3 Bloggers Every Serious Blogger Should Be Following

I have numerous friends who are attempting to become more serious about their blogging this next year. They aren’t necessarily wanting to become professional bloggers, but they would like to increase their traffic and, perhaps, make money from their site.

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If you are in this camp, then there are three bloggers you must follow. I subscribe to their blogs via RSS and read every article they post.

  1. TentBlogger.com. This blog is written by my friend, John Saddington. His company, MilkEngine, designed most of my site. His StandardTheme also powers my site.

    His new blog, TentBlogger, has come out of the blue and quickly become my favorite blogging resource. The blog is specifically targeted to the blogger who wants to take his site to the next level.

    Some of my favorite articles include:

  2. ProBlogger.net. This blog is written by Darren Rowse, an Aussie and founder of several successful blogs, including Digital Photography School (must reading if you are a photographer) and TwiTips.

    ProBlogger consists of a very helpful blog for professional bloggers, as well as a paid community for professional bloggers. I am a member, though I don’t visit it as often as I should.

    Some of my favorite articles include:

  3. CopyBlogger.com. This blog was founded by Brian Clark. He describes himself as a “serial entrepreneur” and “recovering attorney.” Unlike the first two blogs I mentioned, this blog is written by a team of people and focuses on the art of blog writing. This is why I enjoy it so much.

    CopyBlogger also focuses on writing effective, marketing-oriented copy. It assume you are trying to sell something, even if it is only your point-of-view:

    Some of my favorite articles include:

It is amazing, how much more quickly you can succeed if you just let the right people coach you.

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  • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren @ Life of a Steward

    Thanks for those resources. I had heard about tentblogger but will have to really check him out.
    Might I also add BlogTyrant (blogtyrant.com) to the list? It’s a very new blog but so far what he’s said has been incredibly insightful.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for that resource. I will check it out.

    • TNeal

      I checked it out and actually followed a link that led me to a guest spot on ProBlogger.net. The material was insightful.

  • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

    I had the privilege to be mentored by John and even intern with 8BIT for a while. He has taught me a ton. Another thing that has really helped me is to be curious. The curiosity of how everything works has led me explore more and more and has helped my blogging, design, and practices a ton.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      He really helped me go from hobby blogger to semi-professional blogger.

      • http://bretmavrich.posterous.com/ Bret Mavrich

        Could you clarify what you mean by semi-pro? Do you mean you are still hovering around a certain following bench mark? Or do you mean you haven’t quit your day job? :-)

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          I haven’t quit my day job—nor do I intend to. It’s what give me most of my material!

  • http://twitter.com/tentblogger John Saddington

    Thanks so much Michael!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      You are welcome, John. You have made a huge contribution to my life.

  • http://twitter.com/tentblogger John Saddington

    mike, last link in the bullet points you’ve listed for me is broken!

    http://tentblogger.com/crafting-a-simple-blog-advertising-contract-or-agreement-examples-included/

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, John. It is now fixed.

  • LanaVaughan

    Had two out of three on my follow list which shows up on my http://paper.li/Lana_Vaughan. Love paper.li for consolidating the good stuff and delivering it daily.

  • http://twitter.com/rkinnick59 Randy Kinnick

    Great recommendations. I follow John “religiously” and have learned a ton already. I have checked out Problogger and Copyblogger but now, upon your recommendation, will subscribe to their blogs. Thanks for the encouragement and recommendations.

    • http://twitter.com/tentblogger John Saddington

      thanks randy for the plug! it’s been awesome to see you around!

  • http://www.thedailywalk.net Adam

    All of these are my top three I follow. They are consistently putting out great, useful, content. Love all three.

    • http://twitter.com/tentblogger John Saddington

      Thanks Adam!

  • http://www.keithjennings.com Keith Jennings

    Great list! Tentblogger is new to me. Two bloggers/blogs I return to regularly are Chris Brogan (http://www.chrisbrogan.com) and Tim Ferris.

    • http://twitter.com/tentblogger John Saddington

      Thanks keith! appreciate it!

      • http://www.keithjennings.com Keith Jennings

        John, you worked it today! Hey I added your blog to my RSS feed after reading this. Look forward to connecting over there.

        • http://twitter.com/tentblogger John Saddington

          sweet! love to connect!

  • http://www.defineddesign.com Lisa Altizer

    Thanks Michael. I’ve added all three to my Google reader, that I now use – also thanks to you! Have a Merry Christmas, I’m so looking forward to 2011 and all that you will teach me!

    • http://twitter.com/tentblogger John Saddington

      Thanks Lisa for subscribing and following!

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  • iGranny

    Michael,

    I loved this post. Thank you for all the informative links. Twitter is my voice in this world. I’m an ambassador for the Kingdom of God and twitter allows me to minister His grace to others.

