QUESTION: Do you feel like giving me a reason for rejecting my
article, considering all the other major article sites have
published my article
There are a dozen of reasons why I could have chosen not to
publish your article. Without knowing which of your articles I
rejected, it is a hard call to make from memory.
I own and manage more than 150 article distribution groups. I own
and manager seven websites that are either article directories or
websites that print reprint articles. I own and manage one
article distribution service. Soon to be two services.
I see tons of articles.
Any and all article directory managers are free to make their own
choices about what to publish and what not to publish.
On my distribution groups, so long as you follow a few basic
group rules, your articles will be permitted through the systems.
1. 2 posts per day maximum.
2. Not subscribed to the group in NO Mail mode. If you want
other people to read your stuff, you should at least
demonstrate the same courtesy to others.
3. No straight advertising.
4. No press releases.
5. Nothing that reads like a sales pitch.
In my services, the only rules that apply:
1. Nothing that reads like an ad.
2. No press releases.
3. No foul language, or disreputable business practices.
In my directories, I follow the same basic rules above. I also
follow many other internal guides.
* I don't want any of my sites to look just like all other
sites. So I reject some at will, based on an urge or based
* I don't want to be a sheep who does exactly what everyone
* Bad formatting in article will get it rejected.
* Perceived advertising in body of article could get it
* Certain topics are generally always rejected.
* If the website listed in your resource box consists mostly
of information scraped from search engines, and if I catch
it, I will usually reject your article --- no matter how
good your article might be. I know other directory managers
who have the same policy.
* All acceptance and rejection decisions are made in just a
Chances are that your article has been published in 90% plus
of the reprint article resources I own, primarily the reprint
article distribution lists.
Do you need 100% exposure across my networks? No.
Do you want 100% exposure across my networks? Probably.
If all article directory managers accept all of the same
articles, then your article on their site will be nearly
worthless. If there are five to six sites with exactly the same
content on them, then chances are that the spiders will
eventually figure that out, and then they will stop indexing the
Your article 100% across the board is the worst thing that you
can hope for. On the surface, it may seem good, because you have
that many more links. But, these "mirror" sites with 100% the
same content will come back to bite you in the arse. They will
hurt your SEO rankings in the end, because these sites will be
penalized by the search engines, AND the articles on those sites
may be hurt as well.
I am happy to reject articles "at will" on my free article
directories, because I definitely do not want to be seen as
exactly like another 30 article directories.
Let's face it, few article directory websites are the same. Some
are simply better than others and they are recognized as such by
the general internet community.
The site where you are complaining your article "was not
included" is a new directory with little recognition in the
marketplace. I set it up to test out and play with its article
When we get to the end of the day, each article directory or
website that hosts articles is part of a democracy. The webmaster
can accept your articles or reject your articles. It is up to you
to provide an article that the webmaster will want to use on his
or her website. This business about expecting people to use your
articles is totally off-base, and could net you the result of
being forever barred from participation in the offended
Tread carefully and wisely.
Bill Platt is the owner of http://www.LinksAndTraffic.com
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