top 10 most successful blogs

Top 10 Most Successful Blogs – And What You Can Learn From Them!

Hey there, bloggers!  Hopefully, your mood is right for massive blogging inspiration.  Ready or not, here come the Top 10 most successful blogs that rule the online space currently.

I gotta admit, this article of mine is such a pleasure to write!

Considering how many times I stumbled and fell during my first months of blogging, as I'm sure, so have you...

We all could use bright examples to keep us going through the dark days, don't we?

What The Top 10 Most Successful Blogs Have In Common?

Above all, we're gonna talk about the websites that have managed to cross the finish line a long time ago.

Firstly, this fairly small amount of blogs are already household names in their respective niches.

Secondly, they're earning thousands of dollars in revenue every single month.

In other words, these 10 websites are some of the most powerful brands in the world.

As such, they're a force to be reckoned with!  

Now, are you wondering what all that have to do with you and your business?

Well, here is a quick fact:

Nowadays, nearly 1,000 websites are being launched every single minute all around the world!

So, tell me again how your business will become the front-runner with all that competition breathing down its neck?

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If you're having trouble answering this question, here is a suggestion:

How about we look up to the big boys?  We'll get to know them and borrow the strategies that have led them to where they are today!

Top 10 Most Successful Blogs - Let The Countdown Begin!

Personally, I'm a fan of all of them.  But not because each one covers the topics I'm the most interested in.

On the contrary, the reason I admire them have nothing to do with their niches:

By all means, these brands and the people behind them are smart, unique, and definitely over-achievers!

And that's what we wish for ourselves as well, right?

Alright then, let's do this!

Unique Monthly Visitors - 25,000,000

top 10 most successful blogs - the HuffPost


"It's the stuff fairy tales are made off...!

Quite frankly, The HuffPost (previously known as the Huffington Post) is not a website, it's a legend.

Launched way back in 2005 by Arianna Huffington, the site's main focus originally was on American politics, but that has changed quite a lot over the years.

Today, the HuffPost takes interest in a vast array of topics to say at least.

As a matter of fact, it has grown tremendously, providing material from individual bloggers, content creators, and on occasion - even politicians!

In my opinion, Ms.Huffington is one smart lady:

She sold the HuffPost to AOL in 2011 for the mind-blowing $315 million!

However, one can argue that the guys from AOL are even smarter:

Nowadays, the estimated value of the website is over $1 billion and a big part of that outstanding revenue comes from sponsored advertising and other digital ads.

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Moral Of the Story:

Never ever be afraid to expand your reach.  When the time is right, take a giant leap of fate and include new topics to grab tons of fresh audience.

2) TMZ

Unique Monthly Visitors - 30,000,000

the TMZ website


Love to read about the latest big, juicy celebrity scandal?  Don't we all?

Honestly, I really believe that there must have been something in the water in 2005...

It's not only that the HuffPost came to life that year.  Moreover, quite an unexpected player surfaced as well!

To clarify, TMZ is every celebrity's biggest nightmare.  Because this website knows everything about everybody who is somebody.

Most importantly, it doesn't hold back to share it with the whole world!

Certainly, when TMZ speaks, it does so with as many details as possible.  Even more, no topic or person is off limits.

99% of the time, this site is the first to break the big headlines where famous people are being concerned.  And we all appreciate that!

Ultimately, the formula behind TMZ has all the right ingredients to justify even the most demanding readers.

So, it shouldn't come as a surprise that TMZ's magic powers to pull back its audience day after day have been working for years.

Moral Of The Story:

Always put your audience first.  Give it what it wants, no matter what that may be.  Be willing to go further than anyone else to grab the story while it's hot.

Unique Monthly Visitors - 25,000,000

Business Insider

Well, the name is pretty much self-explanatory, isn't?

Still, let me touch on its topics briefly:

Generally, the Business Insider deals with analyzing business news, with a main focus on the financial industry.

To be honest, this website is my favorite one from the list for simple, yet admirable reasons.

By all means, Business Insider manages to beat the biggest fish in the financial pond on daily basis.  But the best part is that the site does it with far fewer writers than any of us could imagine!

In other words, the people behind it are firm believers in quality over quantity.  And they're so good at pulling it off just because they pay very close attention to who their target audience is.

Moral Of The Story:

Know who exactly you're writing for.  Before you produce even a single piece of content, make sure that you're aware of who will be interested in reading it.

Unique Monthly Visitors - 24,000,000

top 10 most successful blogs - Mashable

One more website that was created in 2005...

Seriously, what's with that year?  Was the blog's fairy working over-time or what?

Now, the person responsible for the birth of Mashable is Pete Cashmore.  Sitting in his home in Scotland, he did a great job laying the foundation of this online masterpiece.

