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Here is an updated list of the top 10 most popular bloggers in the world and their earning mention before the name. Briefly discuss the introduction, history, content and winning award of these top bloggers stand in 2019.
The Huffington Post (Monthly earning: $2,330,000)HuffPost formerly (The Huffington Post) is an American news and opinion website and blog, with localized and international editions. The magazine is edited from a liberal political perspective. It was founded in 2005 by Andrew Breitbart the most popular bloggers, Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer and Jonah Peretti. The site offers news, satire, blogs, and original content and covers politics, business, entertainment, environment, technology, popular media, lifestyle, culture, comedy, healthy living, women’s interests, and local news. The Huffington Post was launched on May 9, 2005, as a commentary outlet, blog, and an alternative to news aggregators such as the Drudge Report. On February 7, 2011, AOL acquired The Huffington Post for US$315 million, making Arianna Huffington editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group. The site later became part of Verizon Communications, which purchased AOL on May 12, 2015 for US$4.4 billion. In July 2012, The Huffington Post was ranked No. 1 on the 15 Most Popular Political Sites list by eBiz MBA Rank, which bases its list on each site’s Alexa Global Traffic Rank and U.S. Traffic Rank from both Compete and Quantcast. In 2012, The Huffington Post became the first commercially run United States digital media enterprise to win a Pulitzer Prize.
Mashable (Monthly earnings: $560,000)Mashable was founded by Pete Cashmore the most popular blogger while living in Aberdeen, Scotland, in July 2005. Early iterations of the site were a simple WordPress blog, with Cashmore as sole author. Fame came relatively quickly, with Time magazine noting Mashable as one of the 25 best blogs of 2009. As of November 2015, it had over 6,000,000 Twitter followers and over 3,200,000 fans on Facebook. In June 2016, it acquired YouTube channel CineFix from Whalerock Industries. In December 2017, Ziff Davis bought Mashable for $50 million, a price described by Recode as a “fire sale” price. Mashable had not been meeting its advertising targets, accumulating $4.2 million in losses in the quarter ending September 2017. After the sale, Mashable laid off 50 staffers, but preserved top management. Because of the drop-in value, stock options issued to employees previously became worthless. Earlier on 27 November 2007, Mashable launched the 1st International Open Web Awards to recognize the best online communities and services. Voting was conducted online through Mashable and its 24 blog partners. On 10 January 2008 at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco, Mashable announced the winners of the first Open Web Awards. Winners included Digg, Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube, ESPN, Cafemom and Pandora. The 2nd Annual Open Web Awards was an online international competition that took place between November and December 2008. Among the winners in the “People’s Choice” component were Encyclopedia Dramatica in the wiki category, Digg in the “Social News and Social Bookmarking” category, Netlog in the “Mainstream and Large Social Networks” category and MySpace in the “Places and Events” category. The 3rd Open Web Awards were held in November and December 2009. Winners included Pandora Radio for best mobile music site or app, Fish Wrangler for best Facebook game, and “Surprise Marriage Proposal in Spain” as best YouTube video. In 2010, Mashable renamed the Open Web Awards to the 4th Annual Mashable Awards. The Mashable Awards officially launched on 27 September 2010 with nominations for categories including Best Mobile Game, Best Use of an API, Best Web Video, Most Promising New Company and Entrepreneur of the Year. Winners included HootSuite for Best Social Media Management Tool, ReachLocal for Best Social Media Service for Small Business, iPad for Best New Gadget, and Angry Birds for Best Mobile Game.
