The Seven Best Blogs: Period

One of the things I am realizing more and more is that people want to find ways to cut through the crud in the blogosphere and get right to the creme of the crop, and it doesn’t matter what you are interested in, there are always blogs that get more attention than the rest, so I compiled a few of the best blogs out there that you should all be subscribed to, even if you aren’t a blogger.

Dosh Dosh

If you really want to understand blogging, there are very few bloggers that teach better than Dosh Dosh. Even blogs ranked higher than this blog aren’t nearly as helpful. His posts about social media, writing style, and advertising are second to none.

A few people noticed that I left this site out of my Make Money Online Blogs You Must Read list, and Maki, the writer of Dosh Dosh was one of them, but what he didn’t understand was that I think of Dosh Dosh as more than just a “make money online” blog, but rather a blog that teaches you how to blog effectively, not just to make money, but to create a business, raise your profile online, or just to have fun.

If you want to understand blogging, and want to be successful making money online, you have to subscribe to Dosh Dosh.

Alexa: 7,436
Technorati: 32

TechCrunch

Duncan Riley FTW! Now that I have got that bit of fanboyism out of the way, I can honestly say that TechCrunch is not only a blog that many bloggers dream about owning, with its six figure revenue, and its A-List bloggers, but it also serves a great purpose of letting everyone know about everything going on with web based applications, popular services, and major players online.

You might not think that Michael Arrington is the nicest, or best guy in the world, but you can’t deny that TechCrunch is an amazing blog and highly respected because of the high quality, interesting, and buzz-worthy content it continually produces.

If you want to know what your competitors are doing, or have a keen interest in the whole “Web 2.0” scene, check out TechCrunch.

Alexa: 689
Technorati: 3

TechDirt

TechDirt is one of the first blogs I read consistently online, and it has come a long way in both design and content. It isn’t as edgy as TechCrunch, and so I use this site as my “meat and potatoes” of online information, with the more sensationalist TechCrunch being the “dessert”.

Some of my favourite posts on this blog are in the (Mis)Uses of Technology category.

Another must subscribe to blog. You don’t want to miss a post here, as they cover some of the biggest legal implications in technology and the web.

Alexa: 19,401
Technorati: 215

LifeHacker

A Gawker blog, LifeHacker has always been well known as the place to optimize your life. The tips, tricks and articles will help you get through your day, as long as you don’t get sucked into just reading LifeHacker all day. I have been guilty of that a few times.

They cover men’s grooming, energy saving, investing, computer tips, and many more things that will just make your life easier and better.

This is the best lifestyle tips website out there and the inspiration for the now Bloggy Network owned LifeSpy which I started back a long while ago.

Alexa: 1,260
Technorati: 6

Copyblogger

Where Dosh Dosh will teach you to think different, and help you learn social media promotion, and other tips and tricks to do well online Brian Clark’s Copyblogger will make sure you understand the importance of a great headline, and writing your articles with style and finesse. This is the number one place to learn copywriting.

Don’t miss out on it or you will fall behind the nearly thirty thousand RSS readers that keep up with the site.

Alexa: 8,147
Technorati: 32

ReadWrite/Web

More “Web 2.0” information with Read/WriteWeb, but this one for me fits between TechCrunch and TechDirt. They don’t cover the legal stuff that TechDirt does, and they aren’t as sensationalist as TechCrunch, but they still run the gamut. It is a great site with plenty of amazing reviews, news, and opinions.

They even sometimes publish stories before TechCrunch, and being first, especially in the topics they cover, is important, and impressive. The other great things about this site, no “Tech” in the title, and they have some great opinions on society mixed in with their witty content.

Alexa: 4,755
Technorati: 15

Freelance Switch

Tired of working for “the man”? Freelance Switch has some great advice, resources, and a strong job board. The articles are detailed, and from a variety of people, making the site an amazing resource for anyone looking at starting out making their own mark in the world.

The Freelance Freedom comic alone makes this blog worth subscribing to.

I highly recommend bloggers looking to make a business out of writing online take the time to go through their archives and become an expert in the world of freelance.

Alexa: 12,300
Technorati: 357

Conclusion

If you want to cut through the junk blogs online, there is no real easy way to do that. I notice more and more that the best blogs aren’t always the ones with the highest rank, biggest following, or most money, but instead the ones that have new, interesting, and powerful opinions.

I am sure you all will have blogs that you would have loved to see as part of this list, and feel free to post yours, and let me know about them, but if you are missing any of these blogs in your RSS reader, be sure to subscribe to them now!

