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Michigan Snow RemovalArticle Submit Guidelines

Author Guidelines

By submitting your article(s) to us;

1. You declare that you are the sole owner and author of the article and own 100% of all copyrights pertaining to it.

2. Your submission to Michigan Snow Removal gives unconditional permission for us to publish your article on the website.

3. Your submission to Michigan Snow Removal also gives unconditional permission for your articles to be reprinted in other ezines, websites and print publications. We ask publisher(s) to follow our reprint rules as stated below, but you acknowledge that the enforcement of our terms of service for publishers is at your risk and cost and not ours. In other words, if someone violates your copyright -- it will be 100% up to you to take legal action against those who abuse your copyright to protect your interests. If you do not agree to these terms, do not submit your articles.

4. It is the Team's sole decision as to whether your article is published and for how long. There are no guarantees made that your article(s) will be published. Quality matters. We reserve the right to remove your article(s) and/or membership account at any time for any reason.

5. The Editorial Team reserves the right to re-classify your article in a topic category that may be more suitable than originally submitted.

6. You acknowledge that we do not pay you for submissions to our directory and we do not require publishers to pay you for their use of your article.

7. Michigan Snow Removal is advertiser supported. We reserve the right to publish ads on the same pages as your articles.

8. If your article does not conform to the editorial guidelines, our editors may edit your article so that it does conform to the posted editorial guidelines. Please read our editorial guidelines before submitting your articles to save time and speed the article approval process.

9. You declare that you will not send in any articles with affiliate links in them. We reject articles with direct affiliate links. It is ok, however, to include a domain name that you own that forwards to an affiliate link. This is one of our many article quality standards.

General Issues:

Michigan Snow Removal reserves the right to modify these Terms & Conditions at any time without prior notice.

Disclaimer:

Liability: Michigan Snow Removal does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information or product represented on this site.

No Implied Endorsement: Michigan Snow Removal does not endorse or recommend anything. The views of the authors that have submitted their articles to this site are owned by them alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of Michigan Snow Removal, its management team or owners. Further, Michigan Snow Removal does not recommend any product or service found via any advertisement within this site.

No Warranty: When using this site, you may find many links to 3rd party Internet sites. Michigan Snow Removal is not responsible for the content or availability of these 3rd party sites. Michigan Snow Removal does not warrant or guarantee the products, services, or information found on external or 3rd party sites.

No Pop-Ups: There are no Pop-Ups anywhere within the site. If you receive one as a result of clicking on any of the 3rd party links found within this site -- know that they did not originate from our site. If you are an author that is proud of your Pop-Ups, please don't submit your articles to our directory (java hover ads excepted).

The authors of the articles in this site do not dispense medical, legal or professional advice, nor do they prescribe any treatment or strategy that should be tested without the advice of a professional. Information presented on this site is for educational or entertainment purposes only. You are responsible for your own actions should you use any information found on this site.

 

Editorial Guidelines

 

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. Editorial 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 and #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 pornography/adult material, hate or violence-oriented, suggest racial intolerance, advocate against any individual, have insulting-obscene-degrading tone, or contain excess profanity.

i. MUST NOT contain information on: hacking/cracking content, bomb creation, support for terrorism/ radicalism/ religious fanaticism, illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia, weapon/ firearms/ ammunition/ balisongs/ butterfly knives or brass knuckles, or the promotion of hard alcohol/tobacco-related products or prescription drugs.

j. MUST NOT contain any content that is a violation of any law, be considered defamatory, libelous, or infringes on the legal rights of others.

k. 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. Editorial 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.


x. Please do NOT repeat your TITLE in the ARTICLE BODY.

