12 Blogs Every Small Business Should Be Reading

Last month I encouraged everyone to make blog reading part of their day. While it’s easy to ignore your daily reading list or think it’s not a productive use of your time, the truth is staying up to date on blogs is a great way to stay in tune with what’s happening in your industry, educate yourself on new trends, and even to keep your own creative juices flowing for material. As mentioned yesterday, by becoming part of your local ecosystem, it also makes you a more attractive link/traffic target.

I thought today I would share a short list of blogs I think every small business owner would benefit from reading, regardless of your industry. Below are some of my personal recommendations.

Drive Traffic to Your Website

Sell Your Business

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Business Leadership/Entrepreneur Blogs


QuickSprout is a blog penned by serial entrepreneur Neil Patel and covers a wide variety of tips from leadership, to social media, to search engine optimization, and everything in between. While it would arguably fit in any of the categories on this list, Neil’s posts on business best practices are some of his most valuable. But as an SMB, you’d be wise to listen to anything Neil talks about.

Harvard Business Review

The Harvard Business Review is a great place to head for general business advice, leadership tips, crisis management information, and a host of other topics. Articles are written by expert authors and I always leave with a few new takeaways and things I want to start implementing in my own work.

Small Business Deals

Killer Startups

As the name would suggest, you can find some ‘killer’ information here on everything you need to know to run a successful company. There’s information on the best tools, apps, how to build a great team, product reviews, etc. This blog has been in my feed reader for a long time, and with good reason.


I really enjoy checking out Mixergy to hear from other entrepreneurs who have created successful businesses, how they did it, and to get a sense of their personal stories. I think that’s something Mixery does really well – it lets you hear directly from the people holding the sweat equity. Right now there are more than 750 interviews on the site to benefit from.

Search Engine Optimization Advice

Mike Blumenthal Blog

Mike is a familiar face here at SmallBizTrends.com, as we often reference some of the great finds he comes across. If you’re a small business owner trying to understand all the changes associated with Google Places, local search, and what bugs are getting fixed when, Mike’s blog is among the best in the industry to follow and a huge resource. I think he may have a secret line to Google because he seems to know things before anyone else.

David Mihm

Known to many for his annual Local Search Rankings Survey, David Mihm is a constant source of expert local search information. He’s also known for his GetListed.org events, which bring noted local search experts to various towns across the country to help small business owners learn more about SEO, social media, and how to increase their Web presence.

Search Engine Land’s Local Search Category

Search Engine Land is a huge SEO resource for marketers of all levels. However, small business owners will want to pay special attention to the Local Search section which is designed with them specifically in mind. There’s great tips and best practices on how to craft an effective listing, how to use social media, and other small business issues. If you’re interested in further social media reading or other topics, you’ll also be able to find that information in other SEL categories.

Content Marketing


The folks at Blueglass cover a lot of great topics on their blog, but their content marketing topics may be of most interest to small business owners. Here you’ll find tips, tools, and personal experiences that anyone can learn from and implement in their own business. One of the most strategic, forward-thinking outlets on content marketing topics.

Andy Sernovitz

Andy Sernovitz’s blog where he shares great examples of word of mouth marketing, oftentimes centered around the content we’re using or how we’re talking to customers. There are great case studies, as well as examples from big and small brands.


The goal of Copyblogger is to help you get traffic, attract links, increase subscribers and grow revenue through content. The site offers strategic advice on how to become better with content and is a must read for anyone looking to build a business on the Web.

Convince and Convert

Jay Baer’s blog is a great resource for marketers looking to use social media and content to better connect with customers. What I love about Jay’s blog is it’s chock full of data that marketers can use to make informed decisions. It’s less theory and more hard-hitting evidence of success.

And of Course….

Google Small Business

Google has an official blog for small business owners to keep them up to date on new releases, using Google tools, and other news. Some of it can be a little overly-promotional at times, but it’s worth following. This is a Google world, after all.

Above are some of my favorite blogs to help me in my daily business life. What blogs do you currently rely on?

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Lisa Barone Lisa Barone is Vice President of Strategy at Overit, an Albany Web design and development firm where she serves on the senior staff overseeing the company’s marketing consulting, social media, and content divisions.

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  1. Great choices, Lisa.

    I’ve become a huge fan of Quicksprout, and Neil.

    I met Mike Blumenthal at an event with Anita 2 years ago.

    Smart local search guy, and a great small business blog.

