Are you looking for some great social media blogs to add to your daily reading? Look no further!

Our seventh-annual social media blog contest generated over 300 nominations. A panel of experts carefully reviewed the 20 finalists based on their content quality, post frequency and reader involvement.

Here are the top 10 social media blogs you should add to your regular reading list in 2016.

2016 top ten social media blog contest

Discover the top 10 social media blogs for 2016.

#1: Buffer Social

Buffer Social regularly addresses questions many marketers have, answering them with authoritative, in-depth articles on cutting-edge topics.

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Buffer Social offers useful thoughts on social media and marketing.

#2: Jenn’s Trends

Jenn’s Trends is laser-focused on Instagram, but occasionally offers tips on social media marketing strategy and tactics.

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Jenn’s Trends is a must-read for marketers on Instagram.

#3: Peg Fitzpatrick

Peg Fitzpatrick combines resourceful content on a variety of social media platforms with practical advice for marketers.

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Peg Fitzpatrick’s delivery style is both personable and accessible.

#4: RazorSocial

RazorSocial delivers well-researched and comprehensive content on social media tools.

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RazorSocial shares advice on using social media tools.

#5: Rebekah Radice

Rebekah Radice uses plenty of examples to support content that teaches social media marketers about topics that are important to them.

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Reading Rebekah Radice is like having a one-on-one conversation with her.

#6: Simply Measured

Simply Measured uses a data-driven, example-rich approach to help marketers understand best practices for using social media.

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Simply Measured provides well-written, interesting content.

#7: Socially Sorted

Socially Sorted helps marketers learn to use all things related to visual content in social media.

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Socially Sorted provides consistent value.

#8: Sprout Social

Sprout Social publishes advice for marketers alongside insights from their own team.

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Sprout Social’s content is interesting and useful.

#9: The Social Media Hat

The Social Media Hat features authoritative content that takes no shortcuts with explanations of what to do and how to do it.

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The Social Media Hat delivers their content with a lot of heart.

#10: Unmetric

Unmetric uses an analytical approach to uncover and share surprising insights into social media marketing.

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Unmetric has some interesting takes on marketing.

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

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The Judges

Special thanks to 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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What do you think? Did you find something new to read? Share your thoughts and comments in the box below.

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  • Wow! Thank you so much Social Media Examiner and judges (Neal, Ann, and Darren). This means so much to me! And the news crashed your website. 🙂 Congrats to all the winners and nominees.

  • So many awesome blogs that I read regularly. Well deserved, congrats to all!

  • Congrats Peg, love your blog!

  • LisaDJenkins

    Congratulations, Peg! Thankfully our tech team was on top of things and got us back up and running. Whew!

  • Confirming that these are all in my Buffer feeds now 🙂

  • Congrats Peg! Great content you’re pumping out!!

  • Right on man, make it easy for me will ya, share the rss feeds. 🙂

  • Congratulations!

  • Congratulations to all the winners!

  • Juan Rademacher

    I’m thrilled I found this Social Media Examiner… I’ve been trying to sort out the many options in social media, and always ended up confused and overwhelmed by the many choices… I’m hoping this site will help me sort out these issues…

  • heidicohen

    Congrats to all of the winners! It’s recognition of your hard work!

    Happy marketing,
    Heidi Cohen

  • Congrats to the winners! So well deserved.

  • fabulous list! Congrats to all 🙂

  • Such a fantastic list and a huge congrats to all the winners! On behalf of the Sprout Social team, sending much thanks again to the Social Media Examiner team and judges for the tremendous honor. Thank you x 100!

  • LisaDJenkins

    That’s great to hear, Vincent!

  • LisaDJenkins

    These blogs will definitely help you sort things out, Juan.

  • Congrats everyone. Way to go Kevin, Donna and Ian — well deserved 😉

  • What a list. Congrats to each of you for amazing consistent content ~ Mike

  • Well deserved Peg! Your thoughtfulness, passion, and expertise in social media shine through in all of your content!

  • As one of the judges, I just wanted to say not only congratulations to all the winners, but also that I have never seen a higher quality of blogs in the blogosphere than today. This is a testament that all of our blogs are helping more people, and more people are writing even better blogs! So don’t just subscribe to all of these blogs and engage with the writers, but also share your own unique experiences and expertise so that YOUR blog can win the award next year! Good luck to all!!!

