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2014 #IBCT Nominations – The Best 256 Blogs in the WORLD

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“popping and locking” may be dead:

But blogging, it’s alive and well. 

 

The International Blogger Championship Tournament is a celebration of success, ONLINE.

I originally created this tournament to inspire and motivate you to be the best by learning from the best in the blogging biz.

These digital masters of the universe have set the bar so high you’ll need more than a ladder to touch it.

 

What does it take to reach this level of success?

Well, I wouldn’t know to be honest as I haven’t done it myself (YET) as a matter of fact my blog didn’t even make the cut this year.

The highest ranked blogger that I’ve had the pleasure of talking to about such things is Harsh Agrawal who is ranked #7 overall this year.

Don’t Miss What I learned from Harsh Agrawal the founder of ShoutMeLoud.com

 

 

But, I heard blogging is going away because of social media?

The truth is Mike Elgan, an extremely popular and successful “social media blogger” who is a main proponent of this idea and others who agree with him are simply wrong.  *READ Why Mike Elgan is wrong about blogging.

The #IBCT is proof.

Last year the highest rated blog according to Alexa.com was Jacob Gube’s SixRevisions.com which was ranked #2,512.  Therefore last year NO blogs in the #IBCT ranked higher than 2,000 according to alexa.

This year there are 3 blogs that have broken through this 2,000 mark and if someone doesn’t stop Neil Patel he may be the first blogger to break into Alexa’s top 500 Sites on the internet at the rate he’s climbing.

*That’s an amazing accomplishment. 

 

This means the mainstream mega sites like the Mashables and the Huffingtonposts’s may one day be surpassed by “mom and pop” independent bloggers.

That is unless something “blocks” them.

*READ Is Google Blogger Blocking? Why your keyword is (not provided)

or they keep using waaaay too many popups like some bloggers ha haaaaaaaaaaa!

 

 

