Traffic Generation Showdown – A Jury of Beers and Bloggers

Jurist T shirt Traffic Generation Showdown   A Jury of Beers and BloggersI’m sorry – did I say beers? I meant peers ;)!

If you eat, sleep and breathe in the blogosphere, then you’re probably aware of the massive Traffic Generation Blogging Contest that’s been going on lately.

About the Contest

The good folks over at, IBlogZone.con, and organized it and boy do they have their work cut out for them. So definitely stop by and congratulate them for putting this whole shebang together.

There’s also quite a few sponsors and almost $4000 worth of prizes that 15 lucky and talented bloggers will get to take home.

As for how the winners will be decided on…well, there’s quite a few factors that will come into play and those will be for the 4 main organizers to figure it out amongst themselves. But what I do want to tell you is that a jury of peers – including yours truly – have been chosen to read and rate each of the 31 blog posts that were submitted.

So, yes! I read all 31 posts and gave each a rating from 1 to 10. That’s where the beers would have come in handy afterwards – cause let me tell you – it wasn’t easy, and it definitely took a little time.

I think Alex Whalley – my rockin’ blogger friend and fellow judge – said it best in his contest review post last week when he answered his own question of what the articles were like…

“The quality of the entries range from criminally brilliant to a downright waste of pixels and bandwidth.”

I know the latter sounds a bit harsh, for all the submissions had in fact a ton of value – each in their own way. And every blogger made a heck of an effort with their entry. But if you were to compare the articles to each other – then you’d find a substantial difference between the great one’s and the not so great one’s.

Now of course, I have no intention of telling you what score I gave each article – and I presume that the other judges don’t either. But what I will tell you is this…

What I Based My Rating Scores On

Here’s the criteria list that I created (for myself) which I took into consideration while carefully reading – and not skimming – each entry.

  • Relevancy to theme
  • Clarity
  • Usefulness
  • Originality of content
  • Does it captivate my interest or do I want to gouge my eyes out while forcing myself to read till the end?
  • Is it well written and broken down in a way that’s easily understood and pleasant to read?

What I Did NOT Base My Rating Scores On

  • Who the author is – it doesn’t matter if I know them, like them or whatever…
  • How many times the article was shared (Tweets, Stumbles, Likes…)
  • How many comments the article received
  • How it was promoted
  • What site it was published on

What I’m basically telling you is that in my eyes – I was fair and unbiased.

Asking (or not) people to Tweet or comment is totally cool – but to me – this wasn’t based on a popularity contest. I’m sure each contestant promoted their post as best they could or saw fit, but taking that into consideration was not part of my job description.

I know the organizers will be looking at these other factors, but our duty as a jury was to simply base our decision (rating) on the content of each post and how well it was presented. And that’s exactly what I did and what I’m assuming the selected panel of peers did as well.

With all that said and done, I wanted to share you with you my 6 favorite articles from the contest – those that I think kicked-ass. Granted, I think you should read all the entries as they each have something useful to share. I know I learned quite a bit from reading them.

Hesham from Famous Bloggers was kind enough to round them all up (and more) into one massive Traffic Generation guide which you’ll definitely want to bookmark and refer to many times over.

The Ultimate Traffic Generation Resources For Bloggers

The contest officially ended on the 15th, so your comments and shares will NOT pose as an unfair advantage in any way. Similarly to Alex, I too asked Hesham permission to publish this little review today. So anything you do or have done since April 15th will not affect the final results.

Coincidentally, but not surprisingly, 5 of my favs are also the same as Alex’s top 5. Either way, make sure to read his post as well, cause that Aussie has a fabulous way with words ;). Plus, he also shared one of his own brilliant or more like EPIC posts on Traffic Generation. It’s loaded with insight so make sure to check it out while you’re there.

Although I do have a Top 3 list and even my Numero Uno – this list is in no particular order.

Griddy’s Contest Favs – Top 6

That’s it folks!

