If you have a website and are not a member of the Site Fights, you may want to consider joining. This page will include reasons why you might want to join, how to join, and rules that you must follow if you do join.
There are many reasons why you might want to join. I actually joined because one of my Internet friends had joined, and she suggested the Site Fights as a way to get hits for my site. That is actually two reasons: following your friends and earning more hits. The Site Fights are also a great way to make new friends and find new, unique sites. The Site Fights is full of friendly people, and it can be a lot of fun.
There are not many rules for the Site Fights. One basic rule is good conduct: you are expected to behave yourself, and this is really pretty much explanatory. All sites that are submitted must be suitable for people of all ages. All pages must be accessible, so there can't be any firewalls or secret passwords. You may not be in more than one fighting competition or team at the same time, and you may only have one site competing at the same time.
The Site Fights is what you make of it. If you really get into it and try to spread the spirit, it can be a lot of fun. If you are only in it to compete your site and just go each day to see your score, you probably will not have a good time.
As for a time requirement, it is up to you. Site Fights can take anywhere from a minute a day, when you vote for yourself, to hours. It can take that long to vote for yourself and others, spread the spirit, sign guestbooks, and reply to your Site Fights Email.
You may not be willing to spend a lot of time with the Site Fights. However, if you give it a chance, you may find it is really fun, and then you will enjoy the time you spend. It is also easy to drop out, so you don't need to worry about any long term commitments.
Now, a little about spirit, which I mentioned earlier. Basically, spirit is just friendliness, good cheer, and support. Site Fighters spread it by signing guestbooks, sending Email postcards, and shouting it out. Shout It Out is a free guestbook where you post cheers to rally your teammates, or just support the Site Fights in general. It really is a lot of fun. Spirit is just a nice thing to have and to get and it can really make your day.
If you want to join but don't think you have a good enough site, there is still no problem. One solution is to go to the vote exchange and trade for votes, by giving your votes to other sites. Or, you can become a Fairy or a Wee One, which are basically spirit spreaders. They don't compete with a site and don't even have to have one, but they are a very important part of the Site Fights.
If this Site Fights thing sounds like a good idea, you may want to sign your site up. As I mentioned, you can drop out anytime, so you can not get stuck in an unwanted commitment.
In order to sign up, all you need to do is go to this address: http://www.thesitefights.com/letsrock.htm. This page will give you the specific rules, and will also give you a form to fill out. The form will ask for your name (or whatever you wish to call yourself), your Email address, your site's name, and your site URL (address).
Once you've done this, someone from the Site Fights will survey your site to make sure it is acceptable. If it is, you will be sent the URL for the Weigh In form. This form asks the same questions as the other form, and is mainly used to verify that you are still interested. It will also include a choice of teams. There are many teams to choose from. You can choose one because the theme is related to your site, because you like the name, or because you have a friend on it. If you don't want to choose, there's also an option that will put you on the first available team, although there is usually always room.
You will also be sent a graphic that says you're in training for the Site Fights. You must save it to your hard drive (as with all graphics and sounds from the Site Fights) and post it in a prominant place.
When you have done these things, you will receive an Email from the leader of whatever team you were placed on. You will be sent a welcome message, given some rules, and invited to ask questions of your own. You will also be given the URLs for the Shout It Out hall, your team's secret URL (if it has one), and other important ones, including where you will be competing first.
You will be required to place a banner representing that team on your site. There are usually several to choose from, so you should find one you like. You can also link it to where people can vote for you, so it can even be a help.
There are five rounds in the Site Fights. Round one is a qualifying round, and everybody that gets a certain number of votes each day qualifies and advances. Rounds two and three are tougher, and sites compete against each other. Points are given on a 10 point scale, with 10 for first place and 9 for second. First place moves up to round 3 or round 4 (depending on where you are), second and third stay for a rematch, and other sites go back to round 1. Round 3 is harder than round 2 because the competion is harder. Round 4 takes sites out of their teams and into one of the six Warzones to compete against the best sites from the other teams. Scoring is the same, but anyone who loses is eliminated. The winner of each Warzone moves up to the DMan Dome, which is the hardest of all. Sites have been known to get there in 4 straight weeks and then lose (like me). First place stays for another week, and the losers must try again from the beginning. If a site is able to maintain its Dome title for 3 straight weeks then that site retires undefeated and gets the privilege of competing in the Site Fighters of the Year Competition.
So, what are you waiting for? If you've read this far, you must be at least mildly interested, so why not sign up? You've got nothing to lose, but have so much to gain!