3 Blogs You Need To Start Reading Today

Let’s face it. There are a LOT of blogs on the internet today that speak about the subject of making money online and pursuing your passion.

The harsh reality is that many of them (a large percentage in fact) really aren’t worth more than an occasional visit. They have the odd good post but don’t really tell you anything that could have an impact on your business and your life.

Today I’d like to share with you 3 blogs that have made a difference in my business and my life and that I consider “must-reads” if you’re serious about becoming successful online.

If you’re not reading these guys, you need to add them into your daily rounds.

Smart Passive Income – Pat Flynn

Pat Flynn - Smart Passive IncomeI only discovered Pat a couple of months ago when I saw someone tweet out about one of his “Monthly Income Reports”. Anytime someone offers a glimpse of how much money they’re making online it’s tempting to have a look so out of curiosity I paid his site a visit.

What I found was one of the most transparent guys on the internet and a definition of “the real deal” if ever there was one.

Pat’s story about how he got started online and how he built up a wildly successful internet business after getting laid off from his job is pure inspiration. It’s worth going into his archives and reading forward from that day to really get a feel for how far he has come.

If you want a shot of motivation to get you started in this business, Pat’s blog has everything you need to get rolling. If you’re not inclined to spend hours reading his content (and it would take hours) he also has a top-rated podcast that is great listening.

It also doesn’t hurt that he’s a super friendly guy that actually seems to care about his readers.

Here are 3 of my favorite posts on Pat’s site:

THE Backlinking Strategy That Works
How To Build A Niche Site
The Only 100 Words You Should Read Today

Pat is the real deal people. The amount of totally free, highly valuable content on his site is unprecedented online. Check him out and add him to your daily reads.

Pocket Changed – Caleb Wojcik

Caleb Wojcik“Learn how to earn more money doing what you love.”

Tell me who wouldn’t want to earn more money doing what they love. This is the premise of Caleb Wojcik’s excellent site Pocket Changed.

Caleb has been in web development since 2002 and has built his entire business around helping people realize their goals online and in their lives. He covers a wide variety of topics related to money management, living a more meaningful life and doing work that “matters”. His writing style is very approachable and his personality comes through in all of his posts.

I stumbled across Caleb’s site one afternoon when I was searching for people who were living a minimal lifestyle. His post My Minimalist Journey: Clothing was an eye opener for me and it was really inspiring to see someone actually practicing what they were preaching.

There are a lot of great posts on Pocket Changed but a couple of my favorites are:

Why You Won’t Regret A Life Change
3 Reasons Why You Should Live Uncomfortably

If you haven’t yet discovered Pocket Changed, I highly recommend paying Caleb a visit and having a read through his content. There’s a lot of gold in there.

Think Traffic – Corbett Barr

Corbett BarrIf there is one guy online who knows what he’s talking about when it comes to building successful blogs, it’s Corbett Barr.

His first blog managed to bring in over 500k visitors in it’s first year. That is some serious traffic and even more impressive considering that it was his first effort.

As you can probably tell from the title, Think Traffic is primarily focused around the elusive art of generating traffic online. It’s something that a lot of internet marketers struggle with and one can easily get overwhelmed when trying to formulate an effective strategy.

There are several great posts over at Corbett’s site but the one that I keep coming back to is called Write Epic Shit. 

This one post sums up his whole philosophy on the importance of building an audience and inspiring them with insanely valuable content. I’ve come back to this article many times since first reading it – it’s that good.

A couple of my other favorites from Think Traffic:

10 Examples of Why You Must Be Different to Stand Out Online
Why Blogging Without a Plan Leads to Failure + How to Fix It
42 Timeless Ideas for Attracting More Visitors to Your Website

If you want to read a blog that just might inspire you to take your blog to the next level, I highly recommend giving Think Traffic a read.

With every passing day, blogging is becoming a legitimate way to build an income online. Unlike some of the other methods I’ve talked about in the past however, blogging doesn’t really fall under the definition of passive income.

It’s a lot of work and requires quite a time investment. These three sites are a great place to start for inspiration if you’re just getting started and motivation if you’ve been blogging for a while and need a kick in the pants to go to the next level.

What do you think? What blogs do you consider “must-reads”? 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on what blogs are the most influential in our industry. Leave your comments and thoughts in the box below.

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  1. Luis Martínez says:

    Thank you Jon, very cool post.
    I got a huge amount of extremely useful information already from Smart Passive Income, and I’m gonna subscribe to the other 2 right now.

    • Jon says:

      Hey Luis – that’s great to hear. I think you’ll find Caleb and Corbett also have a lot of useful information for you to learn from.

  2. Caleb Wojcik says:

    Hey Jon,

    Thanks so much for the shout-out here and the genuinely kind words. I really appreciate it.

    It’s funny that you picked some of the posts I enjoyed writing the most as your favorite. :)

    Caleb Wojcik

    • Jon says:

      Hey Caleb – no worries. You’re consistently writing great content on Pocket Changed that is easy to recommend :)

      Keep up the great work!


  3. Ron says:

    Great post. I’ve been a long time fan of Pat’s for all the same reasons you mentioned. Looking forward to reading more of Caleb and Corbett and You.

    After all, you are what you read.

    Cheers Ron

    • Jon says:

      Thanks Ron – these 3 guys write some seriously inspiring content and motivated me to “come out of my cave” and share a few things myself. I’m glad you’re enjoying…

  4. Élan says:

    I totally agree with your choices. Those are definitely 3 of my favorite blogs. I love Pat’s podcast.

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