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What's next? Read criteria. Understand criteria. Compare your site against criteria.
This is 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 for awards submission page, enter data and let fly. Within a few seconds they move on to next award.
That's wrong way to do it. No, read criteria and look at your site with a critical eye. Let's say criteria says, "good HTML code" and your site was created with Frontpage or 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 says site has to be made by a woman, and you are a man, for instance. Or awardmaster wants science fiction sites and your's is about how to make money from internet. Don't waste everyone's time - please read criteria.
Sometimes it's a bit more difficult. Let say criteria says, "text must be easy to read." Well, step back and take a look at your site. Is text light pink on a dark pink background? It's not easy to read. Or perhaps criteria says, "usable navigation on every page." Does your site have usable navigation? Maybe 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 to 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 from proper direction? Your site gets better. You are taking "advice" of dozens or even hundreds of webmasters and determining if you agree or disagree. If you agree (you want to submit your site to award), then you make 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 make internet a better place for us all.
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