I wish I could say that I post many of them but the sad truth is that I end up trashing 95% of the articles that are submitted. Why?
It's not because my standards are too high - I don't expect literary perfection. It's not because the articles aren't interesting. It's not because the articles are off-topic.
It's because the vast majority of them are CLEARLY written for the sole purpose of promoting a product. Hang on - I'm an affiliate marketer and a product owner too. I don't have a beef with people writing articles to sell something.
My beef is that the articles don't share a single shred of helpful information for the reader. Most of these articles are short, rambling pieces that go on for 300-400 words but don't really say anything at all. Their sole objective seems to be stringing the reader along to the link at the bottom.
I'm sorry but I CAN'T post those articles in my blogs! I just can't subject my loyal readers to that senseless dribble.
You know what kind of articles I'm looking for?
1) Articles that share some helpful tips or insights.
These don't have to be earth-shattering, just a good tidbit or two that make the reader feel like they didn't waste 4 minutes of their life.
2) Articles that offer a helpful technique or idea they can apply in their own life.
The ideas can be simple - in fact, simple is even better than complex.
3) Articles that are interesting to read, perhaps those who share some of the writer's experiences with the subject matter.
Again, nothing too elaborate - maybe just a lesson learned or an insight gained.
4) Articles that show a wee bit of creativity - not rambling monologues that reiterate what the reader already knows.
We know that upper arm flab is gross. We know that it sucks to break up with your ex. And we know that you're just dying to inspire us to scroll down and click on the link where you have surely hidden the secret that tells us how to resolve the problem. But your article doesn't seem as if you know what you're talking about so maybe your link doesn't have anything to offer either. :rolleyes:
All right, I'll stop whining now but if you want your articles to be published anywhere but the article directories and low-quality autoblogs, please do your best to share something worthwhile with the reader.
You don't have to use perfect spelling and grammar. You don't have to write like Stephen King. Just give the reader something they can appreciate. One little nugget of wisdom, wit, insight, help or encouragement.
If I could have more articles like that for my blogs I would be thrilled to post them - even if there is an affiliate link or a product owner's link at the end of it - the way I see it is the affiliate or product owner actually deserves the sale for helping me to make my readers happy.
Thank you for reading.