Each year, awards are handed out to various websites, and they reap big benefits from the exposure. You work hard on your website, so why not show the Web world what you have to offer?
The various award organizations offer winners links, directory listings, badges for your site, subscriptions and overall exposure. You might even get a brand-spanking new T-shirt and a shiny trophy to show your clients. There are plenty of different awards to apply for and, if you win, it's an excellent way to set your site apart from your competitor's. Below, Website Magazine has listed five awards to consider applying for.
The Webby Awards
The Webby Awards are easily one of the most recognized and prestigious Web awards. As it states on their site, the New York Times calls this award "The Oscars of the Internet." Competition is fierce for this annual award, but it's a prize worth the effort. Categories cover a wide variety of subject matter, design, content and technologies.
Interactive Media Awards (IMA)
These awards are awarded quarterly, and are primarily focused on the design and construction of a website. According to their website, "The Interactive Media Awards competition is open to individuals and organizations involved in designing, developing, managing, supporting and promoting websites."
The Pixel Awards
This new award organization was established in 2006. Their site states, "The Pixel Awards take a fresh look at the best on the web. We are the cutting-edge website award, annually honoring 20 compelling sites that have shown excellence in web design and development." While new and not quite as prestigious, this organization appears to focus on the hip, up-and-coming crowd of designers and developers.
Web Marketing Association's WebAward
Founded in 1997, the WebAward entertains an exhaustive list of entries from 96 different categories - "... this organization is made up of Internet marketing, online advertising, PR, and web site design professionals who share an interest in improving the quality of online advertising, internet marketing, and website promotion."
This is not only an awards organization, but offers scads of information on other award organizations, tips and even a worksheet to help you organize and apply for various Web awards. It's worth checking out.