Top 10 Small Business Marketing Blogs Today In 2012

Top 10 Small Business Marketing Blogs Today In 2012

Who Do You Listen To About Marketing?

First let me say that the image above has absolutely nothing to do with the post.  I just thought it was funny and people would get a kick out of it.  I know my wife did, she looked like this after she saw it. Furious  But it was worth it, she was mad at me today anyway.  Something about doing the dishes or what not.

Anywho, lets get rolling on this post, what do you say?

When I began marketing online, or anything for that matter, I have learned that you need to qualify your mentors.  You don’t want to be following some one hit wonder and find out later that they just got lucky.  Or worse yet, they are someone who is just repeating some stuff that they learned somewhere else.  You need to be listening to people who are actually doing what they are teaching.

For example, lets say you want to learn how to make money in the real estate business.  Who are you going to listen to?  Lets say you had access to anyone that you wanted.  I personally would choose Donald Trump.  They guy has been in and out of bankruptcy a couple times.  But today he’s still worth billions.  I wouldn’t listen to some TV reality show star who is famous because of the show.

In marketing I choose to listen to people who are out there doing today.  Not someone who has taken to just teaching it.  With that in mind here is how I qualified each of these small business marketing blogs and have declared them my Top 10 Marketing Blogs for 2012.

How I Qualified Them

The first factor I picked is probably the most important.  Quality of the content on the site.  If the content provided me absolutely no value or was just a teaser to get an opt-in I passed.  Nothing worse than reading a post from an expert only to get told you only received half the story.  Why write information if your only going to give up half.  Now don’t get me wrong I don’t expect people to give away the farm for free, but at least live up to the headline right?

The second factor I used was traffic to the site.  How can you be good marketer or a recommend resource if you don’t have people coming to your site all the time?

The final factor that I used was the amount of people who made comments on the site.  Good quality content tends to generate tons of comments from loyal fans.

Top 10 Marketing Blogs

In the spirit of David Letterman’s Top Ten List, here we go!

NUMBER 10Digital Ethos ( Digital Ethos (formerly DBMEi) is a Not For Profit organization responsible for “Facilitating Awareness & Education in Digital Communications”.  The site has many different resources a marketer can access in order to learn more about their craft.  The organization uses its blog, newsletters, a print magazine, distance learning portal, and live conferences in order to educate people on all things digital marketing.

NUMBER 9Hubze ( This site is all about social media marketing.  They provide access to tons of content about the subject.  There is also access to a couple cool tools that you can use for your business.  I have used some of there paid tools and they were not too bad.  I would recommend them if asked about their Facebook page tool.

NUMBER 8Marketing Tech Blog ( If your like me you enjoy taking advantage of technology to not only enhance your marketing, but to make it that much easier.  Now don’t get me wrong, tools can hurt your business as much as they can help if used improperly.  That is why this site is on my top ten list.  Not only do they recommend the use of technology.  They actually show you how to use it right!

NUMBER 7 -Viral Blog ( I know you have heard thousands of different methods to get website traffic.  And every marketers dream is to create a piece of content or image that goes viral.  This website gives you some great tips and usable ideas to actually do it without some gimic involved. They also discuss disruptive marketing and social media strategies.

NUMBER 6Tatango ( The Tatango SMS Marketing blog is unique from the rest of the blogs on the list because it provides tips, tricks, and advice on text message marketing. This type of marketing campaign is fairly new, and finding helpful information is difficult. Tatango, however, does a great job of providing quality information on text message marketing, in addition to attaching engaging graphics with every post.  Wondering if text is right for you?  Think about this, an average of 3-5% of emails are opened when sent.  An average of 97% of text messages are opened.

NUMBER 5CopyBlogger ( Want more traffic, links, subscribers, and a profit-generating website? Copyblogger gives you the solutions you need to succeed.  There are several different tools that you can use including their Scribe plugin that help you optimize your site both on and off page.  They are also the creators of the ever popular Genesis WordPress theme and Premise Plugin that creates landing, capture, and sales pages with ease.

NUMBER 4Hubspot Blog ( Hubspot is a company that provides a software to help people who are marketing online through SEO, email marketing, and social media marketing.  One of themes of the site is inbound marketing, which basically means any piece of content that is created in order to bring people to your site or funnel.  Of course the entire site is designed to bring you to a landing page to get a demo of the software.  But you can take advantage of the tons of free information and training available.  I was on a few of their webinars and they were all no pitch zone and the training was very valuable.

