I’m organizing a contest for SEOs to share their most creative and powerful tactics, which I first announced to my advanced SEO newsletter / the people who get a free chapter from my book. Entrants can win a variety of prizes, discussed below, and the best entries will be included in the next edition of The Advanced SEO Book.
In my last email, I said that I was looking for feedback on how to run a contest seeking new SEO tactics and case studies. Many of you generously chimed in with prize and voting suggestions, in particular that you would prefer for the prizes to be memberships to tool sites and the like.
Well, you asked and I’m delivering.
1) SEOmoz have agreed to offer a 1 year membership to the 1st place winner, and a 6 month membership to the runner up :D! (Thanks to everyone who caught the typo in me initially writing 6 year membership to the runner up, hehe ;).)
If you didn’t already know, SEOmoz are the industry’s biggest brand and produced the first link research tools based on their own crawl of the web.
2) Cognitive SEO is a new SEO toolset that automates something many of us do manually – link analysis and classification (guest post, blog comment etc), besides for other link tools.
Their data is sourced from SEOmoz, Majestic, AHrefs and more – so it’s extremely high quality.
Cognitive have also agreed to offer our winner a 1 year membership!
3) Feng-GUI are offering 125 credits to the first place winner, 50 credits for second and 25 for third. Feng-GUI offer designers, advertisers and creatives, a tool that uses a scientific algorithm to predict what people will most look at.
The results are reported in heatmap and gaze-plot format, which helps with visual hierarchy and conversion rate optimization. I personally have an account and find it quite useful. See the #1 tip for homepage design, for an example of the reports.
____ Want to sponsor?
There are more slots available. I’m especially looking for companies willing to offer the following: cash, free tickets to industry trade shows (ex.: SMX, Pubcon, LinkLove etc) non-competing tools, or other things that would appeal to advanced SEOs. Email me!
The above prizes are on top of getting your entry published in version 2 of The Advanced SEO Book, and other prizes I’m still weighing up.
Sponsors get links, their logo and a description of their services in official contest emails to people who downloaded free chapters from The Advanced SEO Book, and in blog posts (i.e. mine, not the contestants). There will be at least 4 more contest blog posts / emails, discussing such things as the official rules, judges panel, finalists and winners. Plus my own guest blogging in promotion of the contest drives additional indirect exposure from the traffic I send here that will see your copy/links/logo.
Want to enter?
The kinds of posts the judges and I will be looking for will share new tactics / ideas. So far, Garrett French of Citation Labs has agreed to help judge the contest and I’m still open/looking for others to help :D.
Some examples of the posts sharing new tactics/ideas/case studies:
Thanks for listening,
p.s. Don’t know if you saw, but I’m offering The Advanced SEO Book free for 6 weeks – try before you buy.