V7ndotcom Elursrebmem Competition
If you have read the previous post in this SEO story you will have read how I took part in a number of SEO Competitions in 2003 – 2004 so when the V7ndotcom Elursrebmem competition was announced I thought I would have a go at that one too.
The V7ndotcom Elursrebmem Competition was organised by John Scott of V7N network primarily though the V7N Webmaster Forum.
It was called the V7ndotcom Elursrebmem competition because Elursrebmem is Members Rule backwards – It was effectively V7N.com Members Rule
V7ndotcom Elursrebmem Put me off SEO
Where previously the SERPS competition had been poorly organised and ended in a fizzle but was fun, The Nigritude Ultramarine competition had been organised well and was also fun, the Mangeur de Cigogne competition had been pure fun, the V7ndotcom Elursrebmem competition was different.
There appeared to be a lot more arrogance, it appeared a lot less friendly and a lot more grey or even black hat SEO going on.
In the previous competitions I had built up numerous friendships with fellow competitors and although they were competitions there was never really any hostility (apart from a few squabbles during the Serps competition on Alt.Internet.Search-Engines)
The only real new friendship I made during the V7ndotcom Elursrebmem competition was with Alek Komarnitsky from komar.org who you may know better as The Hulkster, the lawnmower guy or the Crazy Christmas Lights Guy (more about this later).
Sites were being hijacked, lots of cloaking was going on but the worst thing was the spamming and link dropping – especially wiki spamming and comment spamming.
My initial tactics were similar to Nigritude Ultramarie in that I was going to keep a running diary of what I was doing and what I could see was going on.
Amazingly some of these pages are still up on another old site of mine – http://www.sim64.com/v7ndotcom-elursrebmem.html and I still even have the old resources page still live at V7ndotcom Elursrebmem Resources
My V7ndotcom Elursrebmem Diary Fizzled Out
I kept my V7ndotcom Elursrebmem Diary going for 2 or 3 weeks but was beginning to lose the enthusiasm for SEO competitions, the fun wasn’t really in it anymore so I went back to running more experiments on sim64.co.uk and then came the Google -30 Penalty
The SEO Story continues here – The Google Minus 30 Penalty – Google -30 Penalty