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Decal Factory Awards Program

Welcome to The Decal Factory® award program!

The purpose for giving out our awards is to reward business sites that use the Internet to increase sales by promoting their products, service and business in a positive and creative method for their customers. We offer two awards to websites that are exceptionally well constructed (read criteria) and that have a meaningful business website. All applicants should read our criteria and rules.

These are the two awards that we grant to business sites that meet our requirements.

Awards Sites 3.0 rating level.

Business Award
135 x 150 7KB
Business Excellence
Award

Stickiness Award
135 x 154 12KB
Web Stickiness
Award

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Awards are issued weekly.

Site Criteria The Business Awards are given out based on (2) two major areas: Design and Content.

DESIGN of a web site is the cornerstone to a successful online business.

This is where customers will establish a lasting "first impression" of your business. It must show some originality of thought in design, theme, general layout, graphics, and textual material. It does not have to be fancy or high-tech, plain and simple work is just fine as long as it gets its message across. The overall presentation should make the visitor want to come back.

  • Site must be well organized and easy to navigate and each page should have reasonable load times.
  • The site "Awards" and "Links" pages must be search engine friendly and search engine indexable.
  • Must be in English (or have an English version) and free of typographical and spelling errors; must show proper use of grammar.
  • Must contain NO broken/dead links, missing graphics or any pages which are "under construction".
  • Web sites whose main content is links to other sites will not be considered.
  • Photos should be optimized for improved site performance.
  • Must NOT contain strong, offensive, or suggestive language, any adult-related material or links, illegal activities or links to them, "warez" or links to "warez", MLM content or links to them; promotion of spamming through buy "our list and get sales" type schemes; get rich schemes, we'll make you wealthy schemes, we'll make you successful schemes or language that boarders on such schemes or, where if you "buy" our program, etc., our "secrets to success" will make you successful type schemes. We mean it! And must not discriminate against any race, creed, or religion.

CONTENT of a web site is the main reason a customer or visitor will buy your product, use your service and return to your business.

  • The message should be clearly visible to read with the background colors and or graphics. The information should educate, instruct, and provide the benefits of your product or service to the buyer.
  • It should be easy to understand and when technical words are needed to explain a point, an easy to read translation should be provided.
  • Photos should be used with written explanation of what the item is and why the buyer should consider owning the product or using your service.
  • Content that is family friendly as well as business friendly (professional and worthy of the visitors time and money).
  • The site "Awards" and "Links" pages must be search engine friendly and search engine indexable.
  • Must have a privacy statement clearly posted.
  • Must NOT contain strong, offensive, or suggestive language, any adult-related material or links, illegal activities or links to them, "warez" or links to "warez", MLM content or links to them; promotion of spamming through buy "our list and get sales" type schemes; get rich schemes, we'll make you wealthy schemes, we'll make you successful schemes or language that boarders on such schemes or, where if you "buy" our program, etc., our "secrets to success" will make you successful type schemes. We mean it! And must not discriminate against any race, creed, or religion.

The Business Excellence Award is granted to >online businesses that meet all our criteria, has a secure shopping cart, and is promoting their business in a professional manner. These sites should also have their privacy statement clearly posted on all pages. Sites should also be either ICRA Content Rated, SafeSurf Rated or equivalent rating service. Contact information should be full, easy to use, and accessible from all pages. This award is only given to the best business sites.

The Web Stickiness Business Award is granted to a Website that is a commercial site that meets our criteria. Not easy to win but worth the effort.

Sites are reviewed within five days of receiving your application form. We will email you, win or lose. Our awards are FREE. We do not require you to link to us prior to winning either award. Once you win, however we really would appreciate a link back to this page at the URL below. After all, you want your visitors to know the criteria your site meets! Otherwise, why bother with any award?

If you win we will E-mail you your award information. Please link your award back to this awards page http://www.decalfactory.com/win_award.php. Your site will also be listed in our award winners list. Please let us know where you have placed our award on your site by E-mail.

If your application is declined, you can assume that your site has failed one or more of our criteria and we encourage you to review your site with those in mind. You are always welcome to make changes and reapply! Decal Factory reserves the right to modify its criteria without notice.

Our criteria is posted for a reason. They are not that strict or difficult to meet, but do reflect some basics of Internet standards. If your site(s) meet them, fill out our application below.

Please note: We no longer issue "awards" or "reciprocal links" to sites whose "Awards" and "Links" pages are not search engine friendly and fully search engine indexable. Since our "awards received and given" pages as well as all our "links" pages are fully indexable and searchable by all search engines, we fully expect and require yours to be as well if you wish to receive our award or obtain a reciprocal link from The Decal Factory®. Links, whether in the form of an award or reciprocal link directly impact on a sites search engine ranking and placement. Which means it directly impacts hits and visitors to your site.

The reason for this change is simple: The Decal Factory® receives over 5-million hits per month and raising monthly. Sites that want us to place their links on our pages, but place our awards and reciprocal links on non search engine searchable pages are attempting to take unfair advantage of The Decal Factory®'s business reputation, Internet popularity and standards expressed through our awards.

But the issue is deeper than this: The Decal Factory®'s "Awards" have become a sought after "seal of approval" so to speak. Receiving our awards actually "means something" to the receiving sites reputation and to its visitors perception of the site. They have become a mark of "ethical surfing, shopping and business standards" having been reviewed, at least in outward appearances, which is all we have to go by when we review the site.( We are not responsible for the content and business practices of any site but our own, and recommend applying common sense principals when dealing with any business site you are not familiar with).

The Decal Factory® is doing its part through its awards program and links pages to help make the Internet a better place. Our awards and links pages "get used" by our visitors and are viewed as a quality source out to reputable sites. Making sure that our links on those sites can be found freely through search engines helps to insure and assure visitors that "The Best" is out there and can be found.

All broken or bad links are remove without notice.

Apply For Our Award

To apply for one of The Decal Factory® Business Awards fill in the form below or Email: award with the information.

All fields are required to apply for an award.

Your Name:

Your E-Mail Address:
Business Name:
Web Site Title:
Web Site URL:
Award Applying for:
Type of Business:
Website Description:

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