Wix has an SEO competition where you can win $50,000 ranking for "SEO hero"

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What will Be An SEO Hero do with the money?

100% of the money will go to the Cancer Research Institute. Why? Because I lost my dad to cancer on April 1st, 2015 and it sucked. My dad was my hero and this was and still is painful. I know so many others go through the fighting and the loss with their loved ones, so I want to support a cause that battles this terrible villain.

Wix SEO Hero Competitor Rankings

Rankings last updated on 2/17/2017. The rankings for "seo hero" are pulled from a New York location for desktop just as the judge is supposed to do, making them accurate rankings. I checked the whois data to pull only domains registered after the competition start date, but note that some of these domains may still have history or other reasons that may disqualify them from the competition. See the Competition Cheating Section. To see more people who are likely entered into the competition and more information about each website, see our Competitor List.

Domain
Rank
Eligible?
seohero.ninja
3
Probably not, https://web.archive.org/web/*/seohero.ninja
zerotoheroseo.com
18
Probably not, https://web.archive.org/web/*/zerotoheroseo.com
seo-zero.com
25
Probably not, https://web.archive.org/web/*/seo-zero.com
videoseohero.com
53
Probably not, active back in 2013 http://whoisrequest.com/history/
seocontest-globalwarming-awareness2007.com
78
Probably not, https://web.archive.org/web/*/seocontest-globalwarming-awareness2007.com
beanseohero.com
96
me
seo-hero.tech
104
 
seoheronews.com
105
 
penrodshero.com
106
 
seo-hero.ninja
107
 
seotraffichero.com
108
 
trueseohero.com
109
 
seoherofromzero.com
110
 
yourseohero.biz
111
 
seoherolab.com
112
 
howtobeanseohero.com
113
 
wix-seo-expert.com
114
 
seohero.support
115
 
loveseo.top
117
 
seohero-wix.com
118
 
seo-hero.io
119
 
seoherocontest.xyz
121
 
betheseohero.com
123
 
naufaulo.net
127
 
soloseohero.com
129
 
myseohero.org
131
 
seo-hero.science
136
 
giftedseohero.com
139
Wix's new entry
seo-hero-online.info
143
 
thebestseohero.com
145
 
seohero.media
148
 
seo-hero.eu
149
 
websiteseohero.com
155
 
seoheroku.com
157
 
leadingseohero.com
158
 
seo-hero.rocks
159
 
my-seo-hero.site
160
 
theseohero.org
162
 
seo-hero.org
163
 
whichseohero.com
165
 
seohero111.com
168
 
theseohero.net
169
 
s-e-o-hero.com
170
 
seoherorocks.com
171
 
watchthiswix.com
172
 
terry-kyle.live
173
 
seohero.news
174
 
seoherotop.com
175
 
lastseohero.com
177
 
seoheroschool.com
178
Wix's entry
searchengineheroes.com
179
 
seo-hero.gallery
180
 
teamseohero.com
181
 
an-seo-hero.com
182
 
seo-hero.services
183
 
heroseo.pro
184
 
seohero.us.com
185
 
seoherox.com
186
 
seohero.center
187
 
seoherosweb.com
188
 
seo-hero.club
189
 
yourseohero.com
190
Probably not, https://web.archive.org/web/*/yourseohero.com
seohero.nu
191
 
topseohero.com
192
 
seo-hero.pro
193
 
seohero-contest.com
194
 
seohero.space
195
 
seoheroranking.com
196
 
seohero.world
197
 
seoherotoday.com
198
 
lionserps.com
200
 
seo-zero.pro
201
 
seoheromk.com
202
 
seohero.info
203
 
a-seo-hero.com
204
 
seoherostudio.com
205
 
imtheseohero.com
206
 
seoheroes.co
207
 
seohero50k.com
208
 
seohero.today
209
 
seo-hero.blog
210
 
seoherobyepidemic.com
211
 
seoherotools.com
212
 
geraldduck.com
213
 
seohero-site123.com
214
 
superseohero.com
215
 
terry-kyle.com
216
 
seohero.live
218
 
yourseoheroes.com
219
 
atlantaseohero.com
220
 

Wix SEO Hero Competition News

2/17/2017

A quick note, this SEO Hero is moving

Not websites, but actually moving. There may not be updates the next couple days as I'm in the process of moving closer to my wife's new job location.

