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Top 100 Personal Development Blogs 2017

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The official Top 100 Personal Development Blogs is back!

Damn, I love this time of year. It’s all about setting your year up for massive success and what better way of doing that then presenting you with the best personal development blogs for 2017. In fact, we bring you the Top 100!

This is the fifth year that we have compiled the Top 100 personal development blogs and every year we see more and more blogs adding great value to people all around the world.

I must say, because of all the awesome value that everyone is putting out there on the internet, it is getting harder and harder for personal development bloggers to make this list. So if you have made the list of the Top 100 personal development blogs this year then I, and everyone else, give you HUGE congratulations!

But firstly, I hope you had an absolutely fantastic night to bring in 2017. Sylvia and I had relatively quiet one with our one year old. Although let’s just say it was an “off night” for my daughter!

Now, more than ever, is the perfect time to regain focus on what you truly want in life and ensure you have the strategies and support you need to be successful at it too. The turn of the New Year gives us a clear time to separate the past and move forward into the future.

That’s why I love this time of year. It’s the perfect time for creating new habits, setting your goals and making real change in your life.

Being a student of the personal development industry most of my life, I’m always on the lookout for the latest and greatest resources to not only implement into my own life but to also share with those around me. Since I’ve been running my own business I’ve fallen more and more into the well of personal development and self-improvement and I absolutely love it! With the internet now a common place for everyone and the ‘free economy’ being born, it’s amazing to know that what was once hidden from the majority of people and limited to a select few people paying $5,000 to access information at a weekend seminar, this information is now mostly widely available for free on the internet or at least at a much more affordable price.

The key to all this information is being able to pull what’s relevant for you and being able to apply that information in a systematic and successful way that will lead you towards your desired life.

The Best Personal Development Blogs for 2017

I feel honoured to know that over the last few years I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know a lot of the blog owners in this list and share some great experiences with them. But not only that, there are so many of you making an impact in this world through your personal development blogs I can certainly say that after sifting through each and every self-improvement blog, I’m highly impressed with everyone’s work!

It is somewhat tricky putting together a list of the Top 100 personal development blogs as it can be rather subjective in nature. To avoid this, I’ve removed any of my own opinions or judgements and let pure metrics do the talking.

As with previous years, what I have created is a list of personal development blogs that rank from the most trafficked (largest number of visitors) down to the least trafficked. This list will provide you with a clear indication of how large a website is and its relative importance in the personal development blogosphere. Keep in mind, even though the blogs towards the bottom are the ‘least trafficked’, they are still within the Top 100 out of hundreds and thousands of personal development blogs out there on the internet (if not more!).

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that a larger site (a site ranked towards the top) does not necessarily indicate that the site is of better quality. Generally speaking, you will find that the larger sites have been around for longer and have more blog posts and content being crawled by Google. Because of this, they are sure to have larger audiences. In saying that, however, the top sites have lasted the test of time and continue to have strong readership so they must be doing something right!

Also, we do have a number of new blogs now ranking in the Top 100 that only started a year or two ago… massive congrats to these high achievers!

One thing to add, it always makes me smile when I see other people creating Top Personal Development Blog lists… because they’re almost an exact copy of this list! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? This is the fifth year our official list has been compiled and we continue to make it more comprehensive each year.

How to Use This List

This is YOUR LIST.

This is a resource that I encourage you to save and come back to on a regular basis. As we progress throughout the year we all face different challenges and often those challenges have already been faced by others elsewhere in the world. That’s when I suggest you return to this list and find the right blog to guide you.

Each personal development blog is unique and has its own style and purpose. You will also find that you will resonate strongly with some blog owners and their content and perhaps less so with others. For this reason, there is a wide variety of blogs on the list; including business, career and work, happiness, health, productivity and more. The one thing in common is that they all are themed around self-improvement.

My recommendation to you is to browse through each of the blogs below at least once and then pick out the two or three blogs that really resonate with you.

Think about the below questions as you sift through each blog:

  • Which blogs are most closely aligned to what you want to achieve in life?
  • Which author has accomplished something that you would like to accomplish?
  • Which blogs can help you right now in life and which ones might help you in the future?

Be sure to subscribe to their content and make personal development a key focus for you this year. It’s like having a free mentor or coach.

How The Top 100 Personal Development Blogs are Ranked

The Top 100 Personal Development Blogs are ranked in order from the most-trafficked (largest number of visitors) to the least-trafficked (although the smallest in this case is still a Top 100 Blog!)

