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#IBCT 2013 Official Selections – What is the best blog in the world?


…and just like that the field is cut to 64.

After further review and recommendations I decided it was necessary to update the original 75 blogs nominated for the 2013 #IBCT and extend the field further.

So I doubled it to 128.

Instead of identifying only a dozen or so of blogs that missed the cut like last year I wanted to highlight ALL of the great blogs that are “on the bubble” if you will.

These blogs are blooming and are just on the edge of breaking through.

They’re like that underground band that you loved before they get signed and go big time.

The updated list includes all 128 blogs that I reviewed and strongly recommended for the 2013 #IBCT.

Unfortunately, half will of the 128 will miss the cut this year because I selected only the top 64 blogs based on Alexa ranking.

In the future I plan to create an updated weighting system that uses more granular indicators of success like email subscribers and social followers.



What about Page rank?

I don’t believe PageRank is as important although I have to agree with Enstine when he says it’s subjective.

I guess it depends on the purpose of your website.

I don’t think any of the bloggers that made this years tournament are worried about their page rank.

6 blogs made the tournament with a PageRank of 3 or lower, that’s 10%.

This is why I tell people to focus on building relationships and growing traffic.

PageRank is a search engine concept and because of this it shouldn’t be relied upon because it cannot be controlled and it can change without notice.


Why is my fav blog not on the list?

I updated the rules this year to underscore the importance of the traditional blog and the free enterprise independent blogger.

New rules:

  1. MUST BE A BLOG:  Last year DrudgeReport made the tournament and the truth is, Matt’s site is a great example for many things but it’s not a blog.
  2. MUST ALLOW COMMENTS WITHOUT REGISTRATION:  Blogs that require you to register to comment aren’t blogs they’re membership sites and there’s a big difference.
  3. MUST ALLOW COMMENTS.  This means my favorite websites like TheOatmeal and Seth Godin are left out because they don’t allow readers to post comments.  This stops the blog part of the deal and makes it just a cool website like YouTube.  Blogs don’t have to provide a links with comments like Syed Balkhi does but you have to allow comments to be considered a blog.
  4. MUST NOT BE OWNED BY HUGE CORPORATIONS:  It really doesn’t do anyone any good to compare their homemade blog to AOL’s Engadget.  This year the huge corporate brands like Engadget, CNET, Mashable, HuffPo, etc are intentionally excluded.   The focus will be placed on the self made millionaires and 6 figure earners instead.

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The #IBCT is designed for educational purposes.

I want you to learn from the best of the best so that you can accelerate your success on the internet.

Whatever you do a avoid the GET RICH QUICK clowns at all cost.

I want you to spend your energy building a viable online business like the inaugural #IBCT champion Hesham Zebida has done with FamousBloggers.net.




I look forward to a lively debate and discussion on the best bloggers in the world.

If you are trying to figure out how to make it online then you should definitely participate in the tournament.

All you have to do is post a comment, retweet or plus one to voice your opinion on who you think should win each match up above.

Check out the main page for all the latest updates and support your favorite blog or blogger to the championship on April 8th.

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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 “#IBCT 2013 Official Selections – What is the best blog in the world?
  1. Rudd says:

    My favorite? Among them are trafficgenerationcage, wpbeginner, smartpassiveincome, famousblogger and copyblogger. Those are blog I’m familiar with. I think half blog from the list I never heard/read before.
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  2. Rudd says:

    Wow. Lots of website on the diagram that I never heard about.

    Wondering, how do you determine which blog is better than the another blog (the opponent on the diagram) ?
    Rudd recently posted…WordPress101: Change Default Category in WordPressMy Profile

  3. Alex says:

    Hey Darnell,

    Gotta love a well recognised avatar. I came through here from Google+ and I was like ‘hey, I know that helmet – he visited my blog the other day – and he liked my post’

    So I came over to say hi, and then this post caught my eye. Was interested to see who made the list and low and behold – there I am!
    Dude, this is a great idea.

    Nice site too man, love your home page and the calls to action – although I recommend you add a link to the blog somewhere. Kinda ironic that your blog is hard to find, especially given the nature of this post LOL

    Awesome mate, see you soon
    Alex recently posted…The Art of Choosing a Domain Name in 2013My Profile

  4. Kiesha says:

    Hi Darnell!

    I feel so honored to be included on your list with all these other amazing bloggers. You made my day!!

  5. Wade Harman says:

    Hey Darnell, I love it when sites do stuff like this!

    Thought I would repay the favor of all those visits you’ve given me! Should be interesting to see the results!
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  6. Zac Johnson says:

    Awesome idea and link bait! I was dissapointed to see I was #12 and against Yaro… but then I saw Tim Sykes at #16! haha! Let the games begin!
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