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The 50 Best Business Blogs

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Whether you’re starting your own business, in an existing company, a manager, or looking in from the outside, there’s tons of great advice produced daily in the business blogosphere. Compiled from a number of page rank and follower metrics, here are MBACentral’s top 50 business blogs!

Thought Provoking Business Blogs

  • Harvard Business Review Blogs: sampled from a variety of prominent bloggers, this top publication offers up daily content on a wide variety of sectors.
  • Seth’s Blog: the number one ranked business blog according to RSS feed subscriptions, thought provoking daily tidbits on business and life with over 2,500 posts.
  • Liz Strauss’ Successful Blog: Liz Strauss has been one of the most prolific and influential relationship bloggers online. She practices what she preaches, with a vibrant community leaving 10,000’s of comments on posts, many of which are responded to by Liz personally.
  • The Business Ethics Blog: this blog is by Chris MacDonald, Ph.D., and a professor at Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University (Toronto). The blog has been named numerous times as a to 100 thought leader in trustworthy business behavior, and gives readers an ethical analysis behind the headlines.
  • In the CEO Afterlife: this blog is written by John Bell, previous CEO at Jacobs Suchard, and one of Swift & Shift’s top 75 human business champions this year. The blog focuses on putting business in a human context, as well as leadership, branding, and life.
  • Great Leadership: this blog is written by Dan McCarthy, director of the Executive Development Programs at the University of New Hampshire. Dan shares his thoughts on what makes a good leader, through a busy speaking circuit, consulting service, his Great Leadership ebook, and his blog.
  • Startup CFO: this blog is by Mark Macleod and centers on funding, growing, and exiting startups. Mark is a serial entrepreneur and general partner at Real Ventures, Canada’s largest and most active VC fund.

Tech

  • Andrew Chen: this weekly newsletter by a Silicon Valley insider features long-form essays on topics as wide ranging as mobile product design, to fundraising, to growth hacking.
  • Trak.in: this blog centers on business in tech, mobile and startups in India. The blog has grown from the single authorship of Arun Prabhudesai, an IT professional with more than a decade of experience, to a team of authors in recent years.
  • Practical Ecommerce Magazine: this periodical runs the gamut of online business education, including a number of regularly updated verticals and webinars. Verticals include marketing, conversion, carts & platforms, social media, search engines, management, and design & development.
  • Rohit Prabhakar: while this blog is about a wide section of business wisdom, the three main verticals are leadership, digital strategy, and marketing technology, all told by Rohit, a digital strategist and marketing technology leader at McKesson, a large healthcare services and IT company.
  • A Passion for Research: this blog is written by Louis Columbus, and focuses on how the internet of today allows customers to drive innovation in new products and software. The site focuses on CRM, cloud computing, ERP and enterprise software, though the largest section is on cloud computing.

Business Culture

  • Gaping Void: this blog led by creative director Hugh MacLeod centers around the way that art can change company culture more effectively than any other tool. Their motto is “If youíre trying to change your business’s culture, you should be talking to us.”
  • PSFK: this blog has been around for about a decade, and for its core audience is a place to look for new ideas on how to do things in the workplace. The blog is expanding, however, and seeks to offer all visitors some form of inspiration, be it at work or play.
  • Gina Abudi: this blog is written by Gina Abudi, consultant at Abudi consulting group and author of A Complete Idiot’s Guide to Best Practices for Small Business. The blog focuses on strategy, projects, processes, people, and technology.
  • Sanders Says: this blog, maintained by Tim Sanders, keynote speaker and consultant revolves around the tagline of people-centric business expert. While a variety of topics are covered, many features center on leadership and team dynamics.

Wide Coverage

  • Small Biz Daily: this blog covers a wide range of business topics including management, money, sales & marketing, startups, tech, trends, women, video, reading lists, and loans.
  • Cooler Insights: this blog by veteran storyteller, intrapreneur, and innovator, Walter Lim focuses on marketing, business, branding, PR, and social media with an international perspective.
  • Business Pundit: this general business blog has hosted a variety of high profile bloggers, with posts ranging from
  • Women on Business: this blog, run by President and CEO of Keysplash Creative Inc, Susan Gunelius is listed as one of the Forbes top 100 sites for women, and offers advice and discussions on a variety of topics surrounding women in business.
  • Down the Avenue: this blog by the CEO and Founder of Magic Sauce Media brings news and insights on a variety of topics: technology, innovation, business, PR, new media, and politics. The founder is one of Forbes’ top 20 social media power influencer women.
  • Curious Cat Investing and Economics Blog: this general money blog focuses on economics, investing, and financial literacy with the aim of keeping regular readers knowledgeable about long term topics and new developments. The most written about categories include investing, economics, personal finance, financial literacy, and stocks.
  • Noobpreneur: one of Forbes’ 100 best websites for entrepreneurs, this site focuses on helping small business owners grow their businesses by tapping into trends and industry insights as provided by other experts and professionals.
  • N2 Growth: centered around a global leadership development consultancy, this blog allows viewers to book a number of authors for speeches or consulting. On the site and social media, the authors post timely and regularly updated business and leadership posts.

