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10 bloggersHello, dear readers!

This week I thought I’d introduce you to some of the bloggers whom I’ve found to be the most influential over the last year or so.

Towards the end of 2013 and at the beginning of this month I noticed that many bloggers were taking the time to reflect on the past year and one thing that a lot had in common was to list who they considered to be their ‘top’ bloggers.

At the time that everyone else was doing it I already had my next couple of posts planned but I decided that it would be good if I too took the opportunity to highlight just a few of my favourite bloggers at some point.

So, in this post that is precisely what I will be doing.

My Top 10 Bloggers of 2013

Now, if I were to list all my favourite bloggers then we could be here some time! So I decided that I would pick just ten based on some specific criteria. They are bloggers who have demonstrated one or more of the following:

  • provided me with valuable blogging tips and tricks
  • set a good example in how things should be done
  • inspired me to carry on and keep pushing forwards
  • have been supportive, encouraging and helpful to me

Some of these you may have heard of before, others perhaps not. I highly recommend that you check out all of their blogs though, if you haven’t done so already.

So without further ado, I introduce you to…..

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Jerry Handy
jerry-handy.com

Jerry Handy was one of the first people I connected with on my blogging and online business journey. We met through Alex Jeffreys’ Marketing With Alex course and both went on to become partners in Dean Holland’s iPro program.

Aside from always giving me plenty of encouragement, I have always been impressed by Jerry’s dedication, commitment, drive and focus. He will always help someone out if he can and he truly wants to see other succeed.

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John Chow
johnchow.com

John Chow is probably one of the most famous bloggers in the world. His story is truly inspiring and he has helped many, many people to earn a successful living through blogging.

Although John often gives plenty of ‘gold nuggets’ that can be applied to online business, what I especially like is his no-nonsense approach and I often find his videos highly motivating. His “Driving With John Chow” series is particularly enjoyable and I have a couple of those videos bookmarked for personal reference.

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Dita Irvine
bloggingspree.com

Dita is another of the partners in iPro. In the year that I’ve known her it’s become apparent that she’s the ‘go to’ person for all things blogging, often being referred to as the “Blogging Queen”.

I have picked up a tremendous amount of useful information both from Dita’s blog and from talking with her one-to-one. She has also been a constant source of encouragement and support to me and is another person who is always ready to help someone out if she can.

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Adrienne Smith
adriennesmith.net

The more I blogged, researched blogging and visited other people’s blogs, the more one name kept popping up – Adrienne Smith.

Adrienne is one special lady, although she may not agree with that accolade! But it’s a deserved one because Adrienne’s reputation really does precede her in the blogosphere.

One thing that I have learned about blogging is that it’s important to be yourself, engage your audience, treat them with respect and make them feel valued. I think it’s safe to say that all the bloggers whom I follow do all those things, but Adrienne always strives to go above and beyond. She has a knack of making you feel very welcome on her blog, very much a ‘come in, put your feet up and have a nice cup of tea’ approach.

Adrienne also knows her stuff and there is a huge wealth of priceless information on her blog.

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John Thornhill
johnthornhill.com

John Thornhill is another person whose reputation precedes him. Perhaps better known for his coaching and a plethora of excellent Internet marketing products, it would be shortsighted to overlook John’s blog. He doesn’t post as often as some, but his posts are always valuable and John has years of experience in the industry.

John is another person who has a no nonsense approach, which soon becomes apparent if you ever watch any of his ‘rant’ videos!

I also highly recommend John’s excellent Simple Traffic Solutions course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dan Sumner
marketingfromscratch.com

Like John Thornhill, Dan Sumner is an Internet Marketer from the north-east of England. Dan has recently rebranded his business and has launched a brand new blog, so please don’t forget to stop by and give him your support.

What I’ve always found appealing about Dan is his honest, down-to-earth approach. On his old blog I picked up many useful tips regarding blogging, marketing and also technical tips and tricks. I’m sure that his new blog will continue that legacy.

