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Top 30 Female Internet Entrepreneurs

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Hello Everyone,

Women more so than men I find do not measure success by money alone but by a lot of things such as happiness, love, friendships, family and the list goes on.  So in recognition of the great numbers of female entrepreneurs out there and in particular those who are active online I have decided not to rank the 30 women listed below by wealth alone but simply  as my list of the “30 Top Female Internet Entrepreneurs”.

It is very notable that the majority of these top female entrepreneurs are bloggers and in fact some of the top bloggers in the world. No matter if you are male or female, you should definitely check out my FREE eCourse to creating and making money from blogging. Perhaps you could be added to a list like this one day!

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30 Female Entrepreneurs Making Money Online

Name Company Founded Why She Matters
Amanda Marcotte Pandagon 26-Nov-01 Amanda runs one of the most talked about feminism and politics blogs. Marcotte shot to fame when John Edwards asked her to run the presidential blog.
Ariana Huffington Huffington Post 09-May-05
Is perhaps one of the most successful female Internet entrepreneurs ever and is the founder of the top blog in the world according to Technorati!
Ashley Qualls What Ever Life 2004 Attracting millions of monthly visitors earning the 18 year old 7 figures a year.
Barbara Feldman Surfnetkids.com 29-Jun-05
Founder of Surfnetkids, the website attracts more than 600,000 visitors a month, her newsletter lists are over 80,000 strong, and her self-published e-books are sold on dozens of sites.
Carrie Wilkerson The Barefoot Executive 2007
Carried founded The Barefoot Executive on August 27, 2007 and has gone from being in debt to being a 7 figure Internet entrepreneur with over 100,000 followers!
Caterina Fake Flickr 26-Jun-05
Caterina co-founded Flickr with Stewart Butterfield which was later acquired by Yahoo! for a high 8 figure deal.
Catherine Cook MyYearBook.com 27-Jun-05
Start 4 years ago when she was 15, MyYearBook has grown to 3 million members worldwide and rakes in annual sales in the seven figures!
Cyan Ta’eed Eden Creative 2006 Ta’eed is the co-founder of Eden Creative Communities which attracts over 10 million visitors to their blog network every month earning her 7 figures a year.
Eileen Gittins Blurb 26-Jun-05
Elieen is the co-founder and CEO of Blurb, a print on demand publishing service. The company’s revenue grew from $1 million to $30 million in two years.
Elaine Wherry Meebo 01-Sep-05 Elaine co-founded Meebo, a instant messaging service you use in your browser. Meebo attracts 40,000,000 monthly users.
Erin Jansen NetLingo.com 21-Jun-05
Founder of an Award-Winning Web Site since 1994, Erin is a Internet entrepreneur veteran.
Gina Bianchini Ning 01-Oct-05
Gina is the Co-founder and CEO of Ning. There are 1,000,000 social networks on the Ning Platform, growing at a rate of almost 4,000 new social networks each day.
Gina Trapani Lifehacker 01-Jan-05 Gina Trapani is a technology blogger, book author, and programmer. The founding editor of Lifehacker.com, a daily weblog on software and personal productivity, Gina authored a book based on the web site which is in its second edition: Upgrade Your Life: The Lifehacker Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, Better!
Heather Armstrong Dooce 01-Feb-01
One of the biggest mommy blogger’s out there attracting millions of readers to her blog and has recently passed 500,000 Twitter followers.
Juliette Brindak Miss O and Friends 22-Jun-05
Juliette came up with the idea for Miss O and Friends at just 10 years old, now 19 her business is worth over $15 Million and is visited by millions of girls every month.
Justine Ezarik iJustine 27-Jun-05
It all started with a 300 page iPhone bill, now she is a social media rock star with millions of YouTube views and over 500,000 twitter followers!
Kim Polese SpikeSource 25-Jun-05 Kim Karin Polese is CEO of SpikeSource, and was one of the most prominent Silicon Valley executives during the dot-com era. In 1997, she made Time Magazine’s list of “The 25 Most Influential Americans”.
Lisa Stone
Blog Her 01-Feb-05
Lisa is the founder of BlogHer which reaches more than 14 million women monthly through its conferences, Internet site and publishing networks.
Lisa Sugar Pop Sugar April 2006 Lisa’s blog network is funded by Sequoia – the guys who funded Google and Youtube. Now one of the biggest celeb blogs on the net, Lisa sure is a top female blogger!
Louise Wannier MyShape 26-Jun-05
Louise runs an online women’s apparel retailer that finds clothing for women based on their physical measurements and style and fit preferences
Maria Andros Social Media Traffic Blueprint
Maria helps people create a buzz with social media. Recently she took 100 people into her mentoring program for $2500 each.
Meg Frost Cute Overload 2005 Although she hasn’t got a pet herself, attracts 100,000s of visitors daily to her cute animal blog.
Meg Hourihan Blogger.com 21-Jun-05
Meg Hourihan is the cofounder of Pyra Labs, the company that launched the Blogger personal blogging software that was acquired by Google for for a 8 figure deal.
Mena Trott Six Apart 23-Jun-05
Mena is a co-founder of Six Apart, creator of Movable Type and TypePad.
Michelle Malkin Michelle Malkin June 2004 Michelle blogs about news and politics which attracts nearly 200,000 visitors a day to her site.
Penelope Trunk Brazen Careerist March 2006 With multiple start-ups and over 30,000 RSS readers on her personal blog, Penelope is one female to follow.
Nancy J Price she knows 1999
Nancy co-founded SheKnows which attracts 7.5 Million Monthly Unique Visitors and 76 Million Monthly Page Views!
Natalie Massenet Net-A-Porter 22-Jun-05
Eight years ago she’d never even been on the internet. This year Natalie Massenet turned over £37 million with Net-a-Porter, the fashion website that has become a global phenomenon.
Rachna Kingston Entheos 30-May-08
Is a pregnant work at home mum who runs a web design resource website that attracts over a million visitors a month!
Xeni Jardin Boing Boing 22-Jun-05 Xeni is the editor of one of the top 5 blogs in the world, Boing Boing.

