Retsambewers, start your engines (no pun intended). The Retsambew Dash Klat for Charity SEO Contest announced by Tim Shroeder of Webmaster-Talk.com on April 3rd carries a smaller cash and prize value than the big contests like the Shoemoney SEO Contest we reported earlier. The Webmaster-Talk SEO contest cash and prizes are valued at $5000 or so while the Shoemoney contest is said to be valued at over $25,000.00 (details are forthcoming). But, the booty is not the only factor that webmasters and SEO’s consider when joining. What I like about the Retsambew Dash Klat for Charity contest is Tim’s careful consideration in formulating a fair contest for new webmasters as well as experienced site owners. A few of the key rules that will no doubt hamstring some are:
- Bloggers may not benefit as easily because no remotely hosted blog domains or even subdomains are allowed (except for backlinking).
- Owners of older domains cannot get a leg up in rankings from any Google bias toward the age of their domains or existing incoming links because a new domain name must be used (must be registered after 4/3/2006).
- Perhaps the best leveler of the playing field is that the contest keywords (Retsambew Dash Klat for Charity) cannot be used in the domain.
I’ve been a member at Webmaster-Talk since 2002 and have enjoyed reading and posting on the discussion forums there. Tim has done a great job of thinking through and planning Retsambew Dash Klat for Charity. Charity sites are not the most SEO friendly. It’s especially nice to see the benevolent side of webmasters being brought out in that one of the goals of the contest is to put focus on charity sites. I’ve set up a special Retsambew Dash Klat for Charity site to keep up with the contest, push for charity, and hopefully to compete with fellow webmasters and SEO’s. Let’s see if the Retsambew Dash Klat for Charity page attracts any attention from search engines. The full details of the SEO contest are available at Webmaster-Talk Forums.