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Desideriamo essere in contatto profondo con il luogo in cui siamo.
Dai alle tue domande il tempo di respirare. E le risposte ti troveranno.
Inchinatevi alla vostra goffaggine. Inginocchiatevi all’altare dei vostri fallimenti.
Ci sono solo soluzioni, che aspettano pazientemente che “tu” scompaia.
Tutti i tuoi problemi sono solo pensieri. E i pensieri non sono un problema.
La vita è solo un costante invito a scoprire quanto sei vasto.
L’amore è la risposta. La domanda non è importante.
Smetti di cercare di amare te stesso. Sii semplicemente il sé che ama.
Nulla può renderti felice finché nulla può renderti felice.
Non confondere il tempo della tua mente con il cielo del tuo essere.
Una delle più grandi illusioni: qualcosa al di fuori di me stesso mi porterà a casa.
Rilassati. Le risposte arriveranno, col tempo. O forse le domande inutili cadranno.
Più cerchi di aggiustarlo, più rafforzi la convinzione che è rotto.
Respira il momento, esattamente com’è. L’amore cambia tutto, lasciando tutto immutato.
I doni più inaspettatamente belli possono venire da un profondo e totale abbraccio di impotenza.
Proprio come l’oceano permette ogni onda, la Consapevolezza permette ogni pensiero e sentimento.
Non ci sono condizioni all’amore. E nessuna fine alle sue profondità.
La vita è un invito senza fine a scoprire la libertà in tutto ciò da cui stai scappando.
Sei un erede dimenticato di un regno glorioso. Reclamalo. Prendi contatto con questo momento.
Non puoi essere aggiustato, non sei mai stato rotto.
Voler far sparire le cose accumula sofferenza su sofferenza.
La vita non è una serie di momenti presenti, ma un unico momento presente con infinite profondità.
Abbiate cura dei vostri dubbi. Sono i semi del mistero.
Alla radice di ogni desiderio c’è il desiderio di noi stessi.
La storia è sempre vecchia. Il silenzio è sempre nuovo di zecca.
Tra “ciò che era” e “ciò che sarà” c’è un vasto spazio chiamato Ora. È la vostra vera casa.
In qualche modo finiamo dove dobbiamo essere.
Succedono cose bellissime nella tua vita quando ti allontani da tutta la negatività e il dramma.
Questo momento può essere profondamente permesso? e se non può essere permesso anche quello?
Non sei mai ‘dentro’ o ‘fuori’ l’adesso. Tu sei l’adesso.
Si tratta di celebrare l’unicità di ciò che sei e di riconoscere la nostra sottostante essenza condivisa.
La coscienza non ha religione né nazionalità.
L’ intimità con il tutto.
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La fine della ricerca spirituale è una profonda e assoluta accettazione di tutto ciò che è. E questa accettazione, questo vedere attraverso, non è qualcosa che fai tu, in quanto individuo. Questa accettazione non è un fare, non è una conquista, non è il risultato di niente. Questa accettazione è la natura stessa delle cose, così come realmente sono.
Proprio ora, tutto nasce naturalmente, liberamente, spontaneamente. Proprio ora, l’universo accetta tutto, incondizionatamente, così come è. Proprio ora, come il Buddha ha visto così chiaramente, non esiste un sé separato. Questo è il mistero che stiamo esplorando. Tutti noi ne abbiamo avuto, almeno una volta, il sentore: il dissolversi di ogni cosa.
Può accadere ovunque, in qualunque momento: mentre passeggiamo nel parco o mentre ascoltiamo il nostro brano di musica preferito o forse mentre guardiamo negli occhi qualcuno che amiamo. Il futuro e il passato svaniscono, ogni idea di un traguardo futuro, di una futura felicità, di una futura «illuminazione», semplicemente si dissolve nel vasto e ampio spazio che accoglie ogni cosa. In questa dissolvenza, c’è una semplicità, un senso di intimità, una libertà senza nome. È totalmente al di là di qualunque parola, eppure è così ovvia come respirare. È intravedere chi sei veramente, al di là di ogni racconto su chi sei. Ognuno di noi lo ha sperimentato.
È proprio lo sforzarsi, molto o per niente, di raggiungere l’illuminazione ciò che offusca l’illuminazione, che è sempre già presente. È la nostra ricerca di ‘qualcosa in più’ che sembra complicare ciò che è assolutamente evidente: il momento presente e tutto ciò che si manifesta in esso, è tutto quello che è.
Quello che avevo cercato in tutti questi anni, non era qualcosa che si poteva trovare. Infatti, non è per niente un «qualcosa», non è una cosa in mezzo ad altre cose, ma la condizione che in primo luogo dà la possibilità alle «cose» di essere. Questa è la vera intimità: l’intimità con il tutto. Vedi, la vera libertà non consiste nello sbarazzarsi di qualcosa. Riguarda l’innamorarsi di tutto. Questo innamoramento è anche il dissolversi del ricercatore, lo svanire di tutto ciò che si separa dalla vita così com’è.
Come ricercatore spirituale, ho voluto più di ogni altra cosa liberarmi di Jeff, l’individuo, il cercatore. Ho visto così chiaramente che Jeff era l’unica cosa che si frapponeva tra me e la libertà. Jeff e tutti i suoi problemi, Jeff e la sua vita difficile – ho pensato che avevo bisogno di sbarazzarmi di tutto questo, per essere libero.