    The Franchise King®

  2. Anybody in business, from the janitor to the CEO, should be reading Seth Godin’s blog, http://sethgodin.typepad.com/. He’s as close to “the voice of one crying out in the desert” as any businessperson is going to find.

  3. I’m in the PPC world, so the official Google AdWords blog is a big one. I also keep close tabs on PPCHero.com and the aimClear blog has great stuff as well.

    • Robert,

      It’s interesting how each of us has a set of blogs that we read in our own niches.

      But, there are a few that all of us read…no matter what niche we’re in.

      The Franchise King®

  4. Thanks for the list, Lisa. 11 of 12 were not in my Google Reader yet. Adding them right now. Thanks again 🙂

  5. If you are interested in subjects like entrepreneurship, motivation and human behaviour, Jeff Robinson’s blog is a must read. He is a very talented author and a straight forward thinker whose blog Contrarian’s Mind provides many great advice for entrepreneurs and a unique insight into his thoughts on both personal and professional relationships. I highly recommend following his blog for motivation for personal and professional success.

  6. I like Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income Blog, http://smartpassiveincome.com.

  7. Ooh, thanks. Nice to know what I’m missing. Adding these to my Reader!

  8. Just wrote about how many local small businesses need to put in the time to learn, to read. Even if they are DIY – as many are – they need invest the time in learning, if just to spot the deals from steals when they do go to hire help. FWIW.

  9. Thanks for the information. I will definitely read these daily.

  10. Great information ~ parts of this are applicable to any and all businesses. Thanks!

  11. There are some new ones in the list here that I will am looking forward to reading. Shout out to my team’s Network Solutions Small Blog at http://GrowSmartBusiness.com – check it out when you have a chance.

  12. Great information ~ parts of this are applicable to any and all businesses. Thanks!

  13. Excellent choices! I’ve recently subscribed to Quicksprout and even paid for the traffic building course. It’s the best thing evert..Also a big fan of Andrew Warner from Mixergy 😉 Thanks for the links.

  14. I thought I had the best list of blogs ever and I must say I was wrong. Very nice choices. Useful in any field of business.

  15. Thanks for the great resources. There’s so many bloggers to potentially sift through lists like these definitely help people find high quality information. For international business types I recommend the Economist: Economist.com

  16. Already reading Quciksprout and Copyblogger, thanks for this article because now I would be more frequent at web when it comes to switching to new blog for further reading.

  17. Hi Lisa,

    This is a great list of blogs here. I particularly enjoy read Copyblogger.com. They aways have some awesome info in their RSS feed. Thanks for this awesome blog list with the community. I think I’ve found some new goodies to add to my Google RSS reader.


  18. Lisa,

    Great choices. As a long time Copyblogger reader I can vouch for the value and prespective they bring. I also like busines2community.com, since they have a wide variety of high quality business and marketing related posts from different bloggers. It’s also worth checking out Ad Age’s Power 150 blog list for a quick overview of influential marketing blogs. It’s constantlyu updated, based upon bloggers’ social media influence.

  19. It’s always interesting to see what other small business owners are reading. I know a lot of small business owners probably don’t think they have time to follow blogs, but just loading up Google Reader with your daily subscriptions and reading them on the go is really easy and not at all time consuming–basically just as fast as checking your Facebook newsfeed, only this way you might learn something that will better your business!

  20. hi lisa,
    great choice! i quickly jumped from blog to blog and i´m always looking for some i do not have on my list. problem with all the blogs is though that you hardly get any work done if you do that every day. so i really need to just dedicate a small portion of my day towards reading 🙂

  21. Awesome list Lisa.. Great work, I love mixergy.

  22. Thanks for sharing Lisa. Killer Startups is a non ending source of inspiration.

  23. Would love to be added to the list! We interview small business owners and research helpful how-to and marketing tip articles specifically for brick and mortar small businesses 3-5 times per week. 🙂 http://blog.swipely.com

    Also, I love Mixergy!

  24. Hi Lisa,

    Just found your great list today. Some blogs are already on my reading list. But I also found some that I didnt’t knew before which seem to be worth a read. As some of the commenters have mentioned before I also miss Pat Flynn on your list. It is very motivating to read his blog.

  25. I think Search Engines land has become the must read blog because of the recent Google Panda and penguin. The majority of small business blogs have lost ranking and the only way to know the in and out of search is by reading Search engine land.

