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

Wix SEO Hero Week 14 Recap

SEO Hero Rankings as of 2/21/2017

Domain
Rank
Eligible?
seohero.ninja
3
Probably not, https://web.archive.org/web/*/seohero.ninja
zerotoheroseo.com
17
Probably not, https://web.archive.org/web/*/zerotoheroseo.com
videoseohero.com
47
Probably not, active back in 2013 http://whoisrequest.com/history/
earth-globalwarming-awareness2007.com
84
Probably not, active as far back as 2007, check http://whoisrequest.com/history/
beanseohero.com
88
me
seo-hero.ninja
92
 
seo-hero.tech
94
 
seoheronews.com
95
 
seohero-wix.com
96
 
seotraffichero.com
97
 
seoherofromzero.com
98
 
howtobeanseohero.com
100
 
seoherolab.com
101
 
yourseohero.biz
102
 
wix-seo-expert.com
103
 
seohero.support
105
 
loveseo.top
109
 
seo-hero.io
112
 
trueseohero.com
115
 
seoherocontest.xyz
117
 
naufaulo.net
123
 
soloseohero.com
126
 
betheseohero.com
129
 
myseohero.org
132
 
seo-hero-online.info
142
 
seohero.media
143
 
thebestseohero.com
144
 
seo-hero.eu
145
 
penrodshero.com
147
 
seo-hero.science
148
 
websiteseohero.com
149
 
my-seo-hero.site
150
 
seoheroku.com
152
 
whichseohero.com
153
 
leadingseohero.com
154
 
theseohero.org
156
 
seo-hero.org
157
 
topseohero.com
158
 
seo-hero.rocks
159
 
seohero111.com
161
 
theseohero.net
162
 
s-e-o-hero.com
163
 
giftedseohero.com
164
Wix's new entry
seoherorocks.com
165
 
watchthiswix.com
166
 
terry-kyle.live
167
 
seohero.news
168
 
seoherotop.com
170
 
lastseohero.com
172
 
searchengineheroes.com
173
 
seo-hero.gallery
174
 
seoheroschool.com
175
Wix's entry
an-seo-hero.com
176
 
teamseohero.com
177
 
seoherox.com
178
 
seo-hero.services
179
 
seohero.us.com
180
 
seohero.center
181
 
seo-hero.club
182
 
seohero.nu
183
 
seohero.space
184
 
seohero-contest.com
185
 
seoheroranking.com
186
 
seo-hero.pro
187
 
seohero.world
188
 
seoherotoday.com
189
 
seohero.today
192
 
seohero.info
193
 
seo-zero.pro
194
 
seoheroes.co
195
 
imtheseohero.com
196
 
seohero50k.com
197
 
seohero.black
198
 
seo-hero.blog
199
 
seoherobyepidemic.com
200
 
seoherotools.com
201
 
geraldduck.com
202
 
seoheromk.com
203
 
seoherostudio.com
204
 
terry-kyle.com
205
 
seohero-site123.com
206
 
seohero2017.com
207
 
yourseoheroes.com
208
 
searchengineoptimizationhero.com
209
 
my-seo-hero.net
210
 

Wix SEO Hero Competition News

2/21/2017

What did I miss in the SEO Hero contest while moving?

It looks like Be An SEO Hero is back in the SERPs after seoremake.com fixed their mistake. There have been some drops from some of the SEO Hero competitors like seohero.io who was one of the top sites and penrodshero.com also took a massive dive. Wix's Gifted SEO Hero website is also pretty far back, coming in about 40th of the eligible websites. They have a long way to go in a short amount of time if they want to prove they are the best. My feeds were interesting to go through as I saw everything from pure spam like blog comments on .edu websites and even links from porn websites. One German competitor seems to be releasing a ton of press releases every day. The French Team is getting major support from other French SEOs. With less than 3 weeks to go in the competition, this is the time to make a move.

2/20/2017

This SEO hero is dying

Heroes always have moments where they are weak but then come back strong. I'm figuratively dead from packing, moving, and unpacking. I've got a Raleigh SEO Meetup tomorrow and an early flight to go speak at Pubcon on Wednesday so expect delays or very little in the ways of updates. After finally getting the internet working (no signal), I'm back online and have updated the rankings. I will probably update tomorrow as well but Wednesday is probably out of the question. I will return to my former glory soon enough, just bear with me!

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 [email protected] 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.

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