Is Premium Service Right for You?

Looking for a little preferential VIP attention? Then an EzineArticles Premium subscription might be the answer!

Premium Service isn’t for everybody, but if you’re in the top 1% of our membership who wants and needs more than our FREE service can offer, it’s the perfect solution.

With EzineArticles Premium Membership, You Get:

  • SPEED: Your articles will go to the front of the line to be reviewed before non-premium level member article submissions. Right now, Premium service submissions are being reviewed in less than 12 hours on average.
  • SPEED: Your article submissions will be reviewed by a senior level member of our Editorial team.
  • SPEED: Your email questions to our Member Support ticket center will go to the front of the queue for priority response.
  • CONTROL: Submit your articles at one time and choose when each will be published with our Scheduled Release feature.
  • INTELLIGENCE: Access up to the top 30 keyword/keyphrase traffic search terms used to find your articles.
  • CONVENIENCE: Store up to 12 different resource boxes to attach to your articles.

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6 Tips to Editing a Published Article

How to capitalize on the lessons we’ve learned about the Editorial Re-review Process.

FACT: The more articles you have published the more traffic you’ll receive.

FACT: Editing a published (live) article may reduce the traffic you’ll receive.

FACT: Occasionally you need to edit an article after it’s been published.

In February we gave you the option of editing your articles after they’d been approved and published on EzineArticles. In order to maintain the quality of those revised articles, however, it’s still necessary to have 2 human editors review each one as if it were a brand new article. We call this quality-control step the Re-Review Process.

During the Editorial Re-Review Process, your old article version will remain live (published) and will still be working for you to drive traffic back to your site and build your credibility and exposure. Once your revisions to the article are approved, the newly accepted version of the article will replace the old version.

Unfortunately, there are times when the revised article doesn’t get approved. In that case you’ll be notified via email that you have 30 days to make the necessary changes and resubmit your article for another editorial review.

But wouldn’t it be a lot easier to get your edited article approved the first time? Of course. The good news is that over the last several months, our Editors have come to realize that there are 6 key reasons why resubmitted articles aren’t approved on the first attempt. In this video, I’ll share their insights and the tips they’ve developed to help make the Re-Review Process as painless as possible.

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Fitting Article Writing into a Busy Schedule

How to overcome the challenge we all face: Finding the time to simply write.

Most newbie Expert Authors fall into one of three categories:

  1. “I love writing and I write all the time.”
  2. “I’m a decent writer. I think I can do this.”
  3. “I am definitely not a writer. Help!”

Even if you love writing and write all the time, the idea of churning out a constant stream of 400+ word articles can be a bit daunting. However, anyone with a good grasp of the English language can be successful in article marketing. You don’t have to be a pro novelist or newspaper feature writer to create brief, informative pieces that will attract readers and drive traffic to your website.

Some writers have the luxury of being full-time writers. Writing articles is just something they fit into their schedule with the other projects that fill the day. For the rest of us, though, it can be a challenge to fit writing into an already busy schedule. Whether you’re a doctor, a lawyer, a realtor, a professional affiliate marketer, or a stay-at-home mom, it can be tough to fit one more thing into your already-packed schedule.

Yet frequency is the key to success in article marketing. So it’s imperative that you find time to write and submit fresh articles every, single day.

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Myth-Busting Article Template

Become the myth buster in your niche for traffic, credibility, exposure and fun!

Most people would agree: Myths are fun. Busting myths is even more fun. And being the myth buster yourself is a total blast! By using this article template, you can become a bonafide myth buster in your niche and enjoy the exhilaration and accolades that go along with identifying, demystifying and debunking your favorite myths in your niche. Plus, you get the added bonus of being the hero for your readers by providing them with the reality that may have been eluding them.

  • Title: Acknowledge the Myth – Here’s where you want to announce the myth and your intentions to bust it. Titles like: “Busting the Drunk Driving Myth – 5 Ways to Keep Friends from Driving Drunk” or “The Starvation Diet Myth Exposed – Discover a More Sensible Way to Lose Weight” are going to draw readers in with their promise of an interesting and informative article.

