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No EPpy, but we're still good and getting better

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Scott Angus
May 20, 2008

Well, Gazettextra.com didn't win an EPpy last week in Las Vegas, but that's OK. As I wrote earlier, we were excited to be one of five finalists in the prestigious awards sponsored by Editor & Publisher and MediaWeek.

The Las Vegas Sun took the award in the category in which we were nominated: best overall newspaper-affiliated Web site with fewer than 1 million unique monthly visitors. The Sun is considerably bigger than the Gazette, and I'm sure it throws considerably more resources at its Web site. We do pretty well given the limitations of our size.

While Gazettextra.com is much better and award-worthy since its redesign in October, we still have improvements to make. Several visitors were kind enough to offer suggestions after my earlier post noting our traffic gains and our nomination for the EPpy.

Among the recommendations was that we add links to related and earlier stories to our current stories. We overlooked that feature when we launched the redesigned site, and our Web guru is working hard to make it happen. We should have that feature available in a matter of weeks.

I'll follow up soon with a post on some of the other suggestions and whether we can or plan to make the recommended changes.



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