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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 the year. 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!

    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

    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.

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    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.

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     URLOwner’s NameAverage Rank
    1Life HackLeon Ho2,711
    2Elite DailyGerard Adams5,537
    3GreatistDerek Flanzraich7,533
    4The Art of ManlinessBrett McKay8,411
    5Mind Body GreenJason Wachob9,139
    6Brain PickingsMaria Popova13,634
    7Tiny BuddhaLori Deschene19,733
    8Four Hour Work WeekTim Ferriss20,349
    9Darren DailyDarren Hardy26,838
    10Mark MansonMark Manson32,634
    11ZenHabitsLeo Babauta32,716
    12Nerd FitnessSteve Kamb33,222
    13I Will Teach You to be RichRamit Sethi35,668
    14Good Men ProjectLisa Hickey38,679
    15James ClearJames Clear38,891
    16Chris KresserChris Kresser44,785
    17Brian TracyBrian Tracy46,741
    18The Positivity BlogHenrik Edberg46,999
    19Michael Hyatt’s Intentional LeadershipMichael Hyatt51,190
    20Keep Inspiring MeDarcie Connell54,724
    21Marc and Angel Hack LifeMarc and Angel57,256
    22Addicted 2 SuccessJoel Brown62,653
    23Barking Up the Wrong TreeEric Barker63,529
    24Pick the BrainErin Falconer63,562
    25PsyBlogJeremy Dean63,651
    26Becoming MinimalistJoshua Becker66,388
    27Personal ExcellenceCelestine Chua71,088
    28Live Bold and BloomBarrie Davenport75,411
    29Steve PavlinaSteve Pavlina76,832
    30Dumb Little ManJay White81,129
    31Marie ForleoMarie Forleo81,511
    32Science of PeopleVanessa Van Edwards86,010
    33Derek SiversDerek Sivers94,278
    34Scott H YoungScott Young98,734
    35Robin SharmaRobin Sharma105,027
    36Bold & DeterminedVictor Pride109,823
    37Steven AitchisonSteven Aitchison113,562
    38ActualizedLeo Gura118,510
    39No Meat AtheleteMatt Frazier120,725
    40Project Life MasteryStefan Pylarinos123,111
    41Daring to Live FullyMarelisa Fábrega127,960
    42Success ConcioscunessRemez Sasson129,706
    43Asian EfficiencyAaron Lynn and Thanh Pam144,968
    44The Charged LifeBrendon Burchard148,010
    45The Happiness ProjectGretchen Rubin149,010
    46Planet of SuccessSteve Mueller149,186
    47Penelope TrunkPenelope Trunk154,381
    48Robb WolfRobb Wolf161,217
    49Be More With LessCourtney Carver161,838
    50Write to DoneMary Jaksch164,678
    51Jack CranfieldJack Cranfield174,067
    52Ryan HolidayRyan Holiday175,494
    53Motivation GridCris Nikolov179,217
    54Skip PrichardSkip Prichard182,262
    55Everday PowerNA182,510
    56Live Your LegendChelsea Dinsmore186,276
    57Develop Good HabitsSJ Scott188,505
    58Purpose FairyLuminita D. Saviuc193,698
    59Brain BloggerShaheen Lakhan219,615
    60Location RebelSean Ogle222,510
    61The Change BlogPeter Clemens223,890
    62A Life of ProductivityChris Bailey229,010
    63Life OptimizerDonald Latumahina241,956
    64chrisguillebeau.comChris Guillebeau246,361
    65Prolific LivingFarnoosh Brock264,661
    66Louise HayLouise Hay267,510
    67RaptitudeDavid Cain270,452
    68InspiyrDan Cassidy288,581
    69ProductivityistMike Vardy292,566
    70Time Management NinjaCraig Jarrow294,576
    71Deepak ChopraDeepak Chopra302,890
    72FinerMindsAndrea Vega304,550
    73Wake Up CloudHenri Junttila306,517
    74The Urban MonkPedram Shojai 311,049
    75Impossible HQJoel Runyon324,598
    76Bullet Proof ExecDave Asprey333,105
    77Start of HappinessBrendan Baker337,916
    78Advanced Life SkillsJonathan Wells341,905
    79Good Life ZenMary Jaksch344,124
    80Paid to ExistJonathan Mead355,338
    81Life Long LearnerScott Britton358,581
    83Aha-Now!Harleena Singh360,949
    84Dr Wayne DyerDr Wayne Dyer375,193
    85Think Simple NowTina Su376,587
    86The Emotion MachineSteven Handel396,302
    87Productivity 501Mark Shead400,515
    88Just Be RealTheo Ellis455,859
    89Jonathan FieldsJonathan Fields456,994
    90Yoga DorkJennilyn Carson489,965
    91Sid SavaraSid Savara499,024
    92Alden TanAlden Tan518,551
    93Run to the FinishAmanda Brooks522,118
    94Your Life Your WayTia Sparkles534,462
    95Basic GrowthSimon Somlai544,038
    96Start Gaining MomentumLudvig Sunstrom581,294
    97Positive WriterBryan Hutchinson604,348
    98The Bridge MakerAlex Blackwell628,018
    99Thoughts on Life and LoveMandy Kloppers632,524
    100Deliberate ReceivingMelody Fletcher703,681

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    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 this year your best year yet!


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