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Congratulations to our Guest Blogging Contest Winners

Finally, we have reached the step before the last on our guest blogging contest, and I must say that I din’t have too much fun with any other contest I have organized before. Today we are pronouncing the winners,it was not a very hard decision because I followed a mix of simple techniques to collect and calculate points, so…Congratulations to our five winners, and good luck for the others!

First we have to start with thank you and congratulations!

Special Thank!

I would like to thank everyone who gave his/her effort and time to participate on our contest, we have received 20 excellent articles, and we picked 5 winners, but we believe that we all winners today!

I would like to thank Ann Smarty for being our media partner for such great support.

And special thanks to our contest sponsors, they were kind enough to make our blog happy by supporting our guest blogging contest with $712.75 worth prizes :)

How we will split/divide Cash prizes?

First I would like to explain how we decided the winners of our contest to make everything clear to you. I had to put up a vote on polldaddy.com to help me deciding how to split/divide the cash prizes, and voters decided that the First place $125, Second $80, Third $50, and here is a screen shot from the results:

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Vote results

How we decided the 5 Winners?

Ok, here is exactly what I have done, I contacted with a few trusted bloggers & fellows from out of the contest and asked them to evaluate the content of articles by giving a number of 10, I was thinking that it’s so hard for me to decide alone, so I must involve someone else to help on this, I have received 2 replies as some of them apologized for being so busy, so… that’s not a big deal 2 evaluations plus mine makes it 3 which is fair enough if we take the average, then add another evaluation depending on the quality of comments and interaction between author and commentators on his article, and finally I looked into the twitter counter, I found the less tweets was 11 and the max was 342, so… I set Twitter points as one point for each 10 tweets/retwets from the Topsy button counter, and at the end I have put also more consideration for those who read the contest guidelines well and responded to it perfectly, so I thought to give them some extra points which changed the expected results upside down!

Evaluation table

Evaluation table

I am NOT your Nanny, but…

Some participants didn’t pay attention while reading the contest guidelines, they didn’t post about the contest, they didn’t add sponsors links even that I posted about those contest guidelines again and tried to explain to you how it will work on my Lessons from our Guest Bogging contest post, I also had to contact some of them just to remind them and try to help them out with winning the contest, but I must say that this affected your results so badly, I can not be your nanny and tell you all what you have to do while it’s quite clear, so this could be a lesson to learn from if you are participating or going to participate on another contests, plz… read the contest guidelines and follow them!

Content is King & Social Media is a Tool!

Let’s face it, I put all averages together in front of my eyes in one table and I took a deep breath!

The evaluation was depending on the quality of the articles, and whether it adds any new information, help, tips and tricks to help both experienced and newbies levels, which means content is kind, and social media is just a tool to complete the work! I am putting here the table so you can see how I did it, and if you don’t understand the table above… Then, just never mind, forget it :)

I can not wait more longer to pronounce the winners!

Congratulations to our winners

congratlations

Gerald_Weber

Gerald Weber

#1 – Gerald Weber of Houston SEO blog For his cool tips on How to Put the Kibosh on Content Scrapers & Thieves?

Andrew_Rondeau

Andrew Rondeau

#2- Andrew Rondeau of Blogging Guide for his awesome 43 Blogger Tips – What you should do after installing WordPress

James Johnston

James Johnston

#3- James Johnston of Evolutionary Designs for his On-Page SEO Tips to Help Drive Organic Traffic to Your Site

Onibalusi Bamidele

Onibalusi Bamidele

#4- Onibalusi Bamidele of Online Success for his thoughts about the Elements of Successful Bloggers

Chadrack Irobogo

Chadrack Irobogo

#5- Chadrack Irobogo of Home business marketing blog for his 4 Invaluable Blog SEO Tactics You Must Not Ignore

We will contact you soon!

Thank you so much for all participants of ourGuest Blogging Contest, I am so sure that we all are winners!

We will be contacting our 5 winners during next week to deliver all prizes! Also we need the PayPal accounts for the first three winners to be able to deliver cash prizes, so if you read this before we contact you, why not drop us an email and tell what’s your PayPal account if you would like to enjoy your weekend having a few extra $$ :)

Have any questions?

Below is a comment section, would love to hear what you think about the whole contest idea, your thought, and also your objections… I will reply to you!

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  • Mark July 3, 2011, 2:33 pm

    I am not surprised one bit to see Onibalusi on that list. I have been following him for quite some time now and am very impressed at how well he does at such a young age.

    Definitely one to watch.

    Congrats Onibalusi !

    Mark

  • Brian July 25, 2010, 1:08 am

    I just saw The picture of Onibalusi Bamidele? I so adore his blogs and postings. He is really a pro. I hope I can be like him someday. Did he join the contest?

  • Nile Flores May 3, 2010, 2:32 am

    Congrats to the winners!

    I did link the contest, but I chose not to respond to the email that was sent. I would rather let someone else win and get an opportunity that I have gotten in the past elsewhere. It makes a lot more sense for those who are not as established in the blogging and social networking community. I write here because I enjoy writing about what I am passionate about. :)

    It is a wonderful idea and I am sure any future blogging contests will be a success as this one was. Good idea on this Hesham! :)
    .-= NEW from Nile Flores´s last blog ..Tutorial: CSS Rounded Corners =-.

