Blogging Idol 2: We Have A Winner

By Daniel Scocco

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Actually we have three winners! Surprisingly enough, two of them are tied on the first place, and one is taking the third place.

The Sponsors

First of all let’s thank our sponsors and make a recap of the prizes.

The Winners

The three winners and their respective scores are:

  1. with 3 points (wins because of tie breaker)
  2. with 3 points
  3. with 1 point

So congratulations to Raghu from HappySchoolsBlog, he is the Blogging Idol! got 1 point for the biggest RSS increase, 1 point on the voting poll, and 1 point from one of the judges. got 1 point on the poll and 2 points from the judges. got 1 point on the poll.

Jarrod and I voted for Suzanne Franco because we thought she was the most energetic and creative competitor. She tried a wide range of strategies to gain subscribers, and most of them worked well. Her methods were very creative too (i.e. creating videos to pitch Internet marketing gurus to support her on the competition), and her percentage increase was the largest one in the competition with almost 1000% of gain in RSS subscribers.

Ricky voted for Raghu from Happy Schools Blog because he thought that Raghu was the most experienced and analytical competitor. His strategies were carefully crafted to yield the largest RSS subscriber gain, and in absolute terms he accomplished it with a total gain of 1224 subscribers in 4 weeks of competition.

The tie breaker parameter was the largest increase in RSS subscribers (you can check the rules here).

Thanks Everyone

I would like to extend a thank you to all the competitors, readers and people that supported the competition. I hope that you had fun on this month of RSS gain extravaganza, and I will see you all on Blogging Idol 3!

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47 Responses to “Blogging Idol 2: We Have A Winner”

  • Tom –

    Congratulations to the winners! And nice contest Daniel!

    I’m sure Blogging Idol 3 is already in the planning works 😛

  • TechZoomIn

    Congrats suzanne 🙂

  • Ujank

    congratulation to the winner, I hope next year I will ready to follow the contest 😀

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  • meghna

    Congrats to the winners. I thoroughly enjoyed the contest and participated till the end; though could not make it finally, but learnt a lot.


    Well, that was brief … nothing about why they got your votes, who voted for who, etc. ? …

    Anyway who got the first prize then?

  • Jun Valasek

    Congratulations to the winners…. I missed this contest. I should have been one of the winners.. 🙂 Anyway, I think there are more contests to come..

  • Daniel Scocco


    I just updated the post, check it out.


    Nice, I’m so glad Raghu won it ! Now lets hear you sing 🙂 !

    Great competition, I’m little disappointed because I failed to get a point or two hehe. But that’s my fault, I wasn’t planing my strategies from the beginning and I failed to do some stuff like DVD’s giveaways ( 15 copies! ), I needed to schedule it for December.
    Not to mention I forgot what was the last day for voting ( again!), haven’t done half of stuff I planned to do to get votes like emailing people who comment and niche friends geeeez I “hate” myself :p

    Anyway, I learned a lot and I’m looking forward to the next Blogging Idol where I’m going to participate with new site, this time little more devoted.

    Again, congrats to all the winners!

  • SEO Genius

    Excellent competition overall and very well organised it seems these competitions are getting better and better lets hope blogging idol 3 is just as good if not better than this.

    Congratulations to the three winners I hope you take advantage of those prizes.

    Thanks for the competition.


  • Daniel Scocco

    @Matej, you were one of the best competitors for sure, thanks for participating.

  • Hussein

    I would like to send my congratulations to the winners.

  • Hussein

    And to Daniel as well for having this contest a successful one.

  • Raghu

    I owe big thanks to Daniel, sponsors and other competitors. After voting session, I was calculating my odds to win.

    For a serious blogger, there are so many things that can be taken from this competition. This competition essentially made so many methods and techniques that are available to increase traffic and promotion at one place, else one has to look at so many places and read a lot to get those information.

    Congrats to other winners. I made wonderful friends during last 1 month. Good luck to everyone.

  • Shrihari

    Congrats Raghu… U were great 🙂

  • Navjot Singh

    Congrats to all the winners. Next Year, I am also planning for the next blogging idol too.

  • Kulanthai

    Congrates Raghu….keep on blogging…

  • andy

    Congrats to all the winners! Also, thanks Daniel for putting on the contest. Can’t wait for a Blogging Idol 3!

  • Andy Beal

    Congratulations to all the winners!


    Thanks for the nice words Daniel.

    Blogging Idol is getting more and more exposure, it would be great if we see some blogging gurus like Darren, Yaro, Brian and others involved in Blogging Idol 3 as judges or join as hosts with you.

    Now you should do Bloggers Face-Off with Raghu and Suzanne 😉

  • AroJoy

    Congrats Winners!!!

  • Jacob from Group Writing Projects

    Congrats to the winners. I regret not being able to spend more time on this contest, looks like I’ll have to try for BI3. I am glad to see that things went smoother this time.

  • PChere

    Congrats to all winners. Spotted some nice strategies this time.

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Matej, good ideas 🙂 .

  • SATISH —

    Congrats to the winners..It was a nice learning process, and for me, I could make friendship with many great bloggers.

  • Anne

    Congratulations Suzanne! ( You are awesome! I am proud of how much you have learned, especially about internet marketing. I know you have spent literally thousands of hours researching and testing to get to this point. People can search and learn things on their own, but you help them quickly get up to speed focusing on what works and avoiding those things that didn’t work. Better yet, you fill in the hows and whys. People can save themselves the years it would take to learn what you teach. I love you, Anne.

