Chow was there for awhile and I remember a cat from Asia who dominated for a number of years with his Blogspot (his name was Albert ???) Only to find it got deleted by the Big G one fateful day (and a horrific one for him at least).
Griz was up there for quite awhile with his Adsense Site ( topping out at $25K mo. with clicks alone). And ole Shoemoney could be found there many a months too
I guess after a lot of the algo changes with Google and the unpredictability of it all, in some respects it has been less relevant as far as securing that spot (not completely of course)
Now I see where Lifehack. org is on there frequently as well as pennyhoarder. com and wwwscottalanturner. com.
Followed by a few Survey sites like Opinionoutpost. com, Vindaleresearch. com, and globaltestmarket. com
Looks like Paid ads are securing the top spots on the left and no longer on the right.
Anyway, the years have sure gone by quick. And things have changed ...
just as they always do