Seocontest2008 : Victory

Everything began on February 13th, with a post from Ent-Arktik on the Seosphere forum. He introduced us the Seocontest2008 contest, as organized by a huge British forum :

Quickly, we have decided to form a team and to participate together. One should know that the Seosphere discussion Board regroups most of the French-talking specialists of this kind of contests.

Our first action was to create a sub-forum, allowing us to discuss privately, about our strategy. Concerning the recruting, any member of the forum was able to join the team. At the end, we were a team of 30 people (yet, in fact we were a lot more, as explained further). Thus, a very big team.

Our tool to participate to the contest ? A simple WordPress blog, for the multi-user aspect was primordial.

Victory is ours

About organization, specific topics have been created : Content, Netlinking and position checkpoints… At the end, we had more than 60 topics, for more than 300 public interventions, and about 1500 private ones. Anyone was able to do the optimizations of his choice. For the said “sensible” optimizations, a requirement to the rest of the team was recommended.

The marking events of the contest

There were a lot of.
First of all, some articles posted on our blog :
* The hacking attempt on our blog
* The Flash game (hunting backlinks)
* The tool to check the position on several datacenters
* The video with a vibrating duck
But also, some articles more “heavy” on content :
* “The Combat of the Thirty” : Presenting the team members.
* Symbol of friendship between peoples : With British and French flags 🙂

Another good one ? The final countdown ! 😉

The forbidding of using 301 redirections was rough. Many members of the team had launched personal pages just for this. The idea was to do a 301-redirection to our site, few time before the end. But since the organizers forbid that technic, we were sad to ask them not to do it 🙁

So, why did we win ?

First of all, we were facing awesome adversaries, for instance the winner to the SEO world championship. Most of them also played in team, and when the first on the SERP obtains help from many other persons also positionned on the Top 10, things become hard enough…

– A good organization : The SEO guy is a lonely person, and has a affirmed personality. Nevertheless, we managed to organized and coordonate ! The fact is that most of the teammates had no personal page, participating to the contest, which was easier for everyone to focus without rear thoughts.

– A short contest: If it has been longer, it may have been difficult to remain mobilized that long on a team.

– A real knowledge share : We did not hesitate to really share our knowledge of contests and SEO (in private, of course :))

– A complete strategy : We attempted to act on most of the criteria followed by the search engines.

– ******* and ***** : Unfortunately, we cannot reveal everything about our strategy and tips.

The ultimate weapon to win Seocontest2008 ?

YOU ! Yes, we asked for a humongous support to people around. It’s hard to imaginated how many people helped us to win. At least a hundred, but maybe more. Entire communities decided to help us. We prefer not to list them, for we’ll forget several of them, surely. But whatever this number of people, we really want to THANK YOU ALL !!! Without you, we don’t know if we could have done this.

Conclusion :

This entire contest will stay on the memory of all the team members as a great souvenir. For most of us, it was the first contest in team, and the experience was so enriching…

We’ll organize on the next weeks a great dinner to celebrate the event. This way, it will be the good moment to finally put a face on the virtual ones who have helped us.
Thanks again !

The Seocontest2008 Seosphere Team


  1. 2k said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 4:45 am

    Congratulation !!!!!!!
    Bravo !!!


  2. Stan said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 4:52 am

    You forgot one intern rule for the sphere team:
    “Ignore all Stan’s suggestions” 😀

    Thanks to all, thanks for this contest, thanks to the competitors, thanks to the Sphere, thanks for all french supports!

  3. Nakuni said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 4:55 am

    Ahhhh, je peux enfin poster un commentaire (je ne sais pas écrire Anglais :p).

    Félicitation à la team, et merci à tous ceux qui ont aidé d’une manière ou d’une autre à parvenir à ce résultat! C’est la classe ultime 🙂

  4. ced said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 5:23 am

    Good Job Eclipsis 😉

  5. Seb said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 6:22 am

    c’est bien çà, les américains et les anglais se croient toujours les meilleurs, çà les calmera 🙂

  6. Online Earning said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 6:24 am

    Congratulations on your winnings, I’m sure you deserve for all that hard work you’ve made so far….

  7. wullon said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 7:19 am

    Congratulations everyone (the team, the other contestants, the organizers, … :p).

  8. Gnome said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 7:33 am

    Good job team!

