By Evan Carmichael on November 29th, 2011
Looking to kick-start your marketing efforts for 2012? Here are 50 of the brightest minds in the world sharing their thoughts on what it takes to succeed in marketing your products and services. Use some of your holiday downtime to check these blogs out and put your 2012 marketing plan together. If you want to sell more next year than you did this year these experts can help. Enjoy!
1) Search Engine Land
http://searchengineland.com - Search Engine Land is a news and information site covering search engine marketing, searching issues and the search engine industry. The site is led by journalist Danny Sullivan, who has been covering search for the past 11 years.
2) Seth’s Blog
http://sethgodin.typepad.com- Seth Godin’s riffs on marketing, respect, and the ways ideas spread. If you don’t know Seth, the writer of numerousbestselling books about marketing, you need to check out his ever popular blog.
http://www.psfk.com - PSFK is the go-to source for new ideas for creative business. PSFK.com actively reports on the latest changes and creative ideas in popular, consumer and business culture.
http://www.trendhunter.com - With 31,000,000 monthly views, TrendHunter.com is the world’s largest, most popular trend community. Each day, Trend Hunter features a daily dose of micro-trends, viral news and pop culture.
http://entrepreneur.com - Entrepreneur delivers distinctive content on every road taken by the independent thinkers, builders and leaders driving economies across the world.
6) The LinkedIn Blog
http://blog.linkedin.com - Editor Daniel Roth manages this blog that offers industry insights from one of the biggest social media players around, LinkedIn.
http://www.problogger.net - ProBlogger helps bloggers to add income streams to their blogs. This site is dedicated to helping other bloggers learn the skills of blogging, share their own experiences and promote the blogging medium.
http://scobleizer.com - Robert Scoble is an employee of Rackspace, which can help you with all your hosting needs. He is chief troublemaker in the building43 community of Internet fanatics.
9) Get Rich Slowly
http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/ - Get Rich Slowly — recently named a best blog of 2011 by Time magazine and most inspiring money blog by Money magazine — is devoted to sensible personal finance.
http://www.blippitt.com - Blippitt is your top destination on the web for the latest breaking & outrageous news and viral videos. Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, and one of the top 30,000 websites in the world, Blippitt offers a unique mix of pop culture news, viral videos, a touch of the odd and bizarre, and even daily deals!
http://www.emailwire.com – EmailWire.Com is a global newswire and press release distribution service. Uses viral marketing, XML, RSS, FTP feeds and E-mail Alerts to distribute news releases to major newswires, vertical news portals social networks and to journalists.
12) Search Engine Journal
http://www.searchenginejournal.com - Search Engine Journal, established in 2003, is a 7 year old publication of Alpha Brand Media, which specializes in a community approach to the reporting of search engine news and the sharing of Search Engine Marketing knowledge and tactics.
http://www.copyblogger.com - Want more traffic, links, subscribers, and a profit-generating website? Copyblogger gives you the solutions you need to succeed.
http://www.freshnessmag.com - reshness explores the landscape of a boundless culture with no definite origins or home. The site is the face of a global community concerned with the acquisition of goods, for reasons both known and covert, in a studied and tactful manner. Our world has taken to product design and brand marketing as the new frontier in compelling others to think differently, create distinctively and communicate effectively.
15) Famous Bloggers
http://www.famousbloggers.net - Famous Bloggers is a multi-authors blog and Social Network platform for Making Money Online Tips built on the contributions of its authors.
http://mumbrella.com.au - Mumbrella is a discussion of everything under Australia’s media and marketing umbrella.
http://weburbanist.com - WebUrbanist covers the collective life of our times through the lens of creative visual culture in the beating hearts of our cities. From urban design to individual homes, and subversive street graffiti to compelling works of gallery art, our authors scour the net to find the most innovative, compelling and cutting-edge artworks and designs in the world. Our focus is on quality over quantity – publishing only once daily, WebUrbanist packs each article with asmany relevant images and links as possible, part of an attempt to be exhaustive informative as possible within any given subject area.
18) Marketing Pilgrim
http://www.marketingpilgrim.com - MarketingPilgrim.com was launched by internet marketing consultant Andy Beal in September 2005. As a follow-up to Beal’s award-winning search marketing blog, Marketing Pilgrim expands its coverage to bring the latest news, rumors and reviews of all things related to internet marketing and online advertising.