Once again – please try and read as many of the 31 posts as you can – there are indeed some great one’s besides these.

Don’t forget to share your 2 cents in the comments. You know how I love to hear them ;).

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Ingrid Abboud aka 'Griddy' is a whole lot of things with a ridiculous amount of interests. For one, I'm a Social Media enthusiast with a tremendous passion for writing and blogging. I'm also a pretty cool Copywriter but a more serious MarCom Consultant. But most of all, I'm the proud owner and driving force behind - A Kinda Social Media Journal with Net News & more.

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  • Arsham Mirshah

    Good stuff Ingrid.. I think I’m pretty well aware of the general status of the blogesphere (we joke around @ work — “Don’t get lost in the blogesphere!” (it was nice to see you use that word too)) (yes, I just nested parentheses in a comment :)

    As of the time of this comment, has a 500 internal server error .. better check that .htaccess file! — Thus, I cannot read many of the posts…

    BUT- one that I did skim was
    I love how Michele noted up front: This is not a one size fits all model & to reevaluate the star system as it might pertain to your industry/niche…

    Though, I think email marketing should be 3 stars (for any blog at least)… a friendly email update to your list that there is a new blog post is an easy way to generate traffic (at least in my experience).

    I have a couple others open in tabs and await the 500 error to cease before commencing to learn 😛 – Thanks for sharing this contest and your favorite pieces from it!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Arsham,

      Yeah, I do remember FB having that internal error earlier today but I checked again now and it’s working fine :).

      I’m glad you liked Michele’s piece and you do make a good point about the email rating. Which reminds me that I have to change my weekly one to a post per post update :).

      Enjoy the reads and thanks for stopping by as always :). Appreciated.

  • Ana | Traffic Generation Cafe

    Those are great criteria for judging, Ingrid.

    When I did mine, I was surprised about how many posts taught nothing new in traffic generation arena – wasn’t that the point of the contest?

    Was a bit disappointing, but you are right: there were some great entries – let the best blogger win!


    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Ana,

      Thanks a lot – I’m glad you approve of the criteria I made up :). I thought it would be the most fair way to do it.

      It’s pretty much like Alex said it and I confirmed it – some were brilliant and were related to the topic of traffic generation and others much less so. But I will applaud everyone for their efforts and wish them all luck.

      Thanks for your input Tzarina.
      Hope you had a lovely weekend.

  • Howie at Sky Pulse Media

    I was told via email that I won already. And it was a bigger prize. I was told it was 50million to be transferred from an account in Hong Kong. Hold on let me confirm this because I will feel bad if it turns out you posted this really in depth post about a contest I already won.

    Yes I won the Swiss Blogger Lottery based out of Hong Kong bank with offices in Angola. Please let everyone know I won. Thank you.

    • Bill Dorman

      Sorry Howie, that was actually the Swiss Booger Lottery; but I did have my money on ya brother.

      • Howie at Sky Pulse Media

        But I don’t think I can use Swiss Boogers as my down payment on the cute little Ibiza House with pool, tennis courts, boat dock and helicopter pad I just signed the paper work on.

        • Bill Dorman

          Griddy will float ya, she knows you are good for it………….

          • Ingrid Abboud

            It’s all about trust ;).

        • Ingrid Abboud

          Of course you can Chief Alien. Ken and Barbie come with that house as well ;).

      • Ingrid Abboud

        LOL – you said “booger” hihihi. Okay, I sound like Joey from Friends now haha.

        • Arsham Mirshah

          haha Ingrid’s a dork :) — jk I <3 Friends (have all 10 seasons on DVD.. yeah…)

          @Howie – that was a cleaver comment — apparently I'm related to a Nigerian prince who needs to get his money out of the country or something… I should help him out, right?

