The 75 Best Business Blogs of 2009

This is a blog post by Drea Knufken.


What defined business in 2009? Bankers and bailouts, for one. The proliferation of social media. A radical shift in the ways we find and accept jobs. A redefinition of the real estate, credit, and media markets.

In a word, 2009 was full of fluctuations. And nobody covered, commented on, and analyzed them better than the 75 blogs on our list.

This year’s 75 Best Business Blogs cover a variety of categories, from accounting to SEO. Those we selected have useful and timely content. They’re updated regularly. Their commentary, analysis, and tips are consistently relevant to their target audience.

Most importantly, they’re some of the highest-quality blogs in their respective fields. Every single one of these blogs is worth reading. We categorized them by topic to help you find those most relevant to your field. If you find something missing, or want to show off your own blog, we encourage you to comment.

Bloggers, keep up the good work!


1. re: The Auditors

Covers the business of the Big 4 accounting firms. Essential updates on accounting industry regulation, auditing, strategy, and more. High-quality independent journalism and a wide scope of corporate accounting issues make re: The Auditors an outstanding resource.

2. CPA Success
Written by the Maryland Association of CPAs, the blog helps accountants succeed in their careers. Chock full of useful tips, news, analysis, and even accountant humor.


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

4. 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.


5. The Atlantic Business Channel

News and current events coverage related to business, the economy, and government. The bloggers offer good, comprehensible analysis and commentary on daily events.

6. Stanley Bing’s Blog
Stanley Bing is a business writing legend. He says it like it is—and sometimes it’s damn funny. Don’t miss his blog.


7. 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.

8. Corporate Governance
In the Harvard Law School’s corporate governance and financial regulation blog, more than 100 experts talk about regulation, strategy, M&A, governance, and more. Get the latest on such legal topics from the leading minds in the industry.


9. Beat the Press
Economist Dean Baker debunks economics media claims on a daily basis. His posts are short and easy for non-economists to understand. The fact that he has so much to debunk makes this an essential media supplement.

10. Brad DeLong
This Berkeley economics professor provides deep-level understanding on what’s behind modern debates, media claims, and claims politicians make. It’s a good place to find insight and understanding on today’s debates.


11. The Career Doctor Blog
A useful Q&A/advice column covering a variety of career-related topics. Chances are, a few of them affect you. The Career Doctor offers cogent, useful advice for people facing the gamut of career concerns.

12. Brazen Careerist

Penelope Trunk’s unique, brilliant, and direct commentary on both her career and personal life make this blog a classic. You’ll react to something in her blog, guaranteed.


13. Consumerist
The definitive source on customer service, how-tos, shopping, investigations, any other consumer-rights issues.


14. Econlog

Economists Arnold Kling, Bryan Caplan, and David Henderson comment on a wide range of subjects, from finance to history. They get readers to think about how economics affects each topic.

15. Marginal Revolution
Economists Alex Tabarrok and Tyler Cowen talk economics, markets, trends, and about other economists. A good place to read about current news from an economics perspective.

16. The Becker-Posner Blog
Nobel laureate and University of Chicago economist Gary Becker and US Court of Appeals judge Richard Posner analyze the current economic situations and national policies. These two heavyweights offer an unparalleled perspective on current policies and economic events.


17. 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.

18. The Entrepreneurial Mind
Professor, entrepreneur, and consultant Jeff Cornwall has a birds-eye approach to entrepreneurship. Catch up on issues, statistics, findings, and policy relevant to entrepreneurs here.


19. Triple Pundit
Triple Pundit covers news, commentary, and analysis about the triple bottom line, which has to do with sustainable business and the environment. Covers a range of relevant issues, from what companies are greenest to new products to foreign affairs. Consistently insightful and interesting.

20. EcoGeek

EcoGeek covers the space where technology meets nature. And tech innovations help make a more environmentally-friendly economy. This blog is a useful resource for keeping abreast with green developments that might affect your industry and business.


21. The Big Picture
Author, financial commentator, speaker, and businessman Barry Ritholz and others share brief, informative daily commentary on finance and the economy. Written clearly enough for anyone to understand, but with unique, informed insights.

22. Naked Capitalism
A variety of contributors, some from other prominent finance blogs, make Naked Capitalism a one-stop shop for current events and in-depth analysis relating to events in the financial world, most of them having to do with the government and policy.

23. Zero Hedge

One of the ultimate insider finance blogs. Zero Hedge regularly shares the financial news that the mainstream media is too slow (or involved with outside corporate forces) to catch. Written anonymously and in the spirit of informational freedom, Zero Hedge is a must-read for anyone interested in raw truth. Note that some information isn’t for financial novices.

