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How To Submit Articles: 7 Resource Box Mistakes To Avoid
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When submitting articles, it’s common for people to mistakenly think that the resource box doesn’t matter as much as the article. But did you know that your article could be declined by some publishers because of issues with the resource box?

It’s to your benefit to craft your resource box according to the editorial guidelines of most publishers. The resource box is the one spot in your article submission where you can talk about your business and try to convince readers to visit your website. That’s a valuable opportunity, so you don’t want to pass it up!

Here are a few of the most common issues that publishers object to with resource boxes:

1 – The resource box requires more detail–it can’t just be a URL.

I see this a lot–the resource box is empty except for a link to the author’s website. I know what the author is thinking–he thinks that the purpose of the article submission is to build links to his website, so what would be the point of including more information than just a link?

Actually, free reprint articles do a lot more than just build links. The resource box gives you the chance to introduce the reader to your business and to try to convince him or her to go to your website to do something specific (sign up for your newsletter, read your blog, get more info on your topic, sign up to receive a free e-book, etc).

If you just include a URL in the resource box area, you’re forfeiting the traffic you might receive from people who are reading your article. Why would someone click the link to your site if you didn’t provide them with any information about what great things wait for them there?

In every resource box, always be sure to include a little information about yourself and your business, a reason to visit your website, and then finally a link to your website. You’ll get more traffic from the article if you’ll put in that extra effort with your author bio.

2 – No URL or link in the resource box.

A lot of publishers wouldn’t mind if you didn’t have a link to your website in the resource box, but at we know that the reason why you’re doing article marketing is to draw attention to your website, so we will alert you if you forget to include a link to your site in the resource box.

Without that link to your website in the resource box, you won’t see any of the benefits that article marketing can bring, so be sure to put it in there!

3 – The resource box contains a broken link, or the URL is not written out in it’s entirety (making it not clickable).

There is one extremely simple way to figure out if you made a typing mistake when entering your website URL into the resource box–click the link to see if it works.

For every article that you submit, always test out your resource box links to be sure they’re going where you want them to. Here are some more tips for being sure that your resource box links work.

4 – The anchor text is longer than 3 words.

That may seem like an unusual requirement, but I know of two major article directories that will decline an article if the anchor text for the link is longer than 3 words.

The term “anchor text” is referring to the words in the resource box that are hyperlinked to your website. These are the words that form the link that people will click to visit your site.

In general, the words that you should be linking are keywords associated with your website. Sometimes I see people linking entire sentences or really long phrases that don’t have anything to do with the topic of their website. For the most part, try to link words associated with your niche and link a maximum of 3 words per phrase.

Oh, and by the way–there is at least one major article directory that will decline an article if the anchor text is a URL and the web page being linked to does not exactly match the URL. So, according to that rule, I would not be able to have anchor text of and link it to

That’s just something to keep in mind if you’re linking a website URL rather than keyword phrases.

5 – The resource box contains too many links.

Most publishers will have a limit on the number of links you can include in the resource box and will allow a maximum of two links per resource box.

6 – The resource box is too long.

Publishers have various requirements for the length of resource boxes–some have a specific character count that they allow, while others say that the resource box can be a certain percentage of the length of the article.

To make things simple, at we go with the character count–450 characters is the standard number of characters that most publishers will allow.

7 – Some publishers require the resource box to include some sort of information about the author.

The resource box is essentially an “author bio”, so some publishers require that it contain biographical information about the author. It doesn’t have to be a lot (you only have a small amount of space to work with anyway), but at least tell what your name is and what you do or what your business is.

I know a lot of times you want to submit articles that are totally in line with what publishers are looking for, but you just don’t know what their expectations are. The 7 tips covered in this article clearly outline the types of things that most publishers are looking for when they look at your resource box.

Do you have any questions about editorial requirements for resource boxes? I’m happy to answer any questions you may have.

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2 Responses to “How To Submit Articles: 7 Resource Box Mistakes To Avoid”

  1. david mount says:

    I can’t find the difference between a regular source box and an html resource box, and the article doesn’t explain the different attributes of the boxes applicable to silver members and gold members.

  2. Steve Shaw says:

    Hi David,

    The regular resource box (also called a “text resource box”) will automatically create a clickable link when you enter your fully qualified URL. A fully qualified URL has ‘http’ at the beginning, for example:

    The only type of link that can be created in the text resource box is a text link–a link of your fully qualified URL.

    The HTML resource box, on the other hand, allows you to hyperlink keywords of your choice. These words are called “anchor text”.

    Here is some more information on that with screenshots:

    Both Silver and Gold level members have access to the regular (text) resource box and the HTML one.

    As a Gold Level member though, you would be able to use spinner syntax in both the text and HTML resource boxes, and then save that information in the Resource Box Manager, which makes it so that you can create the spins (variations) once and then easily plug them in for each article that you submit. If you have any questions on that, please let me know.

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