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Ben Solomon
ben-solomon.com

Ben is someone else I met through Alex Jeffreys’ Marketing With Alex course. He’s a great guy who, again, has always given me plenty of encouragement and support.

Ben is also an IT security expert and I was privileged recently to have him as my very first guest poster on my blog. He wrote an excellent post about how to protect yourself on the Internet. Recommended reading!

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Tim Bonner
tim-bonner.com

To be quite honest, I can’t recall how I met Tim, although I think that it was probably through blog-hopping. Tim is another blogger who has always given me plenty of support and encouragement and again, always has fantastic content on his blog.

Tim was also the one to introduce me to Triberr, which has been a great resource for finding other bloggers, great content and building my social media presence. It was through Triberr that I came across……

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Ashley Faulkes
madlemmings.com

Ashley is an amazing guy. His blog is a veritable treasure trove of tutorials, tips, reviews and other great stuff. He’s also a thoroughly nice chap.

When I first joined Triberr I knew that many people were having success with it but I just couldn’t get my head around it, so I left off from it for a few weeks. It was only when I came across a fantastic post of Ashley’s that explained simply and concisely just how to use Triberr that it just ‘clicked’ and I was able to add it to my arsenal of blogging tools.

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Barry Wells
barry-wells.com

Barry is someone else whom I think I met via my blog-hopping travels, though I don’t quite recall. He’s another lovely chappie who is always very encouraging and supportive and if you come across him anywhere online you’ll soon realise that he’s always ready and willing to help out if he can.

Just like all the bloggers I’ve mentioned already, Barry always has great content on his blog and you’ll be sure to find some gems that you can take away with you.

Honourable Mentions

Please bear in mind that this isn’t a definitive list. There are lots of other bloggers whom I visit regularly and whose blogs I would recommend. But I just wanted to pick ten (a nice, round number) of those who have particularly influenced and helped me and whom I can highly recommend checking out.

If they had still been blogging then I would have also included Neamat Tawadrous and Lee McIntyre. Neamat is taking a break at the moment but when she was blogging she always provided fantastic content and never failed to be upbeat, encouraging and motivational. I do hope she returns one day, I really miss her blog.

For anyone who’s been around Internet marketing for any degree of time, you’ll likely be familiar with the name, Lee McIntyre. Lee is still very much active but he closed down his blog a few months ago. When his blog was still running it was an excellent resource, filled to the brim with priceless information for advancing your online business. These days Lee posts regularly on his Facebook page and I would highly recommend that you check that out.

Over to You

Hopefully I’ve introduced you to some bloggers with whom you may not have been familiar before. Please check out their blogs and leave them a comment, I’m sure they’ll appreciate it very much.

I’d love to know who you’ve found to be the most influential and helpful. Please let me know in the comments section below.

See you next week!

Glenn

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38 thoughts on “Ten Must-Visit Bloggers

  1. I am familiar with few of these bloggers and I am an active reader of their blogs.I am a big fan of these blog.

    Thank you for sharing this list, Glenn πŸ™‚

  2. Wow Glen

    I’ve commented so much on your other post, I don’t know how I missed this one. Such an honour bro for the recognition. I really, really appreciate it my man. I am so glad that we have been able to assist and help others and there is no stopping us.

    To much success for you and your endeavors. Keep on rocking.

    Jerry
    Jerry Handy recently posted…You Can Make A Difference If You Believe You CanMy Profile

  3. Hi Glenn.
    I just added each of these bloggers sites to my blog section in my favorites folder on my browser. Thanks for the information. I will definitely be checking out all of their posts as well as your own.

    Until we meet again…..Chris
    Chris DeeWaard recently posted…A Year In Transition Comes To An EndMy Profile

    1. Hey Chris,

      You’ll definitely get tons of value from these blogs. I think there may be a couple who have taken their foot off the gas when it comes to blogging but there’s still tons of great stiff to be found in their archives. Then there are others, such as Adrienne and, of course, Jerry, who are constantly taking things up a gear.