To our success in 2009,

Michael Dunlop

PS. Who is your favourite female entrepreneur and why?

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  • http://www.webdesigndev.com Andy

    Wow mike, looks amazing! Great list, very inspirational.

  • http://www.successcircuit.com Shane – Inspiring your Success

    Good post. I do not have a favourite.

  • Wayne Liew

    Wow, this is another great list. Can’t wait to check out their ventures. Can we expect to see some of them being interviewed on Income Diary soon?

    • Michael

      Some of them have agreed to do interviews, should be adding one with the founder of blogher.com next week. Look out for them!

  • James Cunningham

    These are very interesting, I only knew about Ashley Qualls. I never really associate big websites with women, probably down to my steriotypical view of a web startup that it is a bunch of sweaty male geeks in a dorm room.

    Good Post Micheal

    • Michael

      Don’t worry James, most people have the same thoughts. I did notice that some of the most popular blogs are run by females, perhaps females are better bloggers.

  • My220x

    Nice to see some females making good money online and it’s not just us Men doing it! I wonder how many female readers this site gets?

  • Nikolai

    Another great list Mike! Another person who should be on here is Adelle Charles, she founded http://fuelyourcreativity.com and the whole Fuel Brand Network.

  • http://www.indocontest.com Indo Contest

    Great list Mike!!.

  • http://www.marketlikeachick.com Coree

    What an awesome list of great women!!! I recognize most, but there are a few that even I didn’t know about. Way to go ladies!

    Thank you so much Michael for taking the time to recognize the wonderful female leaders out there in the Internet world. This is an inspiration to me and hopefully many other women out there that are breaking through the glass ceilings to become whatever our hearts desire.

    C’mon ladies…let’s do it! =)

  • http://www.xanga.com/fashions4flirts Felicia Chaplin

    Very nice. Thank you for this. It’s nice to see fellow female entrepreneurs who are sucecssful and great role models. Ashley Qualls…very impressive at 18 yrs old.

  • http://www.OnlineWritingSuccess.com Connie Ragen Green

    Congratulations to all! Definitely something to aspire to in ’09.

  • http://www.walkingandhealth.com Angie G

    Great list. Very inspirational. I see many of them have been in the business for several years. These things take time and determination. Thanks for a great list of women who have achieved success via the internet. Give me three years and I hope to be starring on your list.

