This post was revised June 24, 2010 at 9:35 am to reflect a change in article re-review procedures.
Modifying your articles after they’re live doesn’t have to be difficult – just keep these 4 tips in mind before you hit submit.
Back in February, we gave you the option of editing your articles after they’d been approved and published. [view post] 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 this editorial re-review process, your old article version will remain LIVE and will still be working for you to drive traffic back to your site and build your credibility and exposure. Once the article review is complete, 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. This process repeats until the article is finally approved.
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 few months, our Editors have come to realize that there are just a few primary reasons why edited articles don’t get approved the first time. In this post, we’ll share some tips to help you avoid these common re-review pitfalls.
Achieving Painless Re-Review:
- 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.
- Check all your links. – You’ve spent a long time crafting your articles so readers will be compelled to 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.
- 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.
- Only make necessary changes. – Don’t change more than you have to or continually change an article. If your changes are extensive, then perhaps it’s time for a new article.
KEY POINT: 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 another 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 now be better spent writing great articles and not agonizing over making each one perfect.
You’ll notice that most of the tips above are as applicable to newly submitted articles as they are to those that are being edited and resubmitted. So take them to heart for your next set of new, original articles as well. Either way, you’ll be well on your way to making the article review (or re-review) process as painless as possible.
Leave a comment to share your tips for pain-free article submissions.