Just yesterday, a new Top SEO Blog Category was added to the World Media Awards Event and Stay on Search was the first blog to be nominated. While marketing bloggers often write about SEO, and some SEOs are marketing bloggers, the Top Marketing Blogs category is likely to be saturated. To ensure that the many excellent SEO-specific blogs like this one are spotlighted, a separate SEO category is now open for nominations.

Bloggers may nominate their own blogs or their favorite blogs in that and dozens of other categories. The normal price is $45, but the first 100 bloggers who publish a post about the awards receive a free nomination. Add @GrowMap to a tweet with your link in it and I’ll make sure you receive an entry code and link to your blog with your desired anchor text and short description.

Major sponsors include the eBay partner network, the affiliate marketing solution Viglink that makes it easy to monetize blogs, Trancos AdFish performance-based affiliate network, Fraud detection and interactive advertising expert Pace Lattin who writes for major blogs including ClickZ, and my small business advice blog GrowMap.

The awards will be presented during a full day of publishing workshops on October 26, 2011 in the PayPal building in San Jose, California (near San Francisco).  Attendance is limited to 500 people and event founder Murray Newlands has 517 members in his San Francisco Blog Club so those wanting to ensure they get in may want to take advantage of Early Bird Pricing.

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Media partners promoting the event include Adrants, Bloggeries, MediaVision, The Affiliate Marketing Awards, Read Write Web, My Blog Guest, Web Traffic Control and FeedBlitz. Bloggers may wish to become event Ambassadors to benefit from traffic and links from the official site to their blogs.

Bloggers acting as Media Awards Ambassadors receive free tickets to the event,
discounts for their friends, commissions on ticket sales and other benefits.

Winners will be determined by judges including Steve Hall, Dana Oshiro, Julie Wohlberg, Adrian Harris, Ivka Adam, Jeremy Wright, Rob Bloggeries, Krystyl Baldwin, Sarah Austin, Chang Kim, Cheryl Contee, Dave Duarte, Tanya Alvarez, and Pierre Zarokian.

You can follow the buzz around the event by searching for the hashtag #wmads on Twitter. For additional information see the official site or contact Murray Newlands.