I only started learning about the basics of SEO when I joined the Bayanihan SEO contest. But when I attended the SEO Philippines Christmas Gathering last Saturday, I have learned more:
- new SEO tactics using databases and IP addresses
- domaineering and Adsense for Domains (coming soon)
- the dark side (not black-hat), basta
Aside from learning, we also had a great time drinking, chatting, taking pictures and eating (unlimited peanuts?)! Hehe. But the hottest part of the night was the discussion about the current status of the SEO community in the Philippines and selling the seo.ph webite. So I support Gary and Zaldy‘s call for action. Continue reading SEO Philippines Christmas Gathering 2008
The 1st SEO World Champ, Benj Arriola, announced on SEO.ph forum that he will join the UKWW SEO Contest, together with other SEO gurus Major, Gio, Eli, and Mann3r. The keyword for the said contest is SEOContest2008 (without spaces). At first I was not interested to join, after what happened to my sites in the recently held Bayanihan SEO Contest. So I don’t think I’m ready for another one. But as I was reading the thread, I was inspired by Benj’s goal:
Basta objective ko dapat buong 1st page ng contest na yun pinoy lahat at walang taga country nila.
He wants Filipinos to conquer the 1st page of Google. He bought almost all seocontest2008 domains and gave them away for free to fellow Filipino SEO gurus to be used in the contest.These SEO gurus also tried to share their SEO tactics discreetly to SEO newbies. Because of this, I decided to join too! My official contest entry for the UKWW SEO Contest is seocontest2008contest.i.ph.
Since the start of Bayanihan SEO, I have been too aggressive in asking for links from sites with high PR, giving my site 3000+ incoming links. But I found out on SEO.ph forum that the number of incoming links should be proportional to the age of the website. So this means, what I have been doing the whole time, was wrong. Google noticed the sudden increase of incoming links, resulting to Google’s -950 penalty. I think this is the reason why my sites suddenly disappeared in Google search results during the first checkpoint. I can’t do anything about this anymore, its almost end of 2nd checkpoint.