  • Thank you so much, Denise! 🙂

  • Lisa – I thought it showed how excited people were about top ten list. 🙂

  • Thanks so much, Mike!

  • Thank you!

  • I really appreciate that, Neal. It means a lot. 🙂

  • Jenn Herman

    Thank you SO much to the Social Media Examiner team and the judges (Ann, Darren, and Neal) for including me in this list once again. I am honestly humbled to see my blog alongside so many bloggers I admire and I know your job wasn’t easy in narrowing it down to these ten.

  • This was an amazing competition to help judge – I learned so much and came away really inspired after my time looking through the finalists. Well done everyone and thanks to SME for the invitation to participate!

  • Hey Lisa,

    Great information! These blogs are really helpful for the readers to get the necessary information. In this blogs i have read so many blogs and get the information what i want. Thank you for posting this information. Looking forward for your next blog.

  • Madeline Urbaniak

    Thanks SME a lot for this list. Some of blogs I know, some of them I will add now to my daily “to read” list. Congrats to all of you 🙂

  • Oh my goodness, all of us at Unmetric are lost for words that we made this truly incredible list. We admire all the blogs featured and to stand shoulder to shoulder with them is a fantastic achievement for the team. This is pretty much how we all feel right now…

  • LisaDJenkins

    Hello Kevin, I’m happy to hear you’re finding what you need here!

  • LisaDJenkins

    Congratualtions! Excellent GIF.

  • LisaDJenkins

    Congratulations, Jenn!

  • Rebekah Radice

    I am beyond excited about this! WOW – thank you so much Social Media Examiner, Neal, Ann and Darren. This is the highest honor I can receive as a blogger in the social media space. It means the world to me to be recognized!

  • Rebekah Radice

    Congratulations blogging buddy! So thrilled to see you recognized for all of your hard work!

  • Congrats Peg! I love your blog & content that you share all over social media 🙂

  • Congrats Rebekah! I’m so excited that most all of my go-to sites for social media landed on this incredible list 🙂 your blog is super informative and easy to navigate!

  • Congrats to my favorite gal for all things Visual Content, Donna Moritz of Socially Sorted! I’m so happy that your blog got this deserved win! 🙂

  • It’s a full day later and I’m still ecstatic about this!

    Thank you SO MUCH Lisa and Social Media Examiner, the judges, my colleagues who nominated me, and my readers who’ve stuck with me. This means a lot to me.

  • Vilma Betancourt

    Peg you always simplify the creative process for us non-creatives, sharing your knowledge in a fun and easy to follow format and we appreciate your efforts. I am so glad I found you through Social Media Examiner, you’re an excellent team. Congratulations on this special award.

  • treb072410

    Congrats to the winners.. Thanks for the post Lisa..

  • Congratulations! We are confused not to make this list. But congratulate the winners. @johnelincoln @ignitev

  • Jenn Herman

    Thanks Lisa 🙂

  • Congrats to all!
    I have to follow those blogs now. 😉

  • Annamma Philip Vergh

    Thank you so much for this wonderful list, carefully selected for your readers to follow, I know one or two in the list and will check out others pages too to follow. I am bookmarking this for my further use, Thans Lisa for sharing this amazing information!
    Keep sharing
    Best Regards
    ~ Ann

  • Oh gosh! This is so so so amazing!! On behalf of the Buffer team, thank you so much, Social Media Examiner (Lisa and team), the judges (Ann, Darren and Neal) and the community here! 🙂 Huge congrats to the other winners and nominees too 🙂

  • jerry

    Great info, new starting out with a blog and found this very helpful and getting to sources of info that I can see are fundamental in getting my blog social and seen.

  • Nice blog list.. thanks


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  • Great site Peg. Will be checking you out!

  • Aside from reading blogs from the social media examiner, I’ve been also following to Sprout Social and Buffer Social. Both of them give me updated blogs on what’s happening in the social media world. When I got to read this article, I am now interested in following blogs from The Social Media Hat and Jenn’s Trends. Thank you for sharing this informative post. Looking forward reading more on this.

  • Thanks for the post. I liked it, even I studied and used 4 of them. Really informative.

  • Ryanwordsworth

    Congrats! It was very insightful and useful information.Looking forward for your next blog.