19) Jay Mug
http://www.jaymug.com - Jay Mug – Trendspotting |Advertising | Marketing | Design | Media | Tech | Sharing inspiration, creative thoughts and awesomeness for the ever curious.
http://www.spinsucks.com - The Fight Against Destructive Spin focuses on today’s issues in the media, and the intricate role public relations plays in our daily lives. FADS is a forum for discussion among public relations professionals and the online community.
http://weblogs.hitwise.com - Hitwise is the leader in online competitive intelligence. Contact Hitwise to maximize your online marketing programs.
22) Business 2 Community
http://www.business2community.com - Business 2 Community aims to provide a balanced view of the current business landscape based on industry news and trends, as well as real-life experiences. We feature daily news, information and blogs on Marketing, Strategy, Branding, Public Relations, Social Media, Tech & Gadgets and Entertainment. Our mission is to expand readers’ awareness of business best practices and to encourage participation.
23) Marketing Profs
http://mpdailyfix.com - MarketingProfs Daily is a rich and trusted resource that offers actionable know-how to help you market your products and services both smarter and better. Entrepreneurs, small-business owners and marketers in the world’s largest corporations make up its 379,000 subscribers, making it the largest in its category.
http://adrants.com - Adrants, published by Adrants Publishing LLC, provides marketing and advertising news, especially insightful, informed, experiential, no holds barred commentary on the state of the advertising and media industries.
25) Traffic Generation Café
http://www.trafficgenerationcafe.com - Traffic Generation Cafe brings you the most profit-pulling free traffic generation tips, tricks, and resources, so that your website and business will go where no website has gone before.
26) Small Business Marketing Blog
http://www.ducttapemarketing.com/blog - John Jantsch has been called the World’s Most Practical Small Business Expert for consistently delivering real-world, proven small business marketing ideas and strategies. Check out his blog at Duct Tape Marketing.
27) Food Politics
http://www.foodpolitics.com/- Marion Nestle posts almost daily about current events in food and nutrition politics and policy, mainly those related to agriculture, food, nutrition, and health, particularly dietary practices, obesity, food safety, and pet food.
http://www.marketingcharts.com - MarketingCharts is a Watershed Publishing publication. It is published daily in the US by its own staff, and also features editorial contributions from other writers and analysts in the Watershed Publishing network. MarketingCharts is a sister publication to MarketingVox.
29) MarketingProfs Daily
http://www.marketingprofs.com - MarketingProfs Daily is a rich and trusted resource that offers actionable know-how to help you market your products and services both smarter and better. Entrepreneurs, small-business owners and marketers in the world’s largest corporations make up its 379,000 subscribers, making it the largest in its category.
30) Chitika Insights
http://insights.chitika.com - Chitika is a data analytics company in the business of on-line advertising. Through the application of data and innovative technology in the fields of mobile, local and search Chitika has developed a vast global network that maximizes yield for both publishers and advertisers.
31) Reel SEO Video Marketing
http://www.reelseo.com – ReelSEO.com is The Online Video Marketer’s Guide – The world’s leading resource for news, analysis, tips and trends for the online video and internet marketing industries. Our videologists & columnists offer expert advice, guidance, and commentary about the world of online video in an effort to guide internet marketers and video content producers towards best practices and online video services that suit their needs.
32) comScore Voices
http://blog.comscore.com/ - comScore Voices shares perspective on the latest events and trends in global Internet behavior. comScore Voices shares commentary and analysis of the state of Internet audience measurement, as well as how trends in Internet usage are affecting businesses and creating new opportunities for growth.
33) Quick Sprout
http://www.quicksprout.com - Neil Patel is the co-founder of 2 Internet companies: Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics. Through his entrepreneurial career Neil has helped large corporations such as Amazon, AOL, GM, HP and Viacom make more money from the web. By the age of 21 not only was Neil named a top 100 blogger by Technorati, but he was also one of the top influencers on the web according to the Wall Street Journal.
http://chrisbrogan.com - Chris Brogan consults and speaks professionally with Fortune 100 and 500 companies like PepsiCo, General Motors, Microsoft, and more, on the future of business communications, and social software technologies. His blog is in the Top 5 of the Advertising Age Power150. He has over 11 years experience in online community, social media, and related technologies.
35) Technology & Marketing Law Blog
http://blog.ericgoldman.org - Eric Goldman is an Associate Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law. He also directs the school’s High Tech Law Institute. Before joining the SCU faculty in 2006, he was an Assistant Professor at Marquette University Law School, General Counsel of Epinions.com, and an Internet transactional attorney at Cooley Godward LLP.
36) Online Marketing Blog
http://www.toprankblog.com - Since December 2003, TopRank’s Online Marketing Blog has provided insights, resources and commentary on a range of digital marketing and public relations topics including: Search engine marketing and optimization, Social media marketing, Business blogging and marketing, and Online public relations.