NUMBER 3Jeff Korhan ( Jeff brings his experience in business and couples it with social media marketing.  Being able to apply these techniques is key if your small business is going to survive in the new marketing environment.  When your looking for someone to listen to, qualify Jeff as a Fortune 50 Sales and Marketing Manager with an MBA. Founder of a construction services company that was twice named Business of the Year.  And someone who now applies three decades of marketing experience to helping people develop sustainable marketing practices that capitalize on emerging trends.

NUMBER 2Jeff Bullas ( Jeff is a consultant, coach, mentor and speaker and works with companies and executives to optimize their online personal and company presence and brand with digital marketing and social media through the use of social media channels and other web and mobile technologies.  This blog is about all things to do with Social Media and Online Marketing, including Twitter, Blogging, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and inbound and content marketing.

NUMBER 1GKIC Small Business Marketing ( I won’t sugar coat why Dan Kennedy and his partners at GKIC are the absolute best when it comes to marketing online.  They are behind some of the most successful launches around.  They host some of the most successful live conferences around.  And more importantly, Dan has taught some of the biggest leaders in the industry not only online marketing but direct marketing offline as well.  Through the use of both mediums, if you want to make money quick and over and over again for your business.  This is the blog you need to read everyday.

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12 thoughts on “Top 10 Small Business Marketing Blogs Today In 2012

  1. Clint, thanks for putting this list together. I would add a couple of my own favorites: The Hubspot Internet Marketing Blog and John Jantsch’s Duct Tape Marketing blog are two of my favorite reads. I like reading Copyblogger mainly to learn how to sell more successfully; in other words, the way they lay everything out on their site, and the quality of their products makes me want to model them.

  2. Hey Clint,

    It is a great picture though! Hey this is really a good list I am going to make it a favorite on my Twitter. I am mostly a seo guy but I am doing pretty good with social media now. I think Steve Scott is one that should be added to the list. He is an excellent Internet marketer and teaches very well. In terms of seo you can’t go wrong with SEOmoz :)


  3. Clive I was wondering if you had read the blog of Jon Loomer who is a digital marketing chap. His blog is really informative, I think you’d find it interesting too based upon those you have selected above as your blogs of choice in this field. :)

  4. Thank you for this list Clint. There are some blogs on here I had never heard of and some I read whenever they post anything. In particular I enjoy Copyblogger. I like their idea of content marketing and providing enormous value through writing great posts and articles. That is cool that you mentioned them on your post.

    I will definitely check out some of the other blogs you have in your post. Thank you for your time and effort in putting this together for us.

  5. Most marketers are always looking for the best resources and leaders in the industry.

    These are the people we want to emulate and mimic in order to bring our own game to its highest level possible.

    I appreciate the work you put into compiling this list of the best marketing blogs, Clint. It gives me a good thumbnail sketch of blogs I don’t want to overlook.

  6. I am very familiar with many of these, and personally familiar with Copyblogger as I know Gardner, who is part of it. All of these sites are great, some more so for bloggers, but seriously… anyone blogging needs to pay attention to these sites.

  7. Hi Clint,

    Great list, thanks. I am a fan of copyblogger and I agree with Steve, I would add Duct Tape Marketing by John Jantsch – I have learned lot of online blogging tips from him.

  8. Hi Clint,
    you are providing a great list of interesting sites!

    It is great to have these resources recommended by a fellow blogger!
    Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together.

    To Success,
    P.S. Some of your links open in the same window!

  9. Wow!

    Great list. Lots of careful observation necessary to create such a useful list of heavy hitters! I know about half and the other half look great, too. Dan Kennedy was famous long before the Internet so he is probably crushing that. I can see he’s got lots of stuff on sale on his site!

    Thanks again and have a great 2013!!!!

    ~ Jupiter Jim

    • Thank you for the New Year wishes and the same to you Jim!! Your right Dan does have a lot of great products. Too much as a matter of fact. You could blow your entire yearly training budget learning the stuff that he has. I would venture to say that he has forgotten more about copywriting and direct sales then most people know. I highly recommend his GKIC membership. Its the What Working Now version of direct marketing and copywriting.