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50 Most Influential Bloggers of 2009

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Super Star Bloggers You Need To Check Out

It is around 3 years since I first started blogging and if you have been following My Story you will know I have come along way.

But what is most amazing to me is just how far some of my featured Top Bloggers of 2009 have come. It almost feels crazy to think that many of these bloggers started their blogs at home, in a spare room or bedroom, just like most of us and yet today they are ‘famous‘ all over the world for their blogging.

I have said it many times on this site and in my Blogging eCourse – the OPPORTUNITIES in blogging are almost endless and today’s post of the fifty most influential bloggers of 2009 proves it.

Before you check out the list completely I would like to just draw attention to 3 individuals in particular who have been a huge inspiration to me. (Actually very hard to pick out three – because as soon as I did it – I could think of three more who equally could appear here)

The first is our No 1 Blogger (Video Blogger) – Gary Vaynerchuk. I was fortunate last September to visit with Gary in his offices in New York and do this interview. I don’t think I really need to explain why Gary is No 1. You would have to be living under a rock in the last 12 months to not know who Gary is.

Gary comes out with the most profound statements – he states the TRUTH in a unique and inspiring way and the quote below by Gary acts as a very good reminder to all of us.

”People are always talking about what you’re doing now… To me, it’s not what you’re doing now, it’s about where you’re going.”

The second individual I would like to give a special mention to is Timothy Sykes. I have also met with Timothy in New York (a different trip) and his insights and business wisdom has been a huge help to me personally. Timothy has also done an interview for me and you can find it in this Earning Big Money With Blogging post.

And finally there is my good friend James Schramko. James is such an amazing guy and a very generous teacher who has been a huge influence on what I have done with You can see my interview with James at this post: Work At Home Dad – Dominates Affiliate Marketing

Please Note

There is no scientific way to choose those who are on the list, these are purely the people who I know have impacted the way I and my friends do blogging. If you feel that we have missed anyone out, please leave a comment below.

I hope you are inspired you to follow in the footsteps of these most influential bloggers of 2009 – I know I am

I look forward to your comments below and it would also be great to hear who has inspired you the most to build a better blog!

To Our Success


#1 Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk Why Gary Made The List
Gary has shown the blogging world that anyone can be successful at blogging as long as they are passionate about what they are talking about. Gary is one of the world’s best video bloggers and has set a high standard for everyone else who wants to make it in video blogging. He has just released his first book “Crush It” where he shares how to cash in on your passion which no doubt will inspire thousands of new starts ups around the world.Websites
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#2 Collis Ta’eed

Collis Ta’eed Why Collis Made The List
In 3 years has gone from living in his wife’s parent’s garage to running one of the largest and most successful blog networks. Thousands of blogs have started with the aim to have a fraction of the success Collis has had in the blogging world. Collis’s network boasts over 430,000 twitter and RSS readers earning his company several million dollars a year!Websites
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#3 Darren Rowse

Darren Rowse Why Darren Made The List
Darren in the past year has gone from strength to strength, now with 3 super successful blogs and 100,000’s of RSS readers, he really does know what he is doing. Darren has monetized his Problogger website in two new ways this year, by adding a paid forum and an eBook which has influenced a lot of other bloggers to follow suit.Websites
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#4 Timothy Sykes

Timothy Sykes Why Timothy Made The List
Timothy is doing things the way they should be, you don’t have to just monetize your website with banner adverts, and you want to diversify your income so it comes in multiple streams. Timothy has earned over $150,000 in one month from his blog and makes it look so easy, check out one of his monthly blogging reports to see how he does it!Websites
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#5 Tim Ferris

Tim Ferris Why Tim Made The List
Tim is a angel investor and blogger. He was nominated as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People of 2007, and is the author of The 4-Hour workweek which has been written and sold in 35 different languages. The book hit #1 in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and was also a BusinessWeek bestseller.Websites
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#6 Pete Cashmore

Pete Cashmore Why Pete Made The List
Pete deserves to be on our list because he started the most popular social networking blog online to date, Mashable. Mashable has then acquired many authors to write daily content on the social side of the internet, including news, reviews and new web startups. Pete is an inspiration to everyone in the blogosphere.
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#7 Michael Arrington

Michael Arrington Why Michael Made The List
He is a corporate attorney who left law to become a Web entrepreneur. When he took a year off, and returned to the work world, he started blogging as a way to understand the new Web start-ups that had arisen in his absence. TechCrunch took off, and he soon found himself an accidental power broker. Another success story for those who blog about their passion and the money and success follow.Websites
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#8 Vitaly Friedman

Vitaly Friedman Why Vitaly Made The List
Vitaly made our list because he started up one of the most popular design blogs on the internet that teaches thousands of people daily principles of design. Smashing Magazine is known in every corner of the internet. The content served up on this blog daily is amazing. Designers can head over to Smashing Magazine and expect to find something new, original and juicy each and every day.
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#9 Brian Clark

Brian Clark Why Brian Made The List
Brian Clark most well known for CopyBlogger and Thesis Theme is one of my favorite bloggers because he keeps everything clean and hasn’t sold his soul to get to where he has today. His theme has been a huge hit among bloggers making it easy for those who want to customize their blog to do so. Can’t wait to see what 2010 brings…Websites
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#10 Alborz Fallah

Alborz Fallah Why Alborz Made The List
Alborz made our top 50 list because he is the creator / founder of Australia’s fastest growing automotive editorial site, Their posts, reviews, news and photos they put up on the site makes it stand out from the competition. Alborz is a big influence to many car lovers.
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#11 Lisa Stone

Lisa Stone Why Lisa Made The List
Lisa made our list for her compassion and work she has done on her web statup, blogher. Lisa co-founded (the woman’s blog network). Blogher reaches more than 15 million woman each month, via the website and conferences. Keep up the great work Lisa!
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#12 Yaro Starak

