SEO Challenge ’09 – Final Results and the Winners!

Folks, after seven weeks long intensive keyword optimization and hectic post schedules a few SEO heroes have emerged! Well, we almost knew them from the very beginning due to their focussed effort and multiple strategies used to win the SEO Challenge ’09 blog competition. Towards the end it was the matter of deciding who among the top three or four will be the champ!

DollarShower SEO Challenge 09 - ResultsAs I mentioned in the competiton rules the winner is picked based on the % search traffic gain obtained during this year (Jan 01 – Feb 15), as compared to the month of December 2008. And the winners are… (1020.00%) (859.80%) (851.21%) (597.44%) (226.44%)

Please join me in congratulating the winners and let us not forget each and every participant who gave them a fight! Thanks folks!

Please check out the our live scorecard for more details such as Week 1 to Week 6 numbers and final ranks. Also I am publishing the screenshots of the top three competitors with their permission. I am picking the top three because that’s where the action took place towards the end. (a couple of fields blurred on his request)

The Week 6 turnaround

The Week 6 witnessed the top three competitors accelerating really fast in a neck-to-neck competition and Simon ( managed to overtake Arun ( whereas Samrat ( missed the second rank by a very narrow margin. Week 06 performance by Simon, Samrat and Raju ( were really impressive whereas Arun slowed down a wee bit that cost him the first place!

Exciting prizes for the Top 5!

As promised the following wonderful prizes will be distributed among the top 5. Thanks to our sponsors for these prizes!

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

Simon, I hope that the class ‘C’ IP hosting will boost your SEO Optimization campaigns in the future and PPC advertising for sure is good anytime. As for cash, well, who will not take it?

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

Arun, I am sure that Daniel Scocco’s new venture will enlighten you about online money making even more and you can now empower your domain(s) with a business hosting plan now!

Consolation Prizes for Samrat, Raju and Ryan
1 Year shared hosting by Host Gator (worth $120 each)

Needless to say you have just won one of the best hosting services in the business, and I am sure all three of you will maximize your blog’s performance with the new hosting option.

Congratulations once again! I shall contact you by email within two days and provide instructions on how to collect your prizes.

Dollar$hower SEO Challenge ’09 Sponsors

seo hosting  onlineprofits  hostgator
online advertising  sponsoredreviews  techzoomin

A big Thank you…

I would like to thank our sponsors for the trust, Daniel Scocco for his guidance, all participants for passion and all readers of this blog for your wonderful support. I am grateful to Lax (techzoomin) for the wonderful banners that he and his friend sponsored.

Finally, let me request all of you to share your experiences and any feedback/suggestion as well. This will help us to improve for the coming editions of the SEO Challenge competition (which will be mostly in other formats).

PS: I am still dreaming about the 1000% gain and if I get there, my main blogging objective for the year is already met 😆


  1. Folks, thanks for your support. Instead of replying to all comments point-to-point let me share my experiences and thoughts on your feedback.

    To be frank, I was thoroughly exhausted conducting this event due to the manual effort involved in capturing data, maintaining it and communicating with people.

    Unlike the common perception (from some of the comments above) I didn’t gain any insider knowledge or store any information regarding any of the Google analytics account shared. Not even for a moment, I have peeped into search activities (beyond the bare minimum needed) on any of these blogs and nor have I have studied any keyword tactics. The only thing I checked for was any self-searches or repeated patterns from specific geographic areas. I am really being honest here and all that I have stored are the participants name, email, GA account ID, URL and those six or seven values that are displayed in the scorecard. Also, the only screenshots (three of them) I have taken with permission from the participants have been shared.

    Next time, I will be doing the SEO challenge in a different way so that most things can be automated to leave no room for complaints :)

    Of course, I had my learnings… I now know that it’s realistically possible to increase search traffic to any amount :)

    Thanks once again for playing the competition in its true spirit! You may unshare your GA accounts now (prize winners may share it on request again, just in case sponsors have any queries)

  2. Ajith, you did a great work with this contest. I’ve seen larger SEO blogs trying similar contests and not achieving as good a result!

