Here are some more problems I’ve noticed with submitted articles that can get them rejected.
Problems With Pen Names
If you promote your articles on the various article directories around, you will usually find that these allow you to have a username, which you use to login, and one or more pen names, which are displayed as the articles author. Now, I’ve noticed a few problems with these.
The first problem is usually caused when you already have an account at an article directory, then join an article submission service such as Article Marketer. The submission service will create you a new account, and in some cases, if the pen name you use with the submission service is the same as one you already have at the directory, you could end up with a blank as the submission services pen name, as the duplicate is rejected. This means that the ability of search engines to spider your articles is greatly reduced, as there are no links to “About the Author” or similar pages. Some directories will reject your article if this is the case.
Next, putting your website address as your penname is usually not appreciated either, so don’t do it. In fact, many directories will reject articles written by something other than First Name Last Name, so, although rules do vary from directory to directory, it’s doubtful that any will object to a pen name of, for example, “John Smith”, whilst will reject or delete articles by “mysitename.com” or “The SEO Guru”. Just stick with a standard name, even if it’s not your actual one, and you will avoid any problems like this.
Poor Use of Article Spinners
You may not have heard of services like these, or you may use something along these lines without knowing what it is. There are a number of variants around, but what they all have in common is that they are designed to take one article, and make a number of different variations of it. The differences may be only slight, but the idea is to create a variety of “unique” articles to avoid duplicate content penalties.
Now, there is nothing wrong with doing this, but there are wrong ways of doing it. If the spinner replaces words or phrases with variations, for example, “In the beginning” could also be phrased as “To start with”, after doing this for an article and producing a number of variants, read each one through to make sure they still make sense. It’s quite easy to produce gibberish if you don’t, and most decent article directories don’t like to publish gibberish. If an article needs tweaking, do so manually. Far better to make sure you spend a bit of time now on the article, then having to fix it after rejection.
Next, if you generate a batch of 20 variant articles, submit each article to a different site. So, 20 articles to 20 sites. Or submit them to batches of sites, one article to 10 sites, the next to another 10 and so on. Don’t submit all 20 variants to the same site. They’ll probably get rejected, and you may lose your account for annoying the directory owner.
Submission guidelines, and what an article directory or site will accept or reject do vary, sometimes quite substantially, from site to site, but if you err on the side of caution, you’ll get much fewer articles rejected.