My Four Favorite Blogs

When it comes to learning things about making money online there are basically three ways to go.

You can earn specific knowledge through trial and error.

You can buy specific knowledge from someone you trust and skip some of the learning curve.

Or you can get specific knowledge free from those who are the top of their industries if you are wiling to do a little reading and be organized about it.

In my career online I’ve done all three. Of the three my choices are to …

  • Learn from top experts free
  • Pay for specific knowledge to minimize the learning curve
  • Try really hard to avoid trial and error 🙂

In the spirit of openness I’d like to share with you four of my favorite places to get top-quality, actionable information from experts … all free.

Special note – one way you can know who to trust is to find people who DO what they tell others to do. In other words, they walk the walk, not just talk the talk.

All four of these individuals meet that standard. Their blogs do not disappoint.

Special note: These are not the only blogs I follow. I have a list of more blogs to follow, and other resources, inside Follow Up Selling Systems.

Now on with the show!

Blog 1 – Seth Godin

Seth Godin is a bone fide expert. A man on a mission to share his vision of what great marketing looks like.

From his classic “Permission Marketing” to his more recent “The Icarus Deception” Seth knows how to write in a style that helps the reader see the vision, get excited and take action.

No wonder his books fly off the digital, and physical shelves.

Here’s what I like about Seth’s blog …

  • He is consistent
  • He has a clear vision, and one with which I agree
  • His posts are short
  • He delivers actionable ideas

If you don’t know Seth you really should take a look.

Visit Seth’s main site
Visit Seth’s blog
Seth Godin’s books

Blog 2 – Copyblogger

When it comes to content marketing and creating customers who love what they buy nobody does it better than the team at Copyblogger.

When you visit Copyblogger you will experience high-level writing but not high-brow writing.

In other words, they teach but never preach.

One of the main writers at Copyblogger is the incredible Sonia Simone, who can write circles around almost any business writer out there.

If you have an interest in making money online, Internet marketing, email marketing, content marketing or all-around “how to run a successful online business” they Copyblogger is a site you will love.

I know I do. I visit them almost every day.

Owner Brian Clark is also the genius (no overstatement here) behind Teaching Sells. Teaching Sells, now off the market, is perhaps the best course I’ve ever seen on how to succeed by giving away high-quality helpful content.

Copyblogger is also the company behind the Genesis framework for WordPress (I use Genesis) as well as Studio Press, Premise (landing pages for WordPress) and Scribe (SEO for WordPress).

All in all, Copyblogger is one impressive company, and blog.

Visit Copyblogger here — and be sure to sign up for their “Internet Marketing for Smart People”. It’s one of the best ezines out there.

Blog 3 – Chris Brogan

Rumor has it that Chris is more machine than man.

While I’m not sure about that, I am sure about this – any person who can write between 2000 and 4000 finished words a day earns my respect, and should have the respect of anyone who writes for a living.

Try it sometime. And get ready for your brain to sweat.

Chris writes every day of the year. In addition he does little things like giving keynote speeches all over the world, although there are services like All Speeches that is useful in these cases, he also help clients, run his blog, have a life and more.

He IS a machine!

What separates Chris from other writers is not sheer volume. It’s the quality of the content that creates the magic.

And magic it is.

Few understand the importance of digital channels, and how to build them, more than Chris.

Take a look at Chris’s site here. I know you will like what you see.

Blog 4 – John Chow

As the saying goes, and now for something completely different.

Some might be surprised to discover that I like John’s blog and business. But I do, and for one great reason … John knows how to make money blogging.

But more than just making money (which is fun) John’s site helps those who visit with reviews, insights, and courses that deliver the goods.

No two sites could be more different than Seth Godin’s and John Chow’s.

When Seth is big picture John is in the trenches. If they ever met I doubt they would agree on much.

If you want to know how to sell on Clickbank then John is your guy.

If you want to know how to attract an audience who will reward you with their loyalty then Seth is your guy.

So I say viva la difference!

