You Want To Make Money Online? Visit These Blogs Regularly

One of the keys to success in online business is to keep learning and never stop.

No matter how much you think you already know, you’ll always find new things to learn — unless you don’t search well enough — and you’ll always find people who know more than you do and are more experienced than you are.

So, if you’re into online business and are yet to form the habit of learning new things every day, you’re only shutting yourself away from a whole lot of valuable information that could speed-up your success.

I started online business in 2011, and since then I’ve been able to set up multiple online income streams — freelancing, affiliate marketing, information marketing, and so on. Yet, I don’t call myself an expert — even though I’ve learned and known enough about online business and marketing to set me far, far ahead of a newbie.

And despite having achieved decent results from various online marketing experiments, I still try to learn new things every day, because that’s the only way to keep abreast of what’s currently working in the internet business world and what’s not.

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Now, I want to share with you some blogs that I follow religiously. I’ve learned a whole lot from these blogs, and I’m still learning from them. These blogs are owned by experts who make their living online, and I’m sure you’ll learn a lot from them, too.

Boost Blog Traffic

This blog is owned by Jon Morrow, a man who didn’t allow his disability (he’s paralyzed from the neck downwards) to stop him from making a living online. Jon writes in a frank manner that strikes the reader’s heart directly.

If you want no-bullshit advice on how to generate traffic on your blog, subscribe to Jon’s blog, and read his posts regularly. By subscribing to his blog, you’ll get a free copy of Headline Hacks, an ebook containing 52 formulas for writing blog post headlines that stand out and attract attention.


This is where Neil Patel, a seasoned online marketing expert, shares proven tips on SEO, traffic generation, boosting online sales, and other topics related to online marketing.

One thing I love about Neil Patel’s posts is that they are always well researched and practical. Not some rehashed crap that needs to be proven.

Having helped many of the web’s biggest blogs (including boost their traffic and earnings, Neil Patel really knows his stuff. And if you’re not reading his blog, you’re missing a lot.

Leaving Work Behind

The design and content of this blog are darn awesome. Ever since I stumbled upon the blog, not only did I learn proven tips on how to make money online from freelance writing, affiliate marketing, and other online marketing streams, but I also learned how to write in simple and clear language (I’m not yet perfect at that, though.)

Reading each of Tom Ewer’s posts leaves me completely impressed. I love the way he logically presents his points. I love his style of writing (and, in fact, I try to emulate him in that). I love his sincerity, which is always obvious in his writing. And I love the fact that he’s never ashamed to share his failures whenever he records any.


If you’re a blogger and haven’t been reading this blog, then you’re missing out big time! Aside posts by its owner, Darren Rowse, the blog also features hundreds of valuable posts by other bloggers and internet marketing experts.

From starting your blog to building your mailing list, and to making money from your blog, each post you read on Problogger will teach you something new.

Smart Passive Income

The goal of every online entrepreneur is to set up a passive income stream — an online asset that will consistently generate profits with minimal input from the owner. If you really have this as your ultimate goal, too, then Pat Flynn’s blog is way to go.

Pat Flynn makes money from affiliate marketing, Google Adsense, and by selling ad space on his blogs. And he openly shares practical tips on how he achieved success with each of these business models.

The most fascinating thing about Pat Flynn is that he gives well-documented accounts of tactics he has used, how he used them, and the results he got. He sure is one of my mentors.

Income Diary

This blog is owned by Michael Dunlop, a twenty-something year-old guy from the UK. Though young, he has set up multiple online income streams and has built a good number of money-spinning websites. His blog features posts that teach practical tips on how to make money online.

By subscribing to Income Diary, you’ll gain access to a 7-day email course on how to start a profitable blog from scratch. You’ll surely learn a lot from this free course.


Featuring posts by Sonia Simone, Brian Clark, and Jon Morrow, this blog teaches you the art and magic of content writing.

How well content is written is one of the factors that set good blogs apart from crappy ones. And Copyblogger will teach you how to write content that will get you any results you want — traffic, sales, search engine ranking, and so on.

To get started with Copyblogger, subscribe to the blog, and you’ll get access to a 20-day email course on content writing.

Fred Gleeck’s Blog

If you’re an information marketer or are planning to go into information marketing, you’ve got a lot to learn from Fred Gleeck, who calls himself the king of information marketing — and I agree.

On his blog, Fred shares proven tips on how to create your own information product (be it an ebook, a podcast, or a video), market it, and ultimately earn profits from it.

In fact, Fred Gleeck inspired the creation of my ebook on how to get a good job in Nigeria. And by implementing his tips to the letter, I’ve made decent returns from the ebook, and there’s still much more to earn.

Now, this is what you should do…

Visit these blogs and subscribe to them, so you’ll receive instant email notifications when new posts are published. Read these blogs regularly.

A lot of valuable information have been shared on these blogs in the past, so take your time to read as many as possible previously published posts.

