There are many business blogs on the Internet.
Some of the most established, reputable business blogs have been around for more than a decade, since the early days of blogging. Other great business blogs have skyrocketed to fame within the past couple of years.
You can find business blogs that cover everything from how to start a business to extremely niche blogs that are focused around serving very specific topics like small business financing or B2B sales tactics.
On these business blogs, you’ll find case studies of successful tactics, as well as founder essays about the lessons learned from painful failures. You’ll see content that’s designed to educate and attract new leads for a product or service, and you’ll run into theoretical, philosophical and academic questions about the world of business.
To help you sort through all the noise, we’re sharing our picks for the 100 best business blogs out there today. They cover a wide range of topics, so we’ve broken them into seven major categories:
Of course, many of these business blogs don’t fit squarely into just one category. However, we’ve placed each of them into the category that most reflects its content.
The Best Business Blogs on Starting Up
The U.S. Small Business Administration was set up by Congress in 1953 to “aid, counsel, assist and protect … the interests of small business concerns.” Since then, they’ve grown significantly and provide a wide range of programs to encourage small enterprise. The website has a large quantity of information on virtually every aspect of operating a small business, as well as details on funding options and requirements for becoming a government contractor.
Their business blog is actually relatively hidden on the site—there’s simply so much information provided that crowds it out. Most recent posts provide advice for small to medium businesses on topics like financial tips for starting a business from home, training your first employees, and the biggest marketing mistakes new entrepreneurs tend to make.
Backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and supported by a network of 10,000 volunteer business mentors, SCORE delivers low-cost and free consulting services to entrepreneurs who need help growing their businesses or navigating uncharted territory. Their business blog features hundreds of resources covering a wide-range of topics applicable to starting up, including advice and contributions from entrepreneurs like Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran.
Derek Sivers’ blog uses one of the simplest layouts on the net—on purpose. Derek has had a varied career, which includes time as a musician, producer, circus performer, entrepreneur, TED speaker, and book publisher. He uses his blog, which is more than just a business blog, to demonstrate his fascination with the psychology of self-improvement, business, philosophy, and culture.
Derek often uses his posts to ponder topics at the intersection of work and life. For example, in his essay, Don’t start a business until people are asking you to, he wonders why people try to start a business too early: “I meet a lot of people who want to start a business. Some don’t have an idea yet. I don’t understand this. It’s like wanting to wear a bandage when you don’t have a wound.”
Known for his generosity with his time, Derek often shares tips and feedback to those who reach out to him. And in a recent piece of advice Derek shared with me on the topic of the biggest mistake new entrepreneurs make, he professed, “Start now. For an idea to get big, it has to be useful—and being useful doesn’t need funding. If you want to be useful, you can always start right now with just 1% of what you have in your grand vision. It’ll be a humble prototype of your grand vision, but you’ll be in the game.”
As its name indicates, the WPBeginner website is designed to be a beginner’s guide to using the content management system WordPress, showing newbie web designers (or anyone setting up their own blogs) how to setup a WordPress site quickly. Their business blog is full of helpful hints, tips, and tutorials on how to best set up your WordPress-powered, and how to optimize it for driving in new readers. You’ll find posts covering virtually everything from the best WordPress themes for hotels, to more advanced topics involving deep customizations.
ConvertKit is an email marketing platform, predominantly built for bloggers, podcasters, service-based business owners, course creators, and YouTubers. It is not surprising, therefore, that they’ve invested heavily in building a business blog that does a great job of teaching people how to make a living online.
They split their blog into two types of posts. Like all business blogs, they publish regular articles on various topics relating to building an online business. However, more unusually, they also publish a monthly issue of their new online magazine, called Tradecraft. Each issue focuses on a theme and contains articles related to that theme. Recent themes have included, “Building Your Businesses with Online Courses,” “The Freelancer’s Field Guide” and “Design for Non-Designers.”
James Clear himself states that the central question driving his work is, “How can we live better?” This writer, entrepreneur, and travel photographer has been sharing his thoughts online for nearly a decade. In many ways, his site is much more than just a business blog, with posts covering how to create better habits, stronger creative thinking, increased physical performance, optimal health, and lifelong learning. Of course, the core thesis being that any business in its formative stages will grow immeasurably if its owners improve on these aspects of their personal lives, too.
Entrepreneur on Fire is best known for its podcast, a runaway success that features interviews with some of the world’s top entrepreneurs. As of today, there have been more than 1,700 episodes of the podcast, a daily broadcast where host John Lee Duma chats with successful entrepreneurs, detailing their journey and lessons learned. The blog is complementary to the podcast, expanding on the audio content, sharing from behind the scenes of the business and recapping their monthly income reports.
