I Could Scream at Ezine Articles

by Jean Morgan 35 replies
For the last 6 days I have been having problems getting one of my articles accepted. The reason given is a section of their terms and conditions regarding resource boxes. I tried changing it but kept getting the article rejected. Last night I turned to the forum for help and Steven Wagenheim kindly offered his expertise. He couldn't offer a concrete rerason, other than the editor was a numpty, but made a suggestion that I implemented and re-submitted. It is still in review.

I also sent in a support ticket to ask for help from ezine articles. Well they have replied. They say my website is an auction site! and I am not allowed to link to auction sites. Well actually it is a site about vacuum cleaners which just happens to have a few Amazon and Ebay affiliate links on the page. The domain is registered in my name and I have built the site myself.

I have sent them a reply pointing this out and await their next response.

What next. No-one can link to any site whether they own it or not if it has any form of affiliate product on the page?

Totally pissed off

Jean
#main internet marketing discussion forum #articles #ezine #scream
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  • Profile picture of the author JeffersonB
    Mmm just re-article the article. Ezine are like that sometimes
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  • Profile picture of the author Amy Bass
    EzineArticles can be a bit unpredictable. I have had some articles rejected for too many uses of the keyword even though it was only in the article 3 times and the article was over 400 words. Go figure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Cornish
    Ezine can be really annoying at times.

    Just keep amending and trying to push it through. Hopefully you'll get a different editor.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Jean, I don't blame you in the least for being pissed off. I would be too.
      That is the most ridiculous reason I ever heard.

      Hopefully when you plead your case they'll let it pass.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jean Morgan
    Thanks Steve and thanks for the help last night.

    How on earth are we supposed to keep second guessing them when what is good one day is bad the next

    Just needed to vent, I like them really because they send me good traffic and my site does quite well off it but they are just making everything seem so difficult recently with all the delays and silly stuff like this.

    I'm going to bed, night all.
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    • Profile picture of the author xmx
      Perhaps you can create a page without the ebay
      and amazon ads and use that one in your author
      box to make it good for ezinearticles.


      Gian
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  • Profile picture of the author Marc Lindsay
    Whats your article?

    I'll submit it through our system for you free and help you select some great keyphrases for your site...

    Regards
    Marc
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  • Profile picture of the author Ephrils
    Sounds like Ezine still needs to hire good editors. We can tell those sites apart, but I guess they can't.
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    • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
      I suspect they will pass it when they hear your response...unless they are just adamant about eBay links.

      I know that Chris Knight frequently checks out the forum...maybe he will see this and shoot you an email.

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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Scott
    I deal in a sex-related niche, so I get a lot of articles rejected because of my links. However, many articles have already been accepted (not to mention the glut of them on EZA already). I just reply to the email and point this out and they put my article through.

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    • Profile picture of the author pmore
      Yeah, EZA can be so frustrating to work with. Let us know their next response - good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Stallion
    I had a few periods where my articles were getting rejected for the resource box. They point out rule 2F, which is basically 15 sub rules lol.

    Every time I sent off a support ticket the reply was "I'm sorry, it was placed in problem status by mistake."

    I think it is due to rookie reviewers.
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  • Profile picture of the author tommygadget
    I have had articles that were already approved and running switched to error status and just re-submitted them to get them approved again. Many times I edited the articles just a little and then re-submitted them and got them approved before I ever got a response from a support ticket. Strange stuff.

    TomG.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ephrils
      Obviously no Grandfather rule applies at EZA. If perfectly fine, submitted articles were running suddenly have problems... then they're fixing everything across the board and no article is good even if it may have been by previous rules.
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    • Profile picture of the author jbshort
      I've also had articles accepted by EzineArticles and then rejected after they had been running for awhile. I've never gotten a good explanation or reason, and it has been very frustrating.

