We have just completed the third week of our SEO competition and I thought of providing the Week 3 update in a very short post (Short post because I have been too busy with my regular paying job due to the beginning-of-the-year formalities. Personal life has been pretty hectic as well, which is the top most priority at any time )
The following are the blogs that are leading at the end of Week 3 based on the average number of daily visits the past 42 days (from Dec 15, 2008 to Jan 25, 2009):
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Week 3 Highlights
The top 5 blogs are much the same from last week the only difference being TechnoSamrat and TechPP swapping their positions as TechnoSamrat is advancing faster. The rate at which these blogs are increasing their search visits is an example on how established, high volume blogs can be mobilized further in terms of search visits.
The top 12 or 15 blogs have great potential to increase their search traffic dramatically in the next three weeks provided they put in some more orchestrated effort into their strategies.
Last week I wondered if 500% search traffic increase from the base value is possible at all and we already have over 300% in the case of the top ranked blog.
SEO Strategies Used
I did not have much time to consolidate the strategies this week but I will be definitely doing it next week. The (hot) keyword optimization is the main strategy adopted by the tech blogs where as some of them are also supplementing it with frequent blog updates. One person has used the global translator plugin to benefit from the long tail. This basically creates multiple language copies of the same post thereby the seaches from those language clients can be tapped into as well. Another person has converted his blog into more or less a contest-only blog whereby totally unrelated but keyword-targetting content is being published there in
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Good luck for the next week!