As we come to the year end, I traditionally wind down by highlighting people and news to keep an eye on in the year to come.

This year is no different, (yeah, I’m predictable that way). Previously, I shared 5 bloggers for you to watch in 2013 – today, and in no particular order, here are 5 blogs you really should subscribe to in 2013.

1. The Future Buzz

I’ve been a fan of The Future Buzz for a long time. The analysis of social media and where it belongs in the marketing mix has always been great brain fodder. With Adam’s recent appointment to Google, the blog is taking a much deeper look at data and analytics and where that fits in the real-time web. Required reading for all marketers and business folks in general.

Subscribe to The Future Buzz here.

The Future Buzz

2. The Realtime Report

Social media and the digital space move pretty fast, and it can be hard to keep up without a good resource. Thankfully, The Realtime Report offers that resource. Covering social media, mobile and the real time web, The Realtime Report shares the latest trends, statistics, buzz and more on today’s movers and shakers. Well worth your time if you have any interest in social media.

Subscribe to The Realtime Report here.

The Realtime Report

3. SEOmoz

Sure, social media is redefining search as we know it – Google and their use of Google+ as the hub that binds social and search together is proof of that. However, SEO still plays a key role in being found online, and the guys at SEOmoz are just the people to help guide you in mixing social search and SEO perfectly. Their Whiteboard Friday sections are essential reading, as is the rest of their blog.

Subscribe to SEOmoz here.


4. tickrblog

Sometimes you want a really easy read, one that you can skim and be done with in a minute or so. Other times, you want solid data, facts, in-depth information and more – the tickrblog provides that. Dissecting industry expert analysis and taking social media to where it really needs to be for businesses – lead generation and sales success – the tickrblog isn’t easy reading, but it is damn fine reading.

Subscribe to the tickrblog here.


5. AGBeat

The problem with many business blogs that purport to be for businesses of all sizes is that very often they’re not. Instead, they simply cater to organizations and enterprises that can afford the solutions on display. Thankfully, AGBeat isn’t one of these blogs. Offering tips, advice and reviews for all business, but in particular the small-to-medium business owner space, it’s a great read covering a multitude of news and industries.

Subscribe to AGBeat here.


So there you have it – 5 blogs that keep me thinking, and ones that’ll do the same for you. Next up I’ll be looking at 5 influence platforms for you to watch in 2013, so I hope you can join me then.

In the meantime, what blogs do you think we should be reading in 2013? The comments are yours.

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  1. Keith Davis says

    Hi Danny BrownI learnt all my SEO from SEOmoz so I have a bit of a soft spot for them.
    Their Whiteboard Friday video series is a must watch.
    Not only do you learn about SEO, but Rand Fishkin shows you how to hold attention with his enthusiasm.
    I'll taje a look at the others.

    BTW – what plugin is this facebook comment facility?

  2. says

    Great blogs on your list. Man. there are so many blogs and so little time. As a creative writer I need to balance between blog and writing, Nice site here, Danny. Just learned about it through Ryan Ridgway's.

    • Danny Brown says

      Hey there Dan, cheers mate, glad you found the post useful, and cheers to Ryan for introducing me to you – hope to see you around more and sharing your thoughts. Have a great New Year, sir!

  3. Claire Dunford says

    Perfect! Thanks very much Danny. That's my new year's resolution to find new blogs to read well underway!

  4. says

    I signed up for all 5 of these thanks to you Danny! I’m very much looking forward to what happens to me as a result of what these sites bring to the table.

    In my eyes there is no more important skill in business than that of getting people to give you money. Being really, really good at delivering a product or service comes right after this one. Or, would “driving projects to completion a.k.a. getting shit done” be after that?
    I don’t know. I think it’s best to group them all together and call them the “Holy Trinity” for the business owner.

    There is a woman by the name of Ashley Ambirge who is REALLY, REALLY good at showing people how to get the money and I highly recommend that anyone interested in doing so go check her out. But be forewarned: she’s her own woman and isn’t playing by the 5 P’s rules – parents, preachers, police, professors, politicians – so she feels free to use cuss words on her site which makes her positively perfect for me, but maybe not for someone else reading this.

    You can go check out her awesomeness here . . .

  5. Karan says

    Thanx Danny all above blogs are really great. i love to read more informative posts like this. Thanx For Sharing with us

  6. Marjorie Clayman says

    Thanks for compiling these, Danneh Brown. I read Tickr and am familiar with the SEOMoz though I don’t read it as often as I should. I’ve heard of the other 3 but need to read them.

  7. Danny Brown says

    SEOmoz is a great resource – i think people often assume it’s just about SEO, but there’s more to it than that. Cheers, miss!