  • Greg Ellison

    Very nice list of of successful women. I wish I was making some of that kind of money. Thanks Greg Ellison

  • Alpaca Farmgirl

    Very inspirational. Impressive how these women have done all these amazing things. Most of them seem to have way more technological skills than most women. However, it’s great to see that many of them are simply great writers and/or had a BIG idea and followed it through.

    (the follow through is what separates the women from the little girls!)

    • Michael

      Ahaha.. very true! The longer your not taking action, the more money you are losing.

      Michael

  • Stuart Wooster

    A nice thought listing women…I wonder how many are worth millions?

    • Michael

      At least 25 of the 30 would be worth millions Stuart.

  • Mohammad Nawaz

    Mike, great input here, and i’m glad to see there are so many women who are adding so much value to our lives and business, online and offline. One such individual you might want to get to know is Jehan Ara, who is one of the most prominent business women, among several others, here in Pakistan, especially in the technology sector. Her blog is jehanara.wordpress.com. Jehan also happens to be the President of the Pakistan Software Houses Association, which works in collaboration with the IT Ministry of Pakistan. I’m sure she can introduce you to the other women who not only run businesses in Pakistan, but very profitably too. Thank you.

  • http://momscashblog.com jj-momscashblog

    Nice list Michael, It is nice to see a list of women/females making it big time in the Internet/blogging world. I think I was always under the impression that it was mostly the men making all the money or making the grade. It could be the factor that I have always felt lacking in the Mathematical/Technical department that I’ve always felt goes with the male gender. You know how we’ve been programed to think that being a girl you can’t do math like a boy can. Well I’m finally catching on to the technical part of blogging, now all I have to do is get my self going and I’ll be on your list next year if not sooner. Thanks for the push or kick, just what I needed. So don’t forget the name- JJ was here from MCB.

    • Michael

      Great to hear from you JJ and glad the list has inspired you to work harder!

      Michael

  • http://www.mariepoulin.com Marie Poulin

    A lot of amazing female talent here!
    A few sites that were PAINFUL to look at, its kind of shocking to know that you can still make 6-7 figures with a terrible website!

  • http://twitter.com/madpanic Jason Ross

    this was an awesome post Michael

  • http://smallbizbee.com/index/2009/05/09/8-patterns-of-highly-effective-entrepreneurs/ Matt | Small Biz Bee

    Another awesome list! I’ll be checking these very successful women out for sure – thanks!

    Matt

  • http://jenellebautista.com Jenelle

    Wow. I never thought there are a number of women who took the online world like this. They’re all amazing

  • http://wealthynuttynonna.blogspot.com/ Marie-Dominique

    Hi Michael…I, too, want to thank you for the inspiration and the confidence you have created in me by reading about these wonderful and intelligent women (and girls) who have persevered with their ideas.
    I have not long started my blog and am thinking of doing another one once I have mastered this one from my little corner of the world in Queensland, Australia.
    I hope Marie Poulin won’t be too harsh on my little blog as well 😉 …I am still learning the ways of blogging and internet.

    • Michael

      No problem Marie, glad you enjoyed the top list, let us know how you get on with blogger.

      Michael

  • Pyrmontvillage

    It Trully is great to see so many Strong Successful women building large and amazing communities. Awesome !

  • Renelda

    I am a huge fan of Rachna Kingston. Maybe once a month you should have a women top list once a month. It is motivating for me as a woman, to see that on your blog.

    • Michael

      Hey Renelda,

      Rachna is great, I love what she is doing online. Would love to do more women related articles on the site, will brainstorm today.

      Glad you enjoyed it,

      Michael

  • http://www.kushmoney.com KushMoney

    I must say this is an awesome list of entrepreneurs. We need more women entrepreneurs in this world.

    Total guy statement: Some of them are really beautiful. Got to love a woman that’s beautiful and makes her own money.

  • Jackie

    Wow Michael a truly amazing list. Its very inspiring for me to see that these women made it in the internet industry and made a name for themselves. Hope to be able to follow their footsteps someday.

    thanks again
    Jackie
    http://www.creditrepairproject.com-seemore.info/

  • http://www.islandcrisis.net Kurt Avish

    Great list. I would really like the interview of Ariana Huffington and Ashley Qualls who are really inspirational.

