Wow!  We received over 150 nominations for our Top 10 Social Media Blogs for 2010 contest!

There are some real gems among these 21 finalists. Our judges Scott Monty (Ford), Ann Handley (MarketingProfs) and David Meerman Scott (author New Rules of Marketing and PR) are finishing up their reviews of these sites.

The judges

Here are the finalists:

How We’ll Pick the Winners

1.  Initial qualification:  A blog must have been nominated multiple times by multiple individuals (and be a social media blog).  If someone nominated more than one blog, only the first nomination was counted.

2.  Final winner selection:

  • Quality of posts: A qualitative analysis of the content of posts will be examined by our judges.  Educational and discussion-spurring posts are more valuable than self-promoting posts (55% of decision).
  • Frequency of posts:  Blogs that write multiple posts per week will score higher.  This is a sign of the blog’s commitment to blogging (15%).
  • Reader involvement:  Blogs that have regular comments from readers are another sign of a healthy blog.  In addition, the numbers of nominations for a specific blog play a part in this (15%).
  • Blog Ranking: The number of other blogs that link to the blog shows the value of the content (15%).  We’ll use accepted third-party blog ranking systems for this portion of the score.

Congratulations to the finalists!  We will announce the winners here soon!

What do you think about these blogs? Leave your comment below…

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  • Guest

    I only read two of those blogs regularly, and another two rarely. The rest I never read. Then again, social media blogging is becoming as redundant as SEO blogging.

  • Amber Naslund

    Wow, thanks for the recognition, and for introducing me to some new blogs to check out. Honored just to be considered. Thanks a bunch!

  • jaybaer

    Delighted to be in the finals. Thanks to all. Cases of booze on the way to the judges.

  • tobybloomberg

    Honored to be among such talented people. Thanks!

  • Michael A. Stelzner

    Congrats to all the folks who made it this far! And special thanks to our judges who are laboring as you read this…

  • Cijo Abraham Mani

    I think Outspoken Media and Mashable do have the best chances of winning this competition.

  • Shannon Paul

    Wow, what a nice surprise. I’m honored to be listed here with such an impressive group. Thanks so much!

  • Jeff Coon

    Wow! What a list! Thanks Michael for yet another great resourcet! Look forward to checking out a couple of the blogs I hadn’t read before. I currently read a number of these and it comes as no surprise why they’re on the list! Congrats to all!

  • Scott Fox, Click Millionaires

    Congrats to these finalists.
    They have all contributed a lot of hard work toward helping others understand social media better.
    Scott Fox

  • Guest

    Pretty good SMM Blog list Mike. My Money is on Mashable, albeit, there’s a few “sleepers” on this list that could unseat `em, depending on if the contestant’s Champagne gift is Cristal or Moet ;-)Out of curiosity, I wonder how these Blogs rank on Alltop and Ted?

  • Shani Sammons

    Thank you for the nomination, everyone. Honored to be on the list. Exciting!

  • Meryl K Evans

    Finally got my jaw picked up off the floor. I’m humbled to receive a mention and more so with these folks and web sites. Thank you to all who nominated me.

  • carriekish

    Love the list! I read a lot of these blogs and look forward to checking out the rest! I’m a big fan of SocialMouths and l’m thrilled to see them here among some of the heavy hitters like Mashable. I should mention that Social Media Examiner is also one of my faves!

  • Lisa Barone

    Totally honored that Outspoken is listed among some amazing, amazing blogs. We’re very humbled. Thanks for including us! :)

  • Cameron Barry

    This is great list. Altitude, Shannon Paul, Jeffbula, and Convince & Convert are among the best blogs I read regularly. Others,like this one and Mashable, seem almost too well established to mention. One that I’ve personally watched evolve into something consistently genuine, accessible and informative is GrayMatterMinute. Full disclosure: the blog’s author is a friend, but she became my friend only after I admired her work so much, I had to meet her. I rarely do that. Her drive to identify and share the best information out there is right out there with the big boys (and girls). Congratulations, Renee!

  • Jason Keath

    Thanks for the love. Really shocked to be included in such a top list. The range of blogs is quite something.

  • Chris Catania

    Some of my favorites are on the list! I’ve used them all in ways that go beyond social media and blogging. Their styles and approaches have made it very easy to share with my community who loves to explore and celebrate live music. Thanks to all on the list and good luck to everyone!

  • BrandonUttley

    Congrats, Jason! I was happy to nominate you based on the quality of work you do.

  • Francisco Rosales

    Thank you guys, it’s an honor to be in the list with such big names!

  • usegraymatter

    To say “thank you” and “I’m incredibly honored” fall short of expressing how totally blown away I feel at the moment. In fact, I feel like I just walked into a White House party without an invitation. This is amazing company to be in … at least until security figures out how I slipped in and kicks me out.

