The Monster List of 100 Posts that Will Rock Your Blog

Hand up if you like one or more items from the following list to finally get checked off.

  • More blog ideas than you know what to do with
  • Content that simply works
  • Increase in targeted traffic that signs up to your list
  • More comments, social media shares and reader engagement
  • Your posts appearing on popular blogs
  • Clarity in blogging for business
  • Better website copy
  • Meanigful relationships with other bloggers
  • Authentic branding, influence and visibility
  • Success mindset

It’s a no brainer, right? We all want it. More readers, engaged readers, and loyal readers who spread the word about our awesome content.

With a brand new 2013 just around the corner, I thought I’d share a list of my all time favourite posts from the past year or so to help you do just that. These are the posts I revisit all the time. They give me perspective, hope and the inspiration to keep going.

(Disclaimer: Most of the posts come from Copyblogger, Boost Blog Traffic, Men with Pens, Problogger, Kissmetrics, Social Media Examiner, Pushing Social and Quick Sprout because their content is simply the best. I am not affiliated with anyone. Just thought I’d make that clear. 🙂

So here goes …

Blog Ideas (1-9)

Traffic (10-17)

The Three-Step Guide to Getting More Traffic by Writing Less by Jon Morrow on Copyblogger

My Secret Strategy to Send Surges of Traffic to Your Blog on Problogger

What’s the “Right” Kind of Blog Traffic? by Darren Rowse on Problogger

The 3-Step Formula I Used to Get 4,000 Subscribers in 12 Months (the last web traffic guide you’ll ever need) by Scott Dinsmore on Live Your Legend

If you’re looking for more traffic, STOP! by Derek Halpern on Social Triggers

Reader Engagement (18-30)

10 Brilliant Examples of How to Open Your Next Blog Post With a Bang on Bigger Life Blog

3 Little-Known Reasons Why Nobody Shares Your Content on Social Media Today

The Art of Being Interesting by Jon Morrow on Copyblogger

12 Signs Your Blog Is a Social Media Ghost Town (& Actionable Tips to Fix Them) by Heidi Cohen

9 Reasons Why Your Content Is Not Shared on Social Networks: New Research on Social Media Examiner

49 Ways to Gain the Trust and Loyalty of Your Audience by Henneke on Copyblogger

The Two Essential Elements of Irresistible Content by Brian Clark on Copyblogger

3 Things Your Readers Need to Hear Before They’ll Read Your Blog by Standord Smith on Pushing Social

Putting the Social Back into Social Media: 40 Ways to Build a Loyal Audience by Carol Tice on Copyblogger

How to Captivate New Readers in 5 Seconds or Less by Annabel Candy on Copyblogger

My 15 Minutes of Not Existing: Do Your Blog’s Readers Feel Invisible? by Judy Dunn on For Bloggers by Bloggers

Influence (31-38)

7 Ways to Fascinate Your Readers and Build a Hugely Loyal Following by Henneke on Boost Blog Traffic

Get More Clicks Using These 3 Emotional Hot Buttons on Problogger

Ten Timeless Persuasive Writing Techniques by Brian Clark on Copyblogger

Slaying Writer Dragons: Epic Skill #2, Emotional Prowess on Men with Pens

The Psychology Of Going Viral: 12 Proven Ways to Craft Content That Gets People Talking (About You) by Gregory Ciotti on Sparring Mind

58 Ways to Create Persuasive Content Your Audience Will Love by Henneke on Copyblogger

The Art of Zen Copywriting – Part 1 & 2 by Dean Rieck on Procopy Tips

Content Creation (39-47)

Web Writing (48-51)

Email Marketing (52-55)

Business Blogging (56-65)

 65 Metrics To Track Blog Success – How To Measure Your Blog’s Effectiveness by Heidi Cohen

How to Land a Guest Post Every Time by Mary Jaksch on Write to Done

3 Myths of Guest Writing for Big Websites … and 6 Tactics for Doing it Well by Ali Luke on Copyblogger

15 Bite-Size Tips For Getting Your Guest Posts Accepted Almost Every Time by Hector Cuevas on Social Mouths

Branding and USP (74-81)

6 Ways To Define Your Unique Selling Proposition and Differentiate Yourself by Hector Cuevas on Inbound Pro

5 Unique Selling Proposition Examples We Can All Learn From by Hector Cuevas on Inbound Pro

25 Ways You are Failing at Promoting Yourself, Your Products and Your Work on Red Lemon Club

Blogger Success (82-90)

