I have found and read hundreds, maybe even thousands of blogs over the years but there are five bloggers who I consider amazing. These people in particular are more than bloggers to me, they are people I consider to be my blogging mentors. Even though I do not know them personally, the way that they write makes me feel as if they are talking directly to me and I want to share their skills with you.
Not in a any particular order, here are the five amazing bloggers you should be following:
Jim Connolly is one of the top marketing bloggers in the world and one of the most generous people around because he shares most of his marketing skills for free. His blog, Jims Marketing Blog has been a tremendous help to me over the past couple years and I am certain that the information you will find there will help you too.
The advice that Jim shares on his blog is easy to understand and written in a tone that makes you feel like you are talking to him while sitting across from him at the local coffee shop. With over 19 years of marketing experience, Jim is certainly someone you should be listening to if you want to market your business and grow your blog.
James is an interesting person to say the least. He is the rags to riches, back to rags and then back to riches again story that makes you want to cry and laugh again and again. James was on top of world, making money by the trailer truck load and then lost all of it all not once but many times over.
How could a person making millions of dollars loose it all, almost end up on the street without enough money to buy diapers for his kids, find himself on the brink of suicide and come back to be one of the most successful and helpful people I have ever found, is beyond me. I have a feeling that the reason for his success is that all of us, myself included, have found ourselves in the same bad luck position as him.
When I read about James past, he reminds me of one of the shy kids that you see at the big school dance, who is standing in the corner alone wanting to be with the popular kids, dancing with the prom queen and liked by everyone but he isn’t because people don’t know the real him. He is one of those people that we can all relate to at some point in our lives and he has the guts to share, with all of us, how he succeed and failed and succeed over and over.
James also has an incredible book called Choose Yourself!(affiliate link), where he shares his story about how he overcame all his failures by helping others because he chose himself. Some of his stories are raw and have the impact of a hammer to face but what you are reading in his blog and his book is about the real James Altucher, a person, that all of us can relate to, that exposes all of the fears that we have deep down inside of ourselves. James wanted to help people so much, he was offering to pay people to read his book by refunding them the cost of the book if they read it and sent him their receipt. It’s only $0.99 for the kindle version now. I don’t know many people who are willing to offer so much for free to people that they don’t even know but James is one of them.
One thing you find out about James is that he doesn’t sugarcoat. He tells it like it is and I am sure that you find many chunks of useful information to help you be successful because he has been at rock bottom and on top of world many times over.
If you think there is no hope left in your life, go visit James blog JamesAltucher.com right now because it might be the one thing that gets you out of the deep, dark hole you are living in today. He makes you feel that you are not alone, when life is at it’s worst and he can be the person that walks along side of you and helps you find your way.
Glen Allsopp, aka Viperchill, is someone with skills that are hard to describe in a few short paragraphs. He is an amazing writer, knows more about SEO than many experts combined, has a huge group of active followers who comment on all of his blog posts, was a Social Media Manager for Hewlett Packard and he has done all this by the young age of 22.
The part that is most interesting about Glen is that he shares what he has learned on the road to success by writing some of the most in depth articles that I have ever read. His blog posts are normally many thousands of words in length but there is no fluff or word padding. Everything thing he types has purpose and even though the articles are so long, you will want to read each and every word.
Glen shares many strategies and tactics that have worked for him and his clients. He is also honest when he says you need to do your own research and use what works for you but he gives you more than enough information to choose from. I am sure that Glen could have been a scientist or engineer but he has a gift that allows him to take the subjects of SEO and Social Media Marketing and makes them simple to understand. Did I mention that he also shares this great wealth of information for free? Yes, like most of the other amazing bloggers, he shares his knowledge for free.
Point your browser to Viperchill.com and start learning from a seasoned expert with a young persons perspective who shows you how it’s done.
Ramsay Taplin is an old friend that I have never met or even talked to in person. I know that sounds a little weird but after reading his blog, you will feel like you have known him for a long time too.
I don’t know how Ramsay does it but he attempts to reply to every email, tweet, Google+ and blog comment. I believe that is what makes me feel as if he is an old friend when I read his blog. He has taken the art of listening to a whole new level and all of us could learn a lot and be more successful if we follow his lead.
The articles Ramsay writes are extremely honest. He not only talks about the pros of blogging but the cons too. Sharing what worked and what doesn’t work for him is extremely valuable and can save you a lot of time and effort. Reading his words makes you feel like you are talking to friend who really cares about your success and his writing voice makes your feel comfortable.
Instead of listening to me, head over Blogtyrant.com and hear Ramsay speak through his writing. I assure you, it will be time well spent much like visiting with an old friend.
Srinivas Rao has had a huge influence on many people, myself included. I can honestly say, he is one of the reasons that I didn’t give up blogging and writing a long time ago. He is the ultimate motivational speaker because he continues to keep going even when others would have given up long ago.
Not only does he have a blog of his own called The Skool of Life, he also has published some excellent books, one called The Art of Being Unmistakable: A Collection of Essays About Making a Dent in The Universe(affiliate link) that I really like and hosts one of the most creative Podcasts on the Internet called The Unmistakable Creative (formerly called BlogcastFM).
Srini has interviewed some of the most successful people on the planet and he always asks the right questions, the questions that most of us would ask if we had the chance to talk to the same people he does. With over 400 interviews and 10,000 downloads per episode, he is someone that I always look forward to hearing.
If there is one thing that Srini has said many times that really stuck with me is, “Ask yourself if you are going to go to jail, go bankrupt or die when you are holding back from starting a new project.” Those simple words are so powerful and if you answer those questions with a no, each time you start a new project, you have no reason to be afraid to do something great.
Take a listen, read his personal blog and keep your eye out for him because he is on the path to greatness and he will take you along with him.
These five will make you better…
It doesn’t matter if you are an up and coming blogger, a seasoned expert or a blogging guru, there is something to be learned from the five people above. They all started in the same place as you and have proved that anyone can go farther than they ever thought they could.
Check them out and drop a comment below and let me know what you think of them.