Yaro Starak Why Yaro Made The List
Yaro known in my circle of friends as the nice guy in blogging who lets his products and blogging speak for themselves. I have interviewed him twice and both times the wealth of information he has shared for FREE has been astonishing. For those who are new or advanced with blogging, check out his course’s as he has something for everyone.Websites
Become A Blogger
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#13 Adii Rockstar

Adii Rockstar Why Adii Made The List
Adii Rockstar is a remarkable man, which is why he has scored so high up in our list. Adii renamed himself just for marketing purposes, that’s how passionate he is. He owns one of the biggest theme websites, WooThemes, and blogs on his personal blog He has recently started video-blogging, which has been a huge success. Adii’s posts are very genuine, plus he started one of the biggest blog theme websites, that’s why he is a big influence in the blogging world.
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#14 Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington Why Arianna Made The List
Arianna made it to our list because she is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the famous Huffington Post. The Huffington post is an online styled newspaper / blog that writes about politics, business and entertainment. Arianna’s website is read by hundreds of thousands of people.
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#15 Matthew Mullenweg

Matthew Mullenweg Why Matthew Made The List
Without Matthew half of the people on this list wouldn’t be doing what they are today. Matt is the founder of the world’s best and most well known blogging software, WordPress. The reason he is on the list is because without all the new features Matt and his company release each month, we wouldn’t be having the results we are having today.Websites
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#16 James Schramko

James Schramko Why James Made The List
Another person I met at the Underground in 2009, James has really set a new standard for affiliate blogging. If you took James’s site and put it along side some of the top blogs in our list and looked at the traffic, James would only have a small fraction of their traffic but would most likely be earning more! Check out James’s website and learn how to create a affiliate funnel to bring in a lot more money from your blog!Websites
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#17 Pawan Agrawal

Pawan Agrawal Why Pawan Made The List
Pawan first came to my notice back in 2007 when he launched MaxBlogPress Stripe Ad which is a stripe advert along the top of a blog which can still be seen on some of the blogs that made this list. Since then he has released multiple new products including WordPress Wizard, an eBook teaching you how to create a successful blog and also a WordPress plugin convert text into affiliates links.Websites
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#18 Brian Gardner

Brian Gardner Why Brian Made The List
Brian made our list because he has come so far in so little time. Around 2 years ago he had never owned a domain name or touched a piece of WordPress code. Today, he has a nice blog, and offers services alongside his blogging which include WordPress theme design, Website Strategy and Internet Marketing.
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#19 Gina Trapani

Gina Trapani Why Gina Made The List
Gina is a Technophile, writer, and coder. She has her own podcast named TWIg, blogs on and also blogs about tech, is a programmer and also is a book author of “Upgrade Your Life: The Lifehacker Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, Better”. She is also a Sun certified Java programmer who builds Firefox extensions and web applications.
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#20 Jeremy Schoemaker

Jeremy Schoemaker Why Jeremy Made The List
Jeremy made our list because of the content he publishes on Shoemoney teaches people how to make money online, something Jeremy is very good at, and passionate about. He is a very clever man, and his website gets thousands of daily readers. Jeremy is a big player in the blogosphere, and there is much to learn from himself and his website.
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#21 Chris Brogan

Chris Brogan Why Chris Made The List
Chris teaches entrepreneurs and bloggers how to use social media to build their business and brand. Chris can be seen speaking at some of the biggest events around the world and tweeting tips to his 100,000 twitter following.Websites
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#22 John Chow

John Chow Why John Made The List
John Chow, also known as the dot com mongol blogs about his life, and the miscellaneous ramblings of the dot com lifestyle. John influences many people, and teaches them how to make money online. All of Johns posts are original, fresh and interesting, not just your standard stuff. That’s why he shines over many competitors in the blogosphere. I have read Johns blog since a very early age when I was in school, back when he had just over 1,000 RSS Readers. Since then his blog has grown dramatically along with the internet. Keep up the good work John!
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#23 David Risley

David Risley Why David Made The List
David launched two blogging products this year, 3 day money and blog masters club which were both a big hit in the blogging world. David is most well known for being a 6 figure blogger in the tech industry but has recently been looked at as more of a guru to the bloggers. Look out in the coming months for the relaunch of his blogging membership website.Websites
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#24 Andy Beard

Andy Beard Why Andy Made The List
I always have know about Andy but never spent much time reading his content but earlier in the year I contacted him for a review and the wealth of knowledge he sent back in an email was just remarkable, a guy every blogger should be speaking with!
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#25 Mario Lavandeira

Mario Lavandeira Why Mario Made The List
Mario made our top 50 list because he is the founder of, one of the biggest celebrity blogs. The notorious gossip columnist brands himself as queen of all media. The website has thousands of daily readers, and attracts alot of attention. Mario inspires many with his daily articles about news, celeb and gossip.
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#26 Steve Pavlina

Steve Pavlina Why Steve Made The List
Steve writes a blog about personal development for smart people. Although his site has a plain design, its booming with traffic, so it just goes to show content is king. Steve has his own podcast and also speaks at many events. His blog attracts more than 2 millions readers every month! His book “Personal Development for Smart People” was published back in 2008, and since then been translated in to several languages.
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#27 Heather B. Armstrong

Heather B. Armstrong Why Heather Made The List
Heather, the founder of made our list because of her compassion as a blogger and writer. Her website makes enough money to support her family, and enabled her husband to quit his day job. Heather has wrote books which include “It Sucked and Then I Cried” and “Things I Lenard About My Dad In Therapy”. Websites
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#28 Jake and Amir

Jake and Amir Why Jake and Amir Made The List
When I think of funny videos, I think of college humor. Jake and Amir created this awesome website that attracts tens of thousands of daily readers. They have inspired thousands with their network of funny humorous videos, awesome images and funny ramblings.
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#29 Al Carlton

