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Top 100 Personal Development Blogs 2016

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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 2016. In fact, we bring you the Top 100!

This is the fourth 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!

But firstly, I hope you had an absolutely fantastic night to bring in 2016. Sylvia and I had a relatively quiet one with friends as we now have our 6 week old Emily with us. Unfortunately, Emily didn’t get to stay awake until midnight to see her first New Year in 🙂

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 for 2016

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!

One thing to add, there have been numerous other top personal development blog lists throughout 2015. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? This is the fourth year our official list has been compiled and we continue to make it more comprehensive each year. I’ve got your back!

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. The Top 100 Personal Development Blogs are ranked by Alexa scores (as of January 2015).

Secondly, I have included Google Page Rank. Google Page Rank is one of the tools Google uses to determine a sites relative importance. This is done primarily by how many quality backlinks the website has. Generally, a score of 3 or higher represents the site is of relative importance. The Top 100 Personal Development Blogs are not ranked by Google Page Rank, however I have included the PageRank of each blog for you to utilise if you wish (you can filter by this).

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!

Changes From Last Year:

Last year we introduced the concept of ‘magazine-styled’ or ‘multiple-authored’ personal development websites. These are websites that originated as personal development blogs but have grown to a level where there are now multiple authors providing content on a regular basis.

This year, however, I’ve included them again in the main Top 100 list.


It’s becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between multiple-authored websites versus personal blogs. Many are clear cut, but more and more bloggers are accepting guest contributions making it somewhat difficult how to classify them.

As a result, this list now provides a reference to the best personal development websites (as opposed to pure blogs).

What do you think? Should I separate multiple-authored websites out or keep them in? I’d love to hear your thoughts so we can continue to provide the best resource available!

Without further ado, let me introduce you to the Best Personal Development Blogs for 2015!

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.

If your blog is one of the Top 100, you have the honour of displaying the following badge on your site. This is the most comprehensive list of personal development blogs on the internet and I’m honoured to have you as part of this! Simply use the code provided below to add it to your site.


Use the below code to display this badge proudly on your website. You deserve it!:

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(you may need to replace the inverted commas – “” on your own site for the image to work).

