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The Must Read Online Marketing & Digital Nomad Blogs of 2014

 

I am a avid reader of blogs.  In fact the very first thing I do every morning is check my email and open up my favorite RSS reader to check out the latest posts from my favorite blogs.

One of the most asked questions I get is “What blogs should I be reading?”.  Well here they are, all 36 Must Read Online Marketing and Digital Nomad Blogs of 2014.

Every single one of the 36 blogs I listed below I read every week and can proudly say that a ton of my knowledge comes from reading them.

I split them up into 3 categories:  Blogging, Online Marketing and Digital Nomads.

Some of them you have probably heard about, I made sure to include some that you likely have never seen before.  They are all incredible!

Remember a great man once said that we are only as great as the people we surround ourselves with.  These are some of the top bloggers in their fields and the knowledge and experience that they are sharing on their blogs is the equivalent of a Masters in starting an online business.

NOTE:  They are in no particular order

 

Blogging


 Blog Tyrant (blogtyrant.com)

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Ramsay Taplin is a 27 year old online marketer who originally sold one of his fitness blogs for $20,000.  Ever since then he has been blogging and traveling while creating online businesses in various niches.

He posts some really amazing in-depth posts on how to grow and monetize your blog.

Favorite Post: 41 Tips that Put Over 10,000 People on My Email Subscriber List

 

Boost Blog Traffic (boostblogtraffic.com)

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I first started reading John Morrows blog when I first launched The World Is My Office back in May.  He had just recently launched Boost Blog Traffic and the guides on how to grow your blog he posted have only gotten better since then!

This is one of the best blogs I have ever read about how to grow your blog audience.

Favorite Post: How to be Unforgettable 

 

Blogging Wizard (bloggingwizard.com)

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Adam Connell runs Blogging Wizard and over the last several years has built up successful blogs in a variety of different niches.  He writes some of the most actionable and thorough posts on growing your blog that I have ever seen.

Defiantly check out the favorite post listed below!

Favorite Post: 16 Effective Ways to get more Comments on your Blog

 

Blogging From Paradise (bloggingfromparadise.com)

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Ryan Biddulph might be one of my favorite bloggers.  Like me he loves to travel and as his blog name so elegantly puts it “Blog From Paradise”.

On his blog he talks about how to grow your blog and your audience, but where Ryan really shines is blogger outreach.  He is king of networking with other bloggers and he isn’t shy about sharing exactly how he does it!

Favorite Post: 8 Blogging Excuses That You Need to Release Now

 

Blog Marketing Academy (blogmarketingacademy.com)

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David Risley has been blogging since the very beginning…literally…before “blogging” was even a word.  He has created something special with the Blog Marketing Academy.  It is a site dedicated to teaching new bloggers exactly how to build, grow and monetize their blogs.

 

Favorite Post: The 7 Stages of Building an Online Business

 

Successful Blogging (successfulblogging.com)

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Sue Anne Dunlevie is awesome!  She runs SuccessfulBlogging.com and specializes in teaching ambitious women how to start and grow their online businesses.  Even though I’m a guy I still find the content she puts out incredibly insightful and highly suggest you check out her blog!

 

Favorite Post: 51 Steps to Launching a Hot Blog

 

Be A Better Blogger (beabetterblogger.com)

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Kevin Duncan has been blogging since way back in 2005 (seems so long ago doesn’t it?).  Kevin posts some really cool case studies and strategies too build your audience on social media as well as networking with fellow bloggers.

 

Favorite Post: The Facebook Comments Strategy That You Will Either Love or Hate

 

Blogging Tips 101 (bloggingtips101.com)

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Cathrine Holt started Blogging Tips 101 after she successfully created her site Smart Party Planning.  When she first started out she didn’t really no what she was doing and now that she does she wants to share her tips a advice with others who want to start successful blogs.

 

Favorite Post: 5 Tips For Turning Blogging Criticism into Blogging Income 

 

High Powered SEO (highpoweredseo.com)

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Steven Wilson has a very unique angle when it comes to teaching people how to start, build and monetize their blogs.  While most people talk about how to grow your blog when doing it full time, Steven focuses on people who are building their online businesses part time and don’t have a lot of time to spend on their blogs.

