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

by DigitalAlex on May 21, 2008

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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.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jeremiah Owyang May 21, 2008 at 10:55 pm

Thanks for including me!

2 DigitalAlex May 21, 2008 at 11:01 pm

Thanks for writing Jeremiah, it’s really useful!

3 Eve Dmochowska May 22, 2008 at 4:26 am

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.

4 Scott Brinker May 22, 2008 at 5:01 am

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.

5 S.Hamel May 22, 2008 at 7:40 am

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

6 Robert Gorell May 22, 2008 at 11:31 am

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.

7 Kevin Hillstrom May 22, 2008 at 11:33 am

It was very nice of you to include my blog, I appreciate it!

8 Robert Gorell May 22, 2008 at 11:34 am

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

9 Billy Shih May 22, 2008 at 12:20 pm

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…”

10 Judah May 22, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Hi Alex,

Thanks for including me in the list!

Best,
Judah

11 Josh May 22, 2008 at 2:10 pm

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

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12 DigitalAlex May 22, 2008 at 2:50 pm

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.

13 DigitalAlex May 22, 2008 at 2:59 pm

Eve – Your site is killer. I’m adding it to my reader now.

Stephane – My hat is permanently tipped in your direction.

I forgot to mention Jacques!
http://www.waomarketing.com/blog/

14 Chris Goward May 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm

Great list, thanks Alex. And thanks for including WiderFunnel!

15 John May 27, 2008 at 3:29 pm

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!

16 Lisa May 27, 2008 at 10:57 pm

Yay, thanks Alex, this was really useful.

17 rich page June 6, 2008 at 6:05 pm

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

18 Sherelle Salaver February 24, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Just found this post. Thanks for including us! It’s very much appreciated.

19 Alex February 24, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Hi Sherrelle,

Thanks for producing great content!

-Alex

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