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 MyBlogGuest.com:

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 SEMRush.com:

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:

20,892 Views
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!