Favorite Post: Bloggers Beware! Your Blog Could End Up Looking Like This…

 

Stacy Corrin (staceycorrin.co.uk)

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Stacy Corrin is a bit different than the other bloggers that I have listed here.  She specializes in design and ghost writing.  On her blog she shares some of the best simple design tips for bloggers.

 

Favorite Post: How to Find Quality Stock Photos That Don’t Suck

 

 Online Marketing


Niche Hacks (nichehacks.com)

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I’ve known Stuart Walker for the past 6 months and am a huge fan of what he is doing over at Niche Hacks.  If you ever need a new idea for a niche then your first stop should be Niche Hacks.  Not only does he post new niche ideas on a regular basis but he does all the hard work for you, completely analyzing them and gives you a full break down of how to enter the niche.

Favorite Post: The Ultimate Guide to Finding a Niche Market

 

Matthew Woodward (matthewwoodward.co.uk)

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Over the last several years Matthew Woodward has risen to the top of the Internet Marketing world by posting incredible “How to” and Case Study posts more thorough than anything else found on the internet.  He covers everything from social media to SEO.

 

Favorite Post: How I Built a Top 100 in 12 Months and How You Can Do It Too!

 

Kevin Muldoon (kevinmuldoon.com)

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Kevin Muldoon has been making a living online since 2000 and is absolutely killing it.  It has allowed him to leave his homeland of Scotland and travel around South America while working online and sharing his knowledge with the rest of us.

 

Favorite Post: Why Some Bloggers Make Money and Others Do Not

 

Entrepreneurs Journey (entrepreneurs-journey.com)

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Yaro Starak is one of my Internet Marketing heroes!  On his blog Entrepreneurs Journey he lays out the business model he has used to build a multi-million dollar online business and teaches you how to do the same.  If your not an avid reader of his, you need to be…

 

Favorite Post: I Killed Almost All My Income Streams, and I did it on Purpose…

 

Matthew Barby (matthewbarby.com)

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Matthew Barby has created one of those blogs that draws you in and keeps your attention for hours before you realize whats happening.  He has created some of the most well laid out and easy to follow (and duplicate!) strategies for fellow Internet Marketers to implement themselves.

 

Favorite Post: Growing a Following from Nothing: My Social Media Strategy

 

Do SEO Yourself (doseoyourself.com)

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Jason Chesters is a 29 year old SEO master from the UK.  He has created his blog, Do SEO Yourself, to teach people like you and me how to do their own SEO.  Jason lets you in on all of his success and failures and has one of the best blogs on SEO that I have ever read.

 

Favorite Post: 200 Google Ranking Factors That You Should Know About

 

Jeff Bullas (jeffbullas.com)

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Jeff Bullas is an Internet Marketing Pro.  He created his blog to teach people how to “get found online” and provides some incredibly insightful tips on how to do just that.  I find myself checking Jeff’s blog almost every day.

 

Favorite Post: 15 Step Guideline to Create Your Perfect 2015 Digital Marketing Strategy

 

Profit Blitz (profitblitz.com)

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Marc Andre has been creating and selling websites for the past 5 years and has sold his website creations for as much as $500,00!  Through it all he has gained a ton of knowledge about how to grow an online business and started Profit Blitz to share what he knows with the world.

 

Favorite Post: How to Build an Online Business for Long-Term Success

 

Self Made Businessman (selfmadebusinessman.com)

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I have been reading Dave Schneider’s new blog, Self Made Businessman, since it launched earlier this year and am blown away by the content he continues to put out.  Covering everything from blogging tips too creating SAAS software Dave talks about all things Online Marketing.

 

Favorite Post: Why I’m Not The CEO of a Multi-Million Dollar Business

 

Unstoppable Profits (unstoppableprofits.com)

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I just discovered Aurelius Tjin’s blog, Unstoppable Profits, a couple of weeks ago but I absolutely love it!  Aurelius has created over 100 products online and created his blog to share the knowledge he has gained with the rest of us.  He has some really incredible stuff on there!

 

Favorite Post: 10 Things I Did That Doubled My Blog Traffic

 

Digital Nomads


Four Hour Work Week (fourhourworkweek.com)

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Odds are Tim Ferris’s best selling book, The Four Hour Work Week, is what got you interested in the Digital Nomad lifestyle.  He is the grandaddy of it all and I am a raving fan of his!  Have you checked out his blog lately?