    As I learn to best utilize communicating in this new space, my influence for the King grows making an eternal difference! The bonus is that my quality of life (which often consists of lying on a comfy sofa due to multiple sclerosis) is greatly enhanced. As I gain the bonus of cultivating real relationships & having a source of knowledge, and entertainment at my finger tips.

    Thank- You for helping make all this happen in my one little yet limitless life!!

    Who knew the huge impact of 140 characters? Wow

  • http://twitter.com/ThatGuyKC K.C. Procter

    These are the 3 Wise Men of blogging for sure.

    Don’t know if I should be miffed you “stole” my blog post for later today, but good to see great minds think alike. :)

    Definitely excellent resources. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://twitter.com/tentblogger John Saddington

      Hah! Thanks KC!

  • http://twitter.com/HappierWithLess HappierWithLess

    It’s always good to be reminded how to improve your marketing and writing strategies. There are so many out there, one has to continue challenging themselves to make sure they are putting out the best content possible.
    http://www.happierthanabillionaire.com

  • Anonymous

    I already subscribe to #2 and #3. Thanks for the heads up on #1 though.

    • http://twitter.com/tentblogger John Saddington

      let me know how I can serve you debbie!

  • http://www.validleadership.com James Castellano

    I am looking to take my blog to a higher level, thanks for the sites! Merry Christmas

    • http://twitter.com/tentblogger John Saddington

      it’s very possible! let me know how i can serve you!

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    Great information for novice like me planning to start blogging actively. And, thanks for your 3 splendid recommendations. Apart from your suggestions, I have been following http://www.bloggingjunction.com/ to develop my blogging skills. It was helpful to beginners like me.

    • http://twitter.com/tentblogger John Saddington

      let me know how i can help you!

      • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

        Sure John ! Thanks for your help.

  • http://www.gospellab.com Gospel lab

    I think MichaelHyatt.com should be the fourth blog mentioned.

    Your blog is very informative and laid out well. I even check it on a daily basis.
    You also share a lot of material about how you have created this great blog, which is a selfless act.

    Thanks for contributing to the blogging community and encouraging us fledgling bloggers.

    • http://twitter.com/BLichtenwalner Ben Lichtenwalner

      I’d agree. Michael, we appreciate your humility, but I think most readers here will agree, your own site should be among the top sites all serious bloggers – especially Christian bloggers.

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        Thanks, Ben. You are kind to say that.

      • http://twitter.com/tentblogger John Saddington

        agreed!

      • http://twitter.com/rkinnick59 Randy Kinnick

        I’d agree with that.

      • http://twitter.com/rkinnick59 Randy Kinnick

        I’d agree with that.

      • http://twitter.com/rkinnick59 Randy Kinnick

        I’d agree with that.

      • http://twitter.com/rkinnick59 Randy Kinnick

        I’d agree with that.

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  • Christine

    Thanks for the suggestions!

  • http://twitter.com/BLichtenwalner Ben Lichtenwalner

    Besides MichaelHyatt.com I would just append to your first suggestion. Even if you’re using a free theme from WP.org, I’d suggest you follow your theme’s author. Most of their content may have nothing to do with your interests. However, it is important to me to know the person / people behind such a critical piece of your site. In addition, those occasional posts specific to your theme will be helpful.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I like the idea of following your theme’s author. Very smart. Thanks, Ben.

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

    I installed a Tip Jar in the sidebar of my blog, which has thus far raked in a total of $40.00 (minus PayPal fees) in 2010. In the same time period, all my ads pulled in a combined total of $3.40 (which I haven’t received yet, because the total has not reached the minimum amount necessary to get paid).

  • TNeal

    Outstanding, practical and applicable.

  • http://bretmavrich.posterous.com/ Bret Mavrich

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time (launching two new blogs—one group, one personal—at the start of next year). Now all I need is a post that tells you what to do if MichaelHyatt.com has turned you into a Disqus-snob. I seriously can’t bear to comment on any blog that doesn’t have it. I’m so impressed with the functionality and all that jazz.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Ha, I do love Disqus. It is really clean and simple. I really miss it when I am on a blog that doesn’t use it.

      • http://twitter.com/tentblogger John Saddington

        ha!

      • http://twitter.com/MaryDeMuth Mary DeMuth

        I agree. I’m enjoying Disqus too.

  • http://bretmavrich.posterous.com/ Bret Mavrich

    Here’s a question: Can you become a pro-blogger without blogging about blogging? That’s the one thing that keeps me from “going for it”—I don’t want to blog in a circle.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Absolutely. I consider someone a “pro,” someone who does it full-time and makes a living doing it.

