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10 Influential Web Entrepreneurs Who Set The Trend of Problogging

Recently, I did a post about top 10 influential bloggers in India, which received a lot of positive feedback from many internet enthusiasts on the web. Owing to its popularity, this time I decided to write about the internationally successful bloggers of all time mastering different areas of blogging. Although I hate comparing the bloggers, whether in India or around the world, I am pretty much sure that there would be some comparison between the two posts.

Now, as I said in the previous post as well, I don’t believe in the ranking system, especially for the bloggers as I believe that if your blog has a good readership, you are surely a great blogger irrespective of your earnings, traffic stats or authority in the niche. So, today I am focusing on a list that includes bloggers of different styles and themes. Most of these people write about blogging yet each blog offers a different perspective on blogging. Then, there are few which focus on digital trends, providing different views and opinions about the latest trending news in the industry.

Overall, the list of top influential bloggers of all time is compiled based on many different factors such as popularity, authority, earnings, and most importantly readership.

So, without wasting any time, let’s check out the list.

Top Probloggers Around The World

Michael Arrington

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Undoubtedly, one of the renowned names in the blogging industry, Michael Arrington is the founder of TechCrunch, which was launched as an opinionated tech blog in 2005. Today, TechCrunch is the No.1 complete Tech News portal in the world that draws more than 12 million unique visitors and 37 million unique page views every month. Besides the blog, Michael Arrington also hosts Tech Disrupt events where he brings top tech personalities to chit chat. Although, TechCrunch was acquired by AOL in 2010, Michael Arrington continues to be a part of the leading tech blog as one of the contributor columnists.

Pete Cashmore

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Another popular in the blogging industry is Pete Cashmore, the founder of Mashable. Hailing from Scotland, Pete Cashmore launched Mashable at the age of 19 in 2005 and there’s no looking back since then. Started off as a personal interest blog to cover social networking tools in 2005, Mashable has evolved as the leading source of tech & social media news, information and resources for the digital generation. With over 45 million unique visitors per month in collaboration with more than 25 million social followers, Mashable is undoubtedly the most popular blog on the web.

Rand Fishkin

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Rand Fishkin is the founder and former CEO of Moz, an SEO Tool & Software company. Famously described as the “Wizard of Moz”, Rand launched Moz, previously known as SEOMoz, along with his mother, Gillian in 2004. Moz Pro is currently one of the best all in one SEO research and analytic tools available on the web that promises better search engine visibility and a step ahead of the competitors in the industry. Rand Fishkin has also co-authored a couple of SEO books currently available on Amazon as well as co-founded He also offers great tips and strategies regarding SEO on his weekly web series called, “Whiteboard Friday”.

Danny Sullivan

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Current Chief Content Officer at Third Door Media, Danny Sullivan is the co-founder of the popular search engine news publication, known as Search Engine Land. Initially, Danny kick-started his blogging career with Search Engine Watch in 1997. This career move was inspired after his research about search engines, titled as A Webmaster’s Guide To Search Engines and launched in April 1996. However, the site was acquired by Jupitermedia (then called MecklerMedia) in the same year of its launch and later sold to Incisive Media in 2006. Meanwhile, Danny continued his role as the editor-in-chief for the site and stayed to maintain the site until 2006 thereafter he left Search Engine Watch to launch Search Engine Land. Besides these blogs, he is also the brain behind SES (Search Engine Strategies) conferences held six times in a year all over the globe. He runs SMX, Search Marketing Expo, conference series as well, making him the most sought after king in the field of Search Engine Optimization.

Darren Rowse

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In the blogging industry, there’s an era before and after Darren Rowse. Popularly touted as the first ever six figure income blogger, he is the founder of the brand Problogger. Before Darren Rowse, the blogging industry was all about writing opinions, sharing the news with quality articles. However, after Darren Rowse, the blogging industry got a new standard called “Problogger” based on Professional Blogging after becoming the first ever six figure income blogger. In that era, Darren Rowse became part of the change that evolved bloggers into probloggers and helped them make a career out of just writing blog posts. Today, Darren Rowse owns two more blogs: Digital Photography School and TwiTip other than his main blog. His two most successful blogs, Problogger and Digital Photography School, receive a total of 85,000 – 100,000 page views every day that earns him a revenue of $20,000 every month. Besides his blogs, Darren Rowse is also the co-founder of b5media, a blog network with over 300 blogs as well as Third Tribe. He is also the renowned author of his book titled as “Problogger: Secrets of Blogging Your Way To Six Figure Income”.

Brian Clark

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Brian Clark is the man behind CopyBlogger, a leading blog about content marketing strategies. However, his introduction doesn’t end there. He is also the founder and CEO of Rainmaker Digital, which is a company that manages CopyBlogger, StudioPress, Rainmaker FM and Rainmaker Platform, earning him the title of world’s top serial entrepreneur. Besides that, he also hosts Unemployable, an audio series for budding freelancers and creative entrepreneurs.

Arianna Huffington

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Arianna Huffington is the lady behind the successful media brand called Huffington Post. In the year 2005, Arianna launched Huffington Post as a news and blog site which garnered accolades from different sectors and eventually went on to become one of the highly influential and widely news publication online. Owing to its widespread success, the site also received the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. Besides being the chair, president and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post, Arianna is also a best-seller author with a bibliography of 14 books. Her latest book: Thrive – The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder remained #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Vitaly Friedman

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Vitaly Friedman is the man behind world’s most beautiful resource for web designs as well as other web development tutorial site called Smashing Magazine, who co-founded the online magazine and acts as the current editor-in-chief of the online publication. Besides being the founder and editor-in-chief, Vitaly Friedman is also a renowned speaker, author and an influential mentor, who runs responsive web design workshops as well as other online workshops for web enthusiasts.

Jon Morrow

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Jon Morrow is the founder of Boost Blog Traffic where he offers tips and strategies for modern day blogging that focus around the topics of improving blog traffic, building readership and email lists. In spite of suffering from muscular dystrophy called SMA, Jon didn’t give up. Although, he couldn’t move his whole body except his face due to SMA, Jon still blogs using a microphone and speech recognition software called Dragon NaturallySpeaking. He is one true example of winning after fighting all the odds that life throws at you.

Ileane Smith

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Ileane Smith is the founder of Basic Blog Tips where she writes about blogging tips and strategies to improve traffic, readership and authority in the industry. Besides being a problogger, she is also one of the highly influential names in the Blogosphere. Being highly engaging on other blogs through blog commenting and guest posting, Ileane Smith has set her own domain as the leading lady blogger of the industry. Recently, she launched her podcast called Ms. Ileane Speaks available on iTunes, where she offers free tips and ideas about blogging for free.

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2 thoughts on “10 Influential Web Entrepreneurs Who Set The Trend of Problogging”

  1. Kimani J. M says:

    Thanks Pooja Sehra for this informative article. It will realy improve my blogging experience. Good job.

  2. Adarsh M says:


    Great read, but I couldn’t find Neil Patel in this. He deserves a position here.

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