Best Blogs I Visited in 2011

Best Blogs I Visited in 2011 seeks to highlight the writing and blogging sites I've found most helpful this year. This is a post I want to do to give back something to those site owners who've helped me in my own blogging career. Thank you very much for all the information and selfless knowledge and know-how you've extended to me. Many of you have never visited my blog, I know. However, you've been my virtual support and I want to share you with my subscribers, faithful readers and passing visitors (and of course, give you my support through my testimonials, screenshots and links).  You have been my writing and blogging based favourite blogs in 2011!

Best blogs I visited in 2011

I've landed on several amazing sites this year. If I'm one of your frequent commentator and you're not listed here, I'll bear you in mind and feature you in another post. If your site is not in this niche, look out for more best blogs articles on my other sites in your niche, especially if you have a relationship blog. In no particular order, here we go!


1. Wordpress Website Builder Tag line: Building websites to make money online. 
This site is the reason I could blog on my new Wordpress blogs with some efficiency. Even though Mitz, (the owner) writes for people who've been on Wordpress for years, she also cleverly adjusts her language and descriptions to be extremely helpful to Wordpress virgins like myself. If you've read my Blogger to Wordpress Migration (ongoing) diary, you'll know that I mentioned a very supportive 'M'. This is she.
Wordpress Website Builder is my recommendation for anyone who's considering starting up a Wordpress blog like I recently have, or already blogging on this platform, but have some questions about it.

Why I subscribed to, and visit this site each day: there's always an answer for my blogging question. It's without a doubt, one of the best blogs I've visited in 2011 because new posts as well as old ones always have a valuable nugget of something I can use straight away and/or implement on my own site. I don't always know how to do the technical things recommended, but the tutorials on this blog are pitched  at the perfect level, that even tech-disabled people like myself can manage to implement most of them. Wordpress Website Builder is also a do-follow ComLuv blog.
I know you'll love this article I found there: How to find 'dofollow' comluv blogs with high page rank internal pages

2. Increase Web Traffic  Tag line: Easy Strategies to increase your website traffic today. 
This blog is owned by Ana Hoffman. She's a great blogger and a terrific, honest individual, so you can trust what she says. Her articles are based around getting traffic and making money from your blog as she clearly does. Ana also has a large number of articles on list building, link building and social media. If you need information on any of the above, this well-attended site is definitely where you'll find them. Ana's subscribers are well-informed bloggers themselves. This makes for a rich, diverse blog.

Why I subscribe to, and visit this site several times a week: Unlike a lot of big bloggers, Ana still remains very approachable and makes sure she can be easily reached. Her blog feels like it's on the other end of the phone because it's really that accessible. I've read and implemented quite a number of elements on my blog, based on Ana's step-by-step tutorials. She's not scared to share her 'success secrets' and whenever I have questions, they're quickly answered. This is one of the best blogs to subscribe to if you need help with enhancing your blogging career. TGC is also a do-follow ComLuv blog, so commenting does a great deal for you.
I know you'll love this article I found there: Why does my blog make money and yours doesn't

3. ProBlogger  Tag line: Blog Tips To Help You Make Money Blogging
This blog is owned by Darren Rowse, and was an easy choice for this article. You wouldn't expect me to make such a list and not include this blog. While this site is mainly for bloggers who're no longer beginners, newbie bloggers can still gain a vast amount of really helpful information. I always wish I had more time to spare when I sign into ProBlogger. I know that if I read every last article on this site, I'd be one of the best bloggers in the world.

Why I visit ProBlogger at least once a week:  ProBlogger gives me challenges to step up to. I'm no way near where I want to be as a Blogger, but this site enables me to fight for and do more. There are several guest posters on this site, I suppose it's every bloggers dream to write here. This element of publishing means that the reader gets a great cross-section of talent and advice. The articles are diverse because they come from various, brilliant minds. You can be assured that only the best is good enough for Darren - an ideal which is great for his subscribers.
I know you'd love this page I found there: ProBlogger Jobs Board

4. The ComLuv Network Tag line: Reward your readers. 
The ComLuv Network is owned by Andy Bailey, the creator of the fabulous Wordpress plugin CommentLuv (which I have on my WP sites). This is simply the best blog in blogosphere when it comes to rewarding your readers and subscribers. The plugin allows a link to their last - or popular - posts to show up when they comment on your site.  It's built mainly for wordpress users, but Blogger users can also benefit from guest posting and commenting on this site (any niche). I've also seen comluv on some Blogger blogs (even though  I didn't get it to work properly on my own and had to remove it).

