Monthly Archives: January 2012

Hydropackulicity is here!

Interest in Hydropackulicity is gaining ground. On Monday, January 9th, 2012, day one of our Web Production Class SEO Contest project, there were no results found for a Google search of the word “Hydropackulicity”. Results started trickling in and by the next week, January 16, there were around 218 results, and by Wednesday January 18, there were about 277 results found.

I have lots of work to do. Currently this site is ranked at #11, which brings it to the 2nd page. The goal is to get it up to the 1st page, preferably in one of the top 3 spots. One thing our instructor stresses is the importance of having strong inbound links, a link from an external site linking back to your site. You can help bring my website closer to the top of the list by creating an inbound link from your site to mine. I will reciprocate by adding a link to your website. Please contact me for more information.


What in the world is Hydropackulicity?

Could it be…

An awesome new water park in the Wisconsin Dells?
Summer Bash V by Kash_if


A radical eighties punk rock band??


How about a strange, exotic orchid that grows on the river banks of the Zumbro River???

IMG_3839 by beggs

Sorry, wrong again!!!

Hydropackulicity is (drum roll, please):

HYDROPACKULICITY is a made up word that web design students at Hennepin Technical College (HTC) are using to test Search Engine Optimization (SEO) ranking. There is a contest in instructor Jeff Lin’s Spring 2012 semester Web Design/Production class to see which student can get to the top of a Google search list with their optimized website using the key word “Hydropackulicity”. Lin is also founder and developer of Bust Out Solutions, a web and mobile development company.

Here’s how the Hydropackulicity SEO contest works:

On the first day of class there were zero search results in Google for Hydropackulicity. Students will have 16 weeks to use SEO strategies they have learned to help rank their website(s) to the number one spot on a search of the term “Hydropackulicity”. The student owning the site in the #1 spot will win a grand prize and site owners in the #2 and #3 spots will also win prizes, tbd. I suggested a new car for the grand prize, but that didn’t go over too well with the instructor.

The Hydropackulicity SEO contest rules are explained more thoroughly on the class website, Bordernone.

Hello world!

Welcome to! Hydropackulicity is a strange new blog is created for you by Carol Prom, a web design student at Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, MN. I hope to learn and promote good practices in web production such as SEO, social networking, email marketing, e-commerce and more.