Finalists: Top 10 Social Media Blogs 2012

social media reviewsWe received over 570 nominations for our third-annual Top 10 Social Media Blogs contest (the blogosphere’s biggest contest for social media blogs).

The list of 20 finalists is pretty impressive! Take a look for yourself below.

The Judges: Our judges include Andy Sernovitz (author, Word of Mouth Marketing & CEO, SocialMedia.org), Rick Calvert (CEO, BlogWorld) and Michael Stelzner (CEO, Social Media Examiner & author, Launch). They are currently finishing up their reviews of these sites.
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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 and must have been nominated multiple times by multiple individuals. 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 questions and comments in the box below.

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About the Author, Cindy King

Cindy King is the director of editorial for Social Media Examiner. She spent 25 years abroad in international business development and then built her own international business from scratch by using social business networking. Other posts by »




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  • http://www.benlang.me/ Ben Lang

    Awesome blogs!

  • Rafael Reza

    wow ! Good Blogs !

  • Charlie

    Jeff Korhan’s blog is one of the best that I have seen. Rubber-meets-the-road kinds of applications. He has my vote!

  • Dragan Mestrovic

    We are very proud to be nominated between those great blogs. Many thanks to all of our supporters.

  • Contact

    Dragan Mestrovic deserves to win for inBlurbs- he has broken new ground with his blog !

  • http://www.ryanhanley.com/ Ryan Hanley

    These really are some of the Best marketing blogs on the Web… Congrats to all the finalists…

  • http://www.trustemedia.com Tracy Terry

    Wow!  We are honored to be among these awesome blogs!  Thank you to all our readers and supporters.  

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  • http://pedant.artoflivin.sk/ Martin

    I’m really proud and happy that we’re in! Big up for all the nominees and thanks to the bloggers for the posts

  • Michael_van_der_Galien

    Thank you so much for nominating Media Tapper! We’re honored to be nominated along with so many great blogs. 

    Thank you!

  • Andee81

    I love Trust eMedia’s blog!

  • http://www.AmyPorterfield.com Amy Porterfield

    So happy to see The Sales Lion on the list – one of my favorite blogs for sure.  Very informative – it’s obvious that Marcus Sheridan puts 110% in each post he writes!

  • http://www.socialbullets.com/ Social Bullets

    Well i really like reading Heidi Cohen and Inbound Marketing Spot Social Media blogs. Really helpful blogs i must say.

  • http://profiles.google.com/visit.moab.utah Moab Meeting & Events

    Heidi Cohen’s blog spoke to me, the others did not. 

  • http://twitter.com/MorganBarnhart Morgan Barnhart

    All excellent choices! They’re helpful in their own unique ways. Bravo on the choices! Good luck with the hard decision you have. ;)

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  • Christopher Roberts

    Forgive me if this sounds cranky, but: why are you doing this?  Why is it valuable to pick “winners” in a category like this, or to pretend there are objective criteria by which the community can say Blog X is the “best”?  Different blogs have different value to different people for varied reasons, many of which cannot be codified.  I think you should use your power and influence to expose readers to content and voices they might not otherwise find, rather than picking “winners” — and, by default, creating “losers”.  I love Social Media Examiner (it’s a daily read) but I don’t consider this a good use of your role as thought leaders.

    Respectfully,
    Christopher Roberts

  • lcsharp

    So many great blogs out there!  Likeable has been on my list of industry favorites for a while but I’m also really enjoying Pushing Social!  Good luck to all the nominees.

  • http://LibertyAvenger.com/ Liberty Avenger

    Wow!! So honored that our blog at Hubze is on this list!!

  • http://ImpartialGeek.com David Foster

    Awesome!!! Thanks to all that voted!!! We are happy to be among the list!

  • http://www.postplanner.com/ Scott Ayres

    Hey!!! Hubze made the list!! We are so appreciative of this guys!! 

  • Marcus Sheridan

    insert visual of Marcus smiling somewhere in Virginia here;-)

  • http://DavidTomen.com/ DavidTomen

    I vote for hubze!

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  • Rosemary Canning

    Likeable has…the likeability factor!  Great insight and great in terms of its layout and creative look and feel, – which seems to be an overlooked element in the judging criteria.  Jeff Korhan, however, comes in a very close second.