James Altucher is a well-known entrepreneur, angel investor and prolific writer. After getting his start with a side hustle building websites while working his first job out of college, James sold that company for $15 million and promptly went broke. He has started 20 companies, 17 of which failed, but James continued to learn from each failure. In his worst moments, James became horribly depressed, but upon hitting rock bottom, realized that his successes in life only happened when he choose to invest in himself. Now, James runs a popular podcast, The James Altucher Show alongside his business blog where he writes about investing, entrepreneurship, self-publishing and choosing yourself.
Manta is a great online resource for small business owners. They provide products, services, and educational opportunities to assist entrepreneurs in becoming more competitive within their industries. Their business blog includes a range of articles providing small business news, tips and advice. They also provide research data on various topics, insight and advice from industry leaders, webinars, and a range of free courses for beginners, pros and experts at what they call The Academy.
Nolo began publishing DIY legal guides for small business owners way back in 1971, long before it became a business blog. Now one of the world’s leading online legal resources, Nolo seeks to demystify the day-to-day legalities of running a small business. With a dedication to providing readers with high quality, free legal content on topics like how to structure agreements with independent contractors, to writing a legally sound business plan, starting an LLC and more, they’re a great first stop for getting a checklist of to-do’s during your business formation days.
As its name suggests, The Penny Hoarder is predominantly a personal finance website, which has the aim of helping its visitors to save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. One of the main sections on this business blog is about side gigs, and it includes numerous articles suggesting many different ways you can earn additional income. Another important category is on working from home, which similarly showcases ideas about how to set up a home-based business utilizing your existing skills to generate some extra income.
The TSheets mission is to help small businesses succeed, and their blog reflects every bit of that desire. Whether you’re a restauranteur looking to set up valuable performance metrics to hit your goals, a construction worker hoping to take your family business to new heights, or a part-time entrepreneur wondering if this is the year you’ll turn your side-hustle into your main hustle, TSheets by QuickBooks has a blog post designed to inform and entertain.
Learn all about new laws and regulations hitting your state, and check out articles that flush out tough concepts like FLSA rules and predictive scheduling. Each blog is well-researched and jam-packed with information.
TheSelfEmployed is a perfectly named website for the content it provides reader—its title describes the blog’s focus to a “T.” This business blog contains a large number of articles covering startups, e-commerce, insurance, the gig economy, tech, office, taxes, law, funding and marketing. Any small business owner will be able to find answers to virtually any business-related question here.
14. Foundr Blog
Foundr is primarily a free business blog that contains countless articles on a wide range of topics relevant to startup founders, aspiring entrepreneurs and young businesses. Their content mainly covers topics like growth marketing, getting started in your niche, productivity hacks and leadership advice.
They also have a (paid) monthly digital magazine aimed at young entrepreneurs. You can either purchase individual issues, take out a monthly or yearly subscription to get insider access to in-depth interviews with successful entrepreneurs.
This business blog is connected to The Harvard Business Review magazine. It contains the same articles as in the magazine, complete with a large archive. This means that there are limits to what you can look at online for free, but if you simply peruse articles on the site without registering, you can access three or more posts per month. If you register for a free account with your email address, that doubles your quota to six articles per month. To see any more of their highly detailed articles, however, you need to get a subscription.
The Stanford Graduate School of Business uses its Insights blog to share management research and insights from its global community of experts and leaders. They state the goal of their business blog as being, “to provide current and aspiring leaders with the information and ideas they need to help change lives, organizations, and the world.” Articles cover a wide range of business–related topics, in virtually every discipline taught at the university.
Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics produces a blog that features insights and stories from professors, notable alumni and entrepreneurs in the broader Southern California community. Although many of the posts on the school’s business blog relate to alumni accomplishments in business, much of the content looks at faculty research into various aspects of business.
This is the official website for Alex Padilla, California’s current Secretary of State. While it’s not a traditional business blog, as such, this website does contain a wide range of information that will be of great use to businesses in the state of California. While there is obviously a California bias to the content and FAQs, this site collects information relating to country, state, and federal agencies that small business owners need to be aware of. It brings together all the information a California business owner needs to know in order to navigate the often complex governmental and tax systems in the state.
The Small Businesses and Self-Employed section of the IRS website brings together a ton of information, with a particular focus on what new business owners need to know about federal tax obligations. Their content covers everything from deciding whether you’re really operating a business (rather than just working on a hobby), to recordkeeping requirements, checklists for starting a business, and how to calculate quarterly tax estimates.
