New SEM Scholarship Contest Coming in March
I wanted to give you advance notice that we’ll be running a new Search Engine Marketing Scholarship contest at the end of March. I’ve listened to a lot of feedback, and addressed two common suggestions:
- The next contest will be judged over a longer timeframe. This will allow entrants to apply many SEM talents, such as link building, and will ensure the winner wasn’t necessarily the one who managed to get a spike of traffic in a few days.
- You asked for advance notice, so here it is. Sometime mid-March, I’ll make the official call for entries. I’ll give a two week entry period, so you’ll have plenty of time to digest any rule changes or formulate your strategy. With this post, regular readers are getting even further advance notice. 😉
We’re working on some great prizes and have already confirmed the following judges:
- Rand Fishkin
- Neil Patel
- Kim Krause Berg
- Andrew Goodman
- Jim Boykin
- Todd Malicoat
- Kalena Jordan
- Lee Odden
- Aaron Wall
- Jennifer Laycock
- Barry Schwartz
- Laura Thieme
If you’d like to donate a prize – and get some great publicity – send an email to [scholarship AT marketingpilgrim.com] (I’ll be out of town, so may not get back to you immediately).
So get your thinking-caps on. We’ll be looking for articles on paid search, optimization and social media and evaluating based upon traffic and judges’ decision.