Perez Hilton (Monthly earnings: $450,000)Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr. known professionally as Perez Hilton is an American rich and popular blogger, columnist, and media personality. His blog, PerezHilton.com is known for posts covering gossip items about celebrities. He is also known for posting tabloid photographs over which he has added his own captions or “doodles”. His blog has garnered controversy for its attitude, its former outing of alleged closeted celebrities, and its role in the increasing coverage of celebrities in all forms of media. In addition to his blogging, Hilton has written three books, hosts a podcast with Chris Booker, runs two YouTube channels, and has acted in two off-Broadway shows. In 2018, he was dubbed “the original celebrity social media influencer” by Broadway World. During an interview in Cliché Magazine (June/July 2010), Hilton said that he only started blogging as a hobby. “What set my site apart is that prior to PerezHilton.com, most blogs were mainly online journals and diaries, but that never interested me. I wanted to talk about celebrities because they’re far more entertaining. On March 11, 2005, within the first six months of Hilton’s blogging career, PageSixSixSix.com was named “Hollywood’s Most-Hated Website” by The Insider, catalyzing an initial surge in its popularity which temporarily crippled its server. Hilton claimed that on July 30, 2007, a seemingly “ordinary day”, PerezHilton.com had over 8.82 million-page views in a 24-hour period. Other sources dispute the reliability of Hilton’s traffic claims. Pop singer Fergie has confirmed that she is referring to Hilton in her song Pedestal (2006), in which she criticizes an unidentified person for making negative remarks about her on the Internet. On August 17, 2007, citing exclusive sources, Hilton announced the death of Cuban President Fidel Castro and claimed that he was the first media outlet in the world to break the news. Although Hilton claimed that U.S. officials would be making an announcement within hours, no announcement was made, and no major media outlets verified Castro’s death. The Associated Press later determined that rumors were sparked by a meeting of Miami officials who were to discuss the city’s plans when Castro dies. Rumors were further fueled by a road closure in the Florida Keys that was due to a police standoff. Castro appeared in an interview on Cuban television on September 21, 2007, “looking frail but sounding lucid”, and mocking rumors of his death. On September 9, 2009, Perez appeared on The Tyra Banks Show and cited his premature reporting of Castro’s death as his “one regret.” On September 15, 2008, Terra.com named Hilton the “Hispanic of the Year” in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
TechCrunch (Monthly earnings: $400,000)TechCrunch is an American online publisher and most famous blogger focusing on the tech industry. The company specifically reports on the business related to tech, technology news, analysis of emerging trends in tech, and profiling of new tech businesses and products. It was one of the earliest publications to report extensively on tech startups and funding.TechCrunch was founded in June 2005 by Archimedes Ventures, led by partners Michael Arrington and Keith Teare. In 2010, AOL acquired the company for approximately $25 million. First held in 2011 in Beijing, TechCrunch Disrupt is an annual tech conference hosted by TechCrunch in San Francisco, New York City, and Europe (London or Berlin). TechCrunch Disrupt hosts an event called Startup Battlefield at its conferences where startups sign up to pitch their business ideas on a stage in front of venture capital investors, media and other interested parties for prize money and publicity. Past participants include Dropbox, Beam, Vurb, Trello, Mint, Yammer, and Crate.io. From 2007 to 2015, TechCrunch operated Crunchbase, a database of the startup ecosystem, consisting of investors, incubators, start-ups, key people, funds, funding rounds and events. The company claims to have more than 50,000 active contributors on its platform. Subject to registration, members of the public can make submissions to the database; however, all changes are subject to review by a moderator before being accepted. In 2013, Crunchbase claimed to have 2 million users accessing its database each month. AOL is in dispute with start-up Pro Populi over that group’s use of the entire Crunchbase dataset in apps that Pro Populi has developed, one of which is known as People+. Pro Populi is being represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In 2015, Crunchbase spun out of AOL/Verizon/TechCrunch to become a private entity, and is no longer a part of TechCrunch. In 2008, TechCrunch started The Crunchies award ceremony, which celebrates the “most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year”. Techcrunch often creates a list of the top startups and the funding they received. Twelve categories have been awarded in 2016, including “Best New Startup”, “Best Overall Startup”, and “Best Mobile App”.2016 was also the first year awarding the Diversity Award. In 2017, TechCrunch announced they were ending the Crunchies
Smashing Magazine (Monthly earnings: $190,000)Smashing Magazine is a website and eBook publisher that offers editorial content and professional resources for web developers and web designers. It was founded in 2006 by Sven Lennartz very “popular blogger” and Vitaly Friedman as part of the German-based Smashing Media AG. Since 2012, it also runs web design conferences in Europe and North America, known as Smashing Conference. Rachel Andrew was named editor-in-chief of the online magazine in October 2017. With 3 Million monthly page views (as of May 2017), 1,000,000 worldwide Twitter followers, 295,000 Facebook fans, 252,000 subscribers on Feedly, as well as over 230,000 newsletter subscribers, Smashing Magazine is one of the most active and largest publishers of web development resources. Notable for its vibrant community, The Huffington Post has ranked Smashing Magazine as one of the best places for web developers to find jobs. With more than three million-page views per month, Smashing Magazine is one of the world’s most popular and highly regarded magazines in the area of web design and web development. Topics include web design, graphic design, and user experience. The content is primarily targeted toward advanced web design and development professionals. Smashing Magazine hosts four annual conferences, founded in 2012 by Marc Thiele and Vitaly Friedmann, that take place in New York City, San Francisco, Barcelona, and Freiburg. Each conference consists of two-day, single-track talks and workshops featuring prominent members of the industry discussing web design trends and insights. Notable speakers include Stefan Sagmeister, Jon Burgerman, Peter Sunde, and Daniel Burka. On November 27, 2012, Smashing Magazine started their Smashing Library, containing more than 60 eBooks and videos on web design. The bundle provides new, curated content on design best practices and coding techniques, as well as access to the publication’s most recent back-catalogue. The eBooks are available in PDF, ePUB, and Amazon Kindle. Highlights of the magazine are collated bi-monthly to form an email newsletter. As of May 2017, the newsletter has over 230,000 subscribers.