Al Carlton Why Al Made The List
I first met Al by accident in 2006 on Digital Point forums and somehow I got him on MSN, after a random chat I realized he was one of top earning bloggers I knew but had one of the best business models. Simply blog about what you love and the money followed, TOP bloke, making blogging a more fun place.
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#30 Robb Sutton

Robb Sutton Why Robb Made The List
Anyone who can get given over $100,000 worth of products to review for their blog in under 18 months is someone to be watching. I have been really impressed with what Robb has done in such a short time from his first blog, anyone who wants to make money reviewing products should check out his site. Websites
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#31 Nick La

Nick La Why Nick Made The List
Nick made the list because he has influenced so many individuals including myself from a very young age. I remember reading his first blog ndesign-studio when I was in school. Nicks artwork, blog posts and overall designs influenced so many people and his site grew very fast. He then went on to launch bestwebgallery, webdesignerwall and recently icondock. Nick is a true inspiration to the art & design side of blogging.
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#32 Daniel Scocco

Daniel Scocco Why Daniel Made The List
Daniel made this list for a couple reasons, he has a small popular blog network know as “Daily” which he earns a full time living from but the really great thing about his blogs is his following, so many people have 10,000s of subscribers but they don’t seem to take action, care what you write about or share their point of view. This is not the case with Daniel’s blog, he has a strong community built around him that everyone should aspire to have.Websites
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#33 Ewdison Then

Ewdison Then Why Ewdison Made The List
Ewdison contacted me earlier in the year when he saw me publish a post of the top earning bloggers, he mentioned he saw me it on Twitter and that he was earning over $60,000 a month from his tech blog. Ewdison has a great network of blogs where he uses several monetization techniques to make sure he doesn’t keep all his eggs in one basket.Websites
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#34 Hongkiat Lim

Hongkiat Lim Why Hongkiat Made The List
Hongkiat Lim blogs on his very well known site He teaches people daily how to design, by providing tutorials, inspirational showcases and huge sets of resources for bloggers and designers. Hongkiat is a true inspiration to now only bloggers, but web designers.
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#35 Alvin Phang

Alvin Phang Why Alvin Made The List
Alvin is most well known for being the author of his eBook “Atomic Blogging” which teaches new bloggers how to make money from a blog. Alvin has made over $300,000 from blogging in the last 3 years and when asked if he would take twice that to work a 9 – 5 job again, would he take it? Phang replies, “Of course not, I will never do it, even if I am broke because I treasure and love the freedom of being my own boss”.Websites
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#36 Fabio Sasso

Fabio Sasso Why Fabio Made The List
Fabio started one of the most inspirational design blogs ever made, called Abduzeedo. There are some outstanding design showcases posted on there every month. His blog is all over search engine results, and he teaches thousands of people Photoshop every day. An inspirational person for sure, and that’s why he deserves to be on our Inspirational bloggers 2009 list.
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#37 Leo Babauta

Leo Babauta Why Leo Made The List
Leo runs one of the top blogs in the world with over 140,000 subscribers he sure knows what people want out of a blog, CONTENT! Recently Leo has released a new blog teaching people how to write great content for there blog and how to create better blog posts. Leo proves to us all that you don’t need no $5000 design job, just a really clean, simple theme will do the job if your writing is up to scratch!Websites
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#38 Walter Apai

Walter Apai Why Walter Made The List
Walter made our list for sure with his website WebDesignerDepot. WDD has a large twitter base of over 60,000 people. Walter writes daily articles for WebDesignerDepot, including inspirational showcases and galleries, tutorials, tips and tricks, and ramblings. Walter has inspired many with his extremely creative, original and colorful website.
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#39 Ted Murphy

Ted Murphy Why Ted Made The List
Ted Matters because he has created two great companies to help bloggers monetize their websites, them being IZEA and PayPerPost. IZEA represents over 250,000 bloggers and 25,000 advertisers worldwide. Put simply, they help advertisers identify people who will promote their products and services on their blog.Websites
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#40 David Leggett

David Leggett Why David Made The List
I first met David back in March after convincing him to come to Yanik Silver’s underground event. We both sat down in the lobby with other attendees giving out blogging advise and setting up there blogs. When I returned home to England he took my idea for IncomeDiary and brought it to a whole new level. Leggett adds the wow factor to every site he gets his hands on, if you ever get the chance to work with him, take it!
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#41 Skellie

Skellie Why Skellie Made The List
We think Skellie deserves to be on the list, because she manages all of the Tuts+ network which is owned by Envato. That Tuts+ network consists of many different tutorial blog sites including the famous PSDTuts that started it all out, NetTuts, AETuts and so many more. Its the biggest tutorial networks on the internet today and every day teaches thousands of people about design and programming.
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#42 Rosalind Gardner

Rosalind Gardner Why Rosalind Made The List
Rosalind made our list because she is a truly inspirational person. When she first started blogging, she received a first check for $10.99, and by the end of the year was turning over $5,000 a month. Rosalind blogs about affiliate marketing, blogging, content development, traffic generation, business strategy and many more topics.
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#43 Michael Martine

Michael Martine Why Michael Made The List
Michael has been exploring the web and making websites since 1997. He created his first blog in the year 2000, and since then has come a long way. Michael runs where he blogs about marketing, and also coaches individuals and large groups about blogging.
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#44 Rob Benwell

Rob Benwell Why Rob Made The List
I first met Rob back in 2006 when he spoke at Yanik Silver’s underground seminar and he shared a wealth of information about blogging, some stuff people haven’t even heard of yet! When it comes to blogging, this guy knows his stuff! 3 years old and he has made over a million dollars from blogging and from selling his best selling eBook on blogging!Websites
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#45 Lorelle VanFossen

