It’s time to open up nominations for our 2nd annual Top 10 Social Media Blogs contest—the blogosphere’s biggest contest for social media blogs.

I’m looking for your nomination for the Top 10 Social Media Blogs. The winners will be promoted in our 48,000-reader newsletter and announced here.

How to Nominate

Please make a single nomination by commenting below and include why you like the blog (only your first nomination counts). Be sure to include a link to the blog.

To make the cut, a blog must be nominated more than onceMake your nomination by 1/5/2011.

The Judges: Our judges include David Armano (Edelman), Debbie Weil (author, The Corporate Blogging Book) and Rick Calvert (CEO, BlogWorld).

Winners will be selected based on the quality of their posts, the frequency of their posts, reader involvement and their blog’s ranking (in that order).  Think part readers-choice and part Oscars.

The winners will be announced here in January and also in our newsletter. Click here to see our 2010 top 10 blog contest winners. Note that the decisions will be made by an objective third-party panel.

Go ahead and enter your nomination right now in the box below and be sure to let your friends know about this contest.

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  • I nominate social media today ( Their topics are always great, they post often and their headlines rock! I retweet almost everything these people write. Great authors too.

  • Mike Sansone because among many contributions to bloggers, “search once and subscribe,” hellooooo. And, because he cares enough to give it all away.

  • I nominate Jason Falls blog, because he keeps it real and provides social media strategies and tactics that actually work

  • No nonsense approach and takes a different angle on a lot of topics.

  • When I am looking for an answer about Social Media I go to one of two places

    1. Spin Sucks (
    2. Social Median Today

    My experience with both of them is that, their content is trustable and way outside the “clutter of the ordinary”. You will always get a reply to you any response that you leave on their site. That’s why they are the best there is!

  • Folks, keep in mind that only your first nomination counts

  • I nominate Jason Baer’s blog at because it is useful, intelligent, and constantly providing an easy-to-comprehend perspective on social media trends and marketing. His site is the FIRST resource I recommend for anyone curious about what social media can do for your company and how to do it well.

  • I wish to nominate myself, but I cant which is sad to me. However I do have a good friend of mines who has took marketing to another level this year.. Mars Dorian –

  • home grown (UK) blog with an often refreshing fluff free view.

  • I nominate because this blog continually is setting an amazing example of what it means to be “social”. They write interactive and informative posts & display quality video. Along with answering the questions that most of us in the industry as asking, they tap into the most relevant issues surrounding the social media climate and engage with the reader in a unique way. This blog is a staple in my daily diet and I believe they are setting the bar higher for all of us.

  • I nominate Dan Zarrella ( for his work in social media science. He’s got great data to share, and makes it easy to understand and learn from.

  • I think that over the last 6 months Kristi Hines of has produced topical content and ideas that can influence Marketing Managers….From a UK perspective

  • Hey Keri! Thanks for the nomination (and the wonderful praise!), but we’re not in the running as we are host of the competition.

  • My vote is for Kristi Hines and Kikolani at Love the blog – and especially love the resources Kristi shares with us each week.

  • Thanks Whiskey Chick. I appreciate the shout out.

  • I’m going to weigh in for Stanford Smith at Pushing Social ( Always topical, not afraid to tackle big issues. Prolific. Interesting. Useful.

  • Alisonmcgrail

    The Social Media Penguin Blog gets my vote! Takes the time to research what they talk about so is always reliable, plus they get great interviews from interesting people!

  • So many to choose from but I will have to go with – Great Insight, thorough Analysis, and very actionable information. Always a great resource with every single post.

  • Tom Webster’s blog – – is my favorite by far. Tom is a brilliant marketer and he always publishes high caliber, thoughtful content. The comments are usually just as good as the content, which is the hallmark of a quality blog in my opinion.

  • gaultwellness

    I would like to nominate Ken Mueller’s Blog – Ken displays day in and day out what local social media is all about. He lives and breathes it. As they say, he is the real deal! I also believe he is making a difference in his community with is daily efforts using social media.

  • Rob Ainbinder

    I’ll nominate @ignitesma blog

  • edmannonpercussion

    I’d like to nominate Deb Ng, specifically for but also generally for all she’s done in the blogging community.

  • Rob – Can you reply with the URL

  • Jai

    I nominate which is a daily read for a large social media and guest blogging community.

  • Thanks Jay! I appreciate your vote (nomination) of confidence 🙂

  • Sarah Atkinson

    Jay Bayer’s Blog. Great at taking social media and relating it to real life events and experiences. Always relevant and insightful.

  • Since Jay Baer’s excellent Convince and Convert is already on the board – I’m going to nominate @Unmarketing – Advice always wins hearts and minds 🙂

  • I nominate which is a french social media blog by one of the most respected personality in Canada.

  • Kaitlyn Yeager

    I’d like to nominate, which is a blog by two young journalists chronicling their experiences in the field. They make great use of social media both within the blog and to support/drive traffic through Facebook and Twitter. They have a lot of multimedia content and aren’t afraid to experiment.

  • I nominate Brand Camp
    It challenges me to think less about buzz, hype and flash in the pan marketing, and more about creating tangible and sustainable value. More importantly, it cracks me up consistently.

  • I nominate “Business or Pleasure? – why not both” for given a 360-degree view to social media and its surrounding world

  • Jennifer These two women not only run their own social media consulting agency, in their “spare time” they spread motivation and inspiration all over the interwebs. They’re the kick in the ass you may not even have known you needed.

  • Why thank-ya 🙂

  • I would also like to nominate Kristi, her blog is very useful and well thought out

  • With so many social media orientated blogs taking themselves so seriously it’s always great to read stuff that is informative but funny too. It’s not afraid to tackle tough issues either.

  • If I could, I’d nominate Social Media Examiner because it’s a one stop shop for everything I need to know to stay on top of social media trends, strategies and tactics.

    But since I cannot nominate SME, I will instead nominate Kristi Hines’ excellent blog Kikolani Kristi’s Friday mashup posts are a comprehensive review of top stories in social media and always lead me to useful content that expands my thinking and my knowledge.

  • Lee Odden and of course!

  • Social Media Examiner is really my #1 choice too. You guys rock!

    My official nomination is for Windmill Networking:

  • greeblemonkey

    Very hard to choose as well – but I also nominate Brian Solis – so much informative data analysis!

