Posted March 22, 2007 7:28 am by with 16 comments

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It’s back!

After the phenomenal success of last year’s contest, the Marketing Pilgrim SEM Scholarship Contest is back and this time it’s bigger, better and badder than before!

Not only will the winner of the contest have a chance to kick-start their reputation as one of the world’s leading search marketers, but they’ll win a prize package worth over $10,000!!!

Yep, we have a fantastic prize list this year. Not only does it include a full conference pass to Search Engine Strategies San Jose, but the winner will have their article published in the print magazine Search Marketing Standard! How about that for instant publicity?

We listened to your feedback from last year and we’ve made the contest more streamlined, while tapping deeper into your search marketing skills. So, a few changes…

  1. We’re giving you a little more time to get your entry in, the deadline is April 6th.
  2. There will be ONLY ONE ROUND OF ENTRIES. Unlike last year – with four weekly deadlines – there will be just one chance to submit your article.
  3. The biggest suggestion from last year was that one week to build traffic to an article, really didn’t demonstrate the true abilities of a search marketer. This time around, you’ll have a full 4 weeks to spread the word, drive traffic, build links, etc.
  4. We’ll have five finalists this year, instead of four.

If you think having your article read by thousands of Marketing Pilgrim readers is not enough, wait until you see the judges that make up our panel. We’re absolutely thrilled to have a panel of judges that is the cream of the crop of search marketing. Without them – and those that provided prizes – this contest would not exist. The five finalists will go before – and receive the attention of – the following world-renowned experts:

Kim Krause Berg –
Jim Boykin –
Rand Fishkin –
Andrew Goodman –
Michael Jensen –
Kalena Jordan –
Jennifer Laycock –
Todd Malicoat –
Boris Mordkovich –
Lee Odden –
Elisabeth Osmeloski –
Neil Patel –
Barry Schwartz –
Brett Tabke –
Laura Thieme –
Aaron Wall –

So, don’t just sit there. Get your thinking-caps on! What secret tactic, what proven strategy, what juicy tips can you share with our readers? This is your chance to go for glory, win the gold, expose yourself…ahem! Head over to the official contest page and make sure you read all of the rules.

You’ve got between now and April 6th to submit your entry and convince the industry that you’re the next American Idol top search marketer!

P.S. If, after you’ve read the contest guidelines and rules, you have any additional questions, please leave them in the comments. Thanks!

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  • Boris Mordkovich


    Just wanted to mention that we’re looking forward to the contest and are very proud to be a part of the scholarship.

    Good luck to everyone!


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  • Drew Stauffer

    Do you remmeber how many entries the contest had last year? I know the format was a little different but a ballpark number is fine.

  • Jordan McCollum

    I’m not eligible, am I. (It’s not even a question.)

  • Andy Beal

    Drew – 47 – you can see more details and stats here:

    Jordan – I’d like to give others at least some chance. 😉

  • Michael Martinez

    Interesting panel. All the “insiders” of the “Good Ole SEOs Club”, as Aaron Pratt might put it. I wonder what he’ll have to say about this contest.

  • Andy Beal

    Michael – I can point to a few on the list that weren’t well-known just two years ago.

  • Michael Martinez

    Andy, I’m not really taking exception with your selections. It’s just that Aaron has, in my opinion, raised a very good point. I read a lot of second-tier SEOs whose blogs actually offer more value than most of the 1st-tier SEO bloggers right now.

    The popular blogs are becoming stale. It’s all about news, less about technique and methodology these days. And half the news seems to be back-slapping cross-linking.

    Aaron’s rants have made me look at the SEO blogosphere in a new light.

  • Andy Beal

    Michael – I hear ya. I subscribe to a number of blogs that you probably wouldn’t consider “1st tier”. That said, this contest is designed to find the up and coming SEO stars, so I wanted to give them a chance to at least get on the radar of the “Good Ole SEOs Club”, as you put it. 😉

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  • kelvin newman

    It’s a noble cause and I can wait to read some of the high quality content that will hopefully be headed our way.

  • Kim Krause Berg

    And here I thought someone would complain because a non-SEO is on the panel. Hummmm, wonder what SHE’s doing there? Could it possibly have something to do with marketing and persuasive copywriting, or optimizing for engines and following through? To name a few things… :)

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