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ARTICLE DIRECTORY SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Compliance with the following Article, Blog and News Submission Guidelines insures your article(s), Blog(s) and News' approval. Please read through the whole website, all the way down to the end of the page.

These guidelines are necessary to maintain the degree of professionalism we promise our readers, publishers and authors.

All of your approved articles will be included in ARTICLENORTH article directory, at www.articlenorth.com, for distribution to other publishers.

While ARTICLENORTH understands, supports, condones and encourages article and blog marketing, we have established guidelines for authors to adhere to in an effort to offer articles to publishers and readers that are well written and informative, but not blatant advertising.

Please read the following Article Submission Guidelines completely. Understanding and adhering to the ARTICLENORTH Article Submission Guidelines will insure the acceptance and listing of your article in the ARTICLENORTH article directory.

ARTICLENORTH Article, Blog and News Submission Guidelines:

To make it even easier for you, we have put together a short list to remember of the MOST Common Errors that our authors make:

====== THE MOST COMMON ERRORS FOR REJECTION ========

Please go through the most common errors below that our writers do, and submit or resubmit your items accordingly. If you want to edit your article, make the necessary changes and resubmit your article. 30 % of our articles are declined for the below reasons. Please do not be one of those!

The most Common Errors that our writers make, are (in order):

1.) ------) YOUR TITLE --MUST Be In Upper and Lower Case Letters-- With The First Letter of Each Major Word Capitalized. It is OK not to capitalize common words such as "a" - "the" - "to" - "for" etc... unless you want to. We accept these either way.

2.) ------) AUTHOR, BRAND, PRODUCT, COMPANY or CELEBRITY-- NAMES in Title are Not allowed (advertising).

3.) ------) ABBREVIATIONS IN TITLE-- (example: MLM, FDA, I've, didn't, it's, don't, etc.). Write complete words instead, ex. Multi Level Marketing, it is, did not, etc.

4.) ------) Your article is --TOO SHORT--. Our articles must have at least --300 words--.

5.) ------) Your article should serve to --EDUCATE and INFORM--, rather than just serve as a ---Promotional piece or/and as Blatant Advertisement for your product---.

6.) ------) No MATERIAL that is --NOT considered ACCEPTABLE-- to the GENERAL PUBLIC is accepted.

7.) ------) No --ADULT Material and/or PORNOGRAPHY which Includes SUB LINKS--.

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These are the most common errors our authors make. Please look for complete information below

  1. BASICS:

    1. ARTICLENORTH only accept articles, blogs and news written in the English language due to its international visitors and members.
    2. Authors submitting articles to ARTICLENORTH for approval to be added to the ARTICLENORTH directory will not be compensated in any way, for the writing or submitting of any article, blog post and news item.
    3. All author's will reserve and retain all copyright to their written material.
    4. Article Author's are only permitted to submit an article to one category. If you don't see a category listed you feel is most appropriate for the subject matter of your article, please contact us using our "Contact Us Form" as the subject. Normally we approve all reasonable new category and sub-catagory's, and notify you of their availability by return email. ARTICLENORTH will reply to your email within 24 hours/1 business day with our decision.
    5. ARTICLENORTH reserve the right to publish your articles, blog posts and news anywhere on our web site, blog or syndicate through RSS Feeds. Other ARTICLENORTH users have the right to publish your articles, blogposts and news on their web sites, in their newsletters or ezines, and more as long as the piece is left in the original state, including the information in your resource box giving you credit as author, and any links within the article or Resource Box.
    6. All articles, blogs and news' submitted by you must be written/authored by you. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Plagiarists will be banned without recourse. Anyone proven guilty of copyright infringement will have their ARTICLENORTH account closed, all articles, blogs and news removed from the web site and the directory and be banned for life. We do track IP addresses.
    7. Your article, blog post and news should serve to entertain, educate and inform rather than just serve as a promotional piece. Include how to's, tips, strategies, techniques, case-studies, analyses, opinions and/or commentary in your articles from your own experience.
    8. Naturally, ARTICLENORTH is looking for quality articles, blogs and news items with content that is informational/entertaining and well thought out. Articles, blog posts and news with grammatical or spelling errors will be sent back for further work on your part. Formatting will be covered below. Please run a spell-check before submitting your articles and blog posts.
    9. Article, blog posts and news items submissions does not mean that your items will be automatically accepted and your article to be listed in the ARTICLENORTH Article Directory. ARTICLENORTH has the sole authority to accept or reject any article, blog post and news item. As long as your article, blog post and news meets the requirements in these guidelines, your article, blog post and news item will be accepted. If your article, blog post and news items are not up to the general standards of our guidelines, ARTICLENORTH will not indicate the reason for rejection in your rejection email notice. It is up to you to look at the submission guidelines and correct your article/blog post and news.
    10. If your article, blog and news item is rejected, you can resubmit your items 2 additional times only, with errors corrected for approval. If errors are not corrected in the 3rd submission, it will not be reconsidered for approval again.
    11. Spamming of this directory will not be tolerated. Submitting multiple copies (2 or more), of the same article using different titles, or with only slight modifications is strictly forbidden. Offenders will have their articles deleted, account terminated and be banned from future submissions.
    12. OFFENSIVE CONTENT: Offensive content will be cause for immediate account termination; Material that is not considered acceptable to the general public will be deleted. Articles, blog posts and news must not promote violence, hate, discrimination, racism, pornography, hacking, bomb building, terrorism and other illegal and/or offensive activities. No illegal sites containing copyright destruction, violence, fraud, child pornography, vulgarity or warez. No adult sites or adult related content. Site made for adsence or other ad services. No sites broken links.
    13. While direct affiliate links will Not be tolerated, you are allowed to have links to pages on your domain that redirect to your affiliate program. No pop-ups allowed, no java scripting allowed. No "promotional" links are allowed in the title or summary of your article,blog post and news items. 1 active link is allowed in the body of an article. It is allowed to put 2 active links in the body of an article for a member with a 30-day credit point pass. Also, , resource and source credit links, up to a maximum of 3 non-active "source" links, (links to a third party work you are referencing for credibility), in the body of your article are allowed.
    14. Comments: One (1) "promotional" link is allowed in the comment of any article. However, comments made with the purpose of promoting an affiliate program or advertising a product, will Not be tolerated and are strictly forbidden and will be deleted. A comment is suppose to touch on the subject of the article in question.

