…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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
#IB… WHA? WHY?
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 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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