Naturalmente, non si trattava di sbarazzarsi di Jeff. Ma di innamorarsi di Jeff e attraverso di lui, innamorarsi di ogni cosa. Questa è la vera libertà: una libertà che non nega nulla. L’unità non è sbarazzarsi del singolo, come invece viene ripetuto così spesso dagli insegnanti spirituali. Come potrebbe l’Unità rifiutare una parte di se stessa? Unità è tutto e quindi include ogni cosa. L’individuo, il cercatore, anche quello è incluso nella profonda accettazione che tu sei.
Persino il cercatore è semplicemente l’Uno vestito da cercatore, in cerca di se stesso.
Tratto da “The Wonder of Being” di Jeff Foster.
Accendi la tua luce al massimo.
Quando qualcuno ti dice nomi, ti riduce ad una cosa, quando ti danno consigli che non hai chiesto, quando ti biasimano per i loro dolori, quando non ti ascoltano e parlano senza fine di se stessi, quando ti comparano ad altri, quando ti ignorano, invalidano, giudicano o ridicolizzano i tuoi pensieri o emozioni. Quando accade tutto questo… Fermati. Respira.
Sappi che è il loro dolore, non il tuo. Sappi che sono loro che stanno sognando l’unico sogno che possono, fino a quando non si risvegliano. Sappi che non ti conoscono affatto, ma solo nelle loro fantasie. Forse fanno fatica ad amare se stessi. Forse cercano il loro valore fuori da se. Forse sono sconnessi dal loro respiro, dai loro corpi, dalla loro preziosa vivacità, dalla loro vera chiamata. Forse vivono in un mondo dualistico di buono e cattivo, giusto e sbagliato, successo e fallimento. Forse hanno dimenticato la semplice gioia di essere.
Forse tu puoi capirlo questo. Forse anche tu sei stato/a dove sono ora loro. Non cercare di cambiarli ora. Potrebbero non cambiare mai. Non cercare di aggiustarli. Non ti stanno chiedendo di essere aggiustati. Più li spingi, più loro ti spingono via. Non farti intrappolare nella loro rete di tristezze. Vedi chiaramente, abbi compassione, ma non spingere.
E’ ok che siano arrabbiati. E’ ok. Lascia loro spazio per essere arrabbiati. E’ ok che siano arrabbiati con te. Dona loro spazio per essere arrabbiati. E’ ok se ti giudicano. Fai spazio anche per i loro giudizi. Fai spazio però anche per i tuoi pensieri e per le tue emozioni! Permettiti di sentirti triste, arrabbiato/a, colpevole, dubbiosa/o. Lascia che queste preziose energie scorrano attraverso te. Non ti feriranno, se le lasci muovere.
Si, incontrerai molti custodi di cancelli in questo viaggio. Cammina il tuo sentiero in ogni caso, e permetti agli altri di camminare il loro. Non ti serve giustificare il tuo sentiero, o difenderlo. Stai con te in questi tempi di sfide. Non combattere il buio; tanto non ha potere comunque. Semplicemente accendi la tua luce al massimo.
Possiamo cambiare veramente solo quando accettiamo totalmente noi stessi come siamo ora; difettosi, imperfetti, dubbiosi e tutto ciò insieme. Un vero pittore usa tele che gli vengono date; non attende la tela perfetta per iniziare a dipingere. L’arte deve accadere, ora.
Vuoi il partner perfetto? Il padre o la madre perfetta? Il capo perfetto? Il corpo perfetto? I sentimenti perfetti? La perfetta illuminazione? La vita perfetta? Che ne dici di accettare profondamente quello che c’è quì ora? Che ne dici di accettare gli altri, come davvero sono? Che ne dici di inchinarsi alle energie che sono vive ora, dando dignità al luogo in cui ti trovi?
Un luogo strano da cui iniziare lo ammetto. Sembra un pochino “tornare indietro”. Come arrendersi. Come accomodarsi per meno di ciò che ti meriti. Come debolezza. Come una festa di auto-indulgenza. Come un pò perdersi nel fango. Ma aspetta… E’ accettazione del “ciò che è” lo stesso forse di abbandonare la possibilità di cambiamento? No. L’accettazione significa forse tollerare o “adeguarsi” a sentimenti sgradevoli? Significa forse trattenere impulsi violenti? No, affatto. Accettazione significa forse divenire distaccati e passivi, chiudere gli occhi alla violenza del mondo, lasciare che gli altri ci calpestino e calpestino i nostri cari? No. Accettazione significa forse giocare un ruolo falso, il ruolo del “personaggio molto spirituale, evoluto, profondamente in accettazione, in pace sopra tutti”? No, l’accettazione non è un ruolo, è non è personale.
Profonda accettazione significa allinearsi con le cose per come ora vanno. Significa guardare in faccia la vita, ora. Significa voltarsi verso ciò che c’è quì, cosa ci è stato dato, la tela che abbiamo ora. Significa lasciare andare false speranze e sogni e svegliarsi a ciò che è davvero vero. Significa smettere la guerra, vedere attraverso l’illusione del “sè” separato dal suo misterioso movimento della vita. Significa dire si alla scena presente del film che stiamo vedendo, anche se la scena di cui si parla non l’abbiamo nè cercata nè pianificata.