This is entrepreneur and bestselling author Ramit Sethi’s flagship business blog. The blog’s title, under the same name as his book, clearly describes Ramit’s mission. Through his in-depth content, he aims to teach readers how to use psychology and systems to live what he calls, “a rich life.” Although he also provides premium courses, Ramit claims to give 98% of his content away for free. His often massively long guides cover insider techniques on psychology, negotiation, automation and earning more, alongside detailed case studies of how his tactics have been put to use out in the real world.
Seanwes is the blog of Sean McCabe, an entrepreneur and designer who’s created numerous successful online courses covering varying topics related to design and building a business. As well as the business blog, Sean recently wrote a book called Overlap, he shares inspirational videos via a daily show, and releases a weekly podcast. His blog posts cover self-development and business topics, seeking to motivate readers to build their skills and improve their performance.
CreativeLive’s business blog features insights, interviews, and detailed breakdowns from experts like Tim Ferriss, Richard Branson, Mark Cuban and others who’ve come through to teach online classes on the platform. However, business is just one of five topic categories covered on the CreativeLive blog. There are hundreds of quality posts that focus on self-employment, to small business ownership, building a personal brand, how to make it in the world of photography, and so much more.
Mixergy features interviews and courses with over 1,100 business founders. These founders come from a wide variety of backgrounds including eCommerce, social media, marketplaces, physical products, B2B and SaaS companies. The topics host and founder Andrew Warner covers on this business blog include marketing, bootstrapping, selling your business, sales, driving traffic and customer acquisition. Mixergy was started with the vision of becoming a place where the ambitious learn from a mix of experienced mentors through interviews and courses.
Influencive describes itself as a source for unconventional wisdom and influential minds. This business blog publishes posts about general business, crafting a winning mindset, entrepreneurship, growth hacking, lifestyle, branding, social media, health, fitness and more. They also include a library of their favorite books they believe every entrepreneur needs to read.
Marie Forleo describes herself as, “an entrepreneur, writer, philanthropist and unshakable optimist dedicated to helping you become the person you most want to be.” Her business blog is a combination of transformative free content and paid online training programs. Many of her business-related posts (and videos) focus on building the right mindset to be successful. She also covers topics like how to create a sustainable side hustle, retraining your psychology around business and much more.
26. Guy Kawasaki
Guy Kawasaki is renowned for his online advice and active social media presence. He’s currently the chief evangelist of Canva, the online graphic design tool suite. A large part of his past was spent as the chief evangelist at Apple. His business blog covers an eclectic variety of topics he’s written about over the past couple decades, although new content is published infrequently today. Guy has written 13 books, all of which are covered in detail on his blog, including access to his two Skillshare classes and a number of TED talks he’s delivered.
27. Tim Ferriss
Tim Ferriss became a household name with his book, The 4-Hour Workweek. He’s subsequently written three more books and set up The Tim Ferriss Show podcast, which has received 150+ million downloads to date. His business blog has been ranked #1 on the list of the Top 150 Management and Leadership Blogs for many years. Tim has a love of technology, and many of his posts discuss how people can use technology to improve their productivity in their businesses.
The Best Business Blogs on Sales
Close.io is a sales CRM for startups and small-to-medium businesses. Their business blog, therefore, focuses solely on sales topics that provide in-depth guides, videos, tutorials, case studies and real-world breakdowns of the world’s best sales strategies in use. It’s full of tips, techniques and templates for every sales situation. Their aim is to provide actionable sales advice to their readers, including a daily 60-second sales motivation video.
LeadFuze is a lead generation software platform. Their business blog publishes weekly posts, covering topics related to lead generation strategies, sales skills and sales terminology. LeadFuze also produces a podcast where they interview successful people from within the world of sales.
HubSpot is a high-profile inbound marketing company. They produce three distinct business blogs on Marketing, Sales and Customer Success. The blogs are large, publishing multiple posts per day from a large number of contributing and staff writers, with extensive coverage on every topic they choose to write about. The sales blog, for instance, publishes posts covering virtually every imaginable aspect of sales and now contains a library of nearly 2,500 posts about sales alone.
31. Sales Hacker
Sales Hacker is a company that provides thought-leadership, webinars, conferences, online courses, sales training and digital partnerships. The thought leadership is their B2B sales blog that delivers sales tips, tactics, strategies and technology from the industry’s top thought leaders. Their articles cover sales, market development, customer success, sales ops and leadership.
Jill Konrath is a speaker, author, and major thought-leader in the world of sales. Her business blog is syndicated on numerous top publications. She sends a newsletter each week to 145,000 people interested in her sales wisdom. The main topics she writes about are prospecting, success mindsets, working smarter, winning deals, and more.
