Branding: The Shield Your Articles Need

Protect Your Articles and Increase Your Exposure

Frustrated by scoundrels taking your work and then having to prove you are the original author?

Before you break out the pitchforks and call for the paddy wagon, consider this: Many of these “scoundrels” are not copy-cats looking for an easy article to prey on. Many are just misinformed and others may have made a simple mistake.

Either way, here are some measures you can take to protect your articles and maintain your credibility easily.

Preventive Action: Branding

Branding yourself as an Expert Author in any niche requires consistency in the quality and quantity of the articles you produce, as well as a solid byline or author name. Your author name creates strength, confidence, and credibility in your brand. So why wouldn’t you use it to your full advantage?
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Looking Back at 2011

What an INCREDIBLE year!

2011 was all about helping you. Our focus throughout the year was to improve your Expert Author experience, give you the answers you need, and help you boost the overall quality of your articles. To accomplish this, we developed a variety of new features, services, and products that are designed to inevitably make you a better, happier and more successful author.

Diamond Level MembershipMembership Levels Pyramid

In our efforts to provide you with maximum exposure, we began digging deeper into author-intention and rewarding Expert Authors who embraced innovation and creativity. This led to the development of the new Diamond Membership level which is dedicated to the top 1% of all EzineArticles Expert Authors. To show our appreciation for this elite class of experts, we provide our Diamond members with faster response and article review times, unlimited submissions, and additional benefits to help achieve maximum exposure.
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Editorial Guidelines Revamped For Your Success!

In order to provide additional clarity to help your article writing efforts flourish, we have revamped the Editorial Guidelines!

Chock-full of resources, details, and step-by-step instructions, the revised Editorial Guidelines is a shared effort between Expert Authors and our Editorial Team.

You, the Expert Author, raise the bar daily with quality, informative, and original content. We analyze the data produced by your article writing efforts to supply our 400,000+ Expert Authors with Editorial Guidelines.

So, you might be thinking: Has EzineArticles suddenly changed everything in the Editorial Guidelines?

The revised Editorial Guidelines use the time-tested guidelines of old, but are described in greater detail to ensure your full comprehension.

Check out the following video for a guided tour of the revamped Editorial Guidelines!

Downloadable Versions:
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Tools From EzineArticles Can Make Your Life Easier

A Look At What’s In The EzineArticles Shop

Whether you have an affinity for shopping or not, you probably appreciate convenience and value when it comes time to buy something you need.

The EzineArticles Shop is a very convenient spot to pick up valuable tools that will help you accelerate your article writing and marketing efforts AND help you drive a ton of traffic to your website or blog.

Here’s a list of what’s all available at Shop.EzineArticles.com:

The EzineArticles Formula Home Study Course: Are you feeling a bit frazzled when it comes to understanding the ins and outs of article writing and making sure your articles are approved with EzineArticles? The EzineArticles Formula Home Study Course can put you on the fast track to not only understanding every facet of article writing, but also getting your articles approved quickly on your first submission.

If you feel a bit in the dark about topics like search engine optimization, creating high impact article titles, using basic HTML, or even finding the motivation to write, you can turn the light bulb on with The EzineArticles Formula and start getting results fast.

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Second Quarter 2011 Video Roundup

EzineArticles Quarterly Video RoundupEliminating Writing Distractions, Leveraging Your Writing Analytics, A Batch of Quick Tips and More!

Our video studio has been busy in the second quarter producing an assortment of videos to help you get the most out of your article writing efforts.

In case you missed the announcements on the Blog and in the newsletter, here’s a list of the videos we’ve released to help you get caught up, along with a short recap of each video’s message:

  • Article Pieces and Parts:
     

    1. Resource Box Best Practices – Life is full of give and take. Your article writing efforts are no different. Every article you write must have the perfect combination of give and take.
       
    2. Driving Traffic in Your Direction With Effective Titles – You may cringe at the site of traffic on your daily commute but there’s no better feeling than seeing a full on traffic jam of new readers and potential customers driving straight towards your articles. Discover how to create article titles that open the highway for more traffic to your articles.
       
    3. The Perfect Article Summary – It can be easy to overlook the importance of the article summary. But, the truth is that your article summary gives you additional space beyond the article title to hook in potential readers.
       
