What I learned from the Elite Eight bloggers of the #IBCT

What I learned from the Elite Eight bloggers of the #IBCT

This week I’m pleased to feature the Elite Eight bloggers of the International Blogger Championship Tournament.

Don’t miss last week’s interview with Enstine Muki the founder of EMFastIncome.com.

This is the eighth edition of the What I learned series.

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There’s your answer.

If you are wondering why I started the #IBCT or why I spend so much time talking about successful bloggers.

One thing about me you’ll come to realize if you follow me long enough is I do not listen to people who don’t know what the hell they are talking about.



I have found that old saying,

“Advice, it’s rarely good when it’s cheap and it’s rarely cheap when it’s good.”

…to be 100% correct in my experience.


Cheap is not all about spending money either.

Remember,  time is MORE valuable than money, you have to spend it to get paid in the first place.

That’s why I invested so much time figuring out exactly who was the best in the world at internet marketing or BLOGGING.


I wanted to find out who knew what they were talking about and who were the clowns that I should avoid.

I was happy to find there’s more than one blogger out there that really is bringing it.

I’ll let the elite eight bloggers explain what they do and how they do it themselves, I know they don’t need my help. Check out the links below.


What I want to do here is simply explain to you what I learned by observing these extremely successful bloggers for the past 12 months.

I hope it helps you understand what you need to do in order to accomplish your goals online.


There are two ways that I learn from the Elite Eight bloggers of the #IBCT:


#1 – By example.


When the Elite Eight bloggers climb the mountain if you’re smart you’ll pay attention to what they’re doing and HOW they’re doing it, because you’re up next my friend.

This is my approach to anything important really. 

Especially if it is exciting, challenging, or dangerous like driving a semi truck.

It’s always best to “see how it’s done” BEFORE you give it a try.


#2 – By Testing.


I didn’t just hit the ice mountain with a “how to climb” ebook and hope that things would work out for me, Nah.

There’s waaaay more to it than that.

I would first test the techniques that I had read about and see how well they worked.

What ever worked the best I shared with my followers and I integrated into my online business plan.

This process helped me improved my performance dramatically as I’m now on a streak of 8 consecutive weeks of blog growth.



Here’s What I learned from the Elite Eight bloggers of the #IBCT

What I learned from The Elite Eight bloggers



#1 – Believe in yourself and everyone else will too.

Ileane Smith is a perfect example of this.

Confidence is one of those things that you really can’t accomplish much if you don’t have it.

However, there’s few things that you can’t accomplish if you have it.

How do you get confidence?  

Learn from Ms. Ileane’s example.

Watch how she has progressed from her first podcast to her most recent episode.



#2 – The little things, they Count.

Francisco Perez (DiTesco) is a great example of this.

You’re not going to get an Alexa rank of 11,477 unless you are focused on what’s important.

Like Google authorship. 

Many blogs even very popular ones are making a big mistake with the way they organize and credit guest writers on their blogs.

Google is encouraging its authorship feature and before you know it if you don’t have it you probably won’t get very much free search traffic.

DiTesco has been talking about this feature for a while.  Here’s a post from way back in 2011.



#3 – The sky is the limit.

What Michael A. Stelzner is doing with the Social Media Marketing World is awesome.

Imagine all of the best experts in one place talking about the latest tips, techniques, and industry trends.

You get a vacation, a networking event, and inspiration all in one, what a great freaking idea.

My goal is to accomplish something similar with the #IBCT, soon.  

The truth is blogging is big business, bigger than the thousand tweets that an average post gets on socialmediaexaminer.com.

It’s BIG like the fortune 500 sponsors who know it’s a good move for their companies to sponsor this great event.



#4 – YOU are the brand even if they can’t see you.

People like Gail Gardner even though they have no idea what she looks like.

When you see that yellow ever increasing upward arrow you know it’s her.

I’m not sure if it’s her writing style, her social media activity, or her attention to causes that connects with people so deeply.

All I know is it works like an ice cold sweat tea on a hot summer day.

However, most people who try to brand their blog without showing their face will fail.

