Awards Programs: Submitting Your Site For Awards

Written by Richard Lowe

Continued from page 1

What's next? Readrepparttar criteria. Understandrepparttar 131990 criteria. Compare your site againstrepparttar 131991 criteria.

This isrepparttar 131992 critical step that many people miss. You see, most people who submit their sites for awards want to do it fast and furious. They burrow through a site - straight forrepparttar 131993 awards submission page, enterrepparttar 131994 data and let fly. Within a few seconds they move on torepparttar 131995 next award.

That'srepparttar 131996 wrong way to do it. No, readrepparttar 131997 criteria and look at your site with a critical eye. Let's sayrepparttar 131998 criteria says, "good HTML code" and your site was created with Frontpage orrepparttar 131999 GeoCities site editor. Your chances of winning are highly reduced, because neither of these produces particularly good code.

Sometimes it will be pretty obvious that you should not submit your site. The criteria saysrepparttar 132000 site has to be made by a woman, and you are a man, for instance. Orrepparttar 132001 awardmaster wants science fiction sites and your's is about how to make money fromrepparttar 132002 internet. Don't waste everyone's time - please readrepparttar 132003 criteria.

Sometimes it's a bit more difficult. Let sayrepparttar 132004 criteria says, "text must be easy to read." Well, step back and take a look at your site. Isrepparttar 132005 text light pink on a dark pink background? It's not easy to read. Or perhapsrepparttar 132006 criteria says, "usable navigation on every page." Does your site have usable navigation? Mayberepparttar 132007 criteria says, "You must provide an obvious way to turn off any music." Well, do you?

Other criteria might include: no bandwidth stealing - check your images to be sure they are locally stored. No copyright violations - make sure you haven't "borrowed anything" from anyone. Fast loading - check your site on a 28.8 modem to see for yourself.

Correct anything that you feel like fixing, making a best guess as torepparttar 132008 awardmasters intention. Once you feel your site is up-to-snuff, then go ahead and submit it.

You see what happens if you approach award programs fromrepparttar 132009 proper direction? Your site gets better. You are takingrepparttar 132010 "advice" of dozens or even hundreds of webmasters and determining if you agree or disagree. If you agree (you want to submit your site torepparttar 132011 award), then you makerepparttar 132012 change. If not, you move on.

An in reality, that's what awards programs are all about. They are a way to improve websites and makerepparttar 132013 internet a better place for us all.

Richard Lowe Jr. is the webmaster of Internet Tips And Secrets. This website includes over 1,000 free articles to improve your internet profits, enjoyment and knowledge. Web Site Address: Weekly newsletter: Daily Tips:

Awards Programs: Handling The Losers

Written by Richard Lowe

Continued from page 1

Once I received a comment from an awardmaster who told me, in a very long email, that my site was great but since I do not accept psychiatric sites into my own awards program he could not award me an award. Keep in mind his own criteria did not mention such a restriction. I was so furious. How dare this pinhead make that kind of comment?

I remember another woman who had a beautiful site with some non-traditional navigation (it was some floating squares and was absolutely gorgeous). She didn't get an award and received a response fromrepparttar awardmaster which said her navigation was terrible. She was upset and posted a note to a newsgroup asking for a site review. Before long, she got back a dozen responses, some negative some positive. She was so confused, discouraged and unhappy. Nothing good came fromrepparttar 131987 comments.

I've known many beginning webmasters who are just starting out. Of course their GeoCities and Tripod sites are lacking ... but heck, these people are beginners. What do you expect? Telling them they didn't getrepparttar 131988 award because, well, their site failed all 26 criteria points just will not make any friends and, believe me, will not help anyone.

Okay, what about honorable mention awards? Lord, I hate these ... this is a wonderful way of saying, "your site was only a little bit sucky". Come on, either give outrepparttar 131989 award or don't, but please don't hand out honorable mentions.

My opinion: honorable mention awards arerepparttar 131990 product of amateur awardmasters. Don't include them in your program.

So what should you do about those who do not win? It's simple ... don't do anything. No matter how much time you spent judgingrepparttar 131991 site, just put it aside and resist any temptation to "help" or "give some advice". Move on torepparttar 131992 next web site without looking back.

Ifrepparttar 131993 webmaster sends a note asking (and this has only happened to me once), well, then you can either (a) ignorerepparttar 131994 request or (b) just send a quick note saying it didn't meetrepparttar 131995 criteria. You can suggest he readrepparttar 131996 criteria again and in, say, a few months he can resubmit his site. Don't get into any details, even if he asks and says that he wants to know. Believe me, he really doesn't.

The bottom line? Keep you negative comments to yourself.

Richard Lowe Jr. is the webmaster of Internet Tips And Secrets. This website includes over 1,000 free articles to improve your internet profits, enjoyment and knowledge. Web Site Address: Weekly newsletter: Daily Tips:

    <Back to Page 1 © 2005
Terms of Use