  • http://twitter.com/ephman ephman

    can’t believe that http://www.ephman.com didn’t make this list. it’s crazy. most people would agree. his blog is so out of this world. can it make you a better blogger… NO. but it sure can show you where you can take your blog to… and what you can do with it!

    shamless plug time: Visit http://www.ephman.com all ad $$ is donated to help find a cure for melanoma cancer. Just visit this crazy blog and you’ve donated! easy right?

  • http://www.copyblogger.com Brian Clark

    Thanks for the mention Michael! Nice to be in good company.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for stopping by, Brian. I am honored!

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  • http://twitter.com/MaryDeMuth Mary DeMuth

    Very, very, very helpful. I so appreciate your posts because I know I’ll get practical advice. One of my goals this year is to bring my blog to the next level. This will really help.

  • http://www.inteliwise.com VirtualAgent

    I feel a little bit of pride that I’ve been a regular visitor to those sites. Thanks for this though, there are so many hack sites about blogging and the internet in general, that it helps when someone points us to the right direction!

  • http://www.inteliwise.com VirtualAgent

    I feel a little bit of pride that I’ve been a regular visitor to those sites. Thanks for this though, there are so many hack sites about blogging and the internet in general, that it helps when someone points us to the right direction!

    • http://twitter.com/tentblogger John Saddington

      ah. have you been a lurker on tentblogger.com? i’m not sure you’ve commented before…? :)

  • Anonymous

    I love all 3 of these blogs. I read them faithfully. Thanks for posting your favorite posts from these sites!

    • http://twitter.com/tentblogger John Saddington

      sweet! thanks for your support!

  • http://www.marketingprvisie.com Remco Janssen

    The one blog that every blogger should read: Michaell Hyatt. I’m not a christian, nor do I work in publishing. Still you are my favorite example for inspirational blogging: lead by example. Thanks and happy holidays!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Remco. I appreciate your kind words!

    • Anonymous

      Great point, Remco! I absolutely agree. Until now, this site’s been my *sole* source for tips. :)

  • http://www.danieldecker.net Daniel Decker

    Agreed. These three blogs seem to cover just about everything needed.

    What I really like about TentBlogger and John’s approach is that he makes it more personal by stepping out from behind the curtain more and encouraging us to have fun and be real.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I like that, too. The videos are really fun and real.

  • Anonymous

    I need to flag this specific page with your list of favorite articles (I’ve just added the recommended sites to my RSS feed). I appreciate your recommendations. I agree with your point about letting the right people coach you. This is very much on my mind these days as I try to develop myself in my new role at work (evolutionary) as well as in my before/after hour pursuit of a new career/hobby (revolutionary).

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    Thanks for the info! I follow the first two, but the third was a new one for me. Thanks for posting this!

  • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

    Thanks for sharing this, Michael! I love hearing about new blogs that I can follow…

  • http://www.5395people.blogspot.com Jessica Day

    This is really helpful! Thanks so much Michael! :)

  • http://twitter.com/LennonNoland Lennon Noland

    Just want to say how much I appreciate your blog and the resources you point readers to. You’ve been a huge help to me even though we’ll never know each other. I’ve learned a lot!

    Lennon

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Lennon.

  • http://pjlincoln.blogspot.com/ PJ Lincoln

    Nathan Bransford, a former lit agent, also runs a great blog: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/

  • http://twitter.com/HomesatHelper Belinda Parrish

    Thank you Mr. Hyatt for these suggestions. I have started following them on Twitter.

  • http://www.vickisprayerstuff.com Vicki Tillman

    I have enjoyed copyblogger. Thanks for the info on the other 2 blogs.

  • http://ineeddiscipline.com Dean Saliba

    When I first read the title of this blog I kept saying to myself “Please don’t mention John Chow”. Thankfully his name is nowhere near the list.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Ha! I used to subscribe to his blog, but the self-promotion wore me out.

  • http://www.christopherscottblog.typepad.com/ Christopher Scott

    I remember “back in the day” of blogging about four years ago reading Chris Brogan. Here’s his blog site, http://www.chrisbrogan.com/

    He was very helpful to me in teaching to post regulary, interact with your commenters, and again, post regulary.

    His blog still has some helpful content.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Chris is very good. He is one of my favorite bloggers. I didn’t include him, only because he doesn’t write much about blogging itself.

  • http://kitchenbacksplashes.blogspot.com/ Tile

    Havent done much in the way of coaching, but do love reading about the art of blogging and love reading blogs. Its nice to hear peoples real opinions, rather than the opinions of a corporation…

  • http://twitter.com/MarcMillan MarcMillan

    Absolutely awesome man, every time I swing back to your blog I walk away feeling like I ow you money…seriously, you enrich my life with information that’s valuable. THANK YOU.
    M_

  • http://sunbelttexas.blogspot.com Dan Elliott

    Mr. Hyatt, that’s an incredible amount of info in a small space. thanks! There sure is a lot to learn.

