GUARANTEED 100% ORIGINAL AND INFORMATIVE
By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor
Were you recently on the receiving end of an email alerting you that one of your articles was placed in Problem Status for a lack of informative and original content?
This problem area has become one of the most common reasons for article rejection as we have expanded the types of situations when it’s appropriate.
In total, there are 5 different reasons why an article is placed in Problem Status for a “Lack of Original and Informative Content.” Any of these 5 reasons will trigger the email and the article will be on your account, waiting for changes and resubmission.
Top 5 Reasons For “Lack of Original and Informative Content” Email
Here are the top 5 reasons that an article will be rejected using the “Lack of Original and Informative Content” explanation:
1. The article has too many quoted sections.
Authors who write articles with a lot of quotes from outside sources are showing off the expertise of those other authors, not their own. Your readers want to hear more about the information that YOU have to offer them.
Our platform is the perfect place for you to share your unique content, not collect and present someone else’s, so any more than about 5 lines of quoted text is too much quoted material.
Remedy: Beef up your article to include more of your own unique content and less from others.
2. The article body is too short.
Sometimes, we see authors place the information that’s intended for the Resource Box at the bottom of the body and leave the actual Resource Box blank just to get over the minimum word count hump.
Those articles may make it through the initial computer-based verification process, but our human editors will catch the ones that slip through. Any content that is slightly promotional or quoted from another source is not counted in the total word count.
Remedy: Add more valuable content to your article, and place the author information in the Resource Box where it belongs.
3. The article doesn’t have content that’s unique.
The first time you share a valuable gem of information in an article, your stock as a credible author of 100% unique material goes up. If you take that same gem of information, reword it without adding anything new and submit the rehashed article, that second article isn’t unique. In fact, it even devalues the original high-quality article.
Rehashing old content and trying to fraudulently submit it as 100% original is a very bad idea.
Remedy: Instead, start “from scratch” with every new article. Find a new topic that’s related to your unique niche, then write an article on that topic and use the same links. You’ll increase your readership while feeding a similar audience with the information they need.
4. The article tells a story without expressing a point or moral to the story.
Journal entry-type writing can be very valuable and worthwhile to share in some cases. A story can provide a wonderful background for a point or philosophical statement.
In other cases, it can seem like endless rambling without a clear message.
Remedy: If you choose to submit a story, always ask yourself, “What is the moral or point of this story?” If none exists, you’ll either need to build a moral into it or scrap the idea altogether.
5. The article has content that doesn’t stand alone without the Resource Box link.
In this case, the article teases information, but all of the value is packed in a self-serving link at the end of the article. When there isn’t any real, substantial content for the reader to sink his or her teeth into in the article, that provides a very poor user experience.
The reader should be able to get everything that they expect out of the article. They shouldn’t have to jump from your article to your website to get the full picture of what you’re trying to say.
Remedy: All content should be robust and stand alone. Any links should be supplementary and not necessary to get your point across.
If, after checking for each of these problems, you are still left with questions about a specific article, feel free to contact our Member Support Team for further clarification.
In the coming weeks, new changes will be made to most sections of the Editorial Guidelines. We are adding far greater detail to this and other areas of the guidelines in the hopes of reducing any possible confusion for the reason an article is in Problem Status. We’ve taken our members pain points into consideration in this rework, and we expect that you will be pleased.
Feel free to leave a comment to share your thoughts or experiences with the “Lacks Original and Informative Content” Problem Status.