Sites Where I Learn Stuff

Ian Lurie

I have a few sites I go to day-in and day-out. They’re well-written, informative as heck, and a great source of inspiration.
Here they are:

    1. Smashing Magazine. No surprise. The folks at Smashing Magazine publish one great, inspirational post after another. If you’re a designer, developer or web marketer you want to subscribe and check them out daily.
    2. Nettuts+. I recently discovered Nettuts+ and am addicted. The tutorials are detailed and cover everything from PHP frameworks to Flash.
    3. Noupe is another great tutorial site. I could probably spend all day just reading some of these…
    4. Information Aesthetics. A collection of fantastic infographics. If you’re a datageek, it’s like Disneyland.
    5. Shoemoney is one of the most successful affiliate marketers on the planet. Read his stuff.
    6. SEOMoz Blog. Lotsa great SEO information, plus the occasional dust-up between Michael Martinez and Rand Fishkin.
    7. Wolf-Howl. Graywolf’s blog is great when you need a healthy dose of skepticism about the major search engines’ benevolence. A critical balance for any SEO.
    8. High Rankings Advisor. Jill Whalen and her team have been in SEO even longer than me. Which I didn’t think was possible. I’m just so damned old…
    9. LifeHacker is one nerdy tip after another for organizing your life, souping up your computer or learning to fry eggs with a black sock. OK, I made that last one up. But you get the idea.
    10. Gary Vaynerchuk’s blog shows you just how much fun someone can have if they find their passion and a career online. I’m still lookin’…
    11. Signal Vs. Noise. Yes, the guys at 37 Signals can sometimes seem obnoxious. And I admire that. Their genius for design, simplicity and usability make their blog mandatory.
    12. is a second CopyBlogger for me. Tips on writing, social media and online marketing wisdom.
    13. While I’m on the subject, CopyBlogger is where you get ideas and tips on becoming a better copywriter.
    14. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is always on my list. Because if you really love your country, you nag, nag, nag.
    15. AdScam/The Horror!. George Parker tells it like it is in the ad industry, and then some.

What are your faves? Help me build my feed list…

And follow me on Twitter, will ya?

Ian Lurie
CEO & Founder

Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent and the EVP of Marketing Services at Clearlink. He's been a digital marketer since the days of AOL and Compuserve (25 years, if you're counting). He's recorded training for, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Smashing Magazine, and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, Seattle Interactive Conference and ad:Tech. He has published several books about business and marketing: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle, The Web Marketing All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies, and Conversation Marketing. Follow him on Twitter at portentint, and on LinkedIn at

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  1. I would include your Web site in my list. I’ve learned a lot on here and am always interested to see what you have to say. Keep up the good work!
    I’ll definitely check out some of the sites you mentioned.

  2. Your site is #1. Not only are you informative — your writing style is awesome — really makes what can be very dry subjects really entertaining. I look forward to your articles and read you all the time.

  3. Hey, Julie, no fair. I am Ian’s official Sycophantic Acolyte! To paraphrase Donkey in Shrek II, the job of obsequious suck-up has been taken. And I’m it! 🙂
    Just kidding…but I would only add that I keep coming back here because Ian is so darned funny. Yes, great advice, awesome writing, but, best of all, he cracks me up. And, given the surreal insanity of today’s Dilbertian corporate world, I need all the crackups I can get. 😀

  4. Form your list I have about 5 of those on my RSS. My favorite is lifehacker. That site is about being more productive, but after reading it for 2 hours..I’m actually less productive!

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