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Top 10 Most Inspirational Bloggers In The World

Top 10 Most Inspirational Bloggers In The World

Whether you’re an aspiring blogger or just looking for a little inspiration in your life, here’s a list of 10 inspirational bloggers who all started out as, well… bloggers. Enjoy!

1. (GaryVaynerchuk.com) Meet Gary Vaynerchuk.

He’s a very loud and charismatic New Yorker who gained internet fame as the crazy and outgoing host of Wine Library TV, a video blog that obsessively talked about everything related to wine. Through online video blogging, he built his wine business from a $3-million-dollar-a-year wine retail store to a $60 million dollar wine wholesale business. Gary Vaynerchuk has built a multi-million dollar empire relating to his personal brand. He’s a two-time best-selling author and co-founder of Vayner Media, a very large digital marketing agency that works with some of the largest brands in the world. He’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, GQ, and Time Magazine, as well as appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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2. (SEOmoz.org) Meet Rand Fishkin.

Rand Fiskin is a college dropout who started blogging about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) back in 2004 while working for a family-run web development company. He was also providing SEO consulting services to a few small clients. SEOmoz has since left the consulting business and instead focuses exclusively on creating awesome SEO software, as well as supporting a large community with educational resources related to the search industry. It is rumored that the company generates millions of dollars each and every month from its software and subscription services. The company also raised $18 million in 2012, which it has been using to acquire other companies. Rand is still actively running the company and occasionally posts on the main blog.

3. (SmartPassiveIncome.com)Meet Pat Flynn.

Pat is one of the most inspirational bloggers in the world. After losing his job a few years into his career, he was forced to scramble to support his growing family. He started a website called “SmartPassiveIncome.com” to track his progress with various websites and online money making projects. He has since built a massive following and readership thanks to his transparency and honesty. Still to this day, Pat discloses his monthly earnings to readers, which has inspired countless individuals. Pat currently attends industry conferences, runs a regular podcast for his readers, and spends as much time as he can with his family. Over the last 6 months, Pat has earned, on average, around $50,000 USD per month.

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4. (Copyblogger.com) Meet Brian Clark.

Brian Clark is the founder of Copyblogger. He started the blog back in 2006 as a resource for entrepreneurs to learn to be better copywriters, content marketers, and all around “kings of content.” The blog has since grown to become an authority on creating killer content for the web. With 100k+ subscribers, Brian got smart and leveraged his readership to launch Copyblogger Media, which launched several spinoff companies. These software companies include Scribe, Synthesis, Premise, and StudioPress. The genius behind his business model is that his loyal readers love him and line up to buy the marketing software his company creates. Brian is still very active in the day-to-day of running Copyblogger.

5. (thedishdaily.com) Meet Andrew Sullivan.

Andrew started his blog, The Daily Dish, near the end of 2000. By the middle of 2003, he was receiving about 300,000 unique visits per month. Just this year, Sullivan made some big changes and decided to leave his other his other blogging gigs (formerly at TIME, The Atlantic, and The Daily Beast) to work on The Daily Dish full-time. On launch day in 2013, the blog reportedly took in over $330,000 in recurring revenue, charging an average of $20/month to readers.

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6. (TMZ.com) Meet Harvey Levin.

Harvey is an American lawyer, legal analyst, blogger, and celebrity reporter. His website TMZ is a leading authority on celebrity gossip. You can frequently see Harvey hosting his own TV show or appearing as a guest on celebrity related matters on CNN, FOX, and other networks. He managed to leverage the popularity of his blog to build a personal brand for himself.

7. (TechCrunch.com) Meet Michael Arrington.

Michael is one of my favorite bloggers of all time. He started out as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer working on tech deals in California. After realizing his passion for the startup world, he decided to start a tech blog called TechCrunch.com, where he profiled and reviewed some of the best up-and-coming tech companies and entrepreneurs from around the world. TechCrunch became one of the most widely read blogs in the tech industry, and as a result, it was Acquired by AOL for $30 Million dollars. Michael used the proceeds of the sale to become an angel investor and to set up his own investment fund, CrunchFund, to invest in startups. Today, Arrington is still considered to be a mover and shaker in the valley.

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8. (Fourhourworkweek.com/blog) Meet Tim Ferriss.

Tim is a self-proclaimed life hacker who built a massive following online through his blog posts. He is the author of the “4 Hour Work Week” which became an instant bestseller. He has also gone on to publish two other best-selling books. He’s a frequent lecturer around the globe. He has also popularized the idea of “lifestyle design” and living an unconventional life. Tim is credited with popularizing the “internet lifestyle” or the ability of lifestyle entrepreneurs to work on their laptops from wherever in the world.

9. (TimothySykes.com) – Meet Timothy Sykes.

Tim started blogging to document how he turned $12,000 of his Bar-Mitzvah Money into over $1 million dollars. He has gained internet fame for being an authority on Penny Stock trading. His blog has hundreds of thousands of visitors, which has allowed him to launch additional companies like Profit.ly, which educate other traders on trader strategies. He can frequently be seen making television appearances on ABC, CNN, FOX, and CNBC about stock market matters.

10. (Problogger.net) Meet Darren Rowse.

Darren is another blogger who you have to know about. He started blogging as a hobby. He blogged about the Olympics and his passion for photography, then eventually started Problogger, a website dedicated to helping other bloggers. Darren is currently a full-time blogger and started making money from advertising deals, affiliate programs, adsense, and selling an e-book. Darren has gained quite a bit of fame online and was named to the Forbes Internet Celebrity list in 2007. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his family and still makes a full-time living from blogging!

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The Gentle Art of Saying No

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No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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