Podcasts can change your life – I’ve said this before, and I’ll keep saying it.
If you have a podcast lined up every day, you will get a free education during otherwise dead time (commute, getting ready, etc.).
This is how I started learning about money, then personal development, then business.
I’ve literally gone from lawyer to financial planner to blogger from listening to podcasts, reading books, and taking courses.
I’m a HUGE fan of investing in yourself – and what better way than to start by learning for free during your dead time?
That’s how I started, and I can’t recommend it enough!
I actually started my own podcast that you can listen to now. It’s called Design Your Dream Life With Natalie Bacon and you can find it anywhere you listen to podcasts.
Here are some of my other podcast lists, too:
- 20 Podcasts to Make and Save More Money
- The Best Personal Development Podcasts
- My Favorite 6 Motivational Podcast Episodes
One quick *important* side note – blogging and making money online is soo much more than just learning about blogging. Marketing and entrepreneurship play a huge role in succeeding as a blogger. Blogs don’t make money – businesses do.
For this reason, I broke up my list into 3 categories:
Each category has my fav podcasts for that category, the iTunes description, my two cents, and my favorite episode.
Here’s a look!
You may find it odd that marketing is a category on here if you’re new to the idea of making money blogging, but the truth is that your blog is just a marketing tool if you are trying to create an online business. The blog doesn’t make money – you own a business and use your blog as one way to make money. For that reason, you must know good marketing.
1. I Love Marketing by Joe Polish and Dean Jackson
Podcast Description: I Love Marketing is an ever expanding world-wide community of people that love marketing and want to keep innovating and learning. This podcast is for Entrepreneurs, small business owners or even start-ups that want inspiration and ACTIONABLE marketing strategies about direct mail ideas, lead generation, lead conversion, getting referrals, email marketing and more. Joe and Dean also discuss psychology, books, people and productivity delivered every Monday to help jump start your week!
My Two Cents: This podcast has been the most influential podcast on my blog in the last six months. It completely changed how I look at it, the strategy I use, and I how I feel about my business going forward. I took someone’s advice and started at the beginning (way back in 2011), and it was well worth it. I basically have gotten a free marketing education in direct response marketing in a few months. I’m forever grateful to Dean Jackson and Joe Polish, and now I follow a lot more of the OGs of marketing to get the very best lessons on it. I can’t say enough about this podcast. I finally get it.
Favorite Episode: The One With More Cheese and Less Whiskers episode #24
2. Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield
Podcast Description: How do I start an online business? Grow my email list to thousands of subscribers? Sell more and grow faster? These are just some of the big questions that leading online marketing strategist, Amy Porterfield, digs into on the top-ranked Online Marketing Made Easy Podcast. Featuring insights from A-List online marketing experts (Russell Brunson, John Lee Dumas, Rick Mulready, Marie Forleo, etc.) as well as mini marketing masterclasses and step-by-step guides, each episode is designed to help you take immediate action on the most important strategies for starting, scaling and automating your online business. Amy’s specialty is getting into the online trenches with you. Thinking about creating an online course? Want to promote with webinars? Need help with your Facebook ads? Discover why hundreds of thousands of online business owners turn to Amy Porterfield to generate more profits and to make sense of the online marketing space, implement the strategies that really get results, and turn that side hustle into a business that lasts.
My Two Cents: I love this podcast for listening to something new and different. I never know exactly what I’m going to get, but it’s always good. Amy Porterfield is a long-time pro in the digital marketing space, and I respect her work so much. It’s definitely a fav podcast of mine.
Favorite Episode: How to Design Your Ideal Week With Michael Hyatt
3. #AskGaryVee by Gary Vaynerchuk
Podcast Description: Welcome to The Garyvee Audio Experience, hosted by entrepreneur, CEO, investor, vlogger, and public speaker Gary Vaynerchuk. On this podcast you’ll find a mix of my #AskGaryVee show episodes, keynote speeches on marketing and business, segments from my DAILYVEE video series, interviews and fireside chats I’ve given, as well as new and current thoughts I record originally for this audio experience!