24. Calculated Risk

An excellent place to get your daily smart finance news commentary fix. Concise posts, good links, smart commentary make this a finance blog classic.


25. Real Clear Markets
Nicely laid out information on finance, economics, and business, largely covering good content from the mainstream media. Easy to get good articles, fast.


26. Credit Writedowns
This excellent blog evolved into something even better in 2009. Edward Harrison and other bloggers cover finance and economics in informative daily posts. Refreshingly, they don’t neglect the foreign sector. Their credit crisis timeline is a unique and useful resource. This year, their compilation of healthcare links is another excellent place to figure out what’s going on.

27. Baseline Scenario
Written by economists, entrepreneurs, consultants, and financial experts—all in three talented people—The Baseline Scenario comments on today’s financial crisis issues, from the national debt to healthcare. They use evidence and sound reasoning to comment on topics of the day.

28. Financial Armageddon
As the blog’s name suggests, this isn’t an optimist’s view on the financial crisis, or how it is being handled. But author and blogger Michael Panzner cuts through spin to cover the American situation in all its hardship, social, economic, and financial.


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


30. Freelance Switch

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


31. GEN Y

Young Successful Entrepreneur
This entrepreneurially-focused blog, written by Gen-Yer Jun Loayza, describes one young entrepreneur’s journey from startup to success. Loayza, a talented writer, offers tips, stories, and useful details from his own experiences.

32. GEN X

Generation X Finance
This useful blog covers financial issues that apply to Gen Xers. Focused on topics like establishing a career, building wealth, and getting out of debt. Generation X Finance is full of useful tips, analysis, and commentary.


The Boomer Blog
Though it’s focused on a wider variety of topics than just business, the Boomer Blog covers marketing, retirement, finances, small business, and economy-related issues relevant to the age group. Its Daily Digest, which covers news that affects boomers, is also a very useful resource.


34. Gautam Ghosh
HR consultant and social media strategist Gautam Ghosh offers interesting comments on people, organizations, and using social media in an HR content in this diverse, fascinating blog.

35. Evil HR Lady
Quite simply the best, most blunt HR Q&A out there.


36. 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.

37. 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. A valuable blog.

38. 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.

39. Middle East (specifically the UAE)

Emirates Economist
News, links, and analysis about the UAE economy. The perfect English-language destination to get your Gulf news fix.

40. China

China Briefing

This blog offers China-related business news with professional, magazine-quality reportage. Its sister publications, Vietnam briefing and India briefing, are also worth reading.

41. Latin America
For Latin America, we came up with a tie. The first blog, Latin Americanist, isn’t quite as business/economy-focused as we’d like for the purposes of this list. The second, Double Handshake, focuses only on Latin America-China relations. Both, however, are excellent.

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.

Double Handshake

Covers news and business related to the China-Latin America relationship in a succinct, relevant, and entertaining way.

42. India

Web, advertising, mobile, technology, funding, startups…WATblog covers a substantial portion of India’s business world. How does it do so? With news, reviews, interviews, tools, and features. It’s a satisfying and readable mix.

43. Australia/NZ

The Australian Small Business Blog
Author and small business expert Dr. Greg Chapman’s useful, concise posts help small business owners market, strategize, grow, and manage their small business. An excellent digest to consume a few times a week.


44. Deep Capture

The people behind Deep Capture want to expose how regulators, politicians, the media, and intellectuals have been influenced by other powerful people and institutions. That translates to posts with topics like SEC complicity in naked short selling, what hedge funds are manipulating markets and how, and the false media story around the death of Bear Stearns. Get behind the lies—or just find a different version of the stories you read.


45. Seeking Alpha
Seeking Alpha isn’t so much a blog as a financial website containing a bunch of blogs, but it’s so good that we had to include it. It’s a one-stop shop for stock market analysis, opinion, and commentary. They publish around 250 fresh articles per day, so whether you’re interested in commodities or day trading, you’ll be sated.

46. Abnormal Returns
Excellent daily investing and finance links, many to quality blogs and new media sites. You’re bound to find something interesting and perhaps lesser-known through a daily peek at the links here. Also includes commentary on current investment trends and events.


47. Management Craft
Consultant and management expert Lisa Haneberg shares perspective and advice on issues that managers face. Her posts, which appear several times a month, should be read slowly and savored.

48. Leadership Now

Leadership Now uses book reviews, articles, links, research summaries, multimedia, and more to give you a complete leadership resource. Its material helps you establish and solidify the mentality that you need to lead effectively.

49. The Harvard Business Review Blogs

Maybe this one is so obvious that it doesn’t need to be on this list. Then again, it’s so good that it should be on any list. The folks at the Harvard Business Review provide timely, crucial information and analysis on issues facing all managers and leaders.


