Back in April, I decided to join the retsambew dash klat for charity SEO contest graciously put on by Webmaster-Talk. I had never entered a SEO contest and had not planned on doing something like this. Webmasters are supposed to be busy, right? I think it is an appealing idea for SEO’s to seek validation of their skills through something other than their own site rankings. What made joining the contest so irresistable was the ingenious rule set developed by Webmaster-Talk’s Tim Shroeder. I talked about why I like this SEO contest rule set earlier, but to sum it up, I’ll say that the rules were designed to make the contest truly fair for everyone. Of course, the prizes offered were appealing as well.
Another neat aspect was that webmasters had a chance to support their favorite charity. I chose Voice of the Martyrs. I was glad to see them on the list of eligible charities because I read the Voice of the Martyrs free magazine and greatly admire their work in support of persecuted Christians around the world (when I say persecuted, I mean persecuted in the violent sense). Many of the magazine’s accounts of Christian sufferings are horrifying to read and at times graphic. Never-the-less, it is important that these accounts be publicized because they are not often picked up by the mainstream media.
After five months of competing, I am both thrilled and humbled to find out that I have won first place in the contest! My site was RetsambChar.com. It’s still up at the moment if you care to take a peak. Don’t expect a fancy Web 2.0 design. Boy am I glad that Google doesn’t rank sites according to graphic abilities. The competition was tough and my white SEO hat is off to these very capable SEO’s who were duking it out with me.
I’d like to say thanks one more time to Webmaster-Talk for making this contest a success and a lot of fun. Thanks also to my wife for helping toward the end and taking a sincere interest when I showed her the prizes we could win :). I am quite sure that this will be my first and last entry into a SEO contest. One of the benefits of competing in a SEO contest like this was that I learned a lot. You can bet that I will be sharing what I have learned here. –Emory Rowland