The #IBCT 256 – The Best Blogs In the World

*Sorted by alexa rank

1 Quicksprout.com NEIL PATEL
2 WPbeginner.com Syed Balkhi
3 SocialMediaExaminer.com Michael Stelzner
4 Copyblogger.com Brian Clark
5 wordstream.com Larry Kim
6 1stwebdesigner.com Dainis Graveris
7 ShoutMeLoud.com Harsh Agrawal
8 wonderhowto.com Stephen Chao and Mike Goedecke
9 myblogguest.com Ann Smarty
10 Problogger.net Darren Rowse
11 SmartPassiveIncome.com Pat Flynn
12 unbounce.com Rick Perreault and Jason Murphy
13 bgr.com Jonathan Geller
14 SixRevisions.com Jacob Gube
15 FourHourWorkWeek.com Tim Ferriss
16 matthewwoodward.co.uk Matthew Woodward
17 moneysavingmom.com Crystal Paine
18 ArtOfManliness.com Brett and Kate McKay
19 Source-Wave.com Becker & Cass
20 marketingprofs.com Allen Weiss
21 jonloomer.com Jon Loomer
22 9to5mac.com Mark Gurman
23 Abduzeedo.com Fabio Sasso
24 JohnChow.com John Chow
25 nichepursuits.com Spencer Haws
26 Jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas
27 backlinko.com Brian Dean
28 socialtriggers.com Derek Halpern
29 contentmarketinginstitute.com Joe Pulizzi
30 ZenHabits.net Leo Babauta
31 imgrind.com Ryan Gray & Ralph “Ruck” Ruckman
32 slashgear.com Vincent Nguyen and Ewdison Then
33 bloggingtips.com Zac Johnson
34 ViperChill.com Glen Allsopp
35 blogengage.com Brian Belfitt
36 fizzle.co Corbett Barr, Chase Reeves, Caleb Wojcik
37 toprankblog.com Lee Odden
38 addicted2success.com Joel Brown
39 MarieForleo.com Marie Forleo
40 Michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt
41 IncomeDiary.com Michael Dunlop
42 TinyBuddha.com Lori Deschene
43 Conversionxl.com PEEP LAJA
44 2CreateAWebsite.com Lisa Irby
45 necolebitchie.com NECOLE BITCHIE
46 razorsocial.com Ian Cleary
47 buzzstream.com Matt Gratt
48 killerstartups.com Gonzalo Arzuaga and Fernando Arzuaga
49 kaushik.net Avinash Kaushik
50 geekwire.com John Cook, Jonathan Sposato, and Todd Bishop
51 convinceandconvert.com JAY BAER
52 BoostBlogTraffic.com Jon Morrow
53 marcandangel.com Marc and Angel
54 perrymarshall.com Perry Marshall
55 thisiswhyimbroke.com Adam Freedman
56 foodbabe.com Vani Hari
57 bulletproofexec.com Dave Asprey
58 bloggingcage.com Kulwant Nagi
59 pointblankseo.com Jon Cooper
60 wpkube.com Devesh Sharma
61 NerdFitness.com/blog Steve Kamb
62 charlesngo.com Charles Ngo
63 Dudeiwantthat.com Ryan Carstens
64 BasicBlogTips.com Ileane Smith
65 TrafficGenerationCafe.com Ana Hoffman
66 amylynnandrews.com Amy Lynn Andrews
67 ComLuv.com Andy Bailey
68 DuctTapeMarketing.com John Jantsch
69 ShoeMoney.com Jeremy Schoemaker
70 StevePavlina.com Steve Pavlina
71 SmittenKitchen.com Deb Perelman
72 FirePoleMarketing.com Danny Iny
73 ecommercefuel.com Andrew Youderian
74 TimothySykes.com Timothy Sykes
75 amyporterfield.com Amy Porterfield
76 thesimpledollar.com Trent Hamm
77 munchweb.com Chris Munch
78 pinchofyum.com Lindsay and Bjork
79 seerinteractive.com Wil Reynolds
80 portent.com Ian Lurie
81 Entrepreneurs-Journey.com Yaro Starak
82 kaiserthesage.com Jason Acidre
83 superfastbusiness.com James Schramko
84 JamesAltucher.com James Altucher
85 flyingsolo.com.au Robert Gerrish
86 PickTheBrain.com John Wesley and Erin Falconer
87 blogtyrant.com Ramsay The Blog Tyrant
88 DavidRisley.com David Risley
89 EmpireFlippers.com Justin Cooke and Joe Magnotti
90 Kikolani.com Kristi Hines
91 kottke.org Jason Kottke
92 bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell
93 kimgarst.com Kim Garst
94 ZacJohnson.com Zac Johnson
95 strategicprofits.com Rich Schefren
96 goinswriter.com Jeff Goins
97 getelastic.com Linda Bustos
98 SEObyTheSea.com Bill Slawski
99 CarAdvice.com.au Alborz Fallah
100 quickonlinetips.com P. Chandra
101 ChrisBrogan.com Chris Brogan
102 trendland.com Cyril Foiret and Ani Tzenkova
103 FamousBloggers.net Hesham Zebida
104 Clicknewz.com Lynn Terry
105 socialmouths.com Francisco Rosales
106 TheBloggess.com Jenny Lawson
107 jamesclear.com James Clear
108 daniellelaporte.com Danielle Laporte
109 LKRsocialmedia.com Laura  Roeder
110 arealchange.com Sandi Krakowski
111 WeBlogBetter.com Kiesha Easley
112 MariSmith.com Mari Smith
113 writetodone.com Mary Jaksch
114 clubthrifty.com Greg & Holly Johnson
115 slowrobot.com Hans Johnson and Jared Wunsch
116 ryanlee.com Ryan Lee
117 AdrienneSmith.net Adrienne Smith
118 MakeALivingWriting.com Carol Tice
119 iBlogZone.com Francisco Perez
120 ReachFinancialIndependence.com Pauline Paquin
121 socialfresh.com Jason Keath
122 chrisducker.com Chris Ducker
123 thesocialmediahat.com Mike Allton
124 marginalrevolution.com Tyler Cowen
125 PenelopeTrunk.com Penelope Trunk
126 seanogle.com Sean Ogle
127 101cookbooks.com Heidi Swanson
