Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2011 – Online Marketing Edition

Disclaimer: This post is a semi-entry for Influential Blogger’s writing project. The content of this page are of my own opinion, observations and perspectives.

First of all, I decided to write this poEmergest because I believe in the cause that they are pushing through, though I won’t be linking out to the sponsors, because I personally want to keep this post’s sincerity and objectivity.

Earlier today, while writing a blog post for Affilorama, I came across a local site that really caught my attention. It is a blog that supports a movement – Janette Toral’s  Influential Blogger – which I think what our country somehow needs at this point of information age.

What I really liked about this project was that they (Janette and the sponsors) are encouraging local bloggers to step up in hopes of uplifting Philippines’ blogosphere by letting participants share and nominate the blogs that they think are influential as based on the award’s requirements:

  • Blogs that started anytime from April 1, 2010 – present.
  • Can be from any part of the globe.
  • Uhm, influential?

Every story has its dark side

After reading the week 2 update and the writing project’s page, I checked most of the participants’ entries through the comments. Honestly, I was excited, at first, knowing that my evil side is sensing heaps of link opportunities. Though later on I realized that some of the nominated blogs from different entries seem to be questionable (I mean, what the hell, it’s my job to identify quality sites, quality content and almost anything about quality on the web).

No offense meant to all the nominated sites, since I did see some that are really excellent in delivering the cause that their blog lay emphasis on (it seems that they are really passionate about what they are preaching), particularly those that really aim to educate (medical, education and culture related blogs).

Well, unfortunately, some may have seen this as an opportunity for their blogs to be more prominent by scheming through their nominations, and if you’re not a member of the circle, you’ll may just have to form your own circle to generate a manipulated winning list of top emerging influential blogs for 2012, which I think is contradicting to what the awards’ impact and influence should be.

That is not true influence, that’s syndication.


How do you measure influence as a blogger? Authentic influence I mean.

Influence is something that you will use and think about for days, weeks or even years after you have procured, absorbed and internalized the concepts from what you have read.

Influential content is something that you will willingly and voluntarily share, because you have found true value from it, and that’s one good reason why I’m linking out to Influential Blogger, because I believe that their movement is going to be valuable to the community – not just with links and prestige, but with its after effects (you win = you continue, you lose = you hustle to improve, you see the winners = you get inspired).

It’s not just about winning, it’s also about giving your readers what they can really say a good recommendation, that’s why we read blogs in the first place, because we know that we deserve better information when we are seeking for one.

Selling or upselling something does not generate influence, but giving your ideologies that can be beneficial and useful to your readers/visitors for free does. Below is a list of what I can really call “emerging influential blogs”.

My Nominees for Top Emerging Influential Blogs for 2011

Ross HudgensRoss Hudgens

Ross’ ability to captivate his readers through his wickedly sick writing style and with the depth of his content is definitely an impressive feature worth noting. His blog is one of those that I thoroughly read and his works have influenced my own views and principles on Search (particularly this post). I’ve even mentioned his blog when I was asked on an interview of what blogs do I habitually follow, talk about INFLUENCE.

John DohertyJohn Doherty

This guy just started his blog 4 months ago, and the speed of his blog’s growth is tremendously solid. This blog is really worth noting because of that kind of speed – that is some sick marketing skills I must say. He provides highly engaging content on his blog that are well accommodating to those who are just starting with SEO and most of his posts are about practical and actionable methods that his readers can implement to learn more about how they can efficiently improve their sites/blogs in terms of search engine visibility.

Ana HoffmanAna Hoffman

Ana has displayed her expertise in online marketing through her own blog’s results. Traffic Generation Café is one of the most visited and successful rookie blogs that I know, which was able to achieve strong readership and following in just a few months of being launched.

Onibalusi BamideleOnibalusi Bamidele

Oni’s Youngprepro has helped hundreds of online business aspirants in just a short period of time, where he has shared most of his knowledge and experience through his blog posts and information product. He’s a very approachable guy and he personally helps and answers his visitors’ queries whenever it’s possible – surely a characteristic of an influential blogger.

SEO-HackerSean Si

Sean Si, the founder of SEO-Hacker, provides all the basic things that you’ll ever need to know in terms of marketing your website/blog, as his brand is more focal on helping beginners as well as intermediate practitioners and bloggers not just through easy-to-digest blog posts, but also through other channels such as the site’s very accommodating Facebook community and a free basic SEO course that we have launched late last year.

