Top 5 Examples of Potential Business Blogs of 2012

Top Business BlogsBlogs have come a long way since their origins as online shared diaries in the 1990s. Their evolution gained momentum in 1999 with Peter Merholz, breaking the term “Weblog”, coined by Jorn Barger in 1997, into “We blog.”  A significant mutation took place when Evan Williams of Pyra Labs started popularizing the use of the term “blog” both as a noun and verb.

Blogs grew by leaps and bounds over the last decade. As of now, there are roughly over 150 million public blogs.

This article studies 5 promising blogs with a view to evaluating the current state of blogging and predicting its course during the coming year.

These blogs fall into five categories, each numerically symbolic of their market potential in 2012.

  1. Social media marketing
  2. Internet marketing, especially eBooks
  3. Self-Employment Community
  4. Career Coaching
  5. Skill-Based Freelancing

These blogs are already popular in their own way. Bookmark these and follow them over the coming year.

Top Business Blogs of 2012

1. The Proactive Report [proactivereport.com]:

Year: 2003
Owner: Sally Falkow

This blog is for anybody who uses or runs social media marketing businesses, or is in any way connected with them.

Some of the strong points of this blog are its good use of text and media objects such as graphs and charts, photographs, and illustrations. Besides, this is an interactive blog that requests the visitors to leave comments and contact details such as name, e-mail ID, and Web site URL.

How she makes money?

It offers 9 products that every social media entrepreneur will need at one point or the other. These are:

  1. Social Media Roadmap
  2. Twitter PR
  3. New Media Press Releases
  4. Online Reputation Management
  5. Search: A Modern PR Skill
  6. PR Strategies for Entrepreneurs
  7. Web Sense: Effective Web Marketing Strategies
  8. Media Relations in The Internet Age
  9. The Power of Good Content Writing

All these products are priced at $27, $37, $47, and $79.

This one is full of potential. It can become the hub of social media business generation strategies.

2. Ewen Chia [ewenchia.com]:

Year: 2000s
Owner: Ewen Chia

Now more and more people are choosing Internet marketing and are earning a huge sum of money through selling online products and services. There are various types of online marketing like Search Engine Optimization (SEO), advertising on websites, and pay per click, email marketing, and Web 2.0.

Ewen Chia’s blog teaches us how to make money fast through online marketing. He has written an eBook with exclusive information about Internet marketing. If you are interested in this product, you can read the review from this blog and get to know more about making money on the Internet.

How he makes money?

Even though he is a relatively new entrant in the online marketing world, he quickly became a bestseller with his eBook – Fast Track Cash. If he can do this one eBook, he definitely has lots of potential to maintain this brand name in 2012.

He enters this list as a person who has learned the trick to make money from eBooks, which a lot of us still wonder about.

He is one of the pioneers of the online marketing world, which is reason enough to follow him in 2012.

3. Freelance Folder [freelancefolder.com]:

Year: 2007
Owner: Mason Hipp

Freelance Folder is an active community of freelancers, small business owners, web workers and entrepreneurs. This blogs gives us high quality and credible information about the freelancing world.

This is one example of a blog that makes money from quality advertisements. You won’t ever see spurious links or blatant affiliate marketing promotions. It has their own forum for writers and users. There is a separate Job Board for freelancers to find work and make money online.

How it makes money?

Apart from paid advertisements, there are three eBooks on sale. These are:

  1. The Unlimited Freelancer – $29
  2. How to Start a Freelance Design Business? – $12
  3. How to Start a Freelance Writing Business? – $12

They are currently running a New Years sale so the prices above are discounted. Please check the site before buying them.

As an information portal in a high active but volatile freelance market, this blog has potential in 2012.

4. Work Happy Now! [workhappynow.com]:

Year: 2008
Owner: Karl Staib

Know your strengths and superpower to keep you succeeding in your career and professional life. This is what is taught in this blog by its author through his experiences. This blog shows what a person can feel when not happy at his career or job and provides a solution to get out of this situation.

There are some useful article links that one can read and understand how to be successful. You can contact the owner of this blog if you have any questions and need help battling the blues.

How he makes money?