Hijacking Be An SEO Hero was a mistake?

On seoremake.com, the site currently showing in the SERPs instead of beanseohero.com but with my content in their cache, it no longer throws an error and instead says "It was a mistake, you will come back soon!". I hope so, I'd hate for the judge to see a different website when he searches for "seo hero". What's to stop anyone or even multiple people from doing this in the final days of the competition? I feel like I need to look through the rules to see if there's a way to file a protest just in case, but with the way the SEO Hero Challenge was setup and run, I doubt it.

Penrodshero is advertising?

TJ of penrodshero.com and a few other competition websites posts and does some very random things at times. This time he's running a BuzzFeed style paid ad. I think he's just bored to be honest. You do you TJ, I support it!

Another SEO Hero advertising with Google AdWords

Wix is serious about promoting their SEO Hero videos

2 of the videos are the latest posts on Facebook, they put it out on Twitter and tried to get Matt Cutts and Rand Fishkin involved (the one comment besides Matt Cutts was from an SEO Team Lead at Wix), but it seems to have been successful and got a comment from Matt saying "cats are often the secret ingredient to success". Since Matt commented, of course Barry Schwartz wrote about it on here.

Videos seem to be the trend of the day in the SEO Hero Contest

Another video has been posted and shared from one of the French competitors, Stephane Madaleno, who runs seo-hero.ninja. It makes the SEO Hero contest seem a lot more epic than it actually is. Good job on the video!

Thank you all ! Here is a small video presentation and thanks for #seocontest #seohero by @Wix #frenchhttps://t.co/llvIhA1G9C
RT please!

— STE (@Smadaleno) February 17, 2017
2/16/2017

Be An SEO Hero is still being hijacked

seoremake.com is replacing my website in the search results. It's not always there, but is more than it's not which could cause a nightmare if it happens during the judging. Pedro Dias who used to work for Google on the Search Quality / Webspam team said that it shouldn't affect my website since it isn't seen as the canonical for my domain. This was my response, showing the other website in the SERPs instead of me.

@pedrodias That's a nice theory, but in reality here it is in the SERPs instead of my website. pic.twitter.com/0k2TZpAncu

— Patrick Stox (@patrickstox) February 16, 2017

All the way back on week 2 I wrote about one of the early hijacking attempts of my website. At the time the one I wrote about had up-to-date content but there were a couple others out there that showed in some of my early rankings reports that had older content from my website and didn't necessarily replace but showed in the SERPs with my website, perhaps because it had changed so much. Interestingly enough, these also have their links showing in my Google Search Console account and makes up a majority of what I thought was spam in there. Russ Jones pointed out an old article from Dejan SEO where he talks about hijacking Rand Fishkin's blog and a few other websites. Interestingly enough, he had a followup article at the time where by doing this, win or lose in the SERPs, you could see your competitors links in GSC. This would explain why I see links to my website "via intermediate link" from domains that were hijacking my website. Interestingly enough I didn't see these until after the recent GSC infrastructure update. It could be they broke something, took out what was preventing these links from showing, or rolled back some code to a time before this prevention was in place. Just looking at it, I believe this tactic will allow you to see your competitors links once again! Unfortunately for me, I'm not sure how the SEO Hero contest judge will interpret these. I haven't disavowed them because there's not actually a link to my website there and I don't believe that disavowing would do any good. Even if I did, it would be up to the judge to check that list and since it's not a normal place to look in GSC, I'm not sure that he would take the time.

@rjonesx @patrickstox @fighto @timsoulo @ahrefs yup. That's it.

— DEJAN (@dejanseo) February 15, 2017

Wix's seoheroschool.com is returning a 404

Instead of being redirected, seoheroschool.com now goes to an error page. I'm not sure if this was done intentionally while possibly trying to avoid moving a penalty or if they made a mistake.

