The Most Important Thing of All: By submitting your blog post to be included in Elust, you are agreeing to follow these rules.
Elust Rules for Participation:
You must post the edition that your post is included in within 7 days of its publication (usually the 22nd) and must remain posted on your blog permanently. You must keep every edition permanently; replacing one with the most current is breaking the rules. This must be a *new post* .
You Must Publish the Full Digest
You may, however, use the “read more” tag after the top portion (this is noted within the edition). In WordPress’s editor this is included as an icon that looks like two boxes separated by a dashed line. For blogspot, bloggers will need to do a one-time edit of their css code to be able to use the “read more” tag. HERE is a very easy 4-step explanation (with screenshots) on how to do this.
You Cannot Remove Anything From the Digest
As soon as each edition publishes, the sidebar is updated with a link directly to a text file containing the raw html code to aid in publishing. You can also just simply copy and paste it from the website. The important thing though is that you cannot alter the digest – meaning, you cannot remove a certain someone’s link (unless directed to do so by me) and if publishing the included photo, you must not change the embedded link in the photo or remove the “courtesy of” link. To do so would be a violation of the copyright of the owner of the photo and just generally uncool blogging practice. It doesn’t matter if you don’t personally like a participant, removing links from the digest on your own will result in YOU being removed from the digest and banned from participating.
You Can Add a Sentence or Two in your Own Words Next to Some or All of The Links in the Digest.
There are guidelines and limitations on what types of posts will be accepted for inclusion. The following rules determine if a post is eligible for inclusion:
Your post must contain mostly original content.
This means it can’t be a re-posting of something that has already appeared on someone else’s site, or that was written by someone else. Yes this does mean no Guest Posts.
Your post may not contain solely a photo or audio/video clip.
If a reasonable amount (i.e. more than a short paragraph or two) of original content writing is accompanied by a photo or clip, then it will be accepted.
No Competitions or Giveaways
Eligible post dates are always going to be a month-long range
Your post must have been published on your blog during the time period listed on the request for submissions post. Since the schedule is now set in stone, where submissions are accepted the 1st-7th of the month, eligible post dates will run from the 8th day of the prior month to the 7th (end of submissions period). This rule won’t be broken for anyone.
One submission per author, per blog per digest.
Previously Elust accepted multiple submissions for multi-author sites, but effective May 12, 2011 this is no longer the rule and it will be one post per site.
No content that goes against the sex-positive nature of the digest.
If you have a question on what exactly falls into that tag, just ask me or check out the updated FAQ page. This determination is at the discretion of the editor, with the judging panel weighing in.
You must fill out the submission form completely and properly.
When filling out the submission form, you must include a valid email address in the submission form; also you must include the direct link to your post, not just to your blog’s main page (by clicking on the title of your post from your main page you’ll be taken to the post’s direct link). Failure to do any of these can result in your post not being included.
You cannot submit a post that resides on a blog you do not own.
If your post was included as a guest post on someone else’s blog, you cannot submit it because you cannot control their adherence to the participation rules of Elust. If they would be willing to submit it for inclusion, they can do so. The email address used on the form then must be the address for the blog owner, the person who is in charge of management and posting.
Post titles are now subject to a character limit in the submission form but still must match the post title on your blog as much as possible.
Occasionally someone submits a post with a title longer than the average sentence. It ends up looking weird on the digest and really just isn’t necessary. If this means you must somewhat alter the title from how it appears on your site, so be it. ~NEW: Part 1: I’ve imposed a 45-character limit on blog post titles on the submission form. Please pay attention to this when you paste/type in your post title, as it will cut you off. If I receive a submission where it is obvious that you didn’t pay attention to this, I’ll ask you to re-submit and clean up the post title to fit. Part 2: That being said….Your post title as you submit it to Elust should exactly match the blog post title as you have it on your site, unless you need to shorten it for Elust in which case it should be as close as possible.