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50 Successful Blogs In Every Topic Imaginable

 

One misconception that forever bothers me is the belief that blogging doesn’t work unless it’s meta. People don’t believe blogs can be successful unless they are about blogging, marketing, or social media.

What they don’t understand is that it’s only the marketing blogs that publish things like “income reports” and the like. Regular blogs in traditional topics don’t do this, yet they are still out there killing it.

Today I’m going to bring you 50 successful blogs, often built solely through publishing great content + guest blogging, that span a huge variety of topics, to prove once and for all that blogging can be used to build an audience in nearly every topic imaginable.

 

 

 

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Help Scout Blog

 

The blog I’m responsible for! Help Scout is support software that is trusted by thousands of small businesses. We run the gamut over on the Help Scout blog, but our bread-and-butter will always be customer support, and helping companies understand the importance of providing a world-class customer experience.

We also use a large selection of resources to grow our traffic and subscriber base.

 

 

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Digital Photography School

 

Run by ‘the Problogger’ himself, Darren Rowse, this blog is actually his real money maker, not Problogger.net.

This thing is an absolute monster, a huge blog in a very profitable niche. Lots of people buy cameras, and they’re expensive.

All of the tips that Darren writes about on Problogger are put into action here, so if you want to watch the Problogger at work, follow the strategies that this blog utilizes, rather than reading the next Problogger post.

 

 

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Freshome

 

Let me first say that I love the design of this blog, and it’s a good thing to, as it focuses on design, but not the type you see on the web.

No, Freshome is an absolutely astounding architecture and interior design blog.

One of the writers, Ronique Gibson, revealed on Problogger that she has posted over 773 posts (and that was in 2011!), showing how a “curation” style blog, combined with lengthier posts, can create a real winner if it’s on a focused topic (and the content is top notch).

 

 

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Web Designer

 

There are a huge number of web design blogs out there, and yet some still find ways to be successful…

Somebody should ask Dainis how he did it, because 1stWebDesigner manages to stay a top web design blog and appears to be growing still.

I can tell you that 1stWebDesigner at least does everything in it’s industry the right way, while setting a few innovations (industry examples being stuff like free PSD files and the like).

That’s the big takeaway for this site: find out what works for the big players in your niche, pull some ideas that you like, and innovate on the rest.

 

 

 

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Tiny Cartridge

 

Tiny Cartridge is simply a perfect example of how to start a blog in a the incredibly overcrowded gaming niche.

Did the founder decide to doom their site to an early death by just focusing on “gaming”?

Heck no!

Tiny Cartridge has become the place to learn about mobile gaming news and updates, it “niched down” into a way less competitive market, and took it over.

That’s a HUGE takeaway from this post, one of the most important: dominant a small niche, and move onto broader things down the road.

 

 

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What I Wore

 

Since I’m not into fashion blogs all that much, what I can tell you most about this site is that the author’s personality takes the spotlight.

It’s a personal fashion blog, so that makes sense, but the general principle here is that her personality is inserted without pause.

Every post is flooded with the author, and it makes the case that a strong personality (and taste) can make for a great unique selling proposition, even in a crowded niche like this.

 

 

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Nature Mom’s Blog

 

“Mommy bloggers” is a term I hate, but if you’re taking your content and your site seriously, I can definitely love the work you’re doing.

That’s the case with this blog, from design to content, Tiffany is delivering the goods.

I like the “two-niche combo” going on here, something to learn from most definitely.

Instead of going the “health” or “mommy blogger” route, the author did both, taking two typical ingredients and making a very unique recipe.

 

 

 

 

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Auto Blog

 

Autoblog fills a big need for a big audience of automobile fanatics.

I see so many bloggers who are against “news” sites, and while I’m also in favor of creating ‘evergreen’ content, when you are dominating a specific niche well, your blog is certainly capable of breaking news, even if those posts won’t generate lifetime traffic.

 

 

 

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Art Of Manliness

 

A men’s lifestyle blog that as absolutely nailed the concept of a strong and memorable unique selling proposition.

In addition, this blog is the opposite of the autoblog above it (not in audience, those are similar!).

What I mean is, Brett focuses on almost entirely evergreen content, writing very long and in-depth articles that address topics that matter to men, and that won’t be changing anytime soon.

This kind of content ensures that people can find old articles and still be “wowed” by the information there, and it is a strategy that has paid off very well for Brett, as AoM is now a whole different beast with hundreds of thousands of readers.

 

 

 

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