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Viral Content Buzz – Take Social Media Promotion to the Next Level (For FREE)

Sep 20, 2012   //   by Gerald Weber   //   SEO Blog, Social Media  //  22 Comments

You spend hours researching and writing a great blog post. After editing it several times, you finally hit publish. Shortly after tweeting out a link to it, you notice some of your friends and colleagues sharing the link on Twitter and Facebook. Thanks to this push, readers start coming and you receive several comments on your post. Unfortunately, just as everything seems to be moving in the right direction, it all stops! No more comments, visitors or Tweets. You’ve hit the point where your buzz has completely fizzled out.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to keep the momentum going for posts that you put so much effort into creating? Since myself and everyone else I know within the blogosphere has experienced this problem, I decided to do something about it. With the help of my amazing friend and co-founder Ann Smarty, we created a new social media promotion platform: Viral Content Buzz.

Viral Content Buzz 101

The one sentence summary of this platform is that you can get more social promotion for the great blog posts you write by sharing other people’s great posts through your social media presences. This is done by earning and using credits. You get credits for sharing, and can then use those credits to get your best posts promoted. Keep in mind that all of this is 100% FREE!

In addition to being free, we feel that our focus on quality is what’s going to make VCB incredibly effective for users. Because we want to create the best platform possible for our users, we:

  • Manually review submissions to ensure they meet our quality guidelines
  • Only allow real social media accounts to share (no bots)
  • Reward users who have taken the time to build a strong social media presence with more credits
  • Tailor the posts in your dashboard to your industry and interests

Now that you know what Viral Content Buzz is all about, watch this great video that Ann made so you can see the site in action:

The Start of Something Big

Viral Content Buzz is up and running, so you can go sign up now. While we’ve already got a lot of great features, we’re committed to continuing to build on our solid base. Here are some of the additions you can expect to see in the coming weeks and months:

  • Support for Google Plus, Pinterest and StumbleUpon sharing
  • The addition of a table view layout and the ability to easily switch between both layouts
  • Email notifications of project approvals, rejections or stoppages
  • Click through reports that detail how much traffic came from users’ shares
  • A browser bookmarklet for one-click project additions
  • The ability to see the Wuzzrank (social buzz authority) on existing projects

As always, I want to thank you and all of my readers for your amazing support! Once you sign up and try out Viral Content Buzz, be sure to leave a comment with what you think about it!

Gerald Weber

I founded Search Engine Marketing Group in December 2005. More recently I co-founded viralcontentbuzz.com. which is the free platform that helps bloggers generate REAL "social buzz" on their best content. Feel free to follow me on Google+

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I Just Sent Out My First Ask Gerald Newsletter

Jan 30, 2012   //   by Gerald Weber   //   internet marketing, SEO Blog  //  No Comments

I’m excited to announce that everyone who’s already signed up for my Ask Gerald newsletter should now have the inaugural edition in their inbox. If you haven’t had a chance to sign up yet, it’s not too late to become part of my free newsletter.

The point of the Ask Gerald newsletter is to make it as easy as possible for you to directly ask me questions. While you will continue to see great content on the blog, I wanted to create a place where people feel comfortable asking direct SEO questions. After evaluating several options, I decided a newsletter was by far the best. Not only does this format allow me to answer individual questions, but it makes it possible to share that information with an entire community of people who truly care about SEO.

Once you sign up, don’t forget to send in your SEO questions. Whether you’ve got a question about building links, increasing your social media presence or dominating a local business niche, I want to provide you with answers. So, be sure to send your questions to askgerald at sem-group.net so I can start answering them in the next newsletter!

Sign up now so you don’t miss out on the next Ask Gerald newsletter:

Gerald Weber

I founded Search Engine Marketing Group in December 2005. More recently I co-founded viralcontentbuzz.com. which is the free platform that helps bloggers generate REAL "social buzz" on their best content. Feel free to follow me on Google+

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Who Wants to Win $1,000 in Cash?

