Sat in on a live advanced seo tactics session yesterday at PubCon Dallas 2010.
The live test was done for "Social Media Freak" and the hope was that the test site for Giovanni.net would show up #1 in Google for the search term within a few minutes.
The test failed, but that does not mean the technique demonstrated does not work. The tester was able to demonstrate that the tactic works extremely well on other keywords he has tested. I need to go to lunch or play golf with the mystery dude wearing the sunglasses and Dallas Stars jersey. (seriously! let's do lunch or golf)
You can follow conversation and follow up on the social media freak conversation here: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=social+media+freak
This was my first PubCon event and it was evident that there are differences of opinion among panelists, but that's why we go. We all have the opportunity to experiment with different ideas and tactics to help our sites rank well.
Check out the screen shot and see the time stamp. Might have been faster if I checked sooner. Now at #8 for Social Media Freak. Tomorrow I might be gone, but the experiment proves that you can show up very quickly in Google search results. How valuable is that to a business? What if it moves up or stays in the top 10 indefinitely?
Any other SEO's got some experiments we can test?