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:
- Article Body Cut Off – The top and bottom of your article body doesn’t begin and/or end the way you intended.
- “In this blog…” or “In this post…” – Language like this could confuse your reader. Swap “blog” and “post” for “article” as a quick fix.
- Promotion – Save the promotion for your Resource Box. Any references to your company, website or product should be moved here.
- 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.
- Pictures and Video – Pictures and embedded video are not allowed in the article body. Direct the reader to your website for this information.
- “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.
You don’t have to drastically rewrite your existing content to submit it as an article, just take a couple minutes to avoid these basic, easy-to-catch mistakes.
Leave a comment and let us know if we missed any of the other hurdles that can get in the way of a simple cut/paste of your existing material.