“Build it and they will come” only works in the movies. To get customers into your store or website, you’ll need nothing short of a bulldozer crew or great marketing! To help, entrepreneurs are often inundated with tools such as SEO, Twitter and Blogs, but with only limited resources it can be difficult to choose where to invest your time. In addition, with competitors and the noise of advertisements everywhere, it’s more important than ever to cut through the clutter like a hot knife through butter! Luckily for you, our list of “The Top 50 Marketing Blogs To Watch in 2010” can be your “hot knife” and reveal the best marketing tips and strategies to help you and your business stand out. You can also view last year’s list .
Search Marketing Blogs
1) Search Engine Land
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) Search Engine Roundtable
The Search Engine Roundtable does its best to cover the most exciting and informative threads taking place at the SEM forums on a daily basis.
3) Search Engine Watch
Search Engine Watch provides tips and information about searching the web, analysis of the search engine industry and help to site owners trying to improve their ability to be found in search engines.
4) Search Engine Journal
Search Engine Journal, established in 2003, is a 6 year old publication of Search & Social Media, which specializes in a community approach to the reporting of search engine news & the sharing of Search Engine Marketing knowledge & tactics.
5) David Naylor
David Naylor’s Search Marketing Team provides a range of services that will help you to increase your online presence in the search engines, and the traffic generated to your website.
6) Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog
The Yahoo! Search Marketing blog connects you to the people and products that can help you make sense of the ever-changing world of search marketing, and offers a community forum for sharing news, tips and strategies.
7) Search Engine Optimization Journal
Search Engine Optimization Journal is an SEO Blog that discusses Search Engine Marketing, Search Engine Ranking and Positioning for the new and advanced reader.
Blogstorm is the UK’s largest blog discussing internet marketing and search engine optimization news and strategies.
Small Business Marketing Blogs
9) Seth’s Blog
Seth Godin is a bestselling author, entrepreneur and agent of change. Godin is author of ten books that have been bestsellers around the world. This is his personal blog, where he riffs on marketing, respect, and the ways ideas spread.
10) Duct Tape Marketing
John Jantsch is a marketing and digital technology coach, award winning social media publisher and author of “Duct Tape Marketing – The World’s Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide”. His Duct Tape Marketing Blog was chosen as a Forbes favorite for small business and marketing.
11) The Marketing Minute
Drew McLellan gets branding and marketing and he desperately wants you to get it too. So he tells stories, asks questions, and milks sacred cows. All to help readers discover their brand so they can create authentic love affairs with their customers.
12) Marketing Profs Daily Fix
Under managing editor, Ann Handley, these marketing profs post on all things marketing, with participants ranging from Eric Ward to Stephan Spencer to BL Ochman.
Marketing Trends Blogs
PSFK is a trends research, innovation, and activation company that publishes a daily news site, provides trends research and innovation consultancy and hosts idea-generating events. Follow their blog for the latest in marketing trends.
With 9+ million monthly views, TrendHunter.com is one of the world’s largest, most popular trend communities. Fueled by a global network of 29,000 members, Trend Hunter features 55,000 micro-trends and cutting edge ideas.
MarketingVOX keeps marketers and media professionals abreast of industry news, trends and culture. Written by industry practitioners, the site doesn’t just summarize the news – it gives it the voice and rich background only buyers could.
16) What’s Next Blog
Internet marketer, internationally known blogger, blog strategy consultant to Fortune 500 companies including IBM and Cendant, B.L. Ochman heads the creative team of whatsnextonline.com. She publishes the internationally respected What’s Next Blog, your insight into new marketing trends.
Social Media Marketing Blogs
17) Chris Brogan
Chris Brogan is President of New Marketing Labs, a new media marketing agency. He strives to help companies improve online business communications like marketing and PR through the use of social software, community platforms, and other emerging web and mobile technologies. Keep up with him on his blog.
18) Social Media Explorer
Social Media Explorer is the online home and blog of Jason Falls. Falls has established himself as one of the leading thinkers in the social media, public relations and communications industries.
19) Altitude Branding
Amber Naslund is a social media and marketing crackerjack. She blogs here at Altitude, focusing on elevating brands through social media and communication.
20) SmartBlog on Social Media
This blog is designed to act as a forum for the best and brightest marketers to discuss how Web 2.0 benefits business. Visit often for advice and creative strategies from SmartBrief readers, marketers, and social media practitioners eager to share ideas and success stories.
21) The Social Media Marketing Blog
Scott Monty is the head of social media for Ford Motor Company. This is his personal blog, where he shares his perspectives on social media – the convergence of marketing, advertising and PR on the Web – for marketers, agencies, the enterprise and the individual.
SMLXL offers up new ways to communicate, new ways to create consumer communities and new ways to win their advocacy, and how to successfully derive revenues from those interactions.
10e20 is a leading social media marketing blog that focuses on what social media marketing is, and specializes in increasing traffic, building links, viral marketing and SEO.
Marketing & Advertising Blogs
24) Ads of the World
Ads of the World is an advertising archive and community. The archive showcases campaigns from around the world categorized and updated daily, while the blog features advertising stories for your inspiration.