19 thoughts on “The Seven Best Blogs: Period

  1. Lori aka Cowboytf

    I personally think think Mr. Arrington is a no moral, selfish bastard and won’t even touch his blog. Especially since the last incident where he gained on honest bloggers (parents trying to pay bills & buy for Christmas) downfall. It seems like every time a certain article spreads like wildfire, it has to do with him bashing payperpost or some of the gossip type article. Not to mention him not showing up at the whole blog world thing because he forgot. Forgot? Whatever. That’s disrespectful.

  2. chipseo

    Great list, thanks. I find it interesting that every time someone posts a list like this there is something I haven’t seen before (and I subscribe to 100’s of feeds).

    In this case there were two, techdirt and freelance switch. Thanks for giving me more to read… ahhhh 🙂

    Scott

  3. Darnell Clayton

    Funny, I read most of these blogs! Although you did forget Gizmodo! (can’t leave them out).

    @ Lori: As far as TechCrunch goes, his bashing of PayPerPost may have been over the top, although I have no sympathy for that company, or anyone involved in it.

    PayPerPost was gumming up the search engine results on Google, Yahoo and MSN, and its about high time someone took action.

    If you are going to be paid to do a review, at least provide disclosure. Their refusal to do so in the beginning told me all I needed to know about the company, hence the reason for the blogger outrage about them.

  4. David

    Darnell – I tried to stay away from pure tech blogs, though I totally agree that Gizmodo is worthy of being honored as well.

  5. AgentSully

    I have to agree. These are great blogs. Techdirt will be a new one for me. Thanks for the list.

    Here’s a new up and comer that is power-packed with awesome business ideas aimed at bloggers and writers and more:
    http://selfmadechick.com

    I find it really valuable.

  6. Anne Helmond

    Nice list, I am subscribed to nearly all of them but I’d never heard about Dosh Dosh before. It doesn’t seem like a blog I’ll be subscribing to though as ‘making money online’ isn’t my number one priority. I am also not too keen on the Manga illustrations with blog posts which shows that it’s not only about the content but the whole appearance.

    ReadWrite/Web is definitely my favorite from the list as they provide extensive insights in current Web phenomena.

  7. Lori aka Cowboytf

    @Darnell
    First, I DO and always have had a disclosure on my blog. I have also made it very clear that I get paid to blog and people can stay the hell away from my spread if they don’t like it.
    Second, many of the people involved in PPP are stay at home moms trying to earn a little money to pay bills. They’re not gurus or wannabe’s probloggers. And most of them know nothing about SEO. They’re not out to get people-They just want some extra cash. They are good people and, a lot of the time, provide great content.
    Third, there are many more things to worry about in this world than some stupid paid posts. What about the Internet criminals that are scamming people out of money every day or preying on kids to do even worse things or scrapers stealing content. Give me a freakin’ break!

  8. Debo Hobo

    Interesting list, there are the opbvious “big dogs” that one would expect to see that aren’e on your list. Which is good, some bloggers get closed minded or branwashed by the supposed “big dogs” and spend there entire day hanging out reading their blog rather than working on making their own better.

  9. David

    @Lori – Everyone has different opinions about PPP. I can see where it is a great tool for certain types of bloggers, and I can see where it can be considered a negative thing online, in the same category as spam.

    I try not to put down PPP bloggers, but I don’t think the system is perfect yet. I compare it to paid bloggers. Not a big deal, but the search engine issues are still there…

  10. David

    @Debo Hobo – Thanks for the thumbs up. I really wanted to stick to the essentials since people are looking at trimming their lists down, and looking for the best of the best.

  11. Darnell Clayton

    @ David: In that case, your exclusion of Gizmodo is forgiven. 😉

    @ Lori: Ignorance is not an excuse. Just because they are stay at home moms, doesn’t make what they do legit.

    I’ve had people steal my content (without credit) who were totally unfamiliar with copyright law. Their ignorance did not justify their actions, and neither does PayPerPost’s method.

    If you are going to be doing paid reviews, at least use “no follow” tags as well as indicating your post is sponsored…and do your own research before joining a company for whatever reason.

    Note: I have nothing against what PPP did, just their method of how they did it. ReviewMe is similar, but they adhere to Google’s policies and pay you for honest reviews, not positive ones like PPP.

    I do not do paid reviews (as I see a conflict in interest with them) but at least be ethical about if you do.

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  13. Glenn Abel

    Glad to see Dosh Dosh there, although the recent move to longer posts means less content with less frequency. I learned tons from that blog.

    The continuing appeal of Copyblogger amazes me. Too much dubious advice on that blog. And the same couple of dozen topics are recycled. I just dropped that one.

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