12 Most Prolific Bloggers I Read Daily
About six months ago when I really started to get involved in Twitter and the blogosphere, I found that quality information was pretty hard to come by. As I started blogging myself, I started to understand why that was. I’ve been pretty inconsistent with my personal blog. A big part of the problem (at least for me) is I don’t view myself as a good writer, and I don’t necessarily enjoy the creative process of writing. But I do value the interaction that comes from building great relationships online and I find a blog to be an integral building block of that relationship building process.
Even though I struggled at first, over time, I developed a list of go-to bloggers; people who consistently post high quality blog posts about topics I care about – digital marketing, seo, social media, sales, and blogging. I thought I’d share this list with you, not just because they are prolific in their output, but because the combine prodigious quantity with outstanding quality of work! If you’re not following them on twitter, or reading their blogs, you owe it to yourself to check them out.
1. Lee Odden
There are few blogs I read today that I read 5+ years ago. Top Rank Blog is at the very top of that list. Lee Odden and his crew have been consistently adding valuable information to the discussion about SEO and Social Media for a very long time. Top Rank, for my money, is the standard bearer in the industry. There may be other blogs that go deeper into a specific area, but in terms of coverage and thought leadership, this blog is terrific.
2. Gini Dietrich
Everyone that knows me knows I am in the midst of a mad, passionate love affair with Gini Dietrich – on the professional bro-mance level, that is. I love what she’s doing at her blog Spin Sucks and I love the way she’s doing it. Very, very few bloggers in this space have created and cultivated a stronger sense of community than Gini has. I could go on and on about Gini, but then she’d just be confused and think I was kidnapped or something. She’s not used to me being nice to her, and I wouldn’t want her head to get any bigger than it already is….
3. Sam Fiorella
Is there a harder worker in the social sphere that Sam Fiorella? Sam consistently writes some of the very best commentary on the social web. He also delivered over 200 keynote speeches in the last two years.
4. Mark W. Schaefer
Mark’s blog definitely rivals Gini in his cultivation of a community. The comments on his blogs are just as important as the deep thinking he produces with every post. Diligent, thoughtful and professional are words I’d use to describe Mark’s blog. Required reading in the social media space.
5. Valeria Maltoni
At Conversation Agent Valeria writes every few days, and I’m thankful that she does. She’s smart, diligent, and insightful. Somehow, she manages to find fresh takes on the issues of the day, and then writes beautifully about them.
6. Mitch Joel
I love Mitch’s Twist Image blog. It consistently delivers high quality posts without taking itself or the space too seriously. Mitch consistently injects a depth of thought and a personality into his posts and interactions online that make his voice unique.
7. Anthony Iannarino
I met Anthony Iannarino at this year’s SOBCon in Chicago. We had a 4+ hour lunch together with Lisa Petrilli and Steve Woodruff, and I had the pleasure of hearing Anthony discuss his philosophy about work life balance (what balance?) and a little bit about his work ethic (let’s just say he’s written his first post before most of you have even gotten out of bed). Even though I’m no longer in sales, I learn from his blog regularly. You could too.
8. Marcus Sheridan
Marcus has taken the blogosphere by storm. Not only does he write incredibly great stuff at his blog The Sales Lion, but he comments more regularly and more effectively than nearly anyone I know. Earlier this year I made a commitment to write 5 different comments a day on other blogs. I had Marcus in mind when I made that public commitment. He’s a great role model for me (and you) in that regard.
9. Jay Baer
Jay’s blog Convince and Convert is another stellar example of what a great mix of design and content can do. The layout is beautiful – and exemplifies what I wish so many other blogs could be if they only spent some time thinking through layout. But the knowledge….oh, the knowledge. Jay brings it with every single post.
10. Heidi Cohen
Heidi Cohen is prolific. I met her on Twitter and there is a lot to like in her blog. I love the clean layout, the simple design, the elegant use of white space, and she is a blogging maniac. Few people cover the things I love, like blogging, seo, and pr quite as prolifically as Heidi does.
11. Margie Clayman
Prolific doesn’t quite describe Margie Clayman. She writes for her blog. She guest posts at several others. She is seemingly everywhere! Makes me wonder how in the world she has time to actually satisfy clients, even though I’m sure she does that beautifully too!
12. Dino Dogan
At his blog DIY Blogger Dino utilizes smarts, humor and (at times) controversy to get his point across. I learn something darn near every time I visit! What’s not to like?
So there you have it. The 12 most profilic bloggers who rock my world. What about you? Who would you add to this list? Who rocks your world with a combination of quantity and quality? Who raises the bar in your industry or vertical? Who sets the standard you shoot for? Share with us in the comments below!
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