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Wix SEO Hero Week 6 Recap

SEO Hero Rankings as of 12/27/2016

seohero.ninja
6
Probably not, https://web.archive.org/web/*/seohero.ninja
beanseohero.com
7
me
seo-zero.com
19
Probably not, https://web.archive.org/web/*/seo-zero.com
zerotoheroseo.com
47
Probably not, https://web.archive.org/web/*/zerotoheroseo.com
videoseohero.com
48
Probably not, active back in 2013 http://whoisrequest.com/history/
earth-globalwarming-awareness2007.com
71
Probably not, active as far back as 2007, check http://whoisrequest.com/history/
globalwarming-awareness2007-seocontest.com
75
Probably not, https://web.archive.org/web/*/globalwarming-awareness2007-seocontest.com
seo-hero.tech
91
 
yourseohero.biz
92
Probably not, older domain (yourseohero.com) redirects here
websiteseohero.com
93
 
betheseohero.com
95
 
wix-seo-expert.com
100
 
loveseo.top
111
 
seohero-wix.com
114
 
seotraffichero.com
116
 
myseohero.org
120
 
seoheronews.com
127
 
watchthiswix.com
136
 
seo-hero.rocks
138
 
seo-hero.eu
139
 
seohero.center
141
 
seohero.space
144
 
seo-hero.pro
145
 
topseohero.com
146
 
my-seo-hero.site
147
 
theseohero.org
148
 
imtheseohero.com
149
 
seoherolab.com
150
 
seohero.support
151
 
seo-hero.ninja
152
 
seoherofromzero.com
153
 
soloseohero.com
154
 
theseohero.net
155
 
naufaulo.net
156
 
italianseohero.com
157
 
thebestseohero.com
158
 
teamseohero.com
159
 
seohero.news
160
 
superseohero.top
161
 
howtobeanseohero.com
162
 
seoheroreview.com
163
 
seo-hero.science
164
 
seohero-contest.com
165
 
seoherorocks.com
166
 
seoheroid.com
167
 
seohero.nu
168
 
seoherox.com
170
 
lastseohero.com
171
 
winningseoherocontest.com
172
 
yourseoheroes.com
173
 
seohero.one
174
 
an-seo-hero.com
176
 
seo-hero.services
177
 
seo-hero.site
178
 
seoheroesguide.com
179
 
seohero.media
180
 
seo-hero.org
181
 
seohero.design
182
 
seoherohero.com
184
 
seoherocontest.xyz
185
 
seo-hero-online.info
187
 
trueseohero.com
188
 
seoherotoday.com
189
 
seohero2016.com
190
 
officialseohero.com
191
 
webseoheroes.com
192
 
seoheromk.com
193
 
seoherotop.com
194
 
penrodshero.com
195
 
seo-hero.io
196
 
seoheroranking.com
198
 
superseohero.com
199
 
seohero-site123.com
200
 
a-seo-hero.com
201
 
seoheroes.co
202
 
seohero.world
203
 
seovideohero.com
205
 
seohero.black
206
 
seohero.info
207
 
seoheroes.info
208
 
seohero.top
209
 
seo-hero.gallery
210
 
seoheroman.com
211
 
searchengineheroes.com
212
 
my-seo-heroes.com
213
 
seoherotools.com
214
 
seoheroblog.com
215
 
s-e-o-hero.com
216
 
seoherooutrun.com
217
 
seohero50k.com
218
 

Wix SEO Hero Competition News

12/27/2016

Updated SEO Hero Competitors

I went back through the SEO Hero Competitor List and updated information on some of the websites as well as added information on some of the new websites that had turned up since my last update. There were a few nice additions in the bunch and I have a feeling we have at least a few more potential top competitors who haven't launched yet.

My SEO Hero feeds are filled with spam this morning

One of the newer SEO Hero competitors is really laying it on with the crappy links. I'm seeing profiles on almost any website you can imagine, classifieds, and even old article directories. This makes me sad honestly to see people still doing this, but it will be interesting to see how it changes their rankings now that we have a real time Penguin algorithm. So far I'm seeing some of their profiles ranking, but not their actual website.

Am I using PBNs?

This was in an email I received from what I assume is another SEO Hero competitor since he specifically asked about this website. Sorry to disappoint you, but no I am not. I've been transparent throughout the contest and have shown my rankings and even traffic data. If there is something you want to see, just ask. The judge will see it all anyway and it's not like you can hide your PBNs from Google right? What would be the point? As for my links, see the screenshot below from Google Search Console. 17 links from 13 different domains, most of which are SEO Hero competitors.

Google Search Console incoming links for Be An SEO Hero
12/26/2016

Did the link from Wix.com's blog help their SEO Hero contest entry?

Absolutely! When seoheroschool.com even registered in my rank tracking, it was 144th on December 18th. It just got worse from there but was 144-150th or so and at least one day didn't register in my rankings. That is until Wix posted lots of links in a blog on their powerful website back on December 22nd. I'm not saying one link made a difference, but when I search for that blog it looks like people either scrape their content or they possibly have a network of websites distributing their content as is common with many media companies. Some of these appear to be full text and others appear to have a short snippet that links back to Wix's blog itself, which would make that an even stronger link to their SEO Hero contest entry.

As of yesterday this put them in 101st position with the highest eligible competitor being 68th. The more important part is that this one blog bumped them 40+ positions in the rankings and they could very easily do it again or worse, put a link from Wix's homepage. What's even worse is they set a dangerous precedent by building a link to their own SEO Hero entry. This means that it should be okay for anyone else to build links to their entries from any websites under their control, potentially an entire network of websites. It could also mean that Wix disqualified themselves from the competition by placing a keyword rich anchor text link that is followed right in the first sentence of their blog. I guess they need a reminder:

"Any links intended to manipulate PageRank or a site's ranking in Google search results may be considered part of a link scheme and a violation of Google's Webmaster Guidelines."
And "Links with optimized anchor text in articles or press releases distributed on other sites"
https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/66356

Unfortunately we don't know what this means for the competition as any attempt to contact Wix or email the judge is met with a canned response to that links to their FAQ page and doesn't actually answer the questions. So much will depend on the judge's interpretation of the rules and his own analysis.

Am I the best SEO Hero website right now?

High praise from Cyrus Shepard says so, but with the caveat of "so far". It seems that Cyrus is helping with a group effort likely to raise money for some cause. I've heard about a couple of these group efforts now but in rumors, so I'm glad to hear of something more formal.

Still the best "SEO Hero" site out there (so far :) https://t.co/mg5FXsu38p

— Cyrus Shepard (@CyrusShepard) December 26, 2016

@Ozaemotion Helping out a group effort for a good cause. Should have more news announced after the new year.

— Cyrus Shepard (@CyrusShepard) December 26, 2016

I'm really glad to hear this and I wish them the best of luck. There are a few other competitors out there that are planning to donate the money and I want to thank them all for their selfless and heroic efforts. You may recall early on that I wrote about how hard it will be to determine an SEO Hero winner and how I hope if there is controversy over the winner that Wix does the right thing and donates all of the money to charity. Who has decided to donate?