Win a Free Website or Blog Re-Design

Try as you might, it’s unlikely that you will ever become an expert in everything. For example, I’ve decided to specialize in freelance writing and John knows how to make money online, but neither one of us is particularly proficient in the visual arts.

It can get expensive to hire a web designer to completely create your website from the ground up, but thanks to a contest from lifeBLUE Media — the company that ordered this ReviewMe review — you may have an opportunity to get your blog or website completely redesigned by professionals and it won’t cost you a penny. With the right look, concept, and a little perseverance, maybe you can be a dot com mogul too!

Ugly Duckling Syndrome

The I Need a New Design Contest is actually quite simple. You have what you consider to be one of the ugliest and worst designed websites on the net, and lifeBLUE wants to help you turn that mangled mess around into a work of web 2.0 art. They want to transform your beast into a beauty.

After submitting your website, you must then tell as many people as you can to vote for you. Place a badge on your website, spread the word through email and IM, and spam post in forums that you frequent. The crew at lifeBLUE will keep track of all the votes and a winner — that is, the person with the absolute ugliest and worst designed website based on number of votes — will be announced some time after August 8th, 2007 when voting will end.

It’s terribly ironic, really, because you’re trying to convince your readers that you have a website with a ridiculously poor design. It’s butt ugly and you’re not at all proud of it. With this web design contest, “it’s good to be bad!”


Click here for full contest rules.

Slim Competition Increases Your Chances

At the time that I wrote this review, there were very few contestants vying for the very lucrative prize. In fact, when I checked the current standings, the top vote getter only had five votes. I’m sure that with very little promotion and the help of a few of your friends, you can easily topple the five vote mark. Submitting your website only takes a few seconds, and the actual voting process is even shorter.

When a random visitor clicks on the badge on your site or navigates to your entry page on lifeBLUE, they need not enter any sort of personal information whatsoever. What’s more, anyone can vote once a day for their favorite (or least favorite, depending on how you want to frame it) site. Not that I’m encouraging you to do this, but if you were to vote for yourself every day between now and August 8th, you’d rack up a solid 30 votes. And that’s just you.

Brilliant Linkbait (For You Too)

Ultimately, this contest is designed to be one big linkbait for lifeBLUE, a Dallas web design company. By placing the voting widget on your site and promoting the contest through your blog, they are receiving some valuable linkbacks and plenty of exposure. Ordering this ReviewMe was naturally also a very good idea.


But they’re not the only ones to gain from this. Even if you don’t win — there will only be one winner who will receive the grand prize — you also get to reap the benefits of some free linkbacks. If you manage to stay near the top of the standings, everyone visiting that page will see a screenshot of your site, as well as the URI. From your specific entry page, there’s also a direct linkback to your website. Hence, there’s a little bit of link love for everyone.

Beyond the Contest

This web design contest is unique because it’s puts a positive spin on having an ugly website or blog. That’s why it’s “good to be bad”. If you’re the winner, this is great, because you get a whole new professionally designed site or blog, as well as lots of linkbacks and exposure. That said, if you lose, it means that you are openly saying that your blog is ugly or your site is poorly designed. And then it’s going to stay that way.

On a side note, if you’re interested in what else lifeBLUE has to offer, here’s what their website says:


Good luck to all the ugly ducklings in the audience. Hopefully you’ll win and emerge as a beautiful swan.

74 thoughts on “Win a Free Website or Blog Re-Design”

  1. ouchs says:

    Free website, nice..

    1. vote for me please, i’d love a blog redesign

    2. ouchs, you won’t get a free website, all you will get is a free redesign of your website or your blog

      1. cooliojones says:

        That’s not a bad prize though! And I imagine you don’t have to accept their design if you don’t like it. I would like a new design myself! πŸ˜€

        1. Lewis Empire says:

          Maybe if you win the design based on self or friend votes you could run your own contest and give the prize away.

      2. MrGPT says:

        You just wrote that…

    3. it’s been a while everyone!

      nice, can’t we have both?

      i want a redesign of my blog

      pleas vote for me

    4. Debo Hobo says:

      Please vote for me! I obviously need it 😈

    5. This is the same (almost) contest I’ve been running on my blog since March:

      The only difference is that you don’t need to ask for votes. All you need to do is write a review!!

      1. girl i had made a comment about it without reading so glad you put it in the air because i think somebody is not reading other peoples post. shame on you john.

  2. ouchs says:

    I have no problem with an ugly website making me good cash πŸ˜†

    1. MrGPT says:

      Nor do I πŸ™‚ .

    2. Debo Hobo says:

      That’s true too.

    3. But nicer could make you even more. 😈

    4. Goob says:

      yeah, but a better looking one can’t hurt!

  3. Rajaram S says:

    As with many other things in life, “Contest open to US residents only.” 😐
    To participate, all i need to do is to delete a ” or a ; somewhere in the template and then my page will be royally screwed!

    1. Lewis Empire says:

      But we’re talking about getting linkbacks here. Just because you can’t win the prize doesn’t mean you can get in the running…

  4. indyank says:

    ” But they’re not the only ones to gain from this. Even if you don’t win β€” there will only be one winner who will receive the grand prize β€” you also get to reap the benefits of some free linkbacks. If you manage to stay near the top of the standings, everyone visiting that page will see a screenshot of your site, as well as the URI. From your specific entry page, there’s also a direct linkback to your website. Hence, there’s a little bit of link love for everyone.”

    But what about the loss of reputation? If you don’t win,then you don’t get a chance to get your site redsigned and one participates claiming that he/she has a bad looking site? so how the hell will one get new subscribers?

