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Ever apply for a website design Addy Award?



9:40 pm on May 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

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A while back there was a discussion on website awards [webmasterworld.com] and if they still meant anything. While I no longer see the old award graphics that anyone and everyone used to give out, I still come across a handful of design firms touting two particular ones: The Golden Web Award, and the Addy Award.

At one time, anyone could win a Golden Web Award no matter how their site looked, and there was no fixed limit on how many awards were given. The Addy awards, however, seem to be limited to three per city for a particular category. I believe that most clients won't recognize what an Addy award is, but I see more than a few people throwing its name around lately. So is the Addy even worth applying for? Has anyone here won an Addy and have a positive response from mentioning this to clients?

8:50 pm on May 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I posted a similar question a few months back and most of the responses were negative about wasting time to get any award no matter what it was. I disagree. Most people will not know what any of the awards mean accept people in the industry. Most people will not know if an award was hard to get or easy.

Having said that I wouldn't simply apply for any award, but rather one with some name recognition and a bit of credibility associated with it. Then for clients or in my proposals I would simply state "Award Winning Web Developer" without naming the award or when I received it.

Some will think this is silly and it probably is, but if it impresses even one prospect to the point of hiring me instead of my competitor or paying my asking price instead of hiring the cheap high school kid down the block than it was worth every bit of the effort or money it took to get.


8:56 pm on May 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Awards primarily serve no other purpose than to provide the grantor a link back to their site. IMO.
3:26 am on May 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

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That is why many sites used to try for the Macromedia or Flash site of the <some period> awards. Nice fat PR9 or PR8 backlink. It might still be available.


5:03 am on May 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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The luckiest people were those who gave an award to DMOZ nine years ago and scored a permanent backlink on dmoz.org/awards. So those of you who scoffed at the "Eggcellent Website" award, I guess they got the last laugh as DMOZ apparently hasn't taken any of the banners down since 1999.

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