“If you only read the stuff that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

Haruki Murakami

W hat was once a manageable undertaking, reading is now a mind-numbing decision between hundreds of thousands of blog posts, ebooks and podcasts  — most of which are poorly done, fake, wrong and/or just downright useless.

Because I read a lot — like a lot, a lot — as well as curate a weekly newsletter of the best things I read each week, I’m often asked what my favorite blogs are.

 

 

So I scrolled through my Pocket to see what blogs popped up the most and developed this comprehensive list of my “favorite” blogs.

My list covers a wide spectrum of topics (as I love to read about a lot of different things so I can connect dots faster) and all are trustworthy (according to me).

This list is in no particular order, and as I’m sure I missed some noteworthy blogs, please do leave recommendations in the comments below, along with why it’s a phenomenal blog and who would enjoy reading it.

Here are the categories I cover:

  • Best Blogs for Entrepreneurs
  • Best Marketing Blogs
  • Best SEO Blogs
  • Best Social Media Blogs
  • Best Copywriting Blogs
  • Best Career Blogs
  • Best Personal Development (Lifestyle) Blogs
  • Best Productivity Blogs
  • Best Popular Online Publications
  • Best Freelancing Blogs
  • Best UX Blogs
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Best Blogs for Entrepreneurs

Growth Lab

Growth Lab teaches SMBs how to start, build and grow their businesses through ACTIONABLE, step-by-step, meaty blog posts. And when I say meaty, some are 30-40 minute reads.

Link:

https://growthlab.com

Who owns it?

Ramit Sethi

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Trend Watching

trendwatching

Trend Watching is one of my favorite hidden gems. They publish one free briefing per month, and they are ALWAYS WAY AHEAD OF THE CURVE!

Who owns it?

Reinier Evers

Link:

http://trendwatching.com/freepublications/

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OkDork

okdork

OkDork features in-depth guides and strategies, based on proven frameworks and past experiences. You’ll learn things like: how to start a business, marketing, and more.

Link:

https://okdork.com/blog

Who owns it?

Noah Kagan

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First Round Review

firstround review

First Round Review features 4,000+ word interviews with the smartest startup founders and their employees. The interviews are told in a story-like format with actionable advice weaved in throughout each post.

Link:

http://firstround.com/review/

Who owns it?

First Round

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Product Habits

hiten shah

Product Habits publishes “the best content for creating better products.” Product teams, startup founders and marketers will all enjoy Hiten Shah’s content.

Link:

https://producthabits.com/blog/

Who owns it?

Hiten Shah

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GrooveHQ Blog

groovehq blog

GrooveHQ’s blog theme is “Journey to $10M a Year.” It features step-by-step, actionable case studies for massively scaling businesses.

Link:

http://groovehq.com/blog/

Who owns it?

GrooveHQ

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Shopify’s Blog

shopify blog

Shopify’s blog is phenomenal. It teaches entrepreneurs how to build profitable businesses online. Its blog posts are actionable and meaty.

Link:

https://www.shopify.com/blog/

Who owns it?

Shopify

Fave posts:

Four Hour Work Week

tim ferriss

Four Hour Work Week isn’t just a blog, it’s a lifestyle (and book). On it, Tim Ferriss provides readers with actionable advice that spans the spectrum of productivity, making money, personal development, health and marketing/scaling.

Link:

http://tim.blog/

Who owns it?

Tim Ferriss

Fave posts:

Nathan Barry

nathan barry

Nathan writes meaty posts about design and marketing. Do you want to become a better designer? Or build audiences and sell products? You’ll learn both on this blog.

Link:

http://nathanbarry.com/

Who owns it?

Nathan Barry

Fave posts:

Crew

crew blog

Crew is a freelancer marketplace for designers and developers. Its blog centers around productivity, creativity and growing your startup.

Who owns it?

Tiny Capital

Link:

https://crew.co/blog/

Fave Posts:

Profit Well

price intelligently

Proft Well or Price Intelligently’s blog is the best blog on pricing strategies for entrepreneurs.

Link:

http://blog.profitwell.com/

Who owns it?