Jan 24, 2012   //   by Gerald Weber   //   blogging, Contests, SEO Blog  //  3 Comments

Regular readers probably know the following two things about me:

First, I’m a big fan of guest blogging contests. Not only do I like the fact that they give participants an opportunity to win cash and all kinds of great prizes, but I also think they’re a great opportunity for a writer to be exposed to a new audience. Whether a writer is an active blogger or someone who owns a business, a guest blogging contest can connect them with readers that may have otherwise never known about them.

Second, I recently launched MySEOCommunity.com. Because it brings together everything that I’ve been working on for the past few years, I view it as “my baby.” Although I’m well aware that it’s not the Internet’s first SEO community, I think that it has several features that set it apart from the rest. You can read about the community’s unique features on its About page.

As a result of my love of guest blogging contests and the launch of MySEOCommunity, it’s only logical that we’re celebrating the launch of the site with a new guest blogging contest:

The Mad SEO Scientist Guest Blogging Contest – Grand Prize $1000. Cash!

2012 SEO Guest Blogging Contest

Since a great SEO guest blogging contest has to feature a great 1st prize, the maddest SEO scientist in this contest gets $1,000 in cash and a lifetime premium membership to MyBlogGuest.

If you check out the official announcement, you will see that the prizes for the contest’s other winners aren’t too shabby. In fact, this contest has over $2,000 in total cash prizes, as well as some other awesome goodies from all of our sponsors!

If you’ve participated in any of our other guest blogging contests, you know there are two parts to the recipe for success:

-Write a killer post
-Promote the heck out of it and interact with the post’s audience

Since the new site is all about community, we’re really emphasizing the social aspect of this contest. So, not only will you want to Tweet your post out once it’s published, but you will want to engage with everyone who leaves a comment on it. Additionally, if readers start discussing it on channels like Google +, be sure to interact with them there as well.

The deadline for this contest is March 5th, so it’s time for you to head to your lab and start cooking up an amazing post!

And a huge thanks to all of the sponsors who made this contest possible:

$1000. Sponsors

Next Digital is Asia/Pacific’s largest full-service digital agency. They specialise in creative, marketing, strategy and technology, leading the new digital age to discover what’s next! Digital Marketing

$150. Sponsors


Google AdWords

WordStream, provider of ppc software and a better Google Keyword tool

Search Engine Marketing Group SEO Link Building services

$100. Sponsors

Julie Joyce www.LinkFishMedia.com

Doc Sheldon The Clinic

Create amazing blog using our Awesome Thesis Child Themes

web design company

A professional website design copmany Helping you create a unique brand image

ShellShock UK Content Strategy Link Building aka Content Marketing

Ash Buckles www.SEO.com

$50. Sponsors

Brian Waraksa Houston Internet marketing

Jacob Share Group Writing Projects

Ajeet Khurana About the Web

The people at Top Web Design Schools, a directory of web related college programs

Customer Paradigm Magento Developers

BestGardenGifts.com Best Garden Gifts

HotTubVariety.com Hot Tub Reviews

EarthCareGreenhouses.com Wholesale Greenhouses

GoGardenGuides.com Home & Garden Social Bookmarking

USA Greenhouse Store Greenhouses

Bob Jones Perth SEO

NewsPuff.com News Puff

MiniGreenhouseKits.com Commercial Greenhouses Supplies

OurCrazyDeals.com Our Crazy Deals

www.Zoomit.com Canadian News

David Leonhardt SEO Ottawa

John McElborough SEO Agency

Contest Media Partners

www.Blokube.com

www.famousbloggers.net

Contest Media Partner Blogengage

Free Blogengage Account $29.95 Value blogengage.com

Ana Hoffman www.TrafficGenerationCafe.com/

Non-cash SEO Prizes

David Harry A full years membership at SEO Dojo, a value of $250.SEO Training Dojo

Lifetime membership to: My Blog Guest. MyBlogGuest.com is the free guest post exchange community where users meet to exchange guest posts and network.

Link-Assistant.Com SEO PowerSuite Enterprise (max. functionality license) SEO tools

SEMrush.com – the best tool to spy on your competitors ($210 value) www.semrush.com

WebSEOAnalytics.com 1 Year subscription to their Professonal SEO tools

www.Hostgator.com 1 Year Business web hosting

Gerald Weber

I founded Search Engine Marketing Group in December 2005. More recently I co-founded viralcontentbuzz.com. which is the free platform that helps bloggers generate REAL "social buzz" on their best content. Feel free to follow me on Google+

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Publish Free Content and Win $1000 – MyBlogGuest Articles Gallery Contest

Jan 3, 2012   //   by Gerald Weber   //   Contests, SEO Blog  //  3 Comments

How would you like to win $1000 for publishing a guest post on your blog?