    Search our title suggestion tool in your category or niche using the keyword “myth” for more great article title ideas.

  • Introduction: Perpetuate the Myth – Tell a story that involves your chosen myth to draw the reader into your article. Perhaps the story is the myth. Many myths are born of what essentially amounts to simple urban legend. The point of this introduction is to use the power of story to hook your reader into continuing on with the rest of your article.
     
  • Body: Demystify and Debunk the Myth – This is the meat of your article. This is where you want to take away the myth’s power and credibility and then proceed to tear it down and bust it.
     
    1. Demystify – Tell your readers why this myth is … well, a myth. Where did it come from? How does it get perpetuated? Why does it still exist? Answering these questions will help put you in a position of credibility where the reader begins to accept that perhaps you know a little bit more about the topic than they do.
       
    2. Debunk – This is where you kill the myth. Describe the reasons why this myth isn’t reality and provide evidence to support your case. Hint: This would be a great place for a bullet or numbered list.
       
      You’ve already established yourself as the judge and jury for this particular myth. Now you get to be the executioner! Mwa-ha-ha-ha-haa …

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Expert Author Case Study: Steve Shaw

Today’s Expert Author Case Study introduces us to British Expert Author Steve Shaw, a self-proclaimed article marketing expert and founder of the popular article distribution service SubmitYourArticle.com.

 

Steve Shaw

Status: Platinum
Member Since: Mar 3, 2005
Location: United Kingdom
Active Articles: 148
Article Views: 12,468

 

Reading Steve’s advice on article writing and marketing is like reading something written by EzineArticles. Much of what he believes and promotes is identical to what we do here. The big difference, however, lies in the fact that Steve isn’t just an Expert Author. He’s also a self-appointed agent for EzineArticles and a host of other article marketing sites and publishing venues.

Steve’s site, SubmitYourArticle.com, serves as a liaison for author’s looking for additional assistance in their article writing and marketing efforts. This role gives him a unique, yet oddly familiar, perspective on what it takes to be a successful Expert Author.

As part of our ongoing Expert Author Case Study project, we asked Steve to share his thoughts on article writing and marketing. His responses may sound like much of what you’ve read here before, but they’re true value lies in their repetition and validation of tried and true methods of achieving success.

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Using Quotations in Your Articles

“I have gathered a posy of other men’s flowers, and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own.” — John Bartlett

Sometimes someone else just says it better.

Including quotations in your article can help lend a certain credibility or atmosphere to your writing; contributing further background to the topic you’re discussing. Although it’s okay to add them from time-to-time, exercise caution when using quoted material in your article writing and marketing. Keep in mind that you are the Expert Author – make sure your readers know it!

While a news article or academic writing will often contain multiple quotations, this practice doesn’t translate well into the article marketing world. You want to present yourself as an authority in your niche—someone your readers (and potential customers) will want to seek out. By overloading articles with quotes, you make readers wonder what makes your personal brand special and why they shouldn’t just go to the source instead.

Because there are some topics that could be better conveyed with the added emphasis of a quote or two, we allow them to be included in your articles … sparingly.

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Author’s Brew Becomes a Reality

What was once merely an April Fool’s Day gag is now part of the real world of EzineArticles … and a reward for those who have already completed the #HAHD 4 Marathon Challenge!

Less than 3 months ago, we had a little April Fool’s Day fun at our members’ expense by running a Blog post featuring a mythical line of highly-caffeinated beverages called Author’s Brew. These beverages were said to be formulated for the unique demands of article writers and marketers and were guaranteed to help you write and submit more high-quality, original articles than ever before.

When we revealed the ruse, many people were disappointed. They had genuinely hoped for a line of high-octane beverages designed for the special needs of sleep-deprived authors. It didn’t take us long to realize that we needed to make Author’s Brew more than just a figment of our somewhat twisted imaginations. So we got to work developing a beverage that was just a bit more “tangible.”

Introducing: (The Real) Author’s Brew.