2/15/2017

Week 13 SEO Hero Challenge Update

There's a new leader in the Wix SEO Hero Challenge. The problem is this website is hijacking mine. The website throws an error that it can't be reached, although previously it was 302 redirecting to another website. The Google cache shows my website, name and all. I've filed a spam report with Google but there's nothing stopping someone from doing this in the last few days of the competition. For the SEO heroes, it's time to give the judge access to your GSC and GA, and by time I mean it's literally the last day. There are more SEO Hero websites showing up even though there's less than a month left and the French Team is making a push. It's funny, I haven't seen much from the German SEOs recently other than some press releases, but I would expect to see more of them in the last month. Rand Fishkin officially acknowledged he is not involved with Wix's entry.

What's Wix been up to in the competition you ask? Well they split SEO Hero School into Gifted SEO Hero and Real SEO Hero. Finally their new giftedseohero.com replaced seoheroschool.com in the SERPs, but they're pretty far back, coming in at 25th of the eligible websites in the competition today. I think they know this and want to make up ground as they continue to buy links which is against the Google Webmaster Guidelines and also the SEO Hero Challenge rules. This hasn't deterred them from breaking their own contest rules however. They also made a pretty cool video with their SEO Heroes, Matt Cutts, and cats.

For me the saddest news was already mentioned. Another website hijacked my SERP position with my content. I'm saddened that this still works to be honest. Google did make a connection and added "seo hero" to the related searches for my name, Patrick Stox, so that's something I suppose.

I love the SEO Community, thanks for all the support!

@patrickstox Yikes! That royally sucks. Hope you get it sorted.

— Cyrus Shepard (@CyrusShepard) February 15, 2017

Damn! Even though I am French and should be patriotic, I'd really like to see https://t.co/Wau8e4m3pL win this freaking competition! ;) https://t.co/haW0J8hRZE

— Max Prin (@maxxeight) February 15, 2017

Reminder, give the Wix SEO Hero Judge access to GSC and GA today!

⚠️ #SeoHero 24h left to open & connect Google Analytics + Search Console to your site & add judgewixseohero@gmail.com as an admin to qualify pic.twitter.com/K8HXuK6ej3

— Wix.com (@Wix) February 14, 2017

Another link paid for by Wix

http://www.websiteplanet.com/blog/wixs-seo-hero-contest-is-it-worth-a-look/ writes a very confusing article. They ask if the contest is worth a look, get the amount of time left in the contest wrong by an entire month, only look at Wix's website which wouldn't be found by anyone not following the contest, and they read through Wix's blogs and said they are more for advanced SEOs (you can probably see me rolling over here). They dropped a link to the featured snippet article with the anchor "article" rather than using keyword rich anchor text like they have in the past, but that may be just to cover their tracks a bit since I keep calling them out when they break the contest rules and buy links. So why do I think this is paid besides they're writing about Wix's website while knowing nothing about the contest in a very confusing way? How about that the website is also an affiliate marketer of Wix. You will find several previous articles, a likely paid for ranking for Wix as the top website builder, and oh yeah a nice sidebar link on many of the pages for "Try Wix, It's Free!" with an affiliate tracking code on it. Take a look at the running list below and decide for yourself which they have paid for, but my opinion is that all of these are paid.

More SEO tips from Wix

I haven't covered them in a while because they seemed to have stopped, but Wix has added a couple more SEO tips including submitting your website to directories with no caveat that they shouldn't submit to every directory or use a directory submission service which would likely get you penalized. The other tip is to create search friendly URLs and oh yeah "if you can use a keyword - do it!". How about wix.com/wix-seo-wix-seo-hero-wix-seo-hero-challenge-wix-seo-hero-contest-wix-paid-links? Looks good to me.

Another blog from Wix on Gifted SEO Hero

This is the story behind the video of the SEO Heroes saving the world from Apocalinks by finding Matt Cutts and taking pictures of cats. There, I saved you the time of reading it. Go watch the video instead, it's actually worth watching.