No, that wasn’t a typo; you don’t even have to write a post to win $1000!

MyBlogGuest Contest

While this is the first big blogging contest of 2012, it’s the coolest and simplest contest I’ve seen in a long time. Instead of wearing yourself out by trying to put together the perfect post, you can let the platform do the work for you.

So, what’s the catch? There’s not one. MyBlogGuest is an awesome site that’s holding an awesome contest. In case you haven’t had a chance to check them out before, MyBlogGuest connects bloggers with people who want to write guest posts. Instead of spending time sending out cold emails, MBG provides a thriving community of people who already want this content. What’s neat about MBG is you can benefit from both writing guest posts and accepting guest posts from others.

$1000 Contest Details

This contest is centered around a specific feature of MBG, which is the Articles Gallery. Here’s a quick video that shows how easy it is to use the Articles Gallery to find awesome free content to publish on your blog:

Yup, MBG really does make it that easy to find great content that’s 100% free. While you can use MBG all year long, for this contest you will want to publish your guest post anytime between now and February 15th; the contest itself officially ends on February 20th. Keep in mind that the earlier you put your post up, the more time you will have to promote it to your audience.

To participate in this contest, head over to MyBlogGuest to sign up for free. All you need is a PR2+ blog, Twitter & Facebook count buttons installed at the post level and a commenting system that doesn’t require registration.

The winner will be determined by a combination of Tweets, Facebook Likes, comments and how engaged you are with the post & the MBG community.

You can check out the 3 rules on the original announcement, but they’re nothing overly strict. Instead, they just boil down to don’t be a cheater!

Ann Smarty has done an awesome job with MyBlogGuest and this contest, so I’m pumped to see the posts you all enter!

Leave a comment with a link to the post you enter into the contest:

Gerald Weber

I founded Search Engine Marketing Group in December 2005. More recently I co-founded viralcontentbuzz.com. which is the free platform that helps bloggers generate REAL "social buzz" on their best content. Feel free to follow me on Google+

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F*$# You! Pay Me – How to Handle Clients who Refuse to Pay

Nov 4, 2011   //   by Gerald Weber   //   SEO Blog  //  15 Comments

If you are an entrepreneur who has been in business for more than a few years, you’ve likely encountered a situation where a client made the payment process painfully slow or didn’t pay at all.

Although this has only happened to me a couple of times during the last six years, a recent experience made it clear that this issue is still a big problem.

Before I give my perspective, I want to share opinions and insights from some of my good friends who are also entrepreneurs. Their specialties range from SEO to web design to copywriting:

If They Want You, They Should Pay Upfront

“I have had various clients throughout my 6-year career but honestly I have never had anyone fail to pay. In the majority of cases, I charge upfront. This way I am 100% secured. Sometimes I do allow paying for the completed order — but only when if I know the client personally, have good recommendations or have worked for them for some time already to build some trust.??It’s not that I am being too cautious. Most clients find me and want me to work for them (not vice versa), so they are glad to pay upfront.??However I can imagine the situation when the client won’t pay (for any reasons). It may depend on the project size but in most cases, I’d let it go, I think. It’s not my style to threaten or beg. I know it may be wrong but that’s how I work!”

-Ann Smarty

from MyBlogGuest (a guest blogging community)

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Get the Details in Writing

  1. “A detailed breakdown of exactly what each party will be contributing to the project?
  2. Deadlines by which things will be completed?
  3. Signatures from both of you with the date??

Also, in the contract make sure to put a clause stating where jurisdiction will fall if the client fails to pay for the completed work. You ideally want the jurisdiction to fall in the city and state where you are personally located, so the client will have to come to you if there is a problem or dispute over money and being paid.”

