Must-Follow Mondays: The Business of Blogging

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If you went to BlogHer PRO '13 last week, you know it was a game-changer. And if you couldn't make it, definitely check out the panel transcripts; they're full of specific, helpful tips. That's what inspired our list this week -- follow these blogs for more really useful information on the business of blogging from people who've been there and want to help you level up. Bloggers helping bloggers: LOVE.

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Wordcount: Freelancing in the Digital Age

Michelle Rafter uses Wordcount to look at pro blogging from all angles, from interviews with 1,000-post bloggers to how the Affordable Care Act affects freelancers. A good place to get started is her list of her 101 best blog posts, which is like a gift box full of things you need to know.

Colored Girl Confidential

The Career Swagger topic on Colored Girl Confidential is a compelling mix of personal story and great advice. Check out her Manifesto Launch 101: The Ultimate Guide for Bloggers and Online Entrepreneurs, a manifesto about the importance of manifestos, and her own beautiful and perfectly branded Red Lipstick Manifesta.

Blogging Basics 101

The inimitable Melanie Nelson has a platform that stretches beyond her incredibly helpful blog; she has written a bunch of the For Dummies books and even has a How to Make Money Blogging board on Pinterest (thank you, Melanie). As its name implies, Blogging Basics 101 is a godsend for beginners, because it starts at the beginning with How Do I Start a Blog? But even advanced bloggers will find tons of valuable information here, especially her expertise on which of the blog-self-help books are worth buying.


A Subtle Revelry

Victoria Hudgens from A Subtle Revery covers everything from why blogging is like dieting to how to get a book deal to great blogging plug-ins from a crafty/DIY angle.


Marketing Roadmaps

BlogHer Vice President of Influencer Marketing Susan Getgood has been sharing blogging wisdom on her marketing blog, Marketing Roadmaps, since 2004. She also co-founded Blogging with Integrity and wrote the book on professional blogging, Professional Blogging for Dummies.

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A Pinch of Yum

Lindsay and Bjork at A Pinch of Yum are completely transparent about how they make money food blogging. Each month, they post a complete breakdown of their income and expenses to show you how it's done.

Who do you think should be added to this list? Leave recommendations in the comments.

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