Patrick Campbell

Fave posts:

Make It

cnbc make it

A modern blog on all aspects of entrepreneurship by CNBC.

Who owns it?

CNBC

Link:

https://www.cnbc.com/make-it/

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Best Marketing Blogs

Sumo

sumo blog

Sumo publishes the same type of actionable content as Kagan’s other site: OkDork.

Link:

https://sumo.com/stories

Who owns it?

Noah Kagan

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HubSpot

hubspot blog

HubSpot’s blog is the original inbound marketing blog. While most of its content is now aimed at new marketers, sometimes you get some advanced gems!

Who owns it?

HubSpot

Link:

http://blog.hubspot.com

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Conversion Rate Experts

conversion rate experts

This blog is owned by the conversion rate optimization (CRO) agency, known as Conversion Rate Experts. It features in-depth case studies, usually about real results it delivered for its clients.

Who owns it?

Ben Jesson

Link:

https://conversion-rate-experts.com/articles/

Fave Posts:

ConversionXL

conversionxl blog

ConversionXL is one of the most popular blogs on conversion optimization, featuring actionable optimization advice, the latest research and detailed process maps on conversion optimization and data-driven growth.

Link:

https://conversionxl.com/blog/

Who owns it?

Peep Laja

Fave posts:

Matthew Barby

matthew barby blog

Learn more about all things marketing through actionable, proven case studies and tactics by the Global Head of Growth & SEO at HubSpot.

Link:

https://www.matthewbarby.com/blog

Who owns it?

Matthew Barby

Fave posts:

thinkgrowth.org

thinkgrowth

This is HubSpot’s Medium publication that shares stories, insights and ideas to help readers grow their businesses.

Who owns it?

HubSpot

Link:

http://thinkgrowth.org

Fave Posts:

Andrew Chen

andrew chen blog

Long-form essays on growth and cool things going on in Silicon Valley.

Who owns it?

Andrew Chen

Link:

http://andrewchen.co/recent/

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DigitalMarketer

digitalmarketer

DigitalMarketer is the premier online community for digital marketing professionals. It’s a place where you can learn how to market like a pro, connect with industry experts, and get the strategies and tools you need to grow and scale your business to new heights.

Link:

http://www.digitalmarketer.com/blog

Who owns it?

Ryan Deiss

Fave posts:

Coelevate

brian balfour blog

Brian Balfour writes detailed essays on growth and user acquisition to help you build a growth machine.

Link:

http://www.coelevate.com/essays

Who owns it?

Brian Balfour

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best seo blogs

Best SEO Blogs

Gaps

gaps blog

Gaps is a bootstrapped, three-man operation with the sole focus of helping create more online success stories by sharing unique business opportunities based on profitable case studies.

Link:

https://gaps.com/

Who owns it?

Glenn Allsopp

Fave posts:

Backlinko

backlinko

Backlinko teaches readers how to rank higher in Google and increase traffic. This is *the* most actionable, in-depth blog on SEO out there.

Link:

backlinko.com

Who owns it?

Brian Dean

Fave posts:

Ahrefs Blog

ahrefs blog

Ahrefs teaches readers advanced marketing and SEO tactics. You’ll find detailed tutorials, case studies and opinion pieces from marketing practitioners and industry experts alike.

Link:

https://ahrefs.com/blog/

Who owns it?

Ahrefs

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Moz Blog

moz blog

Similar to Ahrefs blog, the Moz blog will teach you everything you need to know about marketing and SEO.

Link:

https://moz.com/blog

Who owns it?

Moz

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Best Social Media Blogs

Jon Loomer

jon loomer blog

Jon Loomer’s blog is all about Facebook ads — for the *advanced* Facebook marketer.

Who owns it?

Jon Loomer

Link:

https://www.jonloomer.com/

Fave Posts:

AdEspresso’s Blog

adespresso blog

Hootsuite’s AdEspresso has a badass “academy” that not only features meaty posts about Facebook ads but also insightful, in-depth guides and resources.

Who owns it?