Reading the posts alone won’t change anything or fetch you any results. So, don’t just read. Implement whatever you learn to see if it will work for you. That’s the essence of learning. Not implementing what they teach makes you no different from someone who didn’t read them. And it makes you a time-waster.

I’ve been able to learn all I know right now about online business and internet marketing because I learn new things almost every day — from these blogs — and I implement them. I test for what works and what doesn’t. And I implement so as to get results and teach others, too.

So, start reading. And starting taking action.

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Updated: January 16, 2015 — 9:38 pm


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  1. Thanks for sharing sir,I only know of problogger but i am not an ardent reader of his blog,guess i would start reading his and the other blogs you put up.

    by the way,i also visit once in a while

    always wanted to blog about something else rather than entertainment but i have limited knowledge on this whole thing,i just started to know “The Online Life” late last year
    i pray i find that post (coupled with what i have learnt here) that would change my blog around

  2. Thanks Abass…your blog has encouraged me alot…you will not knw….before i started my online business…i read a lot of online info…your blog was one of the site that gave me some inside…these blogs is what i have been following and reading. but thanks for more encouragement

    1. Thanks for your comment. I wish you all the best in your quest to make money blogging.

  3. Great post sir, i really desire to make a move in dis online world, but i just get confused on where to start!

    1. Raymond,

      Try to download my free ebook. It should guide you on how to get started. Feel free to ask any other questions.

  4. This is great from you! Thanks for sharing your secret with us.

    1. Chigozie,

      You’re welcome. I’m glad you found the post helpful

  5. sir i also have another site you may/may not have heard that is he also give tips on internet marketing with videos attached

    1. Michael,

      Yeah, I checked it out and it’s really loaded. But the truth is, there’s no way you can keep up with every good blog. There are several thousands of them.

      So, your best bet is to stick with the few blogs run by globally renowned experts in internet marketing/online business.

      And the truth is, we can’t all have the same mentors. You know?

  6. This is a great info.
    I know of problogger, copyblogger and boost blog traffic but the others are totaly new to me.

    As a matter of fact i have not heard their names or even come across them before.

    I will visit them immediately.
    Thanks for the info?

    1. Angela,

      I’m sure you’ll learn from others, too. You’re welcome.

  7. Hello Abass i really love the way you reply all my comments.

    I will adopt your style in future. It always get me back here reminding me that i have not visited the WIP today.

    Your blog is one of my greatest inspirations and i mention you in my post every now and then.
    Ride on

    1. Angela,

      Responding promptly to comments is one of the keys to building a successful blog. After all, we all agree that a blog is a medium of interaction between a blogger and his/her readers.

      What beats my imagination is how some bloggers (let call them lazy) totally ignore their readers’ comments and leave their questions unanswered.

      And one thing most people don’t know is, when you respond to comments, new visitors to your blog will be encouraged to comment, too. And your readers will also like you for that. So, comments keep your blog alive.

  8. Lest I forget. I do not have a subcribers list yet.

    What Il realy meant to say was commentators emails.

    No one has subscribed for anything yet.

    All my viewers are my friends and family.

    No traffic from Google yet.

    1. Angela,

      Your statement, “All my viewers are my friend and family” really got me cracked up at first, and quizzical in the end.

      Why don’t you have other readers? Seems you’ve not been taking action. Right?

  9. Thanks for the list man. You shared your sources (of inspiration) with us; a clear indication you’re not selfish.

    I’ve heard of these blogs except Fred Gleeck’s Blog. But my favorites are Jon Morrow’s, (I agree with you, this guy is frank. He calls me dumb; not me really but one of his posts did) and Flynndustries SPI – what’s better than earning passive income

    Thanks for the list once again, will check the ‘except’ out.

    1. Farblos,

      Thanks for your comment and kind words. I think I know that Jon Morrow’s post you were referring to. It’s a really inspiring post.

      Check out Fred Gleeck, too. He offers clear-cut tips on information marketing — the same information that most Nigerian self-proclaimed “gurus” will charge you huge amounts for.

  10. 0h! I just remember now, I got to know BBT through you, yes, while I was reading one of your posts on Content Marketing Plus you recommended Jon’s headline hacks and em…em… (I think Elements of Style).

    I owe you the appreciation. Thank You Sir.

    1. Farblos, you’re welcome.

  11. Interesting blogs I must say, Abass.

    However, my advice to bloggers has been to watch their analytic reports, check their bounce rate, listen to their readers and make sure they are making money. Its really that simply.

    For some time, I was an ardent follower of John Chow. Now, everyone knows that John updates everyday…and has intimidating traffic! I followed that model and instead, my traffic dropped dramatically – over 30%! So, in essence, while these folks you mentioned are great in their respects, bloggers should always follow what actually works for them and not what the ‘pros’ preach.