2/14/2017

Be An SEO Hero is under attack

It wasn't that long ago I only had about 20 domains linking to beanseohero.com according to Google Search Console. Now there are 23.5k links from 624 different domains. To make it worse, I'm not sure how Google is counting these as many don't seem to be on the websites (or maybe they're hacked websites, I should check that) or show via intermediate links to different websites, or the websites don't seem to work, or have my website in their cache which looks to be attempts at 302 hijacking. Like this one where my website shows in the cache for a domain that's eligible in the contest and is trying to 302 hijack my spot in the SERPs, but if you actually go to the website it 302 redirects to seohero.ninja. This will be fun to explain to Wix and the judge and it's something I haven't seen much of since week 2-3. For the record, the content here is written by Patrick Stox for the website beanseohero.com, so if they do manage to take my spot in the search results Mr. Judge, please look through the content and find this message.

Be An SEO Hero is under attack!

I was trying not to have many links to my website because I wanted to see if content alone could actually win. There's been some discussion on this lately and Twitter activity from Rand Fishkin, Gary Illyes, Cyrus Shepard and many others saying that great content with few to no links can win out over mediocre content with links. I'm not sure how much it will matter since we're all in some kind of bubble as far as where we rank, but beanseohero.com has been first for most of the competition so far and I've been covering what's been happening daily. I figured maybe some SEO news websites would pick up some of my content or possibly some of the larger news sites might cover it as has happened in past competitions and I would pick up links that way. I have many websites I could add links to as well and since Wix did it from Wix.com and said it was okay, I guess it would be okay if I did do that. Then of course there's all my author profiles at Search Engine Land, Marketing Land, Search Engine Journal, etc, the Raleigh SEO Meetup group and website, Beer and SEO group and website, I could ask the 2,800 members of the Raleigh SEO Meetup to link to me, I could ask at conferences like Pubcon where I'll be speaking next week, I could ask for support on social like on Facebook and Twitter, I could ask my technical SEO slack group or ask on Reddit or the /r/bigseo Slack group, I could reach out to writers/editors, I could send an email asking for support from a list I scraped of agency and SEO tool companies, but I've decided I wouldn't do any of that. I really wanted this to be natural so that I could see if content truly would win or not. I did have some other plans like a big publicity stunt that hasn't worked yet and may not work before the contest ends, and also am in the process of building a tool that really would get a lot of attention and links but life has gotten in the way and I don't believe I will finish it in time. I wanted to do more with the SEO resources like a cliff notes version to each resource and tool and wanted to write more FAQs but I haven't found the time or the motivation. Basically this has been my weakness in the SEO hero contest, a lack of time. While I've planned out many things, only half have come to fruition and with no plans to do outreach or ask for links, if I lose the SEO Hero Challenge it will be my own fault.

SEO Hero Week 13 News and Highlights

SEO Hero Week 12 News and Highlights

  • Reminder to hand over your Google Analytics and Google Search Console access by February 16th.
  • An annoying SEO Hero bot started spamming the hashtag.
  • I have weird links showing in GSC that say they link to me but pages redirect elsewhere.
  • I wrote a fake news story about how Kim Jong Un is an SEO Hero and the supreme leader of the contest.
  • Nothing SEO Hero related happened at the Super Bowl.
  • Wix's new SEO Hero website finally showed up in the rankings.
  • A keyword stuffed SEO Hero website suddenly started ranking and linked to my Facebook page.
  • Wix finally updated their SEO Hero AdWords ads to go to their new website after reading about it on Be An SEO Hero.
  • I went through some of the mistakes Wix made when switching from seoheroschool.com to giftedseohero.com.
  • I pulled a lot of data from Be An SEO Hero's Google Analytics about Wix employees.
  • There's a fluff piece on the evolution of heroes.
  • Wix already has a paid link to their new website Gifted SEO Hero. That's 8 that look paid in total and counting.
  • Be An SEO Hero pointed out that Wix is still running ads to their old contest website and breaking AdWords policy.
  • Wix's new website Gifted SEO Hero was indexed.
  • There's a fluff list of things to do in NYC, because that's where the judge searches and all.
  • I looked at a lot of search engines' "seo hero" results and found Yandex has the best results at this time.
  • Wix fixed the noindex issue on their new website that Be An SEO Hero pointed out to them.
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