  • Cindy Murphy

    Love this list.  Thanks for sharing. 

  • Heidi Cohen

    Thank you so much for being nominated along with these other great blogs! Most of all thank you to our readers and supporters. Happy marketing, Heidi Cohen

  • http://www.velocitydigital.co.uk/blog-social Mike McGrail

    Well done to the finalists! I’m sad my blog The Social Penguin (http://www.thesocialpenguinblog.com) didn’t make it this year, it’s bigger and better than ever. Is it possible to get feedback from the judges?

    Good luck to the finalists! 

  • http://twitter.com/viralblog ViralBlog

    Awesome list!
    Those about to die salute you… we are extremely happy to be nominated!

    Muchas gracias!
    Igor Beuker

  • http://www.flybluekite.com/ Laura Click

    Thrilled to see @twitter-92096544:disqus at the @thesaleslion:twitter and Stanford Smith at @pushingsocial:twitter on the list! They are two of my favorites for sure. Way to go, guys!

  • http://stay-blessed1.blogspot.com/ Asma Khan

    Listed blogs are really awesome…

  • http://twitter.com/RodneyPike Rodney Pike

    Go Media Tapper!

  • http://www.velocitydigital.co.uk/blog-social Mike McGrail

    Jeff Bullas deserves to make the top 10, consistently great and useful posts and a really nice fella to boot. 

  • http://www.MarketingBytes.biz/ Alison D. Gilbert

    Congratulations to our founder, Basil Puglisi and to my fellow contributing authors (there are about a dozen of us) at Digital Brand Marketing Education Blog digitalbrandmarketing.com. Let’s go all the way to WINNER!

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/ Michael A. Stelzner

    Hey Christopher,

    Thanks for your constructive feedback, I appreciate it.  We ask for nominations and have judges subjectively analyze. We have been doing this for years.  I think the prospect of discovering new awesome blogs outweighs any negative perceptions of their being losers.  You may disagree, but many folks find this very valuable and I know the winners have great advantages.

  • Christopher Roberts

    Michael,

    You’re very kind to respond, and I do agree that the nomination process is a great discovery tool for those of us who follow the comments and discussion, even if the final stage of the process — anointing winners — leaves me cold.  I think there’s an important difference between acting as a curator and acting as a judge.  But, hey, these are relatively minor differences of opinion.  (And, for the record, I read and like many of the blogs you’ve short-listed.)

    Thanks for this site, and thanks for “Launch”!

    Christopher

  • http://www.MarketingBytes.biz/ Alison D. Gilbert

    I would like to congratulate all the other semi-finalists in this competition. In addition, I would like to thank, Basil Puglisi, the founder of our blog, Digital Brand Marketing, and all of the other outstanding contributing authors who write for DBME.

  • Melissa

    I think this ranking does add value in that it exposes SME readers to other content sources.  I have enjoyed Sales Lion and Marketing Tech Blog.

  • teachsocial

    I hope to some day be on this list. 

  • Monique

    Jeff Bullas – he’s the man!

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  • http://www.mysocialagency.com/our-social-blog Muhammad Uzair

    Good to see My Social Agency’s social blog here. Thank you everyone who nominated us.

  • http://about.me/sookieshuen Sookie Shuen

    Good luck all! :)

  • Dragan Mestrovic

    Hi Michael, I think every blog which has been submitted is a winner. Every blogger is a winner who loves what he does. Everybody who follows Social Media Examiner is a winner. There are no losers here  [exempt those who do not blog :) )]! In my opinion it is a great success to be submitted for this contest. There are no losers in the blogosphere.
    I love this contest no matter who gets into the TOP 10. It’s funny to be a part of it. :)

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    NIce!!!

  • Prashant Sonar

    Excellent choice some of this blog has helped me to improve my blog marketing skills. Congrats to all

  • http://www.contentmasteryguide.com Linda Dessau

    I’m a big fan of Jeff Korhan – and his blog. Good luck to all of the finalists!

  • http://twitter.com/ljbianchi Laurens Bianchi

    GO VIRALBLOG!!!!

  • http://www.spiderworking.com/ Amanda Webb

    I’m delighted that we made the cut, with so many other great blogs, I’m going to look forward to reading all the finalists blogs in the future.