Openview Labs covers more than just sales, describing themselves as providing, “insights, actionable advice and founder interviews aimed at helping you grow your expansion stage software company.” Their business blog contains thousands of articles over a range of sales topics. The sales section contains posts that aim to give actionable advice on topics like becoming a successful sales development representative, how to align marketing and sales at your startup, and more.
Entrepreneur and bestselling author Grant Cardone works with small businesses and Fortune 500 companies to find sales opportunities and customize their sales process to make them more effective. He also offers online sales training beyond just his business blog, with the Grant Cardone Sales Training University. His vast library of free content and videos discuss every imaginable sales and customer service-related topic.
Filling the Funnel is the blog from sales pro John Barrows, who provides sales training for both teams and individuals. Unsurprisingly, the majority of John’s posts focus on problems that salespeople encounter, and how they can improve the situations. Topics recently blogged about include how to get meetings with decision-makers, the best ways to qualify leads, and the walk-away close.
LinkedIn is, of course, the largest social network for making business happen. Among LinkedIn’s content offerings is their Sales Solutions Blog, which provides breakdowns of sales strategies and social selling techniques. Although their posts cover a wide range of sales-related themes, the topics with the most posts tend to be focused around their specialties, social selling sales trends.
Sales Benchmark Index (SBI) can be best described as a business strategy consulting company. Through their work, they’ve discovered that businesses that consistently exceed their revenue targets follow a 5-step process:
- Corporate Strategy
- Product Strategy
- Pricing Strategy
- Marketing Strategy
- Sales Strategy
As well basing their consultancy around the five strategy areas, they have also built up a library of blog posts (which they call Insights) covering these topics on their business blog.
Insightly provides customer relationship management software (CRM) to small and midsize businesses across a range of industries. Their business blog showcases best practices for using a CRM, how to get the most out of your customer relationships, and tactics for using online tools to grow your sales funnel. Recent topics include measuring the value of customer relationships, scaling your inbound content engine, and how to optimize your sales cycle.
39. The Sales Lion
The Sales Lion, aka Marcus Sheridan, describes himself as being obsessed with helping companies become the best communicators in the world. Marcus and his team work closely with the marketing platform HubSpot, and their business blog contains thoughts on teaching and communicating in a digital world. Their content features a mix of podcasts (called The Hubcast) and text posts relating to sales, communication and video marketing.
The Best Business Blogs on People and Culture
This site’s name describes the focus of its business blog. Run by bestselling author and behavior investigator, Vanessa Van Edwards, Science of People describes its number 1 goal as being to help you be more successful at work, in life and in love. Recent blog topics include a deep dive on the science of personality, how to create a winning morning routine, increasing your productivity and more.
Chris Winfield has been an entrepreneur most of his adult life, experiencing both successes and failures. After a failure in 2013, he took a good look at his life, examined his life’s learnings and experimented with ways to improve his state. He uses his business blog to share what he’s learned along the way—about how to work less, earn more, and get more out of each day. His blog posts concentrate on personal development, productivity, and often profile successful people he’s gotten to interview through his new show on Entrepreneur about how to build a side hustle.
42. Help Scout Blog
Help Scout provides help desk software. Their business blog covers a range of topics related to customer service, human resource management, and growth. Some of their most popular posts dive into how you can address cross-cultural customer support, maintaining health as a digital nomad, and how to outsource support the right way.
Mark Manson is a New York Times bestselling author, blogger and an internet entrepreneur. He’s considered one of the world’s top personal development bloggers, and he writes in a blunt, no-nonsense fashion about happiness, self-knowledge, habits, and relationships on his business blog. Some of his articles are gated for premium subscribers only.
44. Savage Thoughts
Wistia founder Chris Savage has been blogging for years about his experience as a founder and CEO. His posts touch on a range of topics, from company culture to growth strategies and product development. His transparency is refreshing and makes for valuable articles.
With Indeed being predominantly an online job site, it’s appropriate that their business blog is primarily about employment, job seeking and human relations. The main categories for posts are chronicles of the best places to work, case studies in successful teams, employer branding, HR best practices and small business hiring.
WeWork provides a variety of options for startups and solopreneurs that need a workspace—from private office space for teams of 100+ to desks in shared spaces, to one-off spaces for hosting meetings. Their business blog, Creator Magazine focuses on profiling enterprising people, innovations, inspiration and business tips. They also provide a number of how-to guides about starting a business, employment and how to deal with HR issues.
