These editorial guidelines are designed to help you understand what we accept and don't accept for inclusion in our article database. Before you submit to our site, we'd appreciate if you'd read this page first. :-)
1. CompensationSecrets.com Publisher Guidelines: (CONTENT QUALIFICATIONS)
To Be Qualified For Our Site, Your Article:
a. MUST BE AN ORIGINAL ARTICLE THAT YOU WROTE. If you work for an author as an employee or contractor and are submitting the article, please submit the article as if it was from the original author including his or her email address and name.
b. MUST NOT BE AN ARTICLE YOU RIPPED-OFF FROM THE PUBLIC DOMAIN OR BOUGHT. If you did hire a ghost writer to write your articles, you MUST have an EXCLUSIVE LICENSE that *only* allows your name to be associated with the articles produced for you.
Do not waste your time or ours by buying article packs that have non-exclusive licenses as we reject those articles. Why do we do this?
#1) It makes you look like a fraud because you're putting your name on someone else's works that already may have hundreds or thousands of other authors who already put their name on the exact same works
#2) We do not want more than one copy of any article in our directory.
c. MUST NOT CONTAIN AFFILIATE PROGRAM LINKS. See Section #3 below.
d. MUST BE informative and share your unique expertise. Include tips, strategies, techniques, case-studies, analysis, opinions and commentary in your articles.
e. MUST NOT be a press release, advertisement, sales letter, promotional copy, or blatant and excessive self-promotion or hype.
f. MUST HAVE proper English, spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization and sentence structure. While we know there is a variation in what is considered "proper English," we ask that you at least be consistent within your article. Your article must also be proofed and double checked for accuracy. If English is your second language -- we strongly suggest that you have it proofed by someone who has English as their native tongue before submitting your articles to us.
g. SIMPLE PUNCTUATION RULES: One or two spaces after each period, colon, or semi-colon; Periods should be inside of quotes; When doing "..." -- you should use only 3 dots minimum and maximum; When using dashes, use two in a row, ex: "--"; There is never a space BEFORE a period or BEFORE a comma.
h. MUST NOT contain anything besides personal injury related.
i. MUST NOT contain any content that is a violation of any law, be considered defamatory, libelous, or infringes on the legal rights of others.
j. MUST NOT be a submission of the exact same article as one that you already submitted. Some authors have submitted the same article multiple times with only a few words changed in the body -- we reject these and ban authors who engage in this practice.
2. CompensationSecrets.com Publisher Guidelines: (FORMAT)
a. TITLE: Your Title MUST Be In Upper and Lower Case Letters With The First Letter of Each Major Word Capitalized.
i. If you submit your TITLE in all CAPS, we will change to "Upper and Lower Caps."
ii. It is ok not to capitalize common words such as "a" - "the" - "to" - "for" etc...unless you want to. We accept these either way.
iii. 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.
iv. Do NOT end your TITLE with a period.
v. 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.
vi. Refrain from excessive repetitive punctuation in your TITLE. One exclamation "!" or question mark "?" is enough to make a point.
vii. We do not allow HTML tags of any kind in your TITLE.
viii. 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.
ix. We do not allow your AUTHOR NAME or any WEBSITE URL
to be in your TITLE.
b. TITLE KEYWORD RICHNESS: Your title should be "Keyword Rich." The first 3-4 words of your TITLE determines the success of the article in terms of how much traffic your article will generate...so choose the first 3-4 words wisely.
Example of a Bad Keyword TITLE:
Top 9 Ways For A Compensation Claim Settlement
Example of a Good Keyword TITLE:
Compensation Claim - 9 Pro & Cons
c. YOUR FULL AUTHOR NAME: You must include your first and last name as the author of the article.
i. Your AUTHOR NAME must have a First name and a Last name.
d. ALTERNATE AUTHOR NAMES: We only allow one author membership account per human but you are allowed to have 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 author's).
i. ALL of the same rules for the FULL AUTHOR NAME above apply to the
ALTERNATE AUTHOR NAMES.
e. ARTICLE BODY: Must be a minimum of 200 words and no
more than 3,500 words. For us, an ideal article size is 250-700 words.
vi. The following HTML TAGS ARE NOT ALLOWED in the ARTICLE BODY:
• <p> and </p> are not allowed anywhere in your article.
To accomplish the same thing as the <p> tag, just make sure there
is one vertical space between each of your paragraphs. Our system interprets
between paragraphs as an indication that the paragraph has ended and we insert
behind-the-scenes the <p> tags so you don't have to.
vii. Please do not submit articles with excessive HARD LINE BREAKS. A hard line break is when you use the HTML <P> or <BR> tag to force a carriage return rather than allowing each line to wrap naturally. We may either reject or convert any articles that are sent in with hard line breaks. It's ok to force a hard line break when you're making a small list of items but it's not ok to arbitrarily force hard line returns on every single line at a certain character width.
viii. At the very END of your ARTICLE BODY, please help us by removing any excess vertical spaces and do not include any HTML tags that would create or force the creation of additional vertical spaces after the end of your ARTICLE BODY.
f. WEBSITE ACTIVE LINKS / YOUR URL: We allow a maximum of 3 "Self-Serving" Links/URLs, active or inactive, in your article. A "Self-Serving" Link/URL is a link/URL to a website that you own, control or have an interest in.
Whenever possible, please try to confine your self-serving links to your
Example of an invalid URL:
Example of a valid URL:
v. Absolutely do not include break tags (<br>) or font attributes
in your HREF statements.
Example: Within your article, you link the word "compensation claim" to an article that you wrote about compensation claim. 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 value.
g. EMAIL 'MAILTO:' LINKS: We highly recommend including a link to your website 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 website URL and let potential customers find your email address on your website.
h. ADDING KEYWORDS: Adding the top keywords related to your article helps us to bring more traffic to your article.
i. Please make sure you put a comma between each KEYWORD.
i. ARTICLE SUMMARY: Every article must have a 2-5 sentence article summary. The purpose of the ARTICLE SUMMARY is to give an abstract or summary of the benefits that your article delivers.
i. If you don't know what to put in your summary, just use the first
paragraph of your article.
j. ARTICLE CATEGORY or SUB-CATEGORY: Please choose the best category or sub category based on the theme of your article and not the theme of your business. Here are some general hints on how to select the best category for categories that are often confused:
i. Accident Claim articles are only allowed in
the Accident category. We do not want to see Lawyer articles
ACCIDENT category or sub-categories.