Timothy Sykes (Monthly earnings: $150,000)Timothy Sykes is a penny stock trader and most popular blog writter. He is best known for earning $1.65 million by day trading while attending Tulane University. Sykes graduated from Tulane University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a minor in business. While at Tulane, Sykes routinely cut class to- day trade. In 2003, during his senior year, he founded Cilantro Fund Management, a short bias hedge fund, using $1 million mostly from his friends and family. In 2006, Sykes was included on Trader Monthly’s “30 Under 30” list of up-and-coming traders in the market, a selection which editor Randall Lane later called “our worst pick” among the chosen honorees. Sykes claimed that the Cilantro Fund was “the number one long-short microstock hedge fund in the country, according to Barclays”, Lane later discovered that the rating came from “the Barclay Group,” a small research company based in Fairfield, Iowa, and not the well-known Barclay’s British bank. In 2008 Sykes decided to recreate his initial investing success by again starting with $12,415. He named the attempt Transparent Investment Management (TIM). Sykes self-published An American Hedge Fund: How I Made $2 Million as a Stock Operator & Created a Hedge Fund in 2007. The book documented Sykes’ experiences from day-trading in college to becoming a wealthy hedge fund manager. In 2012, Sykes created “Miss Penny Stock,” a financial beauty pageant among the female representatives for his brand and company. Sykes currently works as a financial activist and educator. In 2007, Sykes launched TimothySykes.com. It serves as his own personal blog and a website dedicated to teaching penny stock trading. In 2009, Sykes launched Investimonials.com, a website devoted to collecting user reviews of financial services, videos, and books, as well as financial brokers. Sykes co-founded Profit.ly in 2011, a social service with about 20,000 users that provides stock trade information online. Sykes said the service serves two purposes: “creating public track records for gurus, newsletter writers and students and allowing everyone to learn from both the wins and losses of other traders to benefit the entire industry.” Sykes founded the Timothy Sykes Foundation, which has raised $600,000 and has partnered with Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club. In February 2017, Sykes donated $1 million to Pencils of Promise to help build 20 new primary schools across Ghana, Guatemala and Laos, to be completed between 2017 and 2018.
