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Mangeur de Cigogne SEO Competition 19 years On

14/6/2023 Another little update to my Mangeur de Cigogne page :-)

It's 19 years on Thursday 15th June since the end of the Mangeur de Cigogne SEO Competition and Little TJ is 19 on Friday 16th

Not much has changed since my last update in 2021, I'm still playing around with SEO and treating it as a hobby, my biggest problem though is I get so easily distracted and tend to start things and never finish them.

Work wise, my directory UK Small Business Directory is still ticking over, my original Wheelchair Ramps site is still going, despite the fact I no longer really sell them anymore, I have 20 or 30 little sites scattered around that I experiment with and I have about 10 local clients who I tend to just help out on an ad-hoc basis.

As for me personally, I've been cancer free for 4 years now, maintained my weight at a health basis after fluctuating from 16 1/2 stone to 10 stone in 12 months I'm now at a comfortable 12 1/2 stone.

I'm still spending far too much time on forums, Twitter and setting up little test sites for SEO

Although I took part in the SEO Hero competition a few years ago I haven't bothered joing in with any other SEO activities, networking, discussions, etc. but do occasionally lurk at different places.

What was the Mangeur de Cigogne Competition

I'm not going to bother writing anymore about the Mangeur de Cigogne Competition as you can find it in older updates lower down this page, but I will probably do a better write up in 12 months time on the 20th anniversary of Mangeur de Cigogne - Watch this space :-)

If you would like to say hello or post a comment see the Wordpress post here -

Mangeur de Cigogne SEO Competition 17 years On

Was the Mangeur de Cigogne SEO Competition really 17 years ago this week?

A lot of changes in TJ’s life since Mangeur de Cigogne is still ticking over, my directory site UK Small Business Directory still generates enough traffic and new listing so that I don't really have to work.

I rarely do any affiliate work anymore as you just can't trust a lot of merchants.

I'm cancer free after a jaw cancer scare in 2018 which resulted in major surgery to remove half my jaw, rebuilt it with a bone from my leg and 33 sessions of radiotherapy and 2 of chemo - TJ's Terry Simmonds Head and Neck Cancer Blog

Little TJ is 17 just after Midnight (which is one of the reasons why I always remember Mangeur De Cigogne Day )

Hope all other Mangeur De Cigogne competitors are well

Salut TJ - 🙂

Mangeur de Cigogne SEO Competition 16 years On

Was the Mangeur de Cigogne SEO Competition really 16 years ago this week?

A lot of changes in TJ’s life since Mangeur de Cigogne

Mangeur de Cigogne 15th June 2004

I went from all working all hours in all weathers in the construction industry to sitting here in my nice warm office looking out of the window, cup of tea in hand, writing silly littlr blog articles and generally loafing around on the Internet 🙂

Biggest concern ton this anniversary of Mangeur de Cigogne is not battling the Google Gods but trying to decide what to buy little TJ who was born 30 minutes late at 00:30 on June 16th 2004 – the day after Mangeur de Cigogne Day

I actually missed the end of the Mangeur de Cigogne as I was in Warwick Hospital holding my wife’s hand urging her to get him out before midnight 🙂

Talking of hospitals I spent a lot of last year at UHCW having cancer treatment which you can read about here – My Head and Neck Cancer Blog

Happy to say I was declared Cancer free in April this year

After the Mangeur de Cigogne ended I spent a number of years doing affiliate work, made a killing on AdSense and started running a Free Business Directory for UK businesses.

As you can see my website deigns haven’t improved much since the early Sim64 days but the directory earns enough so I don’t have to worry about working again.

Would love to hear how other Mangeur de Cigogne competitors are getting on

More info on Mangeur de Cigogne below

Mangeur de Cigogne French SEO Competition

Mangeur de Cigogne was an early SEO Contest where the aim of the game was to see who could rank highest for Mangeur de Cigogne within a 2 month period.

Mangeur de Cigogne SEO Competition 12 years on

Was it really over 12 years ago when the Mangeur de Cigogne SEO Competition Started?

The Mangeur de Cigogne competion was a fun French SEO competition where the aim was to see who could rank highest for the phrases Mangeur de Cigogne within 2 months.

Contest Rules translated from

To participate positioning and referencing.

- Optimize a web page for the query Mangeur de Cigogne - Declare your participation and the URL of your page on the mailing-list contest before 15 April 2004.

Are there other rules?
No, no :-) Clearly, anything goes!

Everyone will deploy his talents and SEO knowledge of the way that it deems appropriate. The competition is open to both pros and amateurs. Participation is individual, but you can if you want to represent a company.

The sole arbiter of the contest will be Google will decide which participants of the position that they will get in its results pages.

The winner, and thus better SEO of France and of the universe, will be one of us who will get the better position in Google.

The results will be assessed and made public at the June 15, 2004, two months after the registration deadline.

Good luck and have fun!


Sim64 (TJ) was one of the few English entries and despite the language barrier made some good friends.

The phrase mangeur de cigogne (“Stork eater” in English) was chosen and the timeframe was 2 months and ended on 15th June 2004

My memory is a little rusty but I seem to remember the finishing order was;
  1. Jan – Actulab
  2. Jerome - NoName
  3. Laurent - Thickparasite

Mangeur de cicogne

Image courtesy of NoName

As the name suggests, Mangeur de Cigogne was a French Search engine optimisation competition organised by promoweb

List of participants here:

The others I remember; apologies to anyone I have missed.

How do I remember the day so well? I missed the last few hours because I was in the maternity ward holding my wifes hand as little TJ was born :o

Hope all competitors are well and still doing battles with Google ;o)

TJ Sim64 Serps
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