Karl Staib is a Super Biz Coach. He makes money online through 3 products and services. These are:

  1. Superpower Coaching – $395 & $695; 100% refundable for dissatisfaction.
  2. Fear to Fuel – Get over procrastination; $95
  3. Work Happiness 101 – $27

As a coach and mentor person helping people to overcome stumbling blocks that prevent them from being successful in life, this entrepreneurship has lots of potential.

5. Just Creative Design [justcreativedesign.com]

Year: 2007
Owner: Jacob Cass

Just Creative Design is an example of the power of specialized service in this online industry. The owner is a self-employed graphics designer and provides amazing resources on print design, web design, logo design, advertising, typography and media branding.

If you count RSS reader subscription as a business analytic tool, his blog has 29,318 readers – an awesome number for a self-employed person. His website is not flashy but it is extremely well developed. I was floored seeing his portfolio, which I think is a major contributing factor towards his success.

For all those freelancers reading this piece, never forget to create a mind blowing portfolio. It is what impresses recruiters most where hiring freelancers are concerned.

How he makes money?

He offers web design, logo design, and print designing services to a large client base. Just don’t forget to check out his portfolio.

Conclusion

An analysis of our sample survey of 5 blogs reveals that blogging is definitely thriving. The blogs currently in vogue can be grouped into several different categories, depending on the differentiators used – types of bloggers (individual and organizational), genre (small business, Internet marketing, and education), and media type (micro-blogs such as those on Twitter – video blogs – link logs – photo blogs and others).

Blogs that are likely to make a mark in 2012 should have the following characteristics: accuracy; judicious use of text, images, and links, interactivity, and continuous update, dynamism and most importantly, they should be highly uniquely service-oriented or product-oriented.

I admit there could be thousands of blogs with potential, so if you come across one, please don’t forget to mention it below.

PS: We don’t want to beat our own drums, so if you think Income Insiders also has the potential to be one of the best blogs in 2012, please feel free to say so in the comment section below.

Top 20 Blogs of the World

A blog is not only for sharing family news or a way to share thoughts; it now approaches business and shares everyday information to the world.

Top 20 BlogsWhile creating any blog with the purpose of sharing information, a blogger needs to have expertise and passion in creating blogs which has enough potential, both content-wise and technically, to stand apart in a huge battle of blogs seen today.

There are only a handful of blogs today which rank at the top in search engine results. These handfuls of sites are the ones where readers rush to… first thing in the morning.

Before I write my list of the top 20 blogs of the world, I tried to find some certain essential tips to situate your blog in the top 20 blog’s list.

  • Blog content is the primary part of the article and therefore, it should be informative enough according to certain selected and relevant keywords.
  • The blog presentation should not bore the reader. The blog title and blog content should be best fitted to each other.
  • Sufficient information in a limited word count is good enough to generate good rankings for the blog. You don’t need to write a lengthy thesis, unless required by the topic, to rank the content higher in search engines.
  • Readers always wander to the best informative blog according to their keyword searches. Giving your readers keyword-centric content without compromising the original intent of the blog impresses readers a lot.

Now, let’s find out which blogs have achieved the top on the Internet.

Top 20 blogs of the world chosen by online readers


TechCrunch [techcrunch.com]

It was launched in 2005. Initially it was only a blog about the dotcom start-ups in Silicon Valley, but with the tremendous response the blog started receiving from visitors, it has become the most visited and influential blog on the Internet.  The blog was based on the technology updates of 2005. Readers have highly appreciated this effort and today TechCrunch has acquired its domain and converted into a website which provides its readers the latest technology updates.

TechCrunch was written by Michael Arrington. The blog now holds the top rank in technology-related search engine queries and Arrington is now in the list of the 25 most influential people on the web.

Gawker [gawker.com]

Nick Denton launched Gawker in 2002 and is a New York based blog of ‘snarky’ commentary about media. Earlier, its fascination was on the gossips about Anna Wintour who was a Vogue editor. But this set a tone for amassing huge readership of movers and shakers on the Upper East Side. Within months, Gawker got more than 500,000 views per month. Today, this blog is considered among the top blogs of the world.