  • greeblemonkey

    (P.S. This blog is really great too, thanks for all your hard work!)

  • Todd Lyden

    I’d like to nominate the tag team of Amber and Tamsen over at Brass Tack Thinking:
    They have done some fabulous stuff this year. Never regurgitate but often retweeted. Someone else nominate them so they can get into the mix!

  • At the moment I’d probably say Danny Brown – always prepared to say what he thinks

  • Ellen Britt Ed.D.

    I nominate Denise Wakeman whose blog has plenty of social media marketing advice I can’t live without!

  • I’m with Mel on this one—Lee Odden and because it researches and provides some of the more technical aspects of social media, such as SEO. Otherwise I would nominate Social Media Examiner because I visit daily!

  • I nominate and also like what the guys over at although much of their content is via podcast. Also love

    Oh my can I pick 3?

  • I would like to nominate TSN blog written by DJ Heckes. This blog carries so many great marketing concepts in all social media sites along with how to break away from the marketing standards and become an innovator in your industry.

    All her tips can relate to not only small businesses but huge Corporations. She is a leader in her industry and strives to stay an innovator. I am looking forward to her posting her 26 tips of how to use good content for your Facebook on January 27th.

    Make sure to check this blog out!!

  • Denise Wakeman is my nomination Denise is a highly skilled social media strategist. Her posts are always filled with timely, straightforward information that can be implemented quickly. Denise’s programs produce measurable results and provide strong foundations for small business owners to gain on line visibility and social media confidence. If you do what she suggests, you will build a better blog.

  • I nominate due to their current content and their interaction with their followers is superior.

  • Jprozsa

    I nominate NEWS: From the Field. for their energy in spreading the word of social media to up and coming journalists.

  • Olson

    Saying It Social is the best source of which I’m aware that offers hope to struggling franchise owners in need of cost-effective social media marketing services. Saying It Social spells out the need for small business owners to have an Internet presence, so they can be found by people searching for their services and/or products.

  • Jmcourville user friendly and for everyone

  • Heather Turner

    I nominate Jason Baer’s blog at http://www.convinceandconvert…./ even more awesome then Seth Godin

  • I nominate because of its great content, impressive reach, valuable case studies, and clean site. It’s easy to find info and share what you like.

  • deannamcneil

    Only *one* nomination? Aww Michael, you make it so hard 🙂 Scott Stratten has my vote

    He has demonstrated a whole different level of social in marketing…or is that life?

  • Great suggestion here. Kristi Hines will get my vote to. A really smart cookie from Mississippi. She really represent a lot of the great values of Social Media and don’t hesitate share great info with us.

    Keep up rockin with Kristi Hines at

    Cheers.. Are

  • Amanda Wernick

    I second that nomination! Always great content!

  • Dart

    I’d like to nominate News: From the Field The blog is created by 2 lovely individuals that are up and comers in the journalism world. The blog is about the different experiences they come across in the field of journalism. They really know where the world of journalism is heading in regards to social media and they continue to be on top of it. The co-creators, Kelly and Megan, are witty, funny and best of all… intelligent! Skip all of the cookie cutter blogs and come enjoy News: From the Field.

  • I recommend
    There are a lot of updates and tips about social media, products, etc.

  • I would like to nominate edSocialMedia ( for exploring the role of social media in education. (In full disclosure – I am a contributor but there are many wonderful authors for this blog).

  • Julieross_1982

    I would like to nominate the Social Penguin Blog – It’s nice to see a small independent blog from the UK. I always check it for guidance on social media and marketing.

  • yusufchowdhury

    I would like to nominate Jennifer Linnell Fong –

  • Reoyne Cook

    I nominate DJ Heckes with FullBrainMarketing her blog features a strategic approach to social media.

  • I would like to nominate Full BRAIN Marketing blog written by DJ Heckes. This blog carries so many great marketing concepts in all social media sites along with how to break away from the marketing standards and become an innovator in your industry.

    All her tips can relate to not only small businesses but huge Corporations. She is a leader in her industry and strives to stay an innovator. I am looking forward to her posting her 26 tips of how to use good content for your Facebook on January 27th.

    Make sure to check this blog out!!

  • JeffSexton

    OK, knowing that SME is out of the competition as the host, I’m going to throw out a wild card nomination that, when you think about it, makes a lot of sense. I nominate While he certainly doesn’t limit himself to SM topics, the content he does produce is outstanding and dramatically different than (often better than) anything else out there.

  • I agree with Keri, not only because we share the same name but because what she wrote is totally accurate. I’ve copied and pasted her nomination in my post because I am short on time. I nominate http://www.socialmediaexaminer…/ because this blog continually is setting an amazing example of what it means to be “social”. They write interactive and informative posts & display quality video. Along with answering the questions that most of us in the industry as asking, they tap into the most relevant issues surrounding the social media climate and engage with the reader in a unique way. This blog is a staple in my daily diet and I believe they are setting the bar higher for all of us.

  • Thanks, Joe!

  • My vote goes for Deb Ng’s Kommein While many focus on tactics, Deb takes a step back and forces you to ask the tough questions – Why? Who? Where? What? – and she doesn’t shy away from difficult topics.

  • I too want to put a vote in for Deb Ng and
    Deb is an amazing community manager, social media maven, and all around an enthusiastic banner waver for social networking.

  • Inthebuff

    I also nominate Deb Ng from Deb is unbelievably gifted and committed to networking and helping others.

  • I would like to nominate Writer is my team mate Syed. He is a SMC editorial team member.

  • Guest

    I nominate Jay Baer’s blog: His posts are always well-researched, and he usually manages to throw in a hilarious metaphor.

  • All of the above are amazing sites. My vote goes to Mack Collier He creates great discussion, is very much engaged with his readers and his content is supremely timely and helpful.

  • Mack Collier

    Thanks Jonathan! And thanks to everyone else for sharing what they like about their favorite blogs, shows me what I need to be working on 😉

  • Neicole Crepeau

    I nominate Mark Schaefer’s {grow} blog, Mark combines insightful and useful information, with posts about his personal soul-searching as spurred by his social media work. His community is amazingly engaged. His is one of the blogs I ALWAYS read.

