If you’ve been blogging for a while, then you definitely know that time is probably the most important asset we bloggers have.
We spend time on creating content, promoting it on social media, connecting with others in our niche, improving our knowledge.
Simply put, we spend most of our time to get better at what we do.
But if you’re just getting started and you probably still rely on your day job to support yourself and your family, your time is even more precious.
Now, I won’t tell how to spend your time when you’re working on your blog, you obviously know better than me what aspects need improvement.
Instead what I want to share with you in this blog post is probably one of the best ways you can take back your downtime, you know… when you’re commuting to work or when you’re walking the dog, basically when you’re away from your computer.
Obviously you won’t be able to write a blog post while driving the car, right?
But what you can do is learn. Learning things that can help you improve your online business is one of the biggest investments you can make.
I spend a lot of my time learning, but more than 90% of that time is actually spent while I’m away from my laptop.
I listen to podcasts.
So today I want to share with you a list of my top favorite podcasts I listen to every week.
#1 The Smart Passive Income Podcast
Since the SPI Podcast was the first podcast I’ve listened to, I think it’s only fair that it deserves the No.1 ranking in my list. It’s hosted by Pat Flynn from SmartPassiveIncome.com.
What I like most about Pat’s podcast is that it’s full of actionable advice which you can implement right away. He also brings some very well known bloggers and online marketers on the show that share their expert insights.
My favorite episode is probably #8 “How to Get More Traffic with Corbett Barr from ThinkTraffic.net” where he interviews Corbett Barr about his traffic generation strategies.
#2 Social Media Marketing Podcast
The host of this podcast is Michael Stelzner from Social Media Examiner. Michael interviews people who are experts on social media marketing.
You can learn a lot of great strategies on how to drive traffic from social media, how to get fans and followers and of course how to connect with your audience on social media sites.
One episode which I think I’ve listened to at least 3 times was “Creating Persuasive Videos: How to Move Viewers to Action“. If you want to make the most out of your Youtube videos I recommend you listen to this one.
#3 Social Triggers Insider
This is probably one of my favorite podcasts I listen to. If you want to know how to increase traffic to your blog and increase conversion rates, you’re gonna love this podcast.
Derek Halpern the host of this podcast and the man behind SocialTriggers.com brings on guests with a professional background in psychology and human behavior that share their insight on what makes people do what they do.
You’ll get a lot of tips on how you can make your readers share your content, subscribe to your email list and follow your recommendations. Check out “How People Make Decisions (and How it Helps You Grow Your Business)“.
#4 The Internet Business Mastery Podcast
Jeremy Frandsen and Jason Van Orden, the hosts of this podcast will give you some very cool tips and strategies on building passive income online.
If you want to launch an information product like an ebook or a membership site, this podcast will help you to that. From search engine optimization to social media marketing and lead generation these guys got it all covered.
One of my favorite episodes from the IBM podcast is “5 Product Creation Tips that Will Boost Your Bottom Line“. These tips are golden if you want to create your own product to sell online.
#5 The Bright Ideas Podcast
Now this is one hell of a podcast. Trent Dyrsmid the guy behind BrightIdeas.co and the host of this podcast, brings on top entrepreneurs who share how they got successful and what lessons they learned along the way.
You’ll get some real “golden nuggets” out of this one. And if you like real actionable tips that you can put to use in online marketing, social media marketing you’re gonna enjoy listening to this podcast.
My favorite episode and one which I warmly recommend that you listen to is an interview with Seomoz.org(now Moz.org) CEO Rand Fishkin. I think it’s no. 26 in the iTunes listing for this podcast.
#6 Inbound Now with David Wells
This podcast is actually a series of weekly interviews with experts in inbound marketing. If you don’t know what inbound marketing is, well let’s put it this way, it’s SEO, social media marketing, email marketing, blogging, content marketing combined.
The guy behind this podcast is David Wells from InboundNow.com. So, if you want to learn some great tips on list building, SEO, Facebook marketing, advanced content creation, then you’ll want to check this one out.
And if you want some quick actionable tips right now go ahead and listen to episode 33 “8 Tips on Finding More Guest Posting Opportunities for More Inbound Links“.
#7 Online Marketing Made Easy
Amy Porterfield, the host of this podcast is one of the world’s leading experts in Facebook marketing. Now, if you’re a big fan of social media marketing, then this podcast is definitely gonna do a lot for you.
Amy shares some awesome Facebook tips as well as other online marketing strategies for lead generation, blogging, video marketing and product creation. Her course Facebook Influence(affiliate link) is one of the best Facebook training resource available on the market today.
Check out episode #4 “Proven Video Marketing Strategies for Any Marketing Budget“, it’s one of my all time favorites.
#8 The Fizzle Show: Honest Online Business
The Fizzle Show hosted by Corbett Barr of ThinkTraffic.net, Caleb Wojcik and Chase Reeves is the newest addition to my podcasts playlist, and it’s becoming one of my favorite ones.
The guys talk about how you can grow your online business, generate an income from it and reach your full potential as an online entrepreneur.
All 3 have built successful businesses of their own and now they share how they did it, all the mistakes they’ve made, the lessons they learned and of course a lot of tips on marketing, communication strategies, conversions and sales.
Make sure you listen to episode #3 “Panic at the Border: How Corbett Barr Got Started“, where Corbett tells the story of how he started ThinkTraffic.net.
#9 Learning With Leslie
This podcast is hosted by Leslie Samuel from BecomeABlogger.com. Leslie shares his tips on authority blogging as well as bringing on experts who share awesome tips for bloggers.
If you just started your blog and want to know how to drive traffic to it, what content to write,how to find your audience and how to establish yourself as an expert in your niche, this podcast is right for you.
Episode #115 which I can totally relate to is all about finding the time to work on your blog, even if you have a full time job.
#10 Entrepreneur on Fire
Hosted by John Lee Dumas the Entrepreneur on Fire podcast is a collection of daily interviews with the top online entrepreneurs, from Seth Godin to Tim Ferris to Chris Brogan and many others.
Successful bloggers, internet marketers, entrepreneurs, social media experts, John get’s them to share their story, the lessons they learned and the mistakes they’ve made throughout their career as entrepreneurs.
And of course you’ll get a lot of ideas and tips for taking your own online business to the next level.
One episode that’s really close to my heart is #53 where he interviews Guy Kawasaki from Alltop.com
Back to You
So, there you have it, my complete podcasts playlist.
Hope you’ll get a lot of value listening to them, I know I certainly have.
I do have one request. If you know about any other podcast that has helped you, and you know it can also help others please share it in the comment section, it would mean a lot to me and to the readers of this post.
And if you’ve got a couple of seconds to spare please click on your favorite share button and share this with someone you know, I’m absolutely certain they’ll thank you for it.