Harsh Agrawal’s ShoutMeLoud.com is the 3rd Annual 2014 #IBCT Champion
Here’s some quick stats about his site:
Domain Registered: Nov-2008
Alexa rank: 2,649
Twitter followers: 9,569
Facebook likes: 60,217
Google+: 105,368 followers – 1,219,975 views
YouTube Subscribers: 3,023
Wait, what in the WORLD is the #IBCT?
In short the International Blogger Championship Tournament is a celebration of success.
It starts each year with the nomination of the top blogs in the world and after a four week competitive comparative exhibition tournament the champion is revealed as chosen by the people who vote.
What I learned from the 2014 #IBCT Champ Harsh Agrawal:
#1 – Success is objective.
It’s a numbers game. It’s all about improving your online business in a meaningful and measurable way.
While many bloggers agonize over the smallest most insignificant design feature of their site like the color of the opt-in button on their “contact us” page Harsh seems to care less about any of this stuff.
He hasn’t updated his design theme in over a year and he seems content with improving on the hard numbers that indicate growth and improving engagement.
At the beginning of this years tournament when the nominations were released his Alexa rank was # 2700 and in just a few short weeks he’s already cut that ranking by nearly 400 positions.
#2 – It’s worth it.
Blogging seems like it’s very easy, you just type some words on the screen, add some pictures, and BAM you’re a HIT right?
If you want to get where Harsh is you need to know that it’s taken him over 2,000 days to get there. Here’s an inspiring post that he wrote about his journey at the end of 2013.
#3 – Content = Conversation = Conversion.
When you browse the latest posts on Harsh’s site you will notice a trend with the articles.
They all seem to spark a conversation. The most popular articles engage the audience to join in with the discussion and as you’ll notice these posts also have the highest number of social shares.
It takes knowledge of your audience’s objectives to accurately predict the content that they would be most likely interested in consuming, sharing, and discussing.
It’s one thing to get them to read a post it’s another to get them to comment and share–which in tern brings in more readers.
Harsh has figured out a brilliantly effective way to predict the exact topics that “shouters” (as his readers are called) want to discuss and share like their hair is on fire.
Now it’s time to hear from Harsh here he is accepting another award as he was also recently named the best blog in India:
I guess winning and success can be habit forming. Ha haaaaaaaaa!
Congrats Harsh on all that you have accomplished in the last year, you have proven that success is not just a fantasy but a reality and that example is critically important for everyone with aspirations of “making it” online one day.
Thanks for all that you do and here’s to many more years of unbridled success.
Now it’s over to you.
What did you learn from this years #IBCT?
Who would you nominate for #IBCT 2015?
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