75 Best Business Blogs of 2010

The Internet is ablaze with blogs. We sifted through the web’s innumerable offerings to give you this year’s list of the 75 best business blogs.

Our topics range from accounting to work-life balance. We selected them based on timely, useful content; regularity of updates and quality of information. We categorized them by topic to help you find those most relevant to your field. We can vouch for every single one of the blogs on this list, and encourage you to read them to hone your expertise in your field.

Good work, bloggers!

ACCOUNTING

Beancounter Ramblings

This is the resource on taxes for small businesses. Partners-in-CPA Donna and Chad Bordeaux give small business owners detailed, easy-to-understand guidance on how to take advantage of tax laws. They also help businesses plan taxes—and consult on the side.

re: The Auditors

Re: The Auditors is targeted at those interested in–or working for–the Big 4 accounting firms, with a focus on regulation, auditing, strategy, and other topics relevant to corporate accounting. Quality writing and an independent angle make this blog a winning read.

ADVERTISING

AdvertisingAge

Advertising Age’s prolific blog covers ad industry news, campaigns, and commentary. Digest it daily to stay up on the ad world.

AdFreak

Another magazine-sponsored blog, this time from AdWeek. The bloggers present ad images and clips on each post, followed by a background and commentary. They have a penchant for finding really interesting content, about ads, companies, and people in the industry.

AGRICULTURE

Farmgate

Former journalist, marketer, and farm educator Stu Ellis writes about the trends in agriculture, and what they mean for those in the industry. A quality blog by a true agriculture expert.

BLOGGING

Problogger

Longtime blogger and blogging expert Darren Rowse makes a living by blogging—and is the ultimate resource on helping you grow, nurture and monetize your blogs, too.

BLOGS BY CORPORATIONS

AccuQuote

Life insurance provider AccuQuote hosts this handy blog, which provides tips on saving money, safety, and insurance. It’s not the most glamorous of fields, but the tips are useful and sound.

ComScore

15 authors focus on e-commerce and the digital marketplace for the digital marketing intelligence company comScore. It’s a nice place to get your fix on digital marketing tips and trends, as well as an overview of the current digital landscape.

BUSINESS LAW

The Conglomerate

Five law professors weigh in on law, business, education, and a variety of other topics. Their expert analysis on business law is not only helpful for understanding events from a legal perspective, but also very readable.

BUSINESS COMMENTARY

DealBreaker: A Wall Street Tabloid

Snark, wit and Wall Street gossip define this self-proclaimed business tabloid, which doesn’t let any banker off the hook, no matter the bonus size. Editor Bess Levin is relentless in the best sense of the word.

CAREER

Simply Hired

SimplyHired.com’s blog offers practical, thorough advice that every job hunter can use, from explaining years of temping to an employer to jobs that are growing by industry.

COACHING AND CONSULTING

Coaching Commons

This interactive forum and quality ezine covers everything from coaching trends to practical tips to the history of coaching. Podcasts, videos, and all-around great reporting round out the offerings.

Maximize Possibility

This blog tenaciously provides quality links and resources that coaches, consultants, and anyone else in the business of learning business can use.

CONSUMER ISSUES

Consumerist

Consumerist is the definitive source on customer service, how-tos, shopping, investigations, and any other consumer-rights issues.

CONTENT

Copyblogger

The go-to resource for copywriting, content marketing, and successfully building an online presence. Follow Copyblogger regularly to increase your skill set in these areas.

CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY

CSR News

Sharp business analysis, case studies, and an in-depth look at the things currently affecting CR define this thorough and well-written blog.

CUSTOMER SERVICE

Make or Break Moments

This blog ties trends, communication, customer loyalty, and everything else you want to know about customer service into a neat, concise, story-rich package.

E-COMMERCE

Practical E-Commerce

Practical E-Commerce’s blog covers more than 12 topics and is written by a host of bloggers, making it one of the most complete e-commerce blogs on the web.

ECONOMICS

Economist’s View

University of Oregon economics prof Mark Thoma provides relevant information for more than juct hic econ students in this helpful and timely blog. From more econ-ese topics like nominal GDP growth targeting to more mainstream analysis like how a smarter bailout could have shorted the recession, Thoma makes sure that Joe Q. Public can understand it all.

Mike Konczal’s Rortybomb

Konzal busts mythical media stories, unsound statistics, misbegotten assumptions and poorly thought out arguments to give you a keen look into the economy’s true situation. The man knows how to think a financial issue through; him sharing his insights through his blog is truly a must-read for anyone interested in real financial problem-solving.

