In 2010, there have been some amazing compilations of bloggers and marketing experts created in order to help you find new sources of information on blogging, business, social media, Internet marketing, and making money online. These lists included a variety of experts who are seasoned in their niche, as well as some who have gained a lot of notoriety in just their first year. The following are some of my personal favorites.
- 100 Marketers You Must Follow on Twitter – This list contains the main blogs, Twitter ID’s, and other major accomplishments by top marketers in the industry.
- 50 Most Influential People in Blogging – This list contains the main blogs and Twitter handles of 50 experienced and new bloggers who have established themselves as experts in their niche.
- 30 Bloggers to Watch – This list was created in January and contains bloggers that have lived up to the hype and become very well respected in their niche throughout the year.
- 20 Social Media Divas You Should Be Following – This list includes 20 amazing women who are experts in the social media marketing arena.
- 125 Women in Blogging – After the hard work I put into this one, I would be crazy not to consider it a favorite of mine! This list contains the blog, Twitter, and latest posts from solely female bloggers.
What Did I Learn From Compiling and Being on Lists
I’m sure that between my list and the others above, there were many bloggers that were caught off-guard. I know I certainly was when I made Social Media Examiner’s list of social media blogs at the beginning of the year.
One thing I learned from that experience which I wanted to share with you is to prepare your blog to be ready for exposure at any moment, because you never know when your site might get the attention it deserves in a major way, such as being listed or hitting the homepage of social networks such as Digg.
What do you need to do to prepare for such exposure? It depends on your niche and your site’s goals, but some suggestions include:
- Optimizing site speed.
- Considering implications of a popup opt-in form.
- Emphasizing following options for your blog.
- Creating your elevator pitch.
- Displaying your opt-in box (beyond popups).
- Highlighting your best content.
- Updating key pages.
- Listing your main categories.
Click here to read more about how (and why) you should do the above items – consider it a checklist of things to go through to get your blog ready to be taken to new heights in 2011!
Your Favorite Lists
Now, needless to say there are a ton of other lists containing even more bloggers and marketing types. Please share your favorite lists of experts in the comments below!