 

Favorite Post: 12 Rules for Learning Foreign Languages in Record Time

 

Almost Fearless (almostfearless.com)

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Christine Gilbert quit her job and has been traveling the world with her husband and baby since 2008.  They loved the Digital Nomad lifestyle so much they have filmed a documentary about what it is like to be a Digital Nomad.  They continue to travel and blog about their adventures around the world.

 

Favorite Post: Adventure is Where You Are

 

Chris Guillebeau (chrisguillebeau.com)

Chris Guillebeau is the writer of the best selling book, The Art of Non-Conformity and has built a community of “unconventional people doing remarkable things”.  I absolutely love his blog, it is extremely inspiring, you should check it out!

 

Favorite Post: Why You Should Quit Your Job and Travel Around the World

 

Thrilling Heroics (thrillingheroics.com)

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Cody Mckibben was one of my inspirations when I start my own online business before I started traveling.  At Thrilling Heroics he has build a truly amazing blog talking about his adventures as a Digital Nomad and teaches how you can join him.

 

Favorite Post: Reflections After a Year Living Abroad

 

Rolf Potts (rolfpotts.com)

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Author of the bible for long term travelers, Vagabonding, Rolf Potts is one of my favorite old school Digital Nomads.  I love reading his blog which chronicles his adventures on the road as well as tips and tricks to help you on your own globe trotting adventures.

 

Favorite Post: Connecting Spectacular Travel Moments With Our Day to Day Lives

 

Location Independent (locationindependent.com)

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Lee and Jonathan Woodward coined the term “Location Independent” back in 2007 and have been living the lifestyle since way back in 2005.  Now they continue to travel the world with their 2 children teaching others how to follow in their footsteps.

 

Favorite Post: Failing Your Way to Success

 

Location 180 (seanogle.com)

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I have been reading Sean Ogle’s blog, Location 180, for years.  It is one of my favorite Digital Nomad blogs and love to read about his thoughts on location independent business as well as the every day life of Digital Nomads.

 

Favorite Post: Why My Lifestyle Business Has Been So Successful

 

Tropical MBA (tropicalmba.com)

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Dan and Ian run 2 successful location independent business and are some of the most well known Digital Nomads around.  They also have a podcast that will bestow some serious online business wisdom on you, go take a listen!

 

Favorite Post: I Want to Make Money From Anywhere in the World – Where Should I Start?

 

Suitcase Entrepreneur (suitcaseentrepreneur.com)

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Natalie Sisson might be one of the top coaches teaching people how to become Digital Nomads and start their very own location independent business.  She has just recently started creating a regular podcast that is absolutely awesome!

 

Favorite Post: The First 4 Steps to Starting an Online Business

 

Goats on the Road (goatsontheroad.com)

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Nick and Dariece are a nomadic couple who created Goats on the Road after realizing that every day can be an adventure.  This is one of my absolute favorite travel blogs and love to draw inspirations from my future travels by reading.

 

Favorite Post: The Art of Freedom

 

Nomadic Matt (nomadicmatt.com)

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Matt’s blog was one of the very first travel blogs I ever came across.  He has been living the Digital Nomad lifestyle and traveling the world since 2006.  He has posted some of the most enlightening travel tips and hacks I have read anywhere on Nomadic Matt.  Before you travel anywhere check out his blog!

 

Favorite Post: How to be a Travel Hacker

 

Leaving Work Behind (leavingworkbehind.com)

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3 years ago you probably wouldn’t recognize Tom Ewar.  He was working a 9 to 5 job in property management, but like so many of us was unfulfilled.  He took a huge leap, quit his job and went on a journey, starting his aptly named  Leaving Work Behind blog and has never looked back.  Now he travels the world blogging and teaching others how to do the same.

Favorite Post: What I would do if I had to Start Again

 

My Tan Feet (mytanfeet.com)

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Yeison and Samantha over at My Tan Feet are some of my favorite travel bloggers.  They have a writing style that I find really unique and I can relate too.  The focus and specialize on travel in Costa Rica and Central America (somewhere I really want to get to in 2015!)but also do a lot of traveling themselves and write all about it.