My Two Cents: Gary Vee is a hustler, and I am a huge fan. He’s intense, honest, and gives excellent advice. The is definitely a podcast for the hard core, committed type. If you need a little boost or to get refocused and motivated, this is a good one.
Favorite Episode: My Legendary Conversation With Tim Ferriss
The entrepreneurship category is a broad category that includes the best podcasts for running an online business, including blogging.
If you run (or want to run) a profitable blog as a business, then you need to start to think like an entrepreneur – a business owner. These podcasts will help do just that.
4. Entreleadership By Ramsey Solutions
Podcast Description: Hosted by Ken Coleman, the EntreLeadership Podcast features lively discussions and tips on leadership and business by some of the top minds in the business, like Mark Cuban, Seth Godin, Jim Collins and Simon Sinek.
My Two Cents: This podcast is fantastic. I’ve listened to it for years. It goes into many topics for all types of entrepreneurs, so it’s one of the broadest on this list. One thing that is always consistent is the quality. It’s top of the line. I always have a take away from each episode. It’s that good.
Favorite Episode: Seth Godin — Change Your Mind, Change Your Life
5. Entrepreneurs On Fire by John Lee Dumas
Podcast Description: Awarded ‘Best of iTunes’, host John Lee Dumas chats with today’s most successful Entrepreneurs. Pat Flynn, Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss, Tony Robbins and Gary Vaynerchuk are just 5 of the over 2000 interviews to date. EOFire was created for YOU, the Entrepreneur, Side-Preneur, Solo-Preneur and Small Business Owner. If you’re looking for ACTIONABLE advice during your daily commute, workout, or ‘me’ time, JLD brings the HEAT.
My Two Cents: EOF is a fantastic podcast for learning how to build a business online. There’s a diversity of guests and topics covered. The show is intense, and I always find I can take away something from what I learned. This is a good one for getting inspired by online entrepreneurs.
Favorite Episode: How To Create a 7 Figure Funnel With Akbar Sheikh
6. The Multiplier Mindset Podcast with Dan Sullivan
Podcast Description: Strategic Coach founder Dan Sullivan shares his wisdom and insights with entrepreneurs who want to multiply their freedom and success.
My Two Cents: Dan Sullivan is another OG of entrepreneurs (he’s also from Cleveland!), and he has been coaching entrepreneurs for decades. He’s wildly regarded as one of the best entrepreneur coaches of all time. He’s fantastic. The podcast episodes are short and sweet, and include direct lessons from Dan. I’ve gone through almost all of them and feel like I’ve gotten an inside look into one of the greatest minds. It’s really perfect if you’re an entrepreneur and you are into mindset stuff.
Favorite Episode: Why Mindset Matters
7. The Tim Ferriss Show by Tim Ferriss
Podcast Description: Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him “the world’s best human guinea pig,” and The New York Times calls him “a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk.” In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.
My Two Cents: Tim Ferriss is a household name in the online world. His podcast is fantastic for learning new things and growing in personal development, business, and blogging. It’s longer and goes really deep into various topics. I’m a big fan of Tim’s work and really enjoy his podcast!
Favorite Episode: Sir Richard Branson — The Billionaire Maverick of the Virgin Empire
8. Your Next Million with Frank Kern
Podcast Description: Transforming Your Business Isn’t About Doing A Million Different Things. It’s About Finding ONE BIG THING And Then Leveraging That. Frank Kern has been advising entrepreneurs like you all day, every day, to do just that since 1999. This is his podcast.
My Two Cents: Frank Kern’s podcast is new, but I had to include it here because he is one of the best direct marketers out there. His first few episodes are fantastic and actionable. They’re not really for people in the “start up” phase, but that’s why I like it. It gets me thinking about how I’ll be thinking when my biz is 10x what it is now. If you’re taking your business seriously and ready to take it to the next level, check him out.
Favorite Episode: Your Best Payday
9. The Goal Digger Podcast by Jenna Kutcher
Podcast Description: Jenna Kutcher hosts the live-workshop style business podcast for creative girl bosses, so you can train from the experts how to dig in, do the work, and tackle your biggest goals along the way.
