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As a marketer, you know how important it is to have an entrepreneurial mindset. The 12 awesome blogs for entrepreneurs listed in this article will help you be more creative, find new opportunities, and uncover innovative ideas to help grow your brand.
Consistently reading great content from other entrepreneurs is one of the best ways to stay on the forefront of what’s happening in your industry and maintain a competitive edge. Whether you’re looking for practical tips, industry trends, or general inspiration, this list has must-reads you’ll love.
12 Must-Read Blogs for Entrepreneurs
Moz’s blog is so popular thanks in no small part to its entrepreneurial founder, Rand Fishkin, who created tons of insightful blog content during his time there and launched the Whiteboard Friday Series. Rand is no longer with Moz, but the innovative tone of Moz’s blog has remained much the same.
If you’re looking for a crossroads between content marketing and entrepreneurship, Moz really should be on your list. Founded as SEOMoz in 2004, the company has remained on the forefront of content marketing trends and best practices since its inception.
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If you work in digital marketing, you probably know Gary Vaynerchuck. He’s been a voice in the industry since he took his dad’s wine business online in the early 2000s and grew it from $3 million to $60 million in revenue. Today Gary is regarded as a digital marketing guru, and the content on his blog and YouTube channel is some of the most consumed in the industry.
Gary takes a no-nonsense approach to providing insights and advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and experienced businesspeople alike. His blog is packed with motivational messages, digital marketing insights, and personal stories about building success. If you’re starting or growing a business, you’ll find Gary’s content especially valuable.
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Seth Godin is a prolific author and one of the most well-known marketing minds in the industry right now. He’s also a successful entrepreneur himself. In 1995 he founded Yoyodyne, one of the first digital marketing firms with revolutionary ideas about how to reach target audiences. Yahoo eventually bought the company, and Seth stayed on as VP of Permission Marketing for several years.
Seth’s short-form blog posts are full of thoughtful wisdom and consistently make you rethink some of the concepts and truths we take for granted. For entrepreneurs, consistently reading Seth’s blog can spark an important mindset shift. Seth’s advice is valuable in every area from starting a business, building strong teams, growing personally, and more.
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Entrepreneurs might be inspired by nature, but we all need a little reminding every now and then. A daily dose of Lifehack can keep you feeling motivated, focused, and ready to tackle your goals. Lifehack’s tagline is aptly called “The University of Life,” and their content lives up to the promise.
Lifehack is a perfect read for those of us who need to step away from the business grind every now and then and be reminded to prioritize our own wellness, mindset, and personal priorities.
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Alexander Osterwalder, author of game changing books like Business Model Innovation, Value Proposition Design, and Business Model You, founded Strategyzer in 2010. His books and methods offer templates and methodologies that have become industry best practices for entrepreneurs launching new startups.
The Strategyzer blog is a gold mine of insight about innovation in business. Topics covered include finding the right business model, crafting a killer value proposition, building an entrepreneurial culture, rapidly testing new ideas and more. The blog’s balance of inspirational content on the innovative mindset coupled with practical advice for the startup launch process is especially valuable for entrepreneurs.
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Copyblogger was founded in 2006 and has since grown to 8-figure revenues and become a must-read for writers in the marketing industry and beyond. Its website offers tons of resources for writers like ebooks, online courses, and premium subscriptions.
If there’s one blog you’re recommending your writers read (or that you’ll read yourself as a professional writer), make it Copyblogger. Copyblogger is a resource that can truly help beginner and experienced writers alike to continually improve. It has everything from inspiring content to helps you stay creative to practical insights on how to optimize your writing.
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SEO expert Brian Dean founded Backlinko in 2012. Brian is also an entrepreneur — one who lived through the motto to “fail fast” and keep going. His first five businesses failed before he found success in the personal finance industry in 2012. Backlinko was born as a way for Brian to share the lessons he learned.
Today, Backlinko is a go-to blog for SEO insights, strategies, and advice. Backlinko content never beats around the bush — everything you’ll find there is extremely actionable. Industry leaders like Larry Kim and Kieran Flanagan (VP of Marketing at HubSpot) have named it one of the best blogs for marketers to read.