Favorite Post: A Look Back on Travel 2013

 

Digital Nomad Wannabe (digitalnomadwannabe.com)

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Sharon Gourlay is doing some amazing things over at Digital Nomad Wannabe, where she takes along with her on her journey to become a Digital Nomad.  She shares some really great content and guides to establish and grow your online business.  Plus some fun stories of her adventures while traveling!

 

Favorite Post: The Complete Guide to Using Pinterest to Drive Traffic to Your Website

 

Beat The 9 to 5 (beatthe9to5.com)

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Robert Farrington is the founder of Beat the 9 to 5 and specializes in teaching people how to become solo-preneurs, build the business they always wanted and escape the 9 to 5 (just like this blog!).  I sense I am a kindred spirit with Robert and really enjoy reading everything he puts out.

 

Favorite Post: The Simplest Tricks to Boost Your Social Media Engagement

 

Desk to Dirtbag (desktodirtbag.com)

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Part Adventure/Travel Blog part online business advice Ryan over at Desk to Dirtbag is having an incredible adventure while traveling the world, living location independent and running his business.  I love reading about Ryan’s latest adventures and you will too!

 

Favorite Post: The Big Adventure Side Hustle Calculator

 


 

There you have it, 36 blogs that I read every week and I HIGHLY recommend you do the same!

Did I miss any?  Have a favorite blog that I didn’t include in the list?  Let me know in the comments!

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Steve
 

I'm Steve, an entrepreneur, traveler and writer. I created this blog to help free you from the 9 to 5 rat race and to teach you how to build an online business that will give you the freedom most people only dream of.

  • Hey Steve – thanks for including me on this impressive list. You nailed a lot of great blogs here – don’t forget yours too!

    • Steve

      Hey Dave! Absolutely, I’m an avid reader of Self Made Businessman keep up the great work your doing! And will be sure to be one of the first ones inside ninja outreach when you launch it.

  • Ryan

    Last but not least, oh yeah! Thanks for including D2D, Steve, it’s an honor to be included among such awesome company. Excited to follow your journey.

    • Steve

      Of course save the best for last 😉 Nice to finally meet you Ryan, been a weekly reader for a couple months now, love what your doing!

  • Sue Anne Dunlevie

    What an honor, Steve, to be among such great colleagues! Thanks for including me and I’m looking forward to 2015.

    Sue

    • Steve

      Hey Sue, keep up the awesome work! I really enjoy reading all of your posts. Heres too a goal breaking 2015!

  • Wow Steve I’m honored!

    Thanks for mentioning me, the kind words, and for giving me my blogger outreach homework for the day 😉 Seriously, I know many folks on this list but so many digital nomad bloggers and I need to meet through your post. I am beyond grateful. The creativity of the names is something I dig. Ryan’s Desk to Dirtbag has me LOLing over here, very good.

    I’m stunned nobody has bought Blogging from Paradise as of early July 2014 because that’s when I picked it up. Maybe they tossed it out there after a whirl, or whatever, but no one built up that brand for sure. So much fun, meeting these folks, and living the lifestyle you enjoy Steve. We’re so blessed. Seriously, 5 years ago I was languishing away as a security officer in a shipping terminal in a gritty part of New Jersey, now I’m posting this comment with a million dollar view in front of me, watching the sun rise in Fiji. What a change.

    Thanks again for your kindness, you rock!

    Tweeting from Savusavu, Fiji.

    Ryan

    • Steve

      Hey Ryan! I know what you mean, there are more Digital Nomads out there than you think. When I first started out I searched high and low looking for these guys and have been following them ever since, love what all of them are putting out there!

      I’m pretty stunned at that too! Blogging from Paradise is a really great name, tells you exactly what you stand for. I was surprised when I registered The World Is My Office about this time last year, would have though someone would have taken it by now.

      Haven’t made it to Fiji yet but am heading back over to SE Asia in January, will defiantly have to check that one off the bucket list. I’ll give you a shout when I give over to that part of the world, would love to buy you a beer!

    • GoatsOnTheRoad

      Hey Ryan, that is awesome that you locked down that name! I was going to say the same thing about locationindependent.com and then I read on and realized that they coined the phrase! Pretty cool 🙂 I need to do some coining.

  • Hey Steve,

    This is a great list you’ve complied here, and I’m grateful you chose to include me and Be A Better Blogger on it.

