Influence is the measure of a person’s ability to impact other people. When I’m looking for the people with the most influence, I want to know who is impacting the most people. Someone with 100 people following them is not impacting as many people as someone with 100,000.
I don’t care how much these ladies know on their respective subjects. You can know what you’re doing all day long, but if you sit in your basement and preach it to the wall how much influence are you going to have? You have to get out and build a following. That is influence.
The ladies listed here are people who have done that. They’ve taken their knowledge and their expertise and they’ve used it to develop a following around them. These are ladies of influence.
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of twelve books. She is also co-host of “Left, Right & Center,” public radio’s popular political roundtable program.
I can’t describe Ree more effectively than she describes herself, “I’m the wife of a rugged cowboy. I’m the mother of four spirited children. I have horse poop on my porch. I’m Ree Drummond, also known as The Pioneer Woman. You can read more about my adventures, my cooking, and my photography on my crazy website, ThePioneerWoman.com.”
Sonia Simone has been making a big splash with her presence on CopyBlogger and Third Tribe. She’s determined to provide online marketing tips for people who hate marketing. Here’s how Sonia describes herself, “My superpower is creating better customer relationships with incredibly effective communication.”
There are many sides to Lorelle VanFossen. One is a public speaker, trainer, writer, and consultant on web writing, web design, and blogging, especially working with WordPress. Another is as a transient traveling the world as part of the duo team of VanFossen Productions, professional nature photographers and writers presenting workshops and programs on travel, writing, and nature photography.
With Walt Mossberg, she currently co-produces and co-hosts D: All Things Digital, a major high-tech conference with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and many other leading players in the tech and media industries. The gathering is considered one of the leading conferences focused on the convergence of tech and media industries.
Michelle Malkin is a wife, a blogger, a syndicated columnist and a published author. She has been a guest on MSNBC, Fox News, C-Span and many national radio programs. She is making a big splash online and around America with her conservative political views.
Amber Naslund is a social media and marketing practitioner, and the Director of Community for Radian6 social media monitoring. She’s a frequent speaker at conferences and she’s worked with companies of all sizes including Fortune 50 companies. She’s an avid writer at Altitude Branding where she’ll teach you how to elevate your brand through social media.
This is only a small sampling of some of the most influential females online. If you know of more be sure to drop them in the comments section. But don’t just drop a bunch of names down there. Be sure to take the time to tell us why they are influential. Tell us how they are impacting people on a large scale.