128 Coolest-Gadgets.com Allan Carlton
129 GrowMap.com Gail Gardner 2013 Champ
130 ZenPencils.com Gavin Aung
131 heidicohen.com Heidi Cohen
132 SteveBlank.com Steve Blank
133 inspiretothrive.com Lisa
134 hellboundbloggers.com Pradeep Kumar
135 GaryVaynerchuk.com Gary Vaynerchuk
136 MyWifeQuitHerJob.com Steve C
137 SocialMediaExplorer.com Jason Falls
138 Imimpact.com Shane Melaugh
139 therisetothetop.com David Siteman Garland
140 EntrepreneurBoost.com Chris Guthrie
141 mikefrommaine.com Mike Thomas
142 rebekahradice.com Rebekah Radice
143 SparringMind.com Gregory Ciotti
144 TheSalesLion.com Marcus Sheridan
145 freelancefolder.com Conrad Feagin
146 jimromenesko.com Jim Romenesko
147 liveyourlegend.net Scott Dinsmore
148 swiss-miss.com Tina Roth Eisenberg
149 OnlineIncomeTeacher.com Matt Smith
150 suitcaseentrepreneur.com Natalie Sisson
151 nathanbarry.com Nathan Barry
152 tropicalmba.com Dan Andrews
153 blurbpoint.com Sanket Patel
154 LeavingWorkBehind.com Tom Ewer
155 lighthouseinsights.in Prasant Naidu
156 vervesearch.com Lisa Myers
157 schneier.com Bruce Schneier
158 feld.com Brad Feld
159 rookiemag.com Tavi Gevinson
160 BecomeABlogger.com Leslie Samuel
161 thecreativepenn.com Joanna Penn
162 switchandshift.com Ted Coine
163 reviewzntips.com Daniel Sharkov
164 pammarketingnut.com Pam Moore
165 DannyBrown.me Danny Brown
166 sivers.org Derek Sivers
167 writersincharge.com Bamidele Onibalusi
168 MattsMarketingBlog.com Matt Carter
169 mervikhaums.com Mervik Haums
170 happiness-project.com Gretchen Rubin
171 stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff
172 tab.co.uk Jack Rivlin
173 PositivityBlog.com Henrik Edberg
174 binarynote.com Rakesh Kumar
175 clambr.com Richard Marriott
176 computerhowtoguide.com Peter Lee
177 eventualmillionaire.com Jaime Tardy
178 tripleseo.com Chris Dyson
179 alexandrafranzen.com Alexandra Franzen
180 60secondmarketer.com Jamie Turner
181 Everywhereist.com Geraldine DeRuiter
182 TylerCruz.com Tyler Cruz
183 inboundpro.net Hector Cuevas
184 topdogsocialmedia.com Melonie Dodaro
185 BrianSolis.com Brian Solis
186 PaidToExist.com Jonathan Mead
187 SteveScottSite.com Steve Scott
188 earningguys.com Ravi Ahuja
189 techtage.com Rohit Palit
190 socialable.co.uk Lilach Bullock
191 kevinmuldoon.com Kevin Muldoon
192 webmaster-success.com Kharim Tomlinson
193 my4hrworkweek.com Eric Gati
194 raptitude.com David Cain
195 chasejarvis.com Chase Jarvis
196 BloggerMint.com Franklin Manuel
197 HackTheSystem.com Maneesh Sethi
198 SmartBloggerz.com Sushant Risodkar
199 LetsBuildWebsites.com MITZ
200 ryanhanley.com Ryan Hanley
201 jeffwalker.com Jeff Walker
202 thewritelife.com Alexis Grant
203 JohnPaulAguiar.com John Paul Aguiar
204 scotthyoung.com Scotth Young
205 Dukeo.com Stèphane Kerwer
206 MenWithPens.ca James Chartrand
207 tynan.com Tynan
208 dustn.tv Dustin
209 bloggingtipstoday.com Joseph Adediji
210 denisewakeman.com Denise Wakeman
211 enchantingmarketing.com Henneke Duistermaat
212 whowhatwhy.com Russ Baker
213 Rob Cubbon.com Rob Cubbon
214 mytrafficmentor.com Kim Roach
215 digitalphilippines.net Venchito Tampon
216 esmeenetwork.com Chitraparna Sinha
217 stylingyou.com.au Nikki Parkinson
218 howtomakemyblog.com Marko Saric
219 jonathanfields.com Jonathan Fields
220 pamorama.net Pam Dyer
221 pushingsocial.com Stanford Smith
222 JoelComm.com Joel Comm
223 personalexcellence.co Celestine Chua
224 ImJustSharing.com Mitch Mitchell
225 stevenaitchison.co.uk Steven Aitchison
226 extraordinarymommy.com Danielle Smith
227 sbabzy.com Oluwaseun Babajide
228 thewritepractice.com Joe Bunting
229 IncomePress.com Joey Kissimmee
230 consulting-business.com Michael & Sam Zipursky
231 HotBlogTips.com Brian D. Hawkins
232 theselby.com Todd Selby
233 justinjackson.ca Justin Jackson
234 ForeverJobLess.com Billy Murphy
235 grownupgeek.com Rand Wilson
236 austinkleon.com Austin Kleon
237 dollarsandroses.com Jeff and Mandy
238 lifeoptimizer.org Donald Latumahina
239 lionblogger.com Lahaul Seth
240 ManvsDebt.com Adam Baker
241 rightmixmarketing.com Tom Treanor
242 sachagreif.com Sacha Greif
243 thetomkatstudio.com Kim
244 siegemedia.com Ross Hudgens
245 thenewinquiry.com Mary Borkowski, Jennifer Bernstein, and Rachel Rosenfelt
246 sideincomeblogging.com Larry Deane
247 startuplessonslearned.com Eric Ries
248 stayonsearch.com Mark Thompson
249 gringosabroad.com Bryan & Dena Haines
250 nevblog.com Nev Medhora
251 bonniegean.com Bonnie Gean
252 lbeeandthemoneytree.com Lauren
253 bloggersmakemoney.com Wade Harman
254 ContentMarketingup.com Michael Chibuzor
255 lorirtaylor.com Lori R. Taylor & David Masters
256 ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh Brock

