Global Search Engine Optimization
(SEO) Contest Bagged by US- based Filipino
Davao City, Philippines –- Benj Arriola, A
Filipino Internet Marketing Specialist living in San Diego, CA.
was declared winner of the first ever SEO World Championship.
By Ms. Lelit Barrios
The contest, held early this month, required competitors to
strategically integrate crucial web configuration, conclusive
graphic and text content, and internet marketing savvy to make
specified key words/ phrases rank high in search engine results.
Benj Arriola, a former Chemist professor at De La Salle
University in Manila left the country for the US to forge a
career in Web Design and Development. His winning blog which
focused on global warming awareness issues was chosen with
reference to it’ s no.1 ranking in an online search conducted by
the events’ organizers.
A quote from Arriola` s personal blog posting goes: “This win is
not completely my win. It is a win of the SEOPhilippines. This
contest is a test of one's skill on ranking a certain key phrase
in search engines. But the real SEO work is much more than that.
I [am] happy I was able to showcase my skills in this contest
and was victorious, but I have high respect for all the other
competitors since it was not an easy win. I was still worried
and nervous up to the last minute of a come-from-behind win from
the other competitors. I would like to add that 20 percent of my
efforts in getting the top spot in this contest were through the
help of the many SEO professionals in my country.” He also added
that the SEO skills of Filipinos have increasingly become more
recognized by the global industry.
Google country consultant for the Philippines, Aileen Apolo
posted the following comment on her personal blog: Arriola's win
in the SEO World Championships has definitely put the
Philippines in the search engine optimization/marketing
outsourcing map. This triumph is a recognition of the growing
pool of SEO specialists in the country.
17 July 2007-BHI pro