Say Good-Bye to Formatting Issues

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

Believe it or not, simple formatting issues can cause an article to be rejected. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, you should refer to the EzineArticles Editorial Guidelines… and watch this video!

With the completion of this video, our friend Gary has finally reached the end of the series. Throughout his journey, millions watched, laughed, cried and discovered a LOT of really useful information.

Make Gary proud. Watch this video to discover some common article formatting errors – and to say good-bye to this legendary stick figure.

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Gary will be back again someday, but in the meantime remember these key points to properly formatting your article:

  • Refer to the EzineArticles Editorial Guidelines
  • Insert a defined hard line break between each paragraph
  • Use properly formatted HTML list tags or left-justified numbers and asterisks

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


Zack Lim writes:

Thank you for sharing all these fantastic videos and I personally do learn a lot of useful information.

Appreciate all the works that EzineArticles team has done to keep this fantastic website going. :)


Comment provided July 27, 2009 at 9:07 AM



I experienced being rejected due to severe break points.

Comment provided July 27, 2009 at 10:29 AM


Marie Lyn Onggo writes:

Thank you very much for the help. It’s a great support especially to those who are just starting out sending in articles to EzineArticles and even to other sites.
We’ll await for your return. God bless!

Comment provided July 27, 2009 at 10:31 AM


Kevin Sandridge writes:

Great video! Was it done by the Common Craft folks? Looks a lot like Lee LeFever’s stuff!

Comment provided July 27, 2009 at 10:40 AM


Catherine Franz writes:

Gary, I’ll miss you. You’ve been a great teacher.

Singing, “Till we meet again . . .”

Comment provided July 27, 2009 at 10:53 AM




No, it wasn’t done by Lee’s team, but they do produce some neat stuff. :-)

Comment provided July 27, 2009 at 11:02 AM



The biggest problem is that most write their articles in Word and then cut and paste it into the submission box. They copy a lot of strange formatting too that can cause problems. Best is to copy it into Notepad first (or any other plain text editor) and check how it looks there, edit it there if necessary and then cut and past from there into


Comment provided July 27, 2009 at 11:04 AM



Option A:

If you use MS Word program, you should use the PASTE FROM MS WORD button on the WYSIWYG editor.

Option B:

Shut off the WYSIWYG editor. It’s in your account options. With this shut off, you can paste from word WITHOUT needing any “PASTE FROM MS WORD” button that gets rid of the hidden control characters Microsoft bloat includes with the copy/paste function.

Comment provided July 27, 2009 at 11:26 AM


Ely writes:

Great video. Unfortunately I only picked up the last one. Any chance for a post with the links to all ten as a central point to bookmark, so that visitors don’t have to hunt down all ten posts one by one? That would be fantastic!

Comment provided July 27, 2009 at 11:42 AM


Marc writes:


To see all the videos in the Top 10 Reasons for Article Rejection series, surf over to our Video Archive page.

Comment provided July 27, 2009 at 11:57 AM


Arlene Banta writes:

This was a great treat reading all of your information.

Comment provided July 27, 2009 at 12:05 PM


ROSIE writes:

This was awesome. I am going back to view all the prior videos. In addition, you just got me motivated start writing and submitting articles again. Thanks so much

Comment provided July 27, 2009 at 12:47 PM



Great videos! I appreciate the effort EzineArticles has put into them.

When I pasted from Word originally, a window would come up asking if I wanted to remove the formatting. (Yes, of course.) I don’t get that any more; so, there is hidden markup that clogs everything up!

Comment provided July 27, 2009 at 1:19 PM


Internet T1 writes:

Commercial Word Processors are not Roundtrip-HTML

Comment provided July 27, 2009 at 1:51 PM



Internt T1: Guessing at your meaning here, but I’m guessing that this is what you mean. Web pages and word processors both use mark up languages – but not the same coding. With a web page you can see the markup and make changes or deletions. With a word processing document, you don’t see the mark up, which means that you can’t strip the coding you don’t want as easily. That means that when you copy and paste from a word processor, you can attempt to reformat, but random coding is still left in the backend. Hence, software that removes the coding. A program/module in the EzineArticles interface used to sense whether the pasted text had markup from MS Word and offered to strip it, but that doesn’t happen in my browser any more. Maybe I made an inadvertant change, and it could be that I always have multiple browsers open to test websites. In any case, there will always be problems copying and pasting into a web form for many, many reasons! And, hopefully, no one in their right mind will save a Word document as HTML. What a mess!

Comment provided July 27, 2009 at 4:07 PM


Marcus writes:

Thanks for the whole series. I’l put my treacher hat on now and say the videos get an A+ in all areas – relevant, targetted, effective, creative, simple, entertaining and effective. Well done.

Comment provided July 27, 2009 at 4:16 PM


Amy Bauer writes:

Thanks for all the invaluable information, It did
help a lot.

Comment provided July 27, 2009 at 4:49 PM


Lance Winslow writes:

This will help alleviate many questions that new authors have and it is very good.

Comment provided July 27, 2009 at 6:04 PM


Ely writes:

Thank you, Marc! A great link, watched all four and promoting them on my (other) site — just love it!

Comment provided July 27, 2009 at 9:01 PM


Rick S. writes:

You misspelled “continuously” on that final Post-It(tm).

(Note the lack of a “u” after the second “n”.)

Comment provided July 27, 2009 at 11:29 PM


Geoff writes:

Great final video from our friend Gary. What an excellent series you have put together, well done the team at EzineArticles.

Comment provided July 28, 2009 at 8:08 AM


Marc writes:

Rick S.,

Good catch! Over 2,000 eyes have seen this video and yours were the first to catch that spelling error. Maybe that explains the sunglasses – to protect those keen eyes…

The error will be fixed immediately.

Thanks for the heads up. =)

Comment provided July 28, 2009 at 8:35 AM


Adriel Yapana writes:


I’ve had problems with formatting… really useful information in these video series. Thanks you Gary and EzineArticles.

Adriel Yapana

Comment provided July 29, 2009 at 1:57 PM


Wendy Aston writes:

We will miss you Gary! Thanks for all the great info EzineArticles!

Comment provided August 3, 2009 at 4:32 PM



I found the information very useful, thanks

Comment provided August 4, 2009 at 3:56 PM


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