Why articles get rejected by submission sites

Articles are often rejected by article submission sites daily. There have been occasions when I submitted articles and then end up been rejected by article directories.

This, of course, creates a lot of discouragement, especially when one is trying to boost traffic to one website.

From my experience, I have outlined some of the reasons why articles are frequently rejected:

1. Limit the number of keywords.

Keyword limitation is usually imposed on most articles by article directories. This is usually expressed as a percentage of the total number of words in your article body and your resource box. The technical term for this is Keyword density.

Realistically, limit your keyword density to no more than 2%. Your keyword should be in the title of your article, as near to the start of your opening paragraph as is grammatically possible, and in the last sentence of your final paragraph. These are the only places that it matters because these are the places the search engines look.

2. Do not include affiliate links in your article.

That is an editorial guideline that most article directories have. You may, however, include an affiliate link in your resource box provided that it does not link directly to a sales page.

3. Your article is of the wrong length.

This is one area where the article directories are very strict. The editorial guidelines of many article directories have a minimum and a maximum word length. Those article directories that do have such limits will also have an automatic word counter that checks the length or your article before it even reviewed by a human editor. If your article is too short or too long, it will automatically be rejected.

4. Your article title should describe what your article is about.

I might be stating the obvious, but this is a common reason for rejection. Unbelievably, authors pick a good title and then write about something else. If your article doesn’t deliver on its title, rejection becomes inevitable.

Remember, you are writing for your target market and you must provide value for your readers.

5. Make your article informative, not sales oriented.

The first step towards getting your article approved is writing it in such a way that it gives out valuable information. The primary objective should be to share valuable information and not to lure readers to your website. Of course, that is your intention, but you must do it indirectly. Most directories prohibit a direct link from your article to a sales page. If you write a sales orientated article, no matter how good it is it will be rejected.

6. Limit your links, both in the article body and your resource box.

Most article directories allow up to three links in your article including your resource box. You may have HTML links in your resource box, but not in the body of your article.

Ideally, you should have no outgoing links in your article body, but if you must give a link to support the information you are providing in your article, keep them to the minimum.

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