Treehugger [treehugger.com]

Treehugger has attracted 1.7 million web users in the first month. It is a consumer blog with the mission to bring sustainable lifestyle to the masses. It is at the 3rd position in the world’s top blogs. Today, it has various staff and a team of 43 writers from various backgrounds. These bloggers generate 40 new posts everyday in more than 8 categories, ranging from travel and fashion to science and technology. In the beginning, this blog was created as a MBA assignment in the year 2007, but with the successful outcome in a short period of time, it is now earning huge income from its sponsorship.

Beppe Grillo [beppegrillo.it]

Beppe Grillo is at the 4th position in the most visited blog category. The blog title is defined on the name of its writer, Mr. Beppe Grillo, the famous Italian comedian as well as a political commentator. He was infuriated by financial scandals and corruption plaguing his nation, which acted as a motivational factor to start his own blog as a means to educate the masses.

This blog requests users to declare independence and to help people of Germany in fighting corruption. The main motto of Grillo is to put an end to sycophancy and bring in a government through innovative initiative that will actively engage itself in developing Germany.

Students for a free Tibet (SFT) [studentsforafreetibet.org]

This blog is dedicated to protest online on the platform provided through Student for Free Tibetor SFT. It was globally acclaimed by student networks from various universities which helped the participants to actively campaign for a free Tibet.  Most of the students in Tibet got arrested for posting on this website and after they were released, they blogged about their experience of living in exile. These experiences, read by millions, helped the movement to gather momentum. This blog nowadays gets more than 100,000 hits in one month.

Holy Moly [holymoly.com]

This UK blog has attracted 752,000 visitors last month by its innovative and creative blogs on celeb gossip. Holy Moly is an established resource for news readers and is popularly known for its daily famous slot ‘News from the Molehill.’

Go Fug Yourself [gofugyourself.com]

Fug is the contradiction of ‘ugly,’ but these three words practically helped in growing the entire fugging industry. On this blog, celebrity styles or elegance are written about, and it is made sure that the bloggers Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan “fugged” the celebs fashion styles.

The Offside [theoffside.com]

The Offside was written by Bob after getting a tremendous response from his World Cup Blog in 2006. This blog covers every action from the football world and explores it globally. It gathers news and videos of every national and international football tournament and promotes various match reports and highlights to the world. The Offside is considered as the best soccer review blog of the world and the most relevant in the services it is offering.

WoWinsider [wow.joystiq.com]

WoWinsider is the blog about the most popular multiplayer game on the Internet ‘the World of Warcraft.’ This blog covers more than 10 million paid subscriptions and provides information about how to control avatar in the game. It also explores information regarding facing the monsters, building skills and performing quests. The best part of this blog is that it also reports about outside rumors and developments.

AfterEllen [afterellen.com]

AfterEllen performed an irreverent look on media representation for lesbian communities. It was introduced by the lesbian pop-culture leader Sarah Warn in 2002. The name of the blog ‘AfterEllen’ gives a nod to the most groundbreaking moment of Ellen DeGeneres when she came out on her famous TV show, Ellen in 1997. After this, bisexual and lesbian women started moving from margins on primetime TV shows. The blog analyzes every aspect of their life and shows how they are actually portrayed. Today, the blog is the most viewed website for the lesbian community and is highly appreciated worldwide.

Petite Anglaise [petiteanglaise.com]

The popular book on British shelves, ‘In Paris, in love, in trouble’ has been beautifully described on the Internet by Catherine Sanderson in her blog Petite Anglaise in 2004.

This blog was highly appreciated worldwide and especially by those people who followed her way of life in Paris. It was a blog about the writer’s life and her strained relationship with her love. The blog covers plenty of drama in a year of relationship which had broken up and also about the time when she got a new partner who wooed her on the web.

Chez Pim [chezpim.com]

Chez Pim is attracting millions of people everyday. The blogger, Pim Techamuanvivit has tested and tried a lot of food from restaurants to street food zones and taken their samples. In this blog, she posted her thoughts and food images and shared them with the world. In her blog, she provides various recipe suggestions, various cooking equipments and others to add more taste to the food. The blog is greatly loved by the people. Pim is not only famous on the web; she also enjoys global coverage in media through her recipes and interviews in the New York Times.

