How to Avoid Common Article Rejections

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I just thought I would like to offer a few tips on how to avoid some of the common reasons for your articles being rejected.

In no particular order, here are a few:
  • The use of words such as "where" and "were". It is important to know the correct place to use each. This is also true with the two words "there" and "their". "Their" refers to instances such as their hats, their coats, their cars, their boats etc and "there" would be used to say something like "look over there" or "there are many reasons why ....." or as I remember from school "there is, there are, there was, there were".
  • Avoid using a link that is advertising your product/service in the article body. You can use a link to something that is not self-serving in the body, but why would you want to do that? They might click away from your article and not come back to the resource box where you want them to see your self-serving links, and hopefully buy from you!!
  • Make sure the link actually works. All too often the link is not tested and you wonder why you make no sales. Avoid trying to make the link look fancy. Keep it simple.
  • Make sure that the article title and the content match. If the article title is promising to show the reader "How to make a garden hut", then obviously that is what they expect to find out in the article and not about you trying to promote "cheap ship-lap huts for sale".
  • When you put an anchor text in the resource box a lot of article sites may reject the article if they see more than three words involved. An example might be the following phrase all showing as a blue link -"to find out more about my widgets go to" - Do you follow? A better example would be just to use - "widget special offer"- as a link
I hope these tips help you in your article submissions. For more info take a look at the help sections of the sites themselves.

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  • Profile picture of the author dsmpublishing
    They are great tips and a newcomer will find them very useful. I must admit i do see their/there and where/were spelt wrong alot and you are refreshing peoples minds with that one.

    The other one though that annoys me is your/you're

    kind regards

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  • Profile picture of the author InternetM39482
    than/then is another common misconception.

    Great post buddy!
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    • Profile picture of the author luckystepho
      Good post ta- I am finding 'there', 'they're' and 'their' are used incorrectly a lot too- and of course the dreaded misplaced apostrophe (as in widget's for sale!!)

      I can read my stuff through three times and still find errors so can't stress enough the importance of checking, rechecking and checking again before submitting.
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    • Profile picture of the author Karen Connell
      Originally Posted by Swastik View Post

      than/then is another common misconception.

      Great post buddy!

      Great reminder.

      ...and another one - should of instead of should have!

      Drives me nuts!


      Never Mistake Activity for Accomplishment

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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Hey Ian,

    That is great advice. Maybe you should put write that as an article.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    • Profile picture of the author JoeCool
      Here's another one that bugs me when reading online content:

      it's or its

      It's is a contraction for it is or it has.

      Its is a possessive pronoun meaning, more or less, of it or belonging to it.

      And there is absolutely, positively, no such word as its'!

      A Simple Test

      If you can replace it[']s in your sentence with it is or it has, then your word is it's; otherwise, your word is its.

      Another Test

      Its is the neuter version of his and her. Try plugging her into your sentence where you think its belongs. If the sentence still works grammatically (if not logically) then your word is indeed its.


      It's been good to know you. Contraction: it has
      It's a bird! It's a plane! Contraction: it is

      The dodo bird is known for its inability to fly. Possessive pronoun: its inability = the dodo bird's inability


      Best Regards,
      ~ JoeCool

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  • Profile picture of the author CurtisN
    Basically, read the damn editorial guidelines before you submit an article

    Curtis Ng (blog) - Product Launch Manager
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