According to Time Magazine, Mashable is one of the best 25 blogs in the world.

Actually, we don't need anybody to tell us that.  Above all, this website doesn't need any sort of introduction.

It's the go-to for everyone who is interested in tech news and Social Media.

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Personally, I'm pretty sure that most of you are familiar with that name.  Especially, if you like to spend time on Facebook and Twitter.

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Moral Of The Story: 

It's never too early to spread your content on Social Media.  Even if you have just a few articles done, get them out there as fast as you can.

Unique Monthly Visitors - 23,500,000

the Gizmodo website


In case you're holding your breath wondering if this website is one of the almighty 2005's, you can release it now - Gizmodo exists since 2002.

Basically, this blog is heaven coming to earth for all the "tech nerds".  Besides, it deals with design, plus a healthy dose of science fiction news.

Gizmodo managed to gain an incredible amount of audience lightning fast.  Meanwhile, it doesn't look like its traffic is slowing down any time soon.

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On the contrary, the number of Gizmodo's fans is growing more and more with each day!

Moral Of The Story:

Don't get lazy, drunk from your current success.  There's always a room to develop your business further and increase your audience to an entirely new level.

Unique Monthly Visitors - 23,250,000

the LifeHacker website

Just so you know, if you ask the guys from LifeHacker what their site is about, I bet the answer will surprise you:

"Well, it's about how to do this and that and everything in between!"

Too broad, isn't?  Maybe it is, but that's the beauty of LifeHacker.

For instance, who doesn't need help when trying to do something and has no idea how to do it?

After all, isn't solving a problem the reader has what every blog's primary goal should be?

In my opinion, it is.  And LifeHacker seems to agree.

On another note, this blog was build in 2005 (sigh)...

Moral Of The Story:

No matter what, the needs of your audience have to be your number one priority.  When you're helping your visitors week after week, rest assured that your website is not going to fail.

Unique Monthly Visitors - 18,000,000

top 10 most successful blogs


This one doesn't have the long, long history of the HuffPost or TMZ.

However, just because it's still relatively new, it doesn't mean that its place within the top 10 most successful blogs is anything less than well-deserved.

To clarify, the Verge is a multimedia platform that covers science, technology, and art.  Although, that's not the most interesting fact about it.

In my opinion, what makes this site pretty cool is that all its content is presented with the audience's point of view in mind.

Moral Of The Story:

Put yourself into your reader's shoes.  If you want to keep your visitors engaged and satisfied, give them what they'll appreciate the most - relatable content.

Unique Monthly Visitors - 15,500,000

the Daily Beast website


Now, you may want to think of this site as your ultimate news source.

Basically, the Daily Beast delivers on pop culture, politics, and anything else that's happening around the world.

By the way, don't you just love this name?  Certainly, its creators don't lack in the imagination's department, do they?

On top of that, the name is more than justified considering this blog is not afraid to express an honest opinion.

And that's so refreshing!  Because who loves sugar-coated content?

Moral Of The Story:

Write it as you see it.  Besides, no matter who your reader is, everybody respects tough love and rough honesty when needed.

Unique Monthly Visitors - 15,000,000

top 10 most successful blogs - the TechCrunch

Similarly to Daily Beast, the TechCrunch has no problem to call a BS when it sees one!

As evident from its name, this site is dealing with technology.

Moreover, if you're creating products in this field, you'll need TechCrunch on your side.  

Considering the site is producing tons of reviews, you should know that you may break some serious sweat until you get a good one!

Moral Of The Story:

Don't leave any stone unturned when writing a review.  Your readers are smart and you should treat them as such!

Unique Monthly Visitors - 14,500,000

top 10 most successful blogs

Surprised that this one is on the list of the top 10 most successful blogs?  Well, maybe you shouldn't be.

In my opinion, the best days of Perez Hilton are long gone.  However, this site still manages to pull back millions of readers every day.

Say what you will, but people love to gossip - it's part of human nature!

And it looks like Perez Hilton is determined to feed this hunger for years to come.

As a matter of fact, this blog is much similar to TMZ but likes to add personal comments from the creator as well.

Moral Of The Story:

There's no such a thing as bad advertisement.  Scandals and controversy sell.  If you feel like you need to step on someone's toes to get the story, go for it.

My Closing

Honestly, I really hope that you'll find this post on the top 10 most successful blogs useful and inspiring.  After all, if you're to learn, you should learn from the best, right?

Obviously, these websites know what they're doing - they found what's working for them and their audience.  Moreover, they keep exploring that day after day, year after year.

Ultimately, that's what turns them into powerful brands.

So, if you want the same for your website, it's not a bad idea to keep their strategies in mind!

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