    I will be waiting for the next one.

    Daniel Scocco’s last blog post… Advertising Options on TechCult

  3. Great contest guys and congrats to the winner’s last blog post… FREE BOOKMARK AUTO SUBMITTER PLUGIN FOR WORDPRESS

  4. All in all great dude. Keep up the hard work Ajith.

    TechZoomIn’s last blog post… Organize Series:Plugin to Maintain Series of Posts

  5. Congratulation to the winners 😀 And great competition Ajith. Congrats to you too.

    Kurt Avish’s last blog post… CNT Blueline Buses – A Logic without logic

  6. @Daniel, thanks for all your help and support. Well, I will be back with the next one by year end :)

  7. @Ajith,
    We all shall be waiting for it. Btw you aware of any source from which I can find out information about seo contests or blogging contests.

    binaryday’s last blog post… Keyword difficulty analysis

  8. @binaryday, I had written a post about contest blogs sometime back… Please check that out. It has some ten of those contest blogs listed (You could search my blog or browse Articles before searching elsewhere for such info 😀 )

  9. Ajith,

    To be frank, I was thoroughly exhausted conducting this event due to the manual effort involved in capturing data, maintaining it and communicating with people.

    Wonderful job. I salute you for the unbelievable amount of effort that you’ve put to make this contest a great success. I’m sure you’ve had lot of sleepless nights to manage this contest with your full-time job and part-time blogging.

    Ramesh Natarajan’s last blog post… Linux NBD Tutorial: Network Block Device Jumpstart Guide

  10. @Ajith,
    Thanks for that link to contest blogs. Btw, I am surprised that the winning bloggers have not started writing about their win!!! I was expecting you will get at least 5 links from the 5 winners…or I am missing something??

    binaryday’s last blog post… Comprehensive guide on ‘building backlinks for Bloggers’

  11. @ Binarday

    Time is the villan, its exam time.. lol… Can I be quiet after winning something like this..? Nah… 😉


    Arun Basil Lal’s last blog post… Optimizing Permalinks for Better SEO

  12. @Ramesh, tell me about it :)

    @binaryday, one cannot buy love, right? But did you see the trackback above in Indonesian lang… At least one person has written about it though he was not a winner :)

  13. Congrats Every One…. @ Raju Congrats Buddy :-)

    Nicholas |’s last blog post… Pixobyte Valentines day Giveaway , Win prizes worth more than 200$

  14. ardi :

    Congratz to all the winners. I’ll wait to next competition

    ardi’s last blog post… DollarShower.Com – SEO Challenge ‘09 Sudah Berakhir

  15. As always, I’m the late to Wish. Congratulations to all the winners.
    @Ajith, thanks for organizing this. I have come to know lot of things on SEO.

  16. Great job Ajith and congrats to all the winners :-)

    Kim Woodbridge’s last blog post… How Twitter Can Assist You With Your Job Search

  17. Ajith, you have been working hard on this contest. I can imagine how you balanced your professional life and blogging life. I have gone through this once, and was almost sleepless for few weeks.

    This contest had been a great success it looks like and introduced me to some nice new blogs and techniques they have used. On my part, I think bad patch of my search engine traffic coincided with the contest timing (LOL) and it started gearing up again. But by no way, it was easy to achieve what they top 5 blogs have achieved. Congrats everyone!

  18. @Folks, thanks for your compliments and/or participation :)

  19. I got too busy lately so it’s only now that i got time to visit blogs again. Hats off to you Ajith for the great job you did here. We know it is not an ordinary contest and it takes a lot of time and effort to complete this. Two thumbs up to you.

    And of course, congratulations to all the winners! All your efforts have obviously paid off.

    Just wondering if there will be a part 2 of this. :)

  20. @Frenchy, welcome back and thanks for your comments. There’ll be a second edition for sure.


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