The 50 Best Business Blogs of 2008

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Best Business Blogs 2008

Some blogs truly define today’s business voice. These blogs represent a healthy mixture of independent and mainstream voices, prominent academics and small business owners with equally strong opinions.

We compiled a completely biased sampling of our 50 favorite blogs, sorted by category. The categories are neither based on anything official nor are representations within them equal. For example, we have included a ridiculous number of finance and investing blogs, an industry where coverage truly stood out this year. It is possible that we have forgotten other categories.

However smattered the designations on this list, rest assured that every single one of these blogs is worth reading. If you find something missing, or want to show off your own blog, we encourage you to comment.

Here they are, categorically sorted, and alphabetically ordered:

Advertising
Dim Bulb Author and advertising critic Jonathan Salem Baskin picks apart ads and marketing campaigns, then offers advice on how to do them right. Hint: Watch the branding.

Business Leaders
Jonathan’s Blog Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz is arguably the best exec blogger in the ‘sphere.

Blog Maverick, Mark Cuban’s blog. Commentary on various issues that Mark Cuban is interested in. Makes readers feel like an insider to the upwardly mobilized.

Business Travel
The Economist’s Gulliver is not only one of the best business travel blogs on the Web, it is one of the only ones.

China
All Roads Lead to China provides economic and business analysis and news from China, by an American expert.

Customer Issues
Church of the Customer covers customer evangelism. Useful for both companies and individuals.

The Consumerist looks at business from a consumer-rights standpoint while remaining remarkably readable and informative.

ECommerce
Practical ECommerce lives up to its name, offering really useful advice and tips for those with online presences.

Economics
Marginal Revolution: Tyler/Tyrone Cowen and Alex Tabarrok author one of the Web’s essential economics blogs.

Freakanomics Blog at the New York Times: The authors of Freakonomics present…more Freakonomics! This econ blog is a treat.

Economics Roundtable offers useful daily econ- and business links.

In Beat the Press, Economist Dean Baker points out flaws and missteps in economic reporting, often giving valuable insight in the process.

Entrepreneurship
Toilet Paper Entrepreneur: Mike Michalowicz offers invaluable tips, resources, and networking/exposure opportunities for new entrepreneurs in this innovative blog.

Environmental Sustainability
The Oil Drum gives thorough peak oil and enviro-news opinion and analysis.

Financial News and Investing
Steadfast Finances offers down-to-earth tips and coverage of finance, for everyday folks.

Financial Armageddon: Author Michael J. Panzner covers the carnage using media and official outlets.

Seeking Alpha compiles reports and commentary from more than 2,000 contributors, making it a information hub and one-stop shop for an assortment of financial information.

Market Movers at Conde Nast Portfolio: Felix Salmon blogs on the financial industry all day at this blog. And he does a mighty good job of it.

Credit Writedowns offers the best credit crisis coverage on the Web.

Calculated Risk: Lending, mortgages, indices, and cutting-edge macroeconomic coverage–Calculated Risk covers it all, one step ahead of the rest.

Financial Times’ Alphaville Deftly filtered real-time coverage of market activity, from the UK but covering the US and EU as well.

Abnormal Returns is the perfect place to browse updated, smartly filtered links on investing.

Franchising
The Franchise King Blog is an invaluable resource for franchisers and those interested in the business.

Generational Blogs
These were tricky to sort out. No single blog covers all of a generation’s issues, but some blogs address those issues while primarily focusing on some other aspect of business. Here are our picks:

Baby Boomer: My Retirement Blog
Gen-X: Startup Addict and Gen X Finance
Gen-Y: Employee Evolution

Human Resources
HR Bartender integrates current news, events, and tips into a comprehensive and elegant HR resource.

HR Wench offers frank, pithy, and entertaining advice on real-life human resources issues.

India
Trak.in’s Arun Prabhudesai shares startup, Internet, entrepreneurship, and other business buzz from India.

Influence Science
Incentive Intelligence covers the sometimes-mysterious world of incentives, rewards, and influence in a very readable and interesting blog.

Innovation
Endless Innovation’s lengthier, insightful posts on innovation inspire and inform.

IT/Tech
TechCrunch: Stop here first for tech news.

Silicon Alley Insider provides essential snark about Silicon Valley.

The Business of IT provides carefully considered posts relevant to IT departments across the board.