 

*Only the top 64 blogs will make the 2014 #IBCT Tournament.

 Download your bracket NOW and follow the tournament

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ibct 2014 pdf version (with links) – blank bracket

 

Now it’s over to you.

Who do you think should advance to the championship round? Who will win the EAST, WEST, SOUTH, AND NORTH region? Who is the best blogger in the world?   The people decide thanks for voting with a comment below.

What's up! I'm Darnell the founder of Your Online Biz. I believe "We come from absolute greatness. Accomplishing the extraordinary is the least that we should expect from ourselves." In 2012 I launched TruckLicense.net which redefined how to get a CDL without expensive trucking school. I also created the #IBCT - International Blogger Championship Tournament which features the top 64 blogs worldwide in a competitive comparative analysis. When you support me you help #PayItForward as I contribute 10% of my online income to help children in need.

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29 comments on “2014 #IBCT Nominations – The Best 256 Blogs in the WORLD
  1. anush says:

    wow awesome colletioin of top websites thank you and hope to see some more such articles in future

  2. Rakesh says:

    Great post my friend:)You have included list of all the top bloggers sites.Thanks a lot

  3. Great compilation. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing :-)
    Ranjan Rukhaya recently posted…Blogging: The best way to earn money onlineMy Profile

  4. Shirlee says:

    Neil is a terrific blogger! His posts must take a ton of time to write (don’t know if he writes them all himself), they’re long, detailed and very attractively presented.

    I see a lot of familiar names on this list and a few of them, I was surprised to see further down than I thought they would be. Actually, I think it’s very cool that less well-known bloggers are climbing the ranks higher than some of the long-standing big blogs.