Skillcrush is an interactive online learning community for creatives, thinkers, and makers who want to build their coding skills. Their business blog focuses on tools, skills and employment options for this community. Their main blog categories cover topics about learning tech skills, getting hired, remote working and freelancing. Over the years, I’ve written several posts for their blog that chronicle my ups, downs and lessons learned while freelancing on the side of my day job.
The Zendesk blog is an excellent resource for all-things customer service. A few of their best posts discuss how you can collect great customer feedback and what skills are needed to provide great customer service.
Work It Daily is an online learning platform that provides career support for people who want more out of their careers. Their business blog focuses on work and people within an organization. Topics range from managing millennials, to networking, and growing within your career track.
Effortless HR is an all-in-one employee management system, and their business blog chronicles content around the people side of business. Some of their most authoritative content topics are about compensation, customer service, emergency planning, hiring, labor laws and employee training.
The Best Business Blogs on Marketing
Copyblogger is one of the premier content marketing blogs on the web. Over more than a decade, they’ve developed a tremendous archive of posts to help you develop your online marketing efforts. You can also join their premium community, My Copyblogger, for free and gain access to their resource library that features a wide range of training materials, books, seminars, webinars and other marketing resources.
52. Ahrefs SEO Blog
The Ahrefs SEO blog exists to help readers get better at SEO and marketing. Their in-depth content provides a mix of detailed tutorials, case studies and opinion pieces from marketing practitioners and industry experts on topics relating to SEO, content marketing, and social media marketing. Recent posts have covered a comprehensive list of backlink checking tools, the changes in SEO this year, and how to create viral loops that boost email signups.
BuzzSumo is probably best known for their platform where you can analyze which blog posts have performed best for particular topics or competitors on social media channels. Their blog, appropriately titled “Data Driven Marketing Insights,” takes this further by looking at lessons learned in the blogosphere. Typical topics covered on this business blog are around how to create successful content, blog writing best practices, and how to get more shares for your posts.
Sumo provides a number of (predominantly) free tools website owners can use to improve their site’s marketing performance. Their business blog covers a broad range of topics that are all designed to help marketers and founders improve their online marketing efforts. Sumo founder Noah Kagan is a frequent presence on the blog, sharing from behind the scenes his own sometimes wild experiments in the world of business. Recent topics covered on the Sumo blog include growing your YouTube channel, how to come up with killer blog post idea, and what makes a high-converting email opt-in.
Kissmetrics is another renowned site for those involved in the content marketing space. Their product is a customer engagement automation platform, and the Kissmetrics business blog focuses on analytics, marketing and testing. They’ve built up a huge library of detailed posts, with some of the most important categories being analytics, blogging, branding, conversion optimization and more.
Duct Tape Marketing, founded by John Jantsch small business owners with their marketing. Unsurprisingly their business blog aims to deliver simple, effective and affordable small-business marketing advice and tactics, with a bias toward online marketing. They also produce a podcast, discussing ways small businesses can improve their marketing, recently interviewing Robert Cialdini, author of the NY Times bestselling book, Influence.
Mailshake is an online tool that helps marketers generate leads, build relationships, and promote their content. Their business blog covers topics related to how to generate leads and successfully send cold emails, as well as the occasional deep dive on content marketing. Recent posts have been on topics like improving your email deliverability, how to land quality guest posts, and the core principles of a great cold email.
Wistia is a video hosting tool for businesses. Think of it as a YouTube alternative for companies that want way more control over their content. Their blog goes deep on video production and marketing. It’s a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about creating and using video for growth, marketing, sales and customer support.
59. Marketing Mentor
Owned and operated by marketing consultant Ilise Benun, her business blog Marketing Mentor provides advice and accountability for creative business owners that are looking to get more out of their marketing efforts. Her blog covers a range of marketing, networking and pricing topics that apply directly to creatives, marketers and freelancers. A couple of her most popular posts include a self-examination of why you can’t finish building your website the way you want it, and a deep dive on how to find your prospect’s email address in just minutes.
WordStream provides online advertising software to help you gain better results from your advertising, with a real focus on PPC (price per click). Their business blog emphasizes education about how to leverage Google AdWords, paid search marketing, copywriting and content marketing.
Tim Soulo, head of marketing at Ahrefs, founded BloggerJet to share what works for him in terms of content marketing and social media marketing. He was sick of reading advice from so-called experts who never actually used their own advice, so he set out to create something different. On his blog, Tim guarantees that he has tried out everything he talks about in his BloggerJet posts. Although new posts are irregular, they are highly detailed—often climbing above 5,000 words in length.