Hootsuite

Link:

https://adespresso.com/academy/blog/

Fave posts:

Social Media Examiner

SME’s mission is to help readers navigate the constantly changing social media jungle. It features original, comprehensive articles, expert interviews, original research, and the news you need to improve your social media marketing.

Who owns it?

Michael Stelzner

Link:

https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/

Fave Posts:

best copywriting blogsBest Copywriting Blogs

Kopywriting Kourse

neville medhora blog

One of the absolute best copywriting — excuse me, kopywriting — blogs you’ll read.

Who owns it?

Neville Medhora

Link:

https://kopywritingkourse.com/blog/

Fave Posts:

Copyhackers

copyhackers

Copyhackers teaches its readers how to boost conversions with words that drive people to take action. It will teach you to write copy that you’re proud to show off on your portfolio.

Who owns it?

Joanna Wiebe

Link:

https://copyhackers.com/

Fave Posts:

Copyblogger

copyblogger

Copyblogger teaches readers how to create killer online content. Not bland, corporate crap created to fill up space. Valuable information that attracts attention, drives traffic and grows your business.

Who owns it?

Brian Clark

Link:

http://copyblogger.com/blog

Fave Posts:

best career blogsBest Career Blogs

Quartz at Work

quartz work

Quartz at Work is a guide to being a better manager, building a career, and navigating the modern workplace.

Who owns it?

Atlantic Media

Link:

https://work.qz.com/

99u

99u

99U is an online publication for smart creatives — designers, writers, entrepreneurs, marketers, etc. It kind-of reminds of Paul Jarvis.  

Who owns it?

Adobe

Link:

http://99u.com/

Fave Posts:

Harvard Business Review (HBR)

hbr

HBR helps you navigate all your workplace conundrums. From abusive bosses to staying focused in the office and the future of work, HBR covers it all.

Who owns it?

Harvard Business Publishing

Link:

https://hbr.org/

Fave Posts:

TED

ted blog

TED has even more phenomenal content hidden on its ideas’ blog. The posts are classic TED — just like the videos but written — for us people who prefer to read instead.

Who owns it?

TED

Link:

https://ideas.ted.com/

Fave Posts:

freeCodeCamp

freecodecamp

freeCodeCamp writes the meatiest blog posts about development, design and data science. Not interested in those topics? Me neither, but I still LOVE reading this blog.

Link:

https://medium.freecodecamp.org/

Who owns it?

Quincy Larson

Fave posts:

I Will Teach You to be Rich

i will teach you to be rich

Ramit Sethi turned his bestselling book into a hugely popular blog. On it, he shares proven tactics for salary negotiation, interviewing and getting rich.  

Link:

https://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/

Who owns it?

Ramit Sethi

Fave posts:

The Firehose Project

firehose blog

Firehose’s blog teaches developers how to land a job and learn how to code… the right way. I also find some of its posts totally relatable as a non-developer.

Who owns it?

Firehose

Link:

http://blog.thefirehoseproject.com/

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best Lifestyle BlogsBest Personal Development Blogs (Lifestyle Blogs)

Marc and Angel Hack Life

marc and angel

The goal of this blog is to give readers the tools to identify and transform the limiting beliefs that keep you stuck. The blog offers more than 800 articles on happiness, productivity, emotional intelligence, relationships and self-improvement.

Who owns it?

Marc and Angel Chernoff

Link:

http://marcandangel.com/

Fave Posts:

Mark Manson

mark manson

There’s no sugarcoating with Mark Manson. That’s why I love his blog. He covers everything from happiness to dating to habits and self-knowledge.

Who owns it?

Mark Manson

Link:

https://markmanson.net

Fave Posts:

Brain Pickings

brainpickings

Brain Pickings is a one-woman labor of love — a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why. Mostly, it’s a record of Maria Popova’s own becoming as a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually — and an inquiry into how to live and what it means to lead a good life.

Who owns it?

Maria Popova

Link:

https://www.brainpickings.org

Fave Posts:

Science of Us

science of us

Science of Us is a smart but playful window into the latest science on human behavior, with the goal of enlightening, entertaining and providing useful information that can be applied to everyday life.