Lorelle VanFossen Why Lorelle Made The List
Lorelle is most well known for helping people learn more about blogging and WordPress. On her personal blog which is surprisingly still hosted on the domain she gives out tips, advice and techniques for blogging and using WordPress.Websites
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#46 Chris Garrett

Chris Garrett Why Chris Made The List
Chris co-authored the ProBlogger book with Darren Rowse which shares secrets for blogging your way to a Six-Figure Income. As well as his the book and his personal blog, Chris writes for some of the biggest blogs on the internet including Blog Herald, FreelanceSwitch and CopyBlogger.Websites
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#47 Carl Ocab

Carl Ocab Why Carl Made The List
I first found out about Carl when he was 13 years old and he had launched his first main blog about making money online. Carl has made this list because he has set a standard for ALL young bloggers who want to make money blogging. He has inspired and shown that anyone young can get online blogging and make it big. Although Carl hasn’t blogged much this year, he released a premium blog theme which has been really popular among some of the top bloggers.Websites
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#48 Joost de Valk

Joost de Valk Why Joost Made The List
Joost is well known for his search engine marketing and speed to user experience, the things a lot of people forget, yet are really important. On his personal blog and at live events,  he shares tips and tricks for WordPress users to get more out of there blogs.Websites
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#49 Jack Humphrey

Jack Humphrey Why Jack Made The List
Jack runs the Friday traffic report, which is a blog on blog marketing tips. Jack talks about blog promotion, social marketing, interviews people, link building tips and many more. He also has his own radio show. Jack has influenced many bloggers, and has a huge reader audience.
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#50 Lisa Irby

Lisa Irby Why Lisa Made The List
LIsa Irby deserves to be on our list, because she created the website where all beginners can go to find out how to create a blog from start to finish. The brainstorming process, design process and finishing result all included. Lisa has influenced many new people into creating their own blog using her forever growing guide. Also included in her free online guide are video tutorials, free blog creation software / builders and many more tips and tricks.

To Our Success,

Michael Dunlop

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  • Fabio Sasso, Collis, Matt, John Chow, Walter Apai and Lim (Which I´ve interviewed past month)

    are my favorite bloggers… discovering the others. thank you for sharing this cool info.

    • Carson Shold

      I’ve been following Fabio for a while, but just started reading some of John Chow’s stuff too. Simply incredible!

      Great post, thanks guys.

  • Great list Michael. These guys are just “awesome” !

    I have learned a lot just by reading these blogger’s blog…

  • designium

    you forget my blog 😀 just kidding 😀

    really impressive collection, this guys are for sure on the most Influential Bloggers of this year!

    nice work!

  • Thanks Michael for the great post as usual!

  • Muzi Mohale

    an impressive list which any aspiring blogger must know…thank you Michael, didn’t know half of the bloggers on the list and shall make an effort to checkout their respective blogs.

  • caeser

    you forgot Mic Dunlop.

    nice post though

  • Tammy

    Hey Michael….Why am i not on the list 😉
    just kidding.
    Great list! Maybe one day people will get as excited about Collectibles as they’ve have done about wine 🙂

  • Great list. But why are there so few women on it? Does this reflect your focus (bias?) or are women bloggers somehow less “influential”?

    • I LOVE your comment, Barry! I wondered the same thing?????????

      • Michael

        Hey Guys,

        I don’t think it’s that, I just think I have picked the people who have influensed the way I and my friends blog. I can’t really think of any females who have made a difference to how I blog. Just me being honest, would love to change that in future posts though!


  • Jennifer | Beauty & Your Biz

    What a great and diversified resource. I’m aware of several of the bloggers and I look forward to acquainting myself with many more of them.
    Thanks for putting the list together.

  • Niranjan Ranade

    Amazing list Michael. A great inspiration and true motivation for people who were on fence to jump in and get started now with blogging. You deliver great content and are reachable via email always. I am learning a lot from you. Blogging is a great way to make money online and you show it step-by-step for free. Thank you very much…

  • very nicely done. excellent list Michael. Hope my blog would be here in this list for 2010 🙂

  • Larry Brauner

    Inspiring. Gives me one more goal to work toward. 50 Most Influential Bloggers of 2010. Perhaps 2011? 😉

  • Vandana

    This is a good compilation!

  • elizabeth harrington

    What a cool list-some of my favorites..and a bunch of new ones..all to help us embrace, engage and explore..oh and make money in this world of blogging! Thanks so much!
    Great resource!

  • Zulfikar

    Something is wrong here! Erm where in the list is Income Diary? Thats totaly unbiased of you 😛

    I must admit, those are a tough bunch of top bloggers and its gona take some doing for us newbies to break in that list – but we gona do it somehow 🙂

  • ikuzam

    from the 50 top blogger i only alway visit daren blog….hahaha 😉

  • Hmmm. Lots o’mens on this list. We’re not making money, but have many humorous videos as a pair (sisters) to rival Jake and Amir. We’re just OLDER!!

    KK and SalGal

  • Adam

    Nice! verry interesting!


  • Daniel Matthews

    Great list of people here, most I already know of and follow but now have added a few more to my list. With so many people and websites to visit each day it’s a wonder how I actually get any work done!


  • Thanks for the post. Since I have much to learn I have bookmarked many of these sites. Thanks

  • Sunil

    great list , thanks for the info.

  • This is certainly a good list of people to help me set the bar for my own blog. Thanks for the great information all in one place.


  • Adam Teece

    Great post. Got 3 new blogs to read now.

  • Shane – Inspiring Interviews

    Completely agree with every single one of them! Although.. I think they should all be #1!

  • Kelly Watson | Womenwise Marketing

    Wait a minute … 50 bloggers, and eight of them are women? That’s 16%.

    I don’t mean to criticize your choices — I think they’re great — but maybe you should diversify your reading material.