If you want to try it I recommend you follow the awesome example that Gail is setting with GrowMap.



#5 – Timing is everything.

There’s this one little tip that I learned from Steve Scott that completely changed how I look at making money online.

I’ve benefited both by what Steve has recommend and by what I have noticed him doing.

They don’t say strike the hammer while the iron is hot for nothing.

If you want the tip that I’m teasing you with download his eBook and thank me later.



#6 – You get what you measure.

I was inspired by Neil Patel to start focusing more on my statistics.

I know better, actually with my background in corporate America, they used to always say:

“You get what you measure.”

Since I started measuring my statistics, my audience has grown for the last 8 weeks straight.


Neil proved this theory is a fact with QuickSproutCrazy Egg and KISSmetrics.

To say this man crushes it is an understatement.

Here is my statement about what Neil does, “It’s amazing the results you get when you plan for success and measure your progress.”




#7 – It’s better to be good than lucky.

Jacob Gube has the #1 ranked blog in the 2013 #IBCT for a reason.

He’s probably the most talented individual on the list in terms of raw internet skills.

This is why his blog is so much further ahead of all of these other OUTSTANDING bloggers.

Jacob doesn’t have his facebook friends embedded in his blog, he doesn’t have a YouTube channel, and he doesn’t podcast.


However his blog is still only 26 spots behind Problogger according to Alexa at the time this was published. (It changes frequently.)

That ought to tell you something.

Jacob smart, smart man and GOOD, extremely good. 

This is why I recommend people focus on increasing their skill set, the best way to make money is to save it by knowing how to do important stuff yourself.

Don’t miss these great tutorials to get you thinking about the types of skills you really need to be successful.




#8 – Success is the best revenge.

As they say, “haters gone hate.”

That’s just how it is. 

What can you do about it?

It is what it is.

Insert your favorite saying here, ______________.

Pat Flynn has proven again just how much of a leader he is in this world of internet marketing.

Recently dirty bastards hacked into Pat’s site and caused an extended outage that cost the man some serious cash.

What did he do about it?

First he shared the story of what happened and what he learned from it, then he announce his brand new book, Let Go, will be available Monday.

This book isn’t just his latest offering,  it’s also new in terms of a brand NEW publishing format.

“…not just text, but also rich multi-media “discoverables” including audio, video and it even incorporates social media – right inside the reading experience.”

Talk about taking it to the next level.

I thank Pat for demonstrating what is possible and how to handle difficult, F’d up situations.



Elite Eight bloggers


Now it’s over to you.

What have you learned from the elite eight bloggers of the #IBCT?

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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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12 comments on “What I learned from the Elite Eight bloggers of the #IBCT
  1. Eric Evans says:


    Nice post. Yes, we need to believe in yourself and everyone else will too. I just like reading this post.


  2. Darnell,

    Thank you very much for sharing this. Yes, I totally agree with you. Confidence is one of those things that we really can’t accomplish much if we don’t have it. We must believe in ourselves and everyone will do.

    Charles Crawford recently posted…10 Strategies for Dental MarketingMy Profile (dofollow)

  3. This is a nice piece.
    To be honest with you, Ileane is the main reason why my blog is alive today.
    The very first day she followed me on twitter and emailed me with a lot of inspiration have urged me on till date.
    Kabenlah Cudjoe recently posted…How to get a new AdSense Account even after being BANNED!My Profile

  4. DiTesco says:

    Soooo good to be amongst these awesome and great people. Thanks for the mention…

    I know all of the people you include in this list and I learned a lot from them too. Gail on social media, Ileane on Video Marketing, Pat on “passive income” :), Neil on just about anything, just to mention a few.

    Thanks for putting this up and for your effort.
    DiTesco recently posted…Building Your Blogging Authority OnlineMy Profile

  5. Gail Gardner says:

    I love this type of post because it gives me reasons WHY I should know each of the bloggers and what I can learn from them.
    Gail Gardner recently posted…What Do YOU Most Need or Want to Know? #smallbizMy Profile

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