  Website Owner’s Name Alexa Rank Page Rank
1 Life Hack Leon Ho 1,870 6
2 Elite Daily Gerard Adams 2,200 4
3 Thought Catalog Chris Lavergne 2,826 6
4 MindBodyGreen Jason Wachob 3,795 5
5 Greatist Derek Flanzraich 4,546 6
6 The Art of Manliness Brett McKay 5,686 6
7 Brain Pickings Maria Popova 7,400 7
8 Four Hour Work Week Tim Ferriss 8,650 5
9 I Will Teach You to be Rich Ramit Sethi 14,343 6
10 Marks Daily Apple Mark Sisson 15,195 5
11 ZenHabits Leo Babauta 16,132 6
12 Tiny Buddha Lori Deschene 17,675 5
13 Mark Manson Mark Manson 18,658 4
14 Good Men Project Lisa Hickey 20,145 4
15 Darren Hardy Darren Hardy 20,218 4
16 Bullet Proof Exec Dave Asprey 22,612 5
17 Addicted 2 Success Joel Brown 22,632 4
18 Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership Michael Hyatt 24,266 5
19 Nerd Fitness Steve Kamb 26,761 4
20 Marie Forleo Marie Forleo 27,619 5
21 James Clear James Clear 28,180 4
22 Chris Kresser Chris Kresser 29,208 4
23 Keep Inspiring Me 30,987 2
24 Brian Tracy Brian Tracy 32,257 4
25 Marc and Angel Hack Life Marc and Angel 32,872 4
26 Pick the Brain Erin Falconer 34,350 5
27 Steve Pavlina Steve Pavlina 38,224 6
28 Live Your Legend Chelsea Dinsmore 39,069 4
29 Aha-Now! Harleena Singh 39,470 3
30 Becoming Minimalist Joshua Becker 40,193 5
31 Barking Up the Wrong Tree Eric Barker 44,064 5
32 Robin Sharma Robin Sharma 44,234 4
33 Dumb Little Man Jay White 48,566 5
34 Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life Steven Aitchison 51,793 4
35 Personal Excellence Celestine Chua 51,976 4
36 Robin Sharma Robin Sharma 53,395 4
37 PsyBlog Jeremy Dean 55,580 6
38 Dr Wayne Dyer Dr Wayne Dyer 61,677 5
39 Write to Done Mary Jaksch 62,143 6
40 The Positivity Blog Henrik Edberg 74,503 5
41 Penelope Trunk Penelope Trunk 76,751 5
42 Scott H Young Scott Young 78,036 5
43 Project Life Mastery Stefan Pylarinos 78,572 2
44 Derek Sivers Derek Sivers 79,179 5
45 Location 180 Sean Ogle 79,643 5
46 Art of Non-Conformity Chrisguille Beau 85,011 5
47 Live Bold and Bloom Barrie Davenport 90,655 4
48 No Meat Athelete Matt Frazier 91,244 5
49 Robb Wolf Robb Wolf 91,993 5
50 Bold & Determined Victor Pride 99,199 3
51 Asian Efficiency Aaron Lynn and Thanh Pam 102,128 3
52 Success Concioscuness Remez Sasson 113,504 3
53 Vidya Sury Vidya Sury 118,781 3
54 Actualized Leo Gura 119,892 1
55 FinerMinds Andrea Vega 131,371 3
56 Think Simple Now Tina Su 136,406 4
57 Skip Prichard Skip Prichard 136,994 4
58 Be More With Less Courtney Carver 140,049 4
59 Time Management Ninja Craig Jarrow 145,382 4
60 Brain Blogger Shaheen Lakhan 146,202 5
61 Ryan Holiday Ryan Holiday 152,055 5
62 Raptitude David Cain 156,543 5
63 The Change Blog Peter Clemens 159,322 4
64 Purpose Fairy Luminita D. Saviuc 161,381 4
65 Life Optimizer Donald Latumahina 162,727 5
66 Productivityist Mike Vardy 164,721 4
67 Develop Good Habits SJ Scott 170,496 1
68 Jack Cranfield Jack Cranfield 172,079 5
69 Louise Hay Louise Hay 182,698 4
70 Roman Fitness John Romaniello 192,049 4
71 Start of Happiness Brendan Baker 192,431 3
72 Simona Rich Simona Rich 193,460 4
73 Impossible HQ Joel Runyon 196,284 4
74 Paid to Exist Jonathan Mead 200,355 5
75 Yoga Dork Jennilyn Carson 200,600 4
76 Forward Steps Thea Westra 205,639 1
77 Advanced Life Skills Jonathan Wells 213,680 4
78 Deepak Chopra Deepak Chopra 213,741 6
79 Alden Tan Alden Tan 214,710 2
80 Tynan Tynan 216,859 4
81 Prolific Living Farnoosh Brock 219,205 3
82 Wake Up Cloud Henri Junttila 220,120 4
83 Life Long Learner Scott Britton 224,706 3
84 Positive Writer Bryan Hutchinson 224,720 3
85 The Charged Life Brendon Burchard 232,123 3
86 The Emotion Machine Steven Handel 241,948 4
87 Planet of Success Steve Mueller 242,370 3
88 A Daring Adventure Tim Brownson 244,898 4
89 Productivity 501 Mark Shead 274,253 4
90 Lolly Daskal Lolly Daskal 289,292 3
91 Switch and Shift Mark Babbitt and Shawn Murphy 290,121 4
92 Just Be Real Theo Ellis 303,387 3
93 Inspiyr Dan Cassidy 312,410 4
94 Run to the Finish Amanda Brooks 317,640 4
95 Want 2 Discover Bastiaan & Chantalle 323,694 2
96 Jonathan Fields Jonathan Fields 326,053 5
97 Good Life Zen Mary Jaksch 326,747 5
98 Deep Existence Stephen Guise 343,185 3
99 Start Gaining Momentum Ludvig Sunstrom 352,376 2
100 Dragos Roua Dragos Roua 374,724 4

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 2016.

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 closed but opening again 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 2016 your best year yet!


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About Yury Zvyagolskiy

Yury Zvyagolskiy
In almost all American movies there is a bad guy who is usually Russian and his name is Yury. If the bad guy is not from Russia, his last name usually starts with Z. So here I am - Yury Z. My specialty is personal effectiveness. I am an expert in goal achievement, personal effectiveness, relationships and effective thinking.

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