What if you had all the money in the world and wanted to recruit the best content marketing team on the planet? Then ask these content marketers to be part of your team.
As bloggers, these content marketers are generous with their knowledge and are always willing to share. All of them are thought leaders and have popular blogs. They have built up a following by posting useful content, tips and tricks that everyone can use to succeed in digital marketing.
Thanksgiving is also a good time to thank them for shaping my content marketing and SEO strategies for the past year.
#1. Joe Pulizzi
I just discovered that Joe Pulizzi and I share something in common – apart from our love for content marketing, we both love the color orange! Joe is a household name in content marketing, is the founder of Content Marketing Institute and the various conferences on Content Marketing World. He evangelizes content marketing around the world through his keynotes, articles, tweets and books. His latest book, Epic Content Marketing (McGraw-Hill) is a must read.
#2. Ann Handley
Ann Handley is co-author of the best-selling Content Rules, is Chief Content Officer at Marketing Profs, a keynote speaker and contributor to Entrepreneur magazine. Forbes recognizes her as the most influential woman in Social Media and one of the top 20 women bloggers. She has over 200,000 followers on her twitter handle @MarketingProfs where she shares her tweets on social media strategies and you guessed it, content marketing!
#3. Kristina Halvorson
Kristina Halvorson is a pioneer in the field of content strategy. Her book, Content Strategy for the Web is a go-to resource for content strategists. She is the CEO and founder of Brain Traffic. She initiated the 2009 Content Strategy Consortium, which was the first official gathering dedicated to the topic of content strategy. In 2010, she delivered the keynote address at the world’s first Content Strategy Forum in Paris, France.
Kristina is the founder of Confab, the first U.S. conference dedicated to the topic of content strategy. She also regularly conducts online seminars about content strategy and works closely with Fortune 500 companies as both a speaker and consultant.
#4. Jon Morrow
Jon Morrow is the associate editor for Copyblogger, one of the most widely read blogs on content marketing. I love his writing.
He has a fascinating and inspiring story. Jon can’t move from the neck down. He has SMA (spinal muscular atrophy), a rare disability but that has never stopped him from achieving his dreams. In his moving and popular post, How to Quit Your Job, Move to Paradise and Get Paid to Change the World, Jon describes how an unfortunate accident broke his legs but more importantly made him assess his life. He decided to quit his job and become a full-time blogger. His blog, Boost Blog Traffic always has thought-provoking and inspirational posts on how to increase traffic to your blog.
#5. Kristi Hines
Kristi’s blog, kikolani.com is chock-full of information for bloggers to succeed in their blogging goals. I like to visit Kristi’s blog to get the latest tips, tools and tricks. You are sure to find valuable info. when you visit her blog. Her work has been featured on some of the top marketing blogs including Social Media Examiner, Search Engine Journal, Search Engine Watch, KISSmetrics, Unbounce, and CrazyEgg. Social Media Examiner included her blog as one of the top 10 blogs and Forbes has counted her as the top 50 social media influencers.
#6. Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is a blogger, speaker, consultant and founder of several blogs and blog networks, including b5media and ProBlogger.net. He lives in Melbourne, Australia. He is also author of two popular books on blogging, Secrets of Blogging Your Way to a Six-figure income and Build a Better Blog in 31 Days. His two main blogs are Digital Photography School which features photography tips and ProBlogger which features tips on blogging. These two blogs, according to Wikipedia get around 85,000-100,000 page views a day and over $20,000 in total ad revenue a month.
#7. Danny Sullivan
Danny Sullivan is an industry leader in the field of SEO. He is the founding editor of Search Engine Land and Marketing Land. They are two of the most widely read marketing blogs. He also runs the SMX (Search Marketing Expo) series of conferences on SEO and SEM. He has the reputation for accurately predicting future SEO trends. Following him and listening to what he has to say is always a good idea. Not only is his content thought-provoking, you’ll also gain insights on how to adjust your content marketing strategies based on his extensive knowledge of current and future industry trends.
#8. Avinash Kaushik
Analytics and Avinash Kaushik go together. Avinash is the Analytics evangelist for Google. He is the author of two bestselling books, Web Analytics 2.0 and Web Analytics: An Hour a Day. He co-founded Market Motive Inc., which provides online education and certification in six Internet disciplines. He has received several awards from the American Statistical Association and Web Analytics Association. He teaches at several universities such as Stanford University, University of Utah and University of Virginia. He consults with various Fortune 100 companies.
#9. Neil Patel
Neil Patel writes long content-rich posts and does a detailed analysis of industry trends. He is co-founder of two Analytics companies, Crazy Egg and Kissmetrics. By 2009, Neil had implemented his marketing and search engine optimization tactics on 30 of the top 100 Technorati blogs and was named one of the top influencers on the web by The Wall Street Journal. Neil’s current blog, Quick Sprout, produces annual revenues over $1 million and has been featured in news outlets including Inc. Magazine, Forbes, Gigaom, and Business Insider. Neil is also a contributor to publications including Entrepreneur Magazine, TechCrunch, Mashable, Business Insider, SEOmoz, and Geekwire.
#10. Shama Kabani
Shama is the author of The Zen of Social Media Marketing: An Easier Way to Build Credibility, Generate Buzz, and Increase Revenue which is among the top three selling web marketing books on Amazon.com. She is the founder and CEO of Marketing Zen Group, an online marketing and digital PR firm. She is a media correspondent for major networks ranging from Fox Business to Bloomberg and contributor to Forbes.com.
5 Bloggers to Watch in 2014
I had to include the names of 5 bloggers I came in contact with thanks to Triberr. They always post useful, insightful content and I’ve learned a lot from them.
Frederic Gonzalo writes about social media and how it affects the travel and hospitality industry. Even though his niche is travel, his posts can easily apply to all of social media marketing.
I’ve gained a lot of insights reading their posts and I recommend that you visit their blogs ASAP.
It’s your turn. Who are your favorite bloggers? Why do you like reading their work? Please share in the comments below.