Job Search Issues
Unemploymentality gets to the heart of the unemployed, well, mentality.

The Wall Street Journal’s Laid off and Looking follows eight laid-off MBAs through their job searches, offering insight from the ground.

Leadership
The Practice of Leadership offers inspiration, motivation, and tips for leaders.

Marketing
Duct Tape Marketing: John Jantsch continues to do small business marketing well in this classic blog.


Copyblogger
shares a wealth of useful information on copywriting for online marketing and other businesses.

Seth Godin’s Blog: The Oracle of Marketing speaks.

Opinion (Various Topics)
The Brazen Careerist Penelope Trunk offers a columnist’s wit and insight on a variety of work-related issues.

Coyote Blog provides thought-provoking commentary on a variety of business-related topics by an independent thinker.

Pharmaceuticals
Pharmalot Pharma journalist Ed Silverman covers the industry with pleasing professionalism.

Private Equity
PE Hub makes private equity not only interesting, but cool.

Public Relations
Edelman Blog: PR guru Richard Edelman writes about PR and reputation management.

Regulatory Issues
SOX First focuses on Sarbanes-Oxley management and compliance, but covers a wider range of issues.

Social Networking
Riveting Rosie talks about social networking, advertising, and a variety of other topics from an insider’s perspective.

Thought Leaders
Harvard Business Review’s Monitor Talent Group Blog provides stimulating posts by today’s great thinkers.

The Becker-Posner Blog provides impressive, thorough commentary by two eminent minds: Nobel-winning economist Gary Becker and US Court of Appeals judge Richard Posner.

Women
Learned on Women talks trends, insights, marketing, and leadership for women and business.

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  1. Joel Libava's Gravatar Comment by Joel Libava on December 18th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Drea,
    Thank you so much for naming The Franchise King Blog one of the 50 Best Business Blogs for 2008!

    I really appreciate it.

    Joel Libava

  2. Paul Hebert's Gravatar Comment by Paul Hebert on December 18th, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    We’d like to thank the academy and Eddie in the carpool.

    Thanks for including us – you’re on our list as well! Have a great 2009 businesspundit!

  3. Jesse's Gravatar Comment by Jesse on December 18th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    What about Elliott for travel? There are always good insights with him.

  4. Olivier's Gravatar Comment by Olivier on December 18th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Wow, it’s absolutely terrific and a wonderful complement to my crazy project ! There is so much resources on Internet, this list is a great time-saver ! ;)

  5. Sharlyn Lauby's Gravatar Comment by Sharlyn Lauby on December 18th, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Drea – thanks for the shout out about HR Bartender. Much appreciated! Sharlyn Lauby (aka HR Bartender)

  6. Kevin Puls's Gravatar Comment by Kevin Puls on December 19th, 2008 at 7:21 am

    I see that there are some blogs on this list that I like to visit, Like John Jantsch’s “Duct Tape Marketing”. I found out about him when his book was released a little over a year ago. Good, quality stuff!

    Thanks for this list of resources.

    Best,

    -K
    http://www.for-the-troops.com/about/

  7. All Roads Lead to China's Gravatar Comment by All Roads Lead to China on December 19th, 2008 at 8:04 am

    Wow. Honored and appreciative!

    All the best in 2009.

    R

  8. MarketingTwins-Randy's Gravatar Comment by MarketingTwins-Randy on December 19th, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Certainly agree with your MARKETING pick! I am in the Duct Tape Marketing nationwide coaching network and John’s blog is a resource for so many small businesses!

  9. market folly's Gravatar Comment by market folly on December 19th, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    great list, especially the financial ones. a lot of those are some of our regular reads.

    ~ Jay
    marketfolly.com

  10. The Office Newb's Gravatar Comment by The Office Newb on December 19th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    A great place to read hundreds of Generation-Y blogs all in one place is http://www.BrazenCareerist.com, which was founded by the folks from Employee Evolution and the Brazen Careerist herself, Penelope Trunk (both of whom were awarded above).

  11. Nell's Gravatar Comment by Nell on December 20th, 2008 at 12:06 am

    This list is nothing but cheap link bait. The choices aren’t even very good.

    Shame on you.