    One can rather follow John chow and try to self promote his/her personal success whether it be making money online or any other niche area they focus on…

    and i will continue to celebrate and promote my celebrities with this design of mine.

    cheers,indy –

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      If you read the full review, you’d notice that I also said this:

      “That said, if you lose, it means that you are openly saying that your blog is ugly or your site is poorly designed. And then it’s going to stay that way.”

  5. Nomar says:

    That is a good linkbait idea I agree. Nice idea

    1. MrGPT says:

      Haha, that’s what I immediately thought of when I read this post.

  6. Brian says:

    I was surprised that the quality of those “bad” sites really wasn’t that bad. At least not crime-against-humanity bad like 90% of MySpace pages.

    Great marketing idea, though! Sounds like they have some creative minds working there.

    1. they took this idea from another blogger…this post is 3 months old…

      you be the judge

  7. abdalla says:

    Hope I win πŸ˜€

  8. Paul B says:

    I’ve got loads of ugly sites, the problem is I stay awake at night crying when I think about having to shift the content to a new design πŸ˜₯

    (Just read above, only for US, that’s that problem solved then.)

    1. cooliojones says:

      But the reward will be well worth it! Instead of crying, get on the computer and type away!

  9. I’d love a free design of my blog!

  10. Zen Zoomie says:

    Great link bait. And boy do I need a redesign. Vote for me!!

    1. Your current design isn’t too bad. πŸ™‚

  11. I’d love a professional design. It’s so time consuming learning CSS

    1. Goob says:

      Tell me about it. I’ve been teaching myself for years and I still suck at CSS!

  12. Ahh yes, gotta have the wall of shame!

    1. Lewis Empire says:

      Even if I’ve seen 1,000,000 uglier sites than yours?

    2. I think your site looks very nice, you dont need redisign so it will be hard for you to win.

  13. Hey, this is Brandon from lifeBLUE. I understand what you mean about wanting a new site rather than a redesign. Here’s what we decided–set up a free blog as a placeholder then go out and promote it (on your own blog or personal sites) to get votes just the same as any of the other sites. Little more effort but I’d say it’s well worth it for the chance at a new site.

    I’m looking forward to see how you guys promote your sites to get the most votes. Good luck and let me know if there’s any more questions about it.


  14. Not a bad idea! I’m sure they will get some traffic out of it

    1. Lewis Empire says:

      Probably a lot of traffic. If this type of thing catches on there could be a lot of exposure.

      1. I guess that is the chance you take, traffic vs. having a reputation for an ugly site.

  15. J.D. says:

    No, no no.

    People You’ll See In Hell is the site you should vote for. We’re TERRIBLE.

    Seriously, We’re in dire need of some kind of expert work. Court was nice enough to SEO the layout, but it’s still pretty rough.

  16. Jay Tillery says:

    FREE? Who gives away free things these days?

  17. kristine says:

    cant join, i only have blogger.
    who won the latest contest?

  18. shman says:

    Hey people! Vote for me 😈 : VOTE


  19. Lewis Empire says:

    How much redesign can be done on a blog? If your blog is ugly then just pick a different template and get rid of a bunch of flashing banner ads!

  20. cooliojones says:

    Vote for my site! Ok I’ll ask nicely: Please vote for my site! πŸ˜€

  21. Hello Micheal, nice contest. I suggest you submitting it to my new website .

  22. Tech Bold says:

    Nice link bait. It time for another contest. πŸ˜‰

  23. I need my site to redesign… my design is like 4 years old and that is not good.

    1. I have joined because I think I need some fresh look.

      VOTE PLEASE πŸ˜†
      But dont vote if there is more ugy site than mine.

      1. ouchs says:

        crap, your site is ugly…nothing reallly meets the eye

        1. I dont like to say that but you are right. But it is my baby and I want for it the best so some new coat would be good. πŸ˜›

  24. drew says:

    The links are all rel=nofollow. For example, you can see my submission here:

    or simply click here to vote for me.

  25. Wahlau.NET says:

    everyone is asking for a vote already…wow

    1. It will be overloaded and crash the server soon πŸ™‚

  26. please vote for me guys

    i need some encouragement to continue to write


  27. David Mackey says:

    Didn’t you know that I’m an expert in everything? j/k. Nice piece of linkbait.

  28. Michael Kwan says:

    It’s interesting that over half of the comments on this post are “vote for me” πŸ˜›

  29. This is a damn weird contest. I will consider submitting my blog there (the blog is OK, just another WP blog, it has some errors in IE but i can easily fix that, what i care is…umh the juicy promotion i sniff from this).

    Love this kind of weird things…human brain has no limits.

  30. Thanks for bringing this up! I could use a redesign on a couple of my sites, and taking a shot at winning a contest never hurts…

  31. Thanks for putting a great offer together. I would love to get some redesign done on few of my site so it can start pulling in nice income like this one!

  32. Goob says:

    It’d be nice if they made the vote total public.

  33. The thinking blog is doing the same thing..

    she has some stuning designs.. she even made one for you john but you never i wrong?

  34. Cigar Jack says:

    Thanks for the great contest! Somehow I’ve jumped to number 1. My site must really suck. πŸ™‚

  35. Lori says:

    I submitted my money blog(the one you go to when u click on my name) because it’s pretty crappy. I have lots of ideas but don’t know very much html, etc. I redesigned my A Cowboy’s Wife myself to fit my lifestyle but definately need help on the other one. Any of you please feel free to vote for my ugly blog!! Thanks

  36. More free things! Yippee! Installing a WordPress
    can be a pain in the — ! Thanks!

  37. Jasmine says:

    Wow, thanks for sharing this freebie!

  38. Mr Beach Bum says:

    This really is a great contest and I am ashamed to be a part of it and happy to be a part of it at the same time πŸ˜•

    Vote for me please!!

  39. Hip Hop says:

    Is this contest still on ?? If so im in.

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