  9. NeilInFrance said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 7:58 am

    Well done to the Sphere team ! I’ve watched this with amazement and appreciation. A great advert for French SEO !

    Just like 1998 all over again 😉 Il nous faut un chanson comme I Will Survive !

    Now can I suggest that someone organize a real SEO competition? One that would last five years – or never end – and the winner would be judged not by his position in the search engine result pages at the end of 5 years, but over time. SEO is not being 1st on April the 1st but every day 😉

    La, la, la, la, la, La ….

    – Neil

    PS On peut supprimer nos backlinks maintenant ?

  10. b@x said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 8:28 am

    I’m so happy for you 🙂

    A big kiss to all the sphere team’s members for the good time that you offered me 😉

    @+, b@ (en espérant que ce que je dis à un sens lol)

  11. Eclipsis said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 9:31 am

    Neil, the everlasting contest you are talking about already exists… Its name is Chocoku 😉

    PS: Oui, bien sûr, pour les BL !

    b@x, I’ll vote for you for the “best cheerleader of the Team” 😀

  12. pandi merdeka said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 9:39 am

    congratulation… hope we will met again on the next contest 😉

  13. Freddy Hernawan said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 9:58 am

    Congrat to you guys 🙂

  14. wira said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 10:02 am

    Big Master Win.. congrats from Indonesia . plok – plok – plok

  15. b@x said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 10:47 am

    Ohhhh yes, i’d like so much to have the title of “best cheerleadeuse” (for the french touch lol) on the seosphere board ( Is that possible Eclipsis ?

    @+, b@

  16. Pogung177 said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 2:04 pm

    Big applause for SPHERE team. I’m waiting me beat you on next seo contest next year

  17. seocontest2008 | said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 8:54 pm

    The most deserving candidate wins! You have focused on win instead of beating the competition thats what makes you a true winner!

    Congratulations French Seo team for winning this awesome competition.

  18. Ardhi said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 9:05 pm

    Big Suprise!! to Sphere Team…Salute…to the Winner..1000$ is in the house

  19. Niko said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 10:29 pm

    Congratulations guys (and girls :p )

    hope i’ve helped a little bit with my BLs 😉

    Félicitations les gars (et le filles bien sur)

    j’espère vous avoir un peu aidé avec mes BL’s

    à la prochaine / see ya next contest

    Niko Little Star

  20. seoibiza said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 10:34 pm

    congratulations from Ibiza guys, great job. exciting till the end..


  21. Crazy said,

    April 2, 2008 @ 12:14 am

    It was a very good job!

  22. Diije said,

    April 2, 2008 @ 12:20 am

    Bien joué, félicitations 🙂

  23. Harena said,

    April 2, 2008 @ 6:03 am

    Chapeau bas les bleus !

  24. Eclipsis said,

    April 2, 2008 @ 8:40 am

    Done b@x, your title was changed on Seosphere…
    Thanks again to all of you 😉

  25. admin said,

    April 2, 2008 @ 2:55 pm

    Thanks everyone 🙂 and well done too Harena 😉

  26. French tasck force said,

    April 2, 2008 @ 8:18 pm

    Félicitation à nous tous !

    na !

  27. Jahe Gepuk said,

    April 3, 2008 @ 12:12 am

    Congratulation guys, you are the best team ever

  28. zepo said,

    April 3, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

    I don’t know what to say …

    It’s surrealistic … We are the winner that’s so ” cool” ! Heu vi je m’en fais félicitationner la team en français.

    Bravo les gars ça cartonne trop fort !

    ça c’était du contest ma parole !

    ; YEAS YES ouiiiii !

  29. sip said,

    April 4, 2008 @ 3:27 am

    Wow, 100K BL en si peu de temps … (d’après le site explorer de yahoo)
    Bien joué!
    Je vais essayé de voir comment vous avez fait, c’est intéressant.
    Vous remetterez ça l’an prochain ?

  30. gash said,

    April 4, 2008 @ 5:17 am

    bravo pour cette belle exploit!

  31. andrej said,

    April 4, 2008 @ 11:29 am

    Congrats!!! I took part in this contest too, but I gave it up after 2 weeks. 🙂

  32. Resepi said,

    July 18, 2010 @ 11:00 am

    Congrats guys!!

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