E’ il supremo paradosso, che da una profonda accettazione senza compromessi di ciò che sembra un momento “imperfetto”, davvero creativo e intelligente e sorprendentemente senza sforzo, il cambiamento stesso può accadere. Perchè non sei più in guerra, e sei aperto alle possibilità, sei totalmente vivo.
Sei stato nutrito e fertilizzato nel profondo dall’ amorevole attenzione della lentezza, e ora qualcosa di nuovo e bellissimo può emergere. La mente non è mai stata fautrice di cambiamenti, in nessun caso. E il terreno è stato sempre sicuro e affidabile.
Jeff Foster, con Gagan Deep.
C’è molta confusione nella comunità spirituale sull’idea di accettazione. Accettazione non è la paralisi. Non significa arrendersi, o diventare noiosi e distaccati, o spiritualmente annoiati. Non significa chiudere gli occhi ad una situazione di sfida, sperando che la tempesta passi. Non significa interpretare le pene del mondo come “pure illusioni”, o pretendere di essere in una “consapevolezza” distaccata, o il “testimone” della vita. Non significa sedere e “non far nulla” come strategia di evitamento.
Non significa non interessarsi. Non significa rinnegare tutte le responsabilità e biasimare la società, il governo, i media, l’allienamento dei pianeti, gli “altri”, o anche se stessi. Non significa nemmeno oscurarsi gli occhi.
E’ un senso più profondo, significa essere quì. Significa impegno creativo con l’universo da un luogo di stabilità interiore e equilibrio, non di paura o rabbia. Significa trovare pace nella tempesta, e permettere alle azioni di emergere da lì. Significa riconoscere la tua appartenenza a tutta la vita, la tua vera identità oltre nome e forma. Significa non essere schiavo di pensieri di paura o idee preconcette, o essere alla mercè di sensazioni intense. Significa affrontare il turbinio dello spazio-tempo, sì ma sapendo dove stare: nel momento presente. Non significa abbandonare il tuo potere o le tue abilità, o la tua inspirazione, ma semplicemente il lasciare andare le cose su cui non hai il controllo dal luogo in cui sei.
Accettare il momento (o meglio, come insegno, ricordare che il momento è già accettato) non significa che le cose non cambieranno in futuro. Non significa che le risposte non arriveranno, che l’attività non accadrà; significa solo arrendersi al “così è” del momento presente, il luogo dove il vero cambiamento può avvenire, dove risposte inaspettate emergeranno. Non significa la fine dell’attività ma la fine della reattività, la fine della abituale fuga, la fine del correre a conclusioni, la fine di cercare nemici “là fuori”. Significa la fine della vecchia consapevolezza di giusto e sbagliato, peccato e biasimo, “loro” e “noi”.
Accettazione significa entrare in una situazione da un luogo di calma, curiosità e presenza, senza fretta o risposte semplicistiche. Significa non abbandonare chi ami, ma abbandonare l’idea e la speranza che il passato potesse andare in modo diverso, o che il futuro possa essere completamente controllato.
Significa affrontare cosa vuole essere visto, ora. Significa connessione ora. Significa avere i tuoi piedi ben piantati nel terreno, ora, ma gli occhi ben aperti, all’amore, alla possibilità, a quella strana terra chiamata “futuro”.
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The blogging industry has become extremely saturated. Ever since the first bloggers shared their success stories publicly, more and more people are getting into the industry. As a result, competition has gotten higher, and surviving as a blog these days has become increasingly difficult. If you’re not putting in the effort, you’re more than likely going to fail.
But there’s one very important thing you can do that most thriving blogs are doing today. That’s to create “evergreen content”, which is essentially content that doesn’t have an expiry date. People can look back at it in years from now and still find it useful.
It’s also common for bloggers to revisit old content and update the information to provide a fresh take on the subject. Bloggers have stated that content that gets touched up like this is an excellent way to boost SEO.
So, now that you know this information, what do you do with it?
It’s difficult to know the answer to that unless we first look at where blogging is going, and if it’s still worth putting time and energy into your blogging efforts. Like Bitcoin, we could be seeing blogging’s peak at the moment, and one day we could wake up to a huge crash.
But as the blogging statistics show, it doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. It’s still totally relevant in 2020 and is steadily rising for 2021.
It might be hard to determine exactly how many blogs there are out there at any given moment. The stats say about 500 million, although that number also includes inactive sites, which may affect the accuracy of the statistic. Also, not all platforms choose to share their data publicly.
And although it may be hard to accurately gauge how many blogs there are, one thing’s for sure: At this rate, we will be celebrating 1 billion blogs in no time!
Let’s see what the future holds.
The most read blog articles – Halfway through 2020
We have already passed the halfway point of 2020! These are the most read articles on our blog so far this year. Enjoy reading!
Thirty-five articles published on The Onlinification Hub over the past six months. Admittedly: Not all of them went through the roof in terms of views, while others reached the sky.
That’s the thing with inbound and in particular blogging – it is the gift that keeps on giving. Blog articles that we spent a few hours creating years ago continue to attract interested people to our company.
Today I’ll present you the five articles that are the most viewed so far this year. Among them, only one article was published in 2020, and the other four published between 2016 and 2029. Below this list, you find the five articles most viewed of the articles published this year.
Founder, CEO & Strategist since 2001. Anders provides thoughts and reflections about what and how to think about onlinification and digitalisation in B2B. Asks a lot of questions, and knows what to do with the answers.
Search Traffic Statistics From 106 Of The Most Popular Blogs
We all love successful people — many of them are our heroes.