My Two Cents: Jenna’s podcast is fantastic for branding. If you want to be an influencer or build a solid brand, particularly on Instagram, then this is your podcast. Since this isn’t my focus, I don’t listen to hers as much, but I still really enjoy it. I’m a big fan of Jenna’s and follow her on Instagram, so listening to her podcast is always a treat when I want a lesson on branding or being an influencer.
Favorite Episode: Ask Jenna Anything… About Branding
10. Smart Passive Income by Pat Flynn
Podcast Description: Pat Flynn from The Smart Passive Income Blog reveals all of his online business and blogging strategies, income sources and killer marketing tips and tricks so you can be ahead of the curve with your online business or blog. Discover how you can create multiple passive income streams that work for you so that you can have the time and freedom to do what you love, whether it’s traveling the world, or just living comfortably at home. Although Pat confesses he is not a millionaire, he’s been supporting his family 100% with passive income generated online, easily earning a six-figure salary while working only a few hours a week. Automation, outsourcing, crowdsourcing, search engine optimization, building authority and trust, niche sites, social media, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Podcasting, eBooks, online courses, affiliate marketing, getting things done and everything that works (and doesn’t work) to help you better understand how to crush it with your online business.
My Two Cents: SPI is a fantastic place to start learning about online business and get inspired. It’s a great podcast for beginners and for advanced online entrepreneurs. I’m always learning something, and the headlines are really helpful to know if the topic is something I want to cover. If you want to start a podcast, this is the place to go.
11. Being Boss by Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon
Podcast Description: Being Boss is a podcast for creative entrepreneurs, freelancers, and side-hustlers, whether you’re wanting to quit your day job or have been your own boss for a while now. Authors and “business besties” Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon dig into the mindset, habits, routines, boundaries, branding, marketing tactics, business strategies, systems, and processes that help you make money doing what you love. Join us as we interview bosses such as Brené Brown, Brooke Castillo, Marie Forleo, Ramit Sethi, Danielle LaPorte, Chalene Johnson, Mike Michalowicz of Profit First, Melissa Hartwig of Whole30, and more! Subscribe, rate, and review wherever you listen to good podcasts.
My Two Cents: This podcast is newer to me and was recommended by someone in my Facebook Community. I’ve checked it out and it’s super fun to listen to, and the content and guests are really good. I’m a new fan!
Favorite Episode: Money, mindset, and energy with Danetha Doe
This section has the best podcasts specifically for blogging.
You can hear about ins and outs of the technical side of blogging all the way to making money and knowing how to scale.
These are awesome podcasts for bloggers!
12. The Femtrepreneur Show by Mariah Coz and Megan Minns
Podcast Description: A Femtrepreneur is anyone who wants absolute autonomy, freedom, and independence through running their own online business, their way. The Femtrepreneur Show will give you only the most actionable, practical, no-bs strategies and tools to make your online course business a reality – profitable, leveraged, and 100% on your terms. Mariah Coz is the founder of Femtrepreneur, has been an online entrepreneur for 8 years and has built a 7-figure business through online courses and programs. Megan Minns is the systems, tech, and productivity chief at Femtrepreneur. She tests all the programs, software, and apps for your online business, and let’s us know what’s working in the tech of online courses. She is also a wizard when it comes to making all your software “play nice” with each other. Together, they pull out the most effective strategies and systems for online course creators and sellers, whether you’re starting from scratch or starting to ramp up and scale. This podcast covers everything from finding your niche, choosing your course topic, creating your course, answering all of your questions about online courses, list-building, launching, webinars, evergreen sales, passive income, and tools and tech. In The Femtrepreneur Show, Mariah and Megan are bringing you real case studies and real launches, detail-oriented interviews with online course business owners, and all the strategies and tools you need to take action with your course idea today.
My Two Cents: I love this podcast! The episodes are very specific and targeted, so you know exactly what you’re going to get when you listen. I love the advice given on this show – you can tell the cohosts know exactly what they’re talking about. It’s really valuable stuff!