    • Ingrid Abboud

      That’s so weird Howie cause I’ve gotten about 9 of those emails already this week! Woohooo – looks like I won about 450 million dollars – I’m just waiting for them to transfer them into my account. I gave them my bank info, SS, DOB, passwords, home and office address, working hours and everything else they asked for. But mine lottery was based out of Nigeria ;). Muwahahaha

      Did you hear that everyone? Howie and I won the lottery!!!!!
      Nothing else to see here – move along haha.

  • Kira Permunian

    Wow! I joined this contest and I must state that it was a very challenging contest I’ve ever entered so far having a chance to mingle with the best bloggers in the blogosphere today. It was really a great experience for me. And with regards to the entries, Brian, Brankica, and Mavis’ entries rocked the web well. I think the judges found it very hard to decide who gonna win.

    Hey I liked your basis of scoring the contest. Thanks for the share.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Kira,
      Thanks for stopping by. I’m sure it was a great experience and I love your attitude by the way :)! It’s always nice to see some healthy competition cause after all – we all learn from each other in this blogosphere of ours.

      And yes – those 3 folks did a heck of a job with their posts – I couldn’t agree more with you on that.
      I’m glad you liked the criteria I used to rate each post. I thought it would be the most fair.

      Best of luck to you. I’m very curious and excited to see the final results.

      • Kira Permunian

        Thanks Ingrid! Whoa I am too, very excited for the result! Congratulations to all. It was really good competition.

        • Ingrid Abboud

          That it was! :)
          Cheers Kira and thanks for coming back.

  • Christina Crowe

    Hey Ingrid,

    Silly me! I didn’t even know a contest was going on (and I even read Brankica’s article without realizing it!). 😉

    As a jury, I think you did well though – and to read/rate over 30 articles is no easy task, I can tell you that!

    It’s only fair to base entries on the content and not the promotional methods used. After all, it’s the content that matters; it doesn’t matter how many eyeballs you can get on the page – no one will stick around if you’re writing utter crap or content that isn’t useful to the reader.

    I’m off to check out your 5 faves now! Thanks for the links. :3


    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hola Christina,

      Even though you’re 21, I’ve decided to put my jealousy aside and be nice hahaha. Kidding of course.
      I’m sure a lot of people didn’t know actually so no worries. We can’t all be everywhere or we’d be even more overwhelmed than we are now.

      Like you said – it’s the content that matters – at least to me. I’m sure everyone did a great job and all they could at promoting their posts but to me – the criteria I made up seemed fair. Plus, it’s not really up to us judges to look at the popularity and the numbers – I think the organizers are doing that.

      Hope you enjoy the reads. Some really good ones – besides the 6 I’ve mentioned here.

      Thanks for the kind words. I appreciate it. Thought it was time consuming and I really rated each to the best of my abilities – it was well worth it as I learned a lot.

      Have a great weekend.

  • Bill Dorman

    Was it like a cooking contest where you tasted one at a time; cleaned your palate and then jumped into the next one. Very subjective indeed, but I’m sure your keen eye and grading scale picked out the worthy ones.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hahaha! Kind of like that yeah! 😉

      I took little breaks in between so I could read with a fresh eye though. The last thing you want is to get worn down where you start neglecting or barely even skimming just to finish a post. I don’t mind doing that in other cases but seeing that this a contest and people have taken the time to enter and write their best stuff – I feel like I should accord them with my time and respect in a fair manner. Just how I see it.

      Hope you enjoy the reads Bill.
      Have a great weekend.


  • Adam Toporek

    Hi Ingrid,

    Have to completely agree with Davina – thank you for culling the list! No way I could get through 31 posts; serious props to all the judges who did. I had already read and loved Michele Welch’s post, and am looking forward to the other 5.

    Between this and your Sunday roundups, you are making many lives a lot easier. Thanks!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Adam,

      My pleasure – glad I could be of some help :). There are in fact some really good posts other than these 6 that are well worth the read. So if you get the chance – make sure to check them out as well.

      Michele’s post was very good indeed. She’s just a great all-round blogger in general.