-Scott Bradley

from Simple Weight Loss

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You Deserve to Get Paid, So Be Persistent

“1. Have clients make 3 payments (50%, 25%, and the final payment). Getting them to pay more frequently helps you with your cash flow and it helps the client re-commit half way through the project. If they decide not to pay after you have collected 75% of the project it’s much better than not getting paid at all.

2. Bill clients in full if the project is less than a minimum that you set for yourself and your clients. For example if a project is less than $1,000 we like to have the project paid in full if the client agrees to it.

3. If they won’t pay… Be a pest. Call them, email them, show up at their office. Stalk them if you have to… Be annoying until they have to go borrow the money or get a part-time job to pay you… just don’t give up and let them get over on you.

4. Never, never, never, turn over finalized files to a client before they pay you in full.”

-Brian Waraksa

from Raxa Design

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Avoid Troublesome Clients By Going with Your Gut

“Don’t let yourself be wooed by empty promises and big dollar signs, and always trust your instincts. I once had a client who was routinely very late on making payments, but every time I tried to end our relationship, he promised that it’d never happen again and he’d entice me by offering to pay more for my services. Of course, I had to keep chasing him down for payments every time, and I finally realized that I should have trusted my gut from the beginning and let him go as a client long ago. I would have saved myself a lot of unnecessary stress.”

-Eric Brantner,

Copywriter

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A Smaller Payment is Better than $0

“In my experience, I always try to charge upfront, however that is not always possible, especially with larger organizations that have to submit invoices to an account department. So another option is to get a 1 months deposit upfront, so in case they don’t pay on-time, you can lean on that deposit to cover the internal costs for performing the work.

Another idea, that I am not particularly fond of but know of my companies that do this, is removing all of the on-page optimization that was done on the site. This will get your clients attention and realize that you are serious about timely payments.”

-Mark Thompson

from StayOnSearch

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Tip from Smashing Magazine

I also think this tip from Smashing Magazine is quite interesting for web designers:

“Another route that some freelance Web developers opt for when they design websites for clients is to install a kind of CSS fail-safe, in order to have leverage if payment disputes come up. CSS Killswitch is a freelance coder’s dream come true. By simply linking to an external CSS style sheet, which can be activated with the simple click of a button, you can black out a website if the client refuses to pay — even if they have changed the password and locked you out of the back end, which is the only circumstance under which this should be done.”

My Thoughts

I protect myself in two ways. First, I normally wait for payment in full before I start any work. Second, because I charge a setup and monthly fee, I’m usually paid a month in advance.

If this type of billing isn’t possible for you, try to get a full or partial payment in advance. Never start any work on a project if all you’re getting is “the check is in the mail” promise!

What to Do When You Don’t Get Your Payment in Full and the Client is Either Late or Refusing to Pay

First, let the client know you aren’t going to just forget about their bill and that you fully intend to collect. They may be avoiding payment as a test to see if they can get away with it. Solving the problem may be as simple as you letting them know you’re not going to forget about their bill.

Unfortunately, it’s not always going to be this easy, so you may have to take a few extra steps. In addition to calls and emails, you can use a service like Fresh Books to send them an invoice by snail mail, email or both. Because receiving an invoice in the mail makes it more tangible, this can be the nudge a client needs to make their payment.

Get a Contract in Writing

No matter what, the most important thing you can do is to have a signed contract in place. There may be times when you feel comfortable with someone and think, “Oh, I know Joe and he’s a reliable guy.” Unfortunately, this thought isn’t going to help you when Joe keeps “forgetting” about paying you. If a job is for more money than you are willing to not collect on, you need a written contract.

If you have your agreement in writing, you can always take legal or collection action against the client if it’s enough money to warrant the time and hassle. If the amount is less than $5000, it only costs around $50 to file a small claims lawsuit Hopefully, after the client sees you are not simply going to forget about their bill, they will do the right thing and pay up.

And now in the spirit of this post, a short clip from the classic movie Goodfellas…

Note:This video is NSFW and contains four letters words.

Have you ever had a client not pay on time or completely refuse to pay? How did you handle the situation? Let us know in the comments!