    Speaking of something taking a ton of time, that’s what it must’ve taken you to co-ordinate all of this! Thank-you for doing it!
    Shirlee recently posted…The BIG List of Free Online Coupon Sites – U.S.My Profile (dofollow)

    • What’s up Shirlee,

      Yeah Neil is “kind of a big deal” I have to say he’s not ranked #1 by accident.

      There are some techniques that I notice he and the very top bloggers use frequently that others can’t seem to grasp.

      Yes, it took me a tremendous amount of time to put this together but I do it because I really want to learn from the best and encourage others to do the same.

      Thanks for the feedback I really appreciate it.

      BTW, who would you nominate for the #IBCT next year? What’s your fav blog that didn’t make the list?
      Darnell Jackson recently posted…How to Promote Yourself Without Being “that guy”My Profile

  5. Shony says:

    Oh man this is great….even though its about the best 256 blogs many are not yet followed by me now i am gonna visit some of them and explore something new fro their blogs….Neil patel and Harsh Agarwal are really awesome.. i think you should include Imran Uddin too he deserves to be in this list.
    Shony recently posted…KCET 2014 Results Declared On Kea.Kar.Nic.InMy Profile

  6. Hi Darnell,

    Thanks for this awesome list and congrats to all on the list.
    I have been blogging about a year so, when I looked at this list, I didn’t expect to be on it.
    I’m surprised that some prominent marketers are not on this list.
    Eric Holmlund, Paul Counts, Carol Amato and I could go on.
    I was surprised to see Kristi in that spot, I figured she’d be higher.
    Thanks so much for all the work you did compiling this list because now, I have more blogs to visit.
    Geri
    Geri Richmond recently posted…How To Conquer OutsourcingMy Profile

    • What’s up Geri,

      Thanks for the feedback I appreciate it.

      Yeah the #IBCT sheds a different light on all bloggers as the rankings are sorted by Alexa score.

      There are tons of marketers on this list who I know are killing it that didn’t make the top 64 but that’s just a reflection of how fierce the competition is this year.

      If you compare the results of last year to this year and check the rankings its clear why the bloggers at the top are there, they really are on another level.

      NOW who do you pick as your favorite? All those people you mentioned I’ll take a look at for next year but who should win the 2014 #IBCT?
      Darnell Jackson recently posted…2014 #IBCT – Sweet SixteenMy Profile

  7. Lisa says:

    Hi Darrell, quite the list of 256. Thanks for including mine as well. I think John Paul Aguiar and Lori Taylor’s should have been in the top 25-50 though. Were they in any particular order? Great way to find new blogs too, thank you!
    Lisa recently posted…Oh No Twitter Not the Hashtags & Other Twitter ChangesMy Profile

    • What’s up Lisa,

      Thanks for stopping by yeah they are sorted by Alexa rank at the time this article was published (Alexa rank changes slightly almost daily).

      I might agree with you on JPA’s ranking but I have to keep it objective, truth is he’s launched another blog and I’d bet that’s the reason for his ranking slide focusing on another site. I did add it to the watchlist for 2015 so we’ll see how it all works out.
      Darnell Jackson recently posted…2014 #IBCT – Sweet SixteenMy Profile

  8. Hi Darnell, Great list of top bloggers. I was especially delighted to see Adrienne Smith make your list. You missed one of my other favorite bloggers, Harleena Singh of Aha-Now, whose excellent blog is ranked at just under 26,000 by Alexa.

    I’m sure this post took a lot of work and research, Darnell. Compiling this list and cross-checking it with Alexa must had taken a lot of time!
    Carolyn Nicander Mohr recently posted…Twitter News and the Setting You May Want to Change Right NowMy Profile

    • What’s up Carolyn,

      I appreciate the very kind words, I’ve added Harleena’s site and YOURS to the 2015 #IBCT watch list.

