- One challenge that many people are confronted with is that anything health and fitness related on the internet is typically dominated by corporate blogs (they spend money on SEO), spammers, and mainstream media articles. Now, I’m not knocking MSM, but there are several reasons that people look specifically for blog articles.Â Taking a step back, weeding through the bad health and fitness blogs is probably one of the biggest reasons that I decided to start a Blog Network.
Unfortunately, most spammers know the one fast, cheap, and most effective trick to rank well for a search term on Google. Let’s say you do a Google search on the phrase, “health and fitness blog.” Most of the blogs on the first page–with Doug’s Health Habits (a health and fitness blog), being the exception are spam blogs.Â Why?Â Well, anything with both of the words “health” or “fitness” in the website’s domain will rank very well on Google searches for those terms…
The first paragraph of the article was something that I could definitely relate to from personal experience. I feel that it bears quoting, so here it is:
“Wandering the web in search of health and fitness inspiration can often lead you to a dead end. Â In the vast world of blogs, thereâ€™s — letâ€™s face it — lots of junk floating out there.
While you probably donâ€™t want to follow the ramblings of some nobody who lost 80 pounds swallowing dangerous diet supplements, mainstream, corporate health blogs can almost be worse: boring, generic and humourless.”
Here’s the list of blogs deemed worthy of a click by Shamona Harnett:
1.Â Fit Bottomed Girls –
- Hip looking web design
- Very active blog covering a range of topics from fashion, fitness, and pop culture–obviously appealing to a female demographic.Â Even features some interviews with fitness personalities.
- Recent post:Â Review of La Roux’s Album under Fit Hits
2.Â Just Flourishing –
- Cool looking design.Â Janna either hired a graphic artist for her banner, or she’s also talented at graphic design.
- Daily posts with articles featuring recipes.
- Recent post:Â Magically Delicious – a desert recipe.
- Update: Â This blog sadly no longer exists – the original post for this article was written in 2010.
3.Â Six Until Me –
- Kerri Monrone Sparling, a wife of a personal trainer, blogs about her life with type 1 diabetes
- Clean, simple, readable design.Â One odd feature is that her posts don’t have clickable links which also makes navigation of the blog a little challenging.Â I’ve never used Moveable Type, but that seems to be the blog platform that she’s using.
- Definitely an inspiring blog for those coping with type 1 diabetes.
- Recent Post:Â Diving into the Diaper Fish.
4.Â Kevin MD –
- I do read this blog quite regularly.Â Â Dr Pho’s blog has an ultra simple, clean layout and design.
- Usually multiple posts per day with a significant amount of content written by guest authors.
- Recent article:Â should prisons require co-pays for inmate care?
- Professional/medial blog in terms of appearance and layout.
- Very active with daily posts.
- Recent post:Â Will Salt Restriction Lead to Unhealthier diets…
Have you found any other health or fitness related blogs that you enjoy reading regularly? If so, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.