Guide to Avoiding Excessive Links

Episode #7 in Gary’s “Top 10 Reasons for Article Rejection” video series!

In this video Gary helps us understand how excessive links, the wrong kind of links and the inappropriate placement of links can cause articles to be rejected. He goes on to explain how the incorrect use of links can make even a great article look “spammy” and create a negative user experience.

Watch the video to hear what else Gary has to say on the subject…

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To Recap:

  • Up to 4 links in your article = 2 self-serving + 2 non-self-serving
  • Too many links look spammy
  • Non-self-serving links should be after the 3rd paragraph
  • Self-serving links should go in the Resource Box

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Affiliate Links Made Easy

Episode #6 in Gary’s “Top 10 Reasons for Article Rejection” video series!

Definition: Affiliate Marketing – An Internet-based marketing practice in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate’s marketing efforts.

In this video Gary helps take the mystery out of how to properly use affiliate links in your articles. He provides specific tips for affiliate marketers on correctly placing and formatting their links in accordance with the EzineArticles Editorial Guidelines.

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If you’re more of a reader than a viewer, here are the key points Gary makes in this video:

  • Affiliate links must be placed in the Resource Box
  • You, the author, must own the forwarding or redirecting URL
  • Links must be to the primary, or top-level, domain (ie: http://your-company-name.com)
  • These are unacceptable affiliate link formats:
    • http://your-company-name.com/page.html
    • http://your-company-name.com/subdirectory/
    • http://your-company-name.com/subdirectory/page.html
    • http://subdomain.your-company-name.com/
  • Follow the EzineArticles Editorial Guidelines
  • Only write and submit high-quality, original content articles

To see all the videos in the “Top 10 Reasons for Article Rejection” series, surf over to our video archive page.

Were you once mystified by the affiliate marketing concept… or still are? You’re not alone! Share your question or comment with the rest of the EzineArticles community.

Widgets Revisited

This powerful EzineArticles tool deserves a second look!

Back in March we unveiled this video to help explain how to install an EzineArticles widget, like Christopher’s to the right, on your website or blog. Since then these widgets have been installed by thousands of Expert Authors to help them drive traffic FROM there site TO their articles.

If you haven’t installed one yet, invest the time now. Here are (3) good reasons:

  1. Having an EzineArticles widget on your website is one of the best ways for clients, prospects and other visitors to see a live listing of your current articles and be made aware of your EzineArticles Expert Author status.

  2. With one click, visitors will be reading your articles and uncovering the added value you bring to your niche market and to them – what an excellent way to enhance your credibility and the credibility of your company!
  3. Adding the widget to your website or BLOG is simple and you can customize the theme to suit your site. Plus, you can choose to have it list any EzineArticles Expert Author, not just you.

Feel free to dive right in – the directions are below. Or spend a few minutes watching this “How-To” video first to learn more.


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How-To for Members:

  1. Log into your EzineArticles Membership account
  2. Click on “Author Tools”
  3. Click & Choose “Create a Widget”
  4. Follow the directions for adding a Widget to your website

Or click here to go directly to the public widget creation page. Either way, get that widget up on your site and start driving traffic back TO your articles today!

Do you have a widget success story? Please share it with the rest of the EzineArticles community by leaving a comment.

Conquer Spelling and Grammar Challenges

Episode #5 in Gary’s “Top 10 Reasons for Article Rejection” video series!

English, in all its forms, is the official language of the EzineArticles community. Yet many Expert Authors struggle to write their articles since English is not their native language. Consequently, their articles are frequently rejected for spelling and grammar mistakes.

In this video we meet Gary’s friend Kim, an international EzineArticles member. Kim is looking for ways to conquer the common spelling and grammar challenges that seem to plague her article submissions. With Gary’s help, Kim discovers a variety of tips and techniques to help her master the English language and improve the approval rate of her articles.

Even if your native language is English, almost everything Gary covers in this video can apply to you as well. Because English is such a complex and unpredictable language, you’re bound to discover something new. The investment of (2) minutes watching this video will surely pay off in a very short time.

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Remember, if you use the Firefox web browser, turn on and use the interactive spell-checking which will underline questionable words in red as you type. Here’s how: (Continue Reading…)

How to Avoid Keyword Abuse

Episode #4 in Gary’s “Top 10 Reasons for Article Rejection” video series!

For Gary, the EzineArticles champion of high-quality articles, no sacrifice is too great in his ongoing quest to help you understand why articles get rejected. In this edition, Gary sets his own personal health and comfort aside just to help others avoid the pain and delays of keyword abuse.

Don’t let Gary’s suffering be in vain. By simply watching this video, you can help insure that Gary’s metaphoric sacrifice has purpose.