Greg Mankiw’s Blog

Harvard economics professor Greg Mankiw’s blog is geared at students, but is useful for anyone with an interest in economics. Subjects cover trends in economics, explain components of the field in a new and interesting way (“The Economics of Seinfeld” is one such post), and occasionally veer into other diverse topics.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Toilet Paper Entrepreneur

Full of tips, discussion, videos, and other resources for new entrepreneurs. TPE sets the standard for informing and supporting its venture-hungry readers.

The Rise to the Top

The ever-enthusiastic and engaging David Siteman Garland hosts this multimedia venture, which includes a regular blog, online show, events, and resources for entrepreneurs. Bonus: As advertised, it isn’t boring—at all.

GREEN BUSINESS

Triple Pundit

Triple Pundit covers news, commentary, and analysis about the triple bottom line, which has to do with sustainable business and the environment. Consistently insightful and interesting.

FINANCE

Economics of Contempt

This blog is written anonymously by a New York finance lawyer who used to work in politics. Finance, economic policy, and analysis of finance laws make up the general themes of this excellent blog. His insider perspective and unique experience make for a thorough read.

The Baseline Scenario

While almost everyone else is busy booing and moaning the sordid fall of the US economy, the folks at The Baseline Scenario are looking for solutions. Authors Peter Boone, Simon Johnson and James Kwak have oodles of economics, policy, consulting, management, and entrepreneurial experience between them, making for some formidably good reading.

Felix Salmon

Financial commentary king Felix Salmon deconstructs and gives valuable insights on mainstream media finance news.

Links: Abnormal Returns

This blog offers some of the best, most complete, daily financial links on the web, period.

FRANCHISING

The Franchise King

This blog shares news, contests, commentary, and tips for franchisers. His posts are consistently short, interesting, and relevant.

FREELANCING

Freelance Switch

Chock full of useful tips for freelancers, this blog speaks to workers who do it themselves. Bonus: Comics, contests, and anecdotes.

GENERATIONAL

Building Money and Career (Gen-Y)

I Will Teach You To Be Rich

Ramit Sethi, who cofounded startup PBwiki, gives tips on entrepreneurship, personal finance, and, well, getting rich, mainly targeted at young adults. His advice is useful and to-the-point.

Building Career and Family (Gen-X)

Guy Kawasaki

Alltop creator and tech guru Guy Kawasaki isn’t Gen X-specific, but his content is useful to any small business owner interested in tech and raising kids (which we would assume are mostly Gen Xers). He’s chock full of useful tips and practical ideas, making his blog worth a regular check-in.

Retirement (Boomer)

RetirementRevised

RetirementRevised.com is more of a sort of blog-ezine hybrid and all-around good resource for anyone thinking about retirement. As an age group, boomers have done many things differently; this blog focuses on a new definition of retirement and life after 50.

HUMAN RESOURCES

HR Bartender

HR expert Sharlyn Lauby likens herself to the neighborhood bartender who you trust with your problems and count on for good advice. If you read her regularly, you’ll see that she indeed lives up to that. Her expertise in social media in the workplace makes her content especially timely and useful.

INNOVATION

Innovation Tools’ Innovation Weblog

Chuck Frey curates this complete innovation blog, which covers news, trends, tech, commentary, research, best practices, management, strategies and more. Did we mention it was complete? That’s not to mention well-written and very much worth the RSS feed.

INTERNATIONAL

International Business—General

Global Edge

Two dozen contributors cover both international and country-specific business/economic issues. Their unique reports cover everything from Tehran’s first hypermarket to the fine art industry as a global economic indicator. An excellent place to catch up on general business happenings across the globe.

Africa

Timbuktu Chronicles

Emeka Okafor’s incredible range of business experiences include starting companies, co-running a food/beverage company, managing a PE fund, and directing the 2007 TED global conference in Tanzania. In Timbuktu Chronicles, he covers entrepreneurship, innovation, sustainability, technology, and more. His inclusion of individual people’s stories and entrepreneurial ventures lets you know the African business world through individual stories.

EU

A Fistful of Euros

Commentary on economic, business, and current news in the EU. 15 authors cover both individual countries and EU-wide news, as well as commentary on more remote countries, like the US.

Middle East

Zawya

This Middle East-focused news site offers excellent business and economics updates for the entire region.

China

The China Business Network

CBN is perhaps the ultimate network for anyone in the West who wants to get better at doing business in or with China. A handful of channels contain valuable articles that will help you make the right moves on your way East.

Latin America

Latin Americanist

Nine contributors cover business, politics, and culture in Latin America. Coverage is consistently good, as are the links to current news. An ideal place to load up on Latin America, in English.

India

Trak.in

Popular India business news, top-10 lists, trends, and startups are the focus of this prolific and entertaining blog.

Australia/NZ

BNET’s Aussie Rules Blog

Tips, analysis, trends and more are covered in this well-written, Australia-specific business resource.

