If you didn’t get a chance to follow last year’s SEM Scholarship contest, then you don’t want to miss this. Andy Beal’s pulling out all the stops and offering a scholarship worth more than $10,000. That includes a full conference pass to Search Engine Strategies in San Jose, and the winner will have their article published in Search Marketing Standard, an sem industry magazine.
Last year’s winner Ben Wills wrote a great piece on social media and has been a busy guy since he won. The new Marketing Pilgrim SEM Scholarship Contest is on again and “this time it’s bigger, better and badder than before!”
I entered this contest last year and really enjoyed the challenge of driving as much traffic in a week as I could. I finished 12th out of 48 entries and had a great time doing it. My entry was in the last week when other procrastinators like myself waited until the last minute. So we were competing against more weekly entries than the others.
This year all entries will be printed at the same time and there will be 5 finalists instead of the 4 last year. Contestants will also have 4 weeks to promote their story. The finalists are chosen based on the number of unique page views they have and then the excellent panel of judges picks the final winner.
The deadline for all entries is April 6, 2007.
- There will be ONLY ONE ROUND OF ENTRIES. Unlike last year – with four weekly deadlines – there will be just one chance to submit your article.
- The biggest suggestion from last year was that one week to build traffic to an article, really didn’t demonstrate the true abilities of a search marketer. This time around, you’ll have a full 4 weeks to spread the word, drive traffic, build links, etc.
- We’ll have five finalists this year, instead of four.
Once again the panel of judges is a who’s who list of the search marketing world.
Kim Krause Berg – UsabilityEffect.com
Jim Boykin – WebBuildPages.com
Rand Fishkin – SEOMoz.org
Andrew Goodman – Page-Zero.com
Michael Jensen – SoloSEO.com
Kalena Jordan – SearchEngineCollege.com
Jennifer Laycock – SearchEngineGuide.com
Todd Malicoat – Stuntdubl.com
Boris Mordkovich – SearchMarketingStandard.com
Lee Odden – TopRankBlog.com
Elisabeth Osmeloski – SearchEngineWatch.com
Neil Patel – PronetAdvertising.com
Barry Schwartz – RustyBrick.com
Brett Tabke – WebmasterWorld.com
Laura Thieme – BizResearch.com
Aaron Wall – SEOBook.com
This is one contest you don’t want to miss either as a participant or a reader. There were some great articles last year and I imagine this year there will be even more.
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