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9 Top Influencer Blogs to Follow in 2017

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The world of online business is like no other industry in the world. Not only does it provide the opportunity for anyone in the world today get started with a blog, brand or business of their own at minimal costs, it also offers online training and resources guides like no other industry as well.

For example… if you wanted to start a retail pizza location and went to a local competitor for advice or questions, they would likely tell you to get lost! Online it’s a completely different story. Not only can you find an unlimited amount of resources and guides to learn from, you can actually send emails to experts around the world and actually get useful advice in the process.

In short, for entrepreneurs wanting to run a business, they have a world of opportunity right in their hands. All they need to do is put in the time and effort to make big things happen.

To help with this process, I wanted to provide you with a list of nine different blogs that you should be following in 2017. Not only are each of these blogs extremely useful, the people behind them are must follow and create some excellent content in the process.

Let’s get started!

Follow these 9 Influencer Blogs in 2017

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Neil Patel

When it comes to internet marketing or anything related to lead generation and traffic growth online, there is a good chance you’ve ended up on one of Neil Patel’s sites. Both NeilPatel.com and QuickSprout.com are two of the most popular internet marketing blogs on the internet today. Not only are they popular, the value on them is quite intense. Most articles are well over 1,000 words and include references to real examples and case studies to further stress the points. Neil Patel is definitely a name to follow as we move into 2017, as he will continue to share what’s working in the industry today, then and beyond.

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Gary Vaynerchuk

Looking back at previous years, it’s been pretty exciting to see what Gary Vaynerchuk has accomplished. Through his earlier days at Wine Library, when he was creating short wine review videos with just a handful of viewers, to now performing keynotes to audiences of thousands — it’s been quite a ride for both Gary and his audience. Even more exciting is how Gary continues to engage, bring in new audiences and scale with time. If you aren’t currently following Gary’s blog and social media outlet, you definitely need to get him on all of your lists right now.

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Jeremy Schoemaker

Better known as “ShoeMoney”, Jeremy has found massive success in the world of affiliate and online marketing. While ShoeMoney.com is his platform for letting the world know what he is currently working on, or just what’s on his mind, his best money makers and success has come from his passionate side projects. From a fun ringtones website that made him over $100k in just one month from Google Adsense, to selling multiple websites and businesses for millions, Jeremy has done it all — while also being extremely helpful and sharing his success with others along the way. No matter where the industry is headed, Jeremy will be there to revolutionize it along the way.

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John Lee Dumas

JLD is a money making God in the world of podcasting. Just a few years ago John was at a point in life where he was depressed, had no idea where he was going to find a job… or even going live. Jump forward to today and he’s one of the most successful independent podcasters of our time. Having taught thousands of individuals how to start a podcast of their own through his podcast EOFire and online course, Podcast Paradise, John has had single month revenues in the $500,000 range. Definitely, add John Lee Dumas as a name to watch as the podcasting industry continues to flourish in months and years to come.

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Brian Clark

In previous years, Brian started out as a blogger, while quickly becoming a full-fledged entrepreneur in the process. His blog at Copyblogger.com was extremely popular, but Brian knew he had to come up with new ways to grow his business over time. Now he’s the brains behind the Copyblogger (RainMaker) platform, which allows site owners, bloggers, and brand manage all aspects of their content under one powerful platform. No matter where the industry is headed in the coming years, Brian will be there to make sure content creation and promotion is managed as effectively as possible.

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Syed Balkhi

Syed is a perfect example of someone who started out as a blogger, then took full advantage of what WordPress and the industry had to offer. Through his blog at WPBeginner.com, Syed has helped millions of site owners and bloggers with any possible questions they could possibly ask. Taking that success to a whole new level, Syed started to get active in the software space, launching OptinMonster — one of the most downloaded and purchased WordPress plugins of all times. One of the most exciting things about Syed and his businesses is how they’ve continued to adapt over the years. Be sure to add his name and network of sites to your reading list.

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John Rampton

If you frequent the likes of Entrepreneur, Inc and Huffington Post, you’ve likely seen many articles from John Rampton ranking at the top of their sites. While John’s blog is a great place for you to find what he’s currently speaking at and working on, you will likely find most of his content through his writing on Entrepreneur and Forbes. Why is John Rampton a name to watch moving into 2017? Simply because he is writing on all the big stories and trends that huge media outlets want you to know about.

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John Chow

In the world of blogging, John Chow is a name known by many. Love him or hate him, he’s discovered the process of how to start a blog (where he would first post pictures of his dinner), to making millions of dollars online. John first started with the concept of blogging to keep his friends and family updated with what was going on in his life. Then he started talking about how to make money online… then he actually put those efforts into action. Over the years, John’s methods of monetization are continually changing, and that’s just one of the many reasons to follow his blog in the coming years.