37) Brian Solis
http://www.briansolis.com - BrianSolis.com is among the world’s leading business and marketing online resources, ranking among the top 1% of all blogs tracked by Technorati. Solis is also ranked as one of the leading voices in the AdAge Power 150 index of worldwide marketing bloggers.
38) Mark’s Daily Apple
http://www.marksdailyapple.com - Mark’s Daily Apple is a blog by Mark Sisson, a forum for discussion and debate, a place where people go to explore how to live the healthiest life possible. And it’s a place where I rant, teach and attempt to entertain with daily articles. I started this experiment at the end of 2006 and haven’t missed a day yet. Visit the site daily to learn something new, to take home some practical information and tips you can actually use in your life, and for continuous motivation and reinforcement.
39) State of Search
http://www.stateofsearch.com - State of Search is one of the leading websites when it comes to search and social media. This website, founded by Bas van den Beld and co-founded by Lisa Myers, focusses on the next step in search marketing and social media. The web is changing and so is search. What consequenses do these changes have and how do we handle these? Those are questions answered on StateofSearch.com.
40) Social Media Explorer
http://www.socialmediaexplorer.com - Social Media Explorer is a leading platform for insights, opinion and learning around the world of social emdia marketing, online communications, conversational marketing, digital marketing, public relations, community building and branding.
41) Direct Marketing News
http://www.dmnews.com - Direct Marketing News is owned and operated by Haymarket Media Inc., a privately held media corporation, located at 114 W. 26th St., New York, NY, 10001. The Direct Marketing News franchise today includes the print edition of Direct Marketing News, serving a BPA-audited circulation of 45,000 qualified recipients, along with this website, www.DMNews.com, and four e-mail newsletters and four lead generation opportunities.
42) For Bloggers by Bloggers
http://bestbloggingtipsonline.com/ – according to leading blogging resource Technorati, there are more than 133 million blogs online today, and that number continues to grow. With these numbers, it can be hard to stand out – and that’s why For Bloggers, By Bloggers and our own resource of blogging tips was born.
43) Shawn Blog
http://www.shawnblog.com - Spawning initial public awareness of the shocking and awful anti-Radiohead movement, shawnblog.com was featured on the tumblr.com home page and subsequently became popular enjoying higher technorati and Google rankings than far more influential web sites. The blog is, of course, mostly nonsense and should not be taken seriously, only very loosely representing the moments in the stream of consciousness of it’s author.
44) Intuit Small Business Blog
http://blog.intuit.com - This blog is dedicated to a discussion of small business, including advice, resources, and insights we think will help you be more successful . We’ll talk about broad topics of lasting interest to small business owners, such as Money, Customers, and Employees. We’ll also share information on current Trends as well as stories about Local businesses. Authors include professional journalists, people who work at Intuit, our customers and research partners, and guest experts we invite to share their perspectives.
http://noahbrier.com - He uses the web to understand the world. In his eyes, everything is linked, and Noah treats every encounter with information as a potential web waiting to be untangled.
46) Web Strategy
http://www.web-strategist.com/blog - As a Web Strategist, Jeremiah Owyang strives to deliver insight on disruptive technologies and their impact on how companies communicate with their customers. This blog has been around since 2006, and has been recognized as a top analyst blog within the industry and by readers like you.
47) Osocio Weblog
http://osocio.org - Osocio is dedicated to social advertising and non-profit campaigns. It’s the place where marketing and activism collide. Formerly known as the Houtlust Blog, Osocio is the central online hub for advertisers, ad agencies, grassroots, activists, social entrepreneurs, and good Samaritans from around the globe.
48) Inkling Media
http://inklingmedia.net/ – Inkling Media is an inbound marketing shop based in Lancaster, PA with an emphasis on social media. We provide consultation on utilizing social media as part of an overall marketing strategy. In addition to Social Media, we work with you to help implement a strong blogging plan, as well as organic search engine optimization. Our work includes the creation, and implementation of social media plans.
http://www.seoptimise.com/blog – SEOptimise began life in 2006 and has doubled in size every year since. Familiar faces at SEO conferences both as speakers and delegates, the ever-expanding SEOptimise search team develop innovative SEO strategies based on the latest thinking and developments in the online market. We pride ourselves on proven results delivered to clients at a high return on investment, with the flexibility to work to a huge range of Key Performance Indicators.
50) Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day
http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org - This blog highlights new sites added to Larry Ferlazzo’s English website, which has over 6,000 links apprpriate for English Language Learners and younger native-English speakers. Subjects include English, Math, Social Studies and Science.
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