Finalists: Top 10 Social Media Blogs 2011

We received over 330 nominations for our second-annual Top 10 Social Media Blogs contest (the blogosphere’s biggest contest for social media blogs).

The list of 23 finalists is pretty impressive! Take a look for yourself below.

The Judges: Our judges include David Armano (Edelman), Debbie Weil (author, The Corporate Blogging Book) and Rick Calvert (CEO, BlogWorld). They are currently finishing up their reviews of these sites.

Here are the finalists (in alphabetical order):

How We’ll Pick the Winners

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

2. Final winner selection:

  • Quality of posts: Our judges will examine and score the quality of posts on each blog. Educational and discussion-spurring posts are more valuable than self-promoting posts (55% of decision).
  • Frequency of posts: Blogs that feature multiple posts per week will score higher. This is a sign of the blogger’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 nominated 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’ll announce the winners here soon!

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

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  • Nick Robinson

    I am a big fan of Convince and Convert. Extremely insightful with a touch of dry humor. Big heads up to Jay Baer.

  • Michael A. Stelzner

    I agree. Jay does great work

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  • The Social Penguin

    Wow thanks so much for putting us on the short-list guys! Amazing to even be mentioned alongside such great blogs. You’ve made a penguin and his friends very very happy! Good luck to all of the nominees!

  • Dino Dogan

    Some of these I know the rest I will be checking out…thnx Mike.

  • Deb Ng

    Thanks, Mike and all who nominated Kommein. This was a very pleasant surprise and positive start to my week!

  • Tom Webster

    There’s an old Groucho Marx quote that comes to mind, about being in a club that would accept me as a member. That aside, what a pleasant surprise to find BrandSavant on this list – thank you to those who nominated my humble blog. Much appreciated!

  • Tom Webster

    Jay’s blog is absolutely on my short list, along with several others mentioned here.

  • Jay Dolan

    Thank you Mike and to everyone who nominated The Anti-Social Media. I’m honored and flattered to be listed within this group of bloggers. Who would have known making fun of Facebook would pay off?

  • jaybaer

    Thanks guys. I appreciate the support. I crave your feedback like Peyton Manning craves tight ends.

  • Mark W. Schaefer


  • Mark W. Schaefer

    Thank you. It’s always rewarding to receive professional recognition. A great list and an honor to be part of it.

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  • Gini Dietrich


  • Gini Dietrich

    HOLY CRAP!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! The Spin Sucks chief content officer started today. I hope she doesn’t take credit for this. :) I’m a huge fan of Mark’s, Danny’s, Mitch’s, and Jay’s, so I vote them.

  • Gini Dietrich

    Your comment about being an Ella Fitzgerald fan made me LOL!

  • Dino Dogan

    You’re with me on that one right? Isn’t Mariah Carey’s singing predictably perfect? (er go boring). Ella is much more my cup of tea…

  • Mack Collier

    Thanks Mike, wow just happy to be a part of that group of smarties!

  • Ken Mueller

    awesome list. I know most of them, and those I don’t are getting visits from me right now so I can subscribe!

  • Mack Collier

    BTW have to say that of this list, my favorite is Convince and Convert. I admire Jay’s ability to put out consistently good content almost daily (admire Valeria Maltoni for the same reason), and plus Jay’s a helluva nice guy.

  • cat00001

    I am a total Lee Oden fan…he is so humble and generous. And of course his content is “toprank”

  • Javier Sosa

    Thank you Michael for such a list. SME is over the best of the bests.

  • Jason Keath


  • Carrie Corcoran

    Thank you for providing such a comprehensive list. I have added a lot of them to my feed and will check out the others shortly.

  • Jason Keath

    You are the man Tom. You always make me think. Congrats.

  • Juan Felix

    As far as I am concerned they all are winners. But, I know that there has to be one winner at the end. Great blog competitors. Definitely will bookmark them all. – Juan

  • Lee Odden

    That is very generous of you to say Catherine :) It’s a great list of very useful social media resources!

  • TimOtis

    Jay Baer, Convince and Convert all the way! When all other social media blogs are covering the same thing, Jay’s writing about something else – meaty and actionable.

  • Aaron Lee

    I see so many of my favorite blogs here! I am lucky I am not the one picking the winner :)

  • Kristi Hines

    I’m so excited to be listed here again, as well as seeing some of my favorites like Danny Brown, Social Mouths, Pushing Social, Convince & Convert.. all great sites with awesome content!

  • Francisco Rosales

    Very excited to make the finalists cut and big congrats to Kikolani, Stan from PushingSocial, Danny Brown and the rest of the list!

  • BWRick

    i can tell you ranking these blogs was very hard. Many of my personal favorites were on the list and I found a couple of amazing blogs I was not familiar with during the process. Obviously the results are subjective. Every one of these finalists fits my “must read” criteria.

  • Lisa Gerber

    Um hello? isn’t the Chief Content Officer, you know, in charge of the content? Why wouldn’t I take the credit?
    brand spankin’ new Chief Content Officer, spin sucks

  • Jeff Korhan

    Excellent grading criteria. Most of them are obvious, but I especially appreciate the fact that frequency and commitment are part of the equation.