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Sujan Patel

Sujan Patel is likely a name that you’ve also seen mentioned throughout the industry, as he’s worked alongside big name brands like LinkedIn, Expedia, Zillow and Yahoo to help bring their businesses to that next level. He’s also been featured in various publications like Entrepreneur, Forbes, and WSJ — while also contributing to many of them. Sujan is a game changer and with his main focuses on growth hacking, branding, and SEO, he’s sure to cover the working methods and topics for years to come. Be sure to check out his blog for what’s working in the world of internet marketing today and for months to come.

There you have it… my personal list of nine entrepreneur bloggers that you should be following in the new year. While there are plenty of other entrepreneurs and marketing experts to follow, I highly recommend you add each of these greats to your online reading material list. Don’t forget… it’s not just about reading and following up on others… it’s all about putting what they have to say and inspire into action!

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3 Examples of How to Promote Your Brand with Targeted Blog Content

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Blog content works wonders if you know how to effectively promote it and rank it in the search results. The main problem is that most bloggers and content creators are simply focused on creating content and then not putting in the time, work, and effort to actually promote. This is a direct path to failure for many reasons, such as:

  • Wasted time being spent on publishing 500-word articles
  • Not having evergreen content you can refer to time and time again
  • Scattering your SEO and link building efforts all over the place

A better way to create content for your site or brand, is to make sure you are covering as much content as possible, while also staying niche specific and having a call to action in the process. It’s also best to publish content that has at least 1,500 words of content, and is something that you can refer to over and over again. Even better, is if you can include some industry resources, references, and graphics, which can legitimize your content and also increase your chances for picking up some additional backlinks and social shares from regular site visitors.

With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at a few different brands that are doing content creation correctly, and how you can also grow your brand, blog, and business using these same methods.

Before We Get Started

Before we jump into the list of sites and a few examples of winning content for each, we should cover a few valid points when it comes to blogging.

WordPress makes blogging and content creation extremely easy. There are already more than 300 million WP-powered sites and blogs on the internet today.

There are also many different ways to create content, share it online, and also make it rank higher and more effectively in Google.

Before creating content for your site and clicking the publish button, you should have a solid content creation and marketing plan.

To learn more about the various components of effective, be sure to check out this start a blog guide.

Examples of Brands Using Evergreen Content

One of the most important things to remember when looking at different online companies and brands, isn’t just how well the content they create is performing, but also how they are creating content for their audience. Content is great, but if it doesn’t provide value and funnel new leads or sources of revenue into your business, it’s pretty much just more clutter being added to the one billion+ active websites online.

Making Job Search and Business Opportunities Easy

JobCompass is a website that covers the concept of making money in the world today, while also creating niche-focused content that targets a select group, demographic or audience. You will find a wide range of list and resource articles on their site, but you will also find some useful ones like this one on  where to find jobs for pregnant moms.

The revenue generation on the site comes from a range of sources, but it’s mostly based on affiliate marketing and lead acquisition. This makes it ideal for JobCompass to continually come out with as many useful resources and money making opportunities on their site, while also having their own recommended (likely an affiliate offer) method as well.

With a ton of evergreen content in place, and audiences all over the world always looking to make more money, this is a win-win situation for both JobCompass and their audience.

The Business of ‘Business on Social Media’

Facebook and Twitter are multi-billion dollar companies, but the business of marketing and growing a brand on social media collectively is even much larger. When you look at the many different brands and businesses in the world today, they all need to be active and growing on social media. Throw into the mix that there are plenty of social media platforms out there and new audiences to reach daily, it just seems like a never ending supply for demand and advertising dollars.

One such company that focuses on social media marketing services, is Famoid. Through their social media growth strategies, brands can reach new audiences without needing to create their own marketing an content creation plans. Instead, Famoid does the work for them.

On the Famoid blog, you will come across a wide range of case study articles like this one on gaining traffic on Pinterest. They also have a bunch of similar ones for Twitter and Facebook, while also profiling other brands and strategies they are using as well.

This is ideal for two main reason. The first, is that it creates content for the Famoid brand and allows them to reach new traffic. The second, is that Famoid creates these case studies, brands read it, and then sign up for their services when they realize they don’t want to put in their own time, work, and effort.

Again, win-win for the brand and end customer reading the content.

The Business of ‘Business on Social Media’

Facebook and Twitter are multi-billion dollar companies, but the business of marketing and growing a brand on social media collectively is even much larger. When you look at the many different brands and businesses in the world today, they all need to be active and growing on social media. Throw into the mix that there are plenty of social media platforms out there and new audiences to reach daily, it just seems like a never ending supply for demand and advertising dollars.

One such company that focuses on social media marketing services, is Famoid. Through their social media growth strategies, brands can reach new audiences without needing to create their own marketing an content creation plans. Instead, Famoid does the work for them.