  • Simran April 21, 2010, 1:27 pm

    Congrats to all the winners. It was a great contest :)
    .-= NEW from Simran´s last blog ..[Giveaway] 11 Days Of Winning – Free Wordpress Hosting and Domain Name =-.

  • Pubudu Kodikara April 17, 2010, 10:11 am

    Congrats for all the winners! Actually by looking at the results… it seems to be a tough contest! so the winners should be really great guest writers! :D
    .-= NEW from Pubudu Kodikara´s last blog ..Microsoft Fix It Center : Fix Your PC With a Click =-.

    • Hesham April 17, 2010, 11:22 am

      believe me Pubudu, all the articles were great, and almost all of them worked hard on it, so I was trying to show all contesters that I am not involved with a personal opinion to decide alone, and I really can not do it with out getting help from my friends and by complicated calculations ;)

      Nice to see you here buddy, I hope everything is going good with you, you were one of the first winners of our last contest :)

      • Pubudu Kodikara April 17, 2010, 11:52 pm

        hehe… doing fine bro! Only have 12 more days for the exams! after that… i m free :P
        .-= NEW from Pubudu Kodikara´s last blog ..Office 2010 to be Released Soon! =-.

        • Hesham April 18, 2010, 1:58 pm

          I wish you good luck with those exams my friend! work hard ;)

  • chandan April 17, 2010, 4:56 am

    Andrew is one of the best person for write guest post. I am a big fan of his blog. Well congrats to all winner.
    .-= NEW from chandan@work at home jobs´s last blog ..Make money with an unique PHP script – PHP Dir Submit =-.

    • Hesham April 17, 2010, 11:18 am

      Andrew put together a great start blogging guide, and we are cooperating to organize it here on the blog, it’s very special… check it out blogging guide.

      Thanks Chandan for stepping by

  • Naeem April 16, 2010, 3:28 pm

    Congrats to the Winners! gerald’s post was the best!!
    .-= NEW from Naeem´s last blog ..List Of Essential PHP Quick References And CheatSheets =-.

    • Hesham April 17, 2010, 11:14 am

      Gerald’s post was great but his support was greater ;)

      Thanks Naeem for stepping by

  • JR April 16, 2010, 10:42 am

    Congrats to all the winners!!!
    .-= NEW from JR @ Internet Marketing ´s last blog ..How To Secure Wordpress Blogs & Prevent The Hacking of Your Blog =-.

    • Hesham April 17, 2010, 11:14 am

      Hey, I want to award you.. but I don’t know how to do it :)

  • Dennis Edell April 16, 2010, 10:35 am

    Congrats to the winners! Just tell me where and when and someone is $25 richer!
    .-= NEW from Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..YES it is Time for ME to TWEET! What’s my username? Part 1 =-.

    • Hesham April 17, 2010, 11:13 am

      Thank Dennis, you made someone happy today ;)

      You can just send it directly to me, and I will continue the amount and send it complete to the winner as I did with everybody, you know my PayPal right?

      • Dennis Edell April 17, 2010, 5:07 pm

        Not off hand, no.
        .-= NEW from Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..The Official DEDC Comment Policy =-.

        • Hesham April 17, 2010, 5:51 pm

          Ok then, just forget it!

          • Dennis Edell April 18, 2010, 10:31 am

            OK I’ll spend it on ME. HAHA.
            .-= NEW from Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..The Official DEDC Comment Policy =-.

  • Dana April 16, 2010, 7:25 am

    Congrats for all Winners!

    And I hope this is not a last guest posting contest in this blog, Hesham. :D

    • Hesham April 17, 2010, 11:11 am

      I wish I can do a better contest in the coming future, are you welling to sponsor it ?

      lol… just kidding, thanks Dana ;)

  • Genite April 16, 2010, 6:28 am

    Congrats winners you deserve this prize, also thanks @Hesham for your effective calculation to find a winner, i like this.

    • Hesham April 17, 2010, 11:09 am

      Glad to heat that Genite, I was trying my best to bring good results, I know this will not make everyone happy… but who can?!

      Thanks a lot

  • Julius Kuhn-Regnier April 16, 2010, 5:12 am

    Cool to see the results now ;) I love how you organized the contest Hesham. Congratulation to all the people who won.
    And even if you didn’t win I think everyone learned and got something out of this contest.

    I want to thank Hesham for putting so much time and effort into the contest. Without him it wouldn’t have been possible!

    • Hesham April 17, 2010, 11:08 am

      Kind as usual Julius !

      And yeah.. this contest was the best I ever done, it was real fun everyday, stressed me in the beginning a little because needed lots of work, but now I am relaxing ;)

  • Chadrack April 16, 2010, 5:02 am

    Wow, this is truly thrilling! Can’t believe that I’m among the top five. Thanks everyone for your contributions because you indeed made this happen.

    To the organizers, you’re all great! You made everything simple and open.

    To fellow contestants, we all are winners. Let’s keep this up. As Hesham wrote sometime ago why compete when we can cooperate? I think we should build on this relationship!