  • Angie Schottmuller

    Nice list! There are a few I’ve never heard of before. (A Twitter list would make a follow audit a lot easier. =)

    I missed nominations, so I started thinking of who I’d nominate. I audited my Delicious bookmarks to see what blogs I bookmarked the most for “socialmedia” or “smm”.
    – Mashable
    – HubSpot
    – Jeff Bullas
    – Social Media Today
    – TopRank*
    – Brian Solis*
    – Social Media Examiner

    Hmm. Only 2* of my 7 top bookmarked blogs made the top nominations… That seems odd. Were there some exemption rules?

    Besides my top bookmarks, I love Convince & Convert and Reel SEO. Congrats to all the nominees! BTW, is there a special prize for these awesome bloggers? …Like an “I’ve been SM Examined” badge? 😉

  • Gini Dietrich

    I love Mark waaaaaaay more than Mariah Carey. So I’m totally with you on Ella.

  • Gini Dietrich


  • Gini Dietrich

    Dammit. I got your analogies mixed up. You compared Mark to Jay but Jay to Mariah Carey. Still. My comment stands. I love Jay, too.

  • Michael Brandvold

    Thank you so much! I am honestly overwhelmed that I made the list of finalists.

  • Dino Dogan

    no worries…all these guys are great and wouldn’t have been picked otherwise…some people prefer Mariah, some prefer Ella…different strokes and they’re all good :-)

  • Michael A. Stelzner

    Angie – Each person was only allowed one nomination. Most of the ones on your list never met the min. nomination requirements.

  • Angie Schottmuller

    Gotcha. No badges?

  • Ricardo Bueno

    Thanks guys (and gals), both honored and excited to be on the list of finalists with so many other great names and writers!

  • Lori

    I am also surprised that Mashable and HubSpot didn’t make the list. And, I am surprised that Chris Brogan and Social Media Examiner aren’t on the list. Well, there’s always next year.

    Sounds like I need to check out Convince and Convert, though.

  • Michael A. Stelzner

    Hi Lori,

    We are the hosts of the contest, so we are no allowed to be part of the list. Folks were only allowed one nomination and the others did not get enough nominations to become finalists (or were not even nominated)

  • Stanford @ PushingSocial

    This is a great way to start off the week! Everyone on the list is top notch and I”m stoked to have the Pushing Social community included among them. I’m especially to see some faces that I’ve grown to rely upon like Francisco – SocialMouths, Kristi – Kikolani, Jay – Convince and Convert, and Mark @ Grow. All stellar people with amazing insight. I can’t wait to get to know everyone else on the list.

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  • Friend adder elite

    Cheers to all the finalist and good luck. I hope you’ll get more encouraged to develop more. Congratulations!

  • MarkThomas1542

    You obviousl haven’t read Danny Brown’s blog then 😉

  • TimOtis

    Mark, sadly no. But now he’s been added to my blog roll! Thanks for the suggestion.

  • AJ

    WOW, looks like a fantastic Competition. So many awesome entries. Good luck all the finalists!

  • cjbruce

    Woohooo! ReelSEO Is the best!

  • wayneferris13

    Reel SEO all the way!! We direct our clients to Mark’s blog all the time… Go Reel SEO!!!

  • mar2chee

    A great list and a lot of great Bloggers!!! but ReelSEO gets my vote!

  • Christophor Rick

    Woo ReelSEO made the finalists list, I know we’re all stoked about that, I certain am! I’m glad one of my articles recently nabbed an AdAge link too :)

  • Nalts

    Go REELSEO!!! My fav. :)

  • Sufi

    How will you be able to statistically quantify both contextual based and non-topic related material? What are your operational definitions and how will you explain how one blog differs from the next? What ratios would you be using in order to determine the value of posts versus self-promotional material? Where can we see your actual statistical determination of this quality. Can this analysis be replicated? I would really like to know. I use linguistic and content analytical methods to quantify lexical density and readability including post-related material.

  • Catherine Read

    I think awards have their place and it’s good to get feedback from the consumers of the medium itself. I’m familiar with about half of these blogs, but the only one I read every day is Danny Brown. It’s nice to see him as a finalist. I can’t think of anyone who would care less about the adulation of the masses than Danny. His blog is a great example of focusing on excellence and letting the community form around the open exchange of ideas and opinions. He brings his best game and expects everyone else to do the same. He deserves the recognition.

  • QR Code Marketing

    Convince and convert gets my vote. Add them to the list!

  • James Edward Fisher

    results in yet?

  • CindyC

    this is a great blog! a breathe of fresh air! Keep up the good work!

  • Ztronics

    Thanks for sharing the list…

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  • social media monitoring

    Thanks Mike for these. Some of them i know but few them i will contact further. These is useful to me. 

  • Glen Harding

    Thanks, brilliant list. You may want to check out andrew warners and zak taylors – the blog for entrepreneurial minds

  • Josh Nova

    Excellent post that was, very informative, i appreciate it. Thanks for sharing such a nice information.

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    how can we participate the BLog contest 2012?  Thanks.

  • Pam Blackburn50

    I nominate Trust eMedia’s Blog because it’s full of great social media information. 

  • Trung Nguyen

    Thanks for listed these blogs, I’ll check them all

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  • RealEstate SEO

    I’ve been following you since I found this article. I learn a lot from the blogs listed here.

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