There are sites that actively find and evaluate other sites on the Internet and recognize those that are outstanding by giving them an award. The award sites are generally quite discriminating in terms of selecting which sites are the recipients of their award. They have established criteria defining what they consider “hot” or “cool” and base their award selection on those criteria. Figure 14.1 shows a variety of popular online awards.
What’s New Web sites are designed to inform Internet users of new sites and updates to existing sites, and are often selective in terms of which new
sites they promote. The owner of each site also chooses awards for Site of the Day, Week, Month, and Year. As mentioned earlier, some of these sites require you to submit an announcement or site description, and the awards are granted based on criteria such as graphics, dynamic content, uniqueness, and the “fun” quality of your site. Other sites grant their awards based solely on the personal likes and dislikes of the owner of the site and do not adhere to any criteria at all.
Some Web site awards are taken just as seriously as the Academy Awards. The Webby Awards have a very comprehensive nomination procedure. Information regarding the Webby is available at http://www.webbyawards.com.
When you win an award, you will be presented with an award icon to post on your site for all to see. The award icon is usually a link back to the site that bestowed the honor on you.