Month: January 2005

Voting Opens for the Business Blogging Awards

Voting is now officially open for the Business Blogging Awards. Thanks to everyone who nominated the blogs, and to the judges for their assistances in assembling the final nominee lists.

We’ve endeavoured to make things as simple as possible. Here are the basics:

  • There are 20 categories.
  • You can vote in as many categories as you like once a day. You don’t have to vote in every category.
  • Voting will close at 12:00 PST on February 9, 2005.

UPDATE: Sorry folks. We’re getting reports of voting irregularities, which we want to check out before things run for too long. So, we’re going to take the page offline to ensure that a) we’re not as dumb as we fear we are or b) some phr3aky hax0r isn’t messing with the page. Apologies for the dodginess (this always seems to happen with these blog awards) and we’ll definitely have an update by the end of the day.

The Prizes Thus Far

I have been overwhelmed by the prize offerings we’ve received thus far. Here’s a quick run-down of what’s on offer. We haven’t assigned prizes to categories yet, but we figured we might tease a few more nominations with a preview of what’s on offer.

If you’d like to donate a prize, there’s still time. Just drop us a line.

  • 1 month free Premium rotation at lockergnome.com and chris.pirillo.com.
  • 5 copies of FeedDemon, 2 of TopStyle, courtesy of Bradbury Software.
  • 1 month ad spot at Blog Search Engine.
  • 1 month ad spot at GoodBasic.com
  • Special edition of G’Day World Podcast featuring the winner(s).
  • A copy of Good to Great, sponsored by GoodBasic.com.
  • A copy of Cluetrain Manifesto, sponsored by GoodBasic.com.
  • A copy of Paypal Hacks, courtesy of me.
  • 3 x copies of Managing with Aloha by Rosa Say, courtesy of Rosa
    Say.
  • Editing of an eBook (under 100 pages), courtesy of Yvonne
    DiVita.
  • Courtesy of Fifteen Degrees North:
    • An existing web site overhaul to value of $800 – 3 iterations of design or…
    • A new 3 to 5 page website with custom logo 3 iterations of design for both to value of $800 or…
    • A fully skinned and installed Movable Type Blog with a commercial license and a custom logo with 3 iterations of design for both.
    • The winner chooses one of the above and they also receive:
      • 10,000 vistors to blog of choice at Blog Explosion (we pay for this once user has set the account up)
      • My RSS masterclass course (the new version which includes how to get your blog spidered by Google)
      • My Adwords masterclass course to help with PPC campaigns
      • The Traffic Jam Formula by Graham Hamer
  • RocketOne plan from HostRocket.com for EVERY CATEGORY.
  • RocketThree plan or semi-dedicated server from HostRocket.com
    for one special winner.
  • A number of books from 800-CEO-READ.
  • Three signed copies of Getting Things Done by David Allen, along with three copies of the Getting Things Done Outlook Add-In, courtesy of NetCentrics.
  • One month free advertising on the Blog Herald.
  • A copy of Buzz Marketing with Blogs (when it’s published on March 15) courtesy of the author, Susannah Gardner. She’ll also throw in two hours of consultation on an existing blog: analysis and recommendations on design, layout, functionality, tools, advertising, etc.
  • A Web and marketing review (including technology, design, search visibility and much, more more) from Sally Falkow at Expansion+.
  • Security Awareness 101 Training Online for 100 users. The winner get their own Private School through a sister company, GetInsightU.com, where they can add their own online courses if they want to make extra money teaching what they know.
  • UPDATE: 3 copies of BlogJet, blog client for Windows

Buttons & Graphics

I’ve put together half a dozen little buttons people can use on their sites. But, we’d like some more done at different sizes. If anyone knows anyone who’d like to help out, have them drop me an email.

Here is a ZIP of some initial images. Some of which are courtesy of Devin Reams.

Judges Needed

Thanks to everyone for their support. The response has been great!

But, we’re going to need a handful of judges (3-5) to help judge these puppies to whittle down the finalists. If you’re interested, just drop us an email.

Thanks, and have fun!

Add a “Tech Blog” Category?

There’s been a suggestion to add a tech blog category, as well as several other “tech specific” categories. While I’m not against this – especially as tech blogs haven’t really had their own awards either – I’d like to see what others think.

Here’s what Marc Orchant had to say:

For sure I think the categories about how to use software and developer are definite business topics. Software developers are, after all a huge part of the blogosphere population – both readers and authors. And, business people certainly seem to read blogs like mine to get advice about software (both what to buy and how to use it).

Please comment here or email us to let us know.

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