  • Mark Schaefer

    Thanks Neicole. Very kind of you. While we’re on here I’ll second Baer’s nomination for @pushingsocial. Love the stuff Stan is doing.

  • I’d like to nominate

  • I nominate Mark Schaeffer’s blog {Grow} ( because of it’s great insights and no marketing fluff, kool-aid and BS

  • I second that nomination!

  • I don’t know about that, but I love your enthusiasm Heather! Thank you.

  • I’m all about the metaphor. Not always hilarious, but I try. I basically stole my shtick from Dennis Miller and Bill Bryson. I’m glad you like it Jake!

  • Good one. Mack kicks ass.

  • I almost nominated Mark too, and am so glad you did. One of the blogs that really makes me think.

  • Damn. That’s two votes for Schaefer? Now I have to compete against him too in this thing? You guys are killing my chances! 😉

  • Thanks, Buff!

  • Thank you, Lara!

  • Thank so much, Andy!

  • So many great ones to choose from. I nominate a very niche social media blog, Dose of Digital, which focuses on the pharma industry. Since it is so niche, it will probably be hard for it to compete against mainstream social media blogs, but they provide constant information that is relevant to pharma’s growing use and interest in social media. Plus, the Dose of Digital wiki, which is part of the blog, is top notch at keeping track of pharma’s involvement with social media. I refer to the wiki frequently and also often submit entries (and Jonathan is very quick at updating the wiki).

  • Mika Niemi

    Hej, I’d like to nominate a fairly new blog, the that has started off brilliantly with some epic posts, such as and Love’em!

  • For Social Media News down under you cant go past

    Up to date news and info for Australian small and medium business owners presented… daily

  • I’d like to nominate Ricardo Bueno’s blog:

  • Nancy Cawley Jean

    So many blogs to choose from! I of course love you guys,, but other faves include Spin Sucks
    I also have to give props to other faves: Danny Brown, Jay Baer, Arik Hanson, so many blogs, so little time!

  • Elyse

    I nominate Mark Schaeffer’s blog {Grow} ( for its consistently thought-provoking and interesting content. This blog is the most “retweetable” in my Reader. I look forward to it everyday.

  • Why thank you Debbie 🙂 You rock!

  • I nominate GannettLocal’s Local Marketing Made Simple blog ( because it reports on successful case studies, latest trends, and is updated daily with solid content.

  • Jonathan

    I’ll put in yet another nomination for Deb Ng at In a field where the vast majority of self-proclaimed experts talk incessantly about how great they are, Deb takes a decidedly different and vastly more useful tack: she simply is excellent, and lets her advice and her community-building skills speak for themselves.

  • The one to follow is the penguin ( of course, because only a penguin can tell you all you really need to know about social media and in a way which is easy to follow and fun to read! 🙂

  • Mike Bailey

    I nominate SME!!!

  • Thank you, Jonathan!

  • Huge thanks for the nominations guys, very humbling indeed. I never thought the social media world would accept a Penguin but I have made many friends and these nominations have brought an icy tear to my bespectacled Penguin eye. Every blog mentioned here is great, I read them all and learn so much. Lots of Love from Dave the Social Penguin x

  • Bobby Smith

    I nominate ( It’s fun!

  • There’s a lot of great social media sites out there, and even more not-so great ones. If you’re just getting started, it’s hard to discern between them. That’s why I’m nominating Ricardo Bueno’s blog:

    Because he cuts through the BS, gives you the foundations of effective social media practice, and helps the newbie get off to a great start.

  • Awww thank you! Can’t wait to see you. Coming to visit soon! 🙂

  • A special thank you all the way from Portugal!

  •! If I have a question about social media, blogging, WordPress design, I check out what Kristi Hines’ has to say about it first. I’ve shared this resource with my team and with clients. Kikolani is the essential daily must read.

  • I nominate Jay Baer’s Convince and Convert blog. Right-on, relevant topics, recommendations, it’s always a learning experience. I’m rallying the #yyj troops.

  • Absolutely, hands down — Social Media Examiner — — you guys and gals rock!

  • Colleen McKernan Streetman This social media blog is witty, smart and entertaining. Kelly and Megan take you with them as they report from the field. These two are terrific, if you haven’t checked them out yet, you definitely should.

  • x3 on!

  • Jennifer

    John Jantsch Duct Tape Marketing Blog at

  • I nominate Rachel Levy @Bostonmarketer Her blog always has useful up to date information for the social media enthusiast!

  • Professional networker Tom Laine has a awesome blog

  • I nominate , not only because Kate is an experienced Marketing woman with strong understanding on the B2B industry, but because of her passion to Social Marketing, her humor, unique point of view, writing style and insights that make you think again about things, from other perspectives.

  • Thank you so much Ady. I’m proud to have been nominated by you.

  • Tom Laine

    Thanks, appreciate it! It’s a new one, but trying to find points, tools and numbers that others haven’t yet… Some new and innovative social media tools under review soon.

  • Social Steve

    Mark Schaefer’s blog – always educational, humanized, and great insights.

  • I nominate This is a completely new blog but it revolves around a very innovative social media concept, so it is definitely worth checking out.

  • Hello Michael. My nomination is as it talks about a really exciting technology with great potential; it is completely going to change the way we surf the Internet in general and consumer content in particular. Please do check it out.

  • I nominate the Social Media Examiner’s blog ( They provide outstanding information and I find myself retweeting their articles very regularly. They also have a wonderfully fun layout! So besides having great content, they also a fun to look at!

  • pob

    I nominate great content for young entrepreneurs.

  • I agree that Mark Schaefer deserves a nomination for {grow}. And, I’d like to add Mitch Joel’s Six Pixels of Separation – – to the discussion as well. Not only is his written content intelligent and thought-provoking, his podcasts feature discussions on relevant topics with true industry thought leaders.

    Laurel Miltner (@laurelmackenzie)

  • I second this nomination! Excellent content in a niche market, with great collaboration and discussions. (I’m also a contributor.)

  • Jay Baer is the best.

  • Sini Stjernswärd Ross

    I would like to nominate Lee Aase of Mayo Clinic with his blog: SMUG – Social Media University, Global. Lee has done a wonderful job of leading a very conservative industry into this new frontier. The lessons that i have learned from him have served me well in other vertical markets. Thank you Lee for all that you do!
    Here is the link:

  • Also Mari Smith is also the best her fanpage ROCKS Facebook should pay her to be their help desk

  • Jmath

    I really like It covers the intersection of search, social media, content strategy and content marketing.