On the Famoid blog, you will come across a wide range of case study articles like this one on gaining traffic on Pinterest. They also have a bunch of similar ones for Twitter and Facebook, while also profiling other brands and strategies they are using as well.

This is ideal for two main reason. The first, is that it creates content for the Famoid brand and allows them to reach new traffic. The second, is that Famoid creates these case studies, brands read it, and then sign up for their services when they realize they don’t want to put in their own time, work, and effort.

Again, win-win for the brand and end customer reading the content.

Free Content, Expert Names and Valuable Content

People use the internet for a few different reasons. They either want to buy something, find information, or to be entertained. If you can cater to one of these demands, then you can definitely create a business or revenue stream in the process.

As mentioned earlier, there is plenty of demand for making money online and entrepreneur/business marketing. Sticking with this content, we can now take a look at Mixergy.com and see how they are using a few different methods to reach new audiences, create killer content, and make money in the process — while also leveraging the power of industry experts and well-known entrepreneurs from around the world.

First off, Mixergy is subscription style site that is focusing on helping businesses and brands grow, while also getting the valuable information they need to do so. It was also created by Andrew Warner, who does most of the content and interviews for the site. You can see one of his most popular interviews here.

Once you take a look at the site, you will notice it’s mostly a landing page that makes the user enter their info before getting access to the content. It’s brilliant and I bet it works amazing. But again, it’s also a perfect example of how a website can provide real value to their audience, while also benefiting in the process.

Some site visitors will leave when they see the call to action, others will sign up for free. Of those who do subscribe, some will then upgrade to the premium plan. It’s all a numbers game, and the more valuable content Mixergy continues to create, the more value they will offer, and the more their business will grow.

The Best Blog Content, Doesn’t Look Like Blog Content

From a business standpoint and from a marketing perspective, blogging doesn’t necessarily have to mean sitting down and writing boring text content that ends up wasting your time.

Just take a look at the few different examples above of how these brands are using blog content to not only offer value, but to also increase lead generation and growth in the process.

If you don’t have a solid content creation and marketing plan, blogging isn’t something that you should be wasting your time on. The internet is way too saturated with content, and if you are just pushing stuff out there to hope it ranks and is being seen, it simply won’t happen.

To learn more about how to create fully optimized content that works in search and for lead generation, be sure to check out my list of top SEO analyzer tools that you should be using in 2019.

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5 Reasons Why Your Business Should Be Writing Blogs Right Now

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Blogging is a great way to get your website noticed and generate more traffic and sales. 86% of companies use a blog on their websites, so you can’t afford to miss out.

You may think that blogs aren’t that important, or that they don’t make a lot of difference to your business. But they are a lot more effective than you may think.

Blogging can increase your lead generation by 67%. Whether you’re a new or established business, this can prove invaluable. Here are 5 reasons your business needs to start writing blogs now.

1. Generate Traffic

Blog posts add more content to your website and thus attract more people to visit your site. Creating web content means that you can direct your readers to other parts of your website.

This means you can write a post about one of your products or services and use yours as an example. When readers discover this, you have a greater chance of boosting sales.

2. Boost SEO

When it comes to marketing your business, SEO is king. SEO determines where your website ranks on search engine results. In turn, it impacts how many people find you.

There are a lot of things that affect your SEO. Things like a fully optimized website and using the right links can make a real difference. Hook Agency says that having the right SEO can double or even triple your traffic from search engines.

Once you have your website sorted, blog content is next. The more blogs you write, the better the SEO. Use popular keywords and terms that your audience would search for. This will make your posts rank higher on search engines and get customers your way.

3. Create a Brand Voice

There are a lot of company blogs out there which may be interesting, but they have no distinctive voice. When they have no voice, they all blend into one.

But if you write blogs with a specific voice, you make an impression. When people can recognise your writing style, they recognise your company.

Set featured imageTry to give your posts a personality. They are more fun to read and will keep people coming back to read for more. They make your brand more trustworthy and encourage people to choose your brand.

4. Showcase Your Services

When it comes to your business, you’re the expert. You know all about your own products and services, so use your blog to show off this knowledge!

Explain what you offer and what you can do for your customers. People want brands to know exactly what they’re selling and it makes you more reliable.

It also serves as a free way to advertise your business. You can write as much or as little as you want on the services you’re offering.  

5. You Stay Ahead of the Curve

When you give your website a blog, you’re also future proofing your business. Those who don’t have blogs are lagging behind and missing out on a lot of great opportunities.

It gives you the chance to be creative and boost your business in a whole new way. You can also add other media like videos and photos to your posts to boost your SEO even further.

Chances are, you’ll find blogging very fun. Regular content on your site gives your business a firm presence and will keep you on the SEO map for longer.

Your Business Needs to Start Writing Blogs Now

Now that you know how important it is to start writing blogs for your business, it’s time to get started. It’s a fun creative challenge which can lead to more traffic and more sales.

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