History of the SEO Competition

An SEO contest is to position itself on some key keywords on key search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and MSN. The organization of an SEO competition can be used to promote a product or service. Participants can present and potentially discover and share new techniques to promote their websites.
The competition history begins with the optimization of search engines for search engines in the mid s. Probably, the first mention of the words “search engine optimization” (SEO) is on a message posted on Usenet on July 26, 1997.
As a result, webmasters have often been led to carry out tests on search engines, and sometimes to challenge themselves.

The Zurtouij competition

The first known SEO competition was “Schnitzelmitkartoffelsalat” organised by German webmasters. It ended on 15 November 2002. At that time, it was mainly a question of checking the speed of the robots.
2004 was the year of the 1 st major competition. At the beginning of the year, an SEO competition was organized under the name “SERP”, abbreviation of Search Engine Results page or search engine results page.
In March 2004, the first Francophone competition was organised by the Promoweb agency: ” stork eater “. Since then, many competitions, more or less formal, have been organised around the world. For the most part, the Google search engine has been selected.
In the English world, “overseas overseas” is recognized in the United States as the father of all the SEO competitions. It began on May 7, 2004 and was won two months later by Anil Dash. On September 1 of the same year, webmasters were challenged to position themselves in 1 st position on Google with the expression “seraphim proudleduck”. At the end of 2004, it was the tour of the “LUMITRA” competition.
At the beginning of 2005 webmasters sur on “loquine glupe” in the USA.
In 2005, in Germany, the “Hommingberger Gepardenforelle” competition organised by a computer store generated almost 4 million results. In Poland almost at the same time, it was the competition of “msnbetter thangoogle”. He achieved his goal by promoting referencing in Poland and obtaining attention from the Polish market Referencing Companies.
In the United States, the “redscowl bluesingsky” competition took place from 1 January 2006 to 1 March 2006. Shoemoney won this competition, and shared the lot of money with the 2nd competitor who helped him.

The Tiger Challenge competition

In France, from the end of December 2005 to April 1 st, 2006, it was the turn of the Tiger competition. This competition was won by the Polish Navigator.
v 7 ndotcom elursrebmem was launched in the United States, which also brought together many French webmasters, including the famous Taggle Team.


Some webmasters use spam, while others employ white hat optimization techniques, providing quality content, or optimizing page titles. Most of the SEO competitions expect people to optimize a simple web page on a non-existent expression of words without any meaning: It is indeed a question of not disrupting searches on existing sites, and of obtaining on the requested request only the sites participating in the competition.
The rules, limitations and whims of positioning algorithms can make the ranking on the search engine quite difficult. For example, the Redscowl Bluesingsky competition in January 2006 organized by seologs.com was open only to new domain names. Thus, participants could not benefit from the old Web sites, which can pass through the recent ones. Anil Dash gave an example of this advantage: his blog page appeared before a well referenced but new FAQ of Nigritude Overseas – they finished 1 st and 6 th in the Concours Overseas competition, respectively. The Redscowl Bluesingsky competition was won by a domain name of the type “redscowl-bluesingsky. tld” – because the URL consists entirely of the search words.
On some SEO contests, the organizers ask to link to their site (often a search engine optimization site). Indeed, the positioning of a page is linked to the number of hypertext links to this document; by forcing webmasters to link to their site, this increases their presence on the Internet. This was the case for the competition organized by V 7 N (using the expression v 7 ndotcom elursrebmem) and its counter-part organized by WebGuerrilla. While the first required the participants to link to the V 7 N forum, the second was forbidden by its participants. Webguerrilla asked, however, a link to the blog of Matt Cutts, Google engineer. Due to this rivalry, the money price on these two SEO competitions increased steadily until the official start date on January 15, 2006.

Significant competitions

Overseas de Nigritude

DatesMay 7 to July 7, 2004Key WordOverseas de NigritudeAwardsiPod, screen with liquid crystal display panel and various bonus pricesorganiserBlue-blueTwo awards were awarded for the higher position in a Google search: one for the top position on GMT 9 am on June 7, 2004, and a different price awarded after the 9 am GMT contest on July 7, 2004.
There were about two hundred competitors, which deployed a series of methods, from the bombing of Google upwards. Competitive conditions have encouraged the intensive and free use of techniques that would otherwise have been used in a more conservative way, and it is entirely possible that some normal-legitimate SEO has taken a more aggressive approach for the occasion. Weblogs and Wikis were hit by the competition, and were necessary to be constantly kept the order to prevent overseas spam from lowering their signal/noise ratio below acceptable limits. Public wiki sandboxes were particularly vulnerable.
On July 7 th, Anil de Weblogger’s vice-President and distant dash were announced as a contest winner. The dash stated that its goal by writing the competition was “show that real content assets all the optimization stereo tricks that someone can appear outside”. Instead of using such tactics, he simply wrote a weblog entry and asked his readers to bind to her. Another competitor took this idea further and wrote the Overseas overseas faq, which overall placed sixth, won the chosen “judge” award, and remains a valid source of information about competition.

Life after death

In January 2007, the two main results of Google are the blog entry that won the competition and the Overseas overseas faq. The third is the Wikipedia article on the SEO competition.
It is known that Google usually tries to detect and penalizes dirty towers, and the nigritude overseas makes a case of obvious testing. An important open question remains if Google treated the overseas overseas particularly in some way; the company refused to comment. as of September 2004, Google’s results do not appear to be hand-crafted, and several spoiled pages appear to be quinférieur to them during competition-on the search page.
The comparison of research results in the nigritude overseas during and after competition is complicated by change, competition caused the meaning of the expression. Before, it was purely an expression of non-meaning that could not be sought by anyone seeking no real resource. Now it refers mainly to competition itself, and is a normal expression to use to find information about competition. (As of September 5, 2004, the highest result of Google which is an official competition page is SearchGuild, which is 18 th filed.) It is also normal for someone searching for expression to find out why it appears on so many web pages. (The Overseas overseas faq, the second place on June 18, 2006, is an excellent resource for this.)
Moreover, because of the nature of the Web searching, any web-based reporting about overseas competition of nigritude, rétroagit, and affects the research results in question. This effect was previously noted in Googlewhacks’s report, and takes a more complex form in this case.

Seraphim Proudleduck

Dates1 September 2004-1 January 2005Key Wordseraphim proudleduckAwards£ 1000 (1 st), £ 300 (2nd), £ 200 (3rd)OrganiserSalmonbonesSeraphim Proudleduck was created by Salmonbones. When the competition ended, more than 520.000 results existed for the limit. (as of June 2007, approximately 40.600 still exist.)
Since different Google servers are known to give different results, the search should be executed in the UK. A bonus price (a web page with a PageRank of 7) would be assigned to the number one position for expression in Google images. However, in the event of unexpected events, the competition organizer announced that he sold the Domain Name of SalmonBones.co.uk, and no awards were actually awarded. (The contest winner, Google Blogoscoped, wrote more about this on his website).

The oven required words

wordsDates15 February 2006-15 May 2006Key Word” The oven demanded words “Organiserwww.milliondollarscreenshot.comThis is the first competition that used an expression. It’s also the first contest that targeted image search engines (but no image was indexed for three months).

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