  • http://www.witi.com/center/conferences/2009/summit/ paula gould

    Awesome. Hope to see you all (on the list and off) at WITI’s 20th Anniversary Summit June 14-16 in Santa Clara, CA
    http://www.witi.com/center/conferences/2009/summit/

  • http://twitter.com/farrhad Farrhad A

    You really come up with awesome stuff, Michael!

    Even in this male dominated place, gals are way ahead of most of us.

  • Tariq Rishi

    Hi Michael,

    You did it again. Your posts are great and today I found out so many new names which I never heard before.

    Thanks for the great post and havd a good trip to New York.

  • http://www.twitter.com/danielpmatthews Daniel Matthews

    I too have not heard of many of these female entrepreneurs, do you think that its because woman simply get there heads down and get on with it, working hard?

    Rather then shouting from the hill tops along the way… Like a lot of typical male entrepreneurs!

    Interesting.

    Great post Micheal.

  • Thiru

    Nice one…But whenever there is a news about women why should that start with comparing men, if that is really special? Telling positive things about anything need not include comparison of opinions. Please do not mix facts with opinions.

  • Scott :: IrnMedia.net

    Fantastic!

  • Mercy Livi

    Great List and inspirational for women like me!

  • Steve – Make Money Online

    I believe the temperament of women makes them better than men at blogging. Women have a natural instinct to communicate and therefore blogging could be the ideal medium.

  • http://www.segebee.wordpress.com Segebee

    Wow…This is quite cool.

    Keep up the good work, mike.

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  • Christine Seib

    It’s now my goal to make this list in the next 2 years!

  • http://www.travelbargainmama.com Shreejana Hickman

    I will definitely be on that list in 2 to 4 years with one of my sites:)

  • Anne Holland

    I know several of these women very well and can say you’ve got a typo on your Date Founded column. June 2005 was not a freakishly popular month to found companies. 1999 was, early 2000 was .. a few in 2003….

    The only reason these are mainly bloggers is due to the researcher. There are plenty more women who have made millions online as executives at dot-coms or in services companies selling mainly online. But, you can’t always check our Alexa rankings easily so we’re under your radar.

  • Anne Holland

    ooh, not to mention affiliates. Missy Ward alone kicks most of this lists’ butt…..

  • http://www.RedHawkStrategies.com Michelle Chance

    Thanks for the list … wasn’t sure if this was publishers only. I was surprised not to see Julie Swatek – ScrapYourTrip.com – in your list. Amazing Year over Year growth – woman owned company.

  • Khalid

    Great
    your effort for making this list is appreciable.
    You can make another list for top 30 kids in blogging.
    regards
    khalid

  • Eve @arewethere

    Wow-great list. I have followed some of these ladies, and have learned so much. Very inspiring!

  • http://twitter.com/pujamadan Puja Madan

    Great list, I’d suggest an addition: Rashmi from SlideShare

  • http://bloggingwithoutablog.com Barbara Swafford

    It’s great to see women showcased for their hard work and smarts. This is a great list of blogs/websites to check out. I’m guessing they will give me tons of inspiration.

    Thank you for putting this together.

  • http://renalive.wordpress.com Rena

    This is a great list and is very inspirational. What really surprises me is that the list dates back less than 10 years. Although they are internet years, that says to me that there are still lots opportunities out there for new-bes, like myself.

    • Michael

      Exactly Rena! In fact some are only 2 years old, take a look at Carrie Wilkerson, she has gone from broke to 7 figures in 2 years.

      Michael

  • Servane Mouazan

    Would it be a challenge to put in the wider community to match the achievements of these women and to do this with a positive social impac for all customers?
    What i see here is a list if achievers in terms of finance. Success is not only to be measured by a cheque. but also by the impact a venture has on the planet, is it socially responsible, ecologically viable, etc? Let’s see what kind of list would emerge then!

    Just a thought…
    Servane
    http://www.ogunte.com
    Connecting and Equipping Female Social Innovators

    • Michael

      Hello Servane,

      The list wasn’t necessarily done by wealth but by the success of the website. There would be no point including people in the list with a good idea but didn’t execute it properly because that is not what success is.

      Glad you enjoy the list,

      Michael

  • markdomingo

    what a woman power. I may say they are great. they beat the top. congrats woman!

    thank michael for this wonderful post!