      Sometimes I've had to just figure out what the problem was and keep resubmitting it. They're not very forthcoming. But I have also found that it was worth it to keep trying, because EzineArticles really is the top article directory (in my opinion.)
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      • Profile picture of the author tommygadget
        Originally Posted by jbshort View Post

        I've also had articles accepted by EzineArticles and then rejected after they had been running for awhile. I've never gotten a good explanation or reason, and it has been very frustrating.

        Sometimes I've had to just figure out what the problem was and keep resubmitting it. They're not very forthcoming. But I have also found that it was worth it to keep trying, because EzineArticles really is the top article directory (in my opinion.)
        Agreed, and again, it is faster to just keep re-submitting the article than waiting for a support ticket. Just edit and submit, edit and submit. Eventually, you'll get the right editor.

        TomG.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andres
    Yeah EZA does have it's quirks. When I submitted my first 8 articles it took 7 - 10 days to approve my articles. But now I got a 48 hour turn around time with 7 articles.

    You never know at times.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Scott
    Of course, the fact that EZA themselves rank ridiculously well in SERPs is enough, IMHO, to continue writing to them. So long as you build a few backlinks to your articles you can get some pretty cool results. I'm yet to figure that part out myself but I have seen others do it quite easily... and I have found the traffic converts very well.

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    • Profile picture of the author Seattle Mike
      Just like speeding tickets, they probably have a quota(2 minutes max) to meet but they can't just approve everything or the boss will think they are just hitting the (easy)approve button between sips of coffee.
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      • Profile picture of the author lincolnn
        wait is that true? That ezine uses no-follow tags now?
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        • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
          No that is absolutely false.

          They do NOT use nofollow tags on all of their articles.

          Just another post made without ANY proof or backup data.

          I hate it when people do that. I'm sure Christopher Knight doesn't appreciate it either.

          When an AD starts using nofollow, they aren't going to last much longer...not even EZA.

          For the record, there are absolutely no talks of this happening in the AD owners' community. It has been brought up a few times in the past, but quickly shot down across the board.

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          • Profile picture of the author dbarnum
            Same thing is going on at ArticleMarketer, and no one replies to any emails there.
            We're being told you cannot submit for the most ridiculous reasons like:

            1) You cannot send people to other places in your content (we tell them to find resources at the public library and places online like Amazon (and NOT .com even -- no links, nothing.)

            [Now if we cannot advise people on where to find resources in our own content, that sounds like Nazis back in charge. Sheesh. Come on, the public library, for goodness sakes!]

            2) You have the title incorrect (should have every single word begin with a cap, even "the" in the middle, which is not supposed to be a cap). Their rules even say it is acceptable either way, yet their automation does not allow this.


            Bites big time. I think what's going on is too many want everything automated, and this is what happens. No human ‘thought’ can happen.

            Just go elsewhere, my 2-cents. We are submitting to other places that have real people to at least reply and help intervene, or good automation.

            Hopefully threads like this will be a wake up call. Doubtful, though, as they're too lazy to read their own support tickets, why would they come here and read....


            Their loss!
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          • Profile picture of the author Mike Montgomery
            My bad, I confess my mistake. I read it from another trusted warrior, went to EZA looked at the source code of an article and saw "nofollow" and took them to be right.

            Sorry for the misinformation

            Originally Posted by Allen Graves View Post

            No that is absolutely false.

            They do NOT use nofollow tags on all of their articles.

            Just another post made without ANY proof or backup data.

            I hate it when people do that. I'm sure Christopher Knight doesn't appreciate it either.

            When an AD starts using nofollow, they aren't going to last much longer...not even EZA.

            For the record, there are absolutely no talks of this happening in the AD owners' community. It has been brought up a few times in the past, but quickly shot down across the board.

            AL
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  • Profile picture of the author Jean Morgan
    They just rejected another article in another niche for the same reasons above. I know this because the two sites are of a similar model but different niches.

