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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6 Tips to Getting Your Revised Article Approved on the First Attempt:

  1. Match the Name(s) in the Resource Box to the Author(s) in the Byline – Surprisingly, this is the most common rejection in the re-review process. If you are listed as the author, then the Resource Box needs to either a) Make no mention of anyone (although companies are fine), or b) Clearly distinguish you as the author. This prevents the reader from wondering who really wrote the article they just read – which, in turn, increases your credibility.
     
  2. Check All Links – You’ve spent a long time crafting your articles so readers will click your links. Don’t blow your chance to impress them with a link that’s broken or that leads to a site without content! If you need to remove a link, be sure to take out any language referring to it in the body or Resource Box, or the reader will be very confused and dissatisfied.
     
  3. Follow our Current Editorial Guidelines – We’re continually raising the bar on the quality of the articles we’ll accept. That means articles previously approved may actually be rejected when put through the re-review process. And remember, that all articles are held to the same editorial standards regardless of author level or submission type.
     
  4. Be Certain your Revised Content Delivers on the Article Title – If your title says you’re about to give the reader 5 tips, then make sure you still deliver 5 tips. Make sure your revisions fulfill the promise of your article title.
     
  5. Verify that your Revisions have Correct Spelling and Grammar – Take a few minutes to proofread your revisions. Spell checker is not enough. Read your revisions out loud to ensure your revisions are correct.
     
  6. Only Make Necessary Changes – Don’t change more than you have to or continually change an article. That will not only waste your time but our editors time as well. If your changes are extensive, then perhaps it’s time for a new article.

Just because you have the option to edit an article, doesn’t mean you should. If you want to tweak the message because you learned something new, don’t edit an already existing article; WRITE A NEW ONE. Allow your articles to keep working for you. Remember, the more high-quality live articles you have, the more traffic, exposure and credibility you’ll receive – so only edit the articles that really need it. Your time can be better spent writing great articles and not agonizing over making each one perfect.

You’ll notice that the tips we discussed here apply to new article submissions as well to those that are being edited and resubmitted. Now take these tips and put them to good use and write and submit your next set of quality original articles … if you have to, edit a few of your currently published articles.

Leave a comment with any other tips you have for making the Re-Review Process a little more painless.

21 Comments »


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Anna Banks writes:

Good morning,

I have a question concerning the process of changing ONLY the url listed in the resource box. In the past, I have used several urls. Now, I want all my articles to point to one url of my opt in page only.

I am in the process of updating my branding website & opt-in page. I have 50+ articles listed on eZinerticles.com and have 50 more to post in the next 3 months, so it VERY important that I understand how to change the urls in the published articles as soon as possible.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Comment provided June 29, 2010 at 10:40 AM

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Eamon Greville writes:

Great advice Marc – still think it would be useful to be able to edit Titles.

These are crucial to an article and how often it is viewed.

Comment provided June 29, 2010 at 12:05 PM

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Les writes:

I’d occasionally like to change the link in the resource box. Will that require a full review by 2 editors?
Thanks,
Les

Comment provided June 29, 2010 at 4:26 PM

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Les,

Yes, every change made to an article will require a review by our editors.

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Les pretty much took the words right out of my mouth. I want to change a link in my resource box to go to my “Products” page on my site. Now that means additional work for both the editorial staff and myself. I think it’s a shame to ask that of them and makes no sense to me. I REALLY wish there was an easier way. If they could be able to tell that the only thing I changed was a link in my R.B. that would be better for ALL of us. Don’t get me wrong, it’s better for me too. For me to request them to read 70 articles because of a minor change is not fair to them. But I hope you see my point also. If I can change a link in my RB that I think is beneficial, I really should be able to do that also. Thanks alot!

Comment provided June 29, 2010 at 5:30 PM

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Larry,

If you want to change the link in your resource box because you need to, then do it. We’ll review it. :)

Every month the quality standards rise on what we’re able to accept. Rather than going back to reject previous articles we’ve accepted because they no longer meet a newly updated editorial standard, we apply the new standards to all new submissions and any articles that are edited post-original-acceptance.