Gerald Weber

I founded Search Engine Marketing Group in December 2005. More recently I co-founded viralcontentbuzz.com. which is the free platform that helps bloggers generate REAL "social buzz" on their best content. Feel free to follow me on Google+

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Announcing the 2nd Annual Bad Ass SEO Guest Blogging Contest Winners

Nov 3, 2011   //   by Gerald Weber   //   blogging, Contests, SEO Blog  //  21 Comments

Wow! I have to say that this year’s Bad Ass SEO Guest Blogging Contest REALLY lived up to its name. Not only was the sponsorship level greater this year (a whopping $2700 in cash), but the talent level took a big leap forward as well. I am honored to have so much talent on my blog!

Now, without further ado, the moment you have all been waiting for. The winners are:

1st Place – $1000 + a Lifetime Premium Membership to MyBlogGuest.com:

How to Optimize 7 Popular Social Media Profiles for SEO by Kristi Hines

2nd Place – $500 + 1 Year Membership to The SEO Training Dojo:

Come on People, Your Attitude to Guest Blogging Is Killing Me! by James Cave

3rd Place – $350 + Link-Assistant.Com SEO PowerSuite Enterprise License:

But I Don’t Have Enough Klout: How To Be Good At Social Media By Not Being A Jerk by Colette Bennett

4th Place – $250 + 3 Month Subscription to SEMRush.com:

Have You Claimed Your Local Business Listing on These 21 Sites? by Kaila Strong

5th Place – $225:

Using JavaScript to Hide Content: Advanced White Hat SEO? by Darren Slatten

6th Place – $125:

The Seven Secret Steps to Irresistible Blog Posts by Andrew Nattan

7th Place – $100:

Panda, Panda, Panda by Amanda King $100

8th Place – $75

Secret 4 Step Affiliate System by Ben Jackson

9th Place – $75

Social Media Suffocation: Why I’ve Had Enough Of Networking Online by Lewis Austin

Now for a brief explanation of how we can up with our winners:

We had 4 independent judges who scored each post on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best). The judging factors included style, creativity and usefulness. We then averaged the scores from all 4 judges. You can click here to see the Excel spreadsheet with the scoring.

This year, Kristi absolutely dominated the top spot! Not only was her guest post published on Sphinn and mentioned in SEOMoz’s newsletter, but it has received:

20,892 Views
1000 Facebook Likes
1498 Tweets
224 Google Pluses
Over 200 Comments

Places 2 and 3 were also clear winners. However, places 4 through 8 all tied with each other. As a result, we had to use social engagement factors to determine those winners.

The way our social engagement scoring works is 1 point for each tweet, +1, Facebook Like, Stumble or comment. Also, we looked at social engagement on blokube and blogengage. Additionally, we didn’t count meaningless or ambiguous comments like “Great post thanks.” By calculating these totals, we were able to determine who won spots 4 through 8.

Everyone who won, please email me your Paypal email at gweber at sem-group dot net so I can hook you up with your cashola and non-cash prizes!

Once again, I want to thank all the sponsors, contestants and judges who donated their time. Without all of your help, this contest wouldn’t be possible. You all rock!

We’ll see you all next year when the donkey starts misbehaving again!

Gerald Weber

I founded Search Engine Marketing Group in December 2005. More recently I co-founded viralcontentbuzz.com. which is the free platform that helps bloggers generate REAL "social buzz" on their best content. Feel free to follow me on Google+

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Bad Ass SEO Guest Blogging Contest Update

Sep 13, 2011   //   by Gerald Weber   //   blogging, Contests, SEO Blog  //  6 Comments

This post is meant to simply update you on a couple of things regarding the contest. However if you are interested in participating in this contest please be sure to read the official Bad Ass SEO Guest Blogging contest post for complete details on rules etc.

The first change is the due date to submit your post. This has been changed to October 12, 2011. We did this because last week was pretty much spent generating sponsors and awareness and we really didn’t get any contest entries last week.

OK now for the awesome news. Since we had such great sponsorship participation we are able to offer some really nice prizes. We have structures this in such a manner that if you really kick ass, you can really WIN BIG. But even if you do really well you can still win some nice loot and other non cash SEO related prizes.

With no further ado… here’s what you can win!

