How to Structure an Article at Mandy’s Pages
Mandy’s Pages welcomes writers from diverse fields to contribute written content. To ensure compliance with Google Panda’s directions, enable SEO friendly structuring and also uniformity of style throughout the site, there are a set of ‘writing guidelines’ that a writer is required to follow. Please read these guidelines carefully before submitting content at Mandy's Pages.
1. Metadata Title:
This is the article title that you will give your ‘teaser’ and metadata description. This title will be displayed along with the article teaser and entered into the system as part of the search engine feed for the article. The title will have to contain the keywords or keyword phrase and not be more than 70 characters long.
These are the main keywords or keyword phrases by which your article will be found and picked up by the search engine. Identifying the closest possible keywords will ensure your article is as compact as possible, without distracting or misleading content.
3. Metadata Description:
The metadata description is the synopsis of the article that will be entered into the search engine feed for your article. This will not be visible on your article page, but will turn up in your redirects, social networking posts and also in the search engine result for the specific keywords / keyword phrases. The metadata description should contain the title string at least once with mention of the keywords as part of it. The meta description determines whether the reader wants to pursue this page in full or move on to another search. The meta description should not exceed 160 characters in length, including punctuation and spaces. Should the metadata description be longer, the first 160 characters should contain the prime search information and should be used as a means to advertise your article.
The teaser is a 30-50 word paragraph that summarizes your article and entices the reader to want to read on. It is your article in a nut-shell, without actually giving away the interesting aspects of your article. It is like a worded advertisement that is used to sell a product, which, in this case, is your article. This description is usually posted at the respective Category page which further leads to the article page via the 'Read More' option.
5. Main Title:
This is the main title of your article. The title will have to contain the main keyword phrase. The more descriptive the title, with long search tags, the more streamlined the reader’s search would be to arrive at your article.
This is the section which contains the main body of the article. In general, an article should contain an introduction, a main-body section, and a conclusion. The main body of the article should preferably be broken down into sub divisions, if possible. This makes it easier for the reader to follow the article with ease and refer back to it in time of doubt. A good article will also ensure that the reader refers to other articles too by the same author. Writing many articles as a ‘series of articles’ will also increase visibility of the author’s work.
The article should contain the keywords along the course of the work. The title – keyword phrase should appear twice in the body of the article, preferably towards the beginning and towards the end for every 600 words of content. Avoid cluttering the article with too many keywords. The minimum word count for an article is 600 words. The article has to be written in the third person only.
Articles on Faith (Christianity only), Memoirs and Reflections will be posted at the Writer's Corner and will not fall under the main menu. These may be written in the first person.
7. References & Resources:
The author is instructed to add at least one reference link for each article submission. This adds emphasis to the content that the author has written. References may be from any external link or any supporting link from within Mandy’s Pages. Resources such as text book references should be added at the end of the article, highlighting the author’s name, text, volume and publication details such as publisher, place and year.
These are the main criteria for submitting content to Mandy’s Pages. It is mandatory that you follow these guidelines to ensure that your article is accepted for publication without much editing. Please double check entries for spelling and grammar before submission.
All articles have to be original. Submissions that claim to be original will be verified via Copyscape. Duplicate content may or may not be accepted and is at the sole discretion of Mandy's Pages. Submissions which are duplicate in nature and accepted at Mandy's Pages will not be paid for, as per the Terms of Service.
There should be just one space between sentences in a paragraph. Lists should be highlighted with bullets or numbers.
Entries for blog reviews do not have to follow these guidelines and may be more casual in approach, in the first person or with / without reference links.
Please be aware that when you submit original content to Mandy's Pages, you hand over exclusive user rights to Mandy's Pages for a period of six months and you may not request for the article to be deleted.
Writers are allowed to write to ONLY ONE category (which includes all its subcategories) at Mandy's Pages.