Posted February 23, 2007 1:59 pm by with 10 comments

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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] (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.