19 Bad Habits Bloggers Need to STOP by Tommy Walker on Think Traffic

Success Mindset (90-100)

106 Excuses That Prevent You From Ever Becoming Great by Tommy Walker on Chris Brogan

The Writer’s Guide to Overcoming Insecurity by Henri Junttila on Men with Pens

The Top 5 Qualities of Productive Creatives (And How to Identify Them!) on 99u

How to Balance Blogging and Your Day Job (While Still Growing Your Blog) on Write to Done

Part Time Blogger: How to Utilize the Most Out of Your Limited Time for Blog Content Creation on Productive Super Dad

So there you have it. Phew!

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  1. Rahul Kuntala Says :
    Posted on December 11, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Whoa! That’s REALLY a monster list Marya.

    I’ve skimmed through the list, will be adding it to my instapaper now (added ;))

    You must have spent quality time to craft this post Marya. Thanks for the share, it REALLY worth reading, sharing and commenting.

    Have a blast next year!

    • Rahul Kuntala Says :
      Posted on December 11, 2012 at 10:57 am

      BTW I’m also gonna create a similar kinda post on my blog very soon. I’ll add this post to my list.

      • marya
        Posted on December 11, 2012 at 10:30 pm

        Great. Shoot me a link and I’ll return the favour. Good luck!

    • marya
      Posted on December 11, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      Hey Rahul, thanks and yes it took me almost a whole day. But I was on a mission! 😉

      Hope you kick ass in 2013.

      • Amit Shaw Says :
        Posted on January 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm

        Wow thats massive 🙂 Super Work Done by you Marya. I don’t use Instapaper, I usually use Poket or Ever note. . .. So hope you got what i am trying to say… Yeah its bookmarked now 😀
        Thanks for this awesome list. Thanks.

  2. Ali | Writers Blog Says :
    Posted on December 11, 2012 at 11:10 am

    My first thought: “Wow, Marya does a lot of reading”

    While skimming through the titles I realized I’ve also read quite a few of these pieces. Good list to end the year. Tweeting 🙂

    • marya
      Posted on December 11, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      Yes, most of us read Copyblogger, Men with Pens, BBT, Kissmetrics etc, but I wanted to make a list of those posts that really made a difference to me personally. So here we are. And I think newbies will find it useful too, don’t you think?

      Many thanks for dropping by. What are your plans for this month. Any end of the year epic ones in the making?

      • Shayrin Smith
        Posted on May 5, 2014 at 9:33 pm

        I was shocked to see the above reply; I read it as
        “Yes, most of us read Copyblogger, Men with Penis”

  3. Glori Surban Says :
    Posted on December 11, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Woah! Monster list indeed!

    Thanks for sharing these with us Marya! Like Ali, I’ve read some of the blog posts myself.

    Again, bookmarked and shared!

    • marya
      Posted on December 11, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      Then I hope you will have fun reading the ones you haven’t. Thank you! 🙂

  4. Pinar Tarhan Says :
    Posted on December 11, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    This is a great list. Even though I follow a lot of those blogs, it’s impossible to read everything. So sometimes great posts can get overlooked, or I might have failed to bookmark it. I also like it that the “blog ideas” posts can also be used for getting ideas for any sort of writing market.
    Do you have an absolute favorite among these posts? : )

    • marya
      Posted on December 11, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      Thanks Pinar. Appreciate it.

  5. Henneke | Enchanting Marketing Says :
    Posted on December 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Wow. This is indeed a monster list.

    Thanks for including my posts, Marya.

    • marya
      Posted on December 11, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      It’s my pleasure Henneke. You are one talented gal! 😉


  6. Nick Usborne Says :
    Posted on December 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Great list, Marya. Thanks for taking the time to put it together…and for including one of my posts!: )


    • marya
      Posted on December 11, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      My pleasure. Your stuff is always thought provoking. LOVE your blog. 🙂

  7. Judy Lee Dunn Says :
    Posted on December 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Eegads, Marya! How long did this take you? I am impressed. : )

    Thanks for pointing me to all these cool resources. I need to start wading through them. And a special thanks for including one of mine.