  • 1st place: $1000. Cash + a Lifetime “PREMIUM membership” to MyBlogGuest.com
  • 2nd place: $500. Cash + a full years membership at The SEO training Dojo.
  • 3rd Place: $350. cash + Link-Assistant.Com SEO PowerSuite Enterprise (max. functionality license)
  • 4th Place: $250. cash + 3 month subscription to SEMRush.com
  • 5th place: $175. cash + 3 month subscription to Raven Internet marketing tools
  • 6th Place: $100. cash
  • 7th place: $75. cash
  • 8th place: $50. cash
  • 9th place: $50. cash

Keep in mind these numbers could get bigger depending on how many new sponsors we get, however they won’t get any smaller! :-)

Now check out all the kick ass sponsors that made all these prizes possible!

Contest Media Partner

Contest Media Partner Blogengage

$500 Sponsors

RankPop.com Affordable SEO

$300 Sponsors

linkvana contest banner

Daniel McGonagle Link Building

SEO-Peace.com Professional link building SEO Company

$150 Sponsors

Thesis Skins

Hesham Zebida Thesis Skins

$100 Sponsors

Simple Weight Loss Tips

Scott Bradley Simple Weight Loss Tips For Entrepreneurs

Milan Matchev Health Directory

JobMob Job Search Tips

Jacob Share JobMob Job Search Tips

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Ileane Smith Blogging Tips

Search Engine Marketing Group Logo

Search Engine Marketing Group

SEO Workers Logo

John Britsios www.SEOWorkers.com

Magento Developer

Doc Sheldon’s Clinic Critical Thinking for the Discerning SEO

$50 Sponsors

Vertical Measures Internet Marketing Services

Whitney Michael Segura Greenhouses for Sale

Butch Segura Wholesale Greenhouses by EarthCare

Whitney “WeedyP” Segura Internet Marketing Blog by Whitney Segura

Ernest Segura Greenhouse Supplies @ OurCrazyDeals.com

Raxa Design Houston Internet marketing

Ana Hoffman – Traffic Generation Cafe Web Traffic

James Brown James Brown

Anwar Barake Wholesale Herbal Incense

Understand Technology with TechFume

The Tech Blog TechnoZeast

Wilderness Aware Rafting Colorado White Water Rafting

Sales Nexus online CRM

SEO Prize Sponsors

The SEO Training Dojo

David Harry A full years membership at SEO Dojo, a value of $250.SEO Training Dojo

Lifetime membership to: My Blog Guest. MyBlogGuest.com is the free guest post exchange community where users meet to exchange guest posts and network.

Link-Assistant.Com SEO PowerSuite Enterprise (max. functionality license) SEO tools

SEMrush.com – the best tool to spy on your competitors ($210 value) www.semrush.com

3 month Pro subscription to Raven Internet Marketing Tools ($297 value) Raven Internet Marketing Tools

That’s all the contest updates for now. If there is anything significant worth knowing at any point in the contest I will be posting additional updates to keep everyone informed.

Gerald Weber

I founded Search Engine Marketing Group in December 2005. More recently I co-founded viralcontentbuzz.com. which is the free platform that helps bloggers generate REAL "social buzz" on their best content. Feel free to follow me on Google+

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The 2nd Annual Bad Ass SEO Guest Blogging Contest Is Here!

Sep 7, 2011   //   by Gerald Weber   //   blogging, Contests, SEO Blog  //  39 Comments

It’s time for the 2nd Annual Bad Ass SEO Guest Blogging Contest!

This year’s Donkeys Behaving Badly event is being held In partnership with Blogengage.com. If you would like a free Blogengage account (normally $29.99 but free for contestants, simply email admin@blogengage dot com with your desired username: and e-mail and your contest entry URL and Brian will hook you up with a FREE account) so you’ll be able to reply to comments you receive (see contest rules below). Blogengage will automatically syndicate your contest entries into the Blog Engage community and their portfolio of social media websites such as Blog Serp, Top Blogged, RSS Leak, Blogger Ink, Tag Serp and Blogger Tag.

Also all contest entries will be automatically submitted to blokube.com Blokube is another up and coming social voting community for bloggers and it’s free to join, so go ahead and register on blokube.com if you want to keep up with your submission there. Keep in mind social engagement at both blokube and blogengage will count towards your social engagement score. Again social engagement is a metric we use to settle any tie breakers in this contest.

