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SEO Competition - Is this competition a complete scam?
Viral Marketing or Flush the opposition into the open?
IanTurner




msg:242004
 10:56 pm on Jun 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

Well having decided to write this post I thought that there are two ways this competition could have been planned.

The first is a viral marketing campaign for a small scale SEO outfit - in which case it may have worked quite well except for the fact that I can't remember their name!

Secondly it could be an undercover ploy by one of the big players to flush smaller SEOs out into the open and expose the sites they have under their control. (Just think it takes very little in terms of resources to set up a company and stick up a website.)

I've puzzled over the 'Whys' of this one long and hard and just can't think of any other possibility other than someone wants to alert Google (and other SEs) to the latest tactics being used and someone wants to reduce the competition in the medium term.

(And if you're taking part in the competition - this could just be a double bluff to get you to pull back from using all your potential inbounds in the competition :) )

 

jcoronella




msg:242005
 3:03 am on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

It certainly is a viral marketing ploy as many 'competitions' are. A good one at that. The company is Dark Blue BTW, an affiliate network.

Since the company is an aff network, I tend to doubt it has much to do with any conspiracies. I did think it would be silly to show all your tricks in one term, but then why wouldn't the SE's just look at the PPC searches for that (Pharm, Pills, Casino - who came up with that at PubCon? I love it.)

It's just an affilliate network hunting to entice good SEO's.

deejay




msg:242006
 3:38 am on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have it on good authority that, far from being a nonsense term "Nigritude Ultramarine" is a term from the native language of Iminidjitistan (a little known by highly tech-savvy country), which translates almost exactly as "Professional Suicide"

edit_g




msg:242007
 3:49 am on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

good SEO's

Good SEO's get customers to products and checkout's - these guys are participating in a googlebomb with a prize at the end. If SEO was getting nonsense pages traffic then they'd be good SEO's. I get a laugh out of looking at how seriously some of these guys take the contest, each other and themselves.

pageoneresults




msg:242008
 9:28 am on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

these guys are participating in a googlebomb with a prize at the end.

We might want to add with a surprize at the end. ;)

Ian, have you checked the SERPs for that term? lol, what a mess. There are URIs, canonicals, file names and even AdWords utilizing the term. Heck, someone even purchased the domain and couldn't even get it to page one. And on top of that, check out all the targeting of misspellings.

From my perspective, there are no real SEOs/SEMs participating in that contest. Who in their right mind would want to bring that type of undue attention to themselves or their network?

P.S. It probably won't be long before your topic jumps into one of the top positions for the term Nigritude Ultramarine. ;)

primelibra




msg:242009
 10:56 am on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

previously i couldn't understand exactly whats happening. i had visited many pages but i could find only these two words in every pages.

later finally i could find our that this is the contest.

idea is very nice but if they encourage peoples to bring visitors on their websites and as per traffic, and optimization ethics, then it could be really useful.

graywolf




msg:242010
 12:24 pm on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

Call me evil, but I think it would be the funniest thing if G was to NUKE all of the domains 24 hours before the contest ended.

jcoronella




msg:242011
 2:20 pm on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

(Pharm, Pills, Casino - who came up with that at PubCon? I love it.)

Correction: Pills, P*rn, Casinos ... how could I get that wrong?

encyclo




msg:242012
 2:29 pm on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

P.S. It probably won't be long before your topic jumps into one of the top positions for the term Nigritude Ultramarine. ;)

You never know, this thread could get a good place for Nigritude Ultramarine - WebmasterWorld threads seem to dominate for many subjects, and a good discussion about Nigritude Ultramarine and all aspects of the Nigritude Ultramarine competition may do well.

I think the Nigritude Ultramarine competition is a harmless activity for amateur SEOs who have time to optimize for Nigritude Ultramarine, but the professional crowd (many of which hang out here) aren't interested in Nigritude Ultramarine or anything Ultramarine or even Nigritude.

What does Nigritude Ultramarine mean again?

OK, sorry, I had to do it...

creative craig




msg:242013
 2:35 pm on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

Same deal for the term serps. Lots of rubbish comes up for this term as blogspot are running the same type of competition.

Brett_Tabke




msg:242014
 2:53 pm on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

Yes, we have disallowed indexing on this thread.

Yes, like the dozen other competitions before - be careful. It is great for the operators of the "contest" and search engines. Both get to see who is doing what, where.

Nothing could get you targeted for removal from a se faster.

Lastly, do you really - in any wild stretch of the imagination - think that an se would allow something to exist in the open to go on without major league blow back?

Think about it, and think who would benefit most from such a "contest".

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