Episode 5 of the “2 Minute Approval Tips” video series.
This series is designed to help get your articles approved on the first submission. We’ve looked at past submission records to find the most common reasons why articles aren’t approved on the initial try. Since we know your time is precious, we’ve compressed this information into individual 2-minute videos.
In comparison to other important aspects of article writing, formatting the article properly just seems so … trivial. Yet it’s not. When you take the extra effort to format your articles properly, readers can simply absorb your wisdom rather than spending extra time sifting through an unbroken string of words and characters searching for their meaning. It’s much easier for them to decipher the message in your article when visual cues are used to break up the article and manage the flow of information.
In this “2 Minute Approval Tips” episode, I’ll share some basic formatting guidelines that’ll help you avoid common formatting issues so your readers can clearly understand your message.
If you don’t have two minutes to spare, here’s a quick recap of the fifth “2 Minute Approval Tip”:
- Use Hard Line Breaks Between Paragraphs – Use one hard line break between paragraphs to break up large chunks of text. Remember that each new thought deserves a new paragraph. This sets the pace of the article and gives readers a cue as to when the next thought is coming. Pressing the “Enter” key once automatically inserts the necessary line between paragraphs in the WYSIWYG (“What You See Is What You Get”) submission editor.
- Format Lists Correctly – Bulleted and numbered lists are simple ways to share information with the reader. If you know how to write HTML code, use <ol>, <ul> and <li> tags to format lists. If not, format lists through the WYSIWYG submission editor by clicking the “Insert List” button and separating items with a single return.
- Place One Space After Most Punctuation Marks – There should be a space after each comma, colon, semi-colon and at the end of each sentence. If you do not have good spacing, your article won’t be approved for publication on EzineArticles. (Note: Apostrophes should not have a space after them if they are used in a contraction. Nor should quotation marks have a space before the quoted text.)
- If You Are Unsure, Ask – If you are unsure whether you are formatting your articles correctly, have a friend who has an understanding of the English language proofread your article. Ask them to pay attention to any issues you may not fully understand.
Watch for more “2 Minute Approval Tips” in the coming weeks. And before you submit your next set of quality, original articles, leave us a comment to share one of your own formatting tips.