How do you consume content? By that, I mean in this blogging and social media world we live in, how do you stay in the know? Yes, you come here and get the deets, but where else do you go?

I thought I would share my secrets and give you a list of the 5 sites I go to daily (I have 29 must read sites, but I’ll give you the first 5 on my list, right now) that have changed how I blog – and how I do social. These sites are noted in my Feedly as “Must Read”. This means, that Feedly shows them to me first, before any other site or blog.

5 Sites That Will Change How You Blog I share the cream of the cream from the 'Must Reads' on my Feedly List that will help you become a better blogger, instantly @faithfulsocial

Don’t know how to promote a blog or site to “must read’ status? Here, let me show you:

  1. Expand your blog/site list (on the left)
  2. Click on the blog you want to promote to “must read”
  3. Click on the gear icon (when you hover over it, ‘change layout and filtering’ should show)
  4. Select ‘Edit Subscription’
  5. A menu at the left will appear with your selected blog at the top
  6. Click ‘Must Read’
  7. Click update

5 Sites That Will Change How You Blog I share the cream of the cream from the 'Must Reads' on my Feedly List that will help you become a better blogger, instantly @faithfulsocial

Now, if you want to demote the blog or site, follow the same instructions set out above and uncheck the ‘Must Read’ box.

Ready to see the ‘Must Reads’ in my Feedly?

Social Media Examiner

I mean this is a no brainer. If you could rummage through my social media closet (aka Pocket) you would see a ton of saved content for future posts. If you’re looking to learn anything at all about social media, this is a definite go to. They always provide actionable tips and I recently listened to an interview with the founder of Social Media Examiner, Michael Stelzner, where he shared how many people are involved with the publishing of one post. His answer made me appreciate this incredibly valuable resource even more. One of my favorite posts lately, is this post: 5 Unusual Tips to Improve Your SEO With Social Media.

AdWeek | Social Times

Can I get an infographic?! I can always count on AdWeek to provide me with a great infographics to pin! My favorite one? A Complete Checklist for Social Media Managers. Granted it was from Sprout Social initially, but that’s what’s so great about AdWeek, if you missed it somewhere, and it was solid, AdWeek will have it. It’s like a magazine of social media for me. Shhh, let me sneak this in, it’s sister – to me, anyway – is Mashable/Social Media. Add that to your list too.

Brilliant Business Moms

I’ve been lovin’ on this site for a hot minute. From their Facebook Group, to their podcast, to the incredible, personally tested processes they share freely – this is a must have. I would start with this post Easy SEO for Mom Bloggers (that I share all.the.time with anyone who will listen – just ask my clients!). If you’re not a mom blogger, read it anyway, and then listen to this podcast with Stephanie O’Dea. If you’re not hooked on them by that point, you’re a robot. And if you’re looking for more blogging Facebook groups to join, I’ve got you covered with these 7 Facebook groups to join.

Jeff Bullas.com

I love this blog. The titles are always just what I was looking for (without even knowing it, so maybe he’s got a job in psychic content marketing?). The tone is straight to the point (like the title of his site), and provides step by step tutorials with pictures. Who doesn’t love that. My latest fave? 27 Tricks to Boost Blog Post Conversion Rates. I thought, you’d like that one. And because this site is just so good, here’s another one I can’t wait to pick apart A 6-Step Writing Process to Blog More and Stress Less. See what I mean? You can’t help but click on those titles!

QuickSprout

Oh Neil Patel, how you slay me with information. From titles like Why do Sites Rank High On Google When They Aren’t Optimized to The Day After: 11 Things to Do After You Publish a Post these long titles are lessons in and of themselves. Take the first post listed, doesn’t that read like something you would search for in a moment of frustration as a blogger? BOOM. That’s exactly why it’s found. Genius. His posts are super easy to grasp and most times, I’m left scratching my head and saying “Well, duh!” to myself. Sometimes, when looking at the bigger picture, we forget the common sense stuff. Take the second link noted here. The first tip is respond to comments. Why?

“If you can get five comments on a post, you instantly double that to 10 if you reply to all of them. As a result, you instantly get more social proof.”

Those sites are what’s in my Feedly right now and they have definitely made me a better blogger and way better at social. So tell me, what’s in your Feedly? Share your cream of the cream of the crop of your “Must Read” lists.

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