    News Submissions

    A piece of news is not an article. Nor is it a disguised way to advertise a product -and we can not stress that enough. All attempts of spamming our site with phoney items addressed as news will be deleted. A news item, like an article, is a valuable and sincere piece of information about a certain subject within any of our 632 categories or fields.

    To submit news is therefore not just another way of promoting a product or a company. It is neither a masked way of writing about a new product or company as if it was news. Nevertheless, you can write news about a certain product or company if it has true news value, which doesn't mean an announcement of a new product or company. The editor in charge has the sole right of the approval or declination of your news, articles and blog posts.

    To submit 'News', which is a brand new feature, you just mouse over the login button in the menu above then click the 'Create Some News' link in the drop down menu. You will then be redirected to another web page where you login once more with your usual username and password. Once you have logged in click the 'create news' link and you go from there.

  2. Web site active/inactive links/anchors/URLs

    1. Download links in the body of the article and blog post are strictly forbidden. No direct links to any type of digital download are allowed in the body of the article/blog post. 1 active link is allowed in the body of your article and blog post. 2 active links are allowed in the body of an article and blog post with the 30-day Credit Point pass.
    2. ARTICLENORTH does not knowingly allow any URLs in any of our articles and blog posts that are banned by Google or if your web site engages in questionable SEO practices -- ARTICLENORTH may reject your articles, blog posts and news items.
    3. ARTICLENORTH does not auto format URL's that are in the body of your article.
    4. Resource box: ARTICLENORTH accept 3 active links in the Resource box. ARTICLENORTH does not accept links in the Resource box of which content does not relate in any way to the information that is provided in the article.

    5. ARTICLENORTH does not allow articles, blog posts and news items which have strategic keyword anchor text links in the body or recource box to your domain that do not add informational value to the article/blog post. Any use of anchored text links to web sites that you own should add value to the topic rather than stand out as an obvious abuse an anchored text link. The goal with this policy is to be a good net citizen by only allowing articles/blog posts that add value with the anchored text links rather than purely for SEO reasons.
      Example: Within your article/blog post, you link the word "bird dog" to an article that you wrote about bird dogging. This is a good example of an anchored text link vs. linking the same text to your home page as it doesn't really add informational value.
    6. BANNED LINKS: ARTICLENORTH will not accept articles/blog posts with links (in the article body or resource box) to adult oriented web sites, including but not limited to web sites that include nudity, pornography, adult-oriented shopping sites and adult-oriented sexual content or any other potentially offensive or illegal content promoting hate, racism, hacking, bomb building, terrorism or any other illegal and/or offensive activities.
    7. EMAIL 'MAILTO:' LINKS: We highly recommend including a link to your web site in the resource box, but do not advocate including a mailto: or email link to your personal or work email account. Spammers will abuse it. Better to just include a web site URL and let potential customers find your email address on your web site.

  3. Formatting your articles and blog posts for ArticleNorth.com

      TITLE

      Your Title MUST Be In Upper and Lower Case Letters With The First Letter of Each Major Word Capitalized.

      It is OK not to capitalize common words such as "a" - "the" - "to" - "for" etc... unless you want to. We accept these either way.

      Please do not put QUOTES around your entire TITLE. This makes very little sense to us. If you want to use a quote or an apostrophe to call attention to one word or a phrase, this is ok, but the entire TITLE must not have quotes around itself.

      Do NOT end your TITLE with a period.

