I find myself thinking about the Library of Alexandria a lot. All that knowledge, all stored in one place… and poof! Gone in a fire. Just imagining how different things would be today had that not happened is mind-blowing enough to send me into a philosopher’s haze for a few minutes.
But then I snap out of it, hop back on the internet, and access a global virtual library that puts that erstwhile wonder to shame. The internet is full of valuable content — especially for entrepreneurs — and there are some great blogs out there pumping out posts speaking directly to your trials and tribulations as a freelancer, small-business owner, or something in between.
Here’s a roundup of some great blogs (and a few good ol’ fashioned sites) that are generally respected and full of useful information. Of course, if you haven’t yet, also take some time to explore our blog a bit more — it’s chock-full of nifty stuff.
Moz is something of a household name in the SEO world, and its founder Rand Fishkin is considered a “thought leader” in the tech industry. These folks have been around since 2004 and really know their way around a search engine. Whether you’re an old hack or new to the SEO game, this blog is a wellspring of information.
Duct Tape Marketing
Duct Tape Marketing is another marketing consulting firm with a killer blog full of useful stuff. The company also offers free consultations for your underperforming website. Topics range from podcasting to content marketing to lead generation.
Kabbage is a lending platform built for small businesses, and its blog speaks directly to this population. It’s full of advice and financial tips, guides, webinars, and more.
TechCrunch is the big kahuna when it comes to online tech news. Based out of the Bay Area, it provides a very accurate picture of what’s happening in the world of tech and beyond. Stay up to date on business news and trends at large. Hey, maybe you might even get featured here someday.
The HubSpot team is full of content marketing gurus, and the blog shows it. HubSpot offers various free online learning modules with excellent content. Furthermore, depending on your budget, it also provides solid marketing platforms for blogs, newsletters, and other products that are super data-forward and conversion funnel-tastic.
Guy Kawasaki was one of the original dudes that marketed the 1984 Macintosh and has been a fixture in Silicon Valley ever since. He basically invented the idea of evangelism marketing and is today the chief evangelist of Canva, the brand ambassador for Mercedes, and a fellow at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Oh, and yes, he has a blog too.
Marketplace is sort in the same “no duh” subject as TechCrunch, but if you aren’t tuning in to hear Kai Ryssdal’s enthusiastic, razor-sharp voice rattle off the day’s business news on NPR everyday, then you are doing it wrong. It’s required listening and/or reading for anyone in any business of any kind.