New SEO Contest Drives Controversy

Dec 30, 2005 • 10:29 am | comments (5) by | 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


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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