    • Michael


      Maby you would like to suggest some women on the list if it’s so easy 😉


      • Kelly:

        You know I’m a fan of yours but I must say that if I was creating a best of list I wouldn’t even THINK to make sure that there was an equal number of women vs. men… To me, that’s like me saying, “Yo Michael! What the heck… only 9 of these people have glasses! Real bloggers wear glasses, dude!”

        • Michael

          Hey Dave,

          Exactly my point, I looked for the best, I don’t look for any race, gender or anything in particular apart from how they impacted the blogging world.


        • Andy

          That’s a really good point.

        • Kelly Watson | Womenwise Marketing

          I wouldn’t expect (or want) anyone to add women to a list just to even the gender ratio. But I thought it was worth pointing out.

          My selections are biased by my interests, but since you asked, I’m a huge fan of Keri Smith, who started “ad-free blog;” Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond, Copyblogger’s Sonia Simone and social media guru Mari Smith … to name just a few. The founders of BlogHer could also be considered very influential.

          Now that I’m listing my own favorite female bloggers, I wonder who my own readers would choose … you may have just sparked an idea for a new blog post 🙂

        • Kelly Watson

          It’s not the real BLOGGERS who wear glasses; it’s the real SEO experts … get your facts straight, Dave!

  • Terrific list, I especially like the problogger and zen habits!

  • Debbie Ferm

    I would like to see a list of the top 50 blogs that are not about making money, how to blog, etc. I have been reading a lot of them lately, and certainly appreciate the advice I have found, but would enjoy finding out about more bloggers who’ve had success with other content.


    Debbie Ferm

  • MoneyEnergy

    Great list – thanks for introducing me to many of these names! Some of them are already mentors, but I’m looking forward to checking out more of these sites.

  • Robert Barr

    Nice inspirational list. Bunch of nice people overall who have carved out a fantastic life doing what they love!

  • Okay, now I am in the know, I recognized about 30 out of 50 of these bloggers, so I feel like I am recognizing the blogging giants out there. Wonder if I will eventually make the list, long way to go to reach 6 figures by blogging.

  • Wesley Donehue

    Brian Gardner deserves to be on this list. He’s done amazing work for me and many of my clients.

    Besides his work, Brian is a fantastic human being. Work with this guy if you get the chance.

  • It’s inspiring, if did they it, so that not I? Thanks for the great information, I will spend the afternoon seening their bloggs!

  • Henrik Blunck – Denmark

    Your list is fine. I am somewhat surprised that so many names were unknown, but I guess it gives me a unique chance to read a lot of new blogs.

    I could have wished a guy like Joel Comm had made the list, but think it’s good to see people’s top-50 lists so we can see what we each think are “noteworthy” blogs.

    Keep up the good work. 🙂

  • CapreeK

    Wow – you’ve just introduced me to thousands of hours of new reading material! Thanks for the awesome (and valuable) list!

  • Hey Michael,

    Thanks very kindly for including me in your list – in the company of Arianna Huffington, indeed!

    I’m truly honored!


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  • Michael,
    Nice list and thanks.
    Clearly if I made such a list you would be on there as I think your stuff is fantastic and you seem like a pretty genuine guy.

    What amazes me is that I’ve actually met a few of these guys (John Chow and Darren Rowse) and they are down to earth and regular guys.
    So I’m gonna make my list and share soon.

    The female comment is hard, I only read one females’s blog, well two now that I think about it, I’ve never thought about it.

  • harveyclay

    Wow – what an amazing list. I have my next 50 nights of study lined up! If I can learn 1 thing from each of these blogging superstars, my goal of making the list will become reality! I am reading CrushIt now, and met Gary V last week in Baltimore! Congrats to Gary and the rest of the Top 50!

  • April

    Great list! Usually I don’t pay much attention to these kind of lists because there’s so much bias in them but this is a good representation and I like that you’ve spread it out and covered a variety of genres, niches, etc.

  • Joshua Dorkin

    Awesome list Michael! I’m surprised how many of these I didn’t know about, and I’ve certainly added a few to my reader. Thanks for compiling it!

  • Ted Murphy

    Still not sure how I made this list but it is much appreciated.

  • Great list. Perhaps 50 is just a small number as there are a lot more bloggers that are influential and earns a lot of money doing what they love.

  • Satria Nugraha

    Really great list.
    It’s interesting to explore their success to learn.

  • Christock

    Very interesting influential list of bloggers! It’s amazing to see that I know almost half the websites stated here and become in awe with the people who are the ones behind it. just goes to show the indirect influence they have over us eh?

    ps- credits to Matthew, for without him, possibly MOST of us wouldn’t be so actively involved in the blogging world!

  • Great list!

  • Shari Feuz

    This list is so helpful, thank you. One of the most valuable success strategies I learned from Anthony Robbins is to ‘model’ successful people and behaviours. I just launched my blog and have been looking for successful blogging strategies to model. This list has made it so easy to do just that! Anyone know of a Top 50 Fitness & wellness blogger list or should I get to work on creating one?

  • Julius

    NICE list! I”m a follower of many of these & agree 99% of these folks deserve more than a pat on the back! Thank goodness for Mashable & friends these days.

    I have to admit, though, seeing Heather/Dooce made me cringe (though I knew she’d be in there somewhere) …. I was once a raving fan of her compelling stories and touching anecdotes. Recently she’s become nearly unreadable (you’ve heard it – bully, drama queen, money monger – “unfortunately” I’ve jumped on the “bandwagon”) and only wish she’d focus on great writing like in the past.

    End of rant 😉 Thanks again for this list – most these guys & gals are truly inspirational and darn freakin SMART PEOPLE. Nice!