      Well Adam, between this and my SuperPost roundups – I’m making my life a lot harder haha. I’m kidding – it’s really something I love to do and although time consuming – I think I think it’s well worth it and my readers generally appreciate it.

      So thanks to *you*.
      Have a good weekend.

  • davinabrewer

    Ok… your headline got me here and I don’t even drink beer. 😉 Then it was Alex on the ‘waste of pixels and bandwidth’ as I wish I had thought of that. I’m trying to cut back on my reading as it’s too much so I appreciate you taking the time to cull the list. From your picks the most interesting to me might be Kim’s “Hidden Money Pockets” which I shall save for when I have time.. b/c that always happens, getting extra doses of time. FWIW.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey QOTA,

      Ha! That’s a good thing right? That the title got you to click? hehe
      I wanted peers but it didn’t sound as good or flow the same way with the word bloggers – so I went with beers cause if I actually liked beer I have need to drink a case of it after reading 31 articles in a row lol.

      That article is a great one to start with Davina. I wasn’t as familiar with Kim’s work before reading that article – I had heard her name many times in the blogosphere but hadn’t really had the chance to read that much of her work. I’m glad I was reminded cause she really has some exceptional posts on her blog. Awesome stuff!

      Anyhow, good luck with getting those extra doses of time – let me know how you do it ;).
      Have a great weekend Davina.


      • davinabrewer

        Managed to read – ok scan – most of these.. a lot for webcoding or monetized blogs, little different than what I do but still some good info. One of James’ posts led me to another, trying to help me figure out some FB settings. So good stuff. When I patent that “extra time in a bottle” or whatever, I’ll be sure to send you a case. :-) Enjoy your weekend too.

  • SoloBizCoach

    Ingrid, thanks for taking the time to sort out the wheat from the chaffe. I really need to figure out how to use Facebook more successfully for traffic generation. So, I am now off to read James’ article.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hi Fred,

      I hope a few of these posts will come in handy for you. There is in fact some great information to take from each of them. For Facebook – James’s article is definitely a great read. I would also suggest another article – which was not part of this contest – but worthy all the same. It’s an interview style post that was done by Alex Whalley a couple months ago. It includes answers about Facebook Marketing and how 3 people use their pages and what they do. I had the honor of being one of the people Alex interviewed along with Ana Hoffman from Traffic Generation Cafe and Hector Cuevas – I would definitely read that one as well as both of those bloggers had some fantastic tips and tricks.

      Thanks for dropping by and for the kind words :).

  • Hesham Zebida

    Ingrid, this is just amazing!

    I can not thank you enough for your time, I know it wan’t that easy!

    I’ve enjoyed your post a lot, and I like the way you judged the entries, me myself I deal with entries as numbers, I really have no idea who is going to win till this moment, and I won’t till the last minute before publishing the winners post!

    So excited here :)

    Thanks again for the great work!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Hesham,

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to answer a few of the questions that people had here. I appreciate it.

      It was a pleasure to be a part of the jury on this and although it did take some time to carefully read and consider each post – the experience was worth it :). Tons of new things to learn and take in. Thanks again for thinking to ask me to participate. I appreciate the vote of confidence in my judgement.

      Using the criteria I made up was the only way for me to rate each entry – fairly! I know you will be handling the rest I guess – so best of luck to you.

      Great of you to organize this. I know how much work and effort you must have put in.

      I think we’re all very curious to know who the winners will be. Best of luck to all the contestants.

      Have a great week.

  • Mavis Nong

    Hey Ingrid,

    Thanks for sharing your favourite articles.

    Although mine didn’t make it this time, I had great fun and gained even more recognition.

    Have a great day!


    • Hesham Zebida

      I like your good spirit Mavis :)

      • Mavis Nong

        Thanks very much, Hesham :). Better luck next time…

        • Ingrid Abboud

          The contest isn’t decided on yet ;). At least – not to my knowledge. So I don’t think anyone knows for sure who the prizes will go to or who will win first place.

          Good luck Mavis :).

