It's 2009 and we haven't seen a really great SEO contest in the last few years. Meanwhile, Google has not slowed down the pace of algorithm changes.

Google uses over 200 factors to determine the order of their search engine results and makes over 300 changes to their algorithm every year.

It's pretty obvious that no one, inside or outside of Google, really truly understands the ranking algorithm.

So, let's do some testing!

Net Builders SEO Contest Rules

Goal: To win, you must place first, second, or third in Google's organic SERPs for the targeted keywords. Indented listing do not count -- each domain can win only one prize.

Start Date: 15 March, 2009

Finish Date: 15 August, 2009 - High Noon GMT

First Place: $1,000
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $250
Contest Entry

To enter the contest, you must post the domain you are entering into the contest in a message here at NetBuilders.

Determination of Winners

I will determine the official winners by using a manual search to As Google returns different results from different data centers and to different searchers, the results you see may not be the results that I see.

Targeted Keywords: The targeted keywords for our contest are "sulumits retsambew" (without the quotes)


  • Chris Ridings for inventing the concept of an SEO contest.
  • John Scott for popularizing the idea and running probably the best SEO contest ever.
  • Mike Dammann for kicking me until I finally ran this contest.