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Top 10 Reasons Why Your Article Will Not Get Published

Back link strategy made simple!

     
12:19 am on Jul 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You just spent an hour or more on penning an article. You have big plans of submitting it to article sites so you can get that one way back link. Keep these tips in mind!
I receive about 10 articles a day on one of my sites optimized to receive articles. Unfortunately, only 1 in 10 are decent enough to even post on my site.

Top 10 reasons why I refuse articles:
1. Misssspelllinnngggss
2. Poor grammar.
3. Off topic - article does not address my site's audience. At least review the site you are submitting too before you send the article.
4. Not optimized. Yes, write articles for readers first, but keep the search engines in mind. ;)
5. Sentence structure. Remember English 101, topic sentence, supporting sentences (2 or 3) in the paragraph to support the topic, etc., etc.
6. Embedded links don't work. If you are going to take the time to write the article, and include links, make sure they work, especially the links back to your own site!
7. Article too long. Don't submit a 14-page dissertation; give me a short and sweet article - even better if the article does not require scrolling!
8. Terrible title. This is the first step to having someone even look at the article. Write the article first, then write a title that would work well on any magazine cover.
9. Article doesn't challenge my site audience. Write controversially, or at the very least, intriguing.
10. No author information. Why would you even consider writing an article and not put your name, or at least a back link to your site? Anonymity has its purposes, but not when you are trying to get one way back links.
Good luck!
Web Footed Newbie

p.s. Once articles are snapped up, you can check to see what sites are using them. Copy a sentence out of the second paragraph of your article, put quotes around it, and do a search for the entire sentence! It works wonders!

2:03 am on Jul 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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what about dup penalty? Also many article site do not pass PR?
10:00 am on Jul 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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To answer BlackRaven's question:
Q. "what about dup penalty? "
- If you have original content that is not already on your site, submit it to other web sites for publication within your industry. Be very selective in chosing article sites, making sure that they do not syndicate and/or allow others to use your article on the web.

Q. "Also many article site do not pass PR?"
A. Yes and no. If you look within your industry and find like minded web sites, send them an article. Submitting your article does not have to be an article submission site! In addition, see #4 in my top 10.

Keep in mind, there are two schools of though about getting inbound links. One, post all original content on your site, and wait/hope for others to link to your articles. The other way (which I prefer) is to submit controversial, very readable and highly optimized articles to those within my same industry that have good rankings. Once they publish the article, it gets indexed, and I receive a quality inbound link.
WFN

8:17 pm on Jul 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Once articles are snapped up, you can check to see what sites are using them. Copy a sentence out of the second paragraph of your article, put quotes around it, and do a search for the entire sentence! It works wonders!

Exactly. Not the first sentence, because sometimes publishers change the first sentence thinking that is how you will look for them.

Also, I have found that MSN indexes the articles faster than both Y and G, so use them.

9:33 am on Jul 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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While looking for articles that could be added to one my sites, I came across articles which had been used on over 30 web sites. Only about four of these were visible in Google, the rest were 'similar pages'. Almost all the pages with these articles were PR zero. Some of these websites using the articles had even turned the hyperlinks into simple text.
10:21 am on Jul 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Once articles are snapped up, you can check to see what sites are using them. Copy a sentence out of the second paragraph of your article, put quotes around it, and do a search for the entire sentence! It works wonders!

Yes, this is good for finding how many people have copied your article, pasted Adsense on it, and not bothered to make the link in your author section active. I eventually gave up on article distribution as a way of getting links. And with today's concerns about duplicate content, I'm not sure that many webmasters will be looking for them any more anyway.

6:05 pm on Jul 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Web Footed Newbie points out it is the quality of the sites posting your articles. Article dumping grounds such as EZarticles are a waste of time. Getting articles published requires going to unusual places with a higher barrier to entry.

A good PR firm will charge you $1500 to write, distribute, and follow up on article/PR placement. This is a time consuming endeavor when done properly reaps huge rewards.

 

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