Tom Ewer, over at Leaving Work Behind, has posted a fantastic list of the top 100 blogs you need to know about.
These blogs cover, in general, the following topics: Entrepreneurship, Blogging, Internet Marketing, Marketing, Social Media, SEO/SEM, Niche Sites, Freelancing and Affiliate Marketing.
Folks, this is a gold mine of information!
Here’s a quote from Tow Ewer about this list (as he calls it, the LWB 100):
It is all too easy to waste an enormous amount of time by applying yourself in an inefficient manner. I personally have wasted countless hours on near-worthless endeavors, simply because I didn’t know any better. I would have given a great deal to have had a list such as this in front of me when I first started out on my path to leaving work behind, and I am really excited to present it to you now.
I can’t agree more. I’ve started and abandoned so many projects because I simply didn’t know what works (and more importantly, what doesn’t work!).
If you are serious about making money online, or even if you simply want to be a better blogger, writer, marketer, or whatever, you should add those sites to your bookmarks and visit them often. Add Leaving Work Behind as well. And Blogs For Expats too!
A better way to keep up with the massive amount of information these blogs provide, is to use an RSS Reader. I’ll write a full post about using RSS Readers when I get time, but the concept is simple. You install your reader software, then subscribe to web site’s RSS feeds. Whenever there is an update to the web site, you get the titles and a portion of the article text right in your reader. It’s easy to review all the new content and read what you feel is most important to you.
Microsoft Outlook has a built-in RSS reading system. Simply go into the Options and tell Outlook it can handle RSS feeds. When you are on a web site, look for the orange RSS logo, and click it. Outlook will intercept the request and prompt you to subscribe. Click yes, and you’re done.
Another option is Google Reader. Check it out – I’ll let them explain everything about it for you 🙂
My favorite tool of the moment is FeedDemon, from Nick Bradbury. It’s very comprehensive and has some great features. One of my favorites is “watches” – it basically monitors new content for your selected keywords and organizes the content from all your RSS feeds around those keywords. FeedDemon will even synchronize with Google Reader, so you can install it at home, on your laptop, at the office, etc, and have access to everything.
However you decide to read these blogs, just do it!