It seems like every day there are new blogs from business owners, people who serve small business and those who monitor small business trends. Blogs are often written by people who have "been-there and done-that", and it's good to know what's being talked about in the small business blogosphere. But how do you figure out which ones are worth your time to read? While you can't keep up with them all, there are easy ways to browse the best ones. By browsing small business blogs, you can:
- Stay up-to-date with the latest business trends, opportunities and news.
- Get timely advice from business coaches, marketing gurus and accounting experts.
- Keep an eye on the competition and get ideas for your own business or blog.
Get an overview of the latest trends, opportunities and tipsStart at high profile business blogs that have a lot of traffic and are consistently updated by well-known bloggers.
Discover the best blogs from actual small businessesGain a unique perspective into the lives of people starting and running all kinds of small businesses through their blogs.
Find other small business blogs on blog directoriesTo find a coffee shop blog, for example, type in "coffee shop". You can also subscribe to keyword search feeds to find the latest blogs in your area of interest. Search on your own company name to see if it's being mentioned in the blogosphere.
Use RSS readers to get summaries of updates to your favorite small business blogsRSS or RSS feed refers to a way for sites to syndicate their content, and allows you to read the highlights of all the blogs you like to read in one place.
- If you've found a good blog, a way to find more quality blogs on a similar topic is to look at the blog's sidebar to see what other blogs the author has recommended.
- Commenting on an interesting blog post is a way to voice your opinion or add some useful information, but it can also let more people know about your URL or expertise.
- Some top blogs that don't deal specifically with small business, but cover topics such as technology, may also be useful for you to track.