What is the Bad Ass SEO Guest Blogging Contest?

It’s that time of the year when the donkey starts misbehaving. All joking aside, the contest is (now) an annual contest for SEOs and Internet marketers to showcase their awesome guest blogging skills.

The contest will start today (9/12/11) and last until October 12th, 2011. Acceptable guest post topics include anything related to SEO, Internet marketing or social media Uses of Facebook etc. Although we may extend the publishing duration of the contest to get all the entries published, we will stop accepting entries 30 days from today. Email your contest entries to gweber at sem-group.net, please include any images you would like to use as well as any image credit (if applicable)

What’s In It for Me?

  • Cold Hard Cash
  • Very Cool SEO Related Prizes
  • Increased Exposure for Your Content
  • The Potential for More RSS Subscribers
  • Networking with Other Like Minded Individuals
  • Did I Mention Cash?

What Exactly Can I Win?

  • 1st place: $1000. Cash + a Lifetime “PREMIUM membership” to MyBlogGuest.com
  • 2nd place: $500. Cash + a full years membership at The SEO training Dojo.
  • 3rd Place: $350. cash + Link-Assistant.Com SEO PowerSuite Enterprise (max. functionality license)
  • 4th Place: $250. cash + 3 month subscription to SEMRush.com
  • 5th place: $175. cash + 3 month subscription to Raven Internet marketing tools
  • 6th Place: $100. cash
  • 7th place: $75. cash
  • 8th place: $50. cash
  • 9th place: $50. cash

Now check out all the awesome sponsors that made all these prizes possible!

Contest Media Partner

Contest Media Partner Blogengage

$500 Sponsors

RankPop.com Affordable SEO

$300 Sponsors

linkvana contest banner

Daniel McGonagle Link Building

SEO-Peace.com Professional link building SEO Company

$150 Sponsors

Thesis Skins

Hesham Zebida Thesis Skins

$100 Sponsors

Simple Weight Loss Tips

Scott Bradley Simple Weight Loss Tips For Entrepreneurs

Milan Matchev Health Directory

JobMob Job Search Tips

Jacob Share JobMob Job Search Tips

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Ileane Smith Blogging Tips

Search Engine Marketing Group Logo

Search Engine Marketing Group

SEO Workers Logo

John Britsios www.SEOWorkers.com

Magento Developer

Doc Sheldon’s Clinic Critical Thinking for the Discerning SEO

$50 Sponsors

Vertical Measures Internet Marketing Services

Whitney Michael Segura Greenhouses for Sale

Butch Segura Wholesale Greenhouses by EarthCare

Whitney “WeedyP” Segura Internet Marketing Blog by Whitney Segura

Ernest Segura Greenhouse Supplies @ OurCrazyDeals.com

Raxa Design Houston Internet marketing

Ana Hoffman – Traffic Generation Cafe Web Traffic

James Brown James Brown

Anwar Barake Wholesale Herbal Incense

Understand Technology with TechFume

The Tech Blog TechnoZeast

Wilderness Aware Rafting Colorado White Water Rafting

Sales Nexus online CRM

SEO Prize Sponsors

The SEO Training Dojo

David Harry A full years membership at SEO Dojo, a value of $250.SEO Training Dojo

Lifetime membership to: My Blog Guest. MyBlogGuest.com is the free guest post exchange community where users meet to exchange guest posts and network.

Link-Assistant.Com SEO PowerSuite Enterprise (max. functionality license) SEO tools

SEMrush.com – the best tool to spy on your competitors ($210 value) www.semrush.com

3 month Pro subscription to Raven Internet Marketing Tools ($297 value) Raven Internet Marketing Tools

What are the Rules?

  • Register for a SEM Group user account so you can submit your post for review. Please fill out all of your profile information. If you don’t have a Gravatar, please get one. You may have up to 3 links in your bio. If you have already published a guest post on this blog, there is no need to reregister. If you’re in this situation but aren’t sure about your login, just send me an email and I’ll let you know your existing login information.
  • You must submit your post by October 12th, 2011.
  • Your post must be original content that you personally wrote.
  • You must have a paypal account (as that is how we will be paying the winners cash)
  • On the day your post is published, you must write a post on your blog about the contest that contains a link to the official contest post and links to all of the sponsors. Click here for a pre-formatted text document of the contest sponsors. It’s ok if you hotlink the image from my server.