INTERNET MARKETING

MarketingVOX

MarketingVOX covers industry news, trends, tools, and other marketing information that, according to them, “can have material impact on their work, as opposed to the hype of the day.” They’re right, because it’s a darn good resource.

INVESTING

The Aleph Blog

David Merkel, CFA, FSA has professional experience in equity management, investment analysis, investment commentator, and as a chief economist—but that’s not the only reason you should read his blog. You should read his blog because he knows how to read the economy and its markets, and he does it well.

Pragmatic Capitalism

If you want to pick up the crucial information that the mainstream media leaves out, look no further than Pragmatic Capitalism, which has one objective: “helping investors decipher information in a way that helps them create an investment plan that produces superior market returns.” Carefully researched and filtered information makes it easier for you to make smart investment choices.

MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP

HBR’s Tom Davenport

Author, research guru and management expert Tom Davenport has written nine books for the Harvard Business Press. He shares his insights and ideas with you on this quality blog. He’s currently focused on blogging about judgment in business; the topics he blogs about include exploring your leadership narrative, cultivating organizational judgment, and why some companies make better decisions than others.

Management Craft

Management consultant Lisa Haneberg focuses on making businesses more effective and aligned. Her 30+ years of experience feed well into her topics, which include everything from business tools to book reviews to business poetry.

MANUFACTURING AND OPERATIONS

Manufacturing Transformation

Written by people who work for the enterprise software company Apriso, this blog advises and informs through posts that will, upon regular reading, keep you up-to-date and wise to the workings of the manufacturing world.

Matching Supply With Demand

The two authors behind this blog cover news, trends, and analysis for the operations management field. It’s geared at instructors who teach operations management, but the in-depth, instructive articles, which use real-life examples, benefit everyone in the field.

MARKETING

Duct Tape Marketing

Geared at the small business crowd, this essential marketing resource offers news, tools, tips, and commentary relevant to SMB. The site also has an excellent podcast, books, and other resources.

Seth’s Blog

Seth Godin is a guru of sorts. His frequent, to-the-point insights make you both ponder your own outlook, then improve. Utterly essential.

Neuromarketing

Veteran marketer and consultant Roger Dooley explores the burgeoning field of neuromarketing with research news, company examples, trends, and more. A well-rounded and informative read.

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

DealBook

The New York Times’ DealBook consistently has superior details, background, and reports on the M&A space. Not that this should be your only resource, but it’s definitely one of the best.

MICROFINANCE

David Roodman’s Microfinance Open Book Blog

If you want to learn more about microfinance, look no further than this so-called open book blog by Center for Global Development Senior Fellow David Roodman. In his blog, Roodman shares chapters and drafts of his upcoming book on microfinance, as well as Q&As, guest posts and more. He asks the hard questions about how and for whom microfinance works, making for an engaging ongoing discussion.

MOTIVATION

Get Motivation’s Motivation Blog

Regular articles by self-improvement gurus Brian Tracy, Zig Ziglar, Joe Tye, Jim Stovall, Robert Pagliarini, and others make this blog a complete resource for your motivational needs.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Five Cent Nickel

“Nickel,” the writer of this blog, raised a family and finished school without debt, and paid off his mortgage in less than ten years. So when he writes an article entitled “How to Get Out of Debt,” it’s worth reading. He covers other personal finance topics, from dry stuff like structuring your estate plan to the ever-interesting topic of how to become a millionaire, with a twist of philosophical insight that makes you want to read more.

The Simple Dollar

As its name suggests, the Simple Dollar offers simple ways to manage your personal finances. Blogger Trent Hamm, after having his own financial meltdown, created this useful resource to explain and explore how to simplify your personal finances.

PHARMA/HEALTH

Pharmalot

Written by longtime pharma journalist Ed Silverman, Pharmalot covers pharma news, trends, and issues. It’s really well-written, and could be considered a niche newspaper. A quality resource.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Brian Solis

PR agency principal Brian Solis writes about PR and social media news, trends, and events. His posts are short, and he updates frequently, making this a good blog to read in tasty bites.

A PR Guy’s Musings

PR Guru Stuar Bruce is the founder and CEO of the global PR company Wolfstar. Combine that kind of street cred with the topic selection and insights of a true insider, and you have one worthy blog.

PRODUCT MANAGEMENT

On Product Management

Useful tips, stories, all-around PM wisdom, and even humor abound in this essential resource for product managers. Self-proclaimed career product manager Saeed Khan, competitive intelligence pro Alan Armstrong, product management consultant Prabhakar Gopalan, and software industry vet Ethan Henry share their abundance of knowledge in detailed and relevant posts.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Pawel Brodzinski on Software Project Management

Down-to-earth software industry vet Pawel Brodzinski offers a real-world perspective on all aspects of software project management in this blog. It might also be called “Refreshingly BS-Free Software Project Management,” but that’s probably not what Pawel was going for.