    • marya
      Posted on December 11, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      Well, almost a whole day, more or less. :). (And that too after I had all the links in my Evernote. But I do have thousands of them in many categories that weren’t relevant to this particular post so it took time to go through, select and actually put all that down in a form of a post. LOVED the process though, it was like going through a candy jar. Hope many new comers would find it useful.

      Many thanks.

  8. James Chartrand - Men with Pens Says :
    Posted on December 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    That’s a pretty phenomenal list, Marya, and I can guarantee that if someone read each of those articles, took notes and applied the advice… well, they’d be unstoppable!

    (Also, NICE choices – I’m familiar with many of those posts and commend your selection!)

    • marya
      Posted on December 11, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      Thanks James. It means a lot coming from you. 🙂

      • Carol Tice | Make a Living Writing Says :
        Posted on December 11, 2012 at 11:17 pm

        I’m with James — A lot of great names up there. Those Copyblogger posts of mine have been around a while…but great to be included!

        And impressed you found my one from Entrepreneur…a little off the beaten trail for a lot of the blogging crowd, so should be fresh for most readers.

        • marya
          Posted on December 11, 2012 at 11:43 pm

          I follow your work everywhere, Carol! 😉

          Thank you.

  9. Sonia Simone Says :
    Posted on December 11, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Awesome list, Marya! I know how much work goes into these. 🙂 Thanks so much for including us!

    • marya
      Posted on December 11, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      It’s my absolute pleasure Sonia. I ADORE Copyblogger. I was getting worried that people will accuse me of sucking up to you guys. And there is SO MUCH I actually didn’t put in. 🙂

  10. Danny Brown Says :
    Posted on December 12, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Thanks kindly, miss – sincerely appreciate the inclusion and great list to work through on some new posts and bloggers in areas close to my heart. 🙂

    Have a great 2013!!

    • marya
      Posted on December 12, 2012 at 4:53 am

      Thanks Danny. All the best for 2013! 🙂

  11. Hector Cuevas Says :
    Posted on December 12, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Wow.. awesome list. Thanks for including my 59 blog post ideas post.

    huge success in 2013!

    • marya
      Posted on December 12, 2012 at 4:54 am

      Hi Hector. Thanks for dropping by. I absolutely adore your stuff. Same to you, mate.

  12. Flora Morris Brown Says :
    Posted on December 12, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Hi Marya,

    Wow Wee! What an amazing list. Thank you.

    Even though I’ve read some of these, they bear rereading. But since I missed some of these before, thanks for capturing the ones I most want and need to read.

    • marya
      Posted on December 12, 2012 at 4:56 am

      Hey Flora, 🙂
      I know most people have already read some of the stuff – alright, most of the COPYBLOGGER and JON MORROW stuff – but still, worth saying. Eespecially for the new comers. Many thanks for the appreciation.


  13. Annabel Candy, Successful Blogging Says :
    Posted on December 12, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Hi Marya,

    Wow! That really is a monster 🙂

    • marya
      Posted on December 12, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Good to see you here Annabel. Sorry about the small typo in your name. Has been fixed. Cheers.

  14. Henri Junttila Says :
    Posted on December 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Wow, this is an amazing list, Marya.

    Full of greatness. I’m especially addicted to the blog ideas posts. Found a few I hadn’t seen before.

    Thanks for including my post as well. I am honored.

    Keep rocking 🙂

    • marya
      Posted on December 12, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      Thanks Henri -glad you enjoyed it. I see your posts EVERYWHERE. You are an inspiration mate. All the best in 2013.

  15. Caryn/The Mid Life Guru Says :
    Posted on December 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Wow–this is some list!!! Thanks for providing me some great reading in the coming weeks. I appreciate your hard work in putting this all together!!!

    • marya
      Posted on December 12, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      My pleasure Caryn. Happy reading!

  16. Barbara McDowell Whitt Says :
    Posted on December 12, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Marya – this is a wonderful list. Thank you so much for taking time out of your holiday season to correlate and post it.

    • marya
      Posted on December 12, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      Hope you have a blast reading. All the best in 2013 Barbara and thanks for your comment.

  17. Willi Morris Says :
    Posted on December 12, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Love compilation posts! I’m going to have so much to read over the next several days…weeks, perhaps? Thanks so very much.

    • marya
      Posted on December 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      My pleasure Willi. Have fun!

      • Willi M
        Posted on December 12, 2012 at 11:31 pm

        Looks like Copyblogger is down at the moment.

