Google SEO Contest Creates Controversy, Bigger Stakes

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A Google search engine optimization contest has created a storm within Internet marketing circles.

A Google search engine optimization contest organized by respected SEO industry commentator John Scott has created a storm within Internet marketing circles that has competing search engine optimization professionals in a rush to jump aboard the bandwagon.

John Scott, editor and administrator of, announced the contest on December 20th, with a $1,000 grand prize. Soon afterwards Greg Boser, a web page optimizer, announced a $1,000 reward for not playing by v7n rules. Two of Greg Boser’s friends – Mike Grehan and Todd Friesen - then contributed to the reward pot, bringing the anti-contest grand prize to $3,000.

Many in the SEO community were outraged by what they saw as an attack on the popular v7n community, and John Scott in particular. The blogging community rallied and added $3,000 plus an iPod to the v7n contest, putting the total at $7,000 and an iPod for the grand prize winner, with smaller cash amounts to those who place 2nd through 5th.

Among those contributing to the pot are Bruce Stone of and blogger Jeremy Schoemaker (, President of ShoeMoney Media.

Already the contest has become the hottest topic in the web community and with possibly hundreds of bloggers gearing up to take part it could be the biggest community event seen since the “Nigritude Ultramarine” contest of 2003.

About v7n

V7N is a leading web development community with over 8,000 registered users and thousands of unique visitors daily. The V7N site offers webmasters a job board, a scripts directory and one of the most active forum communities on the Internet.

The V7N SEO forum is widely regarded as the most reliable source of news and information on search engine optimization and Internet marketing.

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