This year’s Marketing Pilgrim’s SEM Scholarship contest is up and running. The articles were posted today and I recommend you read them. There are some real nuggets in the group, I won’t say which I prefer since I don’t want to sway the judges (like that will happen).
When I entered the original contest a couple of year’s ago with my article “Shhhh!….the dirty little secret about sem seo certification” I didn’t expect the topic to still be debated today. In fact I didn’t really expect much other than to just state my opinion about seo training. However the truth is entering that contest was the best thing I could have done. It provided me much more exposure to the people in the seo world in particular the sem scholarship judges as well as Andy Beal and the other contestants. Although I didn’t win I recieved a lot of encouragement in particular from my now good friend, Kim Krause Berg, the first seo rock star to link to this blog.
A lot has happened in my seo career since that time including speaking at industry events like ad:tech, Search Marketing Expo, Search Engine Strategies and of course finding my current job. I certainly can’t put it all down to entering the contest but it sure did provide me the impetus to “step it up”.
So I encourage you to read all of this year’s entries, comment and encourage the participants to “step it up” in the world of search.