One of my articles was rejected. By ezinearticles.com.
It’s the first time, ever and boy, do I feel foolish!
Of course it wasn’t an article I wrote for myself. No, that would be too easy. It was an article I wrote for a client. I’ve written all this stuff on how to write and to avoid article rejection and then it happens to me.
So foolish probably doesn’t cover it. Ashamed is closer to the mark.
Maybe it’s not me that’s at fault. Maybe it’s ezine. Maybe, they’ve just become too particular. After all, they’re an internet article directory, not the Pulitzer committee. (Is there a Pulitzer committee?)
Have you had an article rejected and thought that really, there was nothing wrong with it, that the article was fine and the rejection unjust?
I’ll admit the thought crossed my mind.
But there are a couple of really important questions you need to answer about article rejection.
1. Did they give a reason? If so what was it?
2. Were they right.
You need to get the article and read it through. So what was the reason my article was rejected?
The body of the article failed to deliver on the title.
Let’s check the title.
Organic Beauty Products: Three Things to Avoid When Shopping
Now lets check the text.
Does it, in fact mention three things to avoid when shopping?
Well, yes, but what it doesn’t do, is list them. They’re not numbered.
So maybe, just maybe, ezine is right. I probably broke one of my own rules and didn’t write an outline for the article.
It has taken no more than a couple of minutes to fix. I added numbered points which made the points crystal clear.
Of course I could have modified the title, but ezine don’t seem to be able to cope with that and it can cause more problems, so just numbering the points and giving each one a subhead was a simple, quick fix.
In the last couple of months I’ve heard a lot of people complain about ezine. People say they’ve gone over the top, that they’ve become too choosy, that they reject things without reason. Others, think the change in standards is a good thing.
All I can say is, that wasn’t the case for me. Ezine were right and I was wrong and I should have known better. I’ve learned from the experience.
Do you feel ezinearticles.com are tightening their requirements? If so, what do you think about it? Is it a bad thing to want less fluff on the internet?
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