Social media is the talk of the planet.  But where do you go to learn the best tips and tactics?  Look no further…

Tons of nominations came in.  Our panel of social media experts carefully reviewed the nominees and finalists. What follows are the winners of Social Media Examiner’s Top 10 Social Media Blogs for 2010.

If you’re looking to reap the rewards of social media, these rich blogs need to be at the top of your reading list.

  1. Chris Brogan: The Elvis of social media and the king of common sense, Chris Brogan is in a league of his own.
  2. Social Media Explorer: Social media all-star Jason Falls provides a fresh and interesting take on all things social media.
  3. Mashable: The world’s source for social media news, Mashable is the place to go for breaking stories.
  4. Convince & Convert: Jay Baer provides rich content for businesses seeking to embrace social media.
  5. Altitude: Amber Naslund offers a breath of fresh air with smart, inspiring and personal social media insight.
  6. CopyBlogger: The king of engaging content, Brian Clark and his team help businesses persuade in a 2.0 world.
  7. Brand Builder: For businesses looking to dive deep into social media discussion, check out Olivier Blanchard’s rich insights.
  8. Diva Marketing: Toby Bloomberg’s blog provides a wide array of social media advice.
  9. Kikolani: Looking for great “getting started” social media guidance?  Then frequent this blog.
  10. Future Buzz: A nice mix of stories and reviews makes Adam Singer’s site one that should be on your radar.

Congratulations to the winners. Be sure to check out these amazing blogs!

Share the love: Feel free to post the above list on your blog (just reference this post).

The badge of distinction: If you’re a winner, feel free to post the image you see here on your blog and please link back to this page.

A special thanks to our judges! Thanks to Scott Monty (Ford), Ann Handley (MarketingProfs) and David Meerman Scott (author New Rules of Marketing and PR) for your participation.

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  • Congratulations everyone! What a great list you have here. I have the pleasure of following most but I have added a few others to my must read list. Thanks again everyone for being so gosh darn smart and good looking 😉

  • tobybloomberg

    wow! I thank the judges, the community, my mum, dad and sister, my 5th grade teacher and of course my dog Max. Seriously I appreciate the honor of being part of the Social Media Examiner’s Top 10 Social Media Blogs for 2010. Oh how did I find out .. through @jasonfall ‘s tweet .. somehow that seems totally appropriate!

  • Thanks Michael. And Ann, Scott and David. This is an honor for two reasons … we were nominated by readers of Examiner, which has quickly become a great resource for smart people, and the three judges are truly people I admire and respect in the business.

    Frankly, I hate lists and rankings most of the time because blogging is not a competition. I read all nine of the blogs listed outside of mine. I read a ton others. I read Ann, Scott and David’s blogs. I read Examiner. And they’re all fantastic. No one is better than the other.

    But I understand the link-bait and conversation the ratings and rankings can spark and, at worst, it spreads the word to people who don’t know some of these blogs to more people, so thank you for doing it and thank you all for considering SME (the real SME, by the way … Mike ain’t stealin’ my initial branding! Heh!) in this.

  • I have to disagree with Jason. I love lists. I make them everday for things to do and things to read. And lucky for me, there are several on here I’ve been crossing off daily. Great list, Michael. Thanks for posting.

  • Congratulations to everyone! Great job! I was just excited to be nominated in the Top 20! I look forward to reading the one’s I am not as familiar with in 2010 as well.

  • Thanks to the esteemed judges and to Mike for the honor. And congrats to everyone who made the list! I also agree with Jason, there are a lot of other people who could have been honored here. Such is the way of the list.

  • Great list – I’ve been reading some of these blogs back before social media was cool!

  • I think I was robbed! I was shooting for #7! What the hell? Who put this thing on? I want a recount!

    And thank you so very much. Except for the Copyblogger guy, I think you’ve made some amazing choices. : )

  • brett

    Excellent list. Need to add several of these to my bookmarks. Let me also recommend by David Griner. He’s the social media planner at Luckie and Co in Birmingham.

  • Geez Brogan, at least I only ridicule you on Twitter. Personal foul in the comment section! 😉

  • bhartzer

    Congrats to all the winners. I’m glad I already have all of them in my RSS reader.

  • Chris Brogan and Toby (Diva Marketing) are a couple of my favorites. I recently started reading Copyblogger which is also great. I’ll have to check out the others.

  • Delighted and honored to be in such great company, and to echo Falls’ comments, it’s even better because it wasn’t robot-derived, it was human-assessed.