Visit John’s blog here.


There you have it – four blogs I read on a very regular basis. I read them. I learn from them. And now I recommend them to you.

I hope you find them as helpful as I have.

What are your favorite blogs? Please leave a comment below and share the blogs and resources that help you.


Charlie Page

Happily married for 44 years, Charlie is the dad to two wonderful daughters. He is the author of 12 books on Internet marketing and creator of over 16 membership sites. You can see all Charlie offers using this link Click Here

  • Mark M says:

    Thanks for another great post Charlie. I seem to be about a year behind others as I read you blog posts.
    Thanks again, your blog is my favorite.

  • Paul Warner says:

    Here it is a year later I am still impressed with this post. Of course by now I now know of the names mentioned in this post originally. What now impresses me is that you gave us these names in the first place, and only a man who is confident in what he is doing and assured in his own mind that sending people to different places to learn will not detract from the path he follows in trying to teach these same people how to do this business. For that I have great respect…Paul

  • Thanks for sharing this list of blogs, Charlie. Personally, I have never visited any of them in the past. I will check out John Chow and Chris Brogan immediately and see what I can learn from them.

    Chuck Holmes

  • Bill Harris says:

    As always you deliver the most enjoyable and informative emails and blogs. Thank you very much.

  • Nanette Malott says:

    Charlie you always deliver the best! I hadn’t heard of any of these blogs but after reading your post have checked them all. You are still my go to guy for information.

  • Great recommendations and our favourites as well. However we have to say that we would include your blog as well. Everyone needs traffic to benefit from their voice and you have great tips to help with that. The Directory of Ezines has been very beneficial to us during our time online. Thanks again Charlie

  • Phyllis Thomas says:

    I read your blog and checked out each of the blogs you recommended. I am so very new at this that it seems a bit overwhelming right now but I’m sure it will make more sense in time. I know that I trust you and your work so I appreciate what and who you recommend.

    • Charlie Page says:

      I know it can seem overwhelming. I have some articles on focus that you might enjoy. The key is to find a voice you trust and follow him or her until you being to see the picture of what to do more clearly.

  • Paul Warner says:

    Very interesting post. Very odd that the four blogs you mentioned I have never heard of, even more interesting is finding out what someone like yourself, with all the knowledge, time, and experience recommends as places to visit and learn from. You begin to realize how vast IM marketing is and who else besides the ones I know are big stars in their own right. So I will definitely check out these blogs.
    Curious if you have ever heard of Lisa Parmley, Matt Carter, or Kim Roach of Buzzblogger.
    Thank you for this very informative post.

  • Hey Charlie, I like Derek Halpern over at Social Triggers. Great post by the way!

  • Thanks for this great blog Charlie – I’ve had a look at 3 – know Copyblogger -and signed up for them.
    I regularly read Ryan Deiss’ blog, and subscribed to Darren Hardy’s Success Newsletter and Roger Hamiltons’ The Wealth Dynamics Daily, although I don’t necessarily read all of them every day! (Wouldn’t get anything done then!)

    • Charlie Page says:

      It’s true that the first priority we have is making sure we have enough time to do the work, not just read. This is, to me, why automation is so wonderful. When your marketing is automated spending time on things you want to do, like reading, is something you can choose anytime you want. Thank you for your comment.

  • Jacob Nasz says:

    Charlie, your blog is truly a gold mine of great knowledge about how to make money online. I put your blog before these great blogs that you named in your post. Thank you for another wonderful text. Best regards!

  • Philip C. says:

    I was already on the list of the first two mentioned and they both have a 100 percent open rate with me. I visited Chris Brogan’s site, liked what I saw and signed up. As for John Chow, you are the second person I’ve heard from touting this guy. Tiffany Dow was the other one mentioning him. Went there and likewise signed up. Thanks for the 4-1-1 Charlie. BTW, you have a 100 percent open rate with me too.

