Linking to Great Content

Episode #8 in Gary’s “Top 10 Reasons for Article Rejection” video series!

In this video, we go on a magical journey with our friend Gary to landing pages near and far to test the URL’s placed within article submissions. Join Gary as he discovers the joy of excellent landing page content and the terror of an Internet trip that goes where no reader should ever go…

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Gary’s Tips for Pain-Free Internet Travel:

  • Make sure all URL’s (links) lead to landing pages with great content
  • The URL must lead to a fully-functioning website landing page
    • NO Parked Pages
    • NO “Under Construction” Sites
    • NO Sites that are Purely Advertising
    • NO Dead Links
  • Test. Test. Test your links right before you submit your article!

Remember: The landing page URL’s in your articles’ links must have great content and be valuable to your readers, otherwise they may end up going somewhere no reader should ever go…

To see all the videos in the “Top 10 Reasons for Article Rejection” series, surf over to our video archive page.

Have your links ever sent readers on a journey like Gary’s? If so, share some of your travel stories, both the good and the bad, with the rest of the EzineArticles community.



Lol funny video. What a waste of valuable traffic when the link doesn’t work! Always wondered why people take an hour to write an article and then don’t take the 5 seconds to check their links!

A tip to improve the click through rate dramatically is to offer something valuable for free. So don’t just place a working link, place a great link into the article or resource box! Give your article readers a very good reason to click your link. A little free report, a free video, a free ecourse etc.


Comment provided June 25, 2009 at 9:18 AM



To someone new to EzineArticles, this video may seem absurd I suppose….

To us, we’re sitting on TENS of THOUSANDS of article submissions annually that are submitted with dysfunctional active links that prevent us from being able to accept their articles. …and we hate having to reject a great high quality article that links to a website that is a broken link, 404 not found, parked page, or a MFA (Made For AdSense) page filled with too much advertising.

Why do we reject articles that have either a broken link or a link that goes to a zero value website? Because it creates a poor user experience for our members…which makes us look bad and makes whoever referred traffic to us to look bad.

Our end outcome here is to give our tens of millions of monthly visitors ALL a positive user experience! :-)

Comment provided June 25, 2009 at 9:32 AM


Geoff writes:

It must be frustrating for you guys to have to check links and find they don`t work. Waste of time for both you, and the authors.

Comment provided June 25, 2009 at 10:07 AM



I appreciate that you check the links before publishing the article. I always double check, but sometimes make a mistake. The best use for me is when an older article has a link that no longer works; I like to be able to go in and change it so I can still benefit. Thank you for doing this.

Comment provided June 25, 2009 at 12:47 PM


Gerry Faehrmann writes:

Not testing your links! Really its a no brainer!!!

Comment provided June 26, 2009 at 1:46 AM


Dan writes:

Even if the end website is fully with adsense the articles should be valuable

Comment provided June 26, 2009 at 12:39 PM


Roger writes:

I am finding your blog very informative, straightforward and generating great positivity. Thank you.

Comment provided June 28, 2009 at 10:08 PM


Ellen Bell writes:

I have a question. In the video it says that EzineArticles will reject articles with links to sites that are purely advertising sites. Does this mean only if such links are placed in the article body? Or are you also referring to links placed in the author’s resource box?

Comment provided July 14, 2009 at 2:38 PM



Ellen Bell,

This means that we will reject any links (no matter where they are placed) that contain links that only have advertising and no content.

In order to ensure a quality user experience, we can only accept links which direct to pages which are content-rich beyond advertising and products for sale.

Comment provided July 14, 2009 at 3:11 PM


Randy Kemp writes:

Very interesting video. Please share more like this.

Comment provided August 10, 2009 at 12:41 PM


Jean Andrews writes:

Your training videos and informative blogs are excellent and very useful (love Gary!). I try to review them all. Even when you think you know what you should do you will always find something you missed or are reminded how you could be doing better. Having those regular emails arrive in my in-box keep me motivated and are a reminder to keep striving to improve. Thank you to all at Ezine!

Comment provided August 11, 2009 at 3:02 AM


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