The Guest Article Quality Check: VisualizedMonday, November 21, 2011 13:22
I have always been looking for more and more ways to explain to our guest authors how to create a really great guest post which will receive a lot of placement offers to choose from.
One of my recent attempts was a “Articles Gallery Checklist” that requires a guest author to check all the items before publishing a guest post to the Articles Gallery.
Here’s the copy of the checklist:
☑ My article as well as my author byline is unique. My article contains original ideas. Please read how original content is much more than unpublished content)
☐ The title of the article is properly capitalized (e.g. “We Сapitalize Titles to Make Them Stand out.” Read how to capitalize here)
☐ The HTML code is clean (Extra “dirty” code makes the article hard to publish and may result in the article rejection)
☐ My article is broken into parts using subheadings (Please read how to do that here)
☐ My self serving links are put in the byline (if there are links in the body, I properly describe them in NOTES after the article goes live)
☐ I am using NO more than 2 anchor-text self-serving links
☐ I am using Royalty-free or CC-attributed images and screenshots to make my article more attractive
☐ I have selected the best category for my article (better if it is NOT “General” category)
☐ My article is so good that I would gladly publish it at my own site! I like reading it myself
Then it occurred to me that there should a better way to visualize that checklist, and I created this flow chart using my office whiteboard:
You can download the larger photo here and use it to create your own flowchart to use at home (or send to your copywriting and content production team).