Basic Thinking [basicthinking.de]

The blog has been rated as the 12th most popular blog in the world. It is presented with the tag line ‘Mein Haus, Mein Himmel, Mein Blog’, written by Robert Basic from Germany which means ‘a blog, which no one has blogged before.’ Basic Thinking provides information regarding technology odds and ends. All the latest technology updates and their pros and cons are available on this blog. The author has a team of 12 people to cover every news and happenings in the world of technology. Basic Thinking has tied up with top technology based companies of the world to syndicate its content. All these companies provide happenings about their companies to publish on the blog.

Engadget [engadget.com]

This blog provides all the latest news, rumors and updates on all kinds of gadgets available. It is the most viewed and popular blog on electronics and gadget items. People can find images of their favorite gadgets and can see their reviews on this blog. Engadget was written by Peter Rojas and it was awarded the best Web Blog in 2005. The blog is now authorized by Weblogs Inc. and attached with numerous sites and RSS feeds. It publishes in almost all popular languages like Spanish, English, Chinese and Japanese.

Jezebel [jezebel.com]

As compared to all other best blogs of the world, Jezebel is the newest. The blog aimed to become the most viewed women’s magazine and it succeeded very quickly. The regular views on the blog worldwide have given it a huge amount of traffic and fantastic feedbacks from the viewers. Today, Jezebel offers the best female oriented writing on the Internet.

Gaping Void [gapingvoid.com]

Hugh MacLeod, while working as an adman in a small company, had started doodling acerbic and surreal cartoons on the back of business cards. Afterwards, he started this practice on the Internet by creating a blog ‘Gapping Void.’ Luckily, he got fabulous response from the people across the globe and this blog enjoys the 16th position in the list of world’s famous blogs.

Jonny B’s Private Secret Diary [privatesecretdiary.com]

The 17th most popular blog of the world is ‘Jonny B’s private secret diary.’ It was launched in 2003 to catalogue the rocks and bowls lifestyle of the men living in the depths of the rural Norfolk. This blog describes the tales of scary nights at village pubs and fortunes of local bowls team. Its fan page on Facebook has attracted a loyal band of readers…

Chocolate and Zucchini [chocolateandzucchini.com]

The author Clothilde Dusoulier, when asked about the fact behind her blog name ‘Chocolate and Zucchini,’ beautifully described that ‘the zucchini illustrates my focus on healthy and natural eating… and the chocolate represents my decidedly marked taste for anything sweet.’ This is a cooking blog which was appreciated worldwide and soon became a full-time career for the author. This blog is a mixture of views on gastronomic Paris, bilingual writing and a conversational description which pulls in thousands of readers everyday. With its success, the author wrote various books and blogs to establish a dream career as a food writer.

Crooked Timber [crookedtimber.org]

This blog is a combination of political and academic writing which evolved its way into a huge discussion forum, after its conception in 2003. It has the combination of various intellectual blogs and has 16 members across Europe,Australia and the US. The blog and its associated website built themselves as an intellectual powerhouse on the web.

Dirtydirty Dancing [dirtydirtydancing.com]

Dirtydirty dancing is not an informative blog nor any story based blog, but still the blog received 900,000 hits in its first month. Why? Actually, this blog has some pictures and relates a few funny incidents which happened on the author’s birthday party. After this initial start, the blog now helps various youngsters to celebrate their birthdays with such kind of fun. Most of the ideas to enjoy at the birthday party have been written on the blog. The blog is a huge hit with pre-teens and teenagers.

These are the world’s most popular blogs. Generally, people prefer them just because they love to spend a good amount of time on the Internet by reading new and exciting information. However, to achieve top rank, it is not necessary that the blog should be only informative; it should be capable to hold the reader’s attention.

Another thing is that if you write blogs without any expectation, they are preferred the most. If you only think about earning money from blogs, you may not be able to succeed. The essence lies in your passion to write and share exclusive information with the world. A user should find your blog exciting and unique. The more people like it, the more it will spread.

If you really wish to get numerous hits on your blog, you should be able to provide information in your blogs which the reader wants. Only this factor can help you in making top rated blogs and maybe your name and blog will be added to this million dollar blogs list!

What is your favorite blog? Let us know…