      I’m glad that you’ve found this post and made a comment on it, reminding me that it’s here – it’s given me an idea for what my post next week will be about: My Top Bloggers of 2014. πŸ™‚

      Β»GlennΒ«
      Glenn Shepherd recently posted…3 Approaches to Online SuccessMy Profile

  4. Hi Glenn,

    I just had to read this post because, like I suspected, there are people here I didn’t know about, so thank you for introducing me to them.

    You can bet I’ll go and check them out. Going to one right now.
    Great post! I love meeting new bloggers with great content.
    Have a great day! πŸ™‚
    Geri

  5. Hi Glenn

    Great post, some great blogs there, I’m glad to see my Mentor John Thornhill is there lol

    Just thought I’d drop by after seeing you in Alex’s group.

    Have a great day

    Kevin

    1. Hi Kevin,

      Good to see you here again, buddy πŸ™‚ I almost missed your message – for some reason I didn’t get a notification.

      Yes, John’s awesome. I know he’s got a big launch going on right now, I reckon he’s on to a good thing with that and I think it’s going to be pretty huge!

      How’s everything going with your biz? I’ve got your site open right now and your latest post looks intriguing, I’m about to have a read.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting, Kevin. πŸ™‚

      Regards,
      Glenn
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  6. Hey Glenn,
    Looks like this is my first visit to your blog. You’re doing great here.

    Thanks for sharing ten super bloggers of 2013. But I have to disagree with you on some aspects.

    Among the above, I’ve written an article on JohnChow.com. But I feel like Chow used to promote some low quality products also on his blog so I almost stop reading it.

    I am not the only one who think like this. You can just search for johnchow scam on Google.

    Good luck buddy πŸ™‚
    Shahzad Saeed recently posted…Stop Changing Your Blog Theme: You Are All Doing It Wrong!My Profile

    1. Hi Shahzad,

      Welcome to my blog and thanks so much for taking the time stop by.

      You’re welcome to disagree with me, the world would be a very boring place if we all thought exactly the same way about everything! Remember though, my list is of those bloggers who have made an impact on me personally for various reasons. It’s not meant to be a definitive list of who are the ‘best’.

      John Chow certainly isn’t perfect and I don’t agree with everything he does. A few years ago I think he was trying a little too hard and I don’t think it reflected well on him. But certainly in the time I’ve been following him he’s always given sound, spot-on advice and I would recommend that people check him out on that basis. I can’t comment on his promotion of any low quality products as I haven’t had any experience of that or seen any evidence of it personally.

      Thanks very much for your visit and your feedback, it’s much appreciated indeed. Have a fantastic weekend, buddy. πŸ™‚

      Kind regards,
      Glenn
      Glenn Shepherd recently posted…DON’T Try to Succeed at All Costs!My Profile

  7. Hi Glenn,
    You have put up a good list. I have been regular visitor to many of these blogs ….I frequently visit Adrienne and Tim Bonner and find the blogs very useful…These type of posts gives encouragement to others also..

    1. Hi Enstine,

      Great to see you, buddy πŸ™‚

      Yes, I’ve seen that you’re quite active with Adrienne, Tim and Barry. They’re awesome people and always have something great to share. I’ve learned loads of valuable stuff from them.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you too have a great week πŸ™‚

      Regards,
      Glenn
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    1. Hi Samuel,

      Welcome to my blog πŸ™‚

      Yeah, sometimes we just don’t come across people for whatever reason but it’s always good to discover someone new who can be a source of great content and with whom we can connect.

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting.