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We’re happy to report that Gary recovered from his little episode. However, he asks that next time you’re thinking about writing a keyword- or keyphrase-heavy article, remember the word “cake” and think of him.

Bottom line: Keywords are like cake – A little bit is good. Too much is bad.
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Overcoming Blatant Sales & Promotion

Join Gary for episode #3 of the “Top 10 Reasons for Article Rejection” series.

In this video, Gary explains the third most common article rejection reason – blatant sales and promotion.

Gary understands that you’re writing articles so you can tell the world about you or your company, which is great, but he says you must also provide value to the reader! Without value, you and your article lose credibility… and no credibility means no traffic to your site.

Watch this video to discover how you can easily recognize and avoid this common article writing pitfall.

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Bottom Line: Less Salesmanship = Better Articles = More Traffic

Do you have other ways to promote your company while still providing value to your reader? Leave a comment and share your advice with the rest of the EzineArticles Expert Author community!

To see all the videos in the “Top 10 Reasons for Article Rejection” series, surf over to our video archive page.

Gary’s Big Video Debut!

Discover (2) of the top (10) reasons for article rejection at EzineArticles.com.

“Meet Gary. Gary writes articles for EzineArticles.com. And even though he’s a great writer, Gary still gets articles rejected occasionally.”

“When this happens he reads the email that was sent to him by the EzineArticles.com Problem Resolution Team. He reviews the Editorial Guidelines that are posted on EzineArticles.com and fixes the mistake. Then he re-submits his article.”

“Now Gary is a great guy and likes to help others, so he’s volunteered to explain to the entire Expert Author community why certain articles get rejected by EzineArticles.com.”

So begins the tale of Gary’s epic journey into the realm of improved article quality…

In these first two videos of the “Top 10 Reasons for Article Rejection” series, Gary will help you understand (2) of the main reasons why articles get turned down by our editorial staff. In the process, he’ll set the stage for his next eight videos on the subject of improving article quality.

REASON #1 – A COMBINATION OF ISSUES

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REASON #2 – STOLEN OR RIPPED CONTENT

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Have you had one of your articles not approved for either of these two reasons? Leave a comment to share your experience, and how you resolved the issue, with the rest of Gary’s adoring fans.

To see all the videos in the “Top 10 Reasons for Article Rejection” series, surf over to our video archive page.

Resource Box Revisited

Two great resources for you to download!Click here to download 'How to Create and Utilize the Perfect Resource Box' [PDF]

Last week we debuted the “How to Create and Utilize the Perfect Resource Box” video to help you better understand the most powerful tool in your article marketing toolbox – the Resource Box.

Now we’ve distilled that video down to a 1-page PDF document that you can download:
“How to Create and Utilize the Perfect Resource Box” [PDF]

As an added bonus, Chris Knight recorded an exclusive audio file today packed with sure-fire tips and hints for what to include, and not include, in your resource box. You’ll also discover the “why’s” behind these tips and hints.

[Download the MP3] (7 minutes / 6.7MB)

If you’re looking for even more resource box ideas, check out:
Article Marketing 101: The Perfect Author Resource Box.

Start using your “new and improved” resource box today on all of your fresh, high-quality articles. In no time, you’ll be reaping the benefits of additional traffic, increased credibility and improved sales.

Create the Perfect Resource Box

In article marketing, there’s a concept of give and take. The content of your article is the give – it’s the value you share with your readers. Your resource box is the take – it’s where you’re given an opportunity to make a call to action that the reader can pursue if they want to learn more about you.

But did you know that a properly used Resource Box is probably the most powerful tool in your article marketing toolbox? It’s the one thing that can have the greatest impact on the amount of website traffic your articles generate.

This video will explain how you can create and utilize the perfect resource box.

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Bottom Line: If you really want to make your articles sell then you’ve got to craft the perfect Resource Box. You have provided your expert advice to the reader for free, now is your chance to get something in return. Update your Resource Boxes today and take full advantage of the power of a perfect Resource Box.

Don’t have time for the above video? Article Marketing 101: The Perfect Author Resource Box

Video Archive Goes Live

Find all the EzineArticles videos in one place!

Scattered throughout EzineArticles.com are a variety of videos on an assortment of subjects. In most cases, the videos are located on the same page as the information to which they pertain.

The trouble is, what happens when you’d like to watch a certain video that you know we’ve created yet you don’t feel like digging through the site to find it? Perhaps you want to know if there’s a video on a particular subject or you’re just curious about what videos are out there.

Enter the EzineArticles Video Archive page. On this page you’ll find a listing of all of our current videos for immediate viewing or download. You’ll also find a brief description of each video and links to related pages.

This page will be continuously updated as new videos are released. So bookmark https://ezinearticles.com/video/ and check back often!

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