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It's that time of year where we announce the Best Personal Development Blogs for 2013...in fact, we bring you the Top 100!
With 2013 just kicking off, now is the time to start creating what your year is going to look like and ensure it is the most successful year you have ever had.
Every year is another opportunity that we have for progressing towards our goals and our ideal life. Each year progresses on the next. This year is set to be the best year yet!
Spending my life in the career and personal development industries, I'm constantly looking for the latest and greatest information on success, motivation, results and happiness. I regularly deal with people from within the industry as well as those looking to gain valuable insight and information.
One thing I've noticed is that there are so many people in this world that are after a full list of resources for helping them achieve what they want to achieve in life. The good thing is the internet has provided so much access to the information that previously only those attending $5,000 courses would be able to have.
The Best Personal Development Blogs of 2013
I've decided to put together a list of the best personal development blogs of 2013. In fact, this list represents the top 100 personal development blogs for 2013.
The tricky thing is these lists are always quite subjective. I've found that the longer the site has been around, the more visitors the site gets and therefore the more comments and more votes e.t.c. Although we had only been around for 4 months, The Start of Happiness was recently recognised as the 3rd best personal development blog for quality. To me, that's what it's all about.
However, because of the subjective nature of measuring quality, the top 100 personal development blogs for 2013 is different. What I have provided is a list of personal development blogs that rank from the 'biggest' with the most traffic to the 'smallest'. This list will provide you a clear indicator of how large a website is and its relative importance.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the larger the site does not necessarily indicate that the site is of better quality. Generally, you will find that the larger sites have been around for longer and many of them have multiple contributors. In saying that, the top sites have lasted the test of time and continue to have strong readership so they must be doing something right.
How to Use This List
There are a tonne of awesome websites here, in fact, there are 100 of them. If they were not awesome, they wouldn't be listed here.
If you're looking to make 2013 your best year yet, you're going to drown if you try to read all 100 of these blogs.
My suggestion is to go through them all at least once. Try finding 2 or 3 blogs that really resonate with you. Which blogs are most closely aligned to what you're trying to achieve in your life? Which ones are providing you the right information to help you now and into the future?
Blogs and websites can change over time. If you feel you're after something different, pop back to this list and check out a couple of others.
Over the past few months, I've got to know quite a few of the personal development bloggers on this list and I can say that I'm highly impressed with what they are doing and where they are going.
How The Top 100 Personal Development Blogs are Ranked
As I mentioned above, this list ranks the personal development blogs from the 'biggest' with the most traffic to the 'smallest'.
There are two primary tools for doing this.
Firstly, you have Alexa rank of the website. Alexa provides a relative ranking of each website based on the number of visitors it receives. A rank of 1,000 would mean that the site is the 1,000th most visited site on the internet. Just so you know, Google's rank is #1, Facebook is ranked #2 and YouTube is ranked #3. The Top 100 Personal Development Blogs are ranked by Alexa scores (as of January 2013).
Secondly, you have Google Page Rank. Google Page Rank is one of the tools Google uses to determine a sites relative importance. This is done primarily by how many quality backlinks the website has. Generally, a score of 4 or higher represents the site is of relative importance. The Top 100 Personal Development Blogs are not ranked by Google Page Rank, however I have included the PageRank of each for you to utilise if you wish (you can filter by this).
The accuracy of these tools has always been questionable when it comes to the detail, however when comparing more generally the relative size of a site they are very useful indicators.
Want to know what's really cool? The Top 100 table is dynamic, meaning you can search for your favourite blog and see what it's ranked and sort by any column, such as page rank or alphabetical order. This is your list. Make it so!
Without further ado, let me introduce you to the Best Personal Development Blogs for 2013!