      Kind regards,
      Glenn
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  8. Glenn, what an honour my friend!
    This actually did not come up on my trackbacks, but I was trying to visit people more this year and voila! I am mentioned. Crazy.
    It is also a great coincidence that I was just on Google Hangouts with Barb, a lovely lass in the US yesterday telling her to get busy on Triberr and how to do it. She said how intimidating it can be to get into a tribe. I agree. So I gave her the secret sauce. And hopefully you will see her there shortly! She needed a boost.
    I will have to check out some of the other blogs I have not heard of
    thanks so much
    ashley
    Ashley recently posted…Affiliate Marketing Tips for Bloggers and MarketersMy Profile

    1. Hey Ashely,

      Not a problem, buddy. You were an obvious choice. πŸ™‚

      Definitely check those blogs out, I’m sure you’ll find some good stuff. At the very least it’s a good opportunity to make some fabulous connections.

      Thanks for stopping by, it’s always great to see you. I hope you’re doing well and having a great week πŸ™‚

      Regards,
      Glenn
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  9. I do know a lot of these bloggers and I am an active reader of their blogs (not so much if the others…but, I have heard of them).

    I am a fan of those blogs…they do comment back on my blogs (initially that’s why I read and commented on those blogs)..but, besides that, they provide a lot of value through their posts.

    Anyways, thank you for sharing this list, Glenn πŸ™‚ Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
    Jeevan Jacob John recently posted…Is Your Blog Special?My Profile

    1. Hi Jeevan,

      Yes indeed, there’s a lot of value on those blogs. That’s why I wanted to put the list together, to help make others aware of some awesome content resources and awesome people they may not have otherwise be aware of. Also I wanted to give all these bloggers a bit of well-deserved exposure.

      Thanks for visiting, Jeevan. Great to see you, buddy πŸ™‚

      Regards,
      Glenn
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    1. Hey Tim,

      Not a problem, mate, it’s my pleasure πŸ™‚

      I’m sure you’ll enjoy checking out the bloggers whom you don’t yet know. Everyone listed really is awesome in his/her own way and each has a lot to offer.

      Thanks for stopping by, it’s always appreciated, buddy.

      Regards,
      Glenn
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    1. Hi Nirmala,

      Thanks for visiting my blog, you’re most welcome.

      I’m always happy to let others know when I find great bloggers. All of those I listed above really are special people, all in their own ways. I hope that you enjoy checking out the ones you don’t know yet.

      Many thanks for commenting, you have yourself a great weekend πŸ™‚

      Kind regards,
      Glenn
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    1. Hi Nwosu,

      Welcome to my blog and thanks so much for stopping by.

      You’re right, quality content is absolutely essential and all the above blogs have it in abundance. I’ve learned a lot from each of these fantastic people and I hope that my highlighting them will help others to learn from them also.

      Many thanks for your input, have a great weekend πŸ™‚

      Kind regards,
      Glenn
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  10. Hi Glen,

    Thanks for this post about 10 must visit bloggers. The timing is perfect for me because I’m ready to start driving traffic to my blog with blog commenting. I will be sure to start with your suggested blogs first.
    Thanks
    Andy

    1. Hi Andy,

      Great to see you, buddy, welcome to my blog πŸ™‚

      I look forward to seeing you grow your blog. You’ll definitely find some great content on the blogs I listed here.

      Just one tip: try not to approach blog commenting with the mindset of ‘driving traffic’. Of course we all want to get traffic to our blogs and blog-hopping and commenting is an excellent way to do it. But rather, try to approach it with the mindset of discovering great bloggers, great content and being able to contribute your thoughts, experience and ideas to their discussions. That way the traffic will look after itself πŸ˜‰

      I view it very much the same way as Alex Jeffreys views making money. He often says, “Don’t chase money, let money chase you.” I feel the same way about traffic. Concentrate on people, giving value and establishing a good reputation for yourself. You’ll find that the traffic finds its way to you.

      Thanks again for stopping by, mate and just give me a shout any time if I can help with anything πŸ™‚

      Kind regards,
      Glenn
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  11. Hi Glenn,

    I bet that with all the blogs that our out there, it wasn’t easy to pick just 10, but these are a great selections indeed. There is a couple that I don’t know yet, so that’s an opportunity for me to try to get to know them.