  • Well, Michael, you’ve done it again. A fantastic compilation, complicating my life with more must-read blogs. Up to now, I have just followed loyally yours and Tim Ferris’s.
    So I’m wondering–if next year, I have achieved my goal of having 100 people become millionaires from the free ideas on my blog, will I make your list? Somehow I doubt it’s that easy, but still a worthy aspiration–not making the millionaires, but making your list. Keep up the amazing work.

    • Michael

      Hello Jerry,

      Thanks very much, glad you enjoy my blog! I checked over your blog and will email you later as there is lot’s of things you could be doing to make more of an impact.


  • nice to see some of the faces for the first time. great post! just wondering why hypebeast or thesartorialist ain’t in the list.

  • Partha


    I am a regular reader of your site. This is really a very nice list your had complied. The way your are blogging, I hope to see you very soon on this list.

    Best of luck

  • If one is not in a list it should not be taken on a personal level this is my belief one need not go on an ego trip over it

    your list is your thought process and when one reads ,that must keep that in mind

    i am sure even for you making this list must have not been easy you must be appreciating many more..

    I like your answers to the comments . 🙂


  • Nwaz

    ooops correction in my earlier comment please do the needful thanks : that must be kept in mind please

  • Rick Resch

    Hello Michael,
    Ignore the critics. A blogger should be ranked by the VALUE they contribute to society and I think you presented the most influential ones. I am a Yaro Starak BlogMastermind graduate and I also follow Maria Andros and Katie Freiling. They will call you a sexist or whatever, but if they want things to change they can start their own blog and do a list that is predominately women.
    I’ve read an earlier posting you did along the same lines and the women commented on the bias viewpoint. Complaining about it is not going to improve things. I think you did a fine job. Keep up the good work.

    • Michael

      Hello Rick,

      Thanks for you comment, I agree! The thing is, if you look at any webmaster forum. comments on any of the blogs above and even blog owners themselves, there is more guys by far, there for this would mean more guys will become a success.

      Glad you liked the list,


  • Thanks for featuring WDD! it’s a great privilege being in such great list.

    Great job putting this one together…

    • Andy

      Just keep up the great work Walter, and you will be continually featured on these lists.

  • Erik Felsted

    Great list. Just read Vaynerchuk’s new book…What are the chances of an up-and-comer hitting the list next year?

    Well no matter for me…I like just doing what I’m passionate about and I think everyone should do the same thing. Like Gary says, you will make money when you:

    (1) Love your family
    (2) Work your guts out
    (3) Follow your passion

    I think these rules apply to everyone, including bloggers.

  • safeer

    Nice list and thanks.
    Clearly if I made such a list you would be on there as I think your stuff is fantastic and you seem like a pretty genuine guy.
    What amazes me is that I’ve actually met a few of these guys and they are down to earth and regular guys.
    So I’m gonna make my list and share soon.

  • Novephel

    Great list. Glad to see Darren Rowse right up there!

  • belle


  • All this guys new the priceless value of time and they used it for achivieng seted goals. They must be an inspiration for many people. Hope to be in a list like that someday. Everything is possible!

  • Andy

    That’s a really good point.
    OH! You’re my new favorite blogger fyi

  • Vladart

    ooops, its “knew” and not “new” 🙂

  • Tonya moore

    Your list gives me hope,that I can do it also. It let’s me take a look into the world of those who made it through blogging. Thanks

  • Thanks for spending the time to make such an awesome list. I realise that I know zip about many of those poeple featured. I will do some research on them. Thanks.

  • WOW! GREAT List!!!!

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  • Fruitfulvine2

    This is an awesome resource list. I’ve read and heard about many of these bloggers but stick mainly with Darren Rowse, Brian Clark and Yaro Starak. I am on a quest to learn and grow so I will definitely check out some of the others I didn’t know.

  • henlaub

    Hi Michael

    Nice list with all the roleplayers. I did want to ask why Robert Scoble( did not make it on to your list?

    Can you maybe explain what where the attributes that you looked for ?

  • What a cool thought – obviously took you a lot of time and energy, and your selections show how tuned in you are – cool!

  • lucy

    Interesting list.
    I have to agree with t# 1.
    Ther is alot to be said that anyone can blog into their passion itis a matter of doing so.

  • Congrats to #50 Lisa! She has really guided me through the whole website building process with her website!

  • Ms. Freeman

    I’m excited to say many of these bloggers are in my Feed Reader, and that I have been learning from them. Being a newbie to blogging has been made a lot easier through the content that I read on their blogs as well as yours.

    Thanks for the huge effort you put into this list. That’s why I stop by here regularly. 🙂 Cheers!

    I also like each of thier profile pictures…something I need to work on…its added to my to do list:)

  • This is a great list, I’m super happy for being included as well, thank you very much.

  • Nic

    It’s always dangerous making lists as people will always say ‘what about xxx?’

    However, I think there ios a serious omission: Chris Pearson, creator or the Thesis theme, has influenced so many bloggers. Without him, many people either would have left WordPress, or would have sites that are inferior to what they now have.

    In addition, is a must read for wordpress geeks.

    In my opinion, without Chris on there, the whole list lacks credibility.

  • Sean Wichert, Sr.

    Nice work Collis.


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  • marvinCspw

    I have learned a lot just by reading these blogger’s blog… nice collection

  • Arbel

    No. 50 need to be “NO. 1″…

  • Cynthia

    Great List! Big Fan of Gary and glad to see some new sites I have never heard of!

  • Kris Malena

    Darn it I didn’t make the list this year. Oh well maybe next year. Seriously all the choices were good ones and I knew most of the names on the list.

  • Khristal

    What a inspiration! I hope to make one of these list one day…or should I say I will !

  • Wow – that was a nice find.

    You rock Michael, and thanks for helping me drag my ‘ugly’ blog into the mainstream 😉


    • Michael

      Hey James,

      Had to have you on the list after the changes ive made to my blog in the last few months.