50. 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.

51. 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.

52. eConsultancy Blog

The eConsultancy blog offers useful tips, information on trends, and news related to the digital marketing space. Especially useful for digital marketing and ecommerce professionals.

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


54. 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.


55. Get Rich Slowly
GRS helps you save money, time, and headaches by compiling tips, how-tos, lists, and anecdotes. The blog is not only a quality daily digest, but an excellent resource on topics ranging from savings accounts to insurance.

56. 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. Book reviews, an advice column, and link posts round out the content.


57. 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.

58. Café Pharma

Daily links to news relevant to those in the pharmaceutical business, especially salespeople. You’ll find a large selection of news headlines, most from the mainstream media, that will keep you up to date with the pharma biz.


59. PR 2.0

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.

60. Naked PR

Blogger Jennifer Mattern calls Naked PR a “spin-free zone…dedicated to cutting through the crap in online public relations…issues.” That’s just what she does, and she does it well. Her bluntness refreshes and informs.


61. The Cranky Product Manager
Entertaining and well-written, The Cranky Product Mananger documents the experiences of a fictional product management professional at a software company named DysfunctoSoft. For a fictional story, CPM’s posts sound mighty real, but put that aside for now. Her frank, honest, snarky posts make for a fun read, whether you’re a product manager or not.


62. Fear No Project

Bruce McGraw combines observations, experiences, and analysis to address issues that project managers face. It’s the kind of blog with in-depth posts that appear several times a month. Savor and absorb his posts—they’re good.


63. 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.

64. Altos Research

Want to know the current state of the real estate market? Catch it at Altos Research’s blog, which relays real-time real estate data. Charts and reports give you hard data to back up your next move.


65. Score More Sales
Sales consultant, author, and coach Lori Richardson shares sales tips and tricks in a readable, engaging blog. She weaves stories into her tips, making them more accessible.


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


67. Small Business Trends
This complete small business resource offers a host of excellent tips for the SMB crowd. In addition to tips, they write book and product reviews, research roundups, host a radio show, and host forums. It’s a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs.

68. Small Business Brief

Small Business Brief “fetches” small business news, which means it provides you with useful SMB links almost every day. Scroll down to find the quality article that suits your needs. They have lists for Sales/Marketing, Finance & Legal, Website development, entrepreneurship, and management. A great place for a regular news fix.


69. 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.

70. Chris Brogan

Tech and social media expert Chris Brogan blogs about social media, online marketing, new technology, digital trends, ideas, and more. It’s an interesting take on social media by a highly-regarded opinion leader. He hosts good videos, too.


71. 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.


72. Ars Technica
Ars Technica is a vast resource for IT pros. Its posts, which appear multiple times per day, cover hardware products, software tools, infrastructure, industry trends, security and more. The business section is an especially good place for IT managers to catch up on the latest.

73. 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.


74. Ventureblog
August Capital partner David Hornik updates this blog several times a month with analysis, commentary, and insights for those in the VC world.

75. 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.

Drea Knufken is a freelance writer, editor, ghostwriter and content strategist. Her work has appeared in national publications including WIRED, Computerworld, National Geographic, Minyanville, Backpacker Magazine and others. For more information, please visit You can also find Drea via her blog, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

  • Drea,

    Thank you so much for including my blog in your top 75 list!

    The Franchise King®
    Joel Libava

  • Great list of resources! Thanks for putting them together.

  • Drea –
    We’re honored to be one of two real estate blogs on your list, and appreciate that you included the BiggerPockets Blog, along with such fine company. There are some incredible sites here that I didn’t know about, so thanks for compiling this fantastic resource!


  • Thanks for this. I love lists! I’m passing along the auditing and accounting ones to my husband. Those people don’t blog much. Ha!

  • Thanks so much for the mention of re: The Auditors. It’s also fun to see so many of my friends and fellow bloggers, people I have shared with and learned from this year, also on the list. I also found two new ones to sate my Latin American appetite. Good wishes to all for success in the new year.


  • Walter Hussman

    May I suggest to add to this list

  • I’m totally not surprised and made the list. I’m very active on and follow Chris Brogan almost religiously as his site is overflowing with value.

  • Jeff

    Uh, how can you have a list of 75 business related blogs and not include Mish? Seriously…..better commentary than any of these other sites…..

  • We are humbled and honored that you’ve included CPA Success on your list! Many thanks! We have learned so much from so many of the bloggers on this list, and we are looking forward to sharing and learning even more in 2010.

  • Unsympathetic

    You missed a blog (and the linked forum) that’s more informative for each of business, investing, and finance:

  • Ditto Bill’s comment earlier – we are honored to be included in your list and appreciate the mention. I also want to add my congratulations to all of the other bloggers and blogs included in your list – great resources. I will be updateing my google reader with many of these. Thanks!

