I personally nominated many of the blogs on this list for the 2014 #IBCT, in truth I even nominated my own blog for the tournament.
However, as they say…
That means we didn’t make the cut.
It’s a numbers game.
The 3rd annual International Blogger Championship Tournament is all about learning from the best of the best and this year’s group is by far the best EVER.
As a matter of fact I would be comfortable saying that the 256 blogs officially nominated for the tournament this year represent the best group of blogs you’ll find anywhere on the internet and I’m talking about you technorati.
Technically, speaking, “that is” the #IBCT only selects blogs that meet a certain criteria:
- They have to be blogs
NOT membership sites. That’s why zerohedge.com is not on the list. If you are required to “create an account” in order to comment then you have a membership site NOT a blog. Also it can NOT be a “news aggregator” site either that’s why alltop and worldstarhiphop isn’t in the tourney either.
- They have to be founded by just one or a few individuals.
NOT some big ass company that’s why mashable will not be in the tournament. Also, the owner of the blog has to be easy to find I find popular blogs all the time that seem to want to operate anonymously I was always told to put my name on my work, go figure.
With that said some really awesome blogs didn’t make the cut including my personal favorite but again, it’s a numbers game.
I have found in my experience growing my traffic for 11 weeks straight that the Alexa ranking is a VERY accurate measurement of the real MOMENTUM of a website.
It may not be exactly accurate on specific traffic statistics, as some site owners will claim to have much more traffic than their Alexa ranking would suggest (and I dispute their claim). However, I can tell you for a 100% fact when my traffic was UP my alexa ranking was up and when my traffic was DOWN my Alexa ranking was down. I watched this like a HAWK for half a year, trust me I know what I’m talking about. Also, seeing the standings from last year to this year for many sites is confirmation of this theory. Top sites that keep growing have increased in their Alexa ranking since last year while other’s have slid big time.
WHY NOT PAGERANK?
Google’s “page rank” is too confusing to care about. As your site grows one of the side effects will be your pagerank SHOULD increase. However, YOU are not in control of this, some algorithm in a computer somewhere in one of Google’s data centers is (or maybe it’s just Matt Cutts behind it all). Plus, Google (add me to your circles there BTW) is getting to be known as a “blogger blocker”.
Now, without further ado here are the awesome blogs that did NOT make the cut for the 2014 #IBCT:
Now it’s over to you.
How do you feel about the blogs that didn’t make this year’s tournament?
Who would you nominate for the top 256?
See who made the cut…[click here]
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