No one is born knowing how this online marketing thing works.
Luckily for us, there are several awesome bloggers out there who do know how it works and are willing to share what they know.
They have different styles and different subjects, but they also have one thing in common: the ability to break down this online marketing thing into bit-sized, understandable and actionable pieces.
Here they are, 5 awesome blogs you should read and learn from to rock your online marketing (in alphabetical order):
Founded in 2006 by Brian Clark, Copyblogger is a powerhouse for all things content marketing – blogs, email lists, social media, copy writing, and more. The blog is updated several times a week and touches on everything from improving your blog post titles and building your email list to how to build relationships on social media.
Copyblogger is funny and smart without being too smart. They’ve built an amazing site practicing what they preach, and their blog posts are chock-full of information and inspiration on using content (like blogs) and communication channels (like email lists and social media) to attract awesome clients.
Copyblogger Blog: Copyblogger
Cool Email Freebie: Internet Marketing for Smart People 20-part email course
Follow Copyblogger on Twitter: @copyblogger
A favorite post: Email Marketing 101 – How to Push Send and Grow Your Business
Laura founded LKR in 2009, when she fired all of her website design clients and made the switch to social media consulting. In her own words: “I make technology, specifically social media marketing, dead-simple to understand and implement.”
Laura is, in my humble opinion, the best social media trainer on the internet today. Her clear, no-tech speak style makes setting up your Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest account seem the easiest thing in the world. And her blog posts are the same way – simple, fun, clear, with one easy action to implement to build your social media presence or your business.
Laura’s Blog: LKR Social Media
Cool Email Freebie: List of all the techie tools she uses in her business
Follow Laura on Twitter: @lkr
A favorite post: SEO: Put a Pin on It
Marcus started his pool company, River Pools and Spa, in 2001 and grew it to be one of the largest pool websites in the world. How? He used his blog to answer his customer’s questions, even the ones that most companies don’t answer publicly. Now, Marcus can be found at thesaleslion.com, where he writes about using a blog to grow your business.
I like his style because it’s easy to imagine that Marcus is having a one-to-one conversation with you that happens to include clean and direct blog marketing advice. Plus, he’s one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet – he’s invited his email readers to take him up on a quick piece of personalized advice on their blogs at least twice in the last 6 months.
Marcus’ Blog: The Sales Lion
Cool Email Freebie: Inbound and Content Marketing Made Easy e-book
Follow him on Twitter: @TheSalesLion
A favorite post: 9 Lessons I Learned From the Biggest Blogging Jerk Ever
Sarah Burns is small business owner, blogger and social media enthusiast who launched TaDah! because she saw small businesses implementing social media training, only to let it slide after a few months. TaDah! is an accountability team who reminds you each week to work on your social media and gives tips and tricks to make social media easier to do.
I like Sarah because her emails and blog posts are short, easy to read, and fun. She’s got a great blend of humor, down-to-earthness, and useful advice that’s easy to digest and implement. Best of all, her email updates always feature a different tech tip or software to make running a small business even easier.
TaDah Blog: TaDah
Cool Email Freebie: Weekly tech tips to rock your online marketing and business
Follow TaDah on Twitter: Sarah Burns @theohanamama
Corbett Barr, the founder of ThinkTraffic.net, is all about using websites and blogs to attract thriving audiences and build successful online businesses. His blog focuses on ways to attract more visitors to your website, either through your blog, email lists, social media, webinars, SEO, or anything else he and his team have used successfully.
The whole topic of attracting website traffic can be really boring, but not with Corbett. His blog posts are long, but chock-full of great ideas for getting more new clients to visit your website. Even more awesome, he focuses on how to turn those new visitors into leads by building blogs that matter to your clients.
ThinkTraffic Blog: ThinkTraffic
Cool Email Freebie: Free toolkit with several short videos for generating more website traffic and earning more money
Follow ThinkTraffic on Twitter: @ThinkTraffic
What other online marketing blogs do you follow? Let me know in the comments!
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