EzineArticles.com - Good News, Bad News

by Allen Graves 44 replies
EzineArticles Scheduler Enters Beta

Good news: You can now SCHEDULE your articles to be reviewed on a future date and time. So now you can submit 100 articles and schedule them out to be submitted over the next several days/months.

Bad news: It is only available to premium ($97) members. I hope this doesn't piss you EZA die-hard guys and gals off too much.

EZA Blog about this:
http://blog.ezinearticles.com/2008/09/ezinearticles-scheduler-enters-beta.html

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  • Profile picture of the author himanuzo
    Does anyone have the Premium membership? Any experiences?
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    • Profile picture of the author enrich
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      Am I missing something here?????:confused:

      If you submit 100 articles all at once to be scheduled to go out over a period of time its not going to save you any time at all as it will still take you exactly the same amount of time if you were to submit the same amount as you would normally.

      So you're paying $97 for nothing.
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      • Profile picture of the author Eswar
        Originally Posted by enrich View Post

        Am I missing something here?????:confused:

        If you submit 100 articles all at once to be scheduled to go out over a period of time its not going to save you any time at all as it will still take you exactly the same amount of time if you were to submit the same amount as you would normally.

        So you're paying $97 for nothing.
        Good, You have confused me too.

        Eswar
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
        Originally Posted by enrich View Post

        Am I missing something here?????:confused:

        If you submit 100 articles all at once to be scheduled to go out over a period of time its not going to save you any time at all as it will still take you exactly the same amount of time if you were to submit the same amount as you would normally.

        So you're paying $97 for nothing.
        Not true.

        Think of it this way...

        Is there more value to having 100 articles released at once (and being buried quickly)?

        OR

        Is there more value to having 10 fresh articles appearing once a day for 10 days in a row?

        I know which makes more sense to me.

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        • Profile picture of the author enrich
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          Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

          Not true.

          Think of it this way...

          Is there more value to having 100 articles released at once (and being buried quickly)?

          OR

          Is there more value to having 10 fresh articles appearing once a day for 10 days in a row?

          I know which makes more sense to me.

          ~Michael
          Yeah but it's going to take you exactly the same amount of time to submit 100 all in one go as it would be to submit 10 at a time so I dont know how they can justify charging $97 so that it will save you time. That's complete nonsense.
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          • Profile picture of the author Chris Lockwood
            Originally Posted by enrich View Post

            Yeah but it's going to take you exactly the same amount of time to submit 100 all in one go as it would be to submit 10 at a time so I dont know how they can justify charging $97 so that it will save you time. That's complete nonsense.
            Did someone say it would save you time?

            It's for convenience, just like ebay letting you schedule your auction start at some future date rather than right now. They charge extra for that, at least last time I looked.

            This is just one feature of the $97 service; they aren't charging $97 just for this one option.
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            • Profile picture of the author enrich
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              Originally Posted by Chris Lockwood View Post

              Did someone say it would save you time?

              It's for convenience, just like ebay letting you schedule your auction start at some future date rather than right now. They charge extra for that, at least last time I looked.

              This is just one feature of the $97 service; they aren't charging $97 just for this one option.
              Yes EZ articles said so. From EZ articles blog:

              <This allows you to save time by submitting a series of new articles, perhaps dozens or hundreds at a time to be released at future preset dates that you determine.>

              Except it doesnt save time at all.
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              • Profile picture of the author LadyL08
                Supply and demand....Perhaps they purposely created the situation last week where bunches of articles got approved at the same time to make us think that scheduling would be a good idea. I still think that if you submit regularly, your articles should get approved regularly and you shouldn't have to pay for it.

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        • Profile picture of the author ildarius
          Hmm... I thought that you become a platinum member after submitting 20 high quality articles.

          Ack
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          • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
            Originally Posted by ildarius View Post

            Hmm... I thought that you become a platinum member after submitting 20 high quality articles.

            Ack
            It is either 10 or 20 articles to become a Platinum member, but $97/month to become a Premium member.

            ~Michael


            Yeah but it's going to take you exactly the same amount of time to submit 100 all in one go as it would be to submit 10 at a time so I dont know how they can justify charging $97 so that it will save you time. That's complete nonsense.
            You can argue that it takes the same amount of TIME to submit them, but I am talking about the benefits of scheduling and having 100 articles spread out over time. I still hold there is a benefit to that.

            You don't have to remember to submit 10 articles a day, but can schedule 10 to go out each day for 10 days. (For example)

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        • It depends. I don't write my articles for them to be read on-site at Ezinearticles.com. I write them for the syndication, AND for Ezinearticles' search engine friendly quality. If my keywords are correct and my articles place well in the search engines for the keywords I want, who cares if they get "buried" on site at Ezinearticles.com?

          Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

          Not true.

          Think of it this way...

          Is there more value to having 100 articles released at once (and being buried quickly)?

          OR

          Is there more value to having 10 fresh articles appearing once a day for 10 days in a row?

          I know which makes more sense to me.

          ~Michael
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          • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
            Originally Posted by Angela V. Edwards View Post

            It depends. I don't write my articles for them to be read on-site at Ezinearticles.com. I write them for the syndication, AND for Ezinearticles' search engine friendly quality. If my keywords are correct and my articles place well in the search engines for the keywords I want, who cares if they get "buried" on site at Ezinearticles.com?
            In that case, you are correct, it wouldn't make any difference. I was just trying to show that there could be some value to the scheduling feature, as opposed to others discounting it out of hand.

            ~Michael
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    • I checked the premium membership details. Seems that their selling point is SPEED.


      With Premium Membership:

      SPEED: Your articles will go the front of the line to be reviewed before non-premium level member article submissions.

      SPEED: Your article submissions will be reviewed by a senior level member of our Editorial team.

      SPEED: Your email questions to our Member Support ticket center will go to the front of the queue for priority response.

      Important Notes About Premium Membership:

      Being a Premium member does not guarantee your articles will be accepted.

      All article submissions must still meet our editorial guidelines.You will not receive editorial favor of any kind.

      We reserve the right to deny Premium service to any member at any time for any reason.


      Being a Premium member will not impact or help your account level upgrades (Basic, Basic Plus or Platinum). The Platinum unlimited article submission level is earned with a history of trust over time and can never be bought.
      However,

      Originally Posted by himanuzo View Post

      Does anyone have the Premium membership? Any experiences?
      I have the same question. Would like to get some feedback from fellow Warriors about their paid service before taking out the wallet.

      I would have also liked if they offered adsense-free article pages to paid members.

      Arindam
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      • Profile picture of the author himanuzo
        Folks talks about the premium package with the negative statements but they never try it.....
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        • Profile picture of the author melanied
          I think most people have been pretty clear about the fact that they don't feel the offered features are worth the price, not speaking negatively about the service itself.

          To speak negatively about the service, you should have tried it, but to form an opinion on whether or not the feature set is worth the price, it's only necessary to see what the features are.

          Originally Posted by himanuzo View Post

          Folks talks about the premium package with the negative statements but they never try it.....
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          • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
            The only way I see this service being useful for somebody who submits a
            lot of articles is if the regular service not only gets severely backlogged but
            when articles are approved, they all get approved at once. That's going to
            cut down a bit on that surge of traffic from being on page 1.

            Other than that, I don't see the benefit, and believe me, $584 a year (if
            you pay at once) is not a big deal to me. I just don't know if you really
            get anything out of it that's going to make $584 worth of difference.
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    • Profile picture of the author angela99
      Originally Posted by himanuzo View Post

      Does anyone have the Premium membership? Any experiences?
      I joined yesterday.

      I love it. I had 3 articles queued which were added within hours.

      Today I posted two articles, and again they were added in hours. I'm in Australia, which makes the fast approval even more of a feat. They either have people in other time zones, or people who work at night.

      Premium is worth it to me, your mileage may be different, depending on how you use EA and what your business model happens to be.

      Re the queuing feature: this will be excellent for any promotions I'm running, so I can have the articles released precisely when I want them.

      All in all, I really appreciate this new premium service; the free service is pretty wonderful too.
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  • Profile picture of the author enrich
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    For $97 a month Id want near instant approval (like within 30 minutes) Even then it wouldnt be worth $97 per month, maybe $47 max
    As it is I think you'd have to be mad to pay $97 for what they offer.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
      Originally Posted by enrich View Post

      For $97 a month Id want near instant approval (like within 30 minutes) Even then it wouldnt be worth $97 per month, maybe $47 max
      As it is I think you'd have to be mad to pay $97 for what they offer.
      With what they are offering now, I tend to agree.

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      • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
        Michael is correct, it's not to save time...it's so that all of your articles are not approved at once. A lot of money can be lost if all of your articles appear at once in their system.

        Read the blog, though...this is only the first "of many" features coming for premium members in the future.

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  • Profile picture of the author MommyEnterprises
    That is cool for those that do that many submissions. My goal is 1 article per day!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Lockwood
    Well, it should take less total time to submit 100 articles at once vs. going there 100 times to submit one each.
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    • Profile picture of the author enrich
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      Originally Posted by Chris Lockwood View Post

      Well, it should take less total time to submit 100 articles at once vs. going there 100 times to submit one each.
      :confused: It takes exactly the same amount of time to submit 100 articles all at once as it does to submit 1 a day, 5 a week, 10 every 3 weeks, 20 every 4 weeks etc..etc...