Who owns it?

New York Magazine

Link:

http://nymag.com/scienceofus/

Fave Posts:

Seth Godin

seth godin

Seth Godin is probably the only person — besides Jason Fried — who can get away with writing such ridiculously popular short posts. The man really makes you think and question the norm.

Link:

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/

Fave Posts:

The Players’ Tribune

letter to my younger self

The Players’ Tribune is written by professional athletes. Don’t write them off if you’re not into sports. I’m totally not into sports, but I find the content just completely motivating.

Who owns it?

Derek Jeter

Link:

https://www.theplayerstribune.com

Fave Posts:

Signal v. Noise

signal v noise

“Strong opinions and shared thoughts on design, business, and tech. By the makers (and friends) of Basecamp. Since 1999.”

Who owns it?

Basecamp

Link:

https://m.signalvnoise.com

Fave Posts:

Wait but Why

wait but why

Wait but Why is hilarious and, most of the time, pretty damn insightful. It’s also eerily on-point. Tim says what we’re all thinking. The blog isn’t about one specific topic, and it’s known for its signature stick figure comics.

Who owns it?

Tim Urban

Link:

https://waitbutwhy.com/

Fave Posts:

Thrive Global

thrive global

Thrive Global’s mission is to end the stress and burnout epidemic by offering companies and individuals sustainable, science-based solutions to enhance well-being, performance, and purpose, and create a healthier relationship with technology.

Who owns it?

Arianna Huffington

Link:

https://www.thriveglobal.com/

Fave Posts:

Barking up the Wrong Tree

barking up the wrong tree

Barking up the Wrong Tree is written by Eric Barker. He answers all of your life questions and backs it up with science-based facts and expert insights.

Who owns it?

Eric Barker

Link:

bakadesuyo.com

Fave Posts:

James Clear

james clear

James studies successful people across a wide range of disciplines — entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, and more — to uncover the habits and routines that make these people the best at what they do. Then, he shares what he learns via his blog and newsletter.

Who owns it?

James Clear

Link:

http://jamesclear.com

Fave Posts:

Art of Manliness

art of manliness

Ladies, don’t let its name fool you. This blog offers lots of hidden gems for us as well — from practical career advice and productivity tips to basic social etiquette.

Who owns it?

Brett McKay

Link:

http://artofmanliness.com

Fave Posts:

The Book of Life

It’s called The Book of Life because it’s about the most substantial things in your life: your relationships, your income, your career, your anxieties.

Who owns it?

The School of Life

Link:

http://www.thebookoflife.org/

Fave Posts:

The Oatmeal

the oatmeal

Similar to Wait but Why, The Oatmeal features funny[-looking] comics that are so funny because they’re true.

Who owns it?

Matthew Inman

Link:

http://theoatmeal.com/comics

Fave Posts:

Scott Young

scott young blog

Scott Young answers the question: “What’s the best to way learn?” on his blog. He teaches you everything he’s learned about learning and thinking. Super interesting stuff!

Who owns it?

Scott Young

Link:

https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/

Fave Posts:

For The Interested

for the interested

Josh Spector features a collection of curated and original things worth knowing, worth doing, and worth recommending on For The Interested.

Who owns it?

Josh Spector

Link:

http://fortheinterested.com/

best productivity blogsBest Productivity Blogs

Todoist Blog

todoist blog

The Todoist blog is obviously about all things productivity. Its in-depth guides offer great insights to how to be more efficient — with or without Todoist.

Who owns it?

Todoist

Link:

http://blog.todoist.com

Fave Posts:

Farnam Street

farnam street

Farnam Street is helps readers develop an understanding of how the world really works, make better decisions and live a better life. Shane Parrish address topics like: mental models, decision making, learning, reading and the art of living.

Who owns it?

Shane Parrish

Link:

Farnamstreetblog.com

Fave Posts:

Zapier

zapier blog

Zapier, the wildly popular workflow automation tool, has a phenomenal blog. Its in-depth, tactical posts will teach you how to be more productive in no time.