    Again thank you all!

    • Hesham April 17, 2010, 11:06 am

      I also can not believe you won the contest lol just kidding ;)

      So glad to build good relationships with you guys!

  • Agent Deepak April 16, 2010, 1:50 am

    Congratulations to all the winner.
    .-= NEW from Agent Deepak@Blogging. Marketing & Success´s last blog ..Help Me Choose a New Blog Theme =-.

  • Bogdan April 16, 2010, 1:09 am

    Congratulations to all winners and congrats to organizer too! :)

  • Dev April 15, 2010, 9:02 pm

    Congrats to all the winners. :)

  • Latief April 15, 2010, 8:33 pm

    Congrats to all my dear friend who joined the contest! and to all the winner here. This contest is better than before and more participant with quality articles. Good Job Hesham and congrats to you to for the success.
    I’m not participating this contest because I’m little busy preparing my blog to the Page Rank up date and I have my own gift from Google, Page Rank 3!
    I’ll wait for another contest and I’ll try to participate to feel the energy around the contest :)
    Thanks to you all that make FamousBloggers.net growing bigger and bigger.
    .-= NEW from Latief@AnotherBlogger´s last blog ..Free Wordpress Themes From WPREX =-.

    • Hesham April 15, 2010, 8:43 pm

      That’s great buddy, and of course I know that you have been so busy with your new cool blog! Keep it up ;)

      And.. Thanks for stepping by, you are so kind Latief!

  • Clara April 15, 2010, 6:40 pm

    Congrats to all the winners-this was an awesome contest!

    Clara.
    .-= NEW from Clara´s last blog ..Clara54 Sharing The Grapevine… =-.

    • Hesham April 15, 2010, 6:49 pm

      Thank you for stepping by Clara, and participating in our contest.. we felt honored!

      Good luck to you next time!

  • element321 April 15, 2010, 5:12 pm

    It was a fun contest Hesham. I can’t wait for the next one.

    I am surprised that I was one of the winners.
    .-= NEW from element321´s last blog ..Blogging Tips, DoFollow Debate, and Web Design Tips Weekly Round Up April 05, 2009 =-.

    • Hesham April 15, 2010, 5:30 pm

      We are all winners buddy!

      I was surprised to lol .. just kidding, thanks James for the great work, if there is another contest then it should be different from that one, and this need a brilliant idea, so let’s see what’s hidden in our future ;)

  • Ileane April 15, 2010, 5:10 pm

    Congratulations to the winners! This was a fantastic contest and I am really pleased with the outcome. For everyone that guest posted, we are all winners anyway thanks to you Hesham for allowing us to guest post here. It’s amazing that you paid so much detail in deciding on the winners. This was really fun!

    Thank you all!
    .-= NEW from Ileane´s last blog ..Guest Posting Contest – Will I Be A Winner? =-.

    • Hesham April 15, 2010, 5:28 pm

      Thank you Ms Ileane,

      I was trying my best to make everybody satisfied with the results, it’s like a big responsibility… finally I can relax ;)

  • Onibalusi Bamidele April 15, 2010, 3:48 pm

    Hi Hesham,
    Thanks a lot for organizing this contest, it is the best i ever witnessed. I am also happy to be a winner.
    Thanks and keep up the good work.
    Onibalusi

    • Hesham April 15, 2010, 5:18 pm

      Thanks buddy, and congratulations for winning.. you are a good blogger and also a good friend!

  • Gerald Weber April 15, 2010, 2:04 pm

    Wow I’m surprised I actually won. There was so much great competition!

    Thanks for having the contest Hesham, it was lot’s of fun. We should definitely do it again sometime! :-)
    .-= NEW from Gerald Weber´s last blog ..Which Type Of Twitter User Are You? =-.

    • Hesham April 15, 2010, 2:26 pm

      Congratulations buddy!

      Sure.. we can do it again sometime if we have a nice plan as I don’t want to repeat the same thing.. so maybe next time will be much more BIG! I hope!

  • Gautam Hans April 15, 2010, 1:54 pm

    Congrats to all the winners. I thought i would have won the prize but looks like I missed this time :(
    .-= NEW from Gautam Hans @ Blog Godown´s last blog ..Help me win the Guest Blogging competition at FamousBloggers =-.

    • Hesham April 15, 2010, 2:24 pm

      Maybe next time buddy!

      I think everyone thought he would won one of the prizes, even me :)

      Cheer up Gautam, you have earner more than just a few prizes!

  • DiTesco April 15, 2010, 1:20 pm

    Absolutely great. I think that the process for selecting the winners is not only fair but just. I agree that all articles were great and at the end of the day, winners had to be picked and a criteria had to be established for “breaking” the tie.

    Congratulations to all winners and to all who participated with this great initiative from Famous Bloggers. You guys rock.
    .-= NEW from DiTesco´s last blog ..Promote Your Website: Free Advertising On iBlogZone =-.

    • Hesham April 15, 2010, 1:30 pm

      Thank you DiTesco for your great support, and also for sponsoring the contest… well, anyways.. you own a part of FamousBloggers.net as you are one of our team :)

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