    On a personal note, huge thanks to Jason for being the first blogger of note to ever promote my work. And to Chris Brogan for being second. And to Amber for never losing faith in me. And to Olivier for keeping me on my toes. And to Scott for being my second ever interview, and to Ann for giving me countless opportunities. And to Mike and the SME(2) team for letting me be part of their gang.

    Considering 18 months ago I’d never written a blog post, I’m thrilled that my quest of dominating Jason Falls is almost complete. But, I remember all-too-clearly how it feels to be writing what you believe to be good content, and nobody but your Mom reading it.

    In social media, everyone is a teacher and everyone is a student. Nobody has it all figured out, and nobody is going to. There are literally thousands of blogs out there publishing worthwhile, invigorating content about the social Web and its impact. So, while it’s fantastic to make this list, I encourage Mike and SME(2) to create a new one next time called The Top 100 Social Media Blogs you probably don’t read.

    Let’s commit to spending our energies promoting people that need to be discovered, and less on those that already have been.

  • sonal

    this only confirms I am following the right people! Great going u guys!

  • Great bloggers and information. Thanks for compiling such a great list. Love your blog too. One of my favorites is Melissa Giovagnoli

  • The folks who made it on this list have the chops to always provide stellar, unique and pithy perspectives with them. It’s also nice to see a few fresh folks on the list, too.

    “We all can’t be Brogan” – but the folks on this list are.

    I do have one concern though – it’s important to always put your individual thoughts down instead of echoing what others say around you. This is what happened with TechCrunch and Mashable and it kind of overpowers the individual voice out there. I love all the content and the perspectives from all these bloggers.

    Keep it up. I’ll keep reading. 🙂

  • I am so honored to be included in this list with so many great social media bloggers. Thank you to everyone who suggested my site in the beginning and judged it to be good enough to be in the top 10!

  • Congrats to the winners. Serving as a judge was a challenge — there are so many amazing blogs out there!

  • Congratulations to you all! You are the life blood of our profession. You give us inspiration, make us laugh and cry, bully us to move forward. To those of you who are new to me I’ll be on the blogs tomorrow. Look forward to learning from you all.

    To Chris Brogan, thanks for all the motivation you give and the information that you share so freely. You’re my daily dose of fresh air and inspiration.

  • Mike: Great contest! These blogs are all worthy of making this list. Each have great content and insight. Thanks for sharing!

  • The list has some dinosaurs on it but I see @ #9 someone that writes her own stuff is always Fresh not the same old ad pitch remix and refried and isn’t in it to just Brag about what she is doing and companies she found to sucker 🙂 That list reflects the OLD buddy system it’s 2010 out with the old and in with the new. People that Really engage people not just themselves 24/7I was actually surprised how many people came by to say thanks You must be in pretty good with them ;)Save that list because it will be changing People are getting HIP to real value vs HYPE and Smoke
    Nice blog 🙂

  • Congrats to all the winners! Happy to see the blog I nominated is on the list. Yet they are all winners and all on my regular reading list. Mike thanks for bringing these amazing bloggers to the attention of new readers.

  • Oh no, now I have a few more blogs that I have to read!!! …seriously thanks for the list, a couple of additional ones I haven’t followed before.Ian

  • Great list! You might also want to check out There are an abundance of informative social media content over there.

  • Thanks for the inclusion Michael – honored to be included amongst a list of such smart professionals.

  • Hey Michael, Thanks for sharing this list.Congrats to all the winners. I will surely look for the remaining winners that i missed out.

  • Great list..I really enjoyed reading it. I know a couple of these bloggers but the rest were a pleasant discovery. Keep up the good work and congratulations to the winners!!

  • Outstanding choices. Very happy to see Arizona represented so well by @jaybaer (Convince & Convert) and @kikolani (Kikolani). They are good peeps.

  • Congratulations Kristi, you deserve it because you’ve been doing a lot effort on web 2.0 social media 🙂

  • I have subscribed to Mashable, but I’m kinda tired with the vast amount of posts every day.
    Chris Borgan surely is someone to follow / read, will subscribe to some other blogs I didn’t know yet. Cheers!

  • Congratulations Kristi, you have done a great job! I have good news for you as well, you are the winner of “Famous Commenter” contest this month on FamousBloggers 🙂

  • ramonabrunswick

    Jason I like you very much. You get the idea of everything always turning into a competition. People trying to out do one another versus working together as a society. It was a pleasure reading your comment.

