My recent article “Dreams: What Do They Mean?” has been moved to Exemplore. I am pleased with that as I have only had a couple of articles moved there before.
But, what I am less pleased with is that every one of the images I used (from Pixabay) were replaced with less attractive ones. The video I included was also removed, but I can live with that. Surprisingly, the Amazon links were left intact for a change.
Do you think if I changed any images back that the article will be demoted? Maybe, I will leave it alone for a week or so and then try.
Yes, this did happen to two of my articles, one on Remedygrove, and another on Holidappy. I had not submitted the articles, but they, themselves had picked them.
The images were my own, and exactly according to my content. I was not happy with the unattractive images, borrowed from somewhere else. I had sent them an email, enquiring about this, and requested them to change to my original image. But, nothing happened.
Then, I edited and changed to my original image, and they changed back to ‘their’ selected images, but they didn’t remove the article from the niche site.
I was disappointed, and left it as they wanted.
However, after a few months, I did remove ‘their’ images and replaced them with mine. And, it was accepted.
You may send them an email about this, explaining about your issues, or you may wait for few days/ a month, and then change it according to your preferences. In any case, I don’t think they will remove it from the niche site, once they have decided, that the article deserves to be placed there.
Good luck to you.
Thank you, Chitrangada. I do carefully choose my images and try to make the article as attractive as possible. I am not impressed by the top image that they added in place of mine. It is fuzzy and unattractive, even though it is supposed to be that way to represent a dream. They added text to it which I could have done myself in a more attractive manner.
I don’t have a problem with the changes to the text, but they also removed four images and only replaced them with two. I will take your suggestions though and see what happens.
Chitranga, thank you for opening up this far. I've a lesson to learn here, and it'll stay with me.
I had such an experience once. It was mind blowing. An editor edited my photo. It become blurred and pass the pixel size of 700. As I get to know about it after a week, I immediately replaced it with the original. That done, it's still on LetterPile.
Hi, John. I had that happen with my article about growing bougainvillea. They used my intro photo, but altered it. Fortunately, I liked the alterations. They made some other changes that I removed, though. Somewhere you mentioned that your intro photo was fuzzy to represent a dream. Maybe you could restore your original photo, but mention in the caption that it is supposed to be dream-like and slightly out of focus. Maybe then they would back off -- who knows? It's a great article, and should draw some readers for you. Best of luck with it.
That is really strange! Occasionally they have combined some of my images instead of them being in more photo capsules, but they have never changed them...even if they are public domain ones. I would not know how to advise you other than to contact them directly and find out if they can give you reasons why they did that.
If your original photos were of good quality, for example not blurry and matched the article you can put them back in without being moved off the niche site.
Did they add made for Pinterest photos or simply change out the ones you had? I've only had staff change out for MFP photos. Sometimes I've kept them and other times I put my old ones back or created my own made for pinterst photo. I've never had any issues changing my photos.
Editors have removed images and videos from some of my articles, but they have never replaced them with anything else.
Once, they changed the title of my Owlcation article. After that, the article lost traffic, so I changed it back after a month or so. The editors never questioned it. I think you can change those images back after some time. If the photos are properly credited, I don't see any problems with changing them back.
Blessings to you!!!
Thank you, Misbah, for sharing your experience, and for the congratulations on the article being accepted for Exemplore. I have removed the photos the editor added for the ones I preferred. Let's just wait and see if they stand.
I've had a few where the videos were removed, but I don't think they were working properly.
Check your email to see if they show you why they changed them.
I don't know why the pixabay photos wete chsnged unless you didn't do the free to use download.
Instead of just downloading picture, you tap it.
Then an option pops up for a free download. That's the picture to use.
Here is what they said in the email:
"Here are the edits that we made to your article.
Updated header(s) to the APA guidelines for proper title case
Rearranged information to satisfy readers and increase engagement
Removed low-quality photos, clip art, and/or stock images that don’t add value to the message
Added a top image"
All images were properly attributed for free use from Pixabay, and better than the boring ones they replaced them with. In fact the main image they added was blurry (even if intentionally so.)
They also removed the photo from one of my articles and deleted a whole text capsule. But what can we do? We have to accept the changes. They also changed the title of my article, and strangely, my article was gaining more traffic before this change.
I have had a title and image completely changed. Oddly enough it was on one of my most successful articles. But I have never had more photos changed. I think it is because I pack so many photos into my articles. It would be a mammoth task to change them all.
I understand your frustration, as it undermines and negates the work you put I to find the right images in the first place.
Not sure how they can say pics are low quality when they come from pixabay.
Nor how they can decide your pictures don't add value to the message of your work.
As a writer..you know better than anyone else what you are wanting to convey.
If there pics were better that would be one thing.
Might try sending a message to the team and bluntly asking them what's up.
I like that "What's up?"...... Wondering.... what they'll reply
I just changed the pics without even asking…after all, it is my article…so let’s just see.
I guess it comes down to which editor handles your article. I've had some of my articles so improved that traffic increased greatly and the article looked and read so much better. Then again I've had images replaced with incorrect ones (way off with a plant ID), with a horrible blurred one, and the article changed so that the facts were wrong. One editor's email read more like a threat claiming that if I changed anything back to the original, the article would be dumped from the niche.
Oh well, this is all to say I'd take a good close look at any editorial changes. Then wait a day or two before you decide to take any action. Sometimes we just react to the changes without really appreciating the work editors put in. Sometimes an editor is just an idiot.
Thank you for your insights, Dolores. I guess it does depend on the editor and also which niche site. They don’t all have the same standards and requirements.
Did they write words across the photo...like Poetry by John Hansen & the Title?
I just saw a few of mine on LetterPile. ..
I just looked at it on exemplore...
No place to comment there yet
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