All submissions must be in English (both British and American spellings are acceptable). While we know there are variations in what is considered "proper English," usage within each article must be consistent to reduce reader confusion. All articles must be worded naturally and in a manner that allows for easy understanding. This improves both the user experience and your credibility as an author, and it also encourages readers to seek out your other articles.
If English is not your primary language, we strongly suggest you have articles proof-read prior to submission by someone who has English as their native tongue.
In order for an article to be accepted for publication, the grammar of the article must adhere to the following guidelines:
Punctuation - Place one space after all periods, commas, colons or semi-colons. Periods should always be inside quotation marks. Ellipses (...) must be three dots. There is never a space before a period or before a comma.
Spelling - Both American and British variations of word spelling are accepted. However, spelling must remain consistent within each article. Using alternative/incorrect spellings for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) purposes is NOT allowed, as it jeopardizes your claim as an expert. Use only commonly accepted spelling variations.
Grammar - Use proper sentence structure and ensure subject-verb agreement in tenses. Try reading your article out loud; it's a good way to find awkward sentences that need revision. Use any standardized spelling/grammar software to locate errors prior to submitting your article. Your Submit New Article page has an automatic spell-checker which underlines misspelled words in RED so you know exactly what needs to be fixed (see below).
To accept any spellings underlined in red as the correct spelling, select the ABC Check button ().
Formatting - Visually attractive and easy to read articles are the best way to deliver information to readers. The most commonly accepted article format includes two or more short paragraphs containing five to seven sentences. Place one vertical space between each paragraph. Bulleted or numbered lists must be properly formatted to look neat and orderly. All extra vertical spaces must be eliminated.
Word Use - In English, there are many words whose meanings change depending on usage. Spelling and grammar software may not recognize misuse of these words, so be sure to have a native English speaker proof-read your articles prior to submission. Be especially careful when using the following commonly misused words: "loose" and "lose", "their" and "there", "your" and you're", "effect" and "affect", "its" and "it's", "too", "two", and "to". Review the following posts "Guide to Misused Words" and "Avoiding Common Grammatical Errors" for more tips on frequent grammatical errors.
Keyword Phrases - Use of long tail keyword phrases in your article title and body helps attract readers and is an important article marketing strategy. However, this tactic fails when keywords do not make sense or are grammatically incorrect. Articles that use awkward phrasing for SEO purposes will not be accepted as this provides a poor user experience for readers. If you are unsure whether your keyword will make sense to readers, have a native English speaker read it out loud to verify that the article flows naturally.
Brand and Company Names - All brand names or the unique capitalization of words must be properly used and remain consistent throughout all parts of the article, including the title, article body, and Resource Box (E.g.: eBay, iPod, PayPal, AdSense). If you are unsure of the proper capitalization for the brand you're using, find their official page online to verify the brand.
Must Not Cut Off - Ensure that no part of your article cuts off abruptly. Unfinished sentences or incomplete thoughts anywhere in the article cause confusion for readers and leave them wondering what they're missing. This problem most often occurs when copy and pasting the article content from another application, such as Microsoft Word. To prevent this error, re-read the entire article before submitting. Articles with incomplete paragraphs or sentences beginning in the middle of a thought will not be accepted.
If your article has been placed in problem status due to incorrect grammar, you may see sections of your article included in the email you receive from us. This will help you pinpoint the nature and location of the incorrect grammar in your article.
If no specific issue is highlighted, incorrect grammar was found throughout the article. We suggest reviewing the article as a whole to make corrections.
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