          • AllieRambles


            In my circle, you are the buzz right now! I have been thinking of guest posting and/or entering contents but I am a little shy at this stage in my blogging. But you have inspired me to possibly jump sooner than later.

            It takes a lot to put yourself out there for scrutiny and you do it gracefully.

            Best of luck!


      • Ingrid Abboud

        It’s always nice to see such great sportsmanship – that’s the only attitude to have! :)

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hi Mavis,

      I think your post was very good actually and I really enjoyed it. I only mentioned the Top 6 in my opinion here but like I said – there are a few others – including yours which I think are most definitely worth reading and learning from as they too were very well written and thought out.

      I have no clue to what the final results are or who the rest of the judges are and what they rated each post. I’m sure everyone has their opinion so I’m excited to see who the winners will be.

      Best of luck to you.
      Hope you have a great week.


  • Anonymous

    Interesting here Ingrid, I had no idea that this was going on, so you can safely say I don’t eat, sleep and breathe in the blogosphere 😉

    I think it’s a brilliant idea to do this though, wonderful that more people are getting the opportunity to showcase their talents (or lack of) and announce themselves to the world! It’s a way of getting people to notice them, and that’s what all bloggers want with their blogs, deep down.

    I wonder, how many people (yourself included) were chosen to judge? I’d say it’d be a fair few considering the number of entrants?

    • Hesham Zebida

      Hi, allow me to answer this because most judges don’t know each other yet :)

      I’ve got 5 responds so far, and we will mention all the judges in a special post in the coming days, probably before pronouncing the winners!

      • Ingrid Abboud

        Thanks for stepping in here Hesham :).

      • Anonymous

        Hey Hesham, thanks for answering my question! Answer duly noted :-)

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Woohoo! You mean you have a life other than the one online? hahaha 😉

      I actually did not follow the contest closely although I was aware of it. I read all the posts over the weekend – from scratch – even though there were 2 that I had already read – but I figured I needed a fresh eye.

      A contest like this definitely has it’s perks and you’re right in that it is an opportunity for folks to showcase their talents – although we also do the same when we guest post. The difference here is the fame and the financial reward – which of course is an added motivator. But both organizers and contestants benefit from this – each in their own way.

      In all honesty – I’m not quite sure how many judges there are – or who they are – except for Alex Whalley – who wrote a similar post to this one – he actually wrote his before me and after reading his – it inspired me even more to write mine.

      I think Hesham though – answered you below in more detail in regards to that. I’m also curious to know who the judges are – but of course – I won’t know what rating they gave each post.

      Thanks for dropping by Stu. Oh, and I didn’t forget about you (my answer to your question) – just had to get this out of the way first :). Thanks for your patience. I appreciate it.


      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I have an ‘outside’ life! It’s brilliant, it gives me food and drink so I don’t keel over and die 😉

        Thanks for the awesome comment, you’ve pretty much got it spot on when you say that fame is greatly enhanced with contests like this. Kudos my dear!

        And no worries about Value 101, I’m not going to push you into sending me an answer! In your own time :-)

        • Ingrid Abboud


          Thanks again for being so cool about Value 101 :).
          Oh, and I have an outside life too but ssshhhhhhh – don’t tell anyone 😉 lol.

          Have a great weekend Stu.

  • Danny Brown

    I guess that’s the problem with contests like these, Ingrid – sometimes I wonder if it’s to showcase the bloggers or simply up the traffic spike in the hosting site.

    Not saying that’s happened here – but something to be aware of in future promotions.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Ha! It’s funny that a similar thought came to mind but I know how many people actually favor these contests. Fame and fortune I’m sure are always an incentive lol.

      In all honesty – I think it’s a great motivator and I’m sure both author’s and hosts will benefit in many ways – but personally – I haven’t been interested to partake in one yet.

      I also think that the organizers have their work cut out for them. But I’m pretty sure that the contestants have their share of promoting to do as well.