    You have also mentioned that you love Tom’s style and actively emulates it. Does it actually work for you? I remember, I adored Soyinka’s style of writing and attempted to write like him…I was the poorest writer ever! Then, I understood something I had always failed to see: originality pays!

    Do have a very great day!


    1. Akaahan,

      Thanks for your insightful comment.

      I agree with you on the importance of frequently checking one’s analytics reports for vital metrics and listening to one’s readers.

      Well, as for John Chow, I’ve never been his fan. The posts on his blog, to me, are mostly crap — either guest posts that contain nothing new or posts by John Chow himself that end as sales pitches. He might have had a great blog in the past, but presently, it’s a load of B.S. — in my opinion. I had to unsubscribe from his mailing list when I discovered he was only bombarding my inbox with updates that had nothing I would regard as valuable.

      I also agree with you that bloggers should study and emulate what works for the pros, not necessarily what they preach. But I think that applies to pros who preach X, when in reality Y is working for them. But if there’s one thing I’ve always appreciated about the blogs listed in this post (probably except Problogger, which accepts guest posts), it’s the fact that they’re written by bloggers who only preach what has worked and is working for them — and are never ashamed to share their failures, too.

      The part of your comment where you stated how you tried to emulate Soyinka amused me the most. Soyinka’s writing will never work for the web. In fact, such dry and too-formal writing hardly impresses people these days. What cuts it now is informal, conversational writing. And that’s how Tom writes.

      Yes, I stated that I try to emulate how Tom writes in simple and clear language — and that’s exactly what the average web reader appreciates. And it’s actually working for me. At least, I’ve never had anyone complain about my writing.

      1. An apt reply, Abass – and it sure explains a lot. I agree with you about the fact that John Chow is presently B.S. (and that is one of the many reasons why I don’t bother with him again).

        But then, even when you take the advice that is working for the pros (and they’re real honest with you), you may still fail gallantly if you fail to apply that advice to circumstances in your own life – and blog. For instance, updating daily may have actually worked for some of your mentors (in all honesty) and they may in fact reap tons of benefits from it.

        However, the same daily updates may abysmally fail for you: Why?

        1. Their blogs may have tens of thousands of subscribers, followers and fans. Any update would thus mean a plethora of clicks.

        2. Higher and more impressive metrics like PR, DA, links etc which may mean more search engine visibility even for poorly optimized entries would naturally attract more traffic for more content.

        A newbie on the other hand may only have the power of promotion on his side…You see, in such a situation, it would actually be wiser to be careful with what the pros teach and do (even if its working for them).

        I don’t know if you’re clearer on my argument (and stand) now?

        Best regards,


        My romance with Soyinka was during my pre-blogging days…not when/after I registered my first domain name.

  12. hi abbas. thanks for your effort writing this article. i’d also like to ask you a question, does changing of theme affect ranking results on google and also, how can you know where those folks who are interested in you topic hangout?

  13. Mr Abass Toriola, I really appreciate associating myself with your blog. since the day I followed a link from Nairaland to your site I have not regreted it and wouldn’t mind writing for you even if you chose to pay me with constructive criticism.

    1. Don,

      Thanks for your kind words. I’ll think of a way to work with you.

      1. I will be waiting. thanks in advance.

  14. Thanks man. Very helpful

  15. onwughalu ifunanya

    Hi Abass, when I stunned into your blog I thought it d’be like other fakes that would give nothing, but indeed your various posts have inspired me.
    Am a newbie and would like to blog on know how about information technology which would include tutorials on different software packages. But I need Ur help n advice on how to build it up.

    1. Ifunanya,

      I’m glad you found my blog helpful. The first step to choosing the right niche is to ensure that people are really looking for the information you want to share on your blog. I’m not too sure if that your topic fits in.

  16. Please I was recently banned for life by google for click fraud offence. I actually clicked on my google ads in my sites and google got to know of it. I did not know that they were tracking my numerous clicks. How do I go out of this problem? Are there alternative to google adsense.

    I want to earn good money from blogging but I can not proceed further due to this google problem.

    1. Mr X,

      Well, Google Adsense is just the best ad network available in terms of pay. So, none of the alternatives pays as much as they do (except perhaps

      Sincerely, I don’t know how you can get around the problem without Google figuring out. Since you’ve been blacklisted, they would have all your details on file, once you try to sign up again and those details match, they’ll detect it.

  17. Hi coach!
    Try to fix the leave work behind link- the “.com” extention is erroneous.

  18. Problogger is my favourite. It motivated me to set up my own entrepreneurial blog – where I share free business ideas that will help people to set up profitable business ventures and start making money online and offline. Keep up with the good work here !

  19. Wow! Thanks for this info. Pls can you share blogs with freelance writing tips and info. Thanks

  20. I have 2000 visitors in my Facebook page which I want to use for online business, how do I launch my page to get my payment at each click?

    1. Cletus,

      A Facebook page cannot be monetized in any way that generates earnings per click.

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