updated 4/15/2011 10:16:34 AM ET 2011-04-15T14:16:34

CHICAGO, April 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cision, the leading provider of PR software, services and tools for the marketing and public relations industry, announced 2011's Top 100 Social Media, Internet Marketing and SEO Blogs.

The list was developed by Cision and social media expert Sarah Evans of Sevans Strategy, and based on the comprehensive Cision Media Database. The Top 100 is headed by Social Media Examiner, followed by Ignite Social Media, and last year's No. 1, Mashable.

"The social media universe is still expanding and evolving," said Peter Granat, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cision North America. "The bloggers and influencers who are the most powerful agents of change are not immune from this evolution. This year's Top 100 includes SEO blogs for the first time because of the convergence of online marketing, social media and SEO – paid, earned and owned media.  You can't talk about one without talking about the others."

Granat also noted that the Cision Top 100 is based on four distinct metrics from CisionPoint and Compete.com:

  • Average unique visitors per month
  • Average page views per month per unique visitor
  • Average time (in seconds) per month per unique visitor
  • Average visits per month per unique visitor

"Our Top 100 measures more than unique visitors," he said. "It takes into account the quality of the dialogue that's taking place and the relationships that are being formed to determine the most trusted influencers and the most engaged communities."

The Top 100 list can be seen in its entirety on CisionBlog ( http://blog.cision.com/ ). The top ten sites:

(1)  Social Media Examiner (6)  Local SEO Guide
(2)  ignite social media (7)  Hubspot Internet Marketing Blog
(3)  Mashable (8)  Occam's Razor
(4)  Search Engine Land (9)  ViperChill
(5)  SEOMoz Blog (10) Find and Convert

People can easily follow all Twitter conversations involving the Top 100 by clicking on Cision's Top 100 Twitter list.

About Cision

Cision is the leading provider of software, services, and tools to the public relations and marketing communications industry. PR and marketing professionals use our products to help manage all aspects of a campaign – from identifying key media and influencers to connecting with audiences, monitoring traditional and social media, and analyzing outcomes. Journalists, bloggers, and other influencers use Cision's tools to research story ideas, track trends, and maintain their public profiles. Cision AB has offices in Europe, North America and Asia, partners in over 125 countries, and is quoted on the Nordic Exchange with revenue of SEK 1.1 billion in 2010. For more information, visit www.cision.com .

CONTACT: Andree Beckham
         Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations
         +1 312-873-6434
         andree.beckham@cision.com

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