  • George Fourie

    Awesome post! Thanks for excellent resources.

    @James so modest! 🙂

  • Janna

    Great post Michael!

    It’s a real inspiration and an awesome way to find out about more successful bloggers.

    Thanks for sharing the link, James.

  • Incredible list!

    Just being amongst those names is an honor. Thanks for including me and my little corner of the net!

    This will be a great resource for other bloggers as well.

  • Bruce.d.Stewart

    This is a well crafted list,
    I like it looks like Michael knows what content to create for a blog!

    I dont know what some of the whinging is about male v female etc .
    There is no stopping any other person from putting a list together of who they think are the top 50 bloggers .

    A female could put out a list of the top 50 female bloggers.
    I noticed James made the list. Man alive he will have to get a new larger hoodie so is head can fit in it…….

    • Michael

      Hello Bruce,

      Thanks for your kind words and glad that you agree with the approach I took with the list.

      Laughed hard when I saw you comment about James 😉 ha!


  • Craigslist Traffic Master

    Awsome and informative.Thank you.

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  • Curlymess

    And where is Mark Frauenfelder of BoingBoing?

    He’s a great blogger too.

    Very cool list!

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  • Sweet post. I bet the most influencial bloggers are making some decent paychecks too. This is a great list of people to learn from.

  • Make money

    Nice list.I will not say hope to be in this list, I will try to make my own list and be in other lists.But the point is to make money with your blog, be happy and have fun.All the rest are simply science fiction since so many people could make their own lists!

  • sriganesh

    really nice post, and few bloggers i know and they are my fav, but here i came to know more ppl. thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Thanh Lu

    This is a great resource. Thanks for the information. I love the layout of your website, it’s so easy to find things, and the content is short and to the point. Very useful.

    It’s particularly interesting to note that there are more male players than females on the list…where are all the girls in this social media mania? 🙂 Or you’re just more influenced by male interaction than females. Circumstantial, I assume. 🙂

  • Oluniyi David Ajao

    I should be on this list soon. Keep up the good work. 🙂

  • Thanks for the mention Michael, and quite a good list.

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  • congrats to CarL –
    proud to be pinoy !

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  • carry321

    This list is really great I didn’t realize there are so many names that I have not heard of. I get my inspirations from Lisa I and Yaro S. They are really something. WOW!!!!!

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  • Kate Pietschman

    Thanks this was great to check out!

  • Ben Lang

    Amazing list. Im working my way up there!

  • Great Post. Lisa #50 is my girl. Love her! She helped me out so much.

  • david

    Great site and content and the advice and tips from everyone is truly invaluable. I would like to do some joint venture partnerships in the future. Who do you feel maybe interested.

  • Gary Vaynerchuk is the man! He definitely deserves to be #1. His passion is incredible!

  • theheatweb

    waaah! I’m so happy I found this site!! this is really really cool! and this post was the best! Look at those people above! They’re totally unbelievable! Hope someday my name will be listed there. I’m the first Filipino to appear in the “50 Most influential Bloggers of 2011” 🙂

    This is really nice, and it’s inspiring too. I’ll keep on improving my blog. 🙂

  • John Sullivan

    Wow that was awesome I don’t think I’d ever make the list but you never know your blog is tight and I digg it ALOT thanks

  • Don McNulty

    It was great to see this list. There are several names I was unfamiliar with. Now I can look into their sites and read what they have to say with some confidence in them. Thanks!

  • jejijrod

    Quite Inspiring! I read some of the stories, and bought two books referenced. I just started my blog last night. I sure hope someone visits me soon.

  • David Shaw

    Great list.

    There are some bloggers there that I have not read before, many thanks!

  • I agree, great blogger in this list brought a radical change and so there is an obvious influence in the quality of inspirations. Yet looking for more people on the board to lead young blogger like me. webbyarts dot com

  • Awesome list! I follow all the design guys and then some more, these people have so much knowledge to share, it is amazing! Thanks for rounding up!

  • Otto Pop

    Cool list, good job 🙂

  • Thanks for the terrific list–many I didn’t know and learned a lot–which need as have a new blog to get up to speed. BTW–Arianna Huffington has millions of monthly readers [not thousands]. Her traffic rank is #44 in the U.S. ie–love Gary Vaynerchuck but his is around 50K [of course he didn’t have AH’s $20M+ capitalization.] However, the 23-yr old ‘girl’ publisher of didn’t have any $ either, and her traffic stats are twice as high as Gary V’s.

    Thanks again–this is a quality list of great info and very much appreciated!

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  • Hmm. It probably was tasking compiling this list. I happen to know a very few of them in the sense that I have been able to visit their blogs or received emails from them. People like Rosalind Gardner from whose blog I got to know of this subject, Rob Benwell, Steve Pavlina and I think I have heard of Yaro Starak. Great work, Michael. This gives people more blogs to visit and gain one or more things from.

  • Aah I see I am not on the list. Must have just missed it and come in at number 51. LOl.

    Seriously tho a great list of worthy people Many I follow already learning from there fantastic tips and ideas.

    Would have been nice to se what your grading score was. Because there are a few bloggers that I think should have made it.

  • Anderson

    Thanks very much, effort was really helpful to me. Most people fill their articles with stuffs but you have given something really important for others while presenting ideas very clearly and more accurately.

    Thanks again!

  • Uttoran Sen

    nice list, though many were missing from the list and at the same time those that made it can’t be removed either…

    anyways, incomediary too deserves to be in the list, or atleast it is in my list of top 50 🙂

  • woW!!!!! Nice People . it is not easy to make money online, but who decide to make money, they always make money.
    So always think positive.

  • Humbled to be in such excellent company!

    Here’s a suggestion for two woman who definitely deserve to be on this list: Naomi Dunford of IttyBiz and Sonia Simone of Copyblogger and Remarkable Communication.