  • http://www.mysocialagency.com/ MySocialAgency

    Thanks loads to everyone who voted for us. Fingers crossed :-)  @mark_3000:twitter 

  • http://www.mysocialagency.com/ MySocialAgency

    And its a great opportunity to update my RSS feeds. The couple of these blogs I have read off the list look really sharp. Good luck everyone :) ………. Also, to go off topic. Why not have the one side of the competition as above, but then we could also get involved in a tequila shooter comp. for a secondary reward. What does everyone think? I warn you, we at MSA would be very confident of winning ;-)

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  • http://twitter.com/SokoOnTheRadio Jen Soko ッ

    I’m excited to see @Splashmedialp on there! I find that I get the most useful and up to date information from Splash Media.  It’s helpful to small businesses that I help operate and in the radio industry tremendously!

  • Renay San Miguel

    Thanks very much to Social Media Examiner for including our Splash Media blog on this list; congrats and good luck to the other nominees! 

  • Basil C. Puglisi

    Very humbled to have dbmei.com as part of this list. Digital Brand Marketing Education is fueled by our contributors passion to learn and share, the transformation in 2011 from a personal blog to a non-profit source for learning was more rewarding then I could have ever imagine. Setting an expectation to use sources in our articles to make our authors better professionals and provide our readers with supporting content was well received.

    It should be noted that some of our articles have cited sources directly from fellow nominees  Bundle Post, Heidi Cohen, Likeable Media and even a few times from Social Media Examiner. Having valuable facilitators like you all makes this fun, exciting and rewarding!

    Special thanks to my fellow authors, you inspire me with every question, comment and post!

    Follow them on Twitter! Joy Lynskey, Craig Yaris, Jeff Ogden, Monique Merhige, William Corbett, Jr., Louise DiCarlo, Laurinda Handlik , John Lasurdo, Vanessa Canner, Leigh Egan, Megan H and follow @dbmei

    Thanks a bunch! Basil C. Puglisi

  • http://twitter.com/SplashMediaU Splash Media U

    We are so excited to have our @SplashMediaLP parent blog on this list! Great to be in the Splash Family! Good things to come in 2012! 

  • Joseph Ruiz

    Great short list here.  I particularly enjoy @caaa3b9eecc36cc303c17eeb33e0358e:disqus blog. Always great insight and information a real winner from my perspective.

  • Heidi Cohen

    Thank you so much Joe! I appreciate the shout out. Happy marketing, Heidi Cohen

  • http://xeeme.com/mqt Michael Q Todd

    Gutted to miss out but…There is always next year! I support Jeff Bullas’s blog

  • http://www.i95dev.com/ecommerce-magento Henry Louis

    Oh! Nice informative blogs. These are very helpful to me. I am eagerly waiting to know about the winners. Thanks for sharing this post.

  • Tasneem Najjar

    AMAZING!

  • Steve

    What a GREAT resource! LOVED reading through the list of finalists and discovering blogs that I wasn’t familiar with and of course seeing that Jeff Korhan, one of my favorite social media green industry bloggers is on the list. Bravo!

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  • http://www.mysocialagency.com/ MySocialAgency

    Yeah there are some really great blogs here. Our impartial vote would also go to Jeff Korhan.

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  • Brianbraker

    Once again, Cindy you have come through with a great list of Blogs. I look forward to some reading.

  • http://twitter.com/seonow MB Consulting NJ

    Really enjoyed Heidi Cohen Blog Post on 2012 Extreme Marketing Predictions.Very interesting!!

  • heidicohen

    Thank you so much — We promise to keep serving more useful content in 2012! Happy marketing, Heidi Cohen

  • Dragan Mestrovic

    @Cindy King  thanks for your Like :)

  • Nives Mestrovic

    All bloggers are winners! I especially love inblurbs!!!

  • Debweinstein

    What a useful and enlightening list of world-leading, SM
    bloggers. I read and learn from many of them everyday. Thank you and
    congratulations @SocialMediaExaminer and @CindyKing for curating this enlightening reading list. Good luck in choosing only one!

