If you are new to blogging, here is a list of blogs you must read on a regular basis. These are the sites that good bloggers visit to learn how to write compelling content, how to increase traffic, and how to design an attractive blog. By the way, even if you don’t plan on making money with your blog, don’t skip the sites that promote making money online. The information on the blogs I have listed is valuable to all bloggers.
Blogging Startup – (Hey, it’s alphabetical!) Besides being nominated for a Pull-It’s-Ear prize, this is only blog I know that specifically targets new bloggers (although I know a lot of you are old bloggers…yeah, I see you). Be sure to drop by and learn how to get that blog up and find new readers. Recent post worth reading: Should new blogs allow comments?
Copyblogger – A great place to learn how to write inviting content. The posts are frequently guest written by some of the best bloggers online. For example, here’s a recent post worth reading: How to make sure your content never goes naked.
Dosh Dosh – Considered to be one of the most intelligent blogs on the topic of blogging. The author consistently publishes posts that both educate and challenge web publishers. Reading and practicing what you learn on Dosh Dosh should earn you a PhD in blogging. Recent post worth reading: It’s not just words: The importance of empowering your audience.
Lorelle on WordPress – The best blogging authority on WordPress, but not all of her articles are relevant only to WordPress users. This is one of the few blogs I would actually pay to read. Lorelle’s posts provide an amazing wealth of information for WordPress users. Recent post worth reading: The real hidden value of old post traffic.
ProBlogger – Even though Darren promotes his blog as a site for professional bloggers, there is great content for new bloggers as well. Check out the tab near the center of the home page labeled “For Beginners.” Recent post worth reading: 9 tips to start blogging successfully.
Remarkablogger – Michael consistently provides great advice and excellent resources for new and long time bloggers. Skim through his older articles by finding what you want in his well organized blogging categories. Recent post worth reading: Blogging ethics 101d – Paid links.
Each of these blogs provides great content for the new blogger. But you will also find these blogs to be excellent examples of blogging design and structure. Take some time to examine the layout. Look through their pages and sidebars. Learning from these blogs should include more than just reading the posts.
What great blogs have you found to help you become an expert blogger?