    @Marc Lindsay I will drop you a PM as I am interested in this new service of yours anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gunter Eibl
    The are having a though time currently to catch up. Their growth is phenomenal but not surprising though. We are sending them literally tons of articles every day and then we complain the pipe is blocked?

    Gunter
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    • Profile picture of the author Hyaku_Man
      I haven't had too much trouble with EZA. Articlemarketer on the other hand--I haven't gotten anything through without having to resubmit several times. I just stopped using them.
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  • Profile picture of the author adamv
    Originally Posted by Jean Morgan View Post

    For the last 6 days I have been having problems getting one of my articles accepted. The reason given is a section of their terms and conditions regarding resource boxes. I tried changing it but kept getting the article rejected. Last night I turned to the forum for help and Steven Wagenheim kindly offered his expertise. He couldn't offer a concrete rerason, other than the editor was a numpty, but made a suggestion that I implemented and re-submitted. It is still in review.

    I also sent in a support ticket to ask for help from ezine articles. Well they have replied. They say my website is an auction site! and I am not allowed to link to auction sites. Well actually it is a site about vacuum cleaners which just happens to have a few Amazon and Ebay affiliate links on the page. The domain is registered in my name and I have built the site myself.

    I have sent them a reply pointing this out and await their next response.

    What next. No-one can link to any site whether they own it or not if it has any form of affiliate product on the page?

    Totally pissed off

    Jean
    I've had a similar problem in the past and I'm currently having the problem again. In the past I sent an email asking what was wrong with my links and they emailed back "Your article was incorrectly placed in problem status. I apologize for the error, and do see your article is now live". I actually received an apology from them.

    This time I thought the same thing was happening so when my articles were not right, I just resubmitted them and this morning they were denied again. The site that is being linked to has articles and videos on it along with some Adsense and a page with eBay auctions. When I e-mailed them asking them to be more specific about what the problem was I haven't heard back yet. Maybe I'll just submit these articles to Goarticles or Buzzle.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jean Morgan
    Here is the latest message from Ezinearticles:

    Hi Jean,

    Since sites that contain auctions have content that is ever-changing,
    we are not able to verify the legitimacy of this content on a regular
    basis. Therefore, we are not able to accept links to sites that
    contain auctions on them.

    Thank you for understanding.

    Since then they have accepted another article no problem, and one for another site with a similare marketing model.

    I think I may take my business elsewhere for a while as I am fed up of this russian roulette system based on who edits the article before publication.

    Jean
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    • Profile picture of the author ztws
      I was getting an article bumped for 2.f and figured out a way around it. It's sneaky, but it works.

      Use blogger to create a page with a decent amount of content. Copy and paste it from the web if you have to. Then use that blogger URL for the resource box. Once the article(s) are approved, redirect the blog to the URL you want to use after a day or two. I prefer a 301 META redirect as it's pretty quick.

      Hope that helps people out. I spent over a week trying to get that article approved before coming across this thread. Now the article is approved and I can redirect to get the traffic where I want it.
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      • Profile picture of the author Seattle Mike
        ZT , might want to wait about a week before you switch it. I saw in my stats they checked my blogger blog a couple days after I got my article approved.
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        • Profile picture of the author martinp
          Originally Posted by deverell View Post

          ZT , might want to wait about a week before you switch it. I saw in my stats they checked my blogger blog a couple days after I got my article approved.
          I wouldn't switch it at all - I see my sites get randomly checked by the Ezinearticles guys all the time. They know people do it and they're out to catch them.
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          • Profile picture of the author julclark
            I had one repeatedly rejected over the auction sites issue, too. I had heard that you just had to not direct users to a page that had auction ads. I took the auction ads off of the page I was using in my resource box, and they accepted my article, even though the site itself is mainly auctions. I hope that they are not going to ban auction sites entirely like was stated in a previous post!
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  • Profile picture of the author ztws
    Interesting. I may redirect soon and see what happens. Either that or rework the landing page such that the ads are reduced/removed and see if that improves approval time going forward.
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