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2nd Annual 2013 #IBCT Champion: GrowMap.com




Gail Gardner’s GrowMap.com is the Second Annual 2013 #IBCT Champion.


Here’s some quick stats about her site GrowMap.com:

Alexa Rank: 38,167

Founder: Gail Gardner

Twitter Followers: 32,491

Google+: 5,084 have her in circles

Date domain registered: Aug 2008



WAIT, WTF is the #IBCT?

The International Blogger Championship Tournament is all about learning from the best of the best.

It was created in 2012 to motivate people to learn about blogging in a brand new way that I call competitive comparative analysis.

It matches up the best blogs on the internet in a one on one match up.

The blog with the most votes moves on to the next round and ultimately the championship.

Please check out the main #IBCT page for more information, history, and more.


2013 IBCT Champion

Some people may be surprised to see Gail’s blog beat all of the amazing competition and win it all this year.

I KNOW I was surprised at all of the support that GropMap.com readers brought to the tournament.


That’s the only word I can use to describe my reaction to all the SOCIAL SHARES and COMMENTS that I received supporting GrowMap.com to win.

It didn’t matter who she was matched up against.

One round after another her supporters showed up and showed out.


Personally I was not aware of GrowMap.com last year or I would have definitely nominated her blog for the inaugural tournament.

Have you ever hear the saying, your reputation precedes you?

Do you know what it means?

Gail Gardner is a perfect example of what this saying is all about.


Don’t get me wrong.  I’ve been reading the articles at GrowMap and over all I think her site is top notch but what impressed me the most was the things I heard OTHER people saying about her.

When you see a well known and established successful blogger that you actually learn from coming out to support another blog it makes a big impact on you.

It really makes you think about what you’re dong and HOW you should go about doing it.


Even though you get to create a blog and you can write all your own posts and choose what articles you publish and yada yada yada in the end you don’t get to tell your own story.

Other people will do that for you.

The question is, what will they say?


I want to thank Gail Gardner for setting an outstanding example.

I also want to thank all of the GrowMap.com readers for their participation in this years tournament, you’re awesome.


A SPECIAL shout out to all of the blogs nominated and selected for this years tournament and everyone who participated, read an article, posted a comment, re-tweeted, +1′d, or whatever THANK YOU TREMENDOUSLY  I really appreciate it.



Now it’s over to you.

What did you learn from this years #IBCT?

Did you discover any new blogs?

Who would you nominate for #IBCT 2014?

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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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9 comments on “2nd Annual 2013 #IBCT Champion: GrowMap.com
  1. DiTesco says:

    Congratulations Gail. I am so glad that you have been “crowned” champion on IBCT. You totally deserve it and I am honored to have had the chance to be amongst “true champions”. Keep it up and all the best..

    Once again Darnell, thanks for putting this up. Kudos..
    DiTesco recently posted…6 Practical Tips to Deal with Blogging OverwhelmMy Profile (dofollow)

  2. Koj Tajo says:

    Hey Gail, BIG CONGRATULATIONS! I felt, when Adrienne is besides, the win was on the card. And Adrienne Thanks a lot for sharing in G+. Wish GrowMap all the success ahead.
    Koj Tajo recently posted…4 Smart Questions On Original Content [ Also Know How to Write]My Profile

    • Gail Gardner says:

      Thank you Koj Tajo,

      The CommentLuv community – at least the huge part of it that DiTesco, Ileane @BasicBlogTips, Adrienne, Kristi Hines @Kikolani, Kiesha Easley @WeBlogBetter and so many others are a part of – has always been supportive of each other.

      Way back in early 2011 a dozen of us were named in a Twitter influencer study done by Cornell University and Yahoo! Research. There is a post on my site with the specifics.

      Over the years a few have left CommentLuv or we have grown apart somewhat. While we are all very busy and don’t get to connect as much as we wish we could, we do check in with each other now and again.

      Do feel welcome at GrowMap any time. Darnell’s friends and readers are invited to promote their blogs and ask questions.
      Gail Gardner recently posted…Bloggers: Promote Your Blogs HereMy Profile (dofollow)

  3. Adrienne says:

    Congratulations Gail, you are very deserving but everyone who was on the list was a winner in my book. Just being nominated is exciting but Gail’s supporters really rallied behind her and showed their support, me included.

    Thanks Darnell for putting this on and for all you are doing for the blogging community.

    Go GrowMap!!!

    Adrienne recently posted…How To Easily Check For Broken CommentLuv LinksMy Profile (dofollow)

    • What’s up Adrienne,

      I Appreciate the very kind words but I’m just trying to return the favor.

      It’s awesome that you take time to stop by and participate in the #IBCT.

      I know you could be doing a million other things like dealing with the 100+ comments your articles get.

      Every time I go to your site It’s like a lottery.
      I used to try to be first to comment, now I just try to be in the top 25.

      What you’ve built online is very impressive, the fact that you take time to help others is awesome.
      Darnell Jackson recently posted…What I learned from Ari Herzog – Q&A with the founder of AriHerzog.com.My Profile

      • Adrienne says:

        That’s why I have a lot of comment Darnell because I support my readers. I want the best for them and Gail and I have been connected for awhile yet. We may not visit each other’s blog all the time but I think the world of her and I support her. It’s the least I can do.

        Thanks so much.

        Adrienne recently posted…How To Easily Check For Broken CommentLuv LinksMy Profile (dofollow)

  4. Gail Gardner says:

    Aahhhhh!! I’m surprised. I don’t know what to say, except thank you to all those who took time out of their busy days to comment and share.

    You all know I’m all about collaboration for mutual benefit much more than competition. DiTesco and Ileane and so many others and I have known each other for years and we are all winners every day that we get to work with other bloggers whether they’re brand new, up-and-coming, or more established than we are.

    Thank you, Darnell. I know from personal experience how much work doing something like this is. The relationships it forges and strengthens are worth it.

    I’d like to invite everyone to the Lead Generation Webinar Andy Nathan is holding tomorrow at 1 Eastern / noon Central / 11 Mountain and 10 Pacific time. Details in the post I put in CommentLuv in this comment.

    Even if you’re “just a blogger” you need leads, too! I’ll be learning from Andy along with everyone else who attends.
    Gail Gardner recently posted…Simple Systems To Generate More Leads [Free Lead Generation Webinar]My Profile (dofollow)

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