  • Thanks Brenda. And thanks to all of my YYJ peeps!

  • Thanks Lori. You’re pretty darn swell yourself.

  • Jay thanks for adding Pushing Social – I didn’t know this one and love it! Just finished listening to Stan’s video on writing Spectacular Posts and want more 🙂

  • Thank you Jay. You truly have the MOST ORIGINAL thoughts out there. Your blog posts are fantastic and I’d say you think outside the box – but I think you’d reply “what box”. You personify everything I want to be when I “grow up:. Keep up the great work and I’m going to take the time to participate at your blog, not just share your thoughts but add value where I can. Thank you for being YOU.

  • You bet. He would be an excellent addition to SME too. Stan is the real deal.

  • Hey Antonio, thanks for sharing the link to Mars Dorian although I’m not sure it’s a social media blog. Just read several great articles there and added it to my Google Reader.

  • Sincerely my pleasure, Lori.

    I’ll tell you my secret. The less precious and special you treat social media, the more you’re able to see the parallels and correlations between social media and a lot of other stuff, marketing and otherwise. It’s not about being good at social media. It’s about being good at business because of social media.

    I’m a businessman first. Marketer second. Social marketer third. Always in that order. Keeping that focus helps me “connect the dots” more easily.

  • pearcat

    I nominate for their expert knowledge in social media and for presenting relevant content in a logical, readable, and engaging fashion. Everything I’ve learned about social media, I’ve learned from socialmediaexaminer.

  • Cristina Puig

    I nominate …. for they knowledge of how companies can face the web 2.0 era.

  • wagnerwrites

    I’d like to nominate Social Media Design by Lori Randall Stradtman. It’s the first blog I read in my inbox every morning. Her entries are full of practical tips and tools for social media. Lori uses a variety of communication methods, too, and creates excellent video tutorials. I’m also always inspired by her can-do attitude and grateful for her willingness to experiment, work out the kinks, and then teach the rest of us.

  • Dena Lawless

    Top of Mind today is Michael Brito: – Balanced insights, clever view of what’s going on, great charts to accompany data, forecasting is always over the curve and articulated well.

  • Sorry..didn’t realize it wasn’t an social media site..BTW..your blog is great also..I will be adding it to my Google reader also..

  • I like to nominate my social media blog There are very few social media blogs in the Akron area and I feel that my job is keep tech and non tech people informed in Northeast Ohio.

  • Wow!! Thank you!!

  • I enjoy Deb Ng’s blog at Kommein because it’s always entertaining and often enlightening. Deb, of course, is the blogging goddess who recently sold her blog Freelance Writing Jobs ( from which I’ve landed several lucrative contracts.

  • Thanks Jade:-) You’ve been fantastic at giving your readers “eye rests” – Stay contagious

  • Marius Lian

    I nominate because it is a paradigm shift on how you surf the web. Up to now site owners would decide who you are allowed to interact with and which links are relevant for any given page. With StormDriver this control is handed over to the users.

  • So many to choose from…and since only one counts, I’d go with Experimental, Engaging, Effective, Edifying…everything you’d want from a community cultivator.

  • Eye rests, too? Is there anything I do that you haven’t had an influence on? I better look far and wide, huh. -Stay deep

  • Juha Karppinen

    I would like to nominate Because topics that Tom is writing are always the “hot” topics out there and the level of the writing is very high. Just love it!

  • Thomas Moore

    I would like to nominate as it has been awarded multiple awards because of the authors commitment not only to diabetes/diabetics, but to good health in general as it relates to Social Media.

  • Tom Laine

    Thanks! And thanks for the RTs at Twitter!

  • Susan Jacobs
  • I’m nominating my own blog because it mixes the conceptual with the nitty-gritty how-to. And of course plenty of videos to show you exactly how to market on social media!

  • You are most welcome. I follow your work from Kenya. Have a great time in Portugal.

  • I nominate because this blog is taking a pro-active approach to changing lives on everyday living your life. The bloger is also brave enough to be writing a book about sexual abuse to help those that need to know how to overcome not just the abuse but living a better life. Very heartfelt blogs.

  • MediaWriter

    Best marketing and consultation advice on the Internet. His blog posts, news and expertise regarding social media are invaluable to writers, artists, advertisers and anyone seeking to broaden their knowledge of networking and their readership base.

  • Hi thanks for this article!

  • My vote goes to for many little reasons (layout, conciseness, precision, tone of voice) and one big one = for regularly bringing quality content with variety. Team SME, take a bow. Keep up the good work, y’all. (Great stuff, Mike!) Best wishes to all for a super-successful 2011. Cheers…

  • Matthew

    I nominate Social Media, Marketing and Higher Education Insights by Mike McCready. Mike blogs often, and his postings are the type that make you want to come back over and over to insure you haven’t mist a posting.

  • BUT… since SME (as the host of the competition) is not in the running, it’ll have to be Lee Odden’s Most in-depth online marketing advice with a special focus on SEO. I just met Lee in November out here New Zealand and attended his MasterClass at Social Media Junction 2. Must say, Lee’s got a lot stored up there. Thankfully, he shares it liberally on TopRank!

  • DebWard

    I like and nominate Conversation Agent ( It’s an interesting mix of topics about branding, integrating marketing and social media to serve business strategy, and customer conversations as the new marketing.

  • I want to nominate because they cover lesser known social networks. I hope it makes the cut! 🙂

    Best regards,

  • Laura Crest

    This is truly tough, but I think I’d have to go with Social Media Examiner for its constancy and extremely consistent quality. I always mention SMExaminer in my SEO Content Marketing Roundup each Wed. Would be challenged were it not for the Examiner. Honorable mentions, though, for Jay Baer’s Convince and Convert, as well as Top Rank Blog!


    Thanks a ton for all the nominations folks, BUT we’re not in the running 🙂


  • Judy Torelli

    I nominate I always find this blog so very informative and full of interesting tips for me as a novice social media user. Never miss one!!! Thanks for allowing me to offer this nomination. Judy Torelli

  • Shh! Don’t share that 🙂

  • Thank you Judy!!! You ask the best questions that inspire me and give me an excuse put on my pocket protector and thick black horn rimmed glasses and Nerd out!