     

    Of all of them Heidi Cohen’s Marketing blog is the one I
    interact and engage with most. Her info is clear and informative and I always
    learn something important, useful and actionable in both a strategic and tactical
    way.  A SM Prof at Rutgers and 24/7
    entrepreneur in NYC, Heidi gives SO generously of her thought leadership that
    some might think a large team functions and ghosts her blog. Nope, she does it
    all herself, with joy and passion.

     

    Sincere and engaging, Heidi, invited me to her NYC home
    the last time I visited the city, with my daughter, and she’s the real deal.
    Friendly not snotty, knowledgeable and eager to share.

     

    We practitioners say that social is all about
    creating  meaningful relationships,
    that’s why I’m SO PRoud to woot for Heidi in this competition of
    champions.  

  • Debw

    What a useful and enlightening list of world-leading, SM
    bloggers. I read and learn from many of them everyday. Thank you and
    congratulations @SocialMediaExaminer and @CindyKing for curating this enlightening reading list. Good luck in choosing only one!

     

    Of all of them Heidi Cohen’s Marketing blog is the one I
    interact and engage with most. Her info is clear and informative and I always
    learn something important, useful and actionable in both a strategic and tactical
    way.  A SM Prof at Rutgers and 24/7
    entrepreneur in NYC, Heidi gives SO generously of her thought leadership that
    some might think a large team functions and ghosts her blog. Nope, she does it
    all herself, with joy and passion.

     

    Sincere and engaging, Heidi, invited me to her NYC home
    the last time I visited the city, with my daughter, and she’s the real deal.
    Friendly not snotty, knowledgeable and eager to share.

     

    We practitioners say that social is all about
    creating  meaningful relationships,
    that’s why I’m SO PRoud to woot for Heidi in this competition of
    champions.  

  • heidicohen

    Wow—I’m honored! Thank you so much Deb! Happy marketing, Heidi Cohen

  • nixdminx eva keogan

    Great reading list for the day to day developments in our fast moving world of social media, I look forward to seeing who wins this close contest

  • tracysestili

    When will the winners be announced?

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  • heidicohen

    Glad you found our content useful. Happy marketing, Heidi Cohen

  • heidicohen

    Thank you for your support! Happy marketing, Heidi Cohen

  • http://www.digitaleyemedia.com/ Sasha Jones

    Great List

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  • Skipper_holmes

    Nice honor and well deserved.  You are one of my most “best” guiding lights in this world of online journalism!  Whenever I’m feeling stuck (e.g. fuzzed out!) I can always turn to your blogs for creative ideas.  YOU ROCK! 
    Skipper

    @skipperholmes:disqus .com

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  • Jehan Cruz

    ferte

  • Leslie Neiss

    I’m really pleased with the information I gather from Heidi Cohen’s marketing blog.  It’s now my go-to blog as I  build my online presence.  I love the fact that people are willing to give of their time to share their knowledge and experience with the rest of us.  Thank you!  

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  • http://techniciablog.blogspot.in/2012/01/is-e-mail-out-and-social-media-in.html Rahul Roy

    Great list of blog, nice to see Media Tapper there..

  • http://www.redfoxmagazine.com/ RedFox Magazine

    I will try my best to gain top 10 position next year for the social media award..

  • http://tapnet.com/ Tapnet

    I like your guide and the way you guide is awesome
    Thanks for sharing this post(Top Social media sites)

  • http://entrepreneurweek.com/ Technology

    Wonderful list of blogs! I was too looking for such compiled list since a long time and at last I found it here. Your list would be very helpful for me. I’ve recently started blog writing work.

  • http://tapnet.com/ Tapnet

    Cool list of Top social media blogs of 2012
    Thanks for sharing

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  • http://www.getsocialeyes.com/ Social Media Company

    Congrats to the finalists!

  • http://www.venturerepublic.net/services/ Khakwani

    Awesome dude. Thanks for the list 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EYUHCM4WAMADG7GPWOF33ZHP3Y Ashley

    i like the article a lot. written with wits and specialty. it is unique.

    maha lakshmi

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  • Jennifer Illustre

    Thanks for coming up with a list of the best online advisers for social media ever! Us readers could only win.

  • http://www.casinoenlared777.com/ Martin Trullet

     Amazing Blogs!

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