  12. John Jantsch – Duct Tape Marketing's Gravatar Comment by John Jantsch - Duct Tape Marketing on December 20th, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Drea – thanks for recognizing Duct Tape Marketing in this list. Marketing is one of the most crowded blogging fields, so this is quite a compliment to show up as the lone entry. I really love the reference to my blog as classic, I think that something I’ve tried to make it.

    Great list and really opened my eyes to some new ones too.

  13. George Tirebiter's Gravatar Comment by George Tirebiter on December 20th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    > Silicon Alley Insider provides essential snark about Silicon Valley.

    ?? Silicon Alley is in NYC

  14. Chiarg's Gravatar Comment by Chiarg on December 20th, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Nice list keep it up.
    Wow finally one blog from India.

  15. shyam's Gravatar Comment by shyam on December 22nd, 2008 at 7:03 am

    Wow, that seems a cool list of blogs.Many are seriously followed and some will be added soon to my list of fav. :)

  16. Heather's Gravatar Comment by Heather on December 22nd, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Good list, but what about ETFTrends.com? Anyone who wants to know more about ETFs will be hard-pressed to find a better or more up-to-date source!

  17. Zach Heller's Gravatar Comment by Zach Heller on December 23rd, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Great list. Lots of terrific blogs that I follow on a daily basis. One more for innovation or small business? http://www.zachheller.com

  18. Marc's Gravatar Comment by Marc on December 24th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Great list, thanks for this – it helps a lot of small businesses out there.

    http://www.scrappyupstarts.com/

  19. Sundar's Gravatar Comment by Sundar on December 25th, 2008 at 7:05 am

    I am not sure how you have named trak.in from India when there are far better blogs like pluggd.in, watblog.com, alootechie.com, medianama.com etc.

    Trak.in should not be even in the top 10 in India.

  20. Elizabeth's Gravatar Comment by Elizabeth on December 26th, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Thank you so much for this list!! Since there isn’t a Real Estate category above I will give the two blogs I have found incredibly useful. First, http://crosslandteam.com/blog and secondly http://www.dwellgo.com/blog/ Hopefully if anyone else is interested in Real Estate blogs they will find these useful too!

  21. Small Business Marketing's Gravatar Comment by Small Business Marketing on December 26th, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Very nice list and very conveniently categorized. There are a few that I’ve never come across before and I certainly agree that Duct Tape Marketing is recognized especially since SCORE the national organization is recognizing them and adopting some of John’s programs for their volunteers.

  22. Robert's Gravatar Comment by Robert on December 28th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Nice collection of articles here: http://www.quasipreneur.com/

  23. Vern at AimforAwesome's Gravatar Comment by Vern at AimforAwesome on December 29th, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Nice list – I’m working my way through it. Anyone have these as an OPML file to share with everyone on RSS? Can import the OPML to google reader and see the feeds on all these if anyone has. Anyone care to share their opml feeds about business, marketing, personal development, etc…?

  24. Your industry information guide's Gravatar Comment by Your industry information guide on December 29th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Hey, thats quite a nice collection here. Found some interesting stuff I had been looking for quite some time now. Thanks

  25. lilt's Gravatar Comment by lilt on December 30th, 2008 at 1:03 am

    thanx 4 ur information. you can find some better opportunitees here: http://productsite.webs.com/

  26. Takuya's Gravatar Comment by Takuya on December 30th, 2008 at 6:04 am

    Hi, it’s very useful information!

    I’ve introduced the sites in my blog in Japanese. :)
    http://t814.dip.jp/blog/?p=1575

    ##
    The link tag for “Employee Evolution” seems to be broken..

  27. paul merrill's Gravatar Comment by paul merrill on December 30th, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    I must say, your choice of Rosie for the Social Networking category is baffling. Ever heard of Chris Brogan? Jeremiah Owyang?

  28. Richard Lockyer's Gravatar Comment by Richard Lockyer on December 31st, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Great list it has helped me discover some brilliant blogs that i never knew about and i particularly enjoyed the Thought Leaders, really impressive.

  29. Takuya's Gravatar Comment by Takuya on December 31st, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Post again.

    I created an OPML file for the 50 blogs’ and Business Pundit’s RSS feeds.

    I put the file on my site.
    http://t814.dip.jp/blog/?p=1638

  30. Jared Lyda's Gravatar Comment by Jared Lyda on December 31st, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Great Resource! Thanks!

