Shaastra’s SEO contest is finally done, after all the drama et al. The final results:
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The Google SEO contest has ended! Final positions:
- Atrieecs http://atrieecs.seo.iitm.ac.in
- Saarang http://saarang.iitm.ac.in
- Priva Venkateshan http://priyaven.seo.iitm.ac.in
</from the website>
That’s my name there at number 3 alright, misspelling notwithstanding. Can’t stop grinning.
It’s not just the win. It’s the realization that there’s some sense left in the world. Participating in this contest had me know that you can’t hoodwink GoogleBot in the long run. Yeah, splogging techniques to get your site on top of search results might work for a couple of weeks, but that’s all it takes for the Bot to get wise to your tactics. Any small indication that your site is not for people and is for search engines, and your tactics start working against you. Content and quality are king on GoogleSearch. And that’s why it’s a hit.
Now for the credits… To all the people who gave me pointers on this and linked me up, gave me traffic, more notable of who would be Dad, without whose inputs I would’ve lost enthu, TheG [and what a post that was!], CB, Gautham [was that a nice ad or was that a nice ad], my aunt Uma, Karthik Ram, Tony, Cindy, AJ, Tuhina and my wing-mates Malvika, Shilpi and Pubali.
Thanks a ton, guys!