  • I nominate Mitch Joel, author of Six Pixels of Separation:

    I admire and respect Mitch’s ability to provoke thoughtful audience discussion and comments not only through the content of his posts but also in replies to readers. Most importantly, his personal commitment and consistent follow-through in authoring useful content for his audience makes him a true role model.

  • I nominate The Anti-Social Media ( because blogger Jay Dolan provides regular posts that are witty, fresh, and relevant. And it’s very evident that he cares about his readers and has made many efforts to initiate dialogue and create productive forums for social media haters and lovers. In a culture that is increasingly embracing, testing, and reinventing our notions of “social media,” Jay consistently leaves his readers with questions and ideas to chew on in regards to how that media is reshaping old conventions or reinstating new ones. And he draws his own illustrations, too. You can’t find that kind of heart everywhere. -c. choi

  • Leah Segedie @Bookieboo

    Yo! I nominate for being the best blog because Ricardo rocks!

  • Tom Laine

    Much appreciated! Thanks!

  • Glad you like it!

  • I nominate because its a truly invaluable resource on all things social.

  • The most interesting social media blog out there –


    Quirky writing style but to the point reads about what’s worth doing and what’s not in social media.

  • I heard of this awesome site called Mashable ( and I think they should be nominated. No, I don’t write for them. Yes, I do work for them. I hope that’s still okay. 😉

  • I can think of a few that deserve to be nominated but this year I’ll go with Stanford Smith from Pushing Social –

  • I’m going to go with Olivier Blanchard’s The BrandBuilder Blog:

    Refreshingly unfiltered, well-articulated and useful. A “yes man” he is not.

  • Tough choice. Could be Mitch Joel. Maybe should be Mitch. But this year my vote is for Olivier Blanchard. He can be cantankerous at times, but he’s provided some of the best advice for being successful at social media, especially for larger companies. I’m surprised I haven’t seen his name on this list yet!

  • Thanks Houlden! Good to know I am translating my ideas well globally. 🙂

  • Thanks Sarah!

  • Thanks Are! I still think it’s wild that I met someone from my original stomping grounds out in Vegas! 🙂

  • I nominate @JayBaer. His blog Convince & Convert provides a wide-reaching bevy of knowledge for social media marketers & strategists to stock their new media arsenals.

  • Thanks Deb! The Friday posts are my favorite to compile each week. 🙂

  • Thanks Denise! I always try to pick out the best posts for the mashups that will apply to almost everyone. 🙂

  • Thanks Stephanie! 🙂

  • Thanks Annette! 🙂 It’s been awhile since I’ve done a WordPress post… great reminder!

  • I read a lot of amazing social media blogs, so it’s hard to pick just one. Social Mouths has been a favorite of mine for awhile ( – the content is always useful – I haven’t visited a post yet that didn’t give me some great ideas to implement on my social networks or blog. My favorite recent post was building a Facebook landing tab even if you aren’t a programmer or designer ( Great stuff!

  • I vote for by Francisco Rosales. Great food for thought posts and thorough how to information.

  • trishnet

    I nominate That’s where I first starting gaining knowledge in this space and it gave me a very pragmatic view of SM. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hype, but Amber brings it down to reality.

  • There’s a reason why Jay Baer is considered a thought leader. He tells it like it is, his posts are engaging and entertaining. Jay, expect heavy inbound links from my soon to launch blog!

  • Nicole Sorochan

    My vote is for @jaybaer – his posts are informative, engaging and extremely useful. Hands down, he is my daily go to social media read.

  • Lisa Stockwell

    I nominate by Phil Baumann for its thoughtful look at how to integrate social media into healthcare.

  • I nominate Francisco Rosales’ SocialMouths It’s one of the few blogs I read on a regular basis. I like his style and his topics, it’s always relevant, useful, and fun to read.

  • My vote is for @mitchjoel, author of Always insightful, thoughtful and balanced. The more I learn from him the more I realize I have to learn.

  • Matt

    I’d like to recommend – I first had the pleasure of meeting Ricardo in person, and then came the blog. Great content!

  • Suzanne Delzio

    Social Media Examiner. If you’re running the contest, can you win?

  • Adam: Thank you so much for the kind words and awesome nomination. Very much appreciated!

  • Heh, you’re a whole lotta awesome yourself Bookiboo!

  • Thanks Matt! It was great to connect; LinkedOC puts on some great events 🙂

  • Sorry, we’re not in the running 🙂 But thanks!

  • I completely agree with all votes for Mack Collier! He IS the man and his content is spectacular!

  • Fred Rogers
    A solid, dependable, timely and well-written collection. We’re not clients any more but I still follow them avidly.

  • I nominate because it’s one of the only resources of its kind helping the retail industry (primarily independent retailers) learn how to market their stores using social media and email marketing tactics.

  • Glad you enjoyed it Cindy! You folks at SME set the bar high 😉

  • Michael, besides your site (not in the running, I see), I nominate I might be biased as a contributor, but the site is full of timely and actionable social media information, aimed at business professionals.

    Thanks for doing the contest again—I look forward to seeing the results.

  • JesseStanchak

    My favorite blog of 2010? That’s tough. I think I have to give it to Olivier Blanchard’s The BrandBuilder Blog for a series of posts he did in which he deconstructs social media wisdom by pretending to adopt it. It’s wickedly funny stuff and makes a some very sharp points about ideas that need to be questioned — on the later posts in the series, if you weren’t reading carefully, you could almost miss the satirical edge. You can read the first part of it here:

  • I love Jay Dolan’s The Anti-Social Media – Smart, humorous, original and creative! I love the frequent hand-drawn images too. Pick Jay!

  • Steve Cooper

    I love the Social Media Blog

    Great content and I have been using their consulting for the last 2 years.

    Check them out when you have a chance. Good Luck to all the blogs out there!!!!!

    All the best guys!

  • I nominate Darren Rowse blog because he shares high quality tips on how to become a pro blogger. I follow his 31 Days to build a better blog and learn new useful crafts each day. He is a blogging craftsman.

  • Iliayako

    I nominate for the valuable social media and blogging resources she has to offer.