REAL ESTATE

Bigger Pockets

Covers real estate news, investment, marketing, sales, technology, and landlord issues. Useful articles both for seasoned pros and beginners. The blog also has a good networking component, via forums, groups, bulletins, and a resource directory.

SALES

Heavy Hitter Sales

Longtime salesman and author Steve W. Martin shares stories, tips, insights, research, and just about everything else you need to feed your know-how as a salesperson. Though he only posts monthly, his posts are basically all good magazine articles, the kind you’d want to clip.

SEO

Search Engine Land

This journalist-led SEO news and info site offers professional, compelling industry coverage.

SMALL BUSINESS

Small Business Trends

Lawyer-turned-small business owner Anita Campbell runs this blog, which covers the gamut of information useful to small business owners, from easy marketing plans to startup failure rates to—you guessed it—small business trends. It’s a great one-stop shop for any small business owner.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Mashable

Perhaps the ultimate social media resource, Mashable covers the gamut of social media news, tips, lists, and how-tos. It’s an extensive social media resource that you should bookmark and check at least weekly.

Chris Brogan

Social media expert and bestselling author Chris Brogan has been doing social media for 11 years. Yes, that’s probably three times as long as most of you. This is why he’s worth listening to, as well as the fact that he writes interesting, engaging, and relevant blog posts.

SPORTS BUSINESS

Sports Biz

Writer Darren Rovell reports on sports news from a business perspective. He covers the gamut of sports business, from endorsements to promising young players. An excellent daily read.

TECHNOLOGY/IT

ReadWriteWeb

Insightful news and analysis on web, Internet industry, and other tech news make this blog a daily staple for anyone in the world of tech.

TechCrunch

News from the hardware/software/IT space, including new products, IPOs and funding, companies, campaigns, research, people, industry news, and more. Consistently good and on top of the tech game.

VENTURE CAPITAL

A VC

Longtime New York City VC Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures) covers company moves, public policy, investor behavior, media, tech, and a whole lot more. His brings insight and a human touch to all of his topics.

WOMEN IN BUSINESS

The Glass Hammer

This blog does an admirable job of addressing career issues for high-performing, thinking women. Cleverly curated categories include interviews, advice columns, office politics, money, and much more.

WORK-LIFE BALANCE

Zen Habits

Leo Baubata is a master of simplification, and everything in his blog—the lack of ads and photos, the reasonable, direct advice—reflects that. Take in his literary cup of tea for balance and health.

  • B Smithern

    I really like The Farnam street blog, although not sure what category it would fit in
    http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/

  • What a great list! Thanks for including the BiggerPockets Blog for the second year in a row in the Real Estate category!

  • I making it a point to start reading many of these blogs this year based on your recommendations.

  • Nice list! Thank you for including HR Bartender. Happy New Year!

  • Kwame Kilpatrick

    Any list of the best business blogs that doesn’t include Zero Hedge or Global Economic Analysis has missed the mark.

    Sorry.

  • Drea,

    Thank you for my inclusion (again!) in your Top Business blogs” round-up.

    You rock!

    The Franchise King®

  • Thanks so much for including The Rise To The Top!

  • Very good list, Drea. I’m only surprised that you have only one blog listed for e-commerce (such an integral part of for so many businesses now).

  • Nice compilation of good sites. I’ll share it in my small business startup classes. Thanks!

  • Great list! Thanks for featuring us!

    – Nick from TriplePundit.com

  • Thanks for naming On Product Management as the top PM blog. Great news for the end of the year.

    If you want to want to contribute to our blog, feel free to contact me.

    Saeed

  • Al

    No Calculated Risk? Odd omission.

  • I found this site and it is unbelievable with the amount of knowledge here. One of my favorite things to do is learn and put into action what I have learned. I finally found a site or sites that have people who will actually share their reasons for success. Thank You, Thank You, and Thank You.

  • Thanks for including the Maximize Possibility blog on your best of 2010 round-up! It is truly an honor!

    All the best to you in 2011!

    – Chris Young

  • BTW, do you have a badge or something for recognition? I’d love to put one up on our site with it pointing back to this post.

  • Great list! Maybe next year you could break the small business category down into home-based business sites. Thanks for sharing the list.

  • Nice list and glad to see Joel and Anita’s blogs listed here. They offer great information and definitely a well deserved listing.

    Would like to see a business finance category as well. Couple of suggestions for that would be businessfinancemag.com and of course businesscreditblogger.com ;)

    All the best,

    Marco

  • Marco,

    That was awful nice of you to stop by and comment on this top blog list.

    Thanks for the Anita Campbell-Joel Libava shout-out, too!

    The Franchise King®

  • Great resource! I’ve bookmarked it. It will be good to have this to refer too when I get questions from clients about blogging. Thanks.