Posted March 22, 2007 7:28 am by with 17 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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