  • I second that. Awesome stuff.

  • Jeremy

    xAhhh. Has it been a year already? I would nominate Chris Brogan or the Examiner or Social Media Explorer, but since those are either taken care of or ineligible, I will again nominate Jason has been doing a great job of capturing social media examples on the go and calling people out where needed.

    Great list going. Wow.

  • I nominate Always insightful and very rarely repetitive social media focused content.

  • Thanks for the nomination Donna!

  • Debbie Pfeifer

    I nominate Great tips and case histories showing how to use social media to drive social change.

  • Peter Wallhead

    I nominate Social Rabbit: as they always have the best social networking articles and tips. Let’s not forget the funky bunny logo too!

  • Chris Syme

    Social Media Explorer (Jason Falls)

  • I nominate SEOMoz. They consistently cover social media topics and break things down into terms that you don’t have to be an SMO whiz to understand.

  • l00pyl0u

    I am going to nom Authors On Show:
    It’s a new social networking site for authors, and needs to be broadcast.

  • I would like to nominate Mikes Life ( Fresh, inspiring, consistent, easy to read and extremely engaging. Mike really is a people person and his passion for writing shines through in his work. As soon as a new post pops up I have to be there and I am never dissapointed.

  • 1. Brandbuilder: – for wit + fact + no BS + great stories +like-minded
    2. The Relationship Economy: – for consistency + ideas
    3. Brian Solis: – for thinking + good writing

    Have I contributed now?


    Michael knows his stuff and presents marketing and social media concepts in ways that are simple to understand and execute immediately. Not only does he share what to do… he also explains specifically what NOT to do.

  • kristybolsinger

    So inspiring to see all of the other great blogs mentioned here! Gives me some new ones to go and check out. I’d like to nominate, or I suppose second the previous nomination for Yes..I am a contributor but to be quite honest, Jason Keath has done an outstanding job of wrangling some of the smartest people in social to write for that site. I think someone paid him off to include me among his authors personally! I am honored. But seriously – always timely and insanely useful information from real social media professionals!

  • jenny thomas

    ITTYBIZ!!!!! the best but with UnMarketing, makeness, WHiteHotTruth…presenting a serious challenge 🙂

  • Jessica Murray

    I love because they always support their blogs with hard data/ROI that relates to high level marketing folks, none of these puff pieces you see on most marketing blogs….well done to the Social Fresh bloggers!

  • Kikolani and Socialmouths!

  • Only the first one counts 🙂

  • Tamstyles
  • ES

    I nominate The Brandsplat Blog!

    They post great, informative content from around the internet and more. Very good stuff!

  • Olson

    The correct address of the blog that I am nominating is:

  • Socialmediaexaminer has been my all-time favorite, since they’re the host then my vote is going for as well. 🙂 She has worked very hard for her site and always amazed me with her Fetching Friday resources. Amazing personality and quality content.

    Social/Blogging Tracker

  • No competition – Danny Brown.

    You don’t win Best Social Media Blog at SxSW for no reason. He’s consistently posting original, quality, though-provoking content. He’s not afraid to challenge the authors or ideas from many of the blogs already mentioned in the comments. He’s a thought leader. He doesn’t just settle for easy topics. And he’s showing how to rock social media for social good with his 12for12k Challenge. ‘Nuff said. 🙂

  • Kirsty

    Hands down for me is Lara Solomon’s Social Rabbit – relevant, easy to read, great content…

  • is the best social media blog ever. Amanda is really helpful and the insights are amazing.

  • Sigrid

    I nominate the blog from Brian Solis – always good topics and great thoughts on a variety of Social Media themes.

  • Elena Corbo

    Sweet… I think this is the first Posterous proper url – I nominate, a little-known blogger who writes some amazing content you can take out and use right away. The fact he uses an ad-free standard Posterous theme makes the content all-the-more important. Big thumbs up for a great un-monitized blog.

  • Thanks a mill for that Web Design guy! 🙂

  • Have to go for the Crowdsourcing / Social Media combination at

  • Mel, Stacey & Adam – you are such generous people. The team that writes appreciates your vote of confidence 🙂 We greatly appreciate and as well!

  • Summer Joy

    Hands down my nomination goes to

    Relevant content that will challenge you and keep you current on all things social media. An awesome community of people who are not just brilliant but honest too. This site is a daily must read.

  • This is a new Social Media Marketing blog, Please check it out has links to social media management software and tools, tips, strategy, and other stuff, Take A Look

  • I nominate @johnhaydon’s blog – – for its really great, practical content geared toward non-profits (and things that any business could implement as well).

  • Thanks Ben! 🙂 I rooted for Socialmouths too!

  • Thanks Iliayako! Lovely name too! 🙂

  • Thank you!!!!!!!! You are the best 🙂

  • Thank you!!!!!!!! Soo much!

  • Thank you!!!!!!!! Soooooooo much!!

  • Thank you!!!!!!!! I really appreciate it!

  • Samuel Piroton

    I pick !
    Megan & Kelly are young, smart journalists; and are embracing social media with enthousiasm!

  • Well thanks Yusuf! I appreciate it!

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  • Just wanted to second that vote for Brian. Always a delightful read.

  • Patricia Jones

    Danny Brown:

    No fluff (as David Siteman Garland would say), and one of the most honest bloggers out there.

  • Ben S – Mashable

    Definitely @thejordanrules who can be found at:

    Just found him, but highly recommend. Best social media & UX blog around; one I always listen to.

  • Koernst

    I’d like to give Deb Ng and my vote. She works tirelessly to help the blogging community and has done so much to help so many.

  • Vote for Ching Ya for the best social media blog

  • I read/watch almost everyday! Love it because it’s super intelligent and the place to go for Video SEO!

  • I’d like to nominate for the best social media blog. The only blog I found giving easy-to-follow real practical tips to leverage social media.

  • Jurj_i

    I want to nominate for the best web 2.0 and social media blog in education .

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  • GlissG

    I nominate ‘The World of George Zaharoff’. George is a master of his craft. His posts are always informative and useful. He is a true gentleman and it is reflected in his blog.

  • Thanks Ben!

  • Kasey S

    I nominate Danny Brown ( Danny always creates compelling content that’s useful and relevant in today’s business world. He gives concrete examples, challenges readers and is highly entertaining.