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The Top 100 Personal Development Blogs of 2013
|Official Host||The Start of Happiness||startofhappiness.com||Brendan Baker||160,000||4|
|1||Life Hack||lifehack.org||Mike Vardy||7,307||6|
|2||Steve Pavlina||stevepavlina.com||Steve Pavlina||10,136||5|
|4||Marc and Angel Hack Life||marcandangel.com||Marc and Angel||15,488||5|
|5||Michael Hyatt's Intentional Leadership||michaelhyatt.com||Michael Hyatt||18,654||5|
|6||Pick The Brain||pickthebrain.com||Erin Falconer||20,018||5|
|7||Dumb Little Man||dumblittleman.com||Jay White||24,297||5|
|8||Tiny Buddha||tinybuddha.com||Lori Deschene||28,176||5|
|10||The Art of Non-Conformity||chrisguillebeau.com||Chrisguille Beau||46,790||5|
|11||Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Mind||stevenaitchison.co.uk||Steve Aitchison||47,221||2|
|12||The Positivity Blog||positivityblog.com||Henrik Edberg||49,920||2|
|13||Personal Excellence||personalexcellence.co||Celestine Chua||51,653||4|
|14||Live Your Legend||liveyourlegend.net||Scott Dinsmore||59,555||4|
|15||Danielle LaPorte||daniellelaporte.com||Danielle LaPorte||59,842||5|
|16||Paid to Exist||paidtoexist.com||Jonathan Mead||64,441||5|
|17||The Change Blog||thechangeblog.com||Peter Clemens||68,163||4|
|18||The Happiness Project||happiness-project.com||Gretchen Rubin||77,754||6|
|19||Life Optimizer||lifeoptimizer.org||Donald Latumahina||93,572||5|
|20||Grow With Stacy||growwithstacy.com||Stacy Claflin||99,237||3|
|21||Wake Up Cloud||wakeupcloud.com||Henri Junttila||109,942||4|
|22||Prolific Living||prolificliving.com||Farnoosh Brock||110,254||3|
|23||A Daring Adventure||adaringadventure.com||Tim Brownson||117,040||4|
|24||Good Life Zen||goodlifezen.com||Mary Jaksch||121,126||5|
|25||White Dove Books - Inspiration||whitedovebooks.co.uk||Will Edwards||122,280||4|
|26||The 30-Year Old Ninja||30yearoldninja.com||Izmael Arkin (Izzy)||122,608||2|
|27||Jonathan Fields||jonathanfields.com||Jonathan Fields||123,025||5|
|28||Blog of Impossible Things||joelrunyon.com/two3||Joel Runyon||141,588||3|
|29||Advanced Life Skills||advancedlifeskills.com||Jonathan Wells||161,411||5|
|30||The Bridge Maker||thebridgemaker.com||Alex Blackwell||163,895||4|
|32||The Skool of Life||theskooloflife.com||Srinivas Rao||180,748||3|
|33||Barrie Davenport||barriedavenport.com||Barrie Davenport||193,237||3|
|34||Abundance Tapestry||abundancetapestry.com||Evelyn Lym||223,095||5|
|35||My Super Charged Life||mysuperchargedlife.com||Jeff Nickles||225,635||4|
|36||Dragos Roua||dragosroua.com||Dragos Roua||233,406||5|
|37||Powered by Intuition||poweredbyintuition.com||Angela Artemis||242,758||3|
|38||Infinite Evolution Center||infiniteevolutioncenter.com||Stephanie Mulac||248,387||2|
|39||The Bold Life||theboldlife.com||Tess Marshall||258,418||3|
|40||Alden Tan||alden-tan.com||Alden Tan||259,919||3|
|41||Inspired Gift Giving||inspiredgiftgiving.com||Marquita Herald||264,866||3|
|42||Be More With Less||bemorewithless.com||Courtney Carver||303,438||4|
|43||Vidya Sury||vidyasury.com||Vidya Sury||312,097||3|
|44||Soul Speak||jodichapman.com||Jodi Chapman||313,435||3|
|45||Advanced Riskology||advancedriskology.com||Tyler Tervooren||326,987||4|
|46||Always Well Within||alwayswellwithin.com||Sandra Pawula||330,809||4|
|47||Positive Provocations||positiveprovocations.com||Zeenat Merchant-Syal||331,873||3|
|48||Rowdy Kittens||rowdykittens.com||Tammy Strobel||338,372||5|
|49||Deliberate Receiving||deliberateblog.com||Melody Fletcher||342,124||2|
