I have recently been working at increasing web traffic to my sites by writing articles for Ezinearticles. Below is an article that they rejected. Once you read the article, I think you will find if ironic that my article about overcoming rejection was itself rejected.
If you are new to the Ezinearticles world, you might be surprised when a quality article written by you is rejected for unknown reasons. Sometimes, it is hard to understand the why of rejection.
I have used both self-written and outsourced articles for my submissions have found that there are several items that will generally cause Ezinearticles to hate you and your writing.
1. Ezinearticles hates Microsoft Word
Not really true, it’s the web that hates Microsoft Word. As you may already know, Microsoft Word uses many non-standard invisible formatting control characters. When translated to web pages, these characters cause problems with HTML pages. Although Ezinearticles has provided a Word cleaning function for submissions, it still allows a lot of weird formatting to get through.
To avoid manual cleaning of the article, I now use the “Blog Post” option in Word 2007. I have found that the “Blog Format” is less likely to cause problems with the articles I cut and paste into Ezinearticles.
To use this format, open Word, select New -> New blog post -> Create. Don’t bother with the “Register a Blog Account” dialog box, just answer “Register Later” whenever it opens. There is no need to register, and it might even be a hindrance if you have multiple blogs or sites. This will open a blog post formatted empty page. I then type or cut and paste my article into the empty page. Don’t forget to save the new post to your local drive.
When you paste the article into Ezinearticles you will be presented with an option box that allows you to strip formatting from your work. You should ensure that both stripping option boxes are selected. Once the article is in Ezinearticles’ text entry window, you should review and ensure that the formatting is the way you want it.
Note that my method is not foolproof and I still have to make minor changes to the formatting of my articles. But this is much easier than trying to import a standard Word document.
2. Ezinearticles hates screen shots
Unfortunately true. Ever since I first discovered the wonderful “Alt + PrtScn” combination that captures the active window and allows you to paste it into a Word document, I have used graphics to show exactly how dialog boxes (for example) should look and which options to select.
I believe that showing the box is much better than any long winded description.
Ezinearticles does not allow this type of insertion. They concentrate on providing quality written content. If you insist on graphics or video, you will have to go to YouTube.
3. Ezinearticles hates duplicate content
Partially true. Ezinearticles has a policy of not publishing duplicate content (one of the reasons I must Google all my articles prior to submission). I have in the past made the mistake of posting articles on my own site and then submitting them to Ezinearticles. They were promptly rejected as plagiarism because they duplicated existing web content. Even though I was the one and only author of the piece.
Much of the submission process at Ezinearticles is automated, a necessity due to the number of submissions received. Even though you may know for a fact that you are the original author of an item, if it is flagged as duplicate, it will be rejected.
To avoid this, I now first publish the article on Ezinearticles; then post them to my website. This publishing sequence works out much better.
And the fact that Ezinearticles gets first crack at any writer’s content is the price we pay for this great publishing resource.
4. Ezinearticles hates hyperlinks
Partially true. Precisely speaking, Ezinearticles hates self-serving links; and they really hate affiliate links. Ezinarticles will reject almost all articles that contain hyperlinks. This is to avoid submitters using self serving or affiliate links in the articles. In general, I agree with this policy. However, even hyperlinks that are NOT affiliate links and provide useful information to the reader become reasons for rejection. While the policy at Ezinearticles discusses “above the fold” hyperlinks, the reality is that nearly all articles with hyperlinks are routinely bounced. While there is a process for requesting a manual review, the process takes time. I feel it is better to spend time creating content that fits Ezinearticles’ policies rather than spending time defending my choice of hyperlinks.
So, the best way to use Ezinearticles is to first write the article without hyperlinks, publish to Ezinearticles, and then re-publish the same article to my websites, with the hyperlinks (both affiliate and informational) included.
5. Ezinearticles hates controversial material
Partially true, due to the worldwide audience that they enjoy, Ezinearticles adopts a very conservative viewpoint. Not politically conservative, but conservative in the use of words and phrases. Remember, that many of their readers are not native English speakers and may have trouble with slang, words used out of context, and the general goofing around that makes for interesting reading. Like the previous sentence.
I once had an article rejected because I used the word “Spoofing,” even though it was clear (to me at least) that the process described was perfectly legal. The word just made the title more interesting. This was one of the times I requested a review from Ezinearticles. The editor gave me a very polite reply explaining their policies. However, the reply time was several days (see above about worldwide audience, submission volume, and automated review processes), and rewriting the article would have taken even more time.
Once again, I believe that a writer’s time is best spent producing material, not defending it. And there will always be another market for the material. In fact, I published the article in question on my blog immediately after rejection by Ezinearticles. I have yet to receive a complaint from the Spoofer or the Spoofee.
There you have it; the five things Ezinearticles hates and the best ways to turn the hate into love.
To recap, I will follow my own advice. First, I will write this up as a Blog Post in Word 2007, then submit it to Ezinearticles with no graphics or hyperlinks. Once published at Ezinearticles, I will reformat it to include graphics and (self-serving) hyperlinks and use it on my blog.
If the article is rejected, perhaps due to my spoof of “Spoofing” quote, I will publish it on my blog.
In any case, the material will serve me well for months to come.