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               Awards bring Rewards 

               WebSite101 has been recognized as a "Best Of The Web" site by 
               Surfers Choice and applications for our A+ Award at WebSite101 
               have soared! If you are among the applicants, rest assured 
               that your site will be reviewed and you will be contacted.If 
               you believe you may have slipped off the bottom of the list 
               of applicants, feel free to apply again. 

               The above note was included in last week's WebSite101 Reading 
               List and since then I've reviewed dozens of applicants for the 
               WebSite101 A+ Award. Our traffic analyzer shows that many of 
               our applicants come to us from "Award Lists" and others come 
               from the Awards Web-Ring that we belong to. This Web-Ring is 
               dedicated to sites that offer awards. Stop by and take a look 

               For those of you who wish to increase traffic, both winning and 
               presenting awards bring great benefits to your web site and can 
               increase site traffic dramatically. There is another resource 
               called the DVWorksheet at that 
               lists - and links to - over 800 awardsites worldwide! That'll 
               keep you busy for awhile. Why is this such a popular thing to 

               Most awards require links back to their site when they reward 
               you with that award. Some award sites require verification and 
               provide certification numbers. All of that linking increases 
               the search engine relevancy and popularity of the award site. 
               But the award site most often links back to all the sites they 
               have honored as well and this does the winner even more good. 

               The high traffic award sites often send more traffic to their 
               awardees and thus increase applications at those sites listed 
               and linked as winners. This never ending spiral of linking and 
               awarding is the driving force behind much of that activity. It 
               is another traffic generator for all awarding and all winning 
               sites. Some awards are created just for this reason and are 
               quite often meaningless as awards because they are given to 
               all comers. 

               WebSite101 believes in and supports only quality awards and 
               offers our A+ Award to only the sites that meet our listed 
               criteria. We apply only to those sites that we believe offer 
               the best awards that are meaningful to display. That's the 
               reason we proudly display the Surfers Choice Best of the Web 
               Award on our front page. We encourage others to apply by 
               hosting the Surfers Choice Directory submission page at 
      . If you get listed 
               in the directory, apply for the award. It's a good one. 

               If you are interested in the WebSite101 A+ Award for small 
               business self designed websites, visit our application page 
               at and see if you can 
               qualify for what we hope will become a highly coveted award 
               among small business webmasters. We do require a link back 
               to WebSite101, but we link to you as well. Good luck! 
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July 16, 2001