New SEO Contest Drives Controversy

Dec 30, 2005 • 10:29 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Search Engine Industry News
 

The first big SEO Content was Nigritude Ultramarine run by Search Guild back in April 2004, the winner was announced on June 7th, 2004. Recently, John Scott over at V7N forums announced his own SEO Content. What you win is simple; First Prize: $1,000; Second Prize: $500; Third ~ Fifth Places: $100 Each. But there is a catch;

Now I may be a nice, generous person, but I'm not giving away money for free. In order to qualify, the page must have a link back to the v7n home page. Participants who don't maintain a link to the v7n home page will be disqualified. (We are not specifying the type of link - that's entirely at your discretion.)

That catch ticked off the wrong person. WebGuerilla, Greg Boser, made his own challenge, Another SEO Contest where he offers the same but you only have to link to Matt Cutts blog to win, not Greg's and not V7N's forum;

So I’ve decided the best thing to do would be to match the offer. I’ll pay the same amount for top 5 positions as V7N. The only requirements to collect the cash will be:

A) Not linking to V7N

and

B) Posting a link to Matt’s blog without using the www. (the non-www version of Matt’s blog is only a PR4, so it needs a little help

He believes that this will "greatly benefit the SEO community by getting far more people to participate. And at the same time, we’ll be able to help out a good friend." I personally find this to be a great idea and just makes me love this SEM community so much more.

Forum discussion at DigitalPoint Forums.

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Comments:

John Scott

12/30/2005 06:21 pm

RustyBrick, It's interesting that you contest trolling a "great idea". http://www.v7n.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23140 Try to post the whole story on occasion. Cheers John Scott

Barry Schwartz

12/30/2005 06:26 pm

Got it, but maybe Greg is talking about the traffic to your site and not just the link weight? I personally do not care. It just gives me something to write about. :) Happy New Year!

Mark Wilson

01/31/2006 08:24 am

So many contest, so little time. I have created a "view" (dashboard, newsmaster, prism, whatever) for tracking the various and multiplying seo contests here http://www.seodata.com/SEO-Contest/re-default.aspx Thanks, Mark.

GreenGo

09/23/2006 12:45 am

I still dont understand how these SEO contest run. No rules???

Cheryl

01/09/2010 01:35 pm

It seems like the rules change constantly. SEO is so confusting at times to begin with.

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