Hello and welcome back to the un-Official Sphinn Awards, or the Sphinners. When we left off over at Search Engine People, we had just given out some dazzling hardware to some of your favourite Sphinn- addicts;
The Frustration and Futility Award
The Fast Fingers Award
Spread the Love Award
Be sure to check those out if you missed it.
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Now back to the festivities
lets meet our next Sphinner winners!
<motions to stop applause again>
Media is media and its all about the Buzz. There are those among us that have the unique ability to get us all talking (but not one that can shut me up?). In the Sphinn-o-Sphere there is only one true test of a storys reach, it is in the community dialogue, for that I present
The Social Seduction Award - for the story that got the most people talking (most comments) -
(Danny is eligible SEL Story)
You cant talk about SEO without mentioning about this guy;
The winner is; Yes Virginia submitted by Danny Sullivan which garnered an impressive 75 Comments!!
Rands Unprofessional and Irresponsible Actions from Skizzo 61 comments
the John Andrews Experiment - posted and written by John Andrews - 57 comments
Dazzlin Donna with; Rand Fishkin and the Troll defence. 54 comments
the SearchBuzz with; Why Sphinn needs a Dumbass button 48 Comments
Let's move along....
<start bad Sam Spade gag> It was a lonely night, it was cold outside, real cold, the kind of cold that can chill a man down to the bone. The kind of night that could make Jason Calacanis praise SEO Rocks Dude, if you promised to let him in to sit by the fire. Did our next Sphinner care?</end gag> Of course not. He was snuggled up inside, all nice and warm, 24hrs/day glued to his newsreader
intravenous most likely. In honour of the insomniacs among us;
The Tireless Reporter Award for the Most Story Submissions -
We know him, we love him, the award goes to;
DoshDosh with a whopping 301 Stories submitted
Gary Price 161 Stories submitted
Lyndon 105 Stories submitted
Andy Beard 102 Stories submitted
Chris Winfield 88 Stories submitted
And now, the moment you didnt know you were waiting for. That time when we sit back and marvel at those with gifts we can only but imagine. Amongst us there dwell individuals that have the mythical Midas Touch. They notice 4-leaf clovers where we only saw weeds; because it must be nice to be so right, its time for;
The Bullseye Award - Highest Gone-Hot Percentage (min. 25 Submissions) -
Though light on quantity, we cant argue with the quality, the award goes to
Tamar as 100% of her Submissions Went Hot (25 Stories Posed)
Tamar comes on-stage;
"At first I was hesitant to accept this award. But I'd like to thank my mom, my dad, Danny Sullivan, Barry Schwartz, my husband, his mom's cat, and all my friends and family for voting for me. I appreciate the support and enthusiasm, and I won't let you down! "
Sabastian - 82% (29 Stories Posted)
Aim Clear - 77% (57 Stories Posted)
Loren Baker - 76% (30 Stories Posted)
NowSourcing - 75% (28 Stories Posted)
Chris Winfield 72% (88 Stories Posted)
And now for the final award to end the festivities and we have saved the best for last!
We all know the mantra; Content is King. As a writer there is no better proving ground than to stick it out in front of your peers to be judged by all
erm...uh... you know what I mean... anyway, for giving us plenty to Sphinn and gossip about, its time for the;
Sphinners Choice Award for the site featured most often in the top 200 greatest hits -
While many sites with a multitude of writers have all contributed greatly in making Sphinn what it is today, one elevated itself above the rest
The winner is
Search Engine Journal with 18 stories in the top 200 a whopping 9%!!.
Search Engine Land 13 stories in the top 200
Aim Clear 11 stories in the top 200
Search Engine Guide 11 stories in the top 200
Andy Beard 7 stories in the top 200
TechPedia 6 (get a logo would ya Tamar.. yeesh)
Well there you have it. I encourage all of our winners to promptly post Acceptance speeches on their Blog, or email it to me if it is inappropriate there, and I will post it here on my Blog. You can also get in touch to claim your award (large and small graphics), if you like :0)
I would like to give a big digital bear hug to Jeff over at Search Engine People for egging me on with the idea and playing along as it grew
. I'd also like to thank Bill Hartzer and Tamar for sending over their acceptance speeches; thanks for playing along! Until next time, keep on Sphinning!
Wed like to thank you for not participating in the voting, as it was all just some fun we were having. The ballots for the Sphinners were administered by the firm of Itwasnt Noboby and DidntDoit. The process for the Spinners was completely unscientific and devised through rigorous sessions of caffeine and sleep deprivation. No animals were hurt during the production of the Spinners, although my Boa seemed to be eyeing my mouse for a period there.. either way
both are safe now. We hope you have enjoyed this evenings festivities and hope you will join us next time. That is, if there is a next time. Its not like I gave much of this any thought or anything
I mean we could have another, but whats the point? Well, regardless, good night.