Cunningly Beautiful: Being Accepted with Article Publishing

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 17th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2nbs90ze/
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Content is is great demand at the moment, hence the constant demand for articles on the web and the growth of new writing sites, like Bubblews, yet at the same time certain existing sites continue to be popular. Quality is, in my opinion, of tantamount importance to he success of how any writer is perceived by the public.

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme!!!

Interesting articles are always required on the Internet, indeed it could be argued that the place thrives on content and cannot get enough material and is always saying "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme". Every day it seems there is a new site available to publish new material, yet with every new site that is publishing there are those that seem to want to add low quality material in high volumes.

As a moderator on general publication site, Wikinut, I have seen my fair share of junk posted for publication and in truth feel the majority should not be published anywhere, but it scrapes through by reaching the minimum standard set for each category, worse still are those that submit 20 or 30 such articles each day. Sad to say the majority of these writers will not be reading this article or learning anything from it. I have said this before, and will undoubtedly say it again, but If I had my own site all articles will be rejected unless they live to high standards, and editors may be asked to intervene to allow an article that holds some promise make the grade, yet at the same time it is important to encourage new writers.

Cunningly Beautiful

Our English language is cunningly beautiful, it can give us so much, it will allow any person to communicate with any other person. I, for one am proud to be a part of the communities on many websites, some may be on the ascendency while others are in decline, but at the end of the day the ability to communicate is all important, and when we communicate we should put our best foot forward.

This language has the means to transcend generations or provide the ability to connect people from remote parts of the world, and the spread of the English language, pick a coffee bar in any city in the world and it is likely you will find people engaged in conversation using this beautiful language, not bad for the influence of a tiny island in the North Atlantic, and you do not have to be a cappuccino drinker to appreciate the ongoing conversation.

Good English Usage

The first, and really important, assumption is that you are publishing your material on an English language web-site, if you are then good use of the language is essential, you do not have to be an expert in the language to start writing, but you should be willing to learn and improve in order to be accepted as a writer.

Some tips on good language use are available from a couple of writers, teacher Phyl Campbell, Kaylar, and Mariah, and if you look at any of their offerings you will find high quality writing, of course there are many other writers here that produce high quality material, people such as Jerry Walch, Rebecca E, and GV Rama Rao who have also given useful advice over the years, some recent articles that I recommend include:

From Phyl Campbell

From Kaylar

From Mariah

Wikinut, what a great place to learn from

Definite Writing "No No's"

Here are some thoughts about things you should not do, indeed some have been suggested by the terms and conditions found on writing sites such as Wikinut and Bubblews.

  1. Submitting content that you did not personally write, e.g copying content from other websites breaches other people's copyright and is therefore forbidden.
  2. Submitting a page title with bad English (except when used for dramatic affect).
  3. Very bad spelling or bad grammar can be cause for rejection, the obvious exception here being when it is used for dramatic affect.
  4. If the page isn't worth reading it should not be submitted.
  5. Spun content is not acceptable, certain spinning software will embed within each word hidden characters whose intention is to pass copyright software checks, such as copyscape, but this can be found.
  6. Utilizing Traffic Exchange systems or other programs that causes content to be read programmatically thus manipulating statistics is forbidden.
  7. Posts should be submitted that contain a mixture of text and pictures.
  8. Advertisers pay for material that will interest readers in their advertising and it is the content that drives advertising, that drives pay.
  9. Posting Pornographic and/or semi-pornographic images.
  10. Short posts do not bring revenue or readership. Google doesn't bother indexing items under 400 words which means posts cannot be found. In Bubblews posting under 400 characters per post is forbidden.
  11. Generally material must be written in the English language (Only exception is if you supplement your post with an English translation).
  12. Posting referral or affiliate links to other websites with an intent to advertise is normally not permitted.

See you in the Coffee Bar

Isn't English a great language? I hope to see you in a coffee bar someday and discuss some forlorn subject, the important subject of the day, I don't know when that will be, but I shall be sitting at the table, drinking my favourite brew, your is what? While we are sitting there perhaps we can mull over the state of the English language and the things we love to read and write.

We will make mistakes from time to time, stumbling along the way, making our mistakes, and going to great lengths to improve the next time around.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
18th Oct 2013 (#)

great piece this Peter...thank you

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author avatar P.M. Jones
18th Oct 2013 (#)

I enjoyed reading this article and realize we all can learn a lot from you. Thanks!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
18th Oct 2013 (#)

congratulations Phyl, Kaylar and Mariah for your pieces are very well written and should be guides for others too....

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author avatar Mariah
18th Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
18th Oct 2013 (#)

Good evening, Peter; as per usual, you have written a piece that deserves the star. It has valuable information for all of us. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Ptrikha
18th Oct 2013 (#)

Hi Peter,
A few months back, I asked you to review an article of mine. You provided me some valuable tips, and I have been trying to implement them in my articles here on Wikinut, and on my posts on Bubblews. While in India, we have been taught English since our early school days, many of us still lag behind native English speakers, mainly from England and United States, and to some extent Canada and Australia in writing stuff(spoken lages even further behind). This is because whatever we say, our mother tongues are not English.
So it does involves some learning, and trial and error to improve one's English- unless one is a super talented person. I will surely check some of the articles you listed below.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
18th Oct 2013 (#)

One time I met an Indian gentleman in Toronto who recommended that all immigrants to Canada spend at least six hours per day speaking English or watching TV in English in order to improve their comprehension. My wife grew up in a place where English was not the main language spoken yet she learned it through reading. Both ways will improve comprehension.

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author avatar Ptrikha
18th Oct 2013 (#)

That's right.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
18th Oct 2013 (#)

This is so informative and helpful Peter , and I am sure there will be many who will take on board all you have written here , after all , it is for our benefit , so that must be a good thing .
Bless you
Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Oct 2013 (#)

Educative and directional in the way to improve, thanks Peter. I believe the best way for the newbies to improve is to stick to simple sentences than become long-winded to convey the message - siva

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author avatar Mariah
18th Oct 2013 (#)

My thanks to you Peter,
I'm privileged in that you have chosen to highlight some of my pages within this article, more so, as you rightly state, there are many fine writers on our site
Wikinut is an excellent writing platform, of which there is strong mutual support between the members, and of which I am proud to be part of.
Mariah

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
18th Oct 2013 (#)

me too Mariah...wel said indeed...

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author avatar Ian R Thorpe
18th Oct 2013 (#)

Good advice Peter. I think too little attention is paid to the detrimental effect Google have had on web content. Google likes 'new'. If I post five new pages a day on my own website it will clock up about 10,000 page views the next day. If I only post two that figure will come down to about 3000 and if I post nothing new the figure will be down to 1000. Quality is bound to suffer as sites chase traffic.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
18th Oct 2013 (#)

All i can say Peter is bravo! Well said! thank you also for mentioning my name in such a positive light.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
28th Oct 2013 (#)

There may be things that we disagree about Jerry, but I think we can agree that good writing is not one of those subjects.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
19th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks so much, Peter!

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
19th Oct 2013 (#)

Interesting article.

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author avatar writestuff
20th Oct 2013 (#)

Informative and interesting article. Thanks for this most beneficial post.

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author avatar Natashalou
5th Nov 2013 (#)

I was a prolific writer on bubblews.However I found myself producing low quality work because there was little motivation to do better! A poor article did as well as a better one.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
6th Nov 2013 (#)

Sadly that is one of the problems of on-line publishing and few people seem encouraged to improve .

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