Why I subscribe to, and visit this site several times a week: The ComLuv Network is a real community. Guest posters and other users alike, work together to create something great that all can and do benefit from. You can be assured that whenever you sign in, there's something useful for you to read and/or implement on your blog, regardless of your niche. The act of commenting is never a chore on this site because (among other goodies) you always get the name of your last post published on a PR 6 site which is visited by thousands each day .
I know you'll love this: CommentLuv Enabled Blogs

5. Young Pre Pro Tag line - How To Write For Traffic. 
This site is owned by Oni, a young writer who shows other writers how to make money from writing online. He has clear and concise articles detailing each aspect of how writers can search for clients they want to work with, and earn properly for the work they do. He often publishes lists of writing jobs which actually pay dollars instead of pennies.

Why I subscribe to, and visit this site several times a week: Oni writes for several clients and his blog is frequented by bloggers and writers all over the world, who're serious about creating a career for themselves in the writing market. This is really one of the best blogs I've seen for budding writers. It's clear from the amount and content of the comments Oni receives, that his blog is valued by his subscribers and loyal readers. He's doing something (a lot of things) right, and will show you how much he earns each month - just from online writing.
I know you'll love this article I found there: 51 Do Follow Blogs To Comment On 

Conclusion: Best Blogs I visited in 2011
I've been with Blogger for many years and was told that in order to start getting some financial returns for all the the hard work I do in blogging, I needed to have a self-hosted Wordpress site. This was when I started to do some intensive research online. I was fortunate to come across these very helpful and talented individuals and their blogs. It was with their (different) help that I managed to start DIY Projects and Build Confidence. If, like me, you are thinking of setting up a new Wordpress blog, don't go it alone. You simply must sign up with Hostgator because they have a brilliant 24-7 live chat service. And with my coupon code: AnneLGarner  you can get 25% off the cost price.

Do you have a list of the best blogging or writing blogs you've visited in 2011? Please use the comment box below to share them with us. I think it would be a great idea to consult each other's lists and perhaps visit the sites and leave them an encouraging message about the hard work they put in to impress and teach us. Feel free to say you found them here. Please also share this post with others who will benefit from it. Thank you.


mitz December 17, 2011 at 9:48 AM  

Thanks for giving me a big plug Anne. Really appreciate it! :)

Icy BC December 17, 2011 at 12:36 PM  

I have recently read some posts on Wordpress Website Builder, and found it amazingly helpful.

I'm toying with the idea of a Wordpress blog, but time is so limited right now. I'm up at 3:30 in the morning already trying to get things done :-(

Anne Lyken-Garner December 17, 2011 at 1:44 PM  

You're welcome, Mitz. Thanks for the visit.

Icy, let me know when you're ready and maybe I can help.

Ana Hoffman December 17, 2011 at 3:36 PM  

Honored to be included in your list, Anne!

I do love Mitz's blog as well; her WP advice always rocks.

Anne Lyken-Garner December 17, 2011 at 4:01 PM  

You're welcome, Ana. Do you have any blogs you'd like to add?

Blogger Broadcast December 20, 2011 at 4:32 AM  

those are all great picks for info and strategy. hope things are going well since your migrate.

Anne Lyken-Garner December 20, 2011 at 9:04 AM  

Yes, thank you Amanda. Things are going fine. A bit slow at the moment, but I'm sure in time it will be better. Thanks for asking.

SquirrelQueen December 21, 2011 at 4:00 AM  

An interesting group of blogs, it sounds like they have a lot of useful information. I'll drop by a little later and visit some of them.

brian December 27, 2011 at 2:45 PM  

I often visit Traffic Generation Cafe and ComLuv Network. Those are great sites.

I like yours too and understand not having as much traffic as you would like, but I just checked your blog out on and if I had one tenth the visitors you have, I'd be ecstatic.

Here's hoping you get even more!

Anne Lyken-Garner December 27, 2011 at 5:16 PM  

Hi Brian, Thanks for your visit and very encouraging comment. I'm off to check out that website. I've never heard of it.

Anne's a published author, freelance writer and experienced editor. She's just signed her second publishing contract this year with 2 separate publishing houses. You can hire her or see her available books in the side panel on the right.
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