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Round 7 Accepted Sites

Written by Tyme White on September 3, 2008

Well, it’s that time. Below you will see the accepted sites. You’ll notice the list is short. It will most likely expand over the next month. Once again we had sites that were too young to add now but we had a slew of sites that had good content but finding something on the site was ridiculously hard. Why? The person picked a bad theme and the theme doesn’t help the end user browse the site…enjoy the site. Everyone does this sooner or later. I’ve paid for themes that didn’t accomplish the job. It’s a learning experience. Suggestion: if you get spam look at some of the spam sites. See what theme they are using. If your theme matches theirs, stop using it.

The other major reason: the content lacked depth. If you are doing reviews the more thorough the review the more the reader benefits from it. This does not mean it should be book length, but it should be thorough. “I watched the Eureka premiere. This is what happened. OMG, he’s gone! Overall I liked it.” lacks depth. Stretching those sentences into paragraphs doesn’t give depth.

Scrivs and I were talking about doing a chat or stream so we could talk to multiple people on these types of issues. Point out why some sites made it and why some didn’t so it can be a true learning experience. Don’t feel bad if your name isn’t on the list…that doesn’t mean your site won’t sport the leaf. πŸ™‚

Other reasons why sites weren’t accepted:

  • The site was new: We require at least six months of consistent posting. Please resubmit your site in November so the guys and I can drool over them again. I cannot stress enough to resubmit.
  • No focus: The author of the blog used their blog to randomly dump information. Every blogger has their own style but our readers are looking for more focused content where the blog has a clear direction on the content being published.
  • Inconsistent posting: If you only write a couple of articles a month or write sporadically the content can be superb, but it would be lost on our site. Especially in the larger communities.

Those are the main reasons. For the sites we had questions on, I’ve already sent out the emails. I will be contacting the new members NEXT WEEK – NOT THIS WEEK – NEXT WEEK. Yes, that’s right, I said NEXT WEEK to get your sites set up. After I get everyone set up I’ll go back and open it up for those that weren’t accepted to find out specifically why, working with them. We always have sites that weren’t accepted get added – that’s one of the reasons why there is a gap between rounds. It gives me time to work with sites.

Ok…here’s the list…CONGRATS!!!!


  1. Syed Balkhi Says:

    Awesome, I made it on my first try.

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  3. Veron Says:

    Thank you! Glad to finally be part of the 9rules network! Woot!

  4. Muhammad Siyab Says:

    I feel honoured to have been accepted! Congrats to all the other sites too.

  5. PC Says:

    Congratulations to all the new members. Its a great collection of sites.

  6. kailoon Says:

    Ohh..congrats all…

    sad…my site failed ….

  7. PunditMom Says:

    Wow! Thanks! Didn’t think I’d make the cut!

  8. John Says:

    @Tyme, I hate to ask you to increase your workload, and I have no clue how much time it would take, but a simple email with a reason or two (doesn’t even need to be sentences) about why the site wasn’t accepted would be helpful.

  9. Kate Saltfleet Says:

    This means so much to me, life has taken some weird turns since I submitted my blog to 9rules, but this has been the boost I needed.

    Congrats to all the other new 9-rulers!

  10. Eddie Says:

    I was certainly a little surprised to see I made the cut, but I’m excited!

    Thanks for accepting my site, congratulations to the others that were accepted, and good luck and keep at it for those who missed out this time around.

  11. Alex Shalman Says:

    Thanks for accepting my site into 9rules! Nice to be among the best blogs in the world =)

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  13. karmatosed Says:

    Big welcome and congratulations to all.

  14. banji Says:

    Congratulation to all.. and welcome to 9rules πŸ™‚

  15. Staggs Says:

    Sadly, I didn’t make it. My content sucks πŸ™

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  19. amayalee Says:

    Aw! My blog is far too young to be accepted! That makes me sad! But I’ll apply when the time comes. I can’t do much about the site theme though, wordpress doesn’t let you create your own so you’re just stuck with they’re crappy overused ones. T.T I enjoyed looking at the blogs that made it! Congrats to everyone! <3

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  21. Tom Pick Says:

    Tyme –

    Great blog, great list, but a question — I mean this with the utmost respect, not trying to be a smart*ss or anything, but you state that two characteristics of a bad theme (for which blogs can be rejected from your list) are “No contact page / No about section.” And on this blog, those elements would be…where?

    I’m wondering how one submits a blog for consideration? Thanks,


  22. NaldzGraphics Says:

    great.congrats to everyone who was included on the list.and goodluck to everyone who failed.maybe november is your lucky month:) i should try on november too:)

  23. kyle Says:

    @Tom Pick

    If you look on the 9rules.com site you will see prominently listed at the top the “About Us” and “Contact Us” links. Have you only seen the blog?

  24. Tyme White Says:

    @Tom – most of our traffic to the blog is via RSS. Unless someone decides to make a comment the average user comes to the blog once, subscribes to the blog and/or comments and views the content via their reader. Could we have placed the nav links at the top? Sure but we DO have them on every other page of the site.

    Which the sites rejected don’t have….

    This is how you submit your blog:


  25. Tom Pick Says:

    @Kyle and Tyme–

    Thanks, guess I should have explored a bit more thoroughly first. Hey, It’s a Monday morning, what can I say. πŸ™‚

  26. Jen Says:

    Awwwwww, yay. I didn’t think I’d make it.

  27. kyle Says:

    @Tom – I agree that accessibility is hugely important from all pages of a site. It would be nice to see those links included in the footer, along with an RSS feed link. The footer looks pretty lonely with just © 2003-2008 9rules.com πŸ™‚

  28. B Says:

    cool concept. just heard about 9rules. Its nice that you group the links, since im more interested in personal sites.

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  31. robakdesign.com Says:

    Huh! The list is quite large and I havent checked it all yet, but not all sites are on the same level of quality, I think that it could be shortened a little without any harm. But anyway, good work!

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  34. John Lee Says:


    I’m curious about a few points in Tyme’s comment of 09/03:

    No dates
    No archives
    No tags

    When you say dates – is this in the URL structure? Or where do you insinuate the date should be?

    When you say archives – do you mean archives by month? Or will any archive do (i.e. all posts found via category)?

    When you say tags – in what function? As a tag cloud? Listed at the footer of a post?

    I’m curious and would like to figure out the details. : )


  35. Tyme White Says:

    Hi John. I meant article date. Some writes hide the date so it is not obvious when the site has been updated (there are ways to get around that). You see how in the comments here the date you posted the comment is under the name? We don’t require a specific placement for the date but viewers like to know how old an article is.

    For archives, thing about how a reader looking for information would find what they are looking for. Most sites have an archives page that has option of looking by date and/or category. Another popular method is the drop down menu (or links) in the sidebar.

    Tags are not required but readers like tags. For example, a site owner would have the category Technology and the tags iPhone, Apple, Microsoft, Window, Google, etc. The tags allow the reader to zero in on the content they find interesting without having to wade through all of the entries in the Technology category. Most use a tag cloud or a list of tags. I personally wouldn’t put it in the footer so you’d have room to grow (have diversity with your entries) without the page being ridiculously long. πŸ™‚

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