  • I would like to nominate Corvida Raven ( She is an extremely talented blogger that has a knack for sharing great social media advice and tools that can help others in their endeavor to stay connected.

  • Some great blogs here – the choice is going to be tough.

    I vote for Danny Brown:

    I see some others have voted for him, and I have nothing to add really to what they’ve said. He’s one of the best in the game for social media advice and giving posts you can walk away with and take action on. Very few bloggers give everything – Danny does.

  • I think Paul Dunay’s blog awesome. It can be reached at He has great insights on B2B Marketing and shares tips on social media all the time! He has a couple of good books as well. Facebook Marketing for Dummies and Facebook Advertising for Dummies

  • dave s.

    Completely off-topic I guess but alot of these social media blogs just have these anoying none-friendly looks/themes that I just leave their website straight away.

  • Anewinterior

    D.J.Hecke’s social media blog is great because it provides timely information on the latest applications for social media, and how they can help your social networking. It’s a wonderful service and a very useful resource to help stay abreast of the latest developments in social media which is changing all the time.

  • Manny

    I like because they talk a lot about social media and online video and how the 2 are integral. I think we are going to see a lot more usage of video across the board in social marketing as video is one of the most effective forms of social media.

  • I nominate Mark Oborn’s . Simple advice yet very effective.

  • Hollyinheels

    I’m diggin’ – he gets the the heart of the matter and gives relative, easy and approachable tips on how to connect thru social media. This guy is great!

  • AM Watson

    I nominate Trevor Clinard’s blog – I read it regularly and love his writing – he gives some really great tips on social media!

  • ronland

    I definitely vote for The guy is hilarious, and a true nerd at heart =)

  • R.W.Charon

    My vote goes to Always on the ball and ahead of the game – has been a great help to me.

  • BlindXX always hands out some excellent info

  • Harry Singh

    this guy is awesome, knows his stuff and goes out his way to help others.

  • Robc

    Always interesting and great advice and guidance, has saved me many hours while trying new things with his knowledge and experience.

  • Thanks Bob!

    Simple, focused and practical. My definition of information spreader. Best choice I´ve make for my business online.

  • Albert Stein

    I nominate This blog is filled with educational information for those who are looking at expanding their knowledge and increasing life’s experiences within your business, career or social media in general.

  • Lauren

    I nominate as the best social media blog. It’s a fresh perspective on everything social, and it’s packed full of great knowledge and tips!

  • BettyLaverne

    My world’s greatest boss’s blog! he did social media before the rest of the world even heard of it!

  • Jtaylor

    I Nominate Ricardo Bueno’s blog as he refreshes why a REALTOR should actually be consistent with a blog and the simple ways to carry it out without being too broad. Hones in on the spirit of blogging that makes you want to be invovled because he makes it approachable.

  • Laurie

    I nominate It always contains interesting information on social media and is full of helpful hints and tips. He is an incredible wordsmith with a sense of humor that sometimes penetrates his blog articles. His articles stimulate and provide knowledge to help one navigate the social media world.

  • There’s a familiar face… Thanks for the nomination Jerel! Happy to be connected with you as we inspire and educate the Real Estate Industry on how to effectively traverse the social media jungle 🙂

  • Dentist Fraser – Great advice and content that is surprisingly relevant across the service sector.Always informative and to the point.

  • Hello,
    I have a few blogs that I regularly visit for their content, Some of them have a wider scope than just Social Media, but I find their material to be relevant and useful, both on the beginner & advanced level.

    Being familiar with Ricardo himself and the hard work he puts in, I would like to nominate Ricardo Bueno’s blog ” “. He continuously educates himself on the subject matter keeping up to date with the latest and most importantly always willing to share and help.


    The following blogs I read regularly:
    >> (Ricardo Bueno)

    In no particular order: (Scott Stratten) (Brian Solis) (Chris Brogan) (Danny Brown)

  • I definitely nominate Kristi Hines of 🙂 …She inspires a lot of newbies and experienced bloggers alike. She also practices what she preaches as she reaches out and truly connects and engages with her followers/readers…

  • RobertMickalson

    I nominate! Great guy, great advice and insight into social media and tools available.

  • Hoda: You da man! Thank you very much for the nomination, I’m honored by your kind words. My goal is and always will be: To be helpful! If I’ve done that, I’ve done well. Thanks again!

  • I nominate Social Media Examiner because
    1. The sheer wealth of valuable and timely information
    2. The ease of use of the site
    3. And because it is my #1 resource to stay current on what is happening in the Social Media World!

  • Thanks for the nomination Robert! Always happy to help and provide relevant info that I think is useful to the Real Estate Agents marketing arsenal!

  • Kim Pham

    Without a doubt, I nominate Ricardo Bueno is ahead of the curve with blogging tips and Social Media. Ricardo is extremely knowledgeable in the field of Real Estate utilizing social media so it is very useful. He is very friendly and always willing to help and share new ideas.

  • Hey KPham! Aren’t you a whole lotta awesome! Thanks for the nomination. My goal is to help REALTORS gain a better understanding and differentiate between what’s possible versus what’s practical for business development on the web. As long as I’m helping you all do that, we’re making progress 🙂

    Thanks again for the nomination KPham!

  • Lailani

    I choose social media examiner – I have used this site to take me from knowing nothing about social media and feeling pretty daunted byit, to getting ready to deploy a social media strategy for our business. I like the bite size chunks of information, they’re well written and with an enthusiasm that makes learning about this subject a pleasure. Thanks for such an helpful and professional resource.

  • Thanks Fraser, glad you like it and BIG thanks for the nomination… stay social!

  • Wow, so kind Luciano. Glad that you find it useful in your business, which topics do you like best?

  • Cheers Rob, most kind of you. Which posts saved you most time?

  • Thanks Harry, I appreciate your kind words!

  • Lila Marie

    I nominate Ricardo consistently provides valuable resources and blogging tips. He is lighting the way for those who are looking to incorporate social media into growing and developing their business. It is always a treat to see what he’ll post next! Keep up the good work Ribizze!

