8 blogs every sidestrapper should be reading

Shane Labs January 24, 2014 4

I’ve heard RSS is dead, but not to me!

I have about 70 blogs that I follow in my RSS reader (yes, I still use RSS feeds). I feel like it’s an  effective habit to always be learning, and reading blogs is one of the ways I accomplish that. Every day I spend about an hour going through some of the articles that catch my attention and try to learn something new.

That’s a lot of blogs, and I should probably clean house and remove a lot from my list, but don’t worry I’m not going to list of all my blogs. I’ve distilled my favorites into a concise list for easy consumption! Here are my top recommendations:

  • #1. Smart Passive Income – Pat Flynn is a bright guy who started making websites after he lost his job being an architect. He quickly realized he could make passive income by setting up sites and collecting income passively. He specializes in niche sites, and shares his journey on his blog, as well as on his popular podcast.
  • #2. ShoeMoney – Jeremy Schoemaker started out with a ringtone website, and after becoming successful started a blog to share how to make money on the internet. He’s gained a quite following and now runs AuctionAds, the ShoeMoney system, the Par Program, as well as organizing a yearly conference. Be sure to check out his image of a $132k AdSense check.
  • #3. QuickSprout – Neil Patel is the co-founder of CrazyEgg, HelloBar, and KissMetrics, and if you’ve ever used any of those, you know how impressive that is. He helps companies like Amazon, NBC, GM, HP and Viacom grow their revenue. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world.
  • #4. Jon Acuff – Author of an amazing book Quitter, about hating his job and how he found his dream job. His blog provides inspiration and common sense advice to keep you motivated while trying to overcome your current job.
  • #5. Moz – SEO is constantly changing, and the team at Moz explains it all. They’re always dissecting the latest Google updates, and analyzing what still works and what doesn’t. If you’re hoping on getting any traffic from searches, the Moz blog is a must.
  • #6. I love split testing – I’m a huge fan of split testing, and Visual Website Optimizer posts case studies of how people increased their conversion rate by split testing their site. Sometimes I don’t believe they’ve run the tests long enough to be statistically significant, but regardless the studies will give you ideas on what to try on your sites.
  • #7 and #8. HackerNews and Reddit. Okay, these aren’t really blogs, they’re sites where people submit links to content they find useful. HackerNews is all about startups, and Reddit has categories like /r/Entrepreneur, /r/SideProject, /r/EntrepreneurRideAlong, and /r/startups. Not only are these great for reading, also try submitting your sites here too.

So that’s my list. I just came across this list of top 10 affiliate marketing blogs that share income results, which is pretty sweet. I can’t vouch for the blogs on that list (except for Pat Flynn’s mentioned above) since I haven’t been following them for a while, but give it a glance and see if any of those interest you.

Does anyone else follow these as well? Feel free to leave other recommendations in the comments below.


  1. Chris Guthrie January 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    I share income results on my blog but I don’t go as granual as some of the folks you’ve mentioned.

    Just feels like too much of a risk for me to outline every single source that makes up my income (since so very little comes from my blog)

    Will be checking out the rest of your posts (found you via Twitter)

    • Shane Labs January 27, 2014 at 6:55 am - Reply

      Hi Chris! Yeah, I understand why most people don’t share income results as granular as those mentioned and I do – it makes you feel naked and vulnerable. But I think it’s really key to showing people exactly what’s working so they can benefit as well. Nice site, will keep in touch!

  2. Samuel January 29, 2014 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Yep, definitely heard all of them, but that’s just me remember. 😉

    I will solidify your message in this post and encourage anyone to follow those blogs too.

    Thanks for the suggestions and keep up the good work here on this awesome blog.

    – Sam

    • Shane Labs January 29, 2014 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      Hey Sam – Thanks for the note! I dig your site too and will be sure to add it to my rss reader – now at 71 blogs 😉

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