We’ve tallied your votes and the results are in!
After two exciting rounds, our final would-be champions are…
Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz
Lisa Barone of Outspoken Media
These two fighting champions eached trounced their opponents in our Social Media Smackdown round. There’s just one more round standing between these two contestants and the sweet taste of March Madness victory: the Championship Round.
Round Three: Audience
In this round, we’ll be pairing up Lisa and Rand based on some in-depth blog traffic statistics. Because let’s face it: without traffic, a blog is no more than an online diary.
Blogging is about more than just attracting eyeballs to your content, however: it’s about building an audience, a community that responds to (and returns to) your content. For the final round, we’ll be comparing traffic and ranking statistics in terms of feed subscribers, linking sites, and blog comments. At the end of the round, it’ll be time to cast your final vote and choose the first-ever CopyPress March Madness champion.
May the best blogger win!
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: Rand Fishkin vs. Lisa Barone
New to our March Madness series (or just need a refresher)? It’s not too late to get in the game and start voting: for competitor bios and background info, see our first March Madness post.
1. Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz
Blog Comments (average calculated from last 10 posts): 85
Approx. Feed Subscribers: 81,000
Alexa Traffic Rank (Global): 410
Alexa Traffic Rank (U.S.): 308
Approx. Sites Linking In: 30800
Page Authority (SEOmoz): 92
Unique Visitors (Compete- Average for 2012): 21540
2. Lisa Barone of Outspoken Media
Blog Comments (average calculated from last 10 posts): 9
Approx. Feed Subscribers: 6,000
Alexa Traffic Rank (Global): 27,741
Alexa Traffic Rank (U.S.): 13,386
Approx. Sites Linking In: 2840
Page Authority (SEOmoz): 80
Unique Visitors (Compete- Average for 2012): 19586
We’ve reached the end of the line, folks: one of these two blogging pros will be your champion. Will it be Rand Fishkin, the likable and much-admired brains behind the industry powerhouse SEOmoz? Or will it be the feisty underdog Lisa Barone, who inspired even her own competitor, Shoemoney, to root for her in the comment section of our last round?
Only your votes will tell, readers. Does your heart go out to the bottomless well of case studies, advice and SEO wizardry that is SEOmoz? Or are you more of a fan of Outspoken Media’s frank advice and call-it-like-I-see-it commentary? Choose your champion by leaving your vote in the comments!
Please note that all averaged statistics were collected at a previous date and may not reflect current averages.