  • Thank you, Ramona. I appreciate you saying so.

  • jgibson3825

    Hi Michael: We wanted to let you know that your blog made “The List”, Online Media Today’s Top 10 Social Media Blogs. You can check out The List at: We read your blog regularly and appreciate the great content you give readers. It is refreshing to learn about social media in what we think it one of the top designed blogs!

    Keep up the great work and we’ll keep readin’


  • Awesome post. I had only idea about mashable. I’ll use rest of the site for bookmarking. Thanks for everything.

  • I feel like the judges have been reading my mind. These are the blogs I frequent the most, as well. But I wouldn’t equate Chris Brogan with Elvis. The King has left the building. Chris is very much still performing.

  • This is a terrific list of truly inspiring marketers, including the judges. Congratulations!

  • rob_whitley

    Nice list, surprised not to see Mitch Joel’s Six Pixels of Separation on there.

  • Rebecca Aguilar

    To be honest I have no idea how I landed on this site, but thank you so much for the list of top notch bloggers. Very informative! Keep up the good work!

  • If someone had made this observation already I apologize, but I cant help but notice how this list serves the blogging community and for that I thank you…I will def check out these blogs…but I think there is a deeper lesson to be learned here, right?

    You want a chance to have a link to your website on a leader-of-the-pack website? Set up a panel of “experts” and award them with something-rather…praise them profusely and perhaps they will brag about it on their blog and link to yours….nicely done SME…we can all learn from this. Not hating…just observing and learning.

  • I run social media blog too. maybe need 100 year, to achieve the top ranking.

  • Amanda I love your contributions on Seo Visions and your hot:)

  • Chris Brogan: The Elvis of social media and the king of common sense, Chris Brogan is in a league of his own
    I don’t know if he is ELvis of social media but I like his blog a lot. I would have voted for Mashable for the second place 🙂 Best, Lynn from wedge boots

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  • Congratulations to everyone! The top 10 will serve as inspiration to us bloggers as their site including your site gives us ideas, tips and information that would help us become better bloggers.

  • Great list. I just shared to my Social Media Circle….Thanks, 🙂

  • Well this is quite a nice push in followers for these guys, since I’ve followed them all…

  • Congrats to these blogs. I’ve only been to Kikolani blog and I think it’s great. I’ll have to check out these other ones.

  • Thanks for this information Michael. You have one nice post. just keep posting!

  • Katherine R Payne

    Okay, but you left out

  • I’ve gone to most of these site and they’re all fantastic when it comes to social media topics.

  • Great topic and feedbacks I would highly recommend www,
    You can blog, write articles start forums and plan events.

  • saw this just now. weird. : )

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  • Wow, there are a lot of recognitions happening around the net. Thanks for the commendations.

  • Great sites, well done to them all 😉

  • If you scroll up you will see that you responded 11 months ago 🙂 Working too hard Chris?

  • Congrats to all of you! Excellent list!

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  • Great list, thank you! I’m following some of these and will add the rest. Great resources and fantastic conversation about the new frontier of social media.

  • That’s great! This social media blogs will done a lot for everyone since it is one of the most used and easy way to business.

  • Awesome post.
    Congratulations everyone! What a great list you have here

  • I produced a little satirical music video about the importance of social media – thought you guys might like it!

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  • arvinrazon

    I know this post has been published more than a year ago, but it’s a great help for starting social media bloggers like me. Thanks a lot!

  •  This list is helpful not only to social media bloggers but for all the bloggers who are looking for information on how to get the best out of social media.

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  • Thanks for the post and the list! I am searching for an updated list for 2011. I will see if you perhaps have already done that! As we know Social media changes so quickly!

  • Siphinya

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    Hey maybe one day I will be on this list 🙂

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  • Peter Zmijewski

    Great blogs on which I do frequently visit & get more updated news….

  • Wow what a list. Love to subscribe all Email list 🙂 Right now 🙂

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  • ebuzznet

    I like mashable more, and its theme..awesome man..

  • Great List! From now, I am following all of the Blogs!!

  • MU

    I would love to get also a great influence in Social Media. Your list is a pleasure. Blogging and Social Media are so interesting to me!


    it is like to jungle of blogging ..where i can see hundred of commentator regarding this blog information…keep it up.

  • Maya John

    Thanks, great list I must use it.

  • Abiodun Akintola Lawrence

    These list is very astonishing and challenging also! Hoping that one day my blog will also be listed like this for an achievement.
    Nice work!