62. SEMrush Blog
SEMrush has built quite a reputation for the quality of SEO information they can provide site owners about their websites and those of their competitors. Their business blog focuses on SEO, content marketing and PPC. Some of their posts can be very detailed, as shown in their recent infographic, 40 Technical SEO Mistakes.
ProBlogger is another of the content marketing heavyweights. Its aim is to inspire, teach and support bloggers from around the world to create blogs that not only serve their readers and make the world a better place—but build income streams for the bloggers behind them. ProBlogger contains nearly 8,000 articles to help bloggers with topics like starting a blog, creating content, finding readers and more.
64. Melyssa Griffin
Melyssa Griffin’s focus (she calls it her obsession) is on teaching entrepreneurs and bloggers how they can make their passions profitable and popular. She originally called her site The Nectar Collective, and it rapidly grew from being a simple creative outlet to a popular online education site. Her business blog now specializes in writing about topics like list-building, online course creation, webinars and Pinterest marketing.
Chris Brogan provides marketing strategy and skills training for entrepreneurs. Forbes listed Chris as one of the Must Follow Marketing Minds of 2014 and listed his website as one of the 100 best websites for entrepreneurs. His business blog provides education and tools to help you make your life and your business thrive. He does that through free content, courses, a private group coaching experience and coaching offerings. His blog features incredible coverage on topics like how to humanize your brand, landing deals with big clients, and how to network the right way.
66. Leadpages Blog
With Leadpages being a landing page builder, it makes sense that their blog is built around conversion marketing—and deep dives on both the art and science behind creating a landing page that accomplishes your goal. Alongside this content, their business blog also provides helpful hints and tips about how to get the most out of the Leadpages product. Typical posts include how to write effective sales copy, the art of storytelling to sell your product, and how to get the most out of Facebook Ads.
Sleeknote is a tool to help you grow your email list. The bulk of their blog posts focus on how you can use emails to improve your sales and conversions. For the most part, their blog covers topics related to email marketing, blog conversion rate optimization, writing, and how to generate leads from your blog.
Buffer currently publishes three blogs—Buffer Open, Buffer Social and Buffer Overflow that all serve very distinct niche topics. Buffer Open tends to focus on improving your productivity, creating more transparency in your office, and building a happier work culture. Buffer Social is all about social media and online marketing, while Buffer Overflow targets developers with relevant educational content. Typical Buffer Social posts cover case studies in design, social media marketing, and a look behind the scenes at the science of marketing from what the company is currently experimenting with internally.
GrowSumo is an influencer marketing marketplace, and their business blog covers everything under the sun when it comes to nailing your influencer marketing strategy. Their recent posts include pitch pieces about why influencer marketing is more important than ever, the basics of affiliate marketing to grow your business, and case study interviews with entrepreneurs and marketers who are getting results from influencer marketing.
Bestselling author and prolific marketer Seth Godin gained his fame for being able to tell a compelling story in only a few words. He’s a deep thinker and can break all of the conventional rules about blog length, getting away with it every time. Seth’s daily business blog is an exercise in writing about topics like the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and changing everything. There’s no telling what each day’s post will be about, but it’s guaranteed to make you think.
Every business needs to onboard new customers. Appcues helps them do it. Their blog is loaded with hundreds of posts on the nuances of getting new customers up and running. As every entrepreneur knows, onboarding is a real challenge. Let Appcues fill you in on the nuts and bolts of making your customers happy and successful.
Entrepreneur Jay Baer founded Convince and Convert in 2008. The title of this business blog is a great description of the type of content they publish. They proudly display the fact that the Content Marketing Institute named this site the #1 content marketing blog in the world. As you’d expect, this blog contains a huge number of posts covering a wide range of content marketing topics: community management, customer experience, digital marketing, email marketing and social media, to name a few.
MarketingProfs provides real-world education for modern marketers. You can find a host of free tools, training, strategies, articles, online seminars, and discussion forums on their business blog. Their content covers a wide range of sales and marketing topics, including advertising basics, brand management, customer behavior, public relations and more.
74. The Quuu Blog
Quuu is a tool that helps marketers find great content to share on their social media channels, automatically posting approved content across your accounts. Quuu uses their business blog to teach people how to improve their social media and content marketing efforts via digestible, actionable, and GIF-filled entertaining content. Typical posts include deep dives on the best social media tools, content marketing basics, how to build relationships with influencers and interviews with successful marketers.
The Best Business Blogs on Growth
As its name suggests, the OptinMonster Conversion Rate Optimization Blog is designed to provide practical tips and step-by-step tutorials on how to boost your site’s conversions and hit your growth targets. The posts on this business blog are a mixture of case studies, tutorials and articles on various aspects of A/B testing, growth tactics, content marketing, email marketing and lead generation.
