FAQ's

If you have any questions about the UK Blog Awards we hope that they will be answered below!

Your Blog

My blog could be entered into more than one category – is this allowed?
If your blog fits in more than one category you are welcome to enter the same blog into one other category (2 categories per blog entry in total).  

I have a photo blog – can I enter the Awards?
Yes, photo blogs can enter UKBA.  We now have a dedicated Photography section for individual and companies that specialise in Photography Blogs. 

I have a video blog – can I enter the Awards?
Yes, video blogs can enter UKBA.  We now have a dedicated Vlogger and Podcast category to recognise individual and companies that manage Blogs that are releated to video content, rather than purely written content. 

My blog is unusual and doesn’t follow the general text with pictures blog format – can I enter?
Yes, we encourage innovative and unusual blogs to enter the UKBA.  You may want to enter the ‘Most Innovative Blog Award’ category. You are also welcome to enter an industry category too.

I have a different style from the traditional blog with really short posts – can I still enter?
We encourage innovative and unusual blogs to enter the UKBA.  You may want to enter the ‘Most Innovative Blog Award’ category and you are very welcome to enter an industry category too.

Are the sub categories part of each industry category?
No the sub categories are standalone awards open to all.  For the 2016 awards, headline partner, ODEON Cinemas are award 'Best Storyteller', therefore if your Blog tells a story or takes your readers on a journey, you may be interested in entering this category. Otherwise, we have Most Innovative which attracts anything from entreprenuerial, futuristic to creative content providers to enter. 

Entries

How do I know if I should enter the individual or organisation category?
INDIVIDUALS: An individual Blog is defined as a single or duo Blogger/s. This can be for business or pleasure. You must be the main contributor for your Blog. If your Blog has a large amount of regular guest contributors (more than 5), you must enter as a Company/Organisation

COMPANIES: A company Blog is defined as more than two authors and more than 5 guest authors. Any size of company can enter into this category, from SME, charities, enterprises to large branded companies and enterprises

If your blog is for an organisation, company, business, enterprise, third sector entity, Charity, etc then you should enter the Organisation Category.  Even if you are self-employed if it is written predominantly for business gain/benefit then it must be entered in this category.  An organisation blog may have a single author or multiple regular contributors to the blog.

We reserve the right to change the category entered if we feel it is appropriate.

If you are unsure please check with us before entering by contacting .

I am self-employed but I have a blog – should I enter the individual or organisation category?
If you are self employed with no employees, you should enter the Individual/Freelance Category. If you have more than one employee/s you should enter the Organisation category.

What are the Rules of Entry?

Read the Rules at

I do not live in the UK – can I enter?
No, unfortunately all entries must be from a UK resident or UK registered organisation (n.b. based in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland). International candidates will be disregarded.

I think that my blog should be entered in a particular category however in the overview on the website it doesn’t mention my genre/topic?
The overview on the website is simply to give some ideas of the blogs that are eligible in each category and is in no way an exhaustive list.

I have multiple blogs – can I enter them all?
You are welcome to enter more than one blog into the UKBAs.

I am not sure which category is most suitable for my blog – can I enter more than one category?
If your blog fits in more than one category you are welcome to enter the same blog into another category, two categories in total.  

I am from the UK originally but now I live outside the UK – can I still enter?
No, unfortunately all entries must be from a UK resident or UK registered organisation (n.b. based in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland). International candidates will be disregarded.

My blog isn’t written in English – can I enter?
No – only English language blogs may be entered.

I have only been blogging for a short time – will I be penalised for this?
We welcome entries from new and experienced bloggers, however you need at least 3 blog posts to have been published as an absolute minimum before you can enter. Please remember that the first stage is a public vote and Judges will not mark the shortlisted blogs until December so even if this is a new blog there is plenty of time to keep building your blog before the Judging stage.  You will not be penalised

I blog for fun, I am not a professional blogger – can I enter?
Of course – anyone can enter the UKBAs, whatever their motivation for blogging.

How much does it cost to enter a category?
It is FREE to enter a category as an individual/freelance.
It is FREE to enter a category as an organisation.

Why should I enter the UK Blog Awards?

The UK Blog Awards offers a unique opportunity to promote, increase traffic and exposure for you as an individual or business and your Blog. The UK Blog Awards have asssted in previus winners and highly commended candidates develop their career, gain client wins and become guest writers for influential brands.

I am unsure which category my Blog should be entered in – can you help?
This page may help .

If you are still unsure please email .

Can I put forward guest Blog posts in my top two blogs?
No, your top 2 Blog posts must come from regular contributors/authors for the blog.

Voting

Why is a public vote used initially?
A public vote is a great way to increase traffic and visibility of your Blog and to encourage new and established followers of your Blog to vote for you.  We feel it is a much fairer way to indicate the Blogs which should be shortlisted and brought to the attention of the Judges. #peoplesvoice

How can I maximise the amount of votes I get in the public votes?
We have lots of ideas for ways to increase the visibility of your Blog and encourage the public to vote for you. You can include your 'Ive Entered' logo onto your Blog, email footers and newsletter to let your readers know you have entered. We advise marketing to be done via your social channels and newsletter.

How many Blogs will be shortlisted in each category after the public votes?
From the public vote the top 10 individual and top 10 organisation blogs in each category will be shortlisted.

Judging

Who are the judges?
There will be two-three industry Judges per category.  

What is the judging process?
Blogs will be judged against the following set criteria which considers:
1. Design
2. Style
3. Content
4. Marketing
5. Usability
Further information can be found here:

How many blogs will be shortlisted after the judges results are in?
The top 10 individual and top 10 organisation blogs are shortlisted.  A couple of categories have 11 on the shortlist due to an equal number of votes and other categories have less blogs on the shortlist.    All blogs shortlisted will remain on the shortlist via the UKBA website until the winners are announced at the Awards Ceremony.

To maintain the integrity of the Awards we hope that all those on the shortlist will attend the Awards Ceremony with a minimum of one representative who can accept the Award if it wins. Each shortlisted candidate will receive one free ticket to attend the awards and other tickets will be chargeable, however UKBA entrants will obtain a ticket discount, compared to non UKBA entrants.

How can you judge one Blog to be better than another?
It will certainly not be an easy task for the Judges to decide on the final winners however we trust that everyone that enters UKBA will gain some benefits from the process, however successful they are.

Can I challenge the final decision?
No – the Judges decision is final.

General

Where is the Award Ceremony?
The UK Blog Awards will take place in London.  

My question hasn’t been answered who do I contact?
If your query hasn’t been answered above please contact .