      Please do not submit Microsoft Word smart quotes in your title. This includes quotes, apostrophe's, double dashes, and 3 dots in a row. Replace smart quotes with standard quotes/apostrophe's/double dashes/or 3 periods in a row. Refrain from excessive repetitive punctuation in your TITLE. One exclamation "!" or question mark "?" is enough to make a point.

      We do not allow HTML tags of any kind in your TITLE.

      We do not allow spaces in your TITLE before you begin your TITLE. In other words, your TITLE should begin with the first word flush to the LEFT of the TITLE submission box.

      Please do NOT repeat your TITLE in the BODY.

      Your TITLE must not be keyword stuffed (too many redundant keywords used over and over again), but rather should read as a natural language TITLE that any human could easily appreciate. Do not over-optimize your TITLE please.

      No public name or author name, product/brand/company name, or web site name or URL is allowed in the title.

      Do Not put abbreviations in the title of your article, blog posts and news items.

    1. ARTICLE BODY

      1. The article must be 300 words minimum and 3,500 words maximum. The ideal article size to us is between 400 to 1,500 words. Less than 300 words does not amount to much more than an advertisement. We are looking for actual informative and original content.
      2. Please do NOT repeat the article title in the article body.
      3. Do not submit articles that are pre-formatted with excessive hard carriage returns such as articles that are pre-formatted to 60-65 characters per line. The article text should flow continuously and wrap naturally. To effect a new line, press the enter key once; to effect a new paragraph, press the enter key twice to create a vertical white space.
      4. The following html tags are allowed in the article, blog and news item body:-
        • bold
        • italics
        • blockquote to indent text
      5. The following html tags are NOT allowed in the article body:
        • Paragraph tag
        • Break tag
        • Image tag
        • Font tag
        • Header tag
        • Horizontal rule tag
    2. AUTHOR NAME AND PEN NAMES

      1. -Author's Name
        1. Your full name is required for your first article submission. Allowable: You can use first and last, or first - middle initial and last, or first initial - middle name and last. Name prefixes such as Mr. Mrs. Ms. are not allowed. Name titles such as Dr. (Doctor), Prof. (Professor) Capt. (Captain), are allowed. Name suffixes such as Sr. (Senior), Jr. (Junior), III (The third) are allowed. Suffix Titles such as Esq. (Esquire), M.D. (Medical Doctor, etc, etc.
      2. -Pen/Alternate Author Names:
        1. ARTICLENORTH will only allow one author membership account per individual, but you are allowed to have pen/alternate author names under your account (such as a pen-name or if you are an author's assistant or manage articles for multiple different authors.
        2. ALL of the same rules for the author's name above apply to the Pen/Alternate Author Names.
        3. The author terms of service applies to any alternate author names just as it does to you directly. So, be sure you have written permission to submit the articles under any pen/alternate author name that you might setup.
      3. Attention affiliates - pen names: We don't accept articles with affiliate links in them. With that said, please do not setup a pen/alternate author name of a guru of an affiliate program that you want to promote. This will be considered "Impersonation" of another individual and will be cause for account termination. You can add alternate author names from your members profile once you are logged in to the members only area.
    3. ADDING KEYWORDS

      1. Adding the top keywords related to your article helps ARTICLENORTH to bring more traffic to your article.
      2. Please make sure you put a comma between each keyword.
      3. Ideally, your keywords should be optimized based on the most commonly searched keywords as published by Overture.com for your particular niche. It helps to use a good keyword research tool to help you determine which ones are best to use.
      4. You should have a minimum of 4-5 keywords and a maximum of 25. ARTICLENORTH does not accept keywords that are completely unrelated to the content of your article.

      ARTICLE CATEGORY OR SUB-CATEGORY

      - Choosing a category or sub-category

      1. Please choose the best existing category or sub category based on the theme of your article and not the theme of your business.
      2. Suggesting/requesting a new category or sub-category is permitted. If you are unable to find an existing category or sub-category you feel is appropriate for your article's content/information, you can suggest/recommend a category or sub-category by entering it in the* body * field/box as shown in the following examples:
        1. (Entered in the * body * Field/Box using all upper case letters),
          New category = Metal sculpture - sub-category = welding
        2. (Entered in the * body * Field/box using all upper case letters),
          Nwe sub-category to health = Homeopathy
      3. Requesting/suggesting a new category or sub-category does not guarantee the new category or sub-category will be listed for your article. However, ARTICLENORTH is understanding of all such requests and will take it under advisement. All reasonable (In the estimation of ARTICLENORTH staff), request/suggestions will be implemented. Please understand however, the process may slow the approval of your article.

    4. ARTICLENORTH reserves the right to make make minor changes/edits/additions to the above guidelines at any time without prior notice to our Member Authors.
    5. The articles in the ARTICLENORTH on line article directory are provided for information and entertainment purposes only and for redistribution as outlined in our guidelines.
    6. ARTICLENORTH does not accept any responsibility or liability for the use or misuse of the article content on this on line article directory, by any other publisher or the reliance by any person on the content of any article.

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