Marketing Pilgrim SEM Scholarship Winner Announced

The judges have deliberated, the votes have been cast and we have the final winner of Marketing Pilgrim’s Search Marketing Scholarship contest.

And the winner is (drum roll please)…

Ben Wills with The Five Pillars of Social Media Marketing

Tell him what he’s won, Bob!…

Congratulations to Ben who received four votes from the nine judges and wins the $6,000 scholarship prize, which includes…

  • Full conference pass to the Search Engine Strategies conference held in Chicago this December. (courtesy of Incisive Media)
  • A 2-day pass to an upcoming SEO Workshop with the choice of "Beginner" or "Advanced" training levels. (courtesy of Search Engine Workshops)
  • A one-year subscription to keyword research tool. (courtesy Trellian)
  • A copy of Aaron Wall’s "SEO Book". (courtesy

SEM Scholarship Winner Announcement Coming Friday

If you’ve been following along with the SEM Scholarship contest, be sure to tune in tomorrow morning, as we announce the grand prize winner.

In the meantime, be sure to read our recap of the contest.

The Anatomy of a Search Marketing Scholarship Contest

The last four weeks of Marketing Pilgrim’s Search Engine Marketing Scholarship Contest has been lots of fun. When I put together the idea for a scholarship, I wanted to find a way to give back to an industry that has been very good to me and help find the next top talent – you could call it “SEM Idol”. I was fortunate enough to find some great sponsors, who contributed over $6,000 in prizes and a panel of judges who are arguably the best in the industry.

I wanted to give everyone who entered a fair chance, so I crafted the contest to have two components:

Light Posting…

I’m in LA until Tuesday night, so posting will be a little lighter than usual.

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Marketing Pilgrim’s Plugin List

Jeremy Luebke emailed me to ask if I would care to share the plugins used on MP. The site was fully custom built, so there may be some modified things, but here’s the list…

Akismet - Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web serivce to see if they look like spam or not.

Gravatars - for those cool photos next to comments.

intouch - for the contact form.

No Self Pings - prevents WordPress from sending pings for stuff I link to from my own site.

Social Bookmark Links - the drop down menu for bookmarking a post.

Subscribe To Comments - lets readers get email updates on comments.

Google Sitemaps - to help Google find all the new pages.

WordPress Reports - adds my Google Analytics and Feedburner stats to the WordPress dash.

SEM Scholarship Week 3 Winner Announced

Week 3 of our SEM Scholarship contest has concluded and we have our third finalist.

Congratulations to Jordan McCollum who wins the third round with her entry – “SEO is Pointless (But You Don’t Have to Tell Your Clients)“. Jordan’s entry carried the most unique views of all our entries in week 3, with a total of 633 unique views to his page, winning by just 3 unique views! It was a close battle this week, with many entrants getting creative in their efforts to promote their entry – some even using PPC!

Jordan wins a copy of “Search Engine Optimization: An Hour a Day” and “Please Ring Bell for Service” and qualifies as one of four finalists, who will face our expert panel of judges, to determine who will win the $6,000 grand prize package.

Week 4 entries are now published
and entries have now closed.