We love hearing about how they achieved their amazing results.
Now and then, we can use their success for our own purposes. And this post is going to be all about that.
I’m going to teach you the secrets of search traffic, specifically in terms of popular blogs in the areas of marketing and blogging.
Thanks to the analysis of 106 of the best blogs, you’ll be able to:
find keywords with lower competition and create better content
find out what kinds of posts bring more traffic and why
understand the strategies of link building and use this knowledge for yourself
get the data on how many words you need to write
see a lot of other statistical data you’ll need to achieve success
I’m giving you the opportunity to download your reports now — for free! You don’t even need to become my subscriber to do so. Since this traffic is not mine, I feel a bit guilty about showing you the inner workings of other people’s blogs.
Get Access to the Google Sheet with the secrets surrounding 106 of the best blogs!
Second. Correct keyword research. It’s really necessary nowadays. In my opinion, the main mistake of many bloggers is the wrong choice of topics for their posts and articles.
Make sure you can rank for your keywords.
Third. Estimation of competition.
It’s really not that hard to estimate whether you can get into Google TOP. The fundamentals of ranking will help you do this:
Authority of your domain. It’s influenced by quality inbound links.
Authority of your post, article, or page. (Links again — both internal and external)
Relevant content that answers the users’ questions
Social signals (Social shares)
Engagement (Comments, amount of time that a user spends on your page)
There are hundreds of different factors that affect your ranking. But these are the key indexes!
When choosing your keywords, look not only at their monthly search volume, but at your competitors’ too.
Fourth. Only create awesome content.
As you can see below, my research shows that high-traffic pages all have amazing content. (In most cases, they almost always have some long-form content!)
Experiment, and share your research and cases. Try to fully explore your topic.
Your readers will be grateful, and search engines will appreciate it too!
What do you do if you have something to say on a topic that interests you, but your competitors are too strong?
You have two options:
Have a plan on who will link to your content (and how).
Create some useful content in spite of high competition.
If you choose the first option, know that it involves a great deal of work.
Many bloggers don’t do this because it requires a substantial amount of time and connections. All the techniques have been around for a long time and haven’t changed in years.
The problem is that link building should be worth the time you spend on it.
If you have your own product or an affiliate business, then these expenses will probably pay for themselves.
But chances are, you don’t have your own online course that you are selling for thousands of dollars just yet. (If you do, then you’re already doing link building.)
With enough search traffic, the only thing that these articles won’t bring you is internal links to other pages that are important to you (and we’re only talking about search engine traffic here, not traffic from social media). Isn’t that cool?
Many people tend to forget about the power of internal links.
My recent research has proven it.
On one of my niche blogs, I created 10 basic articles and 15-30 other posts that linked to those 10 articles.
As a result, I got the Holy Grail: search traffic for keywords with tens of thousands of queries.
Organic keywords. Here you’ll find the keywords where the target website ranks for the top 100 organic search results, along with its current ranking and the amount of traffic each query brings every month.
Backlinks. Using this report, you can study the strategy of getting the backlinks. You can contact any of the owners and offer your resources. But I’d recommend that you just make friends with the most interesting owners of these resources. In my opinion, the future of link building lies in friendly relationships, blogger outreach, and networking.
Note: Each of the reports has up to 1,000 rows. I limited the selection by keywords (at least 90 monthly searches); Dofollow links. Also, please know that those aren’t precise traffic numbers, and that this is the data provided by Ahrefs rather than Google Analytics. In my experience, these numbers can be multiplied by 3-5 for the blogging and marketing niche.
When starting a blog, one of the most common questions you might think of is which are the most popular types of blog? There are many different types of blogs covering a wide range of topics, interests, and audiences. For a successful blog, you need to plan ahead and choose the niche that works for you. In this article, we will share the most popular types of blogs that you can start right away.
What Should You Blog About?
To decide the niche of your blog, you need to know about your passion. Every niche has its own audience who search for content related to their interests. Writing about your passion helps you continuously come up with great content ideas as your blog grows.
Let’s take a look at the most popular types of blogs that exist:
1. Fashion Blogs
Fashion blogs are one of the most popular types of blogs on the internet. It’s a big industry with a huge global audience. Fashion bloggers get invited to major events, receive special perks, merchandise, and even business deals by top fashion brands.
These types of blogs are good for creative people with a keen eye for style and fashion. You can start a fashion blog and start making money online by following our guide.
2. Food Blogs
Food blogs are another popular blog type. It attracts a lot of readers who are interested in recipes, ingredients, healthy eating, fine dining, and other food related stories.
Many food bloggers just start with something as simple as their local restaurant reviews. However, as their blog grows so does their interests and target audience. They start covering other food related topics as well. Take a look at our guide on how to start a food blog.
3. Travel Blogs
Travel blogs are becoming more popular each day. Due to cheap air travel, people are traveling more than ever, and they are always looking for travel tips, advice, and destination guides.
These blogs make it easy for other travelers to learn about a destination they have never been to. If you are a traveler, then we recommend you to create your travel blog.
4. Music Blogs
Music blogs has a wide audience who search for critiques on the best and trending music. Music lovers enjoy songs from different languages, cultures and norms.
The music industry has big potential for bloggers to write about different types of music like jazz, pop, heavy metal, famous singers, and more.
