Awards Programs: Handling The Winners

Written by Richard Lowe

Someone has sent in their site to be reviewed as part of your awards program. If you've done everything correctly, this should happen several times per week or even per day. You could review them as they arrive, or you could set them aside and do it once a week or on some other schedule. This is completely up to you.

Okay, so you reviewrepparttar site and it meets all ofrepparttar 131976 criteria for your program. The site has good content,repparttar 131977 links (at least those you checked) seem to work,repparttar 131978 HTML looks okay and, well, it's just a pretty good site. What do you do now?

This depends upon how you are running your program. I've seen some sites which simply send a very quick email withrepparttar 131979 awards graphics and a simple link - and that's all. Not very satisfying, really.

Then again, I've received awards from other programs which go all out. I remember receiving a long email which informed me I was a winner, went into all ofrepparttar 131980 exact criteria which I passed and failed, and left no doubt in my mind as to why I receivedrepparttar 131981 award and rating that I got. So what do you need to do at a minimum?

- You need to informrepparttar 131982 winner that he has received your award.

- Congratulate him or her for their accomplishment.

- Attach their awards graphic or inform them as to it's location.

- Request a link back if that's something you desire from your program.

This isrepparttar 131983 bare minimum, and it will serverepparttar 131984 purpose nicely. Personally, I like to send an email which congratulatesrepparttar 131985 winner and says some good things about his site. For example, I might mention thatrepparttar 131986 page about their pet was especially cute,repparttar 131987 article on how they survived some disease was meaningful orrepparttar 131988 gardening tips were especially useful. The point is simple - by including such details I'm showing that I did actually look atrepparttar 131989 site, which makesrepparttar 131990 award more meaningful.

I prefer sending plain text messages as opposed to stationary or HTML. Yes, I know that stationary looks great, but not everyone can read them. All email clients can read text messages.

Web Site Management: Statistics

Written by Richard Lowe

Statistics are your most important resource! Used properly, web site statistics will tell you who is visiting your site, where they came from, what search engines they used, their browser types and even their monitor resolutions.

These statistics are critical for your survival as a webmaster. You MUST know what's going on with your site. Is it being visited and who is visiting it? What pages are people visiting? These are essential statistics that you must watch carefully and often.

Why? To improve your site and it's ability to fulfill it's purpose. You've put a lot of work into creating a site and you want it to accomplish some goal. In order to know if you are achievingrepparttar goal, you must look at what's going on.

I guessrepparttar 131974 first question a webmaster asks is "is anyone visiting my site at all?" A hit counter fulfills this need nicely. You can create a simple one with CGI, you can use a built-in feature if you use Frontpage 2000, or you can use any number of free or almost free hit counters available all overrepparttar 131975 web.

Forrepparttar 131976 more complex questions I would recommend a good statistics package. If you are running your own server you have it made - lots of tools are available. Otherwise, you would be best served to use one ofrepparttar 131977 free services available. Some good ones are listed below.

- Hitbox - Counter.Com

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