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19 Women Who Will Teach You How to Kick Ass Online

We noticed something unacceptable about the articles and interviews we’ve posted here over the past couple of years: we haven’t featured nearly enough successful women bloggers and online entrepreneurs.

Consider this an official apology to our female readers and fellow entrepreneurs. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up talking about people of your own gender.

Let’s change that here starting today.

There are TONS of incredible women entrepreneurs who we follow and admire.

Below are 19 who will teach you how to kick ass online.

Each of these women are on the verge of big things. Many of them have already accomplished incredible things. Follow each of them now so you can say “I knew her when.” 🙂

We’d also love to hear who you would add to this list in the comments below. We’re looking for female entrepreneurs who can help our readers build thriving audiences and businesses online, and become better entrepreneurs.

(note: follow all of these lovely ladies at once on this special Twitter list)

In no particular order, here are 19 of our favorite women online:

Marie Forleo

Marie has been setting the bar for the rest of us lately.

Her new website design is fabulous and impressively unique, she produces fantastic and useful videos every week, and she rubs elbows with big names like Richard Branson and Russell Simmons. Did I mention she also runs a 7-figure business based around her blog?

Follow Marie on Twitter or visit her blog.

Danielle LaPorte

Whenever I listen to Danielle talk, I get an overwhelming sense of calm and “it’ll be all right.”

Her blog White Hot Truth has been a continuous favorite of mine since I first discovered it back in 2009. Danielle is a one-of-a-kind with both her business insights and ability to inspire.

Follow Danielle on Twitter or visit her blog.

Tara Gentile

I met Tara last year at the World Domination Summit in Portland (she’ll be leading a session there this year) and was taken with her sense of confidence and strong, direct communication style. She struck me as someone who would be doing big things in the near future and her overall presence online has grown impressively since.

Follow Tara on Twitter or visit her blog.

Kristi Hines

Kristi Hines has her finger on the pulse of social media and all kinds of online marketing.

Chances are you’ve seen Kristi or heard a mention of her blog Kikolani somewhere recently, even if you didn’t realize it. Kristi writes regularly for a number of big blogs including KISSMetrics and Social Media Examiner.

Follow Kristi on Twitter or visit her blog.

Amber Rae

Amber Rae (you might know her as “Hey Amber Rae”) has very quickly become a force online. In the past year she has worked on projects with Seth Godin and Derek Sivers, along with launching several interesting projects of her own (with titles based around brave terms like “passion,” “revolution” and “bold”). She’s also a contributor to FastCompany.

Follow Amber on Twitter or visit her blog.

Sarah Kathleen Peck

Sarah Peck hasn’t completely figured out where she fits into the online world, and that’s exactly why she’s so worth following. Sarah doesn’t fit into conventional definitions. She works as a communications director in landscape architecture and urban design by day (and runs the successful Landscape Urbanism blog), and she blogs about creativity, psychology and business by night.

Follow Sarah on Twitter or visit her blog.

Laura Roeder

I’ve learned some great lessons from Laura about how to manage people more effectively. One of my favorites is the lesson of empowering people to make decisions (and training them not to rely on you) by repeatedly using the phrase “your call” (as in, I trust you, choose what you think is best). It works like magic.

Laura’s business building strategies are working well for her. In just the past couple of years she’s grown her team to 7 people and has built a popular email newsletter with over 30,000 subscribers.

Follow Laura on Twitter or visit her website.

Sibyl Chavis

Sibyl’s journey to become a full-time blogger and author-in-the-making is a little different from most. She graduated from Harvard Law and spent 10 years working in corporate America only to realize she felt like she wasn’t accomplishing everything she was really capable of. A 40-day challenge to stop complaining turned into 5 years and eventually became the blog she runs today called The Possibility of Today.

Follow Sibyl on Twitter or visit her blog.