  • Tofugu

    Whoa, that was unexpected. Congrats to the top two, you are inspirations to all of us!

  • Money Making Ideas ~ Suzanne

    I’m sorry this is so long.

    Wow! Where to start … This contest has been life changing for me … sounds dramatic … but it’s true. As a 40-something year old “mom” I’ve spent much of my life “doing” for others … and I truly did “this” for ME. The great part is I knew I’d also be able to help others through my journey (so not totally selfish LOL) and I believe I was able to accomplish that.

    A huge thank you to Daniel for the hard work and dedication it took to put this together and to stay up with the contest. Also to the judges and the sponsors who gave so generously. Without all of them this contest would not have happened. If you haven’t taken the time to check out their products/sites … please do that now! They’re all awesome and they deserve a look.

    Now to the other contestants who pushed me to work harder than I knew I could. Thank you all! Especially to those who “raised the bar” and kept me going … even when I was exhausted and didn’t want to (Raghu, Matej, Tofugu, Vanae, and many others).

    I can’t say enough to thank those who have supported me in this contest. With their kind words, their subscriptions, their votes … their tweeting and retweeting … blogging, and constant encouragement. It means the world to me and I wouldn’t even know how to repay any of you.

    I wasn’t shy about wanting that TITLE! So now what? I’m Blogging Idol runner up, tied for 1st, almost made it something or other? One of my readers said I was the “Blogging Queen” or something like that … so maybe I’ll have to solicit for the proper title. Either way I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished and hope to help many others find their way as a blogger too.

    Remember … there were a lot of great strategies used throughout the competition so I hope everyone will learn from them and use them to their own success. *huGs* to all … Suzanne

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Suzanne, as far I am concerned you can call yourself Blogging Idol too, you scored as many points as the winner after all.

    The tie breaker was just used for the prize split.

    Congrats on your accomplishments!

  • Laura-Whateverebay

    Congratulations to all participants! Special Congrats to HappySchoolsBlog. Suzanne Franco, well done. You certainly are creative and now that you have taken us all in your journey to becoming the next Blogging Idol we all know what can be accomplished with some determination. 🙂

  • Luca – Reach Success Online

    Hey Congrats to all the contestants. I voted for Suzanne and am happy to see she did do well. It was a great contest to watch and I’ve learned a great deal.
    Congratulations Suzanne

  • Monty –

    Congrats to all the winners!
    Great going, specially Suzanne! 😉

  • West Yorkshire editorial photographer Lorne Campbell

    Well done all. I think you are all winners in a way, after all that is what blogging is all about. I have learned quite a bit from following Blog by Suzanne about the working of blogs and how to promote website.
    I look forward to Blogging Idol 3.

  • Angel Cuala

    I know Suzanne can make it, I can feel it. Now, I know my instincts don’t fail me. My time in making a post for her was not wasted.

    Congrats to all, and of course to you, Daniel! This was a great contest.

  • TechZoomIn


    Congrats man for standing with title.. 🙂

    @ Suzanne,

    You are the real idol with out title..But its a great platform you showed your skills and your blog came to next level already 🙂

  • TheWeblogZone

    Congratulations to the winners! 🙂

  • Ajith Edassery

    Congratulations to Raghu, Suzanne and tofu…

    Any prizes for those who lost max subscribers 😆

  • Wishnu Gallery

    To All.. very nice Blog

  • Cory from Dental Heroes

    Congratulations to the winners. You’re all winners really. Think about it, out of all of the blogs out there, you’re in probably the top 20% that’s an accomplishment.

    I aspire to be on that level. One day 🙂

  • Joel Drapper

    Congratulations everyone!

  • Jeswanth

    Hiya Raghu ! you have done a great job… Congratulations !

    keep rocking …. good luck…


  • Colby

    Congratulations to the winners and everyone in the contest. I’d like to thank Daniel for putting together Blogging Idol 2. Although I didn’t do anything innovative or spectacular to increase my RSS subscribers this competition did force me to test many different ideas on how to increase my subscriber base.

    I worked harder on my RSS subscribers during the month of November then I did all year thanks to Daniel!

    Once again great job everyone and I’m looking forward to Blogging Idol 3!

  • Dean Saliba

    Well done guys.

    I really enjoyed the competition and will definitely enter next time.

  • Dave08


    I might enter next time also.

  • Mohammed

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  • medyum

    Great competition, I’m little disappointed because I failed to get a point or two hehe. But that’s my fault, I wasn’t planing my strategies from the beginning and I failed to do some stuff like DVD’s giveaways ( 15 copies! ), I needed to schedule it for December.
    Not to mention I forgot what was the last day for voting ( again!), haven’t done half of stuff I planned to do to get votes like emailing people who comment and niche friends geeeez I “hate” myself

  • Radu

    Nice contest! And congratulations for winners!

    But hey! All the contestants seem to be winners – because they had taken the challenge, they worked hard to achieve a goal and more over – because they shared some of their techniques to the others whom might be doing their first steps in the web world.

    So congratulations all and maybe Idol 3 will get you all back soon in competition!

    Best regards,
    Radu Poe

  • Eryaman hali yikama

    Very nice sharing. Thank you…

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