There are two primary tools that have been used for determining this ranking.

Firstly, I have used the Alexa rank of the website as the primary ranking method. Alexa provides a relative ranking of each website based on the number of visitors it receives. A rank of 100,000 would mean that the site is the 100,000th most visited site on the internet. With the millions and millions of websites on the internet, such a ranking is classified as pretty good! Just so you know, Google’s rank is #1, Facebook is ranked #2 and YouTube is ranked #3.

Secondly, I have included Similar Web Rank. Similar Web is another online tool that was mentioned to me on a number of occasions as a more accurate tool for determining website traffic. Interestingly, I found that when compiling this list, the Alexa and Similar Web rankings were almost perfectly correlated.

This then led to the Average Rank. The Average Ranks is simply the average between the Alexa and Similar Web ranks.

People often question the validity of such tools, however, when comparing more generally the relative size of a website they are quite accurate and very useful indicators. Other tools might indicate that a lower-ranked blog in our Top 100 is infact larger than a higher-ranked blog, but generally speaking, the Top 10 websites will always be larger than those ranked 10-20, and those ranked 10-20 will always be larger than those ranked 20-30 etc. To sum it up, the larger and more trafficked sites will always tend to be ranked higher regardless of the tool being used.

Do you want to get really funky with the Top 100 blogs? I’m pleased to let you know that the Top 100 table is dynamic. This means that you can search for your favourite blog to see where it is ranked and sort by any column, such as page rank or alphabetical order. This is your list. Have fun with it!

The Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to every blogger that has made this Top 100 list! I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world.

If your blog is one of the Top 100, you have the honour of displaying the following badge on your site. This is the most comprehensive list of personal development blogs on the internet and I’m honoured to have you as part of this! Simply use the code provided below to add it to your site.

best-personal-development-blog

Use the below code to display this badge proudly on your website. You deserve it!:

<a href=”http://www.startofhappiness.com/personal-development-blogs/”><img src=”http://www.startofhappiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/self-help-blog-badge.png”></img></a>

(you may need to replace the inverted commas – “” on your own site for the image to work).

