Information is money.
The more you know, the faster you can get ahead.
Problem? We’re drowning in information. It’s everywhere! So where you can find relevant and helpful information on running your business?
Here are our top 11 must-read business blogs (with a slight social twist). We hope you’ll love them as much as we do!
1. LinkedIn Pulse
What is it?: LinkedIn Pulse collects articles that are relevant to your industry and business interests. It’s the perfect way to start your working day (together with a mug of coffee).
Who writes it?: A LinkedIn Robot. It’s a collection of articles from across LinkedIn’s blog network, so the authors could be anyone in your industry.
Why we love it: It’s tailor-made just for you. And LinkedIn boasts some of the world’s best business writing.
Check it out: LinkedIn Pulse.
2. You’re the Boss
What is it?: A blog about running a small business, by small business owners published by The New York Times. On the blog you’ll find advice, case studies and analysis.
Who writes it?: You’re the Boss has over 15 contributors including Rebekah Campbell, founder of Posse, Colleen DeBaise, director of The Story Exchange (where women mean business), and Gene Marks, who runs a 10-person consultancy.
Why we love it: The best teacher is experience, and this is advice from the trenches. We also like that it’s targeted at small business owners.
Check it out: You’re the Boss.
3. Harvard Business Review
What is it?: A collection of articles from Harvard Business School’s flagship publication. It covers everything from marketing to workplace conflict to the future of capitalism.
Who writes it?: The top writers and thinkers in the world of business are invited to contribute. Contributors are typically business owners or academic researchers who have written a business book.
Why we love it: It makes our brains light up! It’s the place to go for thought-provoking articles and advice on business.
Check it out: Harvard Business Review.
What is it?: A blog about getting things done. That’s right, it’s productivity central. Perfect for procrastinators and people who need to get things done.
Who writes it?: Editor-in-chief is Whitson Gordon. Regular contributors include Eric Ravenscraft and Mihir Patkar. Plus there are a ton of guest writers.
Why we love it: Because if you run a business, you need to get stuff done. And Lifehacker provides all the cutting-edge advice on how to make that happen.
Check it out: Lifehacker.
5. Social Media Examiner
What is it? The world-leading blog on the subject of social media marketing. It covers everything social media related, from using social media as a PR tool to advice on creating a social media strategy.
Who writes it?: Cindy King is director of editorial and a regular contributor. There are also a wide range of guest authors.
Why we love it: It’s all about social media, our favorite thing!
Check it out: Social Media Examiner.
6. Seth’s Blog
What is it?: The musings and philosophy of marketing raconteur and maverick, Seth Godin. Most of the posts can be read in less than a minute.
Who writes it?: The clue’s in the name. Seth Godin is the only author here.
Why we love it: Every post Seth writes helps us see the world in a new way. It really is that good. Also, Seth writes and publishes a new blog post (sometimes two new blog posts) pretty much every day, so there’s always plenty of brain candy to go around.
Check it out: Seth’s Blog.
What is it?: The official blog of the social media scheduling tool, Buffer App. On Buffer’s blog you’ll find articles on social media strategy, consumer psychology, productivity and content marketing.
Who writes it? Buffer’s leader writers are Nicole Miller and Kevan Lee.
Why we love it: We’d probably love anything created by BufferApp, considering that it’s our favorite scheduling tool. Even so, Buffer’s blog is amazing. Every article is in-depth and well researched.
Check it out: BufferSocial.
8. Derek Sivers
What is it?: The thoughts and ideas of entrepreneur, programmer and intrepid traveler Derek Sivers. On his blog you’ll find reflections on creativity, business, life and travel.
Who writes it?: Most of the posts are written by Derek himself, with occasional contributions from guest writers.
Why we love it: Derek Sivers has walked the walk. He founded CD Baby, which went on to be the largest online seller of independent music. He’s a deep thinker, so if you’re into pondering the meaning of life (or just wondering about how to offer good customer service), then this is the blog for you.
Check it out: Derek Sivers.
What is it?: QuickSprout is the online home of Neil Patel, who’s the co-founder of Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics. On QuickSprout you’ll find articles on SEO, copywriter, consumer psychology and growth hacking.
Who writes it?: Investor, advisor and entrepreneur Neil Patel.
Why we love it: What we love most about QuickSprout is Neil’s focus on metrics and optimization. The internet allows pretty much everything to be tracked and measured, and Neil shows you how to make the most of all this information.
Check it out: QuickSprout.
What is it?: HubSpot creates and sells internet marketing software to help businesses better engage with their online customers. Their blog covers everything from social selling to must-read business books.
Who writes it?: HubSpot has a huge team of quality writers.
Why we love it: HubSpot tests everything and they’re not afraid to share the results of their experiments. Every article on the blog is pack full with value.
Check it out: HubSpot Blog.
11. Practical eCommerce
What is it?: A blog that’s all about selling stuff online. If it’s related to eCommerce, it’s covered here.
who writes it?: Regular contributors include Sig Ueland, Jill Kocher and Armando Roggio.
Why we love it: Okay, we confess, this one’s at the dry end of the blogging spectrum. There’s not much scintillating writing here. What you will find is solid advice and analysis. And that’s just what you need when you’re running a business, right?
Over to You
What are your must-read business blogs? Let us know in the comments section, below.