DollarShower SEO Challenge ’09: Participate and Win over $1500 in Prizes!

The wait is over! As I announced ten days ago we are kicking off the mother-of-all blog competitions namely the ‘Dollar$hower SEO Challenge ’09‘. You, as a blogger, DollarShower SEO Challenge 09 - Win over $1500have the chance to win prizes worth $1500 (could be more as well) in an exciting competition spanning over six weeks!

Who can Participate?

Any blog that has Google Analytics based tracking as of Dec 01, 2008 can participate in this competition. For more details read the Rules section below:

Sponsors to the event

This competition prizes are co-sponsored by SEO Hosting, Host Gator, Online Profits (Launching shortly), Bidvertiser and Sponsored Reviews. The banners and graphics are sponsored by TechZoomIn. Please take a moment to visit our sponsors.

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Rules & How to Participate?

The following are the rules of the competition:

1. The competition will be open for subscription from Jan 02nd to Jan 11th 2009 and you can participate using the contact form on this blog. Please do not forget to select SEO Challenge ’09 as the subject, provide your full name (First, Last), email address and blog URL. In addition your Google Analytics a/c need to be shared in View Only mode to the email address

2. The actual event starts on Jan 12th (considered Week 1 in the score card) and will run for the next five weeks (ends on Feb 15th which is Week 6). The winners will be announced on Feb 16, 2009.

3. The aim of the competition is to increase the search visits to your blog as much as possible and those two who increase their search visits by the maximum percentage will get the first and second prizes. There are a consolation prizes for the next three runner-ups.

4. The base for current search traffic is the average search visits per day for the month of December 2008 (Dec 01st to Dec 31st 2008 – value 1). The increase is
calculated based on the average number of daily search visits from Jan01st to Feb 15th (value 2). Basically ((value 2 – value 1) / value 1) * 100% is the formula to decide the winners). There will be weekly updates provided from Week 1 through Week 6 and the values for these weeks will be again last six weeks daily average visits. (Due to the continuity sake, the subscription period of Jan 02 through Jan 11 is also considered for the final weightage. This is because, most SEO activities you do today reap benefits only after a few weeks)

5. The competitors’ Google Analytics data will be kept strictly confidential except for the average number of daily visits needed for the calculation (Only this number will be published in the scorecard). Take a look at the sample scorecard here

6. Weekly updates will be provided during the competition. The competitors can also discuss the various SEO strategies on this page as well as. You may also mail in the strategies and clarifications as and when requested and selected strategies will be featured in the weekly updates.

7. Only those who already have their GA code installed as of Dec 01st can participate in this event. The competitors cannot change the position of the GA script during the competition.

8. Those who have very little or no search visits till now can also participate. In that case, however, the base (average daily search visits for December ’08) will be set to 5 (or another value as deems fair by the judges) to curb explosive growth numbers.

9. Other DON’TS: Black hat SEO techniques, paid hits etc will not be allowed and those who indulge in the same will be removed from the competition.

10. Judges’ verdict will be final. Myself and Daniel Scocco of Daily Blog Tips will be the judges for this competition.

Time lines

Jan 11, 2009 – Last day to enroll
Jan 12, 2009 – Week 1 report updated in the scoreboard
Jan 19, 2009 – Week 2 report
Jan 26, 2009 – Week 3 report
Feb 02, 2009 – Week 4 report
Feb 09, 2009 – Week 5 report
Feb 16, 2009 – Week 6 & Final report on the winners!


First Prize
1 Year Class ‘C’ IP SEO Hosting by SEO Hosting ($420)
PPC Advertiser Campaign by Bidvertiser ($100)
PayPal Cash Prize by Sponsored Reviews ($100)

Second Prize
6 Months Subscription to Online Profits ($288)
1 Year Business Plan Hosting by Host Gator ($180)

Consolation Prizes
Three runner-up prizes of 1 Year shared hosting by Host Gator ($120 each)

Further Resources

All updated information regarding the competition will be available on the SEO Challenge ’09 page.

