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Wednesday, February 01, 2006Sounds like gibberish, doesn't it? This carcasherdotcom seocontest talk... But what it actually is, is a call to arms for all my Lactivist buddies. Let's use this carcasherdotcom seocontest sillyness to raise money for milk banks!
As some of you know, my "real" job is as a writer covering the search marketing industry. Well, every now and then, some search marketer, eager to show off how big their....skill is...decides to start a contest like this whole carcasherdotcom seocontest one. The idea here is for people to try to rank their sites number one on Yahoo, Google and MSN for the made up phrase carcasherdotcom seocontest. Each month, the site that ranks first on each engine will win a prize ranging from $100 to $500.
At the end of the year, the number one site for the phrase carcasherdotcom seocontest will win from $1000 to $6000, depending on which engines they rank #1 in.
Now, as you all know, I've been using The Lactivist as a way to spread awareness for milk banks, milk bank donations and to raise money for the milk banks. Thus far, the Lactivist and Lactivist readers have helped raise more than $500 for the Mother's Milk Bank of Ohio.
So here's the plan...I'll go ahead and enter the silly carcasherdotcom seocontest contest and I'll state here and now that every single penny that I might win will go straight to the milk bank. (Ok, ok, so I'll keep the iPod if I win that...but any money from carcasherdotcom seocontest goes to the milk bank.)
Here's how you can help...
First, link to this URL: http://thelactivist.blogspot.com/2006/02/carcasherdotcom-seocontest.html
from your site (ok, from EVERY site you own) with one of the following bits of link text:
(Not sure how to link? Drop me an email - email@example.com and I'll help you!)
carcasherdotcom seocontest for milk banks
carcasherdotcom seocontest for milk bank awareness
carcasherdotcom seocontest milk bank fundraiser
how carcasherdotcom seocontest helps babies
carcasherdotcom seocontest for premature babies
carcasherdotcom seocontest funding mother's milk
carcasherdotcom seocontest helps breast milk banking
Next, email a link to this page and some background to everyone you know that is pro-breastfeeding and pro milk banking. I'll be contacting some of my contacts that are IBCLC's along with contacts from HMBANA and tagging this for Technorati's Thursday Thirteen. I'll also be emailing some friends in the industry asking themto consider linking to this page as well.
If you belong to a discussion forum on parenting, breastfeeding or anything even remotely related, post it there, tell folks about it as a way to raise money and ask that they link and get their friends to link.
Links play an amazing role in helping sites rank well, even for junk phrases like carcasherdotcom seocontest. That's why George Bush and Michael Moore rank so well for the phrase "miserable failure," because of all the people that link to their sites using that text as the link.
So hop on board. Even if this post just makes first place once for the phrase carcasherdotcom seocontest, that's still $500 for the milk bank. If everyone really does work together and this travels through the mothering world online, we can get this think ranked number one every month and hopefully raise hundreds, or even thousands of extra dollars for the milk bank.
To note...I want to see all the milk banks get helped, since I count on people from all over pitching in with links. So half of any money will go to the Mother's Milk Bank of Ohio and the other half will go directly to HMBANA, which oversees all North American milk banks.
So what do you say, will you pitch in? Can you email everyone you know? Let's show the power of a bunch of pro-breastfeeding moms! :)
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