76. Teachable’s Blog
Teachable is a platform that allows you to create and sell online courses. Their business blog has a general focus towards education around how to create courses and grow your audience of students. Their most common posts cover influencer launch case studies, audience-building tactics that actually work, and how to create content that converts visitors into paying students.
77. Selz FounderU
Selz aims to make it easy for you to create and run a professional online business. They provide entrepreneurs with tools to build an online store and sell their solutions. Their business blog teaches many of the skills necessary to succeed in online sales. FounderU has published a slough of articles on growth strategies, product design, email marketing, social media marketing and more.
78. Nir and Far
Bestselling author and entrepreneur Nir Eyal describes his blog as being about the intersection of psychology, technology and business—making it more than just a business blog. He calls his content lessons in “behavioral design,” and believes behavioral design to be the art and science of helping people get the most out of life. He recommends three posts in particular to new readers: about how to hack happiness, how to manufacture desire, and lessons learned in kicking bad habits.
The CXL Blog provides practical ideas on the essentials of conversion optimization. In fact, they claim their business blog to be the world’s most popular conversion optimization destination. Their content delivers actionable optimization advice, up-to-date research and detailed process maps on conversion optimization and data-driven growth. The posts are targeted at smart marketers, at a relatively advanced level.
80. Crazy Egg
The Daily Egg is the blog for Crazy Egg, the heat map software that helps you visualize where your visitors are engaging with your pages. As well as daily blog posts, The Daily Egg includes tutorials and webinars on website conversion-related topics. The top categories covered on the blog are around conversion optimization, landing page design, content marketing, and creating a great user experience.
The Best Business Blogs on Freelancing
Freelancers Union aims to promote the interests of independent workers through advocacy, education and service offerings. Their business blog focuses on topics that are of particular interest to freelancers. Examples of recent posts include how to stay ahead of your taxes as a freelancer, how to be a better writer, and tips when it comes to getting clients to share their budget with you.
The Sparkline is Fizzle’s blog for independent creatives and entrepreneurs—or as they describe it, for “creatives, makers, artists, hackers, bloggers and internetters willing to dig in and care about the what and why of independent business.” They publish in-depth articles every Tuesday on topics like content creation, marketing, product making, social media and more. They also produce a weekly podcast on similar topics.
Millo provides a huge quantity of free information to assist freelancers and creatives. They package this in a variety of media – guides, a mastermind, podcasts, a newsletter and blog posts. Their business blog has more than 1,000 articles on topics like how to start freelancing full-time, finding high-quality clients, using contracts that keep your work safe and more.
84. Career Foundry
Career Foundry provides online mentoring courses in UX Design, UX Fundamentals, UI Design, Web Development, and iOS Development to help people transform their careers. Their blog focuses on the same topics, as well as career change. Recent posts cover topics like UI design principles, gauging the demand for app developers in your local market, and how to become a web developer.
Freelance designer and entrepreneur Paul Jarvis has helped other people to build their freelance businesses since 1999. Now, he’s a designer, author, teacher, software creator, podcaster and more. Paul runs three online courses for creatives and those wanting to grow their online audiences. He first publishes his blog posts to his weekly newsletter, The Sunday Dispatch, before uploading some of them to his business blog. Each of his articles are designed to show you different components of the equation when it comes to running a profitable service-based business.
Contently is a New York-based technology company that operate three blogs, using their “Contently” name creatively. Their Freelancer blog (at contently.net) aims to inform and educate about all facets of the world that is freelancing. They also have two other web properties. Contently.com focuses on brands-turned-publishers. Contently.net is for creative freelancers, and Contently.org (the Contently Foundation) helps journalists transition to the enterprise world.
87. The Crew Blog
Crew has a hand-picked network of freelance designers, developers and small studios that it hires out to businesses that need quality service-providers. Their business blog focuses on topics related to entrepreneurship, freelancing and productivity. Some of their most popular posts include posts about starting a side project, how to get outside of your comfort zone, and how to become more creative.
99U’s mission is to empower the creative community. Their business blog tells stories of how creative leaders master their crafts and shape their industries. They’ve interviewed a large swathe of creative leaders who share their tales on the blog. The other articles on their site focus around curating your career, collaborating with a distributed team, honing your creative process and becoming more productive.
Holly Reisem Hanna founded The Work at Home Woman. As this business blog’s name indicates, her content is designed specifically for women looking to land a legitimate work-at-home job or launch their own home-based business. Forbes has named her blog as one of the top sites for progressing in your career. Holly publishes posts on blogging, freelancing, self-development, time management and more.