A generous blend of Kona and other medium-roast Arabica beans, Author’s Brew is a smooth, yet robust and flavorful coffee. Its delicious aroma and light acidity disguise its invigorating kick. With 135mg of caffeine per 8oz serving, it’s guaranteed to help prevent and eliminate many common productivity killers like:

  • Writer’s Block …
  • Afternoon Slump …
  • Motivation Deficit …
  • Garden Variety Laziness …
  • Early Morning Hard Starts …
  • and an Overall Lack of Ideas!

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Overcoming Writing Obstacles: Perfection Paralysis

Part 5 of the “6 Ways to Overcome Obstacles and Write High-Quality Articles in Large Quantities” video series.

No matter where you are in the world, you can find countless support groups and 12-step programs for whatever addiction, malady or obsession you might suffer from. There’s everything from Alcoholics Anonymous to Acne Sufferers International. The goal of these groups and programs is to help individuals overcome their inner demons and live happier, healthier lives.

Sadly, our stick figure friend Gary suffers from his own debilitating addiction. One that is undermining his livelihood by destroying his ability to write large quantities of highly-targeted, effective articles. His condition is called Perfection Paralysis. It causes Gary to have an overwhelming urge to make every article absolutely perfect before he submits it to EzineArticles.

Fortunately for Gary, there’s a support group for Perfection Paralysis right near his home. In this video, we’ll join Gary as he attends his very first meeting of Perfectionists Anonymous.

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From My Desk to Yours – 13th Edition

Think Before You Cut And Paste
By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor

In the past, members have been encouraged to repurpose or “repackage” content from their blog or website as articles. After all, you’ve already written it once – if you can get the same information distributed across multiple platforms, why wouldn’t you?

However, that’s not to say it’s necessarily a simple cut-and-paste job. After all, your site may allow things that we don’t allow and you’ve geared your content that way. The best practice when submitting something from your blog or website is to give your existing content a once-over and tailor it for our platform.

Keep an eye out for these 6 potential pitfalls:

  1. Article Body Cut Off – The top and bottom of your article body doesn’t begin and/or end the way you intended.
     
  2. “In this blog…” or “In this post…” – Language like this could confuse your reader. Swap “blog” and “post” for “article” as a quick fix.
     
  3. Promotion – Save the promotion for your Resource Box. Any references to your company, website or product should be moved here.
     
  4. Anchor Text Links – Be sure HTML coding from the original article is copied properly. If the anchor text says “Click Here” the reader should be able to click on it and be redirected to the intended website.
     
  5. Pictures and Video – Pictures and embedded video are not allowed in the article body. Direct the reader to your website for this information.
     
  6. “Garbage” Code and Special Characters – Sometimes a simple copy and paste will bring with it a string of programming language and characters that we don’t allow in the article body. Our system doesn’t support, for example, Kanji or Chinese characters. If it’s not an English character, chances are it won’t show up. Check to make sure your article is free of this before copying and pasting.

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It’s All About Perception

They say perception is reality. What reality do your readers perceive?

Today’s Blog post was supposed to be a video showing a behind-the-scenes glimpse of our process for delivering over 1,000 pieces of EzineArticles gear (aka “shwag”) every single month – similar to the one we did in May. Sadly, we decided to nix that video. Somewhere between concept and execution, the video went slightly awry and we ended up with a piece that was less about shwag and more about the dangers of misperception.

The plan for the video was to show you what it takes to deliver those highly-coveted EzineArticles promotional items to our top-performing authors. We decided to go with an off-the-cuff, light-hearted style in order to make the video both entertaining and informative. I hosted the video as usual and we got the whole thing shot and edited together in only a few hours.

It wasn’t until after the video was complete that we spotted several issues with perception. Things that we thought were funny, or added a secondary layer of meaning, came off as insulting and/or disrespectful. One reference to our Promotional Items Coordinator sounded like an insult when it was actually a term of endearment. An allusion to the exotic scent of a returned package seemed to say that people from that country smelled bad. And my playful attitude with the shwag gave the impression that it was cheap and worthless rather than fun and useful.

My Point Regarding Articles: Despite your best intentions, what your reader is gleaning from your article is often much different than the reality of what you meant for them to perceive. Their personal perspective, upbringing, cultural values and more can have a huge impact on how your material is perceived.

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