5. Lifestyle Blogs
Lifestyle blogs are the most popular type of blogs you can find online. They have a variety of readers, interested in topics ranging from culture, arts, local news, and politics. This gives the blogger a wide range of topics to cover, making it easier to plan their content strategy.
Lifestyle bloggers get opportunities to be an influencer, write for other publications, become a speaker, and partner with businesses who are working to make a difference in the society.
6. Fitness Blogs
Fitness blogs has been a hot trend since they cover important topics like health and general fitness. People all over the world rely on the internet to seek advice on how to stay fit. It’s a great opportunity for fitness instructors to start a fitness blog and get clients online.
These types of bloggers/instructors write about diets, diet plans, workouts, supplements, and more. Fitness bloggers can also create video content to explain different exercises to their audience. They can monetize their website and videos using Google AdSense and affiliate marketing.
7. DIY Blogs
DIY blogs are very interesting and have a huge audience. It has multiple sub-types like arts and crafts, construction, wood-work, metal-work and more.
These interesting DIY activities would encourage visitors to try new stuff and share it with the trainer/blogger. DIY blogs may involve a lot of communication which is great for blogging.
8. Sports Blogs
Sports blogs are another interesting type of blogs online. Every country in the world has different sports and every sport has its own stars. Sports blogging may also include bloggers who are writing paid content for teams, athletes, and other organizations.
The other format in sports blogging is to write about latest events all over the world. Furthermore, bloggers share live status of multiple sports on their Twitter accounts automatically linked to the blogs.
9. Finance Blogs
A lot of us need help and advice to manage our finances efficiently. This gives finance blogs a wide audience ranging from serious investors to families trying to save for a better future.
Personal finance blogs share advice for businesses, investors, startups, individuals and families. It’s a good blog niche for the people interested in the complex world of managing money and generating wealth.
10. Political Blogs
Political blogs have perhaps the most passionate audience of all. They cover news on politics, analysis of political news, and can quickly build a very large engaging audience.
It has become common for the big political affiliates to hire their own blogging team. These bloggers share the agenda of the political party and write about their policies / plans to attract more people towards the representatives.
11. Parenting Blogs
Parenting blogs have a huge, passionate, and highly engaged audience. New parents worry a lot and are always willing to improve their parenting skills.
Mom blogs and dad blogs have different styles of writing. These blogs may involve activities with kids, guidance on food, techniques for early home education and more.
12. Business Blogs
Business blogs are the professional blogs related to the corporate agencies, industries and others. They offer a casual way to communicate with customers and educate them about a businesses product or service.
Personal blogs belong to individual writers who share their experiences, adventures, and daily life with their audience. The purpose of personal blogging can be anything like making a difference through positive stories or influencing readers with own views.
Movie blogs share news and reviews of new movies and the film industry in general. They have a large audience on the internet. Bloggers are invited to watch premium shows before the public release of movies, so they can write reviews and generate buzz about an upcoming movie.
15. Car Blogs
Car blogs are usually about luxury and sports cars. They cover a wide range of topics including latest car models, their features, engineering, and more. They can even partner up with local car dealerships for business opportunities. These blogs have all the information about modern cars, vintage cars, safety tips for drivers, and more.
Many people get attracted to good cars and spend a lot of time in reading about features of their favorite cars online. It’s a great niche to adopt as a blog type for car lovers.
Some bloggers also write about car financing tips, financing calculators, corporate and banks offers, and finance schedules. It helps the reader find cars in their budget without visiting showrooms.
16. News Blogs
News blogs cover local news and are a great way for journalism students to build up their resume and sharpen their skills. They can cover a wide range of topics or limit to a particular news section. News blogs are not just about sharing news. They also include opinion pieces to share blogger’s own perspective of the news.
The news blogs are updated more frequently to cover latest happenings. News can be about anything like climate change, scientific innovations, technology, politics, religion, and more. Big media outlets have several bloggers to work on each of these sub-types in news blogging.
17. Pet Blogs
Pet blogs have a great readership online that includes pet owners, animal lovers, animal shelters, and people looking for pets. Pet bloggers share tips on keeping pets healthy, pet grooming, pet food, and training.
Animal foster homes also write about their efforts to protect and save animals. Pet bloggers can partner up with businesses selling pet care products to generate revenue.
18. Gaming Blogs
Gaming blogs cater to a large community of gamers looking for articles about latest games, gaming hardware, events, game cheats, and more. This community has grown significantly in the recent years.
Most gaming blogs belong to gamers, reviewers, and official communities of big game developing agencies. They have international events for gamers and reward plans for the winners. It’s a popular blog type and growing everyday.
Once you have chosen your blog’s niche, the next step is to find blog post ideas that you can use on your blog. You can check out this massive list of blog post ideas that you can use right away.
Below is a list of examples of successful blogs. And I don’t mean successful as in they have a niche lifestyle business.
Each blog listed in this article is earning 6 to 7 figures in yearly revenue. Some just make the cut. Some are way past it in the 8 to 9 figure range.
There are a few reasons why I decided to make this.
First, a lot of people are unfamiliar (or unconvinced) that a blog can make a lot of money. And if you take a look at the blogs below, you’ll see that they’re just normal content websites.
Second, I wanted this to help with niche selection. I’ve found from experience that finding a blog niche is easiest when you have examples to look through. It’s not by scrolling through a long list of random words. Instead, it’s by analyzing successful blogs that already exist.