    • Charlie Page says:

      Thanks Phillip. I’m not as much touting John as saying that he knows how to sell. If you like hardball business John is very good. But not everyone likes that style and I get that. Here’s a tip about John – advertising on his blog works very well. Not many think to do that but it’s a good resource.

  • Stephen Ray Porter says:

    Hi Charlie! Thank you for this valuable information. I just finished subscribing to the four blogs you recommended. As a professional network marketer, one of my favorite resources is the Discussion Forum at Tom “Big Al” Schreiter’s website at

  • earl says:

    So far I am doing pretty good at following your advise and organizing all of the programs I have purchased and never used.
    Thanks for the blogging sites. I am sure I will gain a lot of help from them.

  • Hi Charlie,
    Thanks for the info on “the best blogs”. As a newbie I’m sure the information will be very helpful.
    Again thank you

  • I’ve seen all 4 of these guys in action on the web. I’d have to say that I don’t really get Seth, so I don’t follow him that much. But I have read a fair amount from the other 3. I really like Copyblogger the best.

    Right now though, I am a big fan of Mark Thompson at, Paul Myers at and Charlie Page (for real, not just sucking up).

    Honest content that lines up with what I’m hoping to achieve online.

    • Charlie Page says:

      Thanks Bill. If I were listing my favorite people Paul Myers would be very near the top of the list. While I do read and love his newsletter I don’t read his blog so much.

      But I will unashamedly proclaim my passion for all things Paul – products, writing, friendship. I’m going to do a post about my favorite newsletters soon and his will be right up there.

      Seth can be a bit esoteric. But if you follow him and listen to what he says you will observe that he is an incredible predictor of what is to come. His ideas about permission marketing, tribes, openness in marketing and more have been consistently ahead of the curve. And Squidoo ain’t bad either!

      Thanks for sharing.

  • Marzell Hall says:

    Hey Charlie, I follow those blogs as well. I also follow John Paul Aguiar, Lisa Irby at and yours as well. Thanks for the info.

  • Mathea says:

    Charlie – one of my favorite blogs to read is Tiffany Dow. She is a very straightforward woman who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. I think it’s

    • Charlie Page says:

      Thanks. I’ve not worked with her yet but have heard her name around the web. I appreciate you sharing.

  • Tina says:

    Thanks so much for the list Charlie! I’m a regular visitor of Copyblogger and I love their amazing content. Glad that I have more great blogs to read and learn from!

    Thanks again!

  • Rebecca Hadley says:

    Thank you very much Charley. I enjoyed reading the blog and the information is vital to carry on a good business.

  • Guy says:

    Thanks for this Charlie,

    Expanding our exposure (with your recommendation) to others is improtant to learn and grow. At present I’m only reading your blog (of course) and some Ryan Deiss articles/recommendations based on interest. I used to follow some others that I won’t mention here because they are not worth it and were the reason I’ve wasted so much time and money until now.

    Thanks again Charlie, I’ll work them into my reading.

    • Charlie Page says:

      Thanks Guy. I read Ryan’s material too. I love his weekend reading list idea. Perfect curation.

      • Guy says:

        Thanks Charlie! Just had one of those “ah ha” moments when I read your feedback about perfect creation. Love those moments, that’s always when things start to click!

        Have a great weekend!

      • Charlie Page says:

        Thanks Guy – I hope you have a great weekend as well!

  • Chery Schmidt says:

    HI Charlie Thanks for sharing your favorite blogs I am excited to check them out just wanted to say Hi First!! Hope you are feeling better Charlie Thanks for all you do Chery 🙂

    • Charlie Page says:

      Hi Chery – I’m feeling much better, thanks for asking. I will be returning to a more normal work schedule soon and really look forward to that.

  • Fred says:

    I have followed both Seth and John, and their vision is as different as night and day. But as you said, “viva la difference”!

    • Charlie Page says:

      That’s the fun part! I think it’s valuable to hear from different sides of the isle as it were and then integrate what resonates with you into your own marketing practices. Thanks for sharing.

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