  26. Cool Stuff. Thank you for sharing such useful content.

  27. This is a great list. Great resources. Excited to read and apply this stuff to my blog.

  28. Thanks a lot Lisa. These blogs are amazing and I got some really good information from them. Keep up the good work. You are a great help.

  29. Thanks for the content marketing sites. I am always looking to gain more knowledge over this as a marketing coach. I also noticed that more and more small businesses are becoming familiar with the concept of “content”, and are reaching to learn how to do it within their budget.

  30. Great compilation, I do read Harvard Business Review blog and copyblogger. I would surely check out your suggestions, thanks for sharing this.

  31. Great post! Some really good blogs on there. I deal with a lot of small businesses and some of them could really benefit from the information linked to your post!

  32. I appreciate you posting these links. With helpful information from Killer Startups.com, I’m taking my time to really better myself with my current start up.

    Shout out to the Franchise King as well. Interested reads!

    Erik “Monst3r” Mensah
    President, The Oranje Umbrella Company
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  33. Good list of resources, thank you. My experience is that small business owners often feel that the likes of the Harvard Business Review do not apply to them. However, if they are to think like a business person this is exactly the sort of thing we should be reading.

  34. Clicked on the link for Killer Startups. Scrolled through it briefly. I already know I’m gonna like it :). Oooh and I also like Andy Sernovitz’s blog (damniwish.com).

    Good to see Copyblogger on the list. I’ve known of it for a good while.

  35. Thanks a lot Lisa. These blogs are amazing and I got some really good information from them. Keep up the good work. You are a great help.

  36. Good choices, lost of practical advice, although the applicability of the Harvard Business Journal is a little thin for small business. If you want to see how small businesses sell once you’ve built yours here’s some info you might find interesting.. https://www.facebook.com/Sunbelttexas

  37. All these years at school I have found that the Harvard business review is one of the best resources

  38. Thank you for posting this list. I ran across it as I was doing a search for blogs about working at home and entrepreneurship. I am one of those people who needs to develop more of a reading habit. Even though I enjoy reading it’s difficult to get the mindset that it’s a useful investment of my time. It is nice to have some blogs picked out that are good for any type of business.

  39. Thank you for the great article. I run a small graphic design animation studio in Naples, Florida called Sunset Toast Studios. I appreciate great blogs like this one helping out the small business owner. 🙂

  40. Great list Lisa. Another great business blog is EntrepreLoser. It targets young entrepreneurs and small business owners.

  41. Thanks for sharing such a great resource. All these points are very effective for a enterprenuer to start a new business.

  42. Thanks for sharing these resources. I have a small designer company and I look forward to read these blogs daily.

  43. thanks for sharing, harvard business review are good

  44. Thanks for sharing this great list of important blogs. I have been reading QuickSprout for four and half years, because of its quality of contents. In QuickSprout, Neil Patel deliver the right issues at the right time with step by step.

  45. Thank you for posting this, Lisa!

    I’ve been trying to look around for blogs to follow for information, and I stumbled upon your list. These are all great blogs to help companies become more efficient. Having a proper online experience is the best thing you can do with today’s trends.

  46. Hope I’m not too late, but Jeff Goins has a great blog at http://www.goinswriter.com. I promise I’m not a paid rep. I’ve been following him about building a business and playing towards your passions in your vocation and lifestyle for a year now and it’s extremely useful/helpful!

  47. I also would recommend http://smallbiz-resources.com they have over 50+ experts writing SMB advice

  48. Thanks for sharing these blogs! They are all really helpful!

  49. Have a nice list for small business owner to represent their web entity on internet. especially neil patel QuickSprout is very userful for online business.

  50. Great list! Thanks for sharing this useful content.

  51. Excellent list! Thanks for compiling it.

  52. Fan of quicksprout here. Neil really knows what he is saying and he has the experience to back it up. It always amazes me that he manages to churn out such high quality content at such a short time.

  53. Andre L. Vaughn Blog

    Thanks for the List…These definitely has helped me especially the CopyBlogger blog. I really appreciate it Lisa!

  54. Lots of people dream about starting a small business, but there is nothing easy about starting your own business. Starting a business is an exciting proposition, but it’s also an incredibly challenging undertaking. I read your article and its really good. It’s also helps a lot for those who wants to start up business.

  55. Thanks for your informative blog, this blog helped me to resolve some of my major issues regarding a new business startup. Keep writing new quality blogs further for a better reading experience.

  56. Thank you for posting a list of blogs like this for small business.