Announcing the 2nd Annual Bad Ass SEO Guest Blogging Contest Winners

Nov 3, 2011   //   by Gerald Weber   //   blogging, Contests, SEO Blog  //  21 Comments

Wow! I have to say that this year’s Bad Ass SEO Guest Blogging Contest REALLY lived up to its name. Not only was the sponsorship level greater this year (a whopping $2700 in cash), but the talent level took a big leap forward as well. I am honored to have so much talent on my blog!

Now, without further ado, the moment you have all been waiting for. The winners are:

1st Place – $1000 + a Lifetime Premium Membership to

How to Optimize 7 Popular Social Media Profiles for SEO by Kristi Hines

2nd Place – $500 + 1 Year Membership to The SEO Training Dojo:

Come on People, Your Attitude to Guest Blogging Is Killing Me! by James Cave

3rd Place – $350 + Link-Assistant.Com SEO PowerSuite Enterprise License:

But I Donโ€™t Have Enough Klout: How To Be Good At Social Media By Not Being A Jerk by Colette Bennett

4th Place – $250 + 3 Month Subscription to

Have You Claimed Your Local Business Listing on These 21 Sites? by Kaila Strong

5th Place – $225:

Using JavaScript to Hide Content: Advanced White Hat SEO? by Darren Slatten

6th Place – $125:

The Seven Secret Steps to Irresistible Blog Posts by Andrew Nattan

7th Place – $100:

Panda, Panda, Panda by Amanda King $100

8th Place – $75

Secret 4 Step Affiliate System by Ben Jackson

9th Place – $75

Social Media Suffocation: Why Iโ€™ve Had Enough Of Networking Online by Lewis Austin

Now for a brief explanation of how we can up with our winners:

We had 4 independent judges who scored each post on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best). The judging factors included style, creativity and usefulness. We then averaged the scores from all 4 judges. You can click here to see the Excel spreadsheet with the scoring.

This year, Kristi absolutely dominated the top spot! Not only was her guest post published on Sphinn and mentioned in SEOMoz’s newsletter, but it has received:

1000 Facebook Likes
1498 Tweets
224 Google Pluses
Over 200 Comments

Places 2 and 3 were also clear winners. However, places 4 through 8 all tied with each other. As a result, we had to use social engagement factors to determine those winners.

The way our social engagement scoring works is 1 point for each tweet, +1, Facebook Like, Stumble or comment. Also, we looked at social engagement on blokube and blogengage. Additionally, we didnโ€™t count meaningless or ambiguous comments like “Great post thanks.” By calculating these totals, we were able to determine who won spots 4 through 8.

Everyone who won, please email me your Paypal email at gweber at sem-group dot net so I can hook you up with your cashola and non-cash prizes!

Once again, I want to thank all the sponsors, contestants and judges who donated their time. Without all of your help, this contest wouldn’t be possible. You all rock!

We’ll see you all next year when the donkey starts misbehaving again!

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  • Rick

    Kristi Hines has a well written winner article, so congrats and keep up the good work! By the way, her winner article is very useful and i recommend everyone who’s into social media to read it carefully.

  • David

    Congratulations Kristi – it was a great post and well worth winning. Congrats to the other winners, too.

  • bbrian017

    Hey congrats to all the participants and Kristi for winning the content. Good for her she deserves it and always produces top quality content. I agree she blew the competition out of the water and in fact when Kristi is in a content you better bring youโ€™re a game of your going down!

  • Sandy says:

    Congratulations for all the Winners of this contest. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I like this Site very well. Its great.

    best wishes from germany

  • Dev

    Hey Gerald,

    It was a great contest and congrats to all the participation. Agree – Kristi dominated the top spot, she did fantastic work.

  • Ana

    Kristi won? There’s a huge surprise… LOL Well-deserved!

    SEMrush is my favorite prize though; congrats to Kaila on that one.

  • What an impressive contest and statistics reached by the winners, congrats to Kristi and I also read she recently quit the 9-5 and is now a full time entrepreneur.

  • Ileane

    Fantastic contest, Congrats Kristi! Great job everyone, including all contestants, judges, sponsors and you too Gerald ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Melvin

    Great contest, I didn’t win this time but I guess I’ll just try my luck next time. Congrats to everyone especially to Kristi. By the time I learned she joined the contest, I knew she’s going to dominate.

  • James

    Wow, I really wasn’t expecting that! This is really cool. Thanks to everyone that organised this – I’ve really, really enjoyed it!


  • Whitney Segura

    Congrats Kristi, and all of the other winners! I wish I could have submitted a post myself, but I sponsored so I couldn’t, next time I am coming for you!!!

    – Whitney Segura