Yet Another SEO Contest Update

Well – the pot is just that much bigger now for the non-V7N version of the contest thanks to Mike Grehan. Mike’s promised to put $1000 in so I’ll assume for now he means he’ll pay out for the #1 slot only unless I hear otherwise from him. That makes the current prize from The Collective to be: #1 – $3000 #2 – $1000 #3-#5 – $200 each remember – no link to V7N and at least one link to mattcutts.com – note the lack off www ;) Now I don’t really have anything at all against John. I’ve never even met the guy. I’m really just havin some fun but John went and closed the orginal contest thread at V7N and opened a new ‘members only’ thread. That’s the equivalent of taking your ball and going home. So now I’m kind of annoyed at him. C’mon John – we’re all discussing it publicly. It would be nice if you joined us. I’ll even buy the beer :) Now – for all you guys asking about joining both contests – go right ahead and please win John’s. I’ll wait while you figure that out…

Yet Another SEO Contest

Well the new year promises to be rung in with style and controversy. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – SEO is fun again.

John Scott over at V7N forums has announced the next SEO contest and of course this has done nothing but stir up some shit – as it should. To quote John:

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.

Of course I snipped a bit off the end to further the controversy.

So what’s next? We only need to look as far as WebGuerrilla and his contest and you can see where this is going in a hurry…

Can you see what’s about to happen here?….wait for it….

I can’t help but throw my hat in the ring by matching WebGuerrilla’s dollar amounts and terms. Those terms are:

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)

As a small aside I must tip my hat to John on this one – he just got himself more links to his forums via this silly contest than he would have from the contest itself thanks to Greg picking up the story.

Now let’s sit back and wait for John to pick his magic nonsense term and then see who’s the last man standing.

MSN AdCenter Adventure Part 2

Well well well – Part 2 already. The approval process has run full course and here are the results:

Approved =55 Pending =0 Rejected =13

Now what’s interesting is there seems to be only faint traces of logic to the editorial process. For example let’s say the site is about dog houses: maryland dog house – approved kentucky dog house – rejected generic dog house – approved buy generic dog house – rejected small canine shelter – rejected Needless to say an email has already gone off to support for clarification.

MSN AdCenter Adventure Part 1

So I decided it’s time to jump in and learn this PPC thing. I simply know too many people making money on it to let another day pass without getting in on the game. MSN was kind enough to invite me to the AdCenter pilot program. My plan is to blog my AdCenter Adventure as I learn PPC from the MSN point of view. I hope some of you come along for the ride and learn along with me and I’d imagine along the way we’ll uncover some cool and not so cool pieces of AdCenter. Keep in mind I’m not planning on reading any instructions or tips along the way. We’ll see how intuitive the interface is. Let’s begin…. I followed the url to sign up and 30 seconds later after entering my info and allowing MSN to charge my credit card for $5 to activate my account I’m staring at this screen: The next couple screens are really straight forward – pick your region (Singapore or US for now) and any dayparting you’d like. They have several predefined times of the day to choose from. So I picked some times I felt would be relevant for the product I’m testing with and, of course, turned my ads off at night. Next up is selecting your keywords. I love their interface for this. The keyword selector is in the top right and you seed it with your base keyword or phrase and it immediately gives you related phrases – much faster than Yahoo or WordTracker’s tools. Then you just click through selecting the terms you want and they are populated into a list in the bottom right. Once you’ve gone through all the phrases you want you click one more button and they move into your main window on the left and you can then manage all the bids on per word basis. I’m running minimum bid for everthing at this point. Now the creative bit. I’ve blurred my ads because you’d probably mock the creative. Well, that, and I don’t want you to see my market – sorry kids :) There is an ad preview that updates as you type in the ad fields below. Not a big deal but pretty cool to see it real time. Now we click submit and see the summary. Ads submitted at 12:28pm PST. I’ll take bets on how long it takes to approve… That wraps up the MSN AdCenter Adventure Part 1. Relatively painless I must say. Far better than the last time I set foot in the Adwords interface. ADDED: wow – 6 terms rejected instantly with: ‘Landing page content not relevant,Undesirable content per editorial guidelines’ as the reason. I can sort of see some of them but one in particular makes no sense at all. They basically told me that a site about dogs is not relevant for the term puppies (a fair comparison to the real terms IMHO). Check my lastest review on that guarantor loan program i’ve tested a few weeks ago.

