Permit me an article marketing rant :)
Why is it that whenever an experienced or inexperienced author learns how to do an HREF statement for the first time, they almost always over do it?
Meaning: Keep your active URL’s to 3 or less per article and always only in the RESOURCE BOX. That’s why it’s called a RESOURCE BOX…because it has RESOURCES in it. :) Namely, your URL.
If you put an active link in the first sentence, your article will be rejected for selling too hard and removed from our queue without notice.
If you put a link in the first half of your article, it will be frowned upon and potentially rejected without notice.
If you put more than 3 active self-serving links in your articles, we’ll problem status your article for being too self-promotional.
Self-serving active links means any link that you own or control.
Trust me, this is not personal at all. We’re just setting the mechanics of the standards by which we accept or reject article submissions.
If you want to improve the speed and chances we will accept your article, be certain to keep your active links out of the body of the article and no more than 3 in the resource box.
The way we look at it is that we are even economically when you get one active link back to your website in exchange for your article. Therefore, any more than 1 active link and we believe the scales are tilted in your favor… until you send in 250-500+ articles in which case the relationship tilts back into an equal give and take. :)