Post Guidelines

  • Guest posts must be at least 500 words. While they can be as reasonably long as you’d like, please don’t write a book! Please take a moment to review our guest posting guidelines
  • You can have as many links as you wish in the body of your content (Please keep this within reason). However, please limit links to your projects or websites to your bio. No affiliate links!
  • Your bio must have a Gravatar. Please use a picture of yourself, as opposed to a logo.
  • Keep your post relevant to the overall theme of this blog. SEO, link building, Internet marketing, PPC, social media and blogging tips are all acceptable topics.

How Can I Win?

  • Write a promotional post about the contest to help spread the word in the blogosphere.
  • Add Sponsors’ links to your promotional post. The sponsors are the ones making the cash prizes possible, so please show them some love!
  • Your contest submission will be judged first and foremost on the quality and style of your content. Usefulness etc
  • A high value is placed on the number and quality of comments you receive on your guest post. Be sure to interact with and respond to your commentators, because this will help you win in the event of a tie breaker. Keep in mind that ambiguous and/or spammy comments will not help you.
  • Spread the word about your post through all of your social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Sphinn etc). A high value will be placed on your entry’s number of Tweets and overall social media promotion.This will help you win in the event of a tiebreaker! (We had about 3 tie breakers last year so social engagement REALLY can help you win. Also keep in mind the social engagement (comments, tweets etc) for your post on Blogengage also count towards your overall social engagement score!
  • Keep in mind that the sooner you submit your post, the more time you’ll have to promote it. The contest early bird will likely get the worm!
  • Feel free to use the donkey image in your post.

    Special Thanks

    A few of my friends, who are also sponsors, went WAY above and beyond to help me promote this contest:

    Ann Smarty, Ana Hoffman, David Harry, Brian Belfitt – These friends all helped out by mentioning the contest in their newsletters, putting contest banners on their sites/blogs and allowing me to write blog posts about the contest on their web properties. I REALLY appreciate you guys & gals!

    If you have any questions about the contest feel free to contact me directly. I’m searchengineguy on skype and thegman on Blogengage and of course @the_gman on Twitter. You can also email me at gweber@sem-group.net

    Release the donkey! Let the games begin!

Gerald Weber

I founded Search Engine Marketing Group in December 2005. More recently I co-founded viralcontentbuzz.com. which is the free platform that helps bloggers generate REAL "social buzz" on their best content. Feel free to follow me on Google+

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Feliz Navidad Prospero Ano Y Felicidad

Dec 1, 2010   //   by Gerald Weber   //   SEO Blog  //  4 Comments

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving, and… Well it’s that time of year again. For those of you that have known me for a little while know I usually like to do something special around the holidays. However this year I am a bit busy doing client work so I won’t have time to dance with Santa’s elves in the north pole.

Last year I actually got a bit of flack for the “Christmas tree axe murder incident”. So this year there will be none of that.

Instead I’d like to simply (from my family to yours) wish you a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. Cheers! :-)

Gerald Weber

I founded Search Engine Marketing Group in December 2005. More recently I co-founded viralcontentbuzz.com. which is the free platform that helps bloggers generate REAL "social buzz" on their best content. Feel free to follow me on Google+

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Do You Like the New Twitter? Reader Participation Post

Oct 16, 2010   //   by Gerald Weber   //   SEO Blog  //  5 Comments

I admittedly haven’t used it much, but I am a little turned off by the layout. I guess I’m ultimately undecided but my first impression is that this is a mistake. Like when Twitter changed RTs.

What do you think?? Do you love it? Hate it?

Cast your opinion in the reader poll and let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment.


Gerald Weber

I founded Search Engine Marketing Group in December 2005. More recently I co-founded viralcontentbuzz.com. which is the free platform that helps bloggers generate REAL "social buzz" on their best content. Feel free to follow me on Google+

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