Take My Money

So the end of the year in near and I’d rather give you, my loyal readers, my money than give it to the tax man. I’m still looking to buy some websites I have seen many websites that offer different services from information to adult services like Zoom Escorts that offer great company services in cities as Liverpool. I have two criteria: 1 – sites that are 5+ years old and doing poorly 2 – sites that are new and sandboxed that you’ve given up on Drop me a note and let’s chat. Really I’m just too lazy to build my own sites these days. ;)

Matt Cutts – Internet Funny Man

Matt Cutts, Google engineer, SafeSearch creator, drinker of clear, bubbly, non-alcoholic, beverages, deleter of useful sites and all round nice guy has gone out and picked up new funny bone. Wonder how many shares he cashed in for that? ;) He’s making the rounds: me WebGuerrilla Dax

Googlepedia

I just got an interesting tip from my good friend pmac over at WebmasterWorld. He sent me an interesting google search…
googlepedia

So far in our limited research we’ve found that ‘information’ and ‘info’ searches seem to trigger Wikipedia entries at #1.

There’s been a few threads about postulating Wikipedia surpassing Google as the #1 source of information on the internet. Looks like Google has taken notice of ‘pedia’s explosive growth. Dmoz had some power back in the day but nothing like we’re seeing from Wikipedia today. Imagine how hard it will be to get your content in wikipedia now.

I’ll leave the discussion on the fact that Wikipedia has been proven wrong on a about a zillion occassions now and the power trippin’ editors over there make the dmoz editors look like amateurs.

On a side not I tripped across the Wackipedia the other day. The good ol’ ebonics translater is back :)

Network Solutions to Acquire MonsterCommerce

So MonsterCommerce has been bought.

I’m lucky enough to count the folks at MonsterCommerce as good friends of mine and I could not be happier for them.

Well done Steph, Ryan and the team :)

Oilman Joins Search Engine Watch Forums

Check out my swanky new profile. It’s been almost exactly a year since I dropped out of forum life and took some time off to recover from the politics and other crap that goes along with online communities. Lately though, I’ve had the itch to get back involved in a more public way with blogging and the next logical step was to partner up with my good friend DaveN and moderate the Google and MSN AdCenter forums at Search Engine Watch. Danny and Elisabeth have been good friends for a long long time now and have always supported my efforts in this business and now I’d like to return the favor and support them as best I can.

So come on over and get involved. We have some excellent plans for the next year. I’ll be doing a full review of MSN AdCenter from top to bottom now that my pilot program account is active. We’ll see how easily a hardcore SEO can become a PPC expert using AdCenter. Don’t miss out.

Zawodny and Links

I keep forgetting that the people I blog about may actually swing by here and read as in the case of Jeremy Zawodny. He stopped by and did me the favor of a link to my recent post about his Sponsored Links. Here’s what he had to say:

#3 In Links, Condoms, Shit and Fans we learn that I’m “essentially daring the engines to throttle his outflow of link juice.”

I assure you, if that was my goal I could have come up with a much more dramatic way of doing it. (No, I’d rather not explain what that might be.)

But, hey, good attempt to make it look like I’m playing chicken with the folks in Mountain View or my co-workers. I’d give it a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10.

So let me clarify. I’m sure that Jeremey did not wake up one morning and decide that he should get in a game of chicken with Matt and Google. Rather, he decided that maybe he could make some pocket change promoting advertisers he deemed acceptable to put on his blog. That’s totally cool and I don’t think it should prompt any response from anyone at all. It’s his blog he can do as he pleases. But….

There is a bigger picture and no matter how innocent Jeremy’s intentions are the fact remains that his decision to sell links has an impact on the industry. Sorry Jeremy – nothing personal :)