  URL Owner’s Name Average Rank
1 Life Hack Leon Ho 2,711
2 Elite Daily Gerard Adams 5,537
3 Greatist Derek Flanzraich 7,533
4 The Art of Manliness Brett McKay 8,411
5 Mind Body Green Jason Wachob 9,139
6 Brain Pickings Maria Popova 13,634
7 Tiny Buddha Lori Deschene 19,733
8 Four Hour Work Week Tim Ferriss 20,349
9 Darren Daily Darren Hardy 26,838
10 Mark Manson Mark Manson 32,634
11 ZenHabits Leo Babauta 32,716
12 Nerd Fitness Steve Kamb 33,222
13 I Will Teach You to be Rich Ramit Sethi 35,668
14 Good Men Project Lisa Hickey 38,679
15 James Clear James Clear 38,891
16 Chris Kresser Chris Kresser 44,785
17 Brian Tracy Brian Tracy 46,741
18 The Positivity Blog Henrik Edberg 46,999
19 Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership Michael Hyatt 51,190
20 Keep Inspiring Me Darcie Connell 54,724
21 Marc and Angel Hack Life Marc and Angel 57,256
22 Addicted 2 Success Joel Brown 62,653
23 Barking Up the Wrong Tree Eric Barker 63,529
24 Pick the Brain Erin Falconer 63,562
25 PsyBlog Jeremy Dean 63,651
26 Becoming Minimalist Joshua Becker 66,388
27 Personal Excellence Celestine Chua 71,088
28 Live Bold and Bloom Barrie Davenport 75,411
29 Steve Pavlina Steve Pavlina 76,832
30 Dumb Little Man Jay White 81,129
31 Marie Forleo Marie Forleo 81,511
32 Science of People Vanessa Van Edwards 86,010
33 Derek Sivers Derek Sivers 94,278
34 Scott H Young Scott Young 98,734
35 Robin Sharma Robin Sharma 105,027
36 Bold & Determined Victor Pride 109,823
37 Steven Aitchison Steven Aitchison 113,562
38 Actualized Leo Gura 118,510
39 No Meat Athelete Matt Frazier 120,725
40 Project Life Mastery Stefan Pylarinos 123,111
41 Daring to Live Fully Marelisa Fábrega 127,960
42 Success Concioscuness Remez Sasson 129,706
43 Asian Efficiency Aaron Lynn and Thanh Pam 144,968
44 The Charged Life Brendon Burchard 148,010
45 The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin 149,010
46 Planet of Success Steve Mueller 149,186
47 Penelope Trunk Penelope Trunk 154,381
48 Robb Wolf Robb Wolf 161,217
49 Be More With Less Courtney Carver 161,838
50 Write to Done Mary Jaksch 164,678
51 Jack Cranfield Jack Cranfield 174,067
52 Ryan Holiday Ryan Holiday 175,494
53 Motivation Grid Cris Nikolov 179,217
54 Skip Prichard Skip Prichard 182,262
55 Everday Power NA 182,510
56 Live Your Legend Chelsea Dinsmore 186,276
57 Develop Good Habits SJ Scott 188,505
58 Purpose Fairy Luminita D. Saviuc 193,698
59 Brain Blogger Shaheen Lakhan 219,615
60 Location Rebel Sean Ogle 222,510
61 The Change Blog Peter Clemens 223,890
62 A Life of Productivity Chris Bailey 229,010
63 Life Optimizer Donald Latumahina 241,956
64 chrisguillebeau.com Chris Guillebeau 246,361
65 Prolific Living Farnoosh Brock 264,661
66 Louise Hay Louise Hay 267,510
67 Raptitude David Cain 270,452
68 Inspiyr Dan Cassidy 288,581
69 Productivityist Mike Vardy 292,566
70 Time Management Ninja Craig Jarrow 294,576
71 Deepak Chopra Deepak Chopra 302,890
72 FinerMinds Andrea Vega 304,550
73 Wake Up Cloud Henri Junttila 306,517
74 The Urban Monk Pedram Shojai  311,049
75 Impossible HQ Joel Runyon 324,598
76 Bullet Proof Exec Dave Asprey 333,105
77 Start of Happiness Brendan Baker 337,916
78 Advanced Life Skills Jonathan Wells 341,905
79 Good Life Zen Mary Jaksch 344,124
80 Paid to Exist Jonathan Mead 355,338
81 Life Long Learner Scott Britton 358,581
82 Tynan Tynan 358,758
83 Aha-Now! Harleena Singh 360,949
84 Dr Wayne Dyer Dr Wayne Dyer 375,193
85 Think Simple Now Tina Su 376,587
86 The Emotion Machine Steven Handel 396,302
87 Productivity 501 Mark Shead 400,515
88 Just Be Real Theo Ellis 455,859
89 Jonathan Fields Jonathan Fields 456,994
90 Yoga Dork Jennilyn Carson 489,965
91 Sid Savara Sid Savara 499,024
92 Alden Tan Alden Tan 518,551
93 Run to the Finish Amanda Brooks 522,118
94 Your Life Your Way Tia Sparkles 534,462
95 Basic Growth Simon Somlai 544,038
96 Start Gaining Momentum Ludvig Sunstrom 581,294
97 Positive Writer Bryan Hutchinson 604,348
98 The Bridge Maker Alex Blackwell 628,018
99 Thoughts on Life and Love Mandy Kloppers 632,524
100 Deliberate Receiving Melody Fletcher 703,681

Now What?

The tools, strategies and support you need to live your best year ever are all here waiting for you. Now, it’s in your power to start living out your most inspired and desired life.

Only you can make the difference in your life this year. I give you full permission to make this your best year ever and apply what you need to from these blogs into your life.

If you need some instant motivation and inspiration, then make sure you check out the Top 100 Motivational & Inspirational Quotes for 2017.

If you want to get some actionable tools that you can implement into your life right now, make sure you access our Free Toolkit.

If you’re keen to make the Top 100 for next year, you might be interested in registering for my course: First 1000 Subscribers (currently open for enrollment but closing shortly).

Over to You!

Do you have a favourite blog on the list?

Which blogs do you find you get the most value from?

What other personal development resources do you use to live a better life?

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Here’s to making 2017 your best year yet!

Brendan

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About Anton Grantham

My name is Anton Grantham and I have a story for you. Once upon a time…THE END! This is your life if you refuse to act on your God given talents. I spent the majority of my adult life wondering aimlessly but little did I know, God had a plan for my life. Today I am the owner of two businesses and counting. The beat goes on.

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  1. Thank you Anton for putting together such a wonderful list of life changing blogs. After reading your list I have bookmarked many of them for daily positive reading. Great job Sir.

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