Apr92007

I Need Your Help! Go Check Out My SEM Scholarship Contest Entry

Hey peeps! I submitted a last-minute entry into the Marketing Pilgrim Scholarship Contest.

The five finalists will be the authors of the five entries that receive the most traffic over the course of four weeks from the time their entries are published. Then those five entries will be voted upon by a panel of judges made up of top industry experts. The finalist with the most votes wins!

So, I need your help to get into the top five! Here is my entry:

Have Your Top Competitors Do Some Of Your SEO For You

I knew that I wanted to enter the contest when I first heard about it a few weeks back (mostly for the one month of coaching and training from Andy Beal!), but I had no idea what to write about. I wanted to stick to the rules, which state:

Simply submit an article on any subject related to search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click advertising (PPC) or social media optimization (SMO) before the April 6th deadline. We want your top tips, your favorite tricks or a secret tactic that our readers would find useful.

…But what could I write about that hasn’t been published already? With all the great search marketing blogs that are out there, I felt like every tip and trick that is worth mentioning has already been written about!

So, I didn’t think about the contest again until happened upon an update… which is when I immediately began brainstorming.

I had a few drafts lined up as linkbait, but they weren’t really tips, tricks, or tactics, as the rules required. So, I tried to think about an aspect of SEO that is least written about and came up with the topic of competitive intelligence.

I had to write quickly, as the deadline approached… so, there are some things I would modify a bit in the article as I look back, but I’m pretty happy with the outcome and urge you to check it out!

In the post, I go over a little bit of what competitive intelligence is all about and then reveal two of my favorite tactics.

If you would be so kind to click through and take a gander, I would appreciate it! I know a lot of you are tapped into the SEO community and I need all the help I can get, so a link or a mention would be great as well! :)

Thanks!
—kid disco

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10 pimp-style comments, so far... »

  1. Sujan Patel

    April 9 2007 @ 11:08 am

    Fantastic post.

  2. kid disco

    April 9 2007 @ 6:34 pm

    Thanks, Sujan! :P

  3. Terry Reeves

    April 10 2007 @ 10:36 am

    I too wanted to submit for this contest but my “day job” and my life after work eat up all of my time. Your’s is the first entry I have read and I am quite impressed. It is short, informative and makes you want to know more from you! Good luck. Even if you do not win, you should pick up some increased readers.

  4. kid disco

    April 10 2007 @ 3:17 pm

    Thanks for the kind words, Terry! I’m glad you liked it. :)

  5. Mert Sahinoglu

    April 10 2007 @ 9:31 pm

    Good luck buddy. Actually read it two times to get the whole picture. Perfect leave the carrot hanging to get attention article. I love the strategy, uniqueness and attention to detail. You deserve to be top 5.

  6. kid disco

    April 10 2007 @ 9:53 pm

    Hey Mert! Thanks for the vote of confidence! :P

  7. Eric Blackwell

    April 13 2007 @ 9:40 am

    cK:

    Read it and really enjoyed it…I have been passing it around to see if we can’t get you hooked up! Looks like a pretty sweet package if you win.

    It really made me think (and re-think) how I do things and what techniques people are using. Thanks for some stimulating reading.

    Eric Blackwell

  8. kid disco

    April 13 2007 @ 10:10 am

    Thanks for all your help, Eric! :)

  9. Joe Whyte

    April 17 2007 @ 12:58 pm

    Nice post. I read it and I loved it!

    I hope you win!

  10. kid disco

    April 17 2007 @ 3:40 pm

    Hey, thanks Joe!

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