    Jared
    http://www.fireandmotionblog.com

  31. Leah T's Gravatar Comment by Leah T on January 2nd, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Duct Tape Marketing is my favorite blog. Incredible source of marketing materials.

  32. Anthony Dadlani's Gravatar Comment by Anthony Dadlani on January 3rd, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Great list! I read a few of them but will be subscribing to more thanks to you.

    I am a contributor on http://thecreatingwealthblog.com

  33. window cleaning business's Gravatar Comment by window cleaning business on January 4th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I love the lists! This one is better than most. We have a blog on starting a window cleaning business. It’s a very targeted blog, that often gets overlooked in such general lists.

  34. George Ambler's Gravatar Comment by George Ambler on January 5th, 2009 at 3:07 am

    Hi,

    Thank you so much for naming The Practice of Leadership as one of the 50 Best Business Blogs for 2008!

    I appreciate the mention.

    Have a GREAT new year…!

  35. Afilter's Gravatar Comment by Afilter on April 21st, 2009 at 3:38 am

    thanks for the information now i have the idea what business i will put up!
    have a great day!

  36. Squamble's Gravatar Comment by Squamble on April 26th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    I was impressed as my favorite blog Trak.in is in this list.

  37. Big Business's Gravatar Comment by Big Business on May 1st, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Best business blog is defiantly good & it is one type of motivation for us.
    http://www.businessandnews.org

  38. Patron's Gravatar Comment by Patron on May 31st, 2009 at 10:21 am

    I agree with this post.

  39. VicLogic's Gravatar Comment by VicLogic on June 25th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    A wow post. I’m searching for this list so I can follow all the best business blog in the web. I just started my blog on the last day of 2008. I wish to be listed for 2009. :)

  40. Jessica's Gravatar Comment by Jessica on July 13th, 2009 at 6:03 am

    Oh my God so many fantastic blogs to check out!
    Thanks a bunch and good luck to all those brilliant bloggers out there :-)

  41. House Music's Gravatar Comment by House Music on July 15th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    VicLogic, you are very ambitious.. there are over 30,000 new blog spidered per day within google

    don’t let that deter you!

  42. John Sylvester's Gravatar Comment by John Sylvester on October 2nd, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks for posting these lists. I am a business management consultant offering employee training, motivation and development. Always looking and researching for inspiration. Appreciate your efforts.

  43. bayilik's Gravatar Comment by bayilik on October 13th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    thanks for sharing.I interest business consultanting.Thanks.

  44. carol's Gravatar Comment by carol on October 31st, 2009 at 6:27 am

    I am taking baby steps in running my own business, still in its wobbly, early months but I’m happy that it has been showing good signs prior to take off. I hope it gets better in the coming months since it’s a big risk I have to take. thank you for putting up together a great list. I most certainly will use them for reference. :)

  45. Des Vadgama's Gravatar Comment by Des Vadgama on November 1st, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Great list of resources – thanks!

  46. rick michaels's Gravatar Comment by rick michaels on December 27th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    that’s a good list of business blogs, it’s good to know good business info

  47. San Francisco Web design's Gravatar Comment by San Francisco Web design on February 1st, 2010 at 5:14 am

    great! a series to business blogs and other resources thanks a lot for sharing

  48. poker blog's Gravatar Comment by poker blog on February 16th, 2010 at 3:01 am

    The business blogs of best 50 is superb. The links given in each blog is soo good. It will be very useful for me. Thanks to share this news with us.

  49. small business cards for new business's Gravatar Comment by small business cards for new business on February 28th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Great list, and I actually know of most of these business blogs. I only read a couple blogs, three actually. I get them delivered on my blackberry and read them when its conveinient. I never read rss subscription before I could read on my phone. These are some of the best blogs on the Internet today.

    Thanks

    Joe@ Best Business Ideas

  50. James's Gravatar Comment by James on April 3rd, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Great list of blog tips here.

  51. Best Mortgages's Gravatar Comment by Best Mortgages on May 22nd, 2010 at 2:19 am

    I really love the reference to my blog as classic, I think that something I’ve tried to make it.Great list and really opened my eyes to some new ones too.
    Great list of blog tips here.
    *******************************
    anderson

  52. Gold ETF's Gravatar Comment by Gold ETF on October 6th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Hmm…interesting list. I didn’t know several of these blogs existed. Thanks for the good info.

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