Growing a business is very challenging. If you’re running a small business, you’re probably wearing many hats at any given time and at each point in time you need to make decisions quickly. So it’s important for you to continue increasing knowledge in the different areas of your business. Now, you don’t have to go back to school to learn all the details of your business. Blogs give you a convenient way to add knowledge in almost any topic you can think of.

Why learn from blogs?

Blogs are appealing to busy professionals for a number of reasons:

  1. They are most  written by experts in the respective topics,
  2. Information is served in bite sizes. It doesn’t take a long time to read and absorb the contents of a blog. All you need is about 30 minutes at a time,
  3. You have the opportunity to interact with the author of the blog via the comments section.

Now here are some top blogs that I follow and you should too:

Duck Tape Marketing Blog (Topics: Marketing and Customer Development)

Written by John Jantsch, this blog focuses on marketing in the many forms and media. Most businesses don’t make it through the first year because of cash-flow problems. Thankfully, your business will thrive because you went over to this blog to learn how to attract new business.

John is giving away a FREE e-book, 7 Steps to Small Business Success, that I highly recommend you download and read.

Moz Learning Blog (Topic: Search Engine Optimization SEO)

52% of small businesses own a website, but many of these websites just aren’t doing much for them. With SEO, you can make it easier for the right type of customers find you through search engines like Google and Bing. At Moz, you’ll learn how to optimize your website for search engines and even if you end up hiring an SEO professional to do it, you’ll better understand what they’re doing. Small Business (Topic: Success Stories, Investing, Money Management)

This is an excellent blog covering numerous topics for small businesses, including finances, technology, hiring processes and success stories. What I like most about this blog is the inspiration from featured small businesses that are new and growing. You can earn a lot from this blog.

Social Media Today (Topic: Social Media)

There’s no doubt that social media has an impact on business today. Social media networks and the new water coolers where real users talk about products, services and companies that they like or don’t like. Knowing how to use social media to your advantage is vital to your business success. When you go to Social Media Today you’ll find very useful information to help you understand the social media world.

Seth Godin Blog (Topics: Branding, Marketing)

Seth Godin is one of my favorite authors. I like reading his blog because it’s always refreshing and challenging all at once. He is author of a number of books on the various forms of marketing and how to brand your company/business. His blog is mostly a continuation of the topics covered in his books. Make this your mus read blog and you’ll improve your business greatly.

Now it’s your turn. What useful blogs have you read in the past? Share some great blogs in the comments section.