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The Blog of Dr. Jeff Cornwall
Dr. Jeff Cornwall is founder of The Entrepreneurial Mind, an online community where entrepreneurs can access resources and advice for starting and growing new businesses. Cornwall is a serial entrepreneur himself and professor of entrepreneurship at Belmont University.
On his blog, you’ll find rich insights on the realities of starting your own business and motivating advice on how to be more entrepreneurial in general — no matter what your professional role. The blog is a mix of Cornwall’s own writing and curated posts from other entrepreneurs.
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Yaro Starak began his entrepreneurial journey when he founded an essay editing company in the 90s. He launched several businesses thereafter before he realized writing about entrepreneurship was his passion. He sold his other ventures and began to focus 100% on his blog.
Today, his blog continues to share stories and insights from Yaro’s personal experiences. But he also offers tons of insight and resources on launching and growing a digital business, how to earn multiple streams of income, and ways to be more entrepreneurial in your everyday life.
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Neil Patel is one of the most well-known names in the content marketing industry. He’s the founder of KISSmetrics, Crazy Egg, and Hello Bar. Today his blog and YouTube channel have more than a million subscribers. He’s known for his practical but entrepreneurial approach to content marketing and growing online businesses.
Neil’s blog is really a treasure trove of practice tips and how-to’s for just about anything you need to know in digital marketing. Just scrolling through his most recent articles shows topics like Google traffic, paid advertising, content marketing analytics, website pop-ups, and word-of-mouth marketing — you can see the range here. Neil’s blog is a great read whether you’re looking for something specific or just want to keep up with content marketing trends.
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Contently’s Strategist Blog
Contently’s Strategist blog is a go-to resource for entrepreneurial content marketers who are constantly looking for new ways to apply core principles. Whether you’re just starting out with content marketing or you’re an old hat who wants to stay inspired, Contently’s Strategist blog has content you’ll love.
The blog’s main topics are storytelling, SEO, digital marketing, strategy, and industry trends. You’ll also find golden nuggets of insight on other related topics sprinkled throughout.
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Duct Tape Marketing
Marketer John Jantsch founded Duct Tape Marketing to help small businesses succeed. His Duct Tape method has become well known today, and it’s based around the principle that marketing is the most important small business system.
The Duct Tape Marketing blog covers marketing topics from content to social media to SEO to lead generation to local marketing and more. Their posts have practical insights and actionable tips to help you apply them to your own small business. Many of their blog posts are summaries of their podcast series, which features successful marketers, business owners, and entrepreneurs.
Recommended reading/listening: The Five “Ps” Model for Turning Your Entrepreneurial Frustrations into Freedoms
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7 thoughts on “12 Must-Read Blogs For Entrepreneurs”
Awesome list Michael.
I am partial to Chris Brogan’s blog. The dude resonates with me because he’s huge on simple and simple is powerful.
I also vibe with Seth’s blog and more than a few top shelf spots for entrepreneurs.
For me, I love simple, practical and inspiring.
I agree Ryan. I get Seth’s blog too. I find that I ignore most of them but the ones that hit the mark are dead on. Brogans good too.
Wow, honored to be included here. Some great new finds for my Feedly feed as well. Happy New Year!
Totally deserved Matt. In fact it’s been like a Matt Heinz love-fest around here lately 😉
Best wishes for a great 2015!
Happy New Year Michael!
This is a great list. My personal favourites are Backlinko – where Brian Dean is doing some excellent work, plus Kevan Lee’s posts on the Buffer blog – which are equally exceptional.
I always find myself going back to Social Triggers (because I love Derek Halpern’s videos), and Copyblogger (because it’s one of the blogs I’ve visited most over the last decade).
There are also some great blogs here I hadn’t heard of before, including the Farnam Street Blog which looks excellent – and Lifehack which looks superb too.
Thanks Loz and I appreciate the additional ones. I am an avid reader of Copyblogger but will check out the others as well.
Happy New Year!
Great list, Michael! bookmarking this. Thanks
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