|50||Shake Off the Grind||shakeoffthegrind.com||Joe Wilner||360,024||3|
|51||Meant to be Happy||meanttobehappy.com||Ken Wert||374,746||3|
|52||Everyday Bright||everydaybright.com||Jennifer Gresham||433,941||3|
|53||The Possibility of Today||possibilityoftoday.com||Sibyl Chavis||437,073||3|
|54||Reflecting A Life||reflectingalife.com||Elle Sommer||438,758||1|
|57||Craig Harper||craigharper.com.au||Craig Harper||467,310||4|
|59||Alex Shalman||alexshalman.com||Alex Shalman||484,219||4|
|60||Positively Present||positivelypresent.com||Dani DiPirro||494,472||4|
|61||Deva Coaching||devacoaching.com||Sandi Amorim||510,099||2|
|62||A Life On Your Terms||alifeonyourterms.com||Liz Seda||522,728||2|
|63||Personal Success Factors||personal-success-factors.com||Stephen Borgman||570,199||3|
|64||Make It Happen||arvinddevalia.com||Arvind Devalia||578,788||3|
|65||The Zen Mama's Blog||zen-mama.com||Betsy Henry||608,620||2|
|66||In Pursuit of Happiness||inpursuitofhappiness.net||Britt Reints||621,666||4|
|67||Self Exceed||selfexceed.com||Dennis Do||624,754||2|
|68||Optimistic Lifestyle||oplife.org||Roman Soluk||630,486||3|
|69||The Un-Lost||theunlost.com||Therese Schwenkler||636,695||3|
|70||Urban Monk||urbanmonk.net||Urabn Monk||665,777||4|
|71||Life on The High Wire||lifeonthehighwire.com||Deonne Kahler||854,283||3|
|72||Evolving Beings||evolvingbeings.com||Evita Ochel||856,185||3|
|73||Unlimited Choice||unlimitedchoice.org/blog||Amit Sodha||858,139||4|
|74||How to be Happy||how-tobehappy.com||TJ Chasteen||863,002||2|
|75||Vibe Up||marcus-baker.com||Marcus Baker||881,896||2|
|76||Hustlers Notebook||hustlersnotebook.com||J K Allen||914,021||3|
|77||Happier Human||happierhuman.com||Amit Amin||917,444||2|
|78||The Self Improvement Blog||theselfimprovementblog.com||Irene Conlan||942,711||3|
|79||Mind Media||amindmedia.com||Anne-Sophie Reinhardt||947,458||2|
|80||Life for Instance||lifeforinstance.com||Lori Gosselin||986,500||2|
|81||Pavlina Papalouka||pavlinapapalouka.com||Pavlina Papalouka||1,065,379||0|
|82||Momentum Gathering||momentumgathering.com||Katie Tallo||1,066,166||4|
|83||Bright Little Socks||brightlittlesocks.com||Iris Barzen||1,068,190||2|
|84||The Daily Awe||thedailyawe.com||Lindsay Curtis||1,071,427||0|
|85||Lucid Ability||lucidability.com||Jamie Alexander||1,098,921||3|
|86||Momentum Gathering||momentumgathering.com||Katie Tallo||1,111,865||4|
|87||A Flourishing Life||aflourishinglife.com||Gain Brenner||1,151,251||5|
|88||Miz Meliz||mizmeliz.com||Melissa Reyes||1,167,032||1|
|89||Victor Schueller||victorschueller.com||Victor Schueller||1,240,696||2|
|90||2 Achieve Your Goals||2achieveyourgoals.com||Dia Thabet||1,435,205||2|
|93||Fred Tracy||fredtracy.com||Fred Tracy||1,493,593||2|
|94||Inspiration From The Heart||suziecheel.com||Suzie Cheel||1,519,139||2|
|95||Simple Mindfulness||simplemindfulness.com||Paige Burkes||1,580,524||2|
|96||Alison Golden||alisongolden.com||Alison Golden||1,587,079||2|
|97||Deep Existence||deepexistence.com||Stephen Guise||1,657,636||3|
|98||Radiant Soul Space||otitijasmine.com||Otiti||1,856,797||2|
|99||The Soul Agency||sarupashah.com||Sarupa Shah||1,931,905||2|
|100||Mind Adventure||mindadventure.com||Rob White||2,027,347||0|
Do you know of a blog that you think should be on this list? Let me know!
- What's your favourite blog?
- Which ones do you get the most value from?
- Where are you learning how to live a better life?
I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
Here's to making 2013 your best year yet!
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