      Thanks for stopping by have a great week, don’t forget to vote for your pick to win the tourney.

      who’s the best in your opinion it’s ok I won’t tell
      Darnell Jackson recently posted…2014 #IBCT – Sweet SixteenMy Profile

  9. Man, I’m always late to the party, but at least I made the top 256. :-) And if Ileane’s blog is only sitting in the 64th spot… I’m never making the top 64! Good work!
    Mitch Mitchell recently posted…15 Lessons From 1,500 Blog PostsMy Profile (dofollow)

  10. maxwell ivey says:

    Hello darnell; this sounds like fun but brackets aren’t the easiest thing for a blind blogger to navigate. I will mention a few of my favorites and hope they win. I was happy to see that one of the first of my online friends farnoosh made it in although for her to only be 256 tells me alexa robbed her. smile I didn’t read the whole list, but I would hope my faves robin hallett adrienne smith ashley faulkes lorraine reguly susan p cooper kumar agirwald made it in. and if no one has done it yet i hope that next year there will be at least one blind blogger in the tournament. thanks for the list and th fun contest. take care, Max
    maxwell ivey recently posted…3rd time was the charm: I’m now a “hangout on air” masterMy Profile

    • What’s up Maxwell I’ll update the matchups in text and I’ll follow up with you hopefully you can check them out and weigh in on your selections for this years championship.

      Yeah Alexa really puts things in perspective, I’ll look up some of the folks you mentioned and consider them for the 2015 #ibct thanks for the heads up.

      …also thanks for the retweet yo appreciate it.
      Darnell Jackson recently posted…2014 #IBCT – Sweet SixteenMy Profile

  11. Great list of bloggers. Not surprised about Neil Patel and happy to see WPBeginner in the #2 spot as both blogs provide invaluable advice. Congrats to the others and my newest blogging friend Adrienne Smith. So many bloggers out there providing great content. I’m happy to be part of this community and this list is something to aspire to. No social network will every surpass blogs!
    Jeannette Paladino recently posted…Does Content Marketing Get Results for B2B Companies?My Profile

    • What’s up Jeannette,

      I agree with you blogging IS social media I think people are forgetting where all this cool interactivity began thanks for mentioning this very important point.

      Awesome comment, I too have such aspirations here’s to us both making it but me first Ha haaaaaaaaaa! ;)
      Darnell Jackson recently posted…2014 #IBCT – Sweet SixteenMy Profile

  12. Susan Cooper says:

    This is pretty awesome and you can’t argue with the many that are listed. Who knows, someday I may actually make a list like this. If not it won’t be for the lack of effort… LOL. :-)
    Susan Cooper recently posted…Easy Meatballs: #RecipeMy Profile

  13. Adrienne says:

    Hey Darnell,

    That’s so cool to be on this list Darnell and among some pretty awesome blogs. To be listed just over 100 ain’t too bad my friend and I’m not disappointed I didn’t make your cut. I had a rough ending to last year and beginning to this one so my numbers aren’t as good as they have been. That’s okay, my blog is still alive and doing well so I’m not complaining at all.

    Great list and thanks again.

    ~Adrienne
    Adrienne recently posted…How To Build A Rockin Successful Email ListMy Profile (dofollow)

    • What’s up Adrienne,

      Thanks for stopping by I appreciate the feedback. Nah that aint too bad at all you’re kicking ass most definitely. Here’s to you cutting your ranking in half by this time next year.
      Darnell Jackson recently posted…What’s HotMy Profile

  14. sudhir says:

    superb…i think it is very helpful for most of the bloggers……
    sudhir recently posted…10 Basic Tips for On Page Optimization – On page SEO TechniquesMy Profile

  15. 257th is http://www.smacktechnology.com, mention this next time and dont forget
    manindra kumar simhadri recently posted…17 Psychological facts you don’t know about social worldMy Profile

  16. Cindy says:

    Wow, what a comprehensive list of the top blogs in the world.Really no clear categories for those top blogs. Seems like there is really no topic that is especially popular online. I believe as long as one has passion and continues to work on their blogs, they will succeed one day.

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