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 Pros & Cons

c. YOUR FULL AUTHOR NAME: You must include your first and last name as the author of the article. 

d. 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.
i. Please do not repeat your TITLE and AUTHOR NAME at the top of the ARTICLE BODY. We will remove it.
ii. Copyrights must be at the bottom of your article. If you put it at the top of your article, we will move it to the bottom of the article body.
iii. If you include a REPRINT RIGHTS statement in your article, it must be at the BOTTOM of your article. If you put it at the top, we will move it to the bottom. Keep in mind our Publisher Terms of Service when you write your reprint rights statement as we will not accept articles that have REPRINT RIGHTS statements that conflict with our posted Author Terms of Service.
iv. If you sell hard in the ARTICLE BODY by including your URL or product pitch or blatant self-promotion, we will toss your article without notice. The RESOURCE BOX is where you get to pitch yourself or your website address.
v. The following HTML TAGS ARE ALLOWED in the ARTICLE BODY:
§ BOLD
§ ITALICS
§ UNDERLINE
§
is used to force a hard line return. Use this HTML tag to prevent our system from trying to wrap your short sentences together into one paragraph.
§

 and 

To make a text table look right.
§

TO INDENT A PARAGRAPH


§ and are used to display HTML code if you want to show the HTML code but not have our system interpret your code as HTML commands.
§

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      tags to create a NUMBERED LIST or a BULLET POINT list. See the Essential HTML article link below for further instructions on how to implement if this is your first time using these tags. These are OPTIONAL tags as you can always just left justify a numbered list or * asterisks for bullets and it makes your article much simplier to reprint.
      § HTML TAGS NOTE: Be sure to CLOSE every tag that you OPEN. A common mistake that an author will do is OPEN a BOLD tag and then forget to CLOSE it causing the rest of their article to look BOLDED when they didn't intend for that.
      § Required Reading: Essential HTML For Article Authors
      § We do allow ACTIVE website URLs in the body of your article. Please read the section below on "WEBSITE ACTIVE LINKS / YOUR URL" for a detailed explanation of what is and is not allowed.

      vi. The following HTML TAGS ARE NOT ALLOWED in the ARTICLE BODY:
      §

      and

      are not allowed anywhere in your article. To accomplish the same thing as the

      tag, just make sure there is one vertical space between each of your paragraphs. Our system interprets vertical spaces between paragraphs as an indication that the paragraph has ended and we insert behind-the-scenes the

      tags so you don't have to.
      § is not allowed in any form.
      § Image tags are NOT allowed.
      § FONT SIZE changes or COLOR tags are NOT allowed.
      §

      ,

      ,

      , etc. tags are NOT allowed.
      § The
      horizontal line tag is NOT allowed.
      § Microsoft Word Smart Quotes are NOT VALID HTML code. Do not include them in any of your HTML statements (or your article in general if you can help it).

      vii. Please do not submit articles with excessive HARD LINE BREAKS. A hard line break is when you use the HTML

      or
      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 RESOURCE BOX.
      i. Double check your links before submitting to be sure they work. Your article may be rejected if your website links do not work.
      ii. You can use HTML code to make your link active.
      iii. Microsoft Word smart quotes are never valid HTML code.
      iv. We *DO* auto format valid URLs that are in your RESOURCE BOX.

      Example of an invalid URL:
      Your-Company-Name.com
      www.your-company-name.com
      Example of a valid URL:
      http://Your-Company-Name.com/
      v. Absolutely do not include break tags (
      ) or font attributes in your HREF statements.
      vi. Your links may NOT contain a file to be downloaded of any type.
      vii. We do not accept articles that have the same ACTIVE link more than once. Do not submit duplicate identical URLs.
      viii. We do not knowingly allow any URLs in any of our articles that are banned by Google or if your website engages in questionable SEO practices -- we may reject your articles.
      ix. We do not auto format URL's that are in the BODY of your article.
      x. We do not allow active links in the first sentence, first paragraph or above the fold of an article. Please put your active links in the resource box below the article body.
      xi. We do not allow articles which have strategic keyword anchor text links in the body to your domain that do not add informational value to the article. If you put all 3 of the active self serving links that we allow in the body of your article, we will reject it. Any use of anchored text links to websites that you own should add value to the article topic rather than stand out as an obvious abuse an anchored text link. The goal with this policy is to be a good netcitizen by only allowing articles that add value with the anchored text links rather than for pure SEO reasons.

      Example: Within your article, you link the word "bird dog" to an article that you wrote about bird dogging. 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.
      ii. Ideally, your keywords should be optimized based on the most commonly searched keywords as published by Overture.com for your particular niche. It helps to use a good keyword research tool to help you determine which ones are best to use.
      iii. You should have a minimum of 4-5 keywords and a maximum of 25.
      iv. We do not accept keywords that are completely unrelated to the content of your article.

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