Minimum Posting Standards

Introduced July 2016:

  • The minimum word count has been increased to 700 words or more and the maximum limit has been removed, we wish to encourage content creators to put real depth into their writing and add as much value as possible to the reader.

  • Articles will now only allowed 1 promotional hyperlink in the body of the article (excluding any embeddable content). Other non-promotional links e.g. references or sources will be allowed.

  • Author profiles will have a URL and will be given more exposure but the author bio will not contain any URL.

  • We expect authors to have a deep understanding of subject matter they are writing about, thin or generic content will be rejected.

  • Embed engaging content relevant to the article content, this could include videos, tweets, facebook posts, infographics, each article should contain at least one embedded item but ideally 3-5 items. How to embed items into your article.

  • We expect references to be used where appropriate, if you are quoting or using information from from 3rd party sources, we we would expect this to be referenced as a footnote, e.g. There are 7.347 million people on the planet (2016)1

  • Author profiles are expected to have an Gravatar setup, a real author bio and ideally links to your personal/company website and social profiles. 

In the footer of the article you would print:

1 WorldBank – http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.POP.TOTL

  • We will be placing more emphasis users ability to read the content easily, for example we recommend short sentences, use of bullet points and lists, nice titles and subtitle usage and good use of bolding to highlight key facts.

  • We have integrated with copyscape to ensure all articles are unique.

To help authors gain the most available traffic and the best possible return from their investment we ensure all articles meet our minimum posting standards. We occasionally review these to ensure they are inline with the standards our visitors expect.

Recommended Read: How to craft an article which will attract visitors and meet our posting standards

Introduced May 2005:

  • All articles must be your original articles and not published elsewhere online.

  • Do not include any affiliate program links.

  • Submit your article to one category only. Multiple submissions of the same article will not only result in the article being removed, but it can also lead to the author being suspended should we consider them to be abusing the system.

  • You may include up to 3 hyperlinks in an article (all anchor text links have the ‘nofollow’ tag).

  • You may include up to 3 hyperlinks in your Author Bio (all anchor text links have the ‘nofollow’ tag).

  • All contact information should appear only in the author’s bio.

  • Every article must have an article summary (up to 500 characters). The purpose of the article summary is to give the reader a quick overview of your article. HTML tags are not allowed within the summary. You can only place HTML tags in the body of your article and in your Author Bio.

  • Please select up to 15 highly relevant keywords that are separated by a comma. Non-relevant keywords will be removed.

  • Articles that are advertisements, or appear to be advertisements, will be considered spam and will not be approved for publication.

  • Article Title: A maximum of 150 characters and minimum of 2 words. (We recommend using up to 80 characters for best search engine results). Do not use ALL CAPS. Do not have the name of your company or website in the title. Your author name should not appear in the title.

  • Article Body: A minimum of 400 words and a maximum length of 12,000 characters. The following HTML tags are allowed within the body of the article:

  • Author name: Do not use your website as the author name. Your author name should not appear in the title of the article.

  • Bold, italicize, or underline only text that needs to be emphasized, not the entire article

  • Make sure to use paragraph breaks. If you don’t divide your article up into short paragraphs, it will be difficult to read, and the readers will give up on your article.

  • Family Safe Content Only: We do not allow articles on pornography, escort services, sex toys, violence, illegal subjects (such as movie downloads), potentially dangerous information, or hate speech. This includes both written and visual material. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and ArticlesBase reserves the right to reject any article.

  • Articles cannot include plagiarized material from any other person or source. You must own 100% of the article you publish.

  • Articles should not link to or promote online gambling sites.

Types of content not considered for approval:

Most types of content is accepted, including articles, press releases, product reviews and cooking recipes however the following types of content will not be approved:

  • Poems

If you are unsure if your type of content will be approved, feel free to ask in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

Why Minimum Posting Standards on Articlesbase?

We want your content to get as much traffic as possible! It’s that simple.

The better your article, the higher it will rank in the search engines and the more traffic it will receive. Today quality (how good is your article) is much more important than quantity (publishing lots of average content).

Recommended read: What is article marketing

It’s critical that if your article is going to stand out (and get traffic), it needs to be badass, as explained in this video.

The content you share needs to be better than your competition, the more effort you put into crafting your content, you higher ROI you will achieve.

If you are passionate about the content you create, are honest in the motivations for creating the content, people will share it. A great quote from Matt Cutts:

Adding your Gravatar

All author accounts must have a profile picture (avatar) and author bio. We also recommend adding your social media accounts to your profile. 

We use Gravatar to populate your profile picture automatically, this is done based on the email address  of your account.

If you have not yet created your Gravatar then please follow these instructions:

  1. Visit Gravatar and follow the ‘create your own gravitar’ or ‘create an account’ links.
  2. You will need to verify your email address. Once verified you can sign in.
  3. When you first login, you will be informed you have not yet created a gravitar and to add one. 
  4. Follow the instructions to upload your avatar. You can crop an image during this process.
  5. You will be asked to specify the rating of your image, assuming its an avatar, you should choose G rated. 
  6. You should confirm you avatar is setup by visiting: https://en.gravatar.com/site/check/ ensuring your image shows up for ALL 4 ratings.
  7. That’s it, your all set.

If you have any questions on content marketing, or our minimum posting standards, please do comment below. If you found this article helpful please share with the buttons below.



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