The ongoing SEO competition has just completed week 2 and the buzz is really building up. I could see that a lot of participating blogs have already increased their post frequency and improvised their keyword picking abilities as well as tag optimization technics. At this point I would like to thank the participants for their cooperation in sorting out the scoring related issues via a survey last week.
The following are the leading blogs for Week 2, based on the current average number of daily visits the past 42 days (from Dec 08, 2008 to Jan 18, 2009):
Check out the SEO Challenge Scorecard for others’ performance.
Week 2 Highlights
The following are some of my findings from Week 2
- A lot more blogs have entered the positive zone in Week 2 (Only 12 are in negative region now)
- Tech blogs have excelled in tapping into hot keywords of the present
- One blog had a few paid visits which has been deducted for calculation purpose and another blog have a few suspicious search visits that I am scruitinizing further
- The competition is likely to end with percentage traffic increases of the order of 300 or 400 percent if the current pace is maintained
SEO Strategies Used
The following are some of the SEO strategies used by the participants.
Nihar of http://www.niharsworld.com/:
Before I publish any post, I search on those lines on Google and try to find on what keywords the topic is indexed. Then I target those keywords along with new keywords and prepare the title of the post. I also try to use H1..H4 tags and use bold when using keywords.
Ryan of http://www.madworldwii.com/:
Basic link building methods for my target keywords. Targeting keywords that you can rank for quickly is very important. To build links I used Link exchanges with target keyword anchor text, article directory submissions, dofollow forum signature links, and dofollow blog links.
Raju of http://www.techpp.com/:
My strategy was simple. Catch hold of the latest buzz in the tech world (It was windows 7 last week) and write some really useful posts upfront. Catchy title also matters. I do not know if this is enough to scale up the SE traffic to the next level
Donace from The Nexus:
I have done actually very little so far. The boost of 10 extra visitors or so can be squarely credited to submitting sitemaps to the Big SE’s. I will hopefully work more on it in the coming week. Using simple commentluv link building to my latest articles
Rajiv of http://www.nela.in/:
No strategy as such. Only concentrate on providing value via the blog. Not just blog for the sake of blogging, but to provide value and to write about topics I feel strongly about.
Thank you all for your views and please send in more strategies for week 3 update. Also, let us know how some of you have managed to get ridiculously high search traffic! Please note that we have almost four more weeks to go and hence anything is possible! Can we look forward to somebody achieving 500% increase in search traffic?