    Here’s hoping I made 2015’s list, too! 😀

    Hope you have a great weekend, Steve. I’ve followed you on G+ and Twitter.

    – Kevin

    • Steve

      Hey Kevin! Keep doing what your doing and you will defiantly make the 2015 list 😉 Loving the content your putting out. I’ve followed you as well!

  • Hey Steve – thanks for including my little old blog among these legends! You seriously rock. Honoured to be among such awesome company.

    I love my blurb! You’ve got me spot on there – a bit different – just the way I like it 🙂

    Look forward to connecting with you more often!

    Stacey

    • Steve

      Hey Stacey! I love the design tips on your blog, keep them coming! For someone like me who is horrible at design they are a great source of inspiration.

  • Stuart Walker

    Appreciate being included Steve, In among good company too.

    Thanks a lot

    • Steve

      Hey Stuart! Couldn’t have a Must Read Blogs roundup without including Niche Hacks, its on my daily reading list 🙂

  • Thanks for the mention Steve. Very kind of you to include me 🙂

    • Steve

      Hey Kevin, Absolutely! Love reading your blog 🙂

  • Thanks for including me in this post Steve! I follow almost every blogger you listed in the blogging and online marketing categories, so I am honored to be in their company.

    • Steve

      Hey Marc, you deserve it man! Keep up what your doing over there.

  • GoatsOnTheRoad

    Hey Steve,

    It’s really awesome to be included in this list with these amazing bloggers and lifestyle architects! We’ve been featured on some travel blog lists before, but this is the first one for Digital nomads and marketing blogs… thanks a lot!

    It also gives me a whole new list of cool bloggers to follow. I’ve been looking into the blogger niche and now I’m loving the digital nomad niche! How cool is that?

    I was just browsing around your site and found that Odesk video for digital nomads and it’s incredible. Dave and Deb are in that vid, and they’re the top digital nomads in our minds, but they’ve always been really nice and helpful to us, especially when we were first starting out.

    That’s another reason I love being a digital nomad / travel blogger, there’s just such a great community of people like the ones you have on this list.

    Cheers and thanks again for including us 🙂

    • Steve

      Hey Goats 🙂

      Yeah I loved that Odesk video for digital nomads, really inspiring. Figured you guys deserved a shout out for being Digital Nomads yourself!

      Can’t wait to read about your next adventure!

  • Hey Steve,

    Thanks so much for including me in this list with so many other great bloggers. I know some but many I have not had the pleasure of meeting yet!

    I enjoy these type of post. There are so many great bloggers out there and we can learn so much from each other.

    Thanks again and have a great weekend! Followed you on G+ and Twitter!

    • Steve

      Hey Steven, I love these types of posts too 🙂 I made sure to include some incredible, but less well known blogs just for that reason!

  • Jason Chesters

    Great round up Steve and thanks for including me

    • Steve

      Hey Jason! Absolutely, big fan of your blog 🙂

  • Wow, thanks so much for including me amongst this amazing list of bloggers.
    I know a lot of the names here and you are right, they have awesome blogs with a lot of valuable content. There are also however a lot of bloggers here that I don’t know, so it looks like I have a lot of reading to do!
    I love these kind of posts as it gives direction for where to target your attention in the future.

    • Steve

      Hey Catherine! I made sure to include some of the lesser known bloggers that I love just for that reason!

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  • Hey Steve, what a great list and resource, thanks for making such a big effort to firstly put this together and most importantly for sharing it.
    I already follow a few of these guys but will now definitely be checking out some of the others. Ryan Biddulph is one of my fav’s too, too right he’s the king of networking, his attention to responding to comments and taking the time to make contact is second to none.
    Thanks again for sharing 🙂

    • Hey Andy,

      Thanks for the kind words and I’m glad I could introduce you to some new awesome bloggers! I’m a big fan of Ryan’s as well, great guy 🙂

  • HI Steve every day the rabbit hole gets deeper. The RSS is such a good thing. As you know I am living in paradise and am connected 24/7. Really this is my first visit to you blog. Thanks for everything and now you will not be slaving over a hot stove. We have that in common.

  • Great list. I have been a digital nomad now for 10 years and on the one hand there is more competition out there, on the other there are even more opportunities for freelancers who want to escape the 9-5 grind.

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