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John Chartrand writes:

When I’m working on a website and I want to add a link that already exists, I’ll copy and paste the link rather than write it out. That way I make no mistakes with the link; if it worked the first time, it will work again providing I’ve copied it properly.

Also, as the author of this article mentioned, read your content out loud, either to yourself, someone else, or even your dog. Somehow silent reading gets rushed.

Comment provided June 29, 2010 at 6:05 PM

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Shamim writes:

Hey! I am new in EzineArticles. I would like to share here one thing that — After trying lots of time I couldn’t let a single article to be approved by EzineArticles editors. I don’t know how much quality the Ezine Article needs. I am not a native English writer as English is not my mother language; so there might have some grammatical error on my writing; it doesn’t mean that my writing is not qualified at all. Will EzineArticles authority should think about again???

Comment provided June 29, 2010 at 11:40 PM

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Shamim,

If English is not your native tongue, I would recommend having someone who is experienced review your content prior to submission.

Quality content can be blurred by bad writing and in every effort to help you build your credibility as an expert author in your niche, we cannot accept articles that are written poorly or read grammatically incorrect.

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anthony writes:

Good tips here,thanks for it Marc.

Comment provided June 30, 2010 at 8:23 AM

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brian moore writes:

Hi I have some articles published but they are not getting much traffic.I done some keyword research with Google. I think I may need to change the title of some of my articles, is this possible and is it advisable?
Thanks

Comment provided June 30, 2010 at 3:02 PM

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Robert writes:

I found the information to be both helpful as well as insughtful. I took the knowledge gained and applied it directly to my own articles and immediately saw the improvements. I will be submitting more articles as i learn this system.

Comment provided July 1, 2010 at 4:10 AM

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Brett writes:

As a new writer I wish to extend my thanks for the support and advice given to me so far.
It is and will be always welcomed and appreciated .

Comment provided July 1, 2010 at 10:33 AM

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Barry writes:

Before I learned about EzineArticles I did not give a hoot about precious metals.

Now, instead of tinnitus I hear whispers of “platinum, platinum, platinum…”

Thank you for this new and wonderful dis-ease. I am loving it!

Comment provided July 4, 2010 at 11:01 AM

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jay writes:

It is great to know that I can edit an article after publishing just in case. This was explained very well and I will keep it in mind.

Comment provided July 13, 2010 at 9:01 PM

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survetement writes:

I would like to share here one thing that — After trying lots of time I couldn’t let a single article to be approved by EzineArticles editors.

Comment provided July 16, 2010 at 3:02 AM

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Craig Smith writes:

Im curious about the first comment on this post. If let’s say I have 100 articles and want to do a mass Resource Box edit, or change the links in the resource box. Is their a faster way to do it other than manually editing every article?

Comment provided May 3, 2012 at 3:34 PM

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Craig –

I’m sorry, but we don’t currently have a feature that allows for mass editing of articles. You are welcome to edit your articles, however this would need to be done manually. If you did need to edit a large number of articles, we recommend working in groups of 20 so as not to be overwhelmed with ongoing edits.

– Marc

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Don writes:

I have noticed some EzineArticles urls have 3 dashes in them. Am wondering why the system did not strip them when creating the url from the title like blogger does.

Comment provided May 11, 2012 at 1:10 PM

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Don –

Quite simply, our system of URL generation is set up differently than that of Blogger.

– Marc

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Ranganathan writes:

Thanks for the tips!
I got my first article published with little problem of general error. I was touched by the gentle nudge to correct it. Though it ranked well it is not getting much traffic because of wrong choice of keyword. I was thinking about editing the article to target another keyword, but changed my mind after reading your tips. I would rather write another article with a more popular keyword to get more traffic. Thanks again and I like it here beacuse of the warmth.
Regards,
Ranganathan

Comment provided February 19, 2013 at 10:26 AM

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