From My Desk To Yours – 28th Edition

GUIDE TO MISUSED WORDS
By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor

English is a complex language to both understand and use. There are often dozens of different ways to express a single thought or idea in words. On top of that, there are confusing language elements like homonyms, jargon, loaded words and other awkward word combinations that can trip us up.

Even adults who’ve been using English their entire lives can’t be faulted for consulting a dictionary to make sure they’re using a word correctly or to see if what they’re saying makes sense.

It would be nearly impossible to put to rest every question about misused words in a single blog post, but today we decided to share some of the most common ones we’ve come across. Then we’ll leave it up to you to ask any lingering questions you still have or, better yet, share your own tips.

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From My Desk To Yours – 27th Edition

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.

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From My Desk To Yours – 26th Edition

ON AUTHOR NAMES AND CREDIBILITY
By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor

With thousands of new account sign-ups a month, it’s no surprise that the most common names have already been snatched up on EzineArticles.com.

Names are given out on a first come, first served basis when you sign up so that each person has a unique name.

Luckily, there’s a simple solution for people with fairly common names who want to sign up for a new account. Make your account one-of-a-kind by adding your middle initial or full middle name to your account name. For example, John Doe could register as John A. Doe, John Albert Doe, J. A. Doe, etc., or Susan Smith could register as Susan M. Smith, Susan Mary Smith, S. Mary Smith, etc. There are a huge number of variations to use from one name as long as at least one part of the name is more than just a single initial.

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From My Desk To Yours – 25th Edition

SPECIAL CHARACTERS IN TITLES
By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor

The title is an important determining factor in the overall performance of your article. To ensure that each article you write performs optimally, it’s crucial that you focus your energy on creating working titles.

It’s also crucial to understand and follow the Editorial Guidelines established for titles (Section 2.a). This section lays out what types of characters are allowed and which ones aren’t. As HTML has evolved over time, the list of restricted special characters has grown. In this Blog, we’ll discuss a few of those characters and why they are restricted.

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From My Desk To Yours – 24th Edition

WHY ARE ACCOUNTS SUSPENDED?
By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor

Account suspension isn’t a pretty thing, but it’s one of those actions that’s necessary to ensure EzineArticles continues to be a high-quality article writing and marketing platform.

An author’s account can be suspended for a variety of reasons. Knowing and understanding these reasons will help you keep your account in good standing now and into the future. The reasons include:

  1. If an author blatantly steals someone else’s work and claims it as their own.
  2. If the author name on the account doesn’t comply with our author name guidelines.
  3. If an author has more than one account.
  4. If an author is trying to scam us or use us as a vehicle to scam others.
  5. If an author’s email address is invalid.
  6. If an author submits multiple articles that are rejected for the same reason with no intent to fix.
  7. If an author resubmits article(s) multiple times without making any changes to them.

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From My Desk To Yours – 23rd Edition

THINK BEFORE YOU LINK
By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor

As an article writer and marketer, one of the primary benefits you hope to gain from your efforts is highly pre-qualified traffic back to your website or blog. Pre-qualified means that your visitors are already interested in your topic, you have their attention and your one-of-a-kind content is making them hungry for more.

What you do with their attention is up to you – just don’t waste it! A little thought can go a long way to converting their interest in your topic into clicks back to your site and, more importantly, conversions or sales. The key is to have links that not only work, but also make sense for your overall article marketing goals.

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From My Desk To Yours – 22nd Edition

RESOURCE BOX BASICS
By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor

The Resource Box is your chance to convert your readers into customers at the end of each article. Think of it as a digital business card you pass out whenever someone reads your articles.

Well, it’s actually better than a business card because you get much more space and you can tell your audience exactly what you’re all about. If they’re enticed, they’ll click through. And that’s the goal.

There’s one problem with this analogy — your audience can’t take the Resource Box with them and act on it on their own time. This means you only have one shot to get their attention so make it count. Your Unique Selling Proposition (USP) needs to be compelling enough to get them to follow through on your call-to-action (CTA). So how do you do that?

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From My Desk To Yours – 21st Edition

FOREIGN TO ME
By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor

The article writing and marketing industry is a global community made up of people from hundreds of different countries with almost as many different languages.

In fact, EzineArticles Expert Authors come from a total of 230 different countries, territories or islands.

In a perfect world, we would have a section of the site devoted to each different language spoken by our authors. However, supporting each language would mean we’d need a full complement of editorial staffers who speak each individual language in order to provide our current high level of member service. As a result of this logistical challenge, we are currently only accepting articles written in English.

That means you have to know and understand our Editorial Guidelines, speak the English language and then be able to write high-quality articles.

Writing Articles With English as Your Second Language (Or Third or Fourth)

Implementing a successful article writing and marketing plan can be difficult in itself, but it’s even tougher if English isn’t your primary language. To remedy that, I’ve gathered some “Do’s” and “Don’ts” for non-native English speakers to follow as you implement your article marketing campaign.

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From My Desk To Yours – 20th Edition

SPUN ARTICLES = CHOPPED-UP WORD SALAD
By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor

We like to refer to spun articles (those created using spinning software) as “Word Salad.” These articles are a garbled mess as they lose their meaning after having their words chopped or changed in an attempt to display a new article.

You will find spun articles are generated manually or automatically by using software. Spinning content is an attempt to manipulate the search engines by replacing words in the article to avoid a duplicate content penalty.

These article types are ugly. They don’t make sense and they are NOT unique. So what do they look like?

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From My Desk To Yours – 19th Edition

RELEVANCY MATTERS IN THE RESOURCE BOX
By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor

No matter what level of experience you have in article writing and marketing, you’re probably familiar with the concept of the Resource Box.

You know, the place where you share information about yourself and work in a “call-to-action.”

It’s your “TAKE” from the article and where you get a chance to develop more of a relationship with your readers.

As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, the Resource Box is probably the most powerful tool in your article marketing toolbox. Effective Resource Boxes share:

  • Your full name
  • A link to your website in URL form
  • Your unique selling proposition
  • One specific call-to-action

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