International Growth

  • The Global Small Business Blog: this number one ranked blog for small businesses looking to expand internationally is written by Laurel Delaney, author of Exporting, the Definitive Guide to Selling Abroad Profitably, and president of Globe Trade.
  • Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global: this blog centers around a social initiative to aid women entrepreneurs who work locally and help them to expand internationally. Like the Global Small Business blog above, WEGG was founded by Laurel Delaney who has years of experience expanding business abroad.
  • Chowrangi: this popular blog focuses on Pakistani politics, current affairs, and business. Chowrangi means a crossroads, or where many paths intersect, a parallel to the current economic and geopolitical situation in Pakistan.
  • Arab Crunch: this blog began in 2008 and is the only private sector institution aiming to promote and inform entrepreneurs in the Arab and developing world. A wide variety of topics are covered, with verticals in startups, mobile, social media, tech, internet, funding & VC, and videos.

Coaching

  • Chris Brogan: whether your a business owner, want to own your own business, or just want to own your decisions, Chris Brogan provides coaching under the slogan “you can’t own your business until you own your life.”
  • Smart Passive Income: this blog details the life and life lessons learned by Pat Flynn, a one time architect turned passive income, e-book maker extraordinaire.
  • The Gemba Academy: this academy was formed by three experienced lean practitioners, and offers courses, videos, and coaching particularly for clients in the manufacturing industry (though over 1,000 of their clients are outside of the manufacturing space).
  • Ed Batista: this blog is written by its namesake, Stanford MBA, and longtime manager Ed Batista. The blog’s tagline is executive coaching and change management, and while consulting and coaching options are featured on the site, a large amount of free content is available as well.

Branding

  • Logic + Emotion: this blog by the global strategy director of Edelman Digital centers around building responsive and resilient brands in a connected world.
  • Denise Lee Yohn: this blog, by the author of What Great Brands Do focuses on the ins and outs on building and positions great brands.
  • Interbrand: this blog by the world’s largest brand consultancy is built on almost half a century of experience, from the days when companies thought of a brand as simply a logo, to today, where brands are central to company strategy.
  • The Flack: this blog was founded by Peter Himler, an award-winning public relations and strategic communications leader. The blog focuses on the intersection of, and lessons that can be learned from, PR in politics, popular culture, journalism, business, finance, entertainment, technology, and consumer marketing.

Big Data/Analytics

  • Blog on Big Data and Analytics: this blog is maintained by Harish Kotadia, Ph.D., whose doctorate is in Marketing Management, and who has 15 years experience with big data and analytics for Fortune 500 companies. From the beginner to the insider looking for how they should utilize big data in the future, this big data blog is chock full of relevant advice.

Marketing/Advertising

  • Shoemoney: this blog follows the ups and downs of online marketing, shared from the perspective of a real pro. Jeremy “Shoemoney” Schoemaker built the site from the ground up to become the top ranked affiliate marketing blog on the web.
  • IAB: the interactive advertising bureau is comprised of over 600 tech and media companies responsible for selling 86% of online advertising. The blog centers around education, research, and standards of interactive advertising.
  • Fueling New Business: this blog also known as Fuel Lines, has been ranked among the top 100 marketing blogs in the world. Michael Gass maintains the site and shares expertise on the use of social media, inbound and content marketing strategies for agency new business.
  • Get Busy Media: this blog is managed by a team of young professionals sharing advice on marketing and operations for local, small, or startup businesses. Named one of the top 100 small business blogs online.
  • Eric D. Brown: this blog by Eric D. Brown focuses on the intersection of marketing and IT, and on helping marketing and IT groups work together with a coherent direction.
  • Digital Business Today: this blog, maintained by Dave Chaffey, works in conjunction with his main business site Smart Insights Digital Marketing and offers insight alongside Dave’s training in marketing, intelligence, and consulting offerings.
  • Adrian Swinscoe: this blog named after its chief writer has three verticals including marketing and business development, improving customer and client experience, and customer and employee engagement. Adrien is also a popular speaker and offers training, coaching, and consulting for business development.
  • Grow Map: this blog revolves around the tagline “map your path to grow your business” and besides consulting and coaching services, offers regular advice on growing web-based or brick and mortar small businesses. Grow Map focuses on weeding out bad growth methods so you don’t have to find out for yourself.
  • B2B Lead Generation Blog: as part of the B2B Lead Roundtable LinkedIn Group, this blog is part of a community of 16,500 sales and marketing professionals. Started by Brian Carroll, the ensuing conversations led to a bestseller Lead Generation for the Complex Sale. Today the site has a number of writers as well as a large community.

Customer Experience

  • Customer Experience Matters: this blog is maintained by Bruce, the co-founder and chair at the Customer Experience Professionals Association. The blog is also associated with the Temkin group, one of the world’s leading customer experience research and consulting firms, providing timely and regular insights into honing your businesses’ customer experience.

Legal

  • China Law Blog: this blog focuses on legal aspects of one of the most foreign and quickly expanding markets in the world, China. In particular, Chinese business law.
  • FMLA Insights: this blog is by Jeff Nowak, co-chair of Franczek Radeletís Labor and Employment Practice. Jeff speaks widely on employment issues, has extensive HR, counsel, and litigation experience particularly on the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.
  • Startup Lawyer: this blog is presented by Ryan Roberts, who represents clients in a variety of corporate transactional matters as well as investors in angel and venture capital financing. Discussions on the blog center around start up legalities including incorporation, seed financing, venture capital, and exit transactions.

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