social media case studiesWe received over 300 nominations for our seventh-annual Top 10 Social Media Blogs contest (the blogosphere’s biggest contest for social media blogs)!

As in the past, the list of 20 finalists has some returning reader favorites and some new titles for our judges to consider.

The Judges

Our judges include Ann Handley (chief content officer for MarketingProfs, author of the book Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content and co-author of the best-selling Content Rules), Darren Rowse (founder of and author of ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income) and Neal Schaffer (founder of Maximize Social Business and author of three books including Maximize Your Social).

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Read on to find out if your favorite social media blog is a finalist.

2016 blog contest finalists

Explore the finalists for 2016’s Top 10 Social Media Blogs.

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. This is the most important criterion.
  • Frequency of posts: Blogs that feature multiple posts per week will score higher. This is a sign of the blogger’s commitment to blogging.
  • 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.
  • Blog ranking: The number of other blogs that link to the nominated blog shows the value of the content. 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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Finalists for Social Media Examiner’s Top 10 Social Media Blog Contest 2016.

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  • Awesome list Lisa. I personally follow some o the above listed blogs.

  • LisaDJenkins

    That’s great to hear. Thanks for sharing.

  • Christoph Trappe

    Thank you for including The Authentic Storytelling Project.

  • LisaDJenkins

    The thanks go to our readers, they were responsible for all nominations!

  • It’s time to check out and follow few of those blogs from the list, which I’m not already following. This kind of Top 10 is always a good thing to read and explore further.

  • LisaDJenkins

    I agree, Dan! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Angel Clark

    great list!

  • Erik Leist

    This is great! Absolutely love The Authentic Storytelling Project, glad to see it made the top 20!

  • Christoph Trappe

    Thanks, Erik!

  • Thank you thank you thank you!! It’s great to see some new blogs nominated!

  • Awesome list. Will start follow all of them soon

  • Dorien Morin-van Dam

    Honored to see my More In Media blog on this list – for the first time! 🙂 Thank you!

  • Rebekah Radice

    Thank you, thank you, thank you SME, Lisa, Ann, Darren and Neal. What an unbelievable honor to make it to the finalists list for a 2nd year in a row!!

  • Great job Dorien!

  • Rebekah Radice

    Congratulations Dorien!

  • Rebekah Radice

    Hooray Peg! Congratulations!

  • Wow! Just thank you so much! My blog so happy to be on this list! ?

  • Having you as a blogging partner makes blogging better, @re@rebekahradice:disqus!

  • Congrats @dorienmorinvandam

  • Dan Zarzycki

    Hooray for Authentic Storytelling! Glad to see it on the list!

  • Christoph Trappe

    Thanks, Dan.

  • That is a list everyone should subscribe to. They are all worthy of being finalists and should be winners as well. Crossing fingers.. Great list there, Lisa.

  • Jessie Mak

    Thank you for sharing those wonderful blogs. >3

  • Álvaro Veiros

    Great to see sharepop amongst the finalists.
    Keep up the awesome work.

  • I am happy to see SharePop on the list! 🙂

  • Thank you very much for this list. it is really awesome.

  • treb072410

    Great post Lisa.. Thanks for sharing the list..

  • Always a pleasure Lisa.

  • Congratulations to everyone on this list. I follow many of these so it’s great to see so many familiar names and brands here. Good luck to everyone and thanks for doing what you do!

  • Thanks for the list! I follow most of them but it’s awesome to see some new ones that I haven’t caught on my radar yet! Great job compiling them.

  • Mike Farrell

    Very excited to be included in such a great list! Best of luck to everyone.

  • Yay Donna!!!

  • Ignite visibility for the win! Great list of blogs

  • Thanks for sharing such an informative article….

  • Katie Lance

    I am very honored to be included – thank you so much!

  • Awesome list! Glad to see some of my favorite blogs are on here! Thanks for the Sprout Love!

  • Brilliant list: thank you for all the hard work: I have included all those VIP blogs into my RSS feed reader: thank you to Social Media Examiner for this important contribution!

  • Ibrahim Saleem

    A perfect contest to find out best social media blogs and valuable content on social-media. Can’t wait for results for too long!