Though our team at SEO-Hacker (yes, I do SEO with them) might be busy working with clients’ websites at this time, we still made sure that we are still able to genuinely contribute to our local community of SEOs, as we are continuously shaping young SEOs’ minds through our Facebook Group.

facebook group - SEO-Hacker

Hugo GuzmanHugo Guzman

Hugo is certainly one of the influential people and thought-leaders in the Search industry today, given that he is well-versed when it comes to corporate and large-scale web marketing campaigns. I mostly agree with his views, except for him being a fan of the Miami Heat.

Zarko ZivkovicZarko Zivkovic

I have been featuring Zarko’s Practical SEO blog here several times before, which I think is already a good signal that his works have pretty much influenced mine in some ways. He is really good in conveying his message to his readers, knowing that most of his posts are about comprehensive tutorials on how to implement many SEO processes. He’s a good SEO friend of mine, and that relationship has no influence on my decision to include him on this list, because he definitely deserves this slot (and this is not an engagement gift to him and his fiancé, congrats man!).

Jason AcidreJason Acidre

As I’ve been nominated by two commentators below (Gary of Lawmacs and Jason Gardose). Currently ranking #53 on Top Philippine Websites (based on Alexa rankings).

My list still has 3 more 2 more (updated) slots available to be completed, so if you know any blog that fits this list feel free to drop me a line. Here are the requirements again:

  • Blogs that have been live since April 2010 – present.
  • Can be on any industry as long as it has a solid readership and fanbase.
  • Can be in any part of the world.

These blogs, you don’t need to follow them or to link out to them, but I do believe that they all deserve to be rewarded for all the hard work that they have done just to help people make better websites.

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Jason Acidre is the Co-Founder and CEO of Xight Interactive - a digital marketing agency based in the Philippines. He's also the sole author of this SEO blog. You can follow him on Twitter @jasonacidre.

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51 replies
  1. Ross Hudgens
    Ross Hudgens says:

    Thanks for the nomination Jason! This came at a perfect time – as having re-read your bio, I’m currently thinking about outsourcing some work in the Philippines. I’ll be in contact soon in regards to your opinion about the work done out there.

    • Kaiserthesage
      Kaiserthesage says:

      Great! That will definitely be an awesome experience – to work and eventually learn more from you I mean 🙂

  2. Onibalusi Bamidele
    Onibalusi Bamidele says:

    Hi Jason,

    This is a really great list and even though I read some of the above blogs I’ve gotten a few more to add to the list.

    Thanks a lot for the nomination, I really appreciate your awesome support!


  3. Dohertyjf
    Dohertyjf says:

    Thanks for the mention! It’s pretty humbling to be put alongside people I respect like Ross and Hugo. Pretty awesome!

    • Kaiserthesage
      Kaiserthesage says:

      I guess that’s the same feeling I felt when you included me on your tweet with Bill Slawski 🙂 Thanks for dropping by John!

    • Kaiserthesage
      Kaiserthesage says:

      Glad you liked the list Mark!

      Ross’ blog is definitely a great resource for advanced SEO, and I do believe that the others on this list excel on their own fields of expertise, which is why I’ve chosen them.

  4. Jason
    Jason says:

    Nice and neat Jason. if I were going to write my own list you’ll be on the top. These are additional to my readings. Thanks for this!

  5. lawmacs
    lawmacs says:

    Hi Jason the one that is missing is yours you are a great influence to me even when i don’t comment here i am always popping over to see what you have written. You have listed some great bloggers here especially Zarko and Onibalusi Bamidele. There is also Seo Hacker wonderful list bro

    • Kaiserthesage
      Kaiserthesage says:

      Whoa, thanks Gary, I feel honored that I have somehow influenced you 🙂 But I do know that you keep on supporting my blog, as you have been including my posts consistently on your weekly round ups. I haven’t been able to comment on your blog posts recently, I think my browser aren’t able to view your comment section (been planning to switch to Google Chrome though most of the SEO plugins I use are only available on this old Firefox version). But good thing that I can still tweet your posts 🙂

      I guess I’ll be adding myself on this list, thanks for the nomination LOL and thanks for the comment Gary!