Each example shown is one of the biggest and most profitable blogs in their given industries.
A health and fitness blog backed by science.
Greatist is a blog that I’ve followed deeply over the years. Their focus on creating only the highest quality, science-backed health and fitness articles for millennials has paid off greatly.
On the surface, they’re a regular health and fitness blog. Behind the scenes, they’re a full-blown media startup with over 10 million visitors per month and an estimated yearly revenue in the 8-figure range. They make this money through ads and by selling sponsored content.
What they do well: Creating reputable, trust-worthy health content backed by science. This is hard to come by in an industry full of misinformation.
To build a website like Nerd Wallet is every affiliate marketer’s dream. They are the leading example of a successful SEO blog that crushes affiliate marketing, and they’re doing so in one of the most profitable (and competitive) industries in the world – personal finance.
Nerd Wallet reviews everything from credit cards, mortgages, insurance, and all things finance. The affiliate commissions for financial products like these can get into the hundreds of dollars per referral, which is why they’re worth over $500M.
What they do well: Understanding search intent and creating the best TYPE of content and user experience depending on the keyword.
There are a ton of travel blogs on the internet. Most are personal blogs. They write about their travels and build up a small audience over time. Nomadic Matt also started as a personal blog about his own travels.
Today, he’s built up a HUGE resource with everything you need to know about travelling. What’s crazy is that it’s still a personal blog with only one main author. Even to this day, he writes most of the content himself.
And he ranks for nearly every keyword based around travel you can think of. There aren’t many single author blogs out there that grow to this size. It takes an incredible amount of time, focus, and persistence to continue pumping out content like he does.
What they do well: Diversifying income streams by creating and selling their own products. Staying small, lean, and extremely profitable.
Health and fitness advice for nerds and ordinary, everyday people.
Steve Kamb started Nerd Fitness nearly 10 years ago when he noticed that there were a ton of health and fitness blogs, but nothing catering specifically to him. So he decided to build it himself.
Instead of targeting anyone and everyone, his blog was directly for… nerds! The interesting part is that the definition of the term “nerd” evolved as the site grew. At first, his audience consisted of people like him – nerds who played computer games and just wanted to get fit.
Today, his brand has grown into a massive community of regular people who just want to learn how to get fit and have fun doing it.
What they do well: Differentiating themselves from all the other health blogs by going extremely specific in their audience targeting.
Honest tips and tutorials for becoming a better, more centered man.
I first heard of The Art Of Manliness after listening to a Mixergy interview. They are a true content site, producing mainly informational blog posts around men’s interests and lifestyle topics.
They make money through ads, and they’ve later started selling physical products like mugs, t-shirts, and posters. Usually, branded physical products can only work when you have a loyal audience, which obviously they have because 30% of their traffic comes is direct.
What they do well: Great branding, original design, and sticking to their origin topics of content even a decade after existence.
A giant design and development resource centered around one big influencer.
Chris Coyier is one of the most well-known designers on the internet. And it’s all thanks to his wildly popular design blog, CSS Tricks. Like Nomadic Matt, a large percentage of the articles are written by Chris.
He started the website in 2007. At the time, it was purely about CSS – hence the name. Today, it’s grown into a huge resource for all things web design and development. I visit this site several times a month myself, mainly to copy and paste in CSS lines that he shares in his blog posts.
What they do well: Using his existing audience to launch new products/companies. For example, his website CodePen now has 1M users and traffic is double that of CSS-Tricks.
A finance content site that teaches people how to put more money in their pockets.
The Penny Hoarder is a blog around money. Their mission is to teach people tons of ways to make more money. It started out as the personal blog of founder, Kyle Taylor. Once it started to take off, he started to bring on new writers, and transition into more of a media company.
The most fascinating thing about The Penny Hoarder is the amount of money they make, and how they make it.
Last year, they generated close to $40M. And unlike other media companies, they did it without any advertising.
Instead, they use affiliate marketing by forming partnerships with the right companies.
What they do well: Using storytelling to write their content to make it more engaging and relatable. They’ll feature or interview interesting people on their site and share how they’re making money.
They also do a great job at not coming off as scammy, which is very easy to fall into in the “make money” niche.
CoinDesk is a website I visit at least 3 times a week. It’s the most successful cryptocurrency blog in the world, getting over 10 million visitors per month. It was started in 2013 by Shakil Kha, and then acquired by Digital Currency Group in 2016 for an amount rumored to be around $500,000.
Today, they’re the go-to source for all news and updates in the blockchain world. They make money through advertising, publishing paid reports, and selling tickets to their conferences.
What they do well: Establishing themselves as a leader in a new industry.
When I’m really interested in new tech (like new MacBooks being released), I’m always happy to see Ars Technica do a piece about it. It was founded a long time ago, in 1998. Ten years later, in 2008, it was sold to Conde Naste for $25M.
Although they’ve lost readers’ trust a few years back when they attempted to block any visitors using an ad blocker, they’ve rebuilt their reputation by hiring smart writers (most of whom are post-graduates) and writing in-depth pieces of information in the tech world.
What they do well: Writing really detailed news stories. While most tech blogs merely “report” the news, Ars Technica analyzes it.
The Bustle is a site that I study constantly. It was founded by Bryan Goldberg after he built and sold Bleacher Report (a sports blog) for $175M.
The reason I’m so interested in Bustle is because of Bryan’s infamous announcement before starting the company.
