My Favorite 2010 Search & Social Awards Nominees

Search & Social Awards

This past Monday morning, when I started my day with the usual routine checking of my TweetCaster mention alerts, I was greeted with the following tweet from @LorenBaker:

Search & Social Awards Best of Blogging Tweet

Talk about a great start to the day. In just a few hours, I had the Search and Social Awards banner in my sidebar and had sent out a tweet asking readers for support.

Since then, I have gotten a few messages from people mentioning that they were not familiar with many of the nominees. So I would like to take a moment to introduce you to some of my favorites in the nominee list, plus a sampling of some of their recent top posts.

Nominees for Best SEO Blog of 2010

Here are my favorite SEO (Search Engine Optimization) blogs out of the 22 nominees listed.

Daily SEO Tip

Daily SEO Tip is a blog that covers everything from SEO, link building, social media, blogging, and keyword tools. It is run by Loren Baker of Search Engine Journal and Ann Smarty, which many bloggers will recognize as the founder of My Blog Guest and author of many great guest blogs across the web, including on Famous Bloggers.

Daily SEO Tip

A Sampling from Daily SEO Tip

SEM Group Blog

SEM Group Blog is run by Gerald Weber, also known as @the_gman on Twitter. He is definitely one of the friendliest SEO’s out there, always sharing great articles and tips. His blog focuses on many topics including blogging, copywriting, social media, SEO, technology, and much more. He also contributes to Famous Bloggers.

SEM Group Blog

A Sampling from SEM Group Blog

Stay on Search

Stay on Search is a search and social media marketing focused blog that also covers tools, design & development, and e-commerce. Owner Mark Thompson‘s recent product launch is the Link Builder’s Toolkit – a spreadsheet full of resources to help you build links, from blog directories to forums to classifieds plus a section on search operators and how to use them to find link opportunities.

Stay on Search

A Sampling from Stay on Search

Nominee for Best Search News Blog of 2010

Here is my pick for the best search news blog out of the 11 nominees listed.

Search Engine Journal

Search Engine Journal covers the latest in search engine marketing news including SEO, social media, link building, PPC, and tools. I was reading this site long before I became a contributing author, and many of their informative posts have appeared in the weekly roundups on Friday.

Search Engine Journal

A Sampling from Search Engine Journal

Nominee for Best CRO/Conversion Blog of 2010

Here is my pick for the best CRO (Conversion Rate Optimization) blog out of the 7 nominees listed.


GrokDotCom makes my favorites list simply because they are a one of the strongest dofollow blogs out there. They have a huge section of archives covering conversion and marketing topics.


A Sampling from GrokDotCom

Nominee for Best Social Media Blog of 2010

Here is my pick for the best social media blog out of the 10 nominees listed.


Techipedia by Tamar Weinberg covers all things social media, with a list of categories that focus on all of the major social networking sites.


A Sampling from Techipedia

Nominees for Best Blog for Bloggers of 2010

Here are my pics for best blog for bloggers out of the 7 nominees listed.


Yes, this is the category that Kikolani is nominated for. I’m not going to toot my own horn, but just say that I hope that my readers find this site valuable enough to vote for it. Some posts that I would like to toss in to help weigh in on that decision include:

A Sampling from Kikolani


ProBlogger is definitely worth a vote in this category. Why do I give them a vote? Darren Rowse‘s 31 Days to Building a Better Blog course, which I took for free a year ago (and later bought the workbook), changed my blog on the first day’s task – creating an elevator pitch. That exercise helped me define my site’s purpose for the first time which has led to it’s success today in blogging and social media topics.


A Sampling from ProBlogger

Nominee for Best SMM Blog of 2010

Here is my pick for the best SMM (Social Media Marketing) blog out of the 9 nominees listed.

Chris Brogan

Chris Brogan‘s blog is about business oriented social media marketing. I must admit that it is usually a bit more business and PR than I usually get into, but some recent posts have been very interesting to me, and since some of my favorite social media sites are not in the mix of nominees, this is the one I choose as my favorite out of the bunch.

Chris Brogan

A Sampling from Chris Brogan

Your Vote

I wish I could have talked about everyone on the nominees list, as there are many great sites listed, but a post about 150 blogs would be a bit lengthy. So please add your comments below in praise of other nominees, who you would have liked to see on the list, and any other thoughts!

UPDATE: Voting has officially closed.

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    • says

      Thanks… I really appreciate your vote and spreading the word for all of the Famous Bloggers on the list! I also expect to see your site on there next year!

  1. says

    Congrats Kristi! You’re doing an excellent job! And these blogs deserve the nomination.
    Very good luck and voting :)



    • says

      You’re welcome. If nothing else, I hope the ones here and on the full list will give readers some new sites to get valuable information.

  2. Josh says

    That’s a really good summary Kristi. Thanks for taking time to put it together. Are you heading to SSSS?

    • says

      Glad you enjoyed it. Unfortunately, no I won’t be attending. I am hoping to go to one of the conferences this year… just haven’t made it yet.

  3. says

    This is the first time i heard about the Search and Social Award. I will vote for you Kristi! Best luck to you to win the award. :)

    • says

      I thought the awards were bigger… but it is the first time a lot of people have heard of it. Thanks for the vote! :)

  4. says

    Thanks Kristi, some great analysis of the runners and riders there. I’d quite like Gerald to get some recognition for the great work he does, and your good self deserves an award too!

    • says

      Right now, it’s really about being included. With all of the blogs out there, it’s nice to know that people thought highly enough of this one to nominate it which tells me that my hard work into the site is really worth it because it is not only helpful but memorable.

    • says

      Thanks for sticking it out! I had a few people tell me I wasn’t on there, but they didn’t realize how massive the survey was. I appreciate it! :)

  5. says


    I just ran into your blog today by random. I’ve seen your name before on John Sullivan’s blog but never had a chance to check it out. There are so many great sites out there and not enough spare time to see them all.

    Your Friday Mashup is great. I enjoy reading through it even if I will only have time to check out a tiny fraction of the recommendations. The fault of that darn pesky thing called working to pay the bills.
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