  • Wow. Impressive list! How about a section on inspiration and motivation?

  • Thanks for including us Drea. I’m pleased to be in such fine company and listed by such a trusted source.

    Michael McKinney
    Lead From Where You Are

  • Excellent List! I just tweeted about it.

    If you ever add a category for Women’s Online Magazines, WE Magazine for Women would be honored to be considered.

    Thanks so much, and happy holidays!

    Heidi Richards Mooney, Publisher

  • Many thanks to Business Pundit for including our blog,, among such worthy company.

    Congrats to all fellow bloggers whose sites made the list.

    Tonight an Overstock marketing email going out to over 10 million people will have a brief mention of this with a link to this page. I hope it draws all of you some traffic.

    Patrick Byrne

  • chad

    Here is a site for your “Generational” catagory:

  • This is a great list Drea. Thanks for pulling it together. I retweeted this to my #smallbizchat audience and added it to my delicious archive. This list covers a wide spectrum of business niches and I can not think of one you missed.

    Melinda Emerson

  • Brian

    Great list, but with two critical misses –

    Infectious Greed [Finance/Economics]

    China Financial Markets [China]

  • The best HR blog out there is

    This is a #fact. :)

  • WOW! The Cranky Product Manager is honored to be included on your list, especially alongside all these amazing bloggers.


  • Thank you for the information given. But I’d like to know if all of the best weblogs are in English.

  • VK

    Hey! Don’t forget the best economics and finance blog for what’s really going on today is, this is where the real information is and it is the unvarnished truth! Handle with caution.

  • rated the most widely trafficked multifamily blog in the United States: Readers in all 50 states and over 100 countries go to the site every day for the latest in apartment building news and deals.

  • For Australian – is an upcomming small business blog – so keep an eye out!

  • Thank you for the list. Can’t wait participate on those blog sites. I am planning also to host a blog site for our business.

  • I’ve visited most of the site. Thanks for the list.

  • In a world where the words “be of service” are spoken much more than practiced,you have provided an incredible service with this list. Thank you.

  • Hope those 75 best blogs of 2009 will remain in their ranks intact for the year 2010.

  • Thanks for this one, I know Setting Up Business is not that easy. The most important in wolrd of business is you most commit and add some motivation in work so that this business will bring you into successfull one. But there are times that we fail our business..I think this is part of the business..ahehhe..

  • Excellent post! Thanks for this useful information. I am also trying to make business blog, I got good Idea from here

  • Nice and informative Post.Thank you so much for this list, it really helps me out!

  • Individuals and businesses have their own definition of their experience for 2009.With me,i would say,the later months have been difficult for less job but it goes back to normal at the start of 2010.

  • wow, thanks for posting these info.. how i wish next time, by 2010 my blog will also be here

  • A great range of business blogs for future reference. I personally prefer some of the marketing blogs that you have complied in your list.

  • Thanks for the mention Drea! A list like this takes time ot compile – I know I have tried myself.

    Congrats to all of the bloggers in the list – i know we all wonder if anyone ever reads what we write!


  • You may want to consider, a blog I write about the future of information, business, and the shift from pushing information to pulling it. It’s about the coming semantic web, but it’s really about customer empowerment. I encourage entrepreneurs and business strategists to read it and follow @pullnews

  • Let’s now jump this year.2010 has been a recovery for many businesses.From the past economic crisis the whole world experience,everything is working good now.Personally,it’s a great year for me that i do have s stable job and so happy with it.

  • This list is very useful both posting comments for links and also for business advice

  • This is a nice blog message, I will keep this idea in my mind. If you add more video and pictures because it helps understanding :) ml Encke.

  • Thank you for this! I’ve been trying to check out some of the best business blogs, and you provided 75 of them. Well this is good, very pleased, I appreciate this.

  • There is some great advice in this list. Unfortunately more people fail at their own business then succeed.

  • This is a great list Drea. Thanks for pulling it together. I retweeted this to my #smallbizchat audience and added it to my delicious archive.

  • Good list Drea.

    If you’re looking for something a little bit different then check out my entrepreneur motivational blog at It’s a mix of entrepreneurship, motivation, and lifestyle. Definitely nothing like it out there!


  • Dr Murray is professional in It. He is a one of the successful person in the world.

  • “The auditors” has a very good article about the payday loan lenders. It was useful to me

  • Love this list and agree with Cranky as an awesome PM blog. Not only does she have a lot of insights into product management but her chutzpah and attitude are a blast to read.

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  • Those economic blogs helped me in my research for school. Really informational articles on topics about the economy.