  • Krystal

    I also read gray matter minute. Her posts are clear and relevant. I enjoy them enough to be on email feed so I don;t miss any. Heading off to check out the other great blogs on the list.

  • Jeff Bullas

    WOW, what an honour, especially when you see the other blogs that have been selected as finalists, a good friend of mine Pam Brossman nominated me and I would like to thank her for that.
    By the way the blog name is not spelt correctly it should be “Jeff Bullas’s Blog.
    Jeff Bullas

  • Robert Latchford

    I looked through the first 10 or so nominations and most look to be US based. Have you considered the other 192 odd countries on the planet in your search? Can’t make a judgement on the quality of the blogs but will take time to look through them – Germany , France , NZ , Australia , UK , Italy , Canada all have good sites and blogs.

  • Michael A. Stelzner

    Bob – We really could care less where they are located. Heck Mashable, the biggest, is from the UK. The ones on this list were purely based on nominations not locations. – Mike

  • AdamSinger

    Thanks for inclusion here. You guys rock :)

  • Ileane

    I’ve seen all of these blogs and they are deserving of praise. The only one I follow and visit every week is Kikolani. Her blog rocks! She’s also very supportive and approachable. She’s helped me a number of times and she responds quickly to questions.

  • Publisher, Erotic Free Press

    Impressive list there, a few new blogs added to my daily newsreader!!

  • wchingya

    Bravo to all the finalists, well deserved and to me, you all are practically winners! :) It’s hard to make a pick from the 10 names.. but if I must choose, Kikolani will be the one as I followed her blog for quite a long while now. She has not only been a wonderful info-giver but also a supporter, kind friend to many. A good example of how a social media blogger should be.

    Best wishes to all finalists!

    Social/Blogging Tracker

  • Stefan Halley

    WOW, I can’t believe we made it as one of the finalist. Thank you so much. This is probably the only list I’ll appear on with both Chris Brogan and Mashable.

  • Michael A. Stelzner

    Jeff – Thanks and fixed your name.

  • Jason Keath

    So I have thought about it a little bit and I think this is a great idea, especially with the nominations and judges. But a couple friendly suggestions (for next time or a different go round):
    – Use judges that are in marketing or tech but not SM bloggers to judge. All three judges should be on the list
    – Do a SM bloggers list instead of or in addition to this. To have a list with me and others and Mashble in the same breath is a pretty broad range. Individual bloggers however can be judged on their overall presentation of stories on multiple media outlets. For instance I would nominate a couple people at Mashable or RWW, but not all of them.

    Just my two cents.

  • Michael A. Stelzner

    Hey Jason,

    Interesting ideas. However these judges are all in marketing in a major way. One does social media marketing for Ford, the other is the public face for one of the largest marketing organizations and the other is the bestselling author of a major marketing book. They all new that they would be taking themselves out of the running as judges. – Mike

  • Tin Hang Liu

    I hope for @jeffbullas to win this competition but I think @mashable will #SMM

  • Steven van Vessum

    Great list. I’m reading 4 of those on a regular basis now. I’ll check the other ones as well to see if they give me different insights! I’m very curious who’ll win, there’s some really big players in that list!

  • SteveRetka

    This is a great list! Although I contribute to Daily Axioms (a social media blog), it’s great to be able to see all of the other opinions out there!

  • yossipetrucci

    Hehehe, nice articles. To have a top (high visitors) web/blog, it is indeed need a process, then most important always give share high quality articles! And original.

  • Julie ~ jbulie’s blog

    Congratulations to the winners.

  • James Lutherland

    Thanks for letting us know about this and I hope to read more from you. Keep the posts coming!

  • Mashkawat Ahsan

    super A+ list for everyone

  • Fiona McEachran

    I’m a big fan of quite a few of these blogs. I really like the judging criteria too – it seems quite fair. Well done :)

  • Fran

    I think there allot more since this was first posted, and I believe there are allot bloggers out there that who are some great authorities on social media that are actually doing instead of talking about it.

  • Kamal Patel

    Thanks for sharing this valuable post.

    Its important for me because im aware some of from this list like CopyBlogger, Jeff Bullas Blog, Mashable, Outspoken Media, SocialMouhts and Social Media Explorer…rest of them new for me(might it possible that i have read a single post someday).

    Probably i can predict the winner from my lists…

    And i surely going to read the others blog which im did not reay yet.

    Thanks again …keep sharing such posts..!!

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  • Bruce Frazer

    I Checked out your finalists…one question…how can a Blog be a Top Contender when it is not even constructed or online ??? just a question.

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