Who owns it?

Danny Schreiber is the marketing director at Zapier.

Link:

https://zapier.com/blog/

Fave Posts:

The Effective Engineer

the effective engineer

Time is your most valuable resource. Learn how to use it efficiently. And don’t let this name fool you either. I’m far from an engineer, but I do extract little gems of productivity inspiration here.  

Who owns it?

Edmond Lau

Link:

http://www.effectiveengineer.com/blog

Fave Posts:

Asian Efficiency

asian efficiency

“Don’t let the name fool you – this website is for anyone who is interested in time management and productivity, not just Asians.”

Who owns it?

Thanh Pham

Link:

http://www.asianefficiency.com/blog/

Fave Posts:

Best Online PublicationsBest Online Publications

New York Magazine

ny mag

NY Mag has a few different publications I just love, such as SelectAll, The Cut and The Science of Us. The content is forward-thinking and usually provacative.

Who owns it?

Pamela Wasserstein

Link:

http://nymag.com

Fave Posts:

Quartz

qz

While I tend to steer clear of Quartz’s hard news posts, I tend LOVE its more feature-esque posts — a lot of which are syndicated from other popular blogs.

Who owns it?

Atlantic Media

Link:

https://qz.com/

Fave Posts:

Bloomberg

bloomberg

While I don’t love Bloomberg’s political stories, I do love its meaty feature stories.

Who owns it?

Michael Bloomberg

Link:

http://bloomberg.com

Fave Posts:

Aeon

aeon

Aeon is a digital magazine of ideas, philosophy and culture. Publishing new articles every weekday, Aeon describes itself as a publication which asks the biggest questions and finds the freshest, most original answers, provided by world-leading authorities on science, philosophy and society.

Who owns it?

Paul and Brigid Hains

Link:

https://aeon.co

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Columbia Journalism Review (CJR)

cjr

CJR’s mission is to be the intellectual leader in the rapidly changing world of journalism. Through its fast-turn analysis and deep reporting, CJR is an essential venue not just for journalists, but also for the thousands of professionals in communications, technology, academia, and other fields reliant on solid media industry knowledge.

Who owns it?

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Link:

https://www.cjr.org/

Fave Posts:

Nautil.us

nautilus

Each month Nautilus chooses a single topic, and each Thursday it publishes a new chapter on that month’s topic. Each issue combines the sciences, culture and philosophy into a single story told by the world’s leading thinkers and writers.

Link:

http://nautil.us/blog

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Best Freelancing BlogsBest Freelancing Blogs

Paul Jarvis

paul jarvis

Paul is the creator of the Creative Class. He writes articles about creating a better (not necessarily bigger) business for smart creatives.

Who owns it?

Paul Jarvis

Link:

https://pjrvs.com/articles/

Fave Posts:

Double Your Freelancingdouble your freelancing

This blog is great for new and old freelancers who want to earn more money and work with better clients.

Who owns it?

Brennan Dunn

Link:

http://doubleyourfreelancing.com

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Best UX Blogs

The Logbook

hanno

This blog is created by a remote design and development agency, called Hanno. It takes about its processes a lot, which I enjoy, and definitely can teach freelancers a thing or two about running a business/firm.

Who owns it?

Jon Lay, Hanno

Link:

https://hanno.co/blog/

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Nir & Far

nir eyal

Nir & Far is about the intersection of psychology, technology and business. Also known as “behavioral design,” topics include: UX, behavioral economics and a dash of neuroscience.

Who owns it?

Nir Eyal

Link:

https://www.nirandfar.com/blog

Fave Posts:

Dtelepathy

digital telepathy blog

Digital Telepathy is a top UX design agency, and it’s blog is great! It’s about all things design-related.

Who owns it?

Digital Telepathy

Link:

https://www.dtelepathy.com/blog/

Fave Posts:

Orbit Media’s Blog

orbit media

Orbit Media builds websites. Its blog features posts about all things web design and marketing.

Who owns it?

Orbit Media Studios

Link:

https://www.orbitmedia.com/blog/

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