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 first ever Wordcamp in the Philippines and Southeast Asia was held at the Dela Salle – College of St. Benilde last Saturday, September 6, 2008.
Arrived at McDonalds at 7:30am, ate breakfast and went inside the campus at around 8:20 am. Met Manu Ofiaza of Auction.ph and exchanged URLs while waiting for the event to start. After a few minutes, we all stood up for the National Anthem. Then, there goes the morning sessions.
Creating WordPress Themes & CSS Power by Gail Villanueva. Gail showed us the less used templates in WordPress themes such as the Image template (image.php), and the File Not Found template (404.php). The image.php uses the built-in Image Gallery function in WordPress to display the photos (gallery style) without using a plugin. I will try to create and use these templates for my blog next week.
Developing WordPress Plugins by Markku Seguerra. Markku discussed the basics of creating WordPress plugins. There are Action hooks and Filter hooks that are being used as triggers. Our codes will only run if these hooks were called from the function. Now I already have an idea where to start. But I need more time! Continue reading My WordCamp Philippines 2008 Experience
Wow, I can’t believe it. After giving up on the second checkpoint, I still ranked #6 in the Bayanihan SEO Contest. To an SEO newbie like me, this is already an achievement.
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.
I joined the Bayanihan SEO Contest which has been ongoing since October 2007. I joined because I wanted to explore the field of SEO. We are already on the 2nd checkpoint, but I would like to share first my experience during the 1st checkpoint.
The keyword for the contest is Paradise Philippines. I prepared 3 websites for this contest, 1 domain site and 2 blogspot subdomains, and applied on them everything I learned in SEO; wrote interesting articles as much as i can (trying hard to be a writer), exchanged links with several bloggers, and looked for themes to match the site’s content. Paradisephilippines.ph was getting good results at first while the other 2 subdomains didn’t rank well. But still, I was so inspired with paradisephilippines.ph that I changed the theme to Mimbo magazine style. But after several weeks, my site disappeared in Google. I really don’t know why it happened, I assumed it was because my chosen theme was not search engine friendly, so I switched back to the old theme. But it did not help. So I gave up and waited until the checkpoint ended. The first checkpoint results were announced last Dec 7. As expected, I was not included in the top 10 Overall Leaderboard.
Now we are on the 2nd checkpoint, but we are using Alibata as the new contest keyword. SEO contests don’t usually change keywords in the middle of the contest. That’s why a lot were disappointed, me included. But we still joined anyway. I’ll still be using paradisephilippines.ph and the other 2 blogspot subdomains for this contest, plus another domain, angalibata.com. Let’s see how my sites will rank on the 2nd checkpoint.
I used to own this domain back in college. More of icezorg.com’s history here. I lost it when I decided not to continue for a while. I didn’t bother renewing it because I thought nobody’s going to register it anyway. But when I was just ready to setup my website again, I checked icezorg.com and to my surprise, someone already got the domain.
After waiting for for more than a year, I finally got my domain name back. Today is my lucky day!