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Finalists: Top 10 Social Media Blogs 2014

We received over 600 nominations for our fifth-annual Top 10 Social Media Blogs contest (the blogosphere’s biggest contest for social media blogs).

The list of 22 finalists is pretty impressive! See for yourself below.

The judges: Our judges include Lee Odden (author of Optimize: How to Attract and Engage More Customers by Integrating SEO, Social Media and Content Marketing and CEO of TopRank Online Marketing), Denise Wakeman (founder of the Blog Squad™) and Neal Schaffer (author of three books, including Maximizing LinkedIn for Sales and Social Media Marketing). They are currently finishing up their reviews of these sites.

contest judges

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.
  • 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: Regular comments from readers are another sign of a healthy blog. In addition, the number of nominations for a specific blog plays 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’s New This Week?

To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

Facebook Launches Trending: “A new product that’s designed to surface interesting and relevant conversations to help you discover the best content from all across Facebook.”

facebook trending

“To the right of your news feed, you’ll see a list of topics that have recently spiked in popularity. The list is personalized, including topics based on things you’re interested in and what is trending across Facebook overall.”

Twitter Rolls Out New Web Design: Twitter is “now rolling out a refreshed http://twitter.com” to reflect the look and feel of their iOS and Android apps.

twitter web refresh look

Twitter’s new design on the web.

YouTube Launches New Comment Management Tool: YouTube has “fast-tracked the development of a new comment management page that lets you see, respond to and moderate your comments all in one place.”

youtube comment management tool

“From this central page you can easily remove comments, flag comments for spam or abuse, give a thumbs-up or click over to the video watch page and reply.”

Twitter Releases New Ways to Create Tailored Audiences: “Advertisers can define groups of existing and potential customers more flexibly and connect with them on Twitter.”

crm approach

“You can now create tailored audiences from lists of email addresses from your own customer relationship management (CRM) database or you can use your CRM database records that you have previously stored with an ad partner.”

Tumblr Adds Support for @Mentions: In Tumblr, “just type @ and a username when you’re writing a post and let that person know that you mentioned him/her.”

tumblr mentions

Tumblr adds Mentions feature.

LinkedIn Launches LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace: “Nonprofits can discover the relevant members who’ve expressed interest in volunteering.”

linkedin volunteer marketplace

“These members will now be able to browse hundreds—and eventually thousands—of specific, high-quality volunteer opportunities that nonprofits are seeking to fill.”

Here are a few social media tools worth checking out:

LoginBox: A mobile app that “will change the way you log into websites on your iPad and iPhone, forever!”

loginbox app

With a fresh and different approach, LoginBox not only remembers and fills in your username and password, but also automatically completes any other login workflow actions that may be required.

Kuhcoon Ads: An app you can use for Facebook ads management and optimization.

kuhcoon

“Create, manage and monitor on the go!”

Other Mentions

Introducing Social Media Marketing World: 60+ pros help you master social media marketing! Join Chris Brogan (co-author of The Impact Equation), Mari Smith (co-author of Facebook Marketing: An Hour a Day), Michael Hyatt (author of Platform), Jay Baer (author of Youtility), John Jantsch (author of Duct Tape Marketing), Amy Porterfield (co-author of Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies), Mark Schaefer (author of Tao of Twitter), Michael Stelzner (author of Launch) and experts from more than a dozen brands as they reveal proven social media marketing tactics at Social Media Marketing World 2014—Social Media Examiner’s mega-conference in beautiful San Diego, California.

Check out this overview of the conference or click here for more details.

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  • So honored and excited to have Post Planner be on the list of finalists!!

  • Congrats to the finalists!

  • Congrats finalists!!

    Glad to see few of my faves listed there – PushingSocial, Jon Loomer, Razorsocial.

    Goodluck all the way Stanford, Jon, Ian!!

  • Awesome post! These are total Rock Stars!

  • Woo hoo! Many thanks. Really solid list, and I’m honored to be part of it!

  • Thanks Denise!

  • Thanks so much Malhar!

  • Outstanding list! Congrats all on being finalists.

  • Extremely humbled to make this list. Lots of great people on it.

  • Andy Newbom

    amazing blogs on the list, proud to have a hand in ours. This will be some hard sledding picking a winner!

  • Lisa Berry

    Congratulations to all the finalists, and great to see my favorite Danny Brown made it – that’s three years now, great achievement! Good luck to all!

  • Congrats, Scott!

  • Great to see you on the list, Jon!

  • Happy to see you’re on this list, Christian!

  • It is a good selection indeed!

  • Congrats to all the finalist and good luck

  • Jenn Herman

    Honored to be included on the list and in such great company! Thank you!

  • There are some incredibly good choices on this list of finalists…the 3 judges will definitely have their work cut out for them! Best of luck to all the finalists.

  • Cecilia

    great to see some of my favorite bloggers in this list (Danny Brown, Scott Ayres, etc) really surprised that some SM gurus are not on it. Who do you think got snubbed?

  • Amanda Shaw

    Exciting! I’ve started to follow several of these. I can’t wait to see who’s the winner.

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  • Akash Agarwal

    It’s really amazing. I am very glad to see this. Congratulation to the finalist. More people attached to your blog by this article.

  • Ben

    Congrats to the finalists! I’ll be rooting for Simply Measured!

  • Melonie Dodaro

    Wow, thank you so much for including Top Dog Social Media!

  • We’re honored to have our blog, Socially Stacked, listed among all these amazing blogs! Congrats to all the finalists!

  • I do so love these lists and I always discover some very knowledgeable individuals through them. What always surprises me though, is that some of them aren’t fully utilizing social media and some don’t seem to use it all. At least one here doesn’t have any social media links on their website, for example. Otherwise, great job, congratulations everyone!

  • Thanks!

  • Thanks Denise!

  • Not a bad list to be on!

  • Thanks Don!

  • One thing I love about this list is all the amazing content creators I learn about each year. So glad to have been introduced to you Scott (and Post Planner as well). And thanks to Michael and the rest of the SME team for putting this together!

  • So pleased Muddywall has managed to make the finalists. Bit over-awed by our fellow nominees – all who’s blogs I respect so much and read regularly. It’s only the second year for Muddywall so the recognition means a lot to me and the hard work of the talented guest authors who contribute to the site.

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  • Very nice to see Brands with Fans on the list of finalists, it’s a great blog with so much social media-specific strategy and content marketing content. The judges are smart peeps, and I’m looking forward to the results. Looking forward to seeing you all at SMMW soon!

  • Thanks so much guys! I would have to say that I am very honored to be listed amongst such smart, savvy, people who write amazing content – truly this list looks like my Feedly Blog List (with a couple of extra to add). The best part is that some of my friends and clients are on this list so I know that the final 10 are going to make me smile! Thanks so much Social Media Examiner and @CindyKing:disqus for doing so much work each year with this comp, to help people discover great social media content!

  • Well done James!

  • Well done Melonie!

  • Great stuff Christian – well done!

  • Thanks Denise!

  • Love this post and all the information 🙂 Especially the app for logins. I am so over all my passwords. Thank you Cindy 🙂

  • I agree Lisa – I have been using LastPass on my computers but this app looks awesome!

  • Thanks @sociallysorted:disqus!

  • Thank you Malhar!

  • Ace Rich

    Super excited to see Kim Garst and Amy Porterfield on the list!!! Good Luck to everyone!

  • Dennis

    Hey superb information guys

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  • Wow the app for login is really so nice