Gothamist (Monthly earnings: $110,000)Gothamist LLC was the operator, or in some cases franchisor, of eight city-centric websites that focused on news, events, food, culture, and other local coverage. It was founded in 2003 by Jake Dobkin and Jen Chung the hardworking and popular blogger. In March 2017, Joe Ricketts, owner of DNAinfo, acquired the company and, in November 2017, the websites were shut down after the newsroom staff voted to unionize. In February 2018, it was announced that WNYC, KPCC and WAMU had acquired Gothamist, LAist and DCist, respectively. Chicagoist was purchased by Chicago-born rapper Chance the Rapper in July 2018. In 2017, Gothamist and all related blogs were sold to Joe Ricketts, owner of DNAinfo.com. After the acquisition, Gothamist expunged from its archives a number of stories that had covered Ricketts critically. Regarding the removal of Ricketts related content from the site, Dobkin told Jezebel, “Just as Bloomberg doesn’t cover Bloomberg, we don’t plan to cover Joe Ricketts and so we decided to take down our coverage of him. No one asked us to do it. It was a decision made solely by Jen [Chung] and me.” On November 2, 2017, Ricketts posted to both DNAinfo and the “-ist” network sites that both websites would immediately cease operations, a week after Gothamist writers voted to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East. All content from all DNAinfo sites and all subsidiary sites were taken down. The next day, archives of the sites were returned to functionality. Ricketts’s shutdown was criticized as being a mere act of retaliation after the two companies’ workers had joined a union. In the aftermath of the shutdown, laid-off reporters for Gothamist stated that former owners Jake Dobkin and Jen Chung actively cooperated with Ricketts to discourage the union efforts, “It was textbook union-busting stuff.” On February 23, 2018, public radio stations WNYC, KPCC, and WAMU announced that they had jointly acquired Gothamist and its related sites LAist and DCist. Under the agreement, Gothamist and its sister sites would begin publishing news content again. Additionally, WNYC acquired the archives of Chicagoist and SFist, and Chicago’s WBEZstated that they were exploring an acquisition of the former. WAMU relaunched DCist on June 11, 2018. Gothamist confirmed that Chance the Rapper acquired Chicagoist after he announced it in a new song, “I Might Need Security”, on July 18, 2018. On January 7, 2019, SAG-AFTRA and WNYC announced that they had reached an agreement to recognize more than 25 digital employees of New York Public Radio, including Gothamist staff. Impress3 Media bought the San Francisco blog site, SFist, in January 2019 and relaunched it the following month with the former editor-in-chief as a consultantThe flagship Gothamist blog has received a number of awards and commendations, including six Bloggies nominations. It was named a “Forbes Favorite”, and a BusinessWeek“Best of the Web”. In 2007, Gothamist was named blog of the year by Wired magazine and given a Wired Rave Award.
Tuts Plus (Monthly earnings: $110,000)Envato Tuts+ helps you learn creative skills and shape the life you want.As part of Envato’s creative ecosystem, Envato Tuts+ contributes to our mission of “helping people learn and earn online”. We love to see how people transform themselves and their lives by learning creative skills and earning money selling their creations or services to the world. Whether your day job is creative or not, life is better when you learn and apply creative skills regularly. To do this is satisfying in its own right and a practical investment in your future. Envato Tuts+ offers video courses and written tutorials to help you learn creative skills in code, design and illustration, photography, video, music, web design, game development, business, and more. Envato Tuts+ tutorials are available to you completely free—all 27,860 of them! Based around specific projects, they include step-by-step written instructions and screenshots to help you practice and master the skills needed to create a practical outcome. From humble beginnings in 2007 with some tutorials on freelancing and Photoshop, we expanded to a network of 15 educational blogs, each with their own brand, website, and editorial team. In 2011 Envato Tuts+ Premium was added, with subscription-based access to video courses, eBooks, and more. In 2014 we combined all 16 sites into one big friendly place we call Envato Tuts+. Today Envato Tuts+ is a leading publisher of online tutorials and courses for self-directed learners to develop creative skills. Envato Tuts+ is part of Envato, a privately-owned Australian company that operates an ecosystem of creative websites with a global community. We’re passionate about the web and enabling creators to make a living doing what they love.
Car Advice (Monthly earnings: $70,000)CarAdvice is the number one publisher of new car content in Australia delivering comprehensive independent reviews, advice, entertainment and news every day, across all platforms. It is one of the world’s most famous blog.Our mission is to produce premium new car content to help connect consumers with the right car. “We love cars. We love to drive them, discuss them, write about them, film them and rate them. Not as some abstract exercise in motoring journalism, but for real people, with real needs, real aspirations and real financial constraints.” Our team of expert motoring journalists reviews new cars to ensure Australians can choose the best vehicle for their specific needs – whether it is family-friendly SUVs, work utes, eco-friendly runarounds or luxury cars. We know cars better than anyone. In the last year, our expert team has.
- Driven, reviewed and rated more than 450 cars
- Written more than 4600 articles
- Posted more than 1200 times on social media
- Produced over 200 videos
- One of the biggest automotive social networks in Australia
- A leading YouTube channels
- A national radio shows
- A weekly podcast
- A weekly TV show on the Nine network.