  • http://twitter.com/2020VisionBook Joshua Hood

    Thanks for the tremendous resources, Michael! We up-and-comers couldn’t survive without the help from people like you. :) I was curious, what do you think was the tipping point for your blog? (The point where it really turned serious and took off)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I think when I converted to self-hosted WordPress from TypePad. I think the SEO of WordPress put it on the map.

  • http://charlesjaymeyer.blogspot.com Charles Meyer

    This is one of the reasons why I love this blog. It has great resources that are up to date and very helpful for the things I want to do.

  • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org Jeff Goins

    Good bloggers. I follow all of those. It was interesting to discover that Darren Rowse (the ProBlogger) is, in fact, a Christian and started blogging (according to him) as a way of connecting with people on the internet and sharing about his faith.

  • David, justopenthebook

    Thanks, Michael, for the resources. Great help for those of us with content but maybe lacking on the business end of blogging. Nothing better than to share what is freely given to us.

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  • http://blada.wordpress.com/ Brent & Lisa

    Hi Michael, thank you for these resources. We’re learning a lot from you and your commenters. We were re-reading a chapter from John Eldredge where he talks about the value of sages. The value is how sages help you get better at what you do by just being exposed to their craft. It’s hard to pin down the immense value of the entire crowd of writers present here, but we wanted to recognize that to start off 2011. Happy New Year!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Brent and Lisa. I appreciate that!

  • http://sarcasticxtian.com/ Scott Smith

    Thanks for the tips, Michael. I too am a StandardTheme user, and an early adopter of SoChurch, so I’m happy to follow TentBlogger as well.

    Thanks for the other two to add to my reader.

  • http://musicroad.blogspot.com kerrydexter

    thouh she doesn’t always (or even often) talk specifically about blogging, I’ve found the insights of writing coah Marla Beck’s blog helpful http://www.coachmarla.com

  • http://peterpollock.com Peter P

    Tentblogger rocks!

  • Amrita

    Dear Michael, I would like to link this post on my blog if i have your kind permission?

  • http://libertypundits.net/article/author/George George Scoville

    I have found Ready Made Web (http://www.readymadeweb.com) to be very useful–I’ve heard the site’s author, Cord Blomquist, speak too. Nice guy, very helpful.

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  • http://www.marydemuth.com Mary DeMuth

    Hey, I subscribe to all three already. Maybe this means I’m on my way. :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      You are!

  • http://twitter.com/Millmissionary Mark E. Randall

    Great post Michael. Thanks again! Bringing value to your followers! 

  • http://wastelandwarrior.wordpress.com/ Heath Capps

    Brand-new to this scene so this was extremely helpful. Awesome stuff, thank you for sharing!

  • Lindsey O’Connor

    Thank you Michael for including so many article links in this post. As usual, very helpful and inspiring.

  • http://www.thedailybleat.com/ Joshua Breland

    John at TentBlogger.com is the real deal. I have read that blog more than any other, anywhere! Awesome resource!

  • http://www.sociallysorted.com.au Donna Moritz

    Darren Rowse is a wonderful, generous man. Myself and some fellow bloggers (actually 300 of us) went to his Problogger seminar in Melbourne.  He was just so generous with content and value…not the least of which was a party for all 300 of us (never-ending drinks and sensational food at one of the best restaurants in Australia that NEVER closes down for a private function)…..I think we had our registration fee right there!  And speaking of registration fee, he brought in huge national sponsors to keep it down and affordable for everyone. Nice man.  One of the best seminars I have been to (on monetizing your blog mainly) with amazing speakers including Chris Guillebeau.  Problogger and your blog are two of the ones that I follow daily Michael – thanks for this list!  Simple and practical.  Glad to see you are a fan of Darren’s too. I think you two would get along quite well actually! 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I would love to meet Darren sometime. I hope our paths cross soon. Thanks.

      • http://www.sociallysorted.com.au Donna Moritz

        I am sure they will. Just a quick question – have I missed beta for your wordpress platform or is it still coming up – I want to start a new blog and would love to try it.  Thanks.

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  • http://jeremysarber.com/ Jeremy Sarber

    I agree, Michael. I love each of these sites and read them daily. (Your blog is also on my must-read list.)

  • Mark Sanderson

    Michael, I took your advice. Saddington and Rouse have helped me greatly. Clark, not so much. Using the F word in tweets is offensive to much of the general audience…and doesn’t add anything to the content. I unfollowed. Also learning much from you and connecting some of the guys I mentor with your blog. Keep it up. It is making a difference. P.S. Lovin’ Evernote.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Sorry about Clark. He seems to have gotten more course over time.

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