By Gene and Katie Hamilton
The National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) announced the winners of its 65th Annual Journalism Awards Competition, recognizing excellence in reporting, writing and editing stories about residential and commercial real estate. DIYORNOT.COM was honored with the Silver Award for Best Web Site by a panel of expert judges from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.
Press Release: Visitors at DIYORNOT.COM a Financial Web Site, Consistently Choose the Same Top 10 Projects Five Years Running Press Release
A daily addition to both main and mobile sites was added that features "Today's Project".
DIYORNOT celebrates its 16th year as an online publication. Based on a newspaper column of the same name, the print edition hails back to its first publication in 1987. The long-running feature continues to appear in newspapers across the country as well as online.
Based on weekly analytics of the site a new feature "Job Cost Popular Searches" was introduced to the pages of DIYORNOT to report what job cost data that site visitors are accessing.
A ticker tape was launched to crawl across the pages of both the main and mobile sites to feature high interest job costs which site visitors frequently use. The name of the project with the DIY and PRO cost scrolls across the screen for instant access to the information.
"Bundling Home Repairs" is an article in the March issue of Real Simple magazine that features DIYORNOT. The story by Ashley Tate, covers the pros and cons of piggybacking home repairs so a homeowner hires a contractor when there are more than one repair job.
A new and improved mobile version of www.diyornot.com was launched at www.m.diyornot.com to reach the ever growing number of cell phone users accessing the Internet.
In early February Katie and Gene Hamilton of DIYORNOT were featured speakers at an AARP regional seminar discussing ideas to age proof a home. Age proofing a home is one of the most viewed topics on the web site as homeowners are seeing the benefits of making a home more comfortable and convenient for everyone who lives there.
"DIY or don't" is a slide show on MSN.com's Real Estate channel which quotes co-founder Katie Hamilton about the dos and don'ts of knowing when to hire a contractor. Here's a link to the feature
DIY or don't
DIYORNOT makes the pages of USA Today in a story "Home Project Helpers" by Kim Komando, the host of the nation's largest talk radio show about consumer electronics. Here's the link Home Project Helpers
DIYORNOT is featured in the PBS Web site next avenue in an article in the July 5 Newsletter "Home Repair: When Not to Do-It-Yourself "
Look for DIYORNOT on MSN.com in their Real Estate channel in a story about DIY summer projects. Here's a link to
"10 DIY projects to tackle before summer ends."
DIYORNOT is featured in the July 31st edition of the Washington Post's Deal Hunter story on "Easy Home Fixes That Reap Rewards". Here'e a link to download Easy Home Fixes That Reap Rewards
DIYORNOT is featured in the story on CreditCard Finder.com 18 Simple Ways to Spend Less to Repay Your Credit Card Faster.
DIYORNOT is the Featured Link on ktsp.com, the Twin Cities ABC affiliate station in this link by producer Josh Simeone
Watch Gene and Katie Hamilton in a video hosted by Farnoosh Tarobi on the Personal Finance section of Yahoo! In a Financially Fit segment about the "5 Projects Best Left to a Professional" the creators of DIYORNOT talked about why some home improvement projects are best left to a pro. Here's a link to the video
Personal Finance Yahoo!
In the February 2011 issue of Popular Science magazine DIYORNOT is featured as the Website of the Month in the How 2.0 Tech Support section. The article begins "Even we here at How 2.0 headquarters must admit that doing a project yourself isn't always the best choice" and takes readers through some of the unique features of the site.
DIYORNOT is featured as the Cool Site of the Day in Kim Komando's Newsletter on January 18. The Kim Komando Show is America's biggest syndicated weekend talk radio show that broadcasts in over 450 U.S. markets. The show's focus is on the digital lifestyle including Web sites, technology and home electronics. Follow this link to the newsletter Kim Komando Newsletter
Good Morning Silicon Valley posted a nice mention of the site in Off topic in their December 16 edition. Here's a link to it.
Good Morning Silicon Valley
In The Guide: Money section of the November issue of Real Simple magazine DIYORNOT and its mobile site M.DIYORNOT are featured. Titled "Bookmark This" the story gives a favorable review describing the sites with details of the free Web tool and mobile app.
We are happy to report DIYORNOT and its sidekick M.DIYORNOT is listed in the MakeUseOf Directory of popular "Cool websites and Tools" at MakeUse Of.
Lifehacker.com, the popular blog dedicated to software and personal productivity features DIYORNOT.COM in a post about calculating the price of DIY projects. The site is known for the best place online for tips and downloads for getting things done at www.lifehacker.com.
In the Real Estate channel of Time's Business & Money, DIYORNOT.COM is featured in a story about Home Improvements "Easy DIY Projects to Make Your House Easier to Sell or Just Easier to Live In." Here's the link to TIME Business & Money.
The Special Report "99 Great Ways to Save" in the July-August issue of the AARP Bulletin features DIYORNOT.COM and on their site www.aarp.com there's a link to our site in an article Cut Costs at Home.
In the May 1 issue of Bottom Line Personal Gene and Katie Hamilton, the creators of DO IT YOURSELF OR NOT have a featured article "Save $3,000 and Improve Your Home's Value."
In the March 2010 issue of Money magazine DIYORNOT.COM is featured as one of "The 20 Best Money Web Sites." Their editors combed the Internet to find the best sites with tools you can use to help make better money decisions. The article is featured on their Web site at The 20 Best Money Web Sites.
The Sunday Home Section of the February 14th edition of the Wisconsin State Journal featured a story about DIYORNOT.COM.
On her January 19, 2010 blog, the Real Estate Wonk, reporter Jamie Smith Hopkins wrote about No Brainer DIY Home Improvement Work featuring DIYORNOT.COM. Here's a link to the story:
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