  • I would like to nominate

    For his excellent work

  • Dr Hossam Ashour

    I adore Markoborn in social medai blog for marketing “often dental”
    Simply Mark blog is inspiring, informative, responsive, supprortive and He is a very appraochable Guy who reshaped my plans and made a mindset toward using social media fro more than simple chit caht

  • I’d like to nominate Tamar Weinberg’s Techipedia – Tamar never fails to tackle the controversial questions and delves deep into the mechanics of social.

  • I want to nominate ,, Blogging 2.0 in XXI CENTURY EDCATION ”

  • Brenda Stone

    Danny Brown:

    Always excellent stuff, and shares some of his best practices freely. Great person, great blog.

  • ToddK.

    I would like to submit a vote for Why? Because Deb Ng rarely tries to sell me anything. She’s intuitive, generous and writes for the common people. I don’t walk away from Kommein scratching my head or shaking off a sales pitch.

  • Shannon Green

    My favorite Social Media Blog is SnapTastic – I love how it really is focused on one industry and how Social Media can benefit it. It always has great articles and educational information. I love that their are different bloggers. You are not always reading the same person’s thoughts. The look and theme of the blog is so innovative and fresh. It really looks modern and reflects that it is a new, Social Media focused blog.

  • yusufchowdhury

    you are most welcome Jennifer 🙂

  • I”m nominating my own blog: Jeff Korhan – New Media and Small Business Marketing I put a great deal of effort into my commitment to providing original perspectives that have value for my small business audience. I study the craft of blogging, do my research, apply my years of experience – and seek to engage and make a positive contribution. And feedback has been favorable. 🙂

  • I just discovered here blog Richard. Wow, she is thorough!

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  • I would like to nominate Jennifer Fong Jennifer consistently provides valuable resources and blogging tips.

  • Thanks so much Gina!

  • My nomination: Social Media Design ( by @Lori_Randall. Lori is educated, stays informed, has high-energy, and is well-roundedly savvy in her approach with many medias. Additionally, she has a gift for genuine engagement. I visit her blog about as often as I do Social Media Examiner!

    To affirm my belief that Lori’s blog deserves attention… I trusted her to bring my brand to life – she is the architect behind my website!!

  • Rob Jaehnig

    I would like to nominate Keri Jaehnig at
    this is a fresh new blog with real attention to visual appeal while the writing is in an interesting engaging humors romp through the digital world of social media. Excellent blog for those that need to make sure their time is used wisely.

  • I would like to nominate Mari-Lyn’s for her wonderful, interesting articles. It is always inspiring!

  • As a curator of blog feeds, we see a lot of great social media blogs. Our favorite is definitely Danny Brown:

    Honest. Thought-provoking. Great business advice. No clutter. Great blog all-round for anyone remotely interested in social media.

  • I nominate Keri Jaehnig and her The information she’s presented so diligently in 2010 has helped me move forward with my own social media platform (I’m a writer). It’s not just the “idea” of ideagirlmedia that prompts me to nomiate Keri. She packages her content using simple metaphors that we can all easily relate to. In fact, I look forward to her “media muffins” with a brain that stays in salivating mode. The content is also well organized; I follow Keri’s ideagirlmedia because I trust that she’s bringing me the most up-to-date, leading edge information in the best possible manner and such a way as to save me time. I will continue to follow and support her efforts and, again, I take this opportunity to nominate her site for your prestigious award.

  • Jen Andorfer

    I nominate Keri Jaehnig of Keri is full of energy, humor and knowledge. I enjoy her “media muffins” . The content is current, witty and just enjoyable!!

  • L. Hock

    I happily and enthusiatically nominate Keri Jaehnig of Idea Girl Media at Keri is hard working, creative, and both family and community minded. I enjoy reading her blog nd posts that are always helpful and enjoyable!! Go Keri!

  • As a fellow blogger and avid social media professional for the good of our communities I nominate Keri Francek-Jaehnig at She is founder and CEO of culturally connected experience and a well known philanthropist in Wilmington Ohio. Working on using her experience giving to promote responsible business and sustainable communities.

  • Awwww – Thanks for your support! 🙂

  • Mary, such fabulous compliments coming from you! Thank you for your nomination. I will work hard to continue to bring you the quality you describe…and salivatingly delicious Media Muffins. Thank you again!! 🙂

  • Thanks, Jen. I appreciate your nomination and feel much the same way about you. Looks like I need to make a specific blog post about these Media Muffins!! 🙂

  • Mary Thomas Watts

    I nominate Keri Jaehnig of She’s a promotional ideas machine!

  • Glad to be helpful and that you enjoy, Lois. Thanks for the nomination!! 🙂

  • Wow, Scott – Such a compliment-packed plug!! Thank you for your nomination, and care to things that make this world work! I look forward to future collaborations with you! 🙂

  • Mary Thom, your nomination means a lot. I admire your professionalism, your humor, and your talents. Gary Burbank was lucky to have you!! I will strive to ramp-up my ideas machine. Thank you for your nomination! 🙂

  • I nominate It is a newer blog but it is the first of its kind in the Retail industry. Local independent retailers are struggling in this economy and most of them are stuck in traditional marketing that is expensive and not effective. This blog helps retailers understand how to use social media and email marketing to drive traffic in their doors and support the local economy.

  • Martin Hobart

    I want to nominate Keri Jaehnig of She has done quite a bit in a short time period. Great ideas, superb content.

  • I nominate SnapRetail’s Snaptastic Blog (, they are the go-to place for everything about email marketing and social media for independent retailers of the gift and home industries.


    I love ideagirlmedia. I hope she wins. Keri is awesome.

    Chuck Watts

  • I nominate Keri Jaehnig of Idea Girl Media When it comes to social media, she is the REAL DEAL! She is bursting with ideas and enthusiasm and is always on the cutting edge.

  • Thank you for the nomination. While I am a newcomer of sorts, I do appreciate your vote of confidence!! 🙂

  • Chuck, thank you for your nomination. I think you’re awesome too! 🙂

  • Ah, Kay — My favorite speaker and comedien! Thank you for your energetic nomination!! 🙂

  • R. David Lawrence, Sensei

    I nominate Keri Jaehnig of Idea Girl Media She has a Black Belt in social media! She is enthusiastic and full of ideas.

  • Thanks, RD, for your kind words and nomination!! My black belt abilities have been learned by SME folks, so it looks like we’re in the right place. 🙂