He claimed that he would build something that’s never been done before: A women’s site that not only talked about fashion but news and pop culture as well.
This brought on a fury of haters (which brought in a ton of free links and press coverage ), who wrote about the dozens of companies that are already doing just that.
Another thing that’s interesting is the reason WHY Bryan decided to create this site. After running Bleacher Report, he realized that a female audience attracted the most advertisers. So he received funding, hired a bunch of people, and created one of the biggest women’s blogs in the world.
What they do well: Covering every aspect of every story that people are interested in.
There are a ton of health and wellness blogs out there. But Wellness Mama stood out from the pack by being one of the first ones in the space to cater their content specifically to mothers.
Going ultra targeted with your audience targeting is a very effective way to make your blog unique and develop a strong following. Katie Wells is someone who used this laser targeting strategy perfectly.
Although her blog isn’t for everybody, there are a lot of moms out there who agree with Wellness Mama’s mission of getting the best information for healthier families.
What they do well: Going ultra targeted with their audience targeting.
A deeper, emotional blog written by college students.
I don’t know if Chris Lavergne, founder of Thought Catalog, will appreciate the description above but it’s what I personally think of this blog. Thought Catalog is like BuzzFeed for hipster college students.
You’ll mainly see articles about heart break, relationships, and being a stronger person. The coolest thing about Thought Catalog is how they developed their content. As anyone who blogs will know, it’s difficult to source good content.
Thought Catalog attracts college students, mostly writing majors, to write on their site for free as a way to build their portfolio. It’s “cool” to be published on Thought Catalog.
And as a result, they have hundreds of submissions every single day from some of the deepest, brightest minds all over the world. That’s amazing.
What they do well: Getting their content for free in an ethical way. Coming up with a unique content strategy and executing it perfectly.
Fatherly is a blog that I researched heavily. It was started in 2015 by Mike Rothman, one of the co-founders of Thrillist. He helped grow Thrillist from zero to $100M before leaving to start Fatherly.
There are a lot of parenting blogs out there, but Mike realized that almost all of them are heavily targeted towards moms. Furthermore, they often portrayed dads as the goofy one who didn’t know what they were doing. He aimed to change that with Fatherly.
And he grew it into one of the fastest growing media companies out there growing to $5M in revenue in just two years.
What they do well: Doing niche and audience research really, really well. Have a listen to this podcast and you’ll realize that he takes niche and audience research to a whole new level.
Maxwell Ryan, mentioned above in Apartment Therapy’s description, started another blog with his then-wife, Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan, just a year after Apartment Therapy was born.
Sara was a food blogger, and Maxwell took the lessons learned from growing Apartment Therapy into growing Kitchn. Today, Kitchn gets roughly 20M visitors per month to its site and is one of the largest food and recipe blogs in the world.
What they do well: Use what they know and apply it over to a new blog.
Do you want to know the blog responsible for all the #1 rankings for just about any movie or tv show? It’s Digital Spy.
Although the blog started way back in 1999, it wasn’t until 2011 when Hearst Magazines UK purchased it, that it started to dominate the search engines. It’s seriously fascinating to see a single blog dominate every movie or tv show like that.
Just search for a tv show or movie and they’ll pop up #1.
And if you take a look at their title tag, you’ll notice they’ve crafted it perfectly to include every variation of their keyword – each of which gets hundreds of thousands of searches every month.
A blog to keep you in the loop of everything photography.
Ranked as one of the top leading photography blogs on the internet, PetaPixel is sure to keep you in the loop about everything photography.
With a variety of sections including industry news, tutorials, equipment and archives, this site is sure to help some of you bloom into professionals by teaching you everything including the fine details of many cameras.
They are active on social media with 500K Facebook followers and 1M twitter followers. PetaPixel makes money through ads on their website and by selling mentor photography sessions.
What they do well: They dominate the photography industry by covering every category and subject around it.
A blog to help the average college student gain what it takes to succeed in college and beyond.
College Info Geek is offers resources to help college students and others alike win at college or other studious activities.
Their resources center around study hacks and tactics that will help you cut your study time down, increase recall, and actually help develop your brain. It was founded in 2013 by Thomas Frank, who graduated Iowa State University.
They are doing well today with around 800,000 visitors per month considering this blog is extra niche.
What they do well in: Attracting a very specific target audience.
GQ is a men’s lifestyle style blog based in New York. It was founded in 1931, ages ago, so as you can imagine they have had a fair bit of time to build a brand, strong reputation, and large audience.
GQ is a massive media company that publishes content around everything for men from grooming to face cleaning routines, fitness, style, and even productivity and work.
They also have a magazine line and a newsletter! They make the majority of their income through affiliate links to online stores. They also make a healthy profit money from their magazine subscriptions which is an add on to their site.
What they do well in: Persistence, longevity, and adapting to change. This publication was founded almost a century ago!
Treehugger is the leading media outlet for news on sustainability. They are pushing to make sustainability a mainstream topic and they are doing well at it considering they receive over 3M visitors per month.
They offer amazing articles on sustainable design, technology, business, clean living and transportation. Other than their amazing articles, they also have weekly podcasts on current news conspiracies and new ideas about sustainability around the world.
They have a pretty solid team built up of 9 writers all with backgrounds in writing and some kind of education related to environmental sustainability. Treehugger makes revenue by putting ads on their blog and was last reported to make approximately $10.4M in annual revenue.
