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by David Garland in David's Blog, Interviews & Guests

It Is Referral Week:

There is a really cool thing going on this week called “Make A Referral Week” where folks are doing just that…making a referral or two. Thank you John Jantsch from Duct Tape Marketing for letting me know about it.

Which, I’m sure is something we could all do more of.

In the spirit of the week, here are my big referrals to websites/blogs/video shows that help you build your business.

Through marketing.

Through technology.

Through big ideas.

Through relationships.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but some of my favorites that I spend the most time online and encourage you to as well.

The Top 20 Entrepreneur-Friendly Forward-Thinking Blogs You Must Subscribe To

In no particular order…

Duct Tape Marketing Small Business Marketing Blog

Why? Practical tips, advice, technology for the little guy with big aspirations. Also, feel free to check out my interview with John Jantsch on his beginnings and building his brand.

Gary Vaynerchuk

Why? In-your-face inspiration. I know Gary is a busy guy but would LOVE to see more videos from him. Here is my interview with Gary Vaynerchuk at the famous Wine Library in New Jersey.

Blog Maverick

Why? Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban isn’t shy. And he mixes tech with the real world. Where else can you interact with a billionaire for free?

Geek Brief

Why? One of the original geeks, Cali Lewis, offers bite-sized technology tips and reviews daily. Well worth just a few minutes to keep up-to-date.

Chris Brogan

Why? Chris Brogan understands human relationships and how it relates social media more than anyone else I know. Plus his comments section is equally great with fantastic ideas from a passionate community. Chris and I sat down this past year for over 40 minutes discussing blogging, social media and more.

Hello, My Name Is Blog

Why? Scott Ginsberg is a master of writing, motivation and making you think. Enough said. And he is a repeat offender on The Rise To The Top.

Steve Rubel Lifestream

Why? Advertising meets technology. Steve offers great insights as to “what is really going on” out there plus where we are headed.


Why? Entrepreneur Neil Patel doesn’t only walk the walk. He talks the talk. And his advice comes from real world experiences. He also stopped in last season on The Rise To The Top on ABC.

Hubspot’s Inbound Internet Marketing Blog

Why? How to bring in new business online. Hot topic. Hubspot has you covered with practical ways to utilize Internet Marketing and the data to back it up. Co-founder Brian Halligan sat down with me to discuss a couple of weeks ago.

Daniel Pink

Why? A brilliant author and thinker. He can literally take anything. I mean anything and make you think creatively about it.

Personal Branding Blog

Why? Dan Schawbel is a personal branding master and we all know having a face behind your company is critical. Dan’s blog leads the way (He also has a few personal branding tips for you right here).

Web Ink Now

Why? David Meerman Scott paints a big picture especially with the shifts in marketing and PR. Pay attention to him. Seriously. Some RISE viewers wrote pages of notes when he was on the show.

Keith Ferrazzi

Why? The master of relationships. Keith gives quick tips on his blog for humanizing your business and forming better relationships. Plus he has a really cool house.


Why? Emerging technologies? You better bet they are freaking important. And Robert Scoble will break them down for you. It is then up to you whether you want to use them in your business.

Biz Sugar

Why? Biz Sugar is like your personal business DJ. They take the best small business/entrepreneurial topics and curate them onto one site where viewers vote on what they like. Neat.


Why? This was called by Jason Keeth (SoFresh) as the TMZ of Social Media. Funny. Bottom line is Mashable usually breaks the social media and Web 2.0 news first.

Brian Solis

Why? Is PR still important in 2010? You better freakin’ believe it. But the game is changed. Brian helps you navigate the new PR world.

A Smart Bear

Why? Jason Cohen is A Smart Bear. He knows blogs. He knows start-ups. He knows marketing. And he is great with product placement tee shirts.

Seth’s Blog

Why? I couldn’t dare make this list without Seth Godin. Why? Because he makes you think. He doesn’t give you the road map, he sparks you. And he definitely knows the difference between an entrepreneur and freelancer when he was on the show.

Small Biz Trends

Why? Anita Campbell is a rock star. And her resource full of tips, news and more is a must-read for every entrepreneur. Plus she gave away some of her juiciest secrets on the show.

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