  18. Emilio Ramirez Says :
    Posted on December 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Great list, thanks for it, i’ll share it with my friends.

  19. iFaith Says :
    Posted on December 14, 2012 at 4:04 am

    What a useful and fantastic list! This is more than enough to get me brainstorming and get my creative blogging ideas on the move.

    A definite keeper – a blogging model to use to jumpstart 2013 on a positive momentum for my blog!

    Thanks and take care!

    • marya
      Posted on December 14, 2012 at 7:31 am

      Thank you!

  20. Timo Kiander Says :
    Posted on December 14, 2012 at 5:09 am


    Thank you for including me on this list 🙂

    Timo aka Productive Superdad

    • marya
      Posted on December 14, 2012 at 7:32 am

      My pleasure Timo. Cheers.

    • Amit Shaw Says :
      Posted on January 13, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Timo Every one wants to add your post on there site like me 😉

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  22. Sandra Says :
    Posted on December 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Marya,

    I posted this in a couple of Linkedin groups as well. Thanks again!

    • marya
      Posted on December 15, 2012 at 12:25 am

      Very kind of you, Sandra. Many thanks.

  23. Naemick Photography Says :
    Posted on December 16, 2012 at 5:20 am

    Fantastic list – thanks!

  24. Mark Freeman Says :
    Posted on December 19, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Although I’ve not been in blogging long enough, I’ve understood that content is the real king. If you can produce quality and interesting content than you get rewarded. Real nice ideas you’ve got there. Thanks.

  25. Brandie Pierce Says :
    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 8:08 am

    100 posts sounds surprisingly intimidating. But after reading it all, I can safely say it’s well worth the effort to read.

  26. Paul Says :
    Posted on December 23, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    This is a great list for any bloggers looking to build an audience and grow!

    Also, check out headlineshub.com. It has more than 100+ FREE compelling headlines for bloggers looking for a bit of inspiration to get started. It is updated daily.

  27. Melissa Russo Says :
    Posted on December 26, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Great list with everything a blogger wants to know, from the very beginnings up to maintaining a successful blog. Quite impressive.

  28. Praveen Rajarao Says :
    Posted on December 28, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Wow marya – You really have it all summed up here…will have a busy weekend now i am sure 🙂

    thanks for this awesome list.

  29. Ravi @ Technology Blog Says :
    Posted on January 1, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Thank You.. These posts will surely help everyone to start a blog from scratch..

  30. Lukas Says :
    Posted on January 2, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Hey Marya, really great post. I’ve been so long in the blog business as I think I’ve be running out of ideas lately. These points you’ve stated above are really great. Thanks again.

  31. syakirurahman Says :
    Posted on January 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    oohh.. your blog. especially your free ebook (9 new rules of blogging) is very very useful.. i take a lot advantages from that.. that’s really my wrong blogging mindset. i realize it when i read rules 1 in your ebook.. thanks for sharing.. i very lucky find blogger like you..

  32. Danyelle Franciosa
    Posted on January 6, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    That are truly a monster list and this will definitely change the blogging world this 2013. I have been checking out some of this site and they are all look interesting. Thanks for sharing this by the way!

  33. Alen Says :
    Posted on January 7, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Excellent post. So many ideas.

  34. Caleb Suko Says :
    Posted on January 9, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Thanks for the great list. I’m working my way through a few of the blog posts here. I’d really like to get an e-mail auto responder up and running on my blog. Do you have any good plugins to suggest?

  35. Belinda @ Esthetician careers Says :
    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 3:14 am

    I am quite impressed with the Blog ideas links.
    I am glad I found it. I’ve got so many things to read today.

  36. Rohit Sharma Says :
    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 9:01 am

    It’s like a feast!

  37. Masooma Kazmi Says :
    Posted on January 16, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I am really impresses by this post.Thanks a lot for this great list. It will be definitely beneficial for every reader.I found your blog very useful and I must say it is one of the best blog I ever visited.

  38. Jean-Marc Says :
    Posted on January 24, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Totally Amazing Marya!

    Followed this link from the Writer’s Den. I’ll be using this post all year, for sure. Thanks!

    • marya
      Posted on January 30, 2013 at 3:04 am

      Many thanks Jean-Marc. Your comment made my day! 😀

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  40. Ahsan Says :
    Posted on March 5, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Great list & huge collection to improve new blog.

    thanks for share & have a rocking year