What they do well in: Staying true to their mission. Many blogs in this industry have been guilty of writing about things based on what’s trending – oftentimes publishing things that have nothing to do with their mission. Not Tree Hugger.
A blog about inspiring home owners to be “fresh” with their designs and architecture.
Freshome is a blog built around delivering new and fresh ideas on design and architecture. If you need any inspiration, and I mean ANY inspiration for your home, this blog has it all.
Select from a variety of ideas for you kitchen, bathroom, living room, bedroom and even recommendations on designers in your area. Wait, It doesn’t end there; they also have a “reviews” section where you can be sure to make the right decision when buying things like furniture, coffee makers, and basically any household item.
Freshome makes money by putting ads on their site, selling products through Amazon affiliate links and even through some other affiliate programs, like Disney. Freshome receives approximately 1.47M visitors each month, making it one of the leading home design blogs in the world.
What they do well in: Being the leader in content that inspires. They do this by publishing a LOT of image-heavy content.
The largest online resource for designers and developers.
It’s rare to meet any person in a creative field who hasn’t heard of Smashing Magazine. Their site literally has every form content available: Articles, ebooks, job postings, and of course, paid memberships.
Smashing magazine was created in 2009 and started off quite small. They now have a team of 19 staff and get approximately 3M page views per month.
What they do good in: Ignoring trends and fads, and writing content that creatives are looking for.
A blog to make you smarter with money and to teach you how to make income from a blog.
Making Sense Of Cents is a blog created by a woman named Michelle, an expert at paying off debts (and growing a personal blog).
She started the site in hopes of sharing her struggles with student loan debt. teaches us different ways of making income through blogging including advice on how to get started. She also has created courses on topics like affiliate marketing and information on sponsored posts.
On the financial side, she has written many resources on how to save more and how to make extra money. It seems that her blog is popular amongst the crowd that is interested in earning and saving more money with 300,000 subscribers and many mentions on other sites and in podcasts.
What they do good in: Tying in her blogging business as a topic on her blog and making it seem together with her main topic of personal finance.
A resource for all things outdoors and adventurous.
A little different from the ones mentioned above, Adventure Junkies is a pure affiliate blog. They have a page for 6 different sports including diving, hiking, paddling, scuba diving, snow sports and mountain biking.
Each section contains a Facebook forum and information about gear, clothing, techniques, training, and more. They make money by selling tangibles like clothing and gear through affiliate links, mainly with Amazon.
What they do well in: Categorizing their site cleanly under one umbrella theme of “adventure”.
A blog created to help you get in the mood to spoil your furry best friend.
Do you like to read about all things dogs? I do! Barkpost is a blog created specifically for your fur baby.
On their website, they have various sections with many articles about some curiosities dog owners may have, news on latest pet trends, and even advice on travelling with or without your pet. BarkPost is actually just a giant content marketing play to get traffic and promote their main business – BarkBox.
The BarkBox is a monthly subscription in which the subscriber (lucky dog) will receive a box each month with themed items such as toys, treats, chews and more. They have currently served just over 600K furry friends and over 2.4M followers on social media platforms.
What they do well in: Creating a giant blog purely to promote their main business, BarkBox.
Many of us these days have trouble reading complex pieces of writing. No matter how good it is, it can be extremely frustrating trying to pick the words apart and digest them without truly knowing what they mean. Luckily, there’s Brain Pickings.
The solo blogger, Maria Popova will spend hours reading, listening and rewriting complex topics into easily digestible language. You will find no ads on this website as it is funded solely through donations. Readers can decide to donate monthly or just one time.
What they do well in: Keeping a website afloat based off of donations and consistently pumping out content as a solo writer. She publishes 3 posts per day for her 150,000 email subscribers.
As the name suggests, Pinch of Yum is a recipe blog. On their website you will find all sorts of mouth watering recipes created by Lindsay, the food scientist and creator of the blog.
What differentiates this blog from most other food blogs is that there is a whole section dedicated to this site’s previous income reports. In 2011, Lindsay started an experiment called the “Food Blog Making Money Experiment” where she would track all income and expenses of the blog to see if a food blog could actually be profitable.
This got a ton of attention from online marketers and bloggers looking to make money from a food blog.
What they do well in: Being the first to be so public about their business numbers and what goes on behind the scenes of their business.
A blog where a hair enthusiast turned her passion into her business.
Most people will just search how to do a braid on YouTube, but Hair Romance is far better than any YouTube tutorial.
This blog is a huge guide on different things to do with women’s hair of all shapes, textures, and cuts. What’s amazing is that this blog has gained an audience of 5M within just 18 months. She has turned her passion into profession and now has 2 e-books and one print book which was a New York Times best seller and is available around the world.
With a lot of presence of social media platforms like instagram and Pinterest, Hair Romance is capturing the eyes of many women (and men). They make money from the e-books, ads on their site, sponsored posts, and working with brands.
What they do well in: Growing traffic at a super human level.
Hopefully, by analyzing the examples shared above, you got to see what six and seven-figure blogs look like, how they’re monetizing, what kind of content they publish, etc. But most importantly, I hope it helps spark some niche ideas for your own blogging projects.
Most of the blog niche ideas I get myself are from analyzing and researching other successful blogs.
Yes, it’s true that most of the blogs shared in this list have a huge editorial staff and a ginormous budget to work with, making it impossible for a single person to compete with directly. But that’s not the point.