25) I Believe In Advertising
I Believe In Advertising offers up one of the best blogs about advertising and marketing around the globe, updated daily. It is a great point of reference for advertising professionals and advertising agencies alike.
Adrants provides marketing and advertising news with attitude. Written by current and former industry practitioners, it provides insightful, informed, experiential, no holds barred commentary on the state of the advertising and media industries.
Hugh Macleod started blogging at gapingvoid.com in 2001. His basic mantra about blog and Web 2.0 marketing is, “Itâ€™s a good way to make things happen indirectly, a point lost on many corporate types.”
28) Only Dead Fish
Only Dead Fish is where Neil Perkin blogs about stuff he finds interesting. So this is an advertising blog. And a planning blog. And a digital marketing blog. And often a communications blog. And sometimes a media blog. Or a social media blog. And the odd bit of design. And culture. Oh, and then there’s the chickens…
29) Thought Gadgets
Thought Gadgets brings you a mathematician’s take on the fuzzy world of advertising. As media planners and buyers tend to focus solely on results, this blog reviews the world of ad media for what works on a daily basis.
Online Marketing Blogs
30) Marketing Pilgrim
MarketingPilgrim.com was launched by internet marketing consultant Andy Beal in September 2005. As a follow-up to Bealâ€™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.
In an overly-crowded marketplace, copywriting techniques allow you to capture attention and convert it into trust, sales, and profit. CopyBlogger shows you how to do just that.
32) Web Strategy
As a Web Strategist, Jeremiah Owyang strives to define and deliver user and community needs, business goals, and web technology to craft and deliver long term successful web programs for companies.
33) Online Marketing Blog
Since December 2003, TopRankâ€™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.
34) Conversation Agent
Valeria Maltoni specializes in marketing communications, customer dialogue, and brand management. She has come to define modern business as a long and open conversation, and her blog covering just that is recognized among the world’s top online marketing blogs.
35) Web Ink Now
Web Ink Now is written by David Meerman Scott, who blogs about how marketing and PR have changed because of the Web. Posts include information on how to use social media, online video, news releases, blogs, podcasts, viral marketing and online media to reach your buyers directly.
GrokDotCom focuses on grokking human reactions to marketing, sales, PR & evolving media. Borrowed from Robert A. Heinlein’s novel, Stranger in a Strange Land, “Grok” is derived from a Martian word meaning “to drink” pure knowledge until it’s deep within our molecules.
Chrisg.com is where Chris Garrett posts daily thoughts and advice on the business of new media, blogging and online marketing. The aim is to teach you ways you can create compelling resources, provide your audience more value, build trust and loyalty, and generate more rewards for yourself.
Marketing & Public Relations Blogs
38) PR 2.0
Brian Solis has been actively writing about new PR since the mid 90s to document how the Web was redefining the communications industry – he coined PR 2.0 along the way.
39) Strategic Public Relations
Focused on strategy within integrated marketing communications, Strategic Public Relations has been hosted by Kevin Dugan since July 2002.
40) PR Squared
PR-Squared, written by Todd Defren – a principal of PR Agency SHIFT Communications – is a popular blog focusing on the intersections of Social Media, Marketing and Public Relations.
Affiliate Marketing Blogs
ProBlogger is dedicated to helping other bloggers learn the skills of blogging, share their own experiences and promote the blogging medium. Started in September 2004, it now has well over 3500 articles, tips, tutorials and case studies in its archives.
42) Affiliate X Files
Affiliate X Files was created by Ron Cripps for the sole purpose of teaching affiliates how to correctly market there campaigns and money sites in the free search engines MSN, Yahoo and Google and to answer one of the biggest questions online todayâ€¦”How do I make money on the internet?”
43) Affiliate Tip
Shawn Collins has been an affiliate marketer since 1997. This daily blog covers affiliate marketing news and opinion.
Marketing & Technology Blogs
Jeremy Schoemaker has made millions of dollars over the past five years, and now wants to share his insights with others so they, too, can learn and grow. ShoeMoney shares the ups and downs of his world to a loyal daily readership of over 30,000 people.
45) Emergence Marketing
This is a blog that offers up thoughts on marketing, innovation, social networking, new products and the impact of technology on all those thingies.
Brand Marketing Blogs
Brandflakesforbreakfast is a blog devoted to news, ideas, design, branding and gossip. It’s brought to you by the guys at Plaid – the self-described “greatest creative agency in all the land.”
Logic+Emotion exists at the intersection of business, design + the social web. Today, David Armano blends strategy with design and looks for new opportunities around the social web to enhance the customer experience, connect individuals and innovate.
48) Branding Strategy Insider
The Blake Project’s sole focus is helping organizations create brands that build and sustain trust. Branding Strategy Insider is an extension of their efforts to help marketing oriented leaders and professionals build strong brands.
49) Brand Autopsy
As a marketer, speaker, and here, blogger, John Moore shares business and marketing advice with companies and readers seeking to earn unwavering devotion from customers.
50) Brand DNA
The weird and wonderful world of brands and communication is what this blog is about. Brought to you by Stan Lee, a multi award winning creative person and a pioneer of non-traditional advertising thinking.