News You Can Use: Top Five Social Media Sites January 9 – 17

I was going to post a list of all the great social media articles I’ve come across in the past week.  In fact, a lot of time went into compiling the list.  Then I saw a list of the Top 42 Content Marketing Blogs and realized that even though I regularly follow several of them and consume vast quantities of information daily, there’s no way one person CAN read everything.  If no one can, then I don’t have to, either!  PHEW!  What a relief!  I feel as though an enormous weight has been lifted from my shoulders!  That said, now I have a problem.

If you can’t read everything but can’t ignore everything, either, how does a  person choose what to read?  To answer that question, perhaps we should consider the list. First, I found it in my Facebook news feed from Social Media Examiner (which, not coincidentally, comes in at number 6 on the list).  Second, “The Junta42 Top 42 Content Marketing Blogs list highlights the best bloggers on the web discussing content marketing. Each blog on the list has been rated by our expert staff in terms of content strength, depth, regularity and, to a very small extent, popularity.”  In other words, it’s just someone else’s opinion.  Again, more weight lifted.  I’m practically floating here!

After much consideration, I’ve decided to share with you my own favorites (for this week, anyway) based upon who I think my audience is and the information that I think would benefit you.

1.  First on my list is Social Media Examiner.  I liked everything they posted this week.  They cover a wide variety of social media topics, and I like their use of videos (especially the ones with Mari Smith).

2.  Next is Social Media Today.  Again, they post a wide variety of interesting social media articles.  Just this week, there were articles about SEO, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, blogging, using social media to get a job, and more.

3.   Search Engine Journal comes in at number three this week because I liked a couple of their articles about Facebook and another about Social Networking and SEO.

4.  Fourth, and this may be more about my desire to improve my blog than it is about my audience (though you probably should have a blog if you’re using social media to market your business), I found a lot of good content from Danny Brown and friends at

5.  Finishing out my top five this week is Mari Smith.  Mari’s specialty is Facebook, but she is a consistent purveyor of all kinds of social media tips and tricks, and this week was no different.  Besides, she’s just fun.

So, there’s my list.  That’s not to say that Junta42’s list isn’t fantastic.  I’m sure it is.  I just don’t think my readers (is anyone out there?) have enough time to digest that much information.

Which blogs do you follow?  Will you add any of these to your list?


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