Well, I don’t usually report on this sort of thing, but there has just been announced a new SEO contest in the works similar to the “nigritude ultramarine” contest a few years back. The new keyword phrase will be announced on January 15, 2005 at noon, PST.
This new SEO contest targets Google and the winner will receive $1000 in cash, with those in second, third, fourth and fifth places also receiving lesser amounts of cash.
The Nigritude Ultramarine contest proved back in 2003 that the website with the most back links won. At this time, it showed skeptics that off-page optimization for Google was more important than on-page optimization.
Since, 2006 is a new year, and many changes have taken place Google’s algorithm since back in 2003, it will be interesting to see if the “one with the most toys wins” maxim still holds true in regards to back links being the most important part of SEO.
The contest ends May 15, 2006 with the website with the highest Google rankings, for the announced keyword phrase, winning. Anyway, it should be a fun contest, worth following and there are bound to be many SEO lessons learned along the way.