First of all, a big thanks to the 60 or so bloggers who approached me with their intention to participate in the SEO Challenge ’09. I am glad I could approve more than 50% (32 to be exact) of them after scrutinizing. Believe me, it was a real tedious manual process. Unfortunately, I could not approve the rest due to one of the following reasons:
- Google Analytics tracking was not available on their blogs as of Dec 01st
- GA ‘View Only’ access was not shared on time
- Made-for-AdSense blogs with very little content
- Blog was not being updated for a couple of months or so
- Rated content, drug or banned content blogs
Week 1 Report
As mentioned in the rules, Week 1 report goes out on 12th and this report takes into account a value that is the average number of daily non-paid search visits for the last six weeks (Dec 01, 2008 – Jan 11, 2009). And our base value was the average daily search visits for December 2008. The percentage difference between these values is your gain (Check out our scoreboard for the updated values)
The following are the leading blogs for Week 1:
The base value (Init Visits in the scoreboard) of those blogs with daily search visits for December 2008 less than 5 was supposed to be kept at 5 as per our first post. However, Daniel & I decided that it will be kept at 10 to give a fair chance to everyone and at the same time to curb explosive figures that relatively new blogs might be able to achieve. 10 is because it’s around the 25th percentile of all initial visits figures of the 32 participants. This formula will be maintained through out the competition.
Next week onwards, I shall request the participants to send around their strategies to encourage discussions around clean or white hat SEO methodologies. In the mean time please share your opinions and concerns here.
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