August 23, 2008 in Web Design (F)
[prMac.com] Boston, Massachusetts - The Web Challenge launches its first-ever public competition to build the best website in 60 days. Contestants can register and submit their site idea for a chance to win in one of three categories.
"Anyone working in technology has at one point thought they had the next big idea for the web - until our busy lives got in the way and we shelved it," say Kai Pradel, founder of The Web Challenge. "This competition is about digging some of these ideas out to have some fun, learn a few new tricks, and compete with peers to determine who can drive the most traffic, get the most registered users, and earn the most profit. Web 2.0 has created so many new turnkey services, most of them available for free, that enable the building of successful sites with some web savvy, street smarts and some elbow grease. You really don't have to know how to code."
During each competition cycle, contestants are asked to share best practices for marketing their site and building an audience. "We want this to be an interactive process where participants share their secrets to success with our audience," Pradel says.
Contestants are asked to place code on their sites to help measure progress objectively in order to determine a winner in each of three categories: most unique visitors, most registered users, and highest profit. A set of rules guides the competition and ensures that contestants (teams are not allowed) compete fairly and that entered domains don't have existing traffic.
Season One is currently under way as a trial competition. Participants include a Basecamp competitor and an online collaboration system for designers. Follow their progress as revealed by blog entries, podcasts and traffic graphs by visiting the site.
Pradel adds, "Initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. People have all sorts of ideas and seem to be looking for a reason to put them into action, even if it means just sparing an hour a day".
The Web Challenge is currently accepting registrations for Season Two, slated to start in early September. A fee of $100 is required to enter the competition. Cash prizes are available to each category winner.
TheWebChallenge.com is a community project aimed at encouraging the exchange successful online marketing techniques as well as building successful web sites and online businesses.