      I wanted to emphasize that I didn’t give two sh***s on how many comments a post had (quality/quantity), how many times it was shared or tweeted and so forth. I couldn’t care less how the post was promoted and how popular the author is.

      In my case – I simply wanted to rate it by it’s content.

      When Hesham approached me last week to be a judge – I hesitated for a few days – seeing the hours I knew it would take me to read each post. I also wanted to make sure what it was that was expected of me. If I was simply to judge on how popular it was – then I would have said NO in a heartbeat.

      Thanks for bringing up this good point DB. Much appreciated :).

    • Anonymous

      The same question could be asked about all promotion that we do online – surely

      Aren’t the two results one in the same?

      • Ingrid Abboud

        Good point Mr. Whalley :).
        I’m curious to hear what people think about this.

    • Hesham Zebida

      Nice question Danny!

      The simple and honest answer is we try to achieve both things!

      Actually, it’s more than that, we focus on engaging and making friends, the contest is a good chance to have a good relationship between participants, sponsors and organizers, we are talking here about an average 100 person involved for one month. And, yes.. I actually double my blog traffic after every contest.

      I’ve started the FB blog as a multi-author blog, and it’s really hard to keep it up with high quality content, I have an average of 90% of bloggers are newbies!

      So the contest help on increase quality as a results of competing and learning together! We was thinking how to actually motivate and award bloggers in our community, especially those who need opportunity to prove they actually can do it, and those who need the prize to buy a gift for their kids or pay the rent.

      There are other dimensions, I tried once to write a blog post to share my thoughts about running a blogging contest, I ended writing 20 pages, so I will stop at this point hopefully what I put above makes sense!

      And to be honest, I haven’t think that blogging contests are really benefiting for all parts till bloggers asked me again to organize a new contest, so our community asked for it, and we responded to them!

      It’s a learning experience, no body knows how it really feel till he/she try it!

      Thanks for fire the question!

      • Ingrid Abboud

        Great answer Hesham – thank you.

        I think Danny’s question was a very valid one and an interesting one to consider as I’m sure it may have crossed the minds of a few people – so I’m happy you took the time to answer him with your views on that.


    • Arsham Mirshah

      Definitely a good point Danny — “hosting a contest” is a 3 star tactic in:

      I think if the content provides value to all who engaging with it (readers, contestants, judges, etc…) – then it’s a win and not JUST a traffic generator… if that makes sense.

  • Gabriele Maidecchi

    By the way, you make a good point about judging a post from its contents rather than from how popular it gets. Popularity is in many cases bound to many factors other than real content, a shame but also something we can justify given the situation.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Gabriele,

      Thanks a lot for your comment. I was just explaining below to Robert how I went about rating each post and what our job was as judges and peers. Sure – the shares and comments are great – but it’s in the case of this contest and what we were asked to do – was to simply rate the content. And the criteria I made up for myself is what I believe we generally judge a post by whether we realize it or not.

      The number of RT’s is a great thing – if it’s large. The number of comments is also amazing – if they’re quality one’s and not simple drive-by’s. I always like to say that the comments are the life of a blog much like people are the life of a party – but the social proof side of it will be taken into consideration by the organizers themselves and not us – the panel of judges.

      Popularity is for the most part well deserving – but at times it’s not. It’s just a matter of seeing for yourself – that’s all.

      Have a good week.

  • Robert Dempsey

    I really like the elements of how you judged the entries Ingrid. Frankly, the items you are judging on require greater skill while the rest can be engineered. I’m not going to downplay the ability for someone to drive traffic of their own through the awesome power of their network. But from your criteria traffic generation is about more than getting eyes on a post. And if that is true, then I agree.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Robert,

      Thanks a lot for your comment :). I thought those would be the best ways for me to judge each individual post as I think that’s how see them in general – whether we realize it or not. And in all honesty – its the content and the presentation of an article that make it what it is. It’s their style, tone, how easily it is to follow, how coherent and useful the info actually is and so forth.