      EZ articles is talking nonsense saying that it's a time saver. I do agree that it might be more convenient but it absolutely does not save any time.
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      • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
        Whether it saves time or not...that's not the purpose of this feature. Steven could use it for sure, as he submits multiple articles per day and they can quickly pile up (backlog)...resulting in dozens being accepted at once and competing against each other, and possibly looking like an unnatural linking tactic to the search engines.

        But if you are like Mommy, or a million other people that submit 1 article a day, or close to that amount on a regular basis, then this too (along with the quick reviews) would be a waste of money.

        However, if you have time sensitive material to be submitted at a known later date, then this would be great. Fantasy football articles, for instance. If they are accepted on Monday, they're pretty much in the hole by Saturday when most people are searching for that. If you could get them submitted on Thursday, and indexed by Saturday, then that would be very cool. SUbmit them today to be released Tursday, and next Thursday, and the one after that.

        Another example would be if your website is going to have a special running during the first 2 or three weeks in October. Write and submit the articles now to be released daily during that time.

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      • Profile picture of the author Chris Lockwood
        Originally Posted by enrich View Post

        :confused: It takes exactly the same amount of time to submit 100 articles all at once as it does to submit 1 a day, 5 a week, 10 every 3 weeks, 20 every 4 weeks etc..etc...

        Only if it takes you zero time to boot your PC, go to their site, log in, navigate on your hard drive to find your articles, etc.

        Repetitive tasks usually take less total time when done in batches. This is why I don't usually drive to the supermarket to buy 1 can of peas.

        But if it really bothers you, take it up with EZA since they are the ones making the statement.
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  • Profile picture of the author Max Whitson
    I remember a recent thread on here basically saying that the Premium Membership is not worth it at all.
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    • Profile picture of the author enrich
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      Originally Posted by Max Whitson View Post

      I remember a recent thread on here basically saying that the Premium Membership is not worth it at all.
      No there don't appear to be enough benefits to make it worthwhile presently.
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    • Profile picture of the author Simon_Sezs
      Originally Posted by Max Whitson View Post

      I remember a recent thread on here basically saying that the Premium Membership is not worth it at all.
      That really depends. If you are making 1k+ a month exclusively by driving traffic directly from your ezine articles and suddenly it is taking days and weeks to get an article approved and you see your money take a hit, then perhaps to that person it would be worth it.

      However, if you aren't making any money or very little money, then it may not be enough to warrant the membership price.
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  • Profile picture of the author Max Whitson
    ^exactly. I really don't see any advantages that it has over Platinum, especially when it is $97 month.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jean Morgan
    Where is Steven? I'm pretty sure he posted something last week about being annoyed by a boat load of his stuff being approved in a batch.

    Personally I prefer to drip feed my articles in a few each day. Will I pay for it? No

    Why? I don't submit enough to consider it being worth the outlay. I can get some better value memberships for $97 in my opinion.

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  • Profile picture of the author enrich
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    Why pay for their $97 Premium service when you could quite easily outsource EZ article submissions for far less.

    Heck you wouldnt have to submit a single article yourself. Just give an outsourcer your account details and your articles and tell him/her you want so many submitted daily weekly monthly or whatever.
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    • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
      Very good point enrich. Mind if I use that in my next newsletter?

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        Originally Posted by Allen Graves View Post

        Very good point enrich. Mind if I use that in my next newsletter?

        AL
        Sure go ahead
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  • Profile picture of the author Ephrils
    I don't find the time saving feature all that important or interesting. Anyone who is heavily into writing articles wouldn't gain much from more speed. You can easily bombard EZA with new articles if you really focus on article writing. If you're pumping out that many articles who cares if a few take a while, you've got another 4 or 5 ready to submit right behind it.

    They've got to get it to eventually.
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    • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
      Even if you submit 20 a day, you can schedule each one to be reviewed an hour apart. Would certainly help in some of their categories!!!

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  • Profile picture of the author preets
    I think premium membership is only fruitfull to big article marketer ,those are earning good money from articles.Small business can't afford this service.I am also not interested in premium membership at this point of time but may be in future.
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  • Profile picture of the author himanuzo
    angela99,

    thank you for your sharing... good!

    But 2-5 business days are enough to get approval from EA.
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  • Profile picture of the author tommygadget
    Can I make a suggestion here? Since there are so many authors out there (not me) willing to write $5 articles, take that $97 and get yourself ~20 articles written and submit them one at a time each weekday for a month. Now THAT would be a worthwhile investment, yes?

    TomG.
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  • Profile picture of the author pmore
    Sheesh - $97 a month! I have a niche in Adwords that costs me just a little more than that and earns me $1100+ on a consistent basis - and I don't have to write a word since my ads are already set up. I'm glad I don't rely on EZA too heavily.
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