Friday, February 02, 2007

Won the SEO challenge

Found out yesterday that I have won the SEO challenge #1 organised by the WangCyber forum.

The objective of the contest was to reach the highest ranking possible on Yahoo and Google search engines results for the phrase melayu boleh using legal SEO methods.

I didn't think I could win because I entered the contest quite late. However, my post Melayu Boleh went straight up to #4 on Google 2 days after I published it. Subsequently, the day after that, it disappeared completely from the results pages. It was a roller coaster ride with my position going up and down. I even went up to #2 on Google.

On Yahoo, it took quite a bit of time but slowly but steadily climbed up to the 5th position. It's actually at #4 today. I guess this is due to the different ways search engines spider websites.

How did I do it?

I have some advantages over the other participants which gave me that extra edge:

1. I have been blogging for a little over 3 years now and my page rank is quite high - between 4 and 5. Any post I write is automatically ranked higher.
2. My blog is in English. A lot of the other participants' blogs are in Bahasa Malaysia and thus, their reach is quite limited.
3. I have been doing this professionally for quite sometime now.

As many of my regulars know, I had started a project called the "Melayu Boleh project" that asked people to help me to get on top of the search engine results, by linking to my post.

And a lot of people did link back to the post.

You can do what ever you want but if people don't link back to you, your site won't go up on the results page or if it's up, won't stay there for long.

Thanks to Mohd. Suhaimy, netpreneur and founder of the Wangcyber forum for running this contest (I will contact you soon) and Eches for informing me about the contest. He came third in the contest.



eches said...

Congratulation adam! :)

lucia said...

congrats to you adam! so what is the prize? just a mention? good enough.

if only i'm as techie savvy as you... i would have made my blog rank high (though my old blog at blogger was high!)

Jee said...

Well done, congrats.

ramzwatcher said...

congrats bro. Thanks for sharing the info to wangcyber :D

wan said...

tahniah bro Adam!!.... 8-)

Adam said...

Thanks for all your comments guys.

Lucia: It's Rm100 for the first prize. My main aim was to help them with their noble objective of removing the porn sites which have hijacked the key words "Melayu boleh" in various search results and I am happy to say that we were successful. Hope it stays that way.


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