Sonia Simone

Sonia Simone is the Chief Marketing Officer and editor of one of the most popular online marketing blogs, Copyblogger. She also has pink hair. How cool is that?

Follow Sonia on Twitter or visit her blog.

Annabel Candy

Annabel is one of our friends from Down Under (Australia). She used her 16 years of web design and copywriting experience to build the popular travel blog Get in the Hot Spot and now teaches people about successful blogging at her newest site.

Follow Annabel on Twitter or visit her blog.

Maren Kate

Maren’s blog has my favorite subtitle of any on this list: “One Girl’s Journey to Become a Self-Made Man.”

Maren’s story is a little different from the rest of the women on this list. Maren isn’t a typical blogger / coach / information marketer. Instead she’s launched a real service, with real employees and big ambitions. Zirtual provides “personal assistants for busy people” and her blog Escaping the 9-to-5 provides some insight into what it’s like to build a services business (and what it’s like to be a female CEO in Silicon Valley).

Follow Maren on Twitter or visit her blog.

Colleen Wainwright

I only recently discovered Colleen, but I could instantly tell that her work is right up my alley. Her Twitter bio says it all: “Pushing the c*cksucking boulder up the motherf*cking hill.” Enough said 🙂

Follow Colleen on Twitter or visit her blog.

Tina Roth Eisenberg

Tina Roth Eisenberg (AKA “Swiss Miss”) is perhaps the most well known person on this list of standouts. She’s responsible for the Creative Mornings lecture series (which I’ve heard sells out in like 5 minutes no matter where it’s held). She also is founder of a co-working space called StudioMates, which is home to about two dozen incredibly creative and powerful web entrepreneurs and designers. Oh, and she created my favorite simple task manager called Teux Deux.

Follow Tina on Twitter or visit her blog.

Barrie Davenport

Barrie’s main blog isn’t about online business per se, but she does write about one of the most important things an entrepreneur has to master: the mental game. She was a public relations professional for 25 years. She’s also the editor of The Daily Brainstorm.

Follow Barrie on Twitter or visit her blog.

Mary Jaksch

How’s this for an interesting resume: Mary Jaksch is a Zen master and psychotherapist. She holds a 4th Dan Black Belt in Karate. She is responsible for the popular blogger training program A-List Blogging Bootcamps. She also runs the personal development blog Goodlife Zen.

Follow Mary on Twitter or visit her blog.

Nathalie Lussier

Nathalie Lussier found success as the Raw Foods Witch, where she teaches people about the benefits of raw foods. She has since used her tech, design, and marketing skills to create Natalie Lussier Media where she helps small online businesses get off the ground.

Follow Nathalie on Twitter or visit her blog.

Pace Smith

Pace Smith and her partner Kyeli write, blog, and teach workshops to foster understanding, tolerance, healing, authentic communication, and personal growth. They’re both incredibly warm and friendly and I always enjoy chatting with them at various conferences because they bring a different and interesting viewpoint to otherwise fairly homogenous events.

Follow Pace on Twitter or visit her blog.

Jenny Blake

If I had to describe Jenny Blake in a handful of words, they would include confident, cheerful, smart and always fun to be around. She left a coveted job at Google to live her dream and move to New York on the back of her successful Life After College brand and book. Last I heard Jenny was traveling to Bali for a month. That’s the kind of job benefit I like to hear about 🙂

Follow Jenny on Twitter or visit her blog.

Jaime Tardy

Ever wonder how someone becomes a self-made millionaire? Jaime Tardy wondered the same thing, so she started interviewing people who had become millionaires by their own actions. Each week she finds a new millionaire to learn from, and gets them to share their best tactics and advice for growing your business.

Follow Jaime on Twitter or visit her blog.

Who would YOU add to this list?

In the comments below, please share one or two of your favorite women online who might help other Think Traffic readers build more successful blogs, websites and online businesses.

(thanks Francisco Rosales of Social Mouths for the idea for this post’s title)




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