  6. Zarko
    Zarko says:

    Hi Jason,

    thanks again for including me in your post, and this time not just the post, but nominating me for one of the most influential emerging bloggers 🙂

    Special thanks for mentioning my engagement 🙂 My girl is gonna love this!

    • Kaiserthesage
      Kaiserthesage says:

      You deserve to be nominated man! You have put a lot of effort on that blog helping and influencing a lot of like-minded people, and I believe that it should be rewarded 🙂

  7. dimaks
    dimaks says:

    You nailed so many things out there, pertaining to the possibility of a maneuvered winning in the influential blogs writing project. Unfortunately, that is a sad side. I hope that the project’s organizers will find a way or ways to work this thing out better, if not employ the very exact solution.

    • Kaiserthesage
      Kaiserthesage says:

      Thanks for the input, I really hate to say this, but I think the root of the problem is really coming from our own mentality.

    • Kaiserthesage
      Kaiserthesage says:

      Haha, thanks for the boost man! Have read your post yesterday, awesome views! You should write more opinionated posts, you have a talent on that area 🙂 And yes, I strongly agree with most of the points you have mentioned on that post.

  8. Vince
    Vince says:

    Great read! It’s june and I have been clueless as to which blogs are hot right now. Hm, guess I’m living in my own bubble with my own IM projects. I think Onibalusi is an impressive entry.

    • Kaiserthesage
      Kaiserthesage says:

      I agree Vince. He has a superb talent in writing as well as in detailing the points that can genuinely help starters on how to really get the job done in this industry.

  9. Ross@Bay Area SEO
    Ross@Bay Area SEO says:

    Excellent list, Jason. I don’t have nearly as much time as I’d like to read the blogs of other IM’ers as I’m busy enough with work for my clients, so I’m super grateful for folks like you who put together these nice handy lists!

  10. Roland@rome hotels
    Roland@rome hotels says:

    Your blog is really very influential, no doubt for it. Every blogger who can read your post for sure will follow your listed tips. It is for their own benefit if they do follow it. Bloggers you must be grateful with Jason for sharing his knowledge. Those starters who can read your post are fortunate they can learn lots of things here. They must keep this tips in mind so they can go forward fast.

  11. Mark
    Mark says:

    Hello Jason! My apologies for the previous comment. I would just like to introduce my blog to you. It’s SLEEK IN THE and it’s now in the running towards becoming one of the Emerging Influential Bloggers 2011. I hope you can check it out when you have the time and hopefully gets considered as one of your blog choices for the search. Thank you very much and more power to your blog! =)

  12. Nonoy
    Nonoy says:

    This is a well written entry for Janet Toral’s most emerging influential blogs for 2011. I like this post; very passionate thoughts, honest and sincere. I salute you. All the blogs on your list are well deserving. Kudos to you and to your influential bloggers. Cheers!:-)

  13. Tim Ryan@vanderbilt beach fl
    Tim Ryan@vanderbilt beach fl says:

    I actually have checked some of these nominated bloggers and I must say that you did not err in choosing them to be part of your list. Bloggers need people like these for them to be more inspired and continue what they truly love doing: blogging.

  14. Patience Giaimo
    Patience Giaimo says:

    Great list Jason! Above blogs are truly top emerging influential and great as well. You did a great job Jason and you deserve to be in the list, no doubt.

  15. Jo
    Jo says:

    Hey Jason, thanks for the list. It’s great to add 8 more awesome blogs to read regularly that until today I did not follow.

    Ana and Onibalusi are blogging rockstars as I am sure the rest will deserve the same credit 🙂

  16. Sean@SEO Philippines
    Sean@SEO Philippines says:

    I just realize that it’s been quite a while and I have not left a comment here (shame on me). It’s a thrilling honor to be put alongside Ross, John D, and of course the spotlight blogger of kaiserthesage. Hope that we all live up to it in the years to come. I noticed most of us started our blog at April 2010 – is there something in April 2010 that’s magic? I’ve been reading the book Outliers and it talks about ‘no coincidences.’ I wonder what made us start during that month…

  17. Shelli Walsh
    Shelli Walsh says:

    Hey Jason, I would love to be cheeky and pitch myself for a top slot!

    I am now writing about the crossover gap between SEO, creativity and design and all things content marketing with lots of advice on how to produce great content.

    Please check it out : )


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