The Best Business Blogs on Finance
SPI owner Pat Flynn has built a high-profile online presence over the past few years since he started his business blog and popularized the concept of sharing monthly income reports. Pat uses his blog to teach his tested strategies for running an online business and optimizing it to generate passive income. He teaches his readers different business models for creating additional sources of income, using a variety of formats—blogging, podcasting, writing books and teaching online courses, to name a few. Pat’s monthly income report, shows a behind-the-scenes look at the financial side of running a business blog that every blogger can learn from.
91. Fundera Ledger
Fundera’s mission is to provide small business owners the capital they need to grow, and their main product is an app-based service that allows users to apply directly to top lenders, compare rates, and find the best deal. Their business blog is appropriately named the Fundera Ledger, due to its focus on finance. It provides news, advice and actionable strategies for small business owners to earn more, spend less and tap into the capital they need to grow their business. Their content is split into posts that fall into the categories of starting up, managing and growing your company.
Making Sense of Cents is Michelle Schroeder-Gardner’s personal finance and lifestyle business blog. She initially created the blog to help her improve her own finances, and grow her side income. At one point, she had $38,000 of student loan debt, which she’s managed to fully repay. Michelle’s blog has won numerous awards since its 2011 debut, and it is featured on many big-name websites. The bulk of her posts are on topics relating to saving money, making money and paying off debt.
Rosemarie Groner’s The Busy Budgeter has a focus on helping readers learn how to spend money on only the things that you care about, while eliminating spending on the things that don’t really matter in your life. She places a strong emphasis on structuring your life around the simple things, believing that having less means you’re more likely to enjoy it all, rather than just collecting more stuff. Recent posts on her business blog emphasize the money-saving theme and cover topics like cooking on a budget, how to make a birthday special without extravagant spending, and the basics of understanding unpaid medical bills.
94. Grow by Acorns
Grow aims to give their readers practical ideas that can be applied to transform your finances and, in turn, your life. Their business blog provides a mix of financial news, how-tos, interviews and what they call Money 101. The Money 101 content emphasizes the basics of financial planning—budgeting, saving, investing, dealing with credit debt, and getting started in real estate—all with a connection back to personal finance.
Mr. Money Mustache, aka Peter Adeney, lives the ultimate frugal lifestyle, and was able to retire while still in his 30s—now using his business blog to talk all about how he and his wife made that happen. Both Peter and his wife retired several years ago to focus on raising their family, through a combination of living off of investments and living a lifestyle more than 50% less expensive than their peers. The Mr. Money Mustache blog shows how you can live a frugal, yet enjoyable, life.
Incredibly creates content that helps their readers to become incredible at managing their small business capital. The content on their business blog tends to be written around one of three areas—evaluating capital needs, accessing the right funding, and intelligently putting your capital to work. Their blog is the educational arm of Credibly, a small-business lending platform. Recent posts include a deep dive on how to write a business plan, tactics for increasing your cash flow, and how to manage employees.
97. Chargeback Blog
As the website’s name suggests, Chargeback is an app that’s designed to help businesses simplify their chargeback management, and do what they can to reduce the risk of chargebacks. Their app is still being trialed in an early access beta program, but their business blog produces great content on topics like e-commerce and how to manage an online business.
Mike Michalowicz is the author of Profit First, a book that has helped transform thousands of businesses. His simple financial frameworks help business owners get a handle on their spending and saving. His blog offers more of the same straightforward, priceless advice.
Kabbage provides businesses loans and lines of credit. Their business blog covers a wide range of topics across a variety of verticals, with a heavy focus on financial education for small business owners. Recent posts on their blog cover payroll tools for construction business owners, how to thrive as an introvert in business, and the essentials of creating an online store.
NerdWallet offers financial tools and advice to help guide their readers out of debt, direction on calculating mortgage payments, making sure you’re on track to retire and much more. Their business blog also provides readers with a free credit score. They primarily cover personal finance topics, with an emphasis on managing credit cards, investing, loans and insurance.
101. SoFi Blog
SoFi is a financial services company with established lending and wealth management tools. Their business blog focuses on financial topics for millennials, in categories like career advancement, money management, creating your dream lifestyle and more. Typical recent posts break down success stories of how their customers have used SoFi products to get out of debt, breakdowns of which types of insurance you’ll need at different stages of your life, how to boost your credit score and more.
Reading Will Only Take You So Far
Each of these well-established business blogs will give you great insights, advice and tactics for growing (and managing) your business.
However, your success will be measured only by the actions you take—not the number of articles you’ve read.
Bookmark these blogs, refer back to them when you’re in need, and keep pushing forward with your business every single day.