Hurry! You have exactly ten days to sign up and participate. In the mean time, please bookmark this page, tweet about it, or even write a little post on your blog about the event (Resources such as banners are available at the SEO Challenge ’09 page.

If you have any questions or clarifications, please discuss the same here so that others are benefited as well (better than 1 to 1 emails).

I would like to thank the Daniel for his guidance & consulting help.

Good luck to all!


  1. @MK, @Kurt, @Frenchy, sorry to have you missed out as GA script was not installed :(

    @Jamp, ah okay… May be next time…

    @Abhijit, hope you figured out how to do that….

  2. Nihar :

    Good to see lots of ppl enrolling in the contest. It will be sure a great contest and will also motivate bloggers to write good posts and also will enhance thier SEO Skills!

    Nihar’s last blog post… Open your websites faster using Keyboard Hotkeys – “SiteLauncher” (a Firefox Add-on)

  3. Archie Pennies :

    Secret Tip to contest participants:
    focus on MSN traffic try getting anchored links to pages that are ranking in the second page of MSN as they have no link aging mechanism like Google. You will get the best results later Google will probably rank you for those words.

  4. Simon :

    Just sent you an email a few hours ago saying that I had entered – hope I can win :)

    Simon’s last blog post… This Blog As You Know It Is Closed

  5. PC :

    Cool contest and a completely different one.

    Looking forward for this contest. Sent a mail..

    Count me in for the prizes..

    PC’s last blog post… Convert Hard Drive Partition from FAT to NTFS for more Benefits

  6. @Luis, great tip buddy… I should try it myself though I cannot take part in my own competition. These kind of tips are what we expect here in this discussion :)

    @Simon, @PC, thanks for joining… Please give me sometime before the data is added to the scoreboard. Got several entries to be verified and added.

  7. Hi Ajith,

    I would luv to participate in this contest. Could you please let me know how do I share my Analytics A/C in read only mode?

    Read 2 Know’s last blog post… Microsoft issues Emergency Fix for Browser Flaw

  8. @Read2KNow,
    Go to your Google Analytics home, use User Manager to add to share your selected blog. Make sure that it’s moved from left box to right and click save.

    That’s all…

  9. Raju :

    Finally I decided to give a try :)
    Count me in Ajith!
    will be sharing my GA in view-only mode with you.

    Raju’s last blog post… [How to] Rename Folders in Google Reader

  10. Ajith,
    I added your email as a read-only use to my Google Analytics page. But, it’s expecting only a Google Account to be added. And the above email is not a Google Account I guess!
    Is this OK?

  11. @Read2KNow, it’s a Google a/c and everyone else has shared using it. Please make sure that the blog is moved from the left list to the right (Selected Website Profiles) using Add.

    Google a/c doesn’t mean that it has to be a gmail a/c :)

  12. Niche Titans :

    I signed up to the contest!

  13. @Niche Titans,
    I can’t see your Google Analytics a/c shared… Please do the same.

  14. Sadly I do not use GA so could not enter but good luck to the rest of you. :)

  15. Hmmm. I just granted you access. You mention that people can enter from the 2nd to the 11th… It appears that it is 1:45am on the 12th where you are…. But here in America, Central Time it is 2:15 pm on the 11th….

    What’s the official cutoff time timezone? Am I in?

    Shirley’s last blog post… WordPress Image Captions Using FCKEditor Plugin

  16. SBA :

    Great contest — especially since it’s based on percentage increase, not raw visit numbers! One question on the live scoreboard. Why does my blog show -70% for the first week when our average went from 2.32 to 2.93? (see line 31 on the list). Thanks.

    SBA’s last blog post… Interview with Successful Blogger: techniquealtechie

  17. Nice contest. I am too late to participate ,Plus I might not be eligible to participate. I restarted my blogging in 5th of Jan 2009. I will wait for you next contest.

  18. This is great and I really feel sorry that at the time of competition I was not a part of your blog..
    Will look forward for more such competition.

  19. aks :

    Will look forward for more such competition it nice to be here.


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