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                                                      Why Was My Article Rejected
                                                               By Deanna Mascle

    Article marketing has become a huge trend in Internet marketing today. Many marketers are using
articles as their primary, and even sole, form of traffic generation and search engine optimization.
However some marketers lament that article marketing doesn't seem to work for them, especially as
their article submissions are often rejected.

I own and maintain three article directories. One is a general directory and two are niche directories.
Every day I receive hundreds of article submissions and every day I reject dozens. When I first started
I would carefully include a specific reason for each rejection but now submissions are so high it is all I
can do to keep my head above water. Frankly, I feel it is more important to try to turn articles around in
as timely a fashion as possible so I am all about speed now (and am still weeks behind with my
general directory).

However I can share these tips in an open letter to article marketers who do not understand why their
articles are rejected by my directories -- and likely other article directories as well.

The primary reasons articles are rejected by me include:

Reason 1: Active links in the body of the article. The only place I want to see an active link is the author
resource box. This is fairly standard with most article directories.

Reason 2: The article does not belong in this directory. Usually this is true of a large percentage of my
niche directory rejections. If the directory is about Internet promotion don't submit your articles about
breast augmentation!

Reason 3: The article was not submitted to the right category. If I'm in a nice mood or I'm really
interested in the article then I might recategorize it. If I recognize an author who regularly delivers
quality content I might recategorize it. If it is in the right broad category I might move it to a more
specific subcategory. However if it was submitted with no apparent thought or effort then I will most
likely reject it. If the author can't be bothered to select the right category then why should I take the

Reason 4: Substandard English. If there are typos or poor grammar in the headline or summary then I

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am not impressed and will most likely reject the submission.

Reason 5: Subject spamming. If I receive a number of articles on the same subject and by the same
author with similar titles and summaries then I will suspect article spamming. Rather than sort out
which articles might offer quality unique content I simply reject them all.

Reason 6: Obscure topics. If I don't think that your article about New Jersey Divorce Lawyers will really
add anything to my directory then I might just choose to reject it. Similarly if I can't tell what your article
is about from the title, summary, or first paragraphs then I'm not going to read any further.

Reason 7: Blatant advertising. These are article directories so I don't want press releases or straight
advertisements. Articles should include information about something other than whatever business you
are trying to promote.

The simple fact is that these are my directories so I use my own editorial judgment about the
appropriate content. I use the feeds and articles from my directories on my web sites and in my blogs,
and my bottom line is that the article should offer interesting and/or appealing information to the target
audience. If it isn't an article I want to see on my site then I choose to reject it.

Deanna Mascle publishes three article directories. Learn more at

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                                             8 Tips to Get Publishers to Notice You
                                                               By Brandie King

8 Tips to Get Publishers to Notice You
 by: Brandie King

If your articles aren't getting published very often, or you just want to increase the chances of them
being published, then you will benefit from the tips in this article.

1. Article Length

You should always keep you article 500 to 800 words long. If you can't fit what you want to say into
that amount of space, then break your article up into more than one part.

2. Resource Box Length

When writing your resource box, keep it 5 to 6 lines long. In a resource box you are simply trying to get
people to request more information, not sell them something. If you want a longer ad, buy one!

3. Line Length

The lines in both your article and your resource box should be formatted to 60 to 65 characters per
line. One of the consequences of not doing so is that, in some email programs, your article may appear
with every line at a different length.

You can get your article formatted, as well as learning its character, line, and word count, at the
following website for free.

4. Is Your Article Actually An Article?

Publishers want to provide their readers with actually useful information and you should want the
same. If you write an article that is just a sales letter or press release it will be rejected 99 percent of
the time.

5. Inactive Links

Before you even think about publishing or submitting your article check that all links within it are active
and working. Nothing is more irritating than to click on a link for a site you're interested in only to find
out that it no longer exists.

6. Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar

If you submit your article and it's full of errors it will be thrown into the trash folder so fast that your
head will spin. Submitting articles with these types of errors not only makes you look extremely
unprofessional, but it shows disrespect for both the publisher and their readers.

7. S*AM Triggers

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As a courtesy, you should run your article through a program that will check it for triggers that could
possibly get it rejected by filters. This isn't a necessary step but it will definitely impress publishers and
increase the chances of your article being published.

You can check your article for free at

8. Publisher Guidelines

This should be understood without having to say it, but it is still important enough to mention. Always,
always, always follow the publisher's guidelines when submitting an article to them. Not doing so will
get your article rejected quicker than anything else.

Read this list, print it out, and keep it by you when you are writing an article. Read each tip and make
sure that you are following it.

Making the above mistakes will insult the intelligence of both the publishers and their readers, as well
as wasting your time and theirs.

Brandie King is a writer and author who teaches other writers how to write, as well as promote, using
articles. She is currently looking for a wide variety of articles on a wide variety of topics for her article
directory. You can submit absolutely free.

You are free to reprint this article in your ezine or ebook, or on your website, as long as the contents in
the article and the resource box are not changed.

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