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101 Great Blogs You Must Subscribe To (and How to Use Them)

Pop quiz: You’re pressed for time and need an answer to your internet marketing problem fast. Where do you turn? Search engines can be imprecise, consultants can be pricey and if your coworkers knew how to do it, you wouldn’t need an answer.

I’m faced with that situation every week. And that leads me to my confession:

I subscribe to a lot of blogs, but I don’t actually read them regularly.

Instead I use them as my own personal search engine. I’ve amassed over a hundred trusted sources in my Google RSS Reader. I’ve tagged them all to categorize them. Then, when I’m faced with a question, all I have to do is search all the blogs or an applicable subset, like this:

great blogs

I’m much more likely to get relevant and actionable results that way. To get you started, I pasted links to all of the blogs from my reader below. They fall into the following 16 categories:

  • Web Analytics
  • Copywriting
  • Blogging and Social Media
  • Competitive Intelligence
  • Conversion Rate
  • Comparison Shopping Engines
  • Data Mining
  • Excel Tips
  • Industry News
  • Information Presentation
  • General Marketing, PR & Strategy
  • Paid Search
  • Public Speaking
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Testing – A/B, Multivariate, Taguchi, etc.
  • Data Visualization

Am I missing any? Please leave a comment.

Web Analytics

Copywriting

Blogging and Social Media

Competitive Intelligence

Conversion Rate

Comparison Shopping Engines

Data Mining

Excel Tips

Industry News

Information Presentation

General Marketing, PR & Strategy

Paid Search

Public Speaking

Search Engine Optimization

Testing – A/B, Multivariate, Taguchi, etc.

Data Visualization

For more background on me, check out my internet marketing resume.

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  1. What a superb list! Thank you.

    I too find that my colleagues and I are inundated with feeds to read.

    I have thus set up a blog http://www.twojumpsahead.com where I list what I think are the best posts on social media, for the past 24 hrs.

    Only social media/marketing is covered, but if you are pressed for time and want the news “quickly”, it might be a good option.

    Btw, it is all done “manually” by me, ie I read and evaluate all the posts.

  2. Hi, Alex. Great example of how to put personalized search to good use! Thanks also for including our post-click marketing blog in your list.

  3. Great list! If you want you can pick a couple of other web analytics feeds from Web Analytics Conversations and check out the free free resources for the WAA I have put together.

    I will make sure to include those sites in the search engine, and thanks for including me in your list! (I also sent you an invite to help maintain the WAA Search Engine)

    Cheers,
    Stéphane

  4. Thanks for sharing this fantastic list, Alex!

    What an excellent Google Reader tip, too. That makes perfect sense but I never thought of using it that way.

  5. Also, you’ll find almost all of these blogs included on our new meme-style marketing news feed at News.GrokDotCom.com

  6. That’s a great idea, it’s also a good idea to contact the writers of those blogs for help ;)

    It’s tough to keep up with all the great content out there, but this is a great use of it. I’ve definitely used a similar tactic to help me find answers or to lead others to the right place.

    Thanks for including my blog, you’ve got a lot of my favorites in your list too. I’ll check out some of the others.

    Note: Your 3rd link has some character issues, you might want to fix. “Conversion Rate Marketing Blog –>GrokDotCom…”

  7. Hi Alex,

    Thanks for including me in the list!

    Best,
    Judah

  8. Perhaps a career-oriented blog for the internet marketing community would be a helpful addition to the list…..

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  9. Scott – You’re definitely welcome!

    Robert – My pleasure. Thanks for all of the great content.

    Kevin – Keep up the good work. I wish I could write as much as you do.

    Billy – Thanks for the catch. I owe you a beer for the MVT tip :-)

    Judah – Consider it a small repayment for contributing so much to the WA community.

  10. Alex,

    I think you forgot PPC Hero! ; )

    Great, great list. I’m always looking to expand my Analytics reading list, and I think I just struck gold!

  11. I have a growing web analytics blog that I would love you to add to this list… its called Rich Page Ramblings. I offer web analytics advice and website reviews.

    http://www.rich-page.com

    Great blog… keep up the good posts!

    Rich

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