      As for the promotion side of it and the shares, comments and all that – I think that’s Hesham’s job (as well as the other 3 organizers) to look into. But like I said – it’s not so much a popularity contest and who has the biggest network of caring friends. Sure that’s a great help – but in this case – it wasn’t my job to look into these. Actually – I don’t think all the posts I chose here have the largest amount of shares and comments in general – but since I think they were extremely informative and well-written – they deserved to be in this list. I also think what is important when it comes to comments – is the quality of them rather than the quantity. Drive-by’s such as “nice job, I like this” may count as a number but to me – they don’t mean much. But again – these didn’t come into play when I was rating each post.

      I can tell you however that Brankica’s post had over 8,000 stumbles or so – but it’s easy to understand why seeing how much info she had included in there.

      Anyhow – I just thought it important for people to know what our job as the panel of jury/judges was and what were supposed to look at and consider.

      Thanks again for stopping by.
      Talk to you soon I hope.


      • Robert Dempsey

        Thanks for the additional info Ingrid. And I hope to talk with you soon too. Your email system thinks I’m a spammer, so I’ve sent a chat via Skype.

  • element321

    Thanks for mentioning my articles Ingrid! Hope they helped. :)

    There were a lot of good articles in the contest. But as you mentioned there are few that were not so good and may not have been relevant to the topic.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey James,

      Nice to see you here. You’re welcome. I thought you did a great job with both of these posts. And like I think many will agree – there was a bit of everything in the contest – the great, the good and the huh?! 😉

      But the huh?! becomes even more evident when you put it next to the great.
      Anyhow – good luck.


  • Gini Dietrich

    So you like James Johnston, huh?!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      What can say?! The guy wrote 2 darn good posts :).
      There were actually a few people which submitted more than 1 or even 2 posts.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the kind words and the link love Ingrid.

    You have excellent taste I must say, because your choice of the best posts is excellent :)

    Seriously now, how many hours did it take you? (It took me 3!)

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hola Aussie :),

      I couldn’t believe that when I was finally done reading them all – I came to the same conclusions as you. I actually went back and read your post to see if they were in fact the same and it seems you’re the one with great taste my friend! Look like we’re on the same wavelength hehe.

      It definitely took me just as much time as you actually – plus I did this nice little excel spreadsheet with the titles, authors and scores that I sent to Hesham haha. I’m such a nerd!

      I’d say 3 or even 4 hours as well – easily.

      Loved your review by the way and your post – Viral Mkt. Blueprint – is bookmarked till the end of days haha. I hope you do turn in into an eBook or PDF of some sorts.

      Have a great week Alex.

  • Fran Aslam

    Hey Ingrid

    It is nice to know the main events and your blog post certainly helped. Your friend made the list. Wonderful work again .

    All the best

    Fran A

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Fran,

      Thanks :). Hope you get the chance to read some of these posts. Some great pointers in each.

      Have a great week.

  • Brankica U

    Hey Ingrid, I bet it was hard to read all 31 in short time but I do need to agree with Alex that some were criminally baaaad.

    You also made a great point that I agree with – some were not even relevant to the topic.

    Anyway, thanks for the heart :))))) Woo hoo, I made the list …. Kisses

  • Brankica U

    Hey Ingrid, I bet it was hard to read all 31 in short time but I do need to agree with Alex that some were criminally baaaad.

    You also made a great point that I agree with – some were not even relevant to the topic.

    Anyway, thanks for the heart :))))) Woo hoo, I made the list …. Kisses

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Sharpy,

      Yeah – it wasn’t so much hard as it was time consuming. Actually – it was a bit hard too haha. It’s always tough putting a score on someone’s work. The criteria I used is a set that I made up on my own. It’s a set that I would judge any regular post by – although of course, without the rating part.

      Needless to say what I think of your post Bran. Not because you’re my friend, but because it simply rocked in every which way! No doubt about it! Well done.