also connecting them with some of the largest brands and advertisers in the world.

Russell Brunson and How to Create Killer Sales Funnels

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Russell Brunson is an entrepreneur and the founder of DotComSecrets and ClickFunnels.

While finishing up his last year in College, Russell wanted to figure out a way to make enough money so he could continue with his passion for wrestling and to take care of himself and his girlfriend. After dabbling in the online marketing space and going through various failed projects, Russell discovered that one of the most successful ways to make money online was through the use of ebooks, guides and selling information. While messing around with some friends, Russell wanted to create a potato gun and went to the internet to find out how to create one. Once he found that there was nothing out there, he quickly threw one together and made a little course of his own on how to do the same.

Jump forward several years and today you will find Russell Brunson with all of his attention focused on ClickFunnels, a WYSIWYG editor and seamless way to create high converting landing pages and sales funnels. Not only has ClickFunnels become a huge success, it’s also taught Russell how to grow and scale a company, while also learning how to remove distractions and only focusing on what matters most.

John Rampton and Living the Dream in Silicon Valley

John Rampton

John Rampton is an online entrepreneur who has become a master at pay per click marketing, but even more importantly — making connections and networking with the right people.

I first met John Rampton several years back when he came up to me and asked for an interview while at Affiliate Summit. Since then we just seemed to click and started working on various projects together. In addition to being the Managing Editor of Search Engine Journal, John’s writing can also be found on Forbes, HuffingtonPost, Entrepreneur and many other top media outlets and news sources.

One of the major reasons for John’s success in the world of online marketing can be attributed to his outgoing attitude, willingness to help others and talking with just about everyone he meets. Each of these are all required skills for making it in the world of business and forming new partnerships. With all of this in mind, it only made sense for him to leave his home state of Utah and make the big move to Silicon Valley, CA — the central economic focal point for everything internet!

Thomas Smale and How to Buy and Sell Websites

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Thomas Smale is the co-founder of FE International, a company that was founded in 2010 that focuses on website brokering for mid-market online businesses.

Back in 2009-2010 Thomas wanted to get involved in the world of online marketing, but with little technical experience, his options were limited. It was then that he fell upon the concept of buying and selling websites for himself. With only a few hundred dollars at a time, Thomas began buying and flipping websites and getting quite good at it in the process. As his reputation and experience in this space started to grow, so did requests from other individuals asking for his support in selling their own websites — thus, a new business venture begins!

Today Thomas is the co-founder of FE International, which has offices in two different countries and 11 team members — all with the focus on website brokering and mastering the art of buying and selling websites.

See you at Affiliate Summit West!

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10 Strategies to Take Your Facebook Marketing to the Next Level

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How should brands that rely on Facebook marketing shift strategy in light of Facebook’s latest newsfeed update (which makes brand pages more dependent on users sharing posts with friends)?

Facebook, with over 1.7 billion users, is a powerful marketing platform for any business. It allows you to reach consumers on a platform that they are already using every day.

But when users told Facebook that they wanted to see more stories from friends and less promotional content, Facebook implemented a news feed update that gave them just that. So what does that mean for your marketing efforts?

Facebook Marketing

Businesses now need to work harder to ensure that their content is shareable rather than promotional. We asked ten entrepreneurs from YEC to share their best tips to ensure that your content still makes it on the news feed.

1. Be the Supplier for News Breakers

Step back and think about the sharing behavior of your own friends. They always want to be the first to share content that others have not already seen. Be fast and be first to break new stories relevant to your audience. Your Facebook page fans are more likely to share exclusive and engaging content to their own personal audiences if they feel it’s fresh and new.

– Anthony SaladinoKitchen Cabinet Kings

2. Stop Selling and Start Engaging

Unless you want to pay Facebook to promote your content, you need to push more content that your audience is likely to share. The more shares and likes you drive, the more reach you get with your content. With Facebook’s recent change, the key is to stop using Facebook to sell and instead use it to educate, entertain and engage your audience.

– Kristopher JonesLSEO.com

3. Pay Facebook

Facebook is a public company. Any updates to its newsfeed algorithm are meant to help the company maximize its return to shareholders. My advice? Play the game. Pay Facebook its advertising dollars to ensure your content gets discovered. The cost to create content (designers, copywriters, etc.) is usually more than advertising. Budget a little extra for Facebook ads to produce your best content ROI.

– Brett FarmiloeMarkitors

4. Embed Interactivity

Reduce the number of links that you post on your page and focus on embedding content – articles and videos – into Facebook instead. Since Facebook users prefer to stay on Facebook, giving them content without sending them away will help to guarantee they actually share your content, which will then place you in front of other audiences. Share stories that are informative, not promotional.

– Marcela De VivoBrilliance

5. Focus on Proven Tactics That Yield More Shares

Tactics like video content and helpful advice are some of the most commonly shared type of posts, so businesses should redirect their content strategy toward these tactics if they haven’t done so already.

– Peter DaisymeDue Invoicing

6. Diversify Your Marketing Strategies

It is not a good idea to be solely dependent on just one marketing platform. In this fast-paced world, change is inevitable when it comes to marketing via various social media platforms. Diversify your marketing strategies across numerous platforms because safety comes in numbers. If changes on one platform don’t suit your business, move your marketing money to another.

– Engelo Rumora, List’n Sell Realty

7. Make Ad Campaigns Pop

 With social media platforms now “competing for screen time,” companies need to make their advertising campaigns funny or memorable. We always remember those funny Super Bowl commercials, share them and talk about them. Making an emotional connection through storytelling will make potential customers remember your brand and create more buzz.

– Nemoy RauUS Biometrix

8. Network and Be Personal

You need to connect with friends and family on a personal level. Then you can market your services, just like you would in real life. You would not consistently blast your friends and family with announcements of your services, so don’t do it on Facebook either. However, a well-placed announcement for something interesting or important can be effective.

– Peter BoydPaperStreet Web Design

9. Make Content Sharable, Then Pay

If you have the right approach, this shouldn’t be a problem. You’re already creating shareable content targeted to the right audience. But even if your content is popular, you’ll have to pay to promote posts to a wider audience. Find out which posts generate the most engagement and pay to promote them. For brands, Facebook isn’t the free ride to huge audiences that it used to be.

– Justin BlanchardServerMania Inc.

10. Provide Value

Facebook is a game changer for any business that can master it. By providing value to the users that share your posts, it will give them an incentive to do so more often. For example, if you have an e-commerce business, offer a coupon code to anyone who shares your post. If you’re providing a service, give the users access to an exclusive blog post for sharing.

– Chad KellerWUDN

 

The answers above are provided by members of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

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