    4. A Healthy Diet for Your Article Body – Your article body is very similar to your actual human body in that they both need care and attention to perform at the highest level. Watch this video to discover how you can create a healthy diet for your article body so you have a strong, fit article.
       
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The EzineArticles Formula Course is Coming Up Fast

Classroom Course Returns June 15th!

The one-of-a-kind course is back and better than ever. It now comes with a couple of fresh tools to help you get the most out of the opportunity.

Over the next week, I’ll be giving authors interested in the course an inside look at just a few of the great tips, techniques and strategies to give them an idea of what to expect. Some of the tips I intend on sharing (including PDFs and videos) have only ever been available before as part of a fee-based training course created by Chris Knight.

It’ll be the first time we’re sharing the information at no cost to you. That’s something you’re not going to want to miss out on!

All you have to do is sign up for the pre-enrollment emails so we can start sending the exclusive tips right to your email inbox. Along the way, I’ll also let you know a little more about The EzineArticles Formula and what’s inside. Sign up for pre-enrollment here to get more details about the course and guarantee your spot.

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Article Writing Tips to Retweet: April 2011

Every month @EzineArticles provides well over 100 useful tidbits of information, fun facts and training – We’ve gathered some of the best ones from April right here. Retweet any of them to enhance your article writing efforts.

Just CLICK on to auto-populate your Twitter status field.



 

EzineArticles Tips and Training Snippets:

  • Traffic Tip: An article on crickets, with links to a finance site, will hear nothing but crickets. Always be relevant!
     
  • Avoid being the ugly duckling by ensuring your articles are not spammy, keyword stuffed, spun, irrelevant or promotional.
     
  • Do not be lulled into article writing software! It spits out confusing, meaningless gibberish. Humans always win.
     
  • Get out that ol’ branding iron! Your Resource Box should always have your signature. Be PROUD to own your content.
     
  • Are you an HTML hoarder? Use them sparingly to include headers and sub-headers. When in doubt, omit.
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Articles Now Available as PDFs

Details On Enabling and Using the New PDF Print Feature

Thanks to upgrades made recently to the Print This Article feature, articles written by Platinum, Diamond and Premium-level Expert Authors are now available as printer-friendly PDFs.

We’ve received several requests for this and have added it to the perks of being a Platinum, Diamond or Premium Member. The new feature generates an attractive, printer-friendly version of any article on your account when a reader chooses the Print This Article option.

If you are a Platinum, Diamond or Premium level author, you can take full advantage of this opportunity.

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Article Writing Tips to Retweet

Every month @EzineArticles provides well over 100 useful tidbits of information, fun facts and training – We’ve gathered some of the best ones from March right here. Retweet any of them to enhance your article writing efforts.

Just CLICK on to auto-populate your Twitter status field.


EzineArticles Tips and Training Snippets:

  • Your Customers LOVE long tail complex stuff, hence why they search for it! Meet their esoteric needs w/ unique articles.
     
  • No software is as good as a real live human proofreader. Don’t rely on spell- or grammar-check programs to proof articles.
     
  • Writing Tip: Don’t just add filler to meet the minimum word count. If a topic doesn’t have enough juice, EXPAND the topic.
     
  • Q: How much should you rewrite your article to make it unique? A: 100% – In other words, write fresh new articles.
     
  • To be the cream of the crop, you have to filter imperfections. Don’t send out an unfinished product, send quality product.
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Updated Membership Level Pyramid

Climbing to the Top of the Membership Pyramid

Four different levels make up the EzineArticles Free Membership Pyramid:

  1. Basic
  2. Basic Plus
  3. Platinum
  4. Diamond

Each step up the pyramid corresponds to a step up in terms of the value the writer offers in their articles.

We’ve received a variety of questions regarding why the levels exist and what that means for you, and we decided to answer those questions with a quick blog post.

I’ll walk you through each of the membership levels and explain why you should strive to achieve Platinum or Diamond Membership so you can reap the benefits. I’ll touch on the often misunderstood Premium Membership. Plus, I’ll share how you can keep article quality at the forefront of your focus as you move up the ranks to Diamond Membership.

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