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  • OnlinePara

    Thank you for your valuable sharing. Was really an impressive list. I wish you good work.

  • Great list… some Bloggers I never heard about it. Thanks.

  • Truely inspriational… thanks for shareing.

  • sammy

    Great List. Add Seth Godin. #1 business blog in the universe.

  • Judy Downing

    Great list! Your choices are “right on” and I love the way you presented each blogger.

  • Congrats Carl,

    You made the list, altough you are in #47 but it is an honor being included in the list.

    More Power Michael

  • Must be a pretty difficult thing to do – analyzing so many blogs/sites and finally coming up with 50.

    • cheryl from thatgirlisfunny

      Hey Jalal,
      I was just thinking the same thing. Imagine how many blogs you’d have to go through. In case you’re wondering, mine was #51 (in my imagination) 😀

  • Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny

    Fantastic list! I’m surprised and delighted to find some people I know, have worked with or whose blogs I have visited on this list. The blogosphere really is a small world. I’m going to visit one person a day and soak in all this good wisdom. Thank you for putting this list together.

  • Damian

    Thanks for the great list. Had most of these folks on my RSS reader but now I’ve got some more. Sweet!

  • Thanks Michael for an excellent list. This would make me the newbie on the block. I’ll admit it. I’m new to blogging. I started my blog four months ago and I’ve had 6,000 visitors.

    I read a lot and when I come across bloggers who say they get a thousand a day, I say, show me the money, honey.

    In the mean time, I’m read,ing, learning and respecting the 50 on the list. My goal is to be on the list, but I think it’s going to take some time to get known.

    Any of the 50 on the list or visitors here willing to help out a new girl? I’d TRULY appreciate it.

    Looking forward to your visit.


    I’d like add too that those are some nice looking pix you’ve chosen. Maybe I need to get something more professional, what do you think?

  • That’s a huge list of pro blogger! I feel proud of HongKiat as he is one of the pro blogger in my country, Malaysia. I’m follower of some other pro blogger like DarrenRowse, Daniel from DailyBlogTips, JohnChow and etc, I’ve learned quite a lot things from them when I first started my blog.

    Thank you Michael for the great list!


  • I love Gary Vaynerchuk’s new book (well audio version is what i have) its honest and its all about real value to your customers.


  • I will not say hope to be in this list, I will try to make my own list and be in other lists.But the point is to make money with your blog, be happy and have fun.All the rest are simply science fiction since so many people could make their own lists!

  • I think “michael dunlop” should be on your list.. 🙂

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  • Love this! I’m always inspired by your blogs here.

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  • TrafficColeman

    Boy..what a list to be on..I know over half of these bloggers and they do put out great content.

    I know I’m unknown at this moment in the blogging world..But I do have a small fans base. and hope to join this list one day.

    Good work Micheal

    ‘”TrafficColeman Singing Off”

  • suroz

    Thanks for sharing this inspirational list.

  • Wow this some heck of a list topping with Gary V. He has changed the way you are able to interact with your market and what that market is. Again your list posts are outstanding best of the web. Thanks

  • Nate Devore

    Good list here. All of these bloggers and entrepreneurs are a huge inspration to myself and others. I noticed not a lot use their own name in the domain name…I wonder if you can still make it with branding your personal name? I see John Chow and a few others but maybe they are the exception to the rule.

    Anyway, great list, keep up the great work and I am so glad I found this!


  • That’s a very good list. I think these people really deserve to be on the list of most influential bloggers of 2k9.

  • Darren Cruz

    I salute you guys! Congratulations for making it on the list!

  • Jim Hill

    You got a great list of bloggers here.

  • Jason Fox

    Nice list. I totally admire these people. Congratulations for making it on the list.

  • Wordpress Themes

    Nice to see Shoemoney and Johnchow there. They truly deserve their online incomes! Can’t believe they make so much money!

  • Why am I not on this list?! 😀

  • Alex Cooper

    Great list. I will have to add some of these to my rss reader.

  • Felix Albutra

    Wow! What a great list. I never thought that my friend Carl would be included here. I think Carl don’t do much blogging this year because he is very busy on his studies.

    But I still saw Carl open his personal email and we sometimes do chatting. Thanks for this Michael. I will try my very best to be one of the stars in blogging. hehehe… I am just dreaming.

  • Couldn’t agree more with the list you have compiled here, even if its a bit out of date now there are some serious big hitters here dominating the IM world!

  • Penny Holowitz

    Perez Hilton is included! Yey! I love Perez. My day wouldn’t be complete without visiting his site.

  • So I constantly think to myself “how many folks can really make money by blogging about how to make money?”
    Then I see your list of people (tons of which I have never even heard of) and I realize that it’s a bigger world than I thought 🙂

  • Joshu Thomas ( OC webmaster Blog)

    nice article man !! how do u collect or get thses information !! any tips ??


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    Another helpful post. It’s about time somebody like you told the truth. Way to go.

  • Moises Alsing

    You popped up on yahoo when I did a search for a subject. Happy I discovered your blog. I’ll subscribe to your RSS feed.. btw.. I was looking for the facebook like icon to add this piece to my feed.. do you have one?

  • Liz – How To Make A Website

    I find it interesting that most of the bloggers are men. 🙂 However, this is a list of the most influential ones… so maybe it just hapenned that way!

    I’ve never felt like I was able to succeed by blogging, but this just proves anyone can do it with hard work, motivation and the right skills.

  • Memo Topper

    Great list Michael. These guys are just “awesome” !

    I have learned a lot just by reading these blogger’s blog…

    Is there a list for 2011?

  • Such amazing list of successful people on the net, I wish I could be one.

  • Great list. I was also expecting to see Ramit, but I do read Tim Ferriss and Leo regularly.