Favorite Episode: 5 Blogging Tips For Business
13. Perpetual Traffic by Digital Marketer
Podcast Description: Perpetual Traffic is a weekly podcast produced by DigitalMarketer and hosted by Keith Krance, Ralph Burns (Dominate Web Media), & Molly Pittman (Digital Marketer). The trio shares cutting edge strategies on acquiring leads and sales for your business through paid traffic. Paid traffic is the act of putting your product, service, or message in front of your target audience… it’s the act of acquiring customers online while also building goodwill, and is the lifeline of any business. So, whether you’re a media buying expert or you’ve yet to create your first Facebook ad, you’ll discover actionable strategies that can be applied today. Perpetual Traffic combines the paid traffic strategies developed at Digital Marketer with the real life agency experience of Dominate Web Media. Listen to real stories of business owners just like you and how they overcame struggles with digital marketing and online advertising. Learn how to make Facebook advertising, YouTube advertising, Twitter Advertising, Google Adwords, LinkedIn Advertising, (and more) work for your business.
My Two Cents: If you want to use paid advertising on Facebook, this is your podcast. It’s fantastic. But it only is useful for paid traffic on Facebook. I’ve learned a ton and love Digital Marketer. The information is always current and useful. I’m a huge fan of this one!
Favorite Episode: How Frank Kern Generates Sales and Goodwill with Facebook Live
14. ProBlogger Podcast by Darren Rowse
Podcast Description: The ProBlogger Podcast is designed to help you build a better blog. With a mix of teaching, case studies and actionable challenges Darren Rowse will teach you to create compelling content, find readers for your blog, deepen the engagement you have with those readers and to make money through a variety of income streams so that you can sustain your blogging. Darren has been been blogging since 2002 and making a full time living from his blogs for over a decade. His blogs Digital-Photography-School.com and ProBlogger.net are read by over 5 million readers per month. If you’re looking to take your blogs to the next level and make money online – this is the podcast for you.
My Two Cents: Darren Rowse is the OG of blogging and his podcast is specifically about strategic blog tactics to take to start, grow, and monetize your blog. If you are interested in improving your blog, this is a great podcast (and blog)!
Favorite Episode: How to Create a Library of Products to Sell On Your Blog
15. The Blog Millionaire by Brandon Gaille
Podcast Description: The Blog Millionaire podcast teaches you the secret blogging strategies that pro bloggers use to grow their traffic and monetize their blogs. Our host, Brandon Gaille, built his blog to over 1 million monthly visitors in less than two years after his first blog post. He will guide you down the path to becoming a master of blogging, WordPress, SEO, search engine marketing, internet marketing, social media marketing, email marketing, email list building, content marketing, website engagement, conversion optimization and many many more to help you build your very own blogging empire.
My Two Cents: This is a FANTASTIC podcast for learning how to blog, especially if you’re a beginner or intermediate. You’ll get very tactical actions that you can take immediately. Sometimes, I have to stop listening and implement right away because it’s so good!
Favorite Episode: Pillar One of The 4 Pillars of Blogging Success
A Final Note!
These podcasts will help you start, grow, and monetize your blog or online business. They’re the best podcasts for blogging – hands down.
Remember, though, listening to podcasts is passive learning. It’s super important to balance it out with taking action. So, start learning then use what you learn asap!
One final tip! There is soooo much good stuff out there to learn and so many great blogs, podcasts, and books to dive into. I suggest choosing one teacher at a time, then implementing everything. Once you’re done with that teacher, move on to the next. You can still go back and casually listen to that teacher, but I think it’s very hard to have 10-15 podcasts going at once, all with different advice, and actually taking action on it.
It’s very easy to get pulled in a million different directions with so much information and never implement anything.
Learn, then take action!
Here’s a running list of podcasts other people have mentioned and are loving:
- Marketing Secrets by Russell Brunson
- Marketing Your Business by Stu McLaren
- She Did It Her Way by Amanda Boleyn
P.s. I am now OBSESSED with these last three podcasts – they’re soooo good! I can’t believe I didn’t find them sooner. They’re the BOMB.
Oh, and you can listen to my interview on She Did It Her Way here (I’ve never received so many emails and comments from one episode)!
P.p.s. You can find a complete list of my recommended books and podcasts here.
What did I miss?! Which podcasts are you listening to? Drop a comment, and I’ll keep a running list!