    Thanks for those and have a great weekend!
    Sylviane Nuccio recently posted…How To Blog In The Midst Of Havoc?My Profile

    1. Hi Sylviane,

      Lovely to see you, many thanks for your comment πŸ™‚

      To be quite honest, because it was a case of picking bloggers who’ve made a very personal impact on me it wasn’t actually too difficult. However, if I had to come up with a kind of ‘best of’ list or something of that nature, then I wouldn’t know where to begin! There really are so many great blogs and bloggers out there, I’d probably just list all the bloggers I know and rank them all as number one equally! lol!

      Thanks again, Sylviane, I hope you have a great weekend too πŸ™‚

      Regards,
      Glenn
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  12. Hi Glen,

    I am so honored that you included my blog among blogs of these awesome bloggers. Thank you.

    This is so interesting because for the past few days I have been thinking of writing a similar post (in a different vein though) and I still will. The reason I have not done so was because I want to limit the number down and that is such a difficult undertaking.

    You did a very good job of choosing. I have been following most of these people and they are great bloggers and internet marketers. The ones that I really like and will make my cut are not only the people that provide good information but also interact with their followers (are active in responding to comments). But as I said my article will take on a different view.

    Anyway, once again. Thank you.
    Dita recently posted…Google Publisher WordPress Plugin For Adsense And Webmaster Tools Launched by GoogleMy Profile

    1. Hey Dita,

      You’re very welcome πŸ™‚

      I look forward to reading your post when it’s done, I’m sure it will be very interesting and informative as usual.

      Yes, I believe that interaction is vitally important. I suppose it can depend sometimes on the purpose of the blog but for blogs like ours, especially if they’re the central hub of the business, it’s absolutely essential to interact with the readership, make them feel welcome and appreciated and make them feel inclined to return.

      Thanks for your comment and, as I mentioned in the post, for your support this last year. I’m looking forward to seeing us both progress and grow throughout this year and onwards πŸ™‚

      Regards,
      Glenn
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  13. Hey Glenn,

    I know that so many people have been writing about their accomplishments in 2013, what their goals are for this year and who they admire the most and have learned so much from while on this journey. I also didn’t do that myself Glenn because I took a break at the end of last year and go a slow start for this year.

    Like you there are so many people I admire and have learned from that I would hate to try and name them knowing that I’ll probably leave someone off and then hurt someone’s feelings. There are so many amazing people online that have been supportive and helpful during my blogging journey.

    I’m truly honored to be mentioned here and was so surprised to see me listed. You’re right, I don’t agree with the accolade but it’s greatly appreciated. You know me, I just love to help and make people feel comfortable asking me questions. I’m thrilled to know that I’ve made some small impact in people’s lives, including yours.

    Thank you so very much Glenn for the mention and you’ve definitely listed some amazing bloggers here. Most of them I do know while a couple I haven’t. If you recommend them then I know they’re top notch.

    Thank you again and you enjoy your weekend.

    ~Adrienne
    Adrienne recently posted…Guest Blogging Is NOT Dead Says Matt CuttsMy Profile

    1. Hi Adrienne,

      I understand what you mean about leaving people off. There are many more bloggers whom I admire (and of course I value each and every person who takes time to visit me here and comment) but I just wanted to focus on 10 who meet very specific criteria for me personally. You may have noticed that I didn’t put any numerical order in the list – it’s not an awards list, everyone is deserving of the same degree of recognition πŸ™‚

      I know I’m not the only one who values what you do online, Adrienne. As I mentioned in my post, that’s how I first heard of you, through word of mouth. It’s when we establish a good reputation for ourselves like this that we know we’re on the right track. Hopefully I’ll get there one day!

      Thanks for visiting, it’s always appreciated. You enjoy your weekend too πŸ™‚

      Regards,
      Glenn
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