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carcasherdotcom seocontest

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Sounds 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 - jennifer@thelactivist.com and I'll help you!)

carcasherdotcom seocontest

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! :)


  1. Blogger Jax Blunt | 2:55 PM |  

    I'm in :)

  2. Blogger K | 4:25 PM |  

    I'm in, but need more instruction! Can I post all of the links in a blog entry? Or should I put them in my blogroll or my template?

  3. Blogger Jennifer Laycock | 4:29 PM |  


    You can just pick one link per site and put it wherever you want. Your blogroll would actually be fantastic! But it'd also be great if you could make a blog post about it and encourage others to join in.

    Do you know how to setup the link? If not, drop me an email...I'll send you the code.

    Also, anyone that has contacts at other great mommy blogs...I'd appreciate help in spreading the word. Been researching and emailing tonight...notes off to Blogging Baby, Dooce, Tulip Girl, A Little Pregnant and some others...hoping at least a few will pitch in and help spread the word.

  4. Blogger Richard | 7:11 PM |  

    Got your email. I have:
    1) Posted carcasherdotcom seocontest info to blog
    2) Included Technorati tags to try to hook some Thursday Thirteen participants
    3) Created a carcasherdotcom seocontest Squidoo lens for you
    4) Posted carcasherdotcom seocontest links to del.icio.us

    HTH >8-D

  5. Blogger Jennifer Laycock | 7:16 PM |  

    Excellent, thanks so much Richard!

  6. Blogger Vacation Mamma | 12:16 AM |  

    I'm in too :)
    Now posted on my blogs:
    Real Vacations and Travel with Vacation Mamma and Midcoast Maine Vacation Info and I'll see where I can fit a link in as time goes on.

    Regarding Richard's comment though: can you please explain how "tagging" works? I keep reading about it and don't get it or how to do it - even checked out technorati tonight - maybe a link or a post on your "real job site?"

    Did you try the ladies at dotmoms?

  7. Blogger Jennifer Laycock | 4:55 AM |  

    Not tried dotmoms, hadn't heard of it. I can go look it up today and see if they'll help with the whole carcasherdotcom seocontest thing

    Tagging is a Technorati thing...you basically attach keywords to your posts so that they show up when people search for those words, even if the post isn't "optimized" For instances, you'd tag this post with carcasherdotcom seo contest and milk banks...

    More on tagging here.

  8. Anonymous Anonymous | 5:12 AM |  

    Can't find that blog post Richard.

  9. Blogger Richard | 6:02 AM |  

    Jax, thanks for letting me know about the link problem. I've published an update to that carcasherdotcom seocontest blog entry and it appears to be there now.

    Vacation Momma, this blog post about Technorati tags might be helpful. It talks about tagging blogs as well as individual posts. Let me know if you have any questions.

  10. Blogger The Fabulous Miss Rose | 7:03 AM |  

    It's funny that you mention the whole "Miserable Failure" thing. You see, two of my friends from art school and I formed a "loose collection of like-minded individuals" right after we graduated. We call ourselves Failure (after a famous speech from one of our professors).

    A while ago our website started getting a significantly higher amount of hits. So we checked it out and it turns out that we ranked #3 on Google, just under GW and Michael Moore! (Right now we're #4 under Failure Magazine.) Talk about your accidental good fortune!

    Of course, a few of the visitors that wandered over to my blog from the Failure page chided me for not writing more political stuff.

    But anyway, I'll be linking for you on all my little webpages and blogs. :-) Good luck!

  11. Blogger Jennifer Laycock | 8:28 AM |  

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  12. Anonymous Anonymous | 8:42 AM |  

    Hey WHERE Did you come from?! Haha, didn't see you in the ranks, then suddenly #1 on MSN! Congrats, but it won't last long!!

    I won't post myself a backlink... this time, but I'll tell you "Jake and Lilly" aren't happy!!

    good luck,

  13. Blogger Jennifer Laycock | 8:45 AM |  

    LOL...nah, it probably won't, but I'm not doing any optimization for the carcasherdotcom seocontest other than calling on all moms to link in to this page with the link text.

    Just wondering how much this can spread through the mom community for a good cause. Hopefully it works, as the carcasherdotcom seocontest could be a great to raise more money for the milk banks. :)

    Good luck to you!

  14. Blogger Blogger Guy | 2:20 AM |  

    Hello Jennifer, I'm not trying to insult you or your mission. I left a reply on my blog and edited the first post to clarify a little bit what i was saying. I don't want to drop a link to me, i justa wanted to get your feedback. Feel free to reject this comment and I am sorry if you felt insulted.

    Best regards and good luck on your mission,

  15. Anonymous Anonymous | 7:41 PM |  

    Good luck Jennifer. I added a link to you on jaankanellis.com. I am voting for Gray Wolf on the other crappy SEO contest.

    It is interesting that you offer a selection of mutiple ways to link to the page using different keywords in the anchor text. Nice idea.

  16. Anonymous Anonymous | 11:44 AM |  

    Hi - I added your info to my profile on a mom's forum.... I found you as I was searching for Ohio Milk Banks. I've donated there - although my donating days are winding down.... Happy to do what I can to help!

  17. Blogger JQ | 2:11 PM |  

    Great! I'll put a link on my blog and anywhere else I can think of.

  18. Anonymous Anonymous | 5:48 AM |  

    I AM IN

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