What is the best alternative to EZA

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EZA is becoming tougher by the day. Apart from their big "cleaning up" of substandard articles they no longer accept more than 3 keywords in the bio box. All our articles containing more than 3 keywords got chucked out.

We use EZA and Go with John's X-factor course. So, for our sites with 4 keywords or more, which article directory do you recommend that isn't no-follow.

I was thinking of getting a paid account at Allen Graves Website Article Directory.

So far he provides the best solution to "Big Mama" E-zine that has become more moody by the day.

Any other suggestions or advice please?
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  • Profile picture of the author bravo75
    articlebase
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  • Profile picture of the author Anthony J Namata
    Yes, EzineArticles is getting really fussy. I can recommend http://www.isnare.com
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    • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
      I find articlealley.com sends visitors, so do goarticles.com
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      • Profile picture of the author Axeman63
        If they are getting fussier, does that not mean the search engines will give them more weight?
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Kelsall
            Force authority on another site

            Look for other directories or 2.0 properties that rank on pages 1,2,and 3 and then flood them with content and some smart linking...

            Think about it for a second...or at least pay attention long enough to understand what is going on...

            EZA ranks well for terms, right? - But why?

            In most cases it is because there is so much content on the domain that they are an authority - Well, that and the linking structure that they have.

            So, if you don't want to use EZA...Don't.

            Find another site and force authority on it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Austin E Anthony
    Goarticle, Articlebase for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author tommen
    Ideamarketers.com and Articles-Hub.com are good also.
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  • Profile picture of the author eaglechick
    Thank you very much guys and gals. Apparently articlebase is no follow. I'm still new so what does it mean? We don't rely on articles for traffic it is more to build links. So am I correct to say that articlebase will then be ok. Do they take long to approve your articles?
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  • Profile picture of the author pheonix44
    I have found that articlebase works really well, but you have to submit content loaded with good facts and very little fluff. If you write your articles this way you'll crush the competition.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
    EZA is by far the best IMO but GA and Articlebase are right behind it.
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  • Profile picture of the author SeanSupplee
    There are a number of them but EZA is going to always out beat them all now. I tend to use my own now lol but other then that my 2nd choice is goarticles.com
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  • Profile picture of the author eaglechick
    Thanks for your valuable input Jeremy I really appreciate! It makes perfect sense to do what you suggest.

    Phoenix very good tip - I'll definitely try it.
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    I was thinking of getting an paid account at Allen Graves Website Article Directory.
    I think this makes sense - it ties into what Jeremy said above.

    EZA is "the best" because a lot of people submit content, then bookmark and link to it. The problem is that EZA doesn't like Internet Marketers.

    Allens directory, while not as high volume as EZA, is made great for Internet marketers. There are a lot of features that benefit articles marketers specifically there. So, if you are going to put forth the effort of adding articles and linking to them, maybe it makes sense to do that at website-articles.net and help that site get as much "clout" as EZA.

    I have a paid account over there (website-articles) and I am hopeing to put as much effort into my articles that I list there as the ones on EZA.

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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Kelsall
      Originally Posted by cashcow View Post

      I think this makes sense - it ties into what Jeremy said above.

      EZA is "the best" because a lot of people submit content, then bookmark and link to it. The problem is that EZA doesn't like Internet Marketers.

      Allens directory, while not as high volume as EZA, is made great for Internet marketers. There are a lot of features that benefit articles marketers specifically there. So, if you are going to put forth the effort of adding articles and linking to them, maybe it makes sense to do that at website-articles.net and help that site get as much "clout" as EZA.

      I have a paid account over there (website-articles) and I am hopeing to put as much effort into my articles that I list there as the ones on EZA.

      Lee
      I am also a member at Article Directory - Article Marketing Community . Not only does Allan know what the hell he is talking about, but he accepts the fact that we are marketers, makes his site SEO friendly, and HELPS us as much as he can because he wants us to submit content to his site.

      Anyone looking for an alternative should sign up as soon as they can before it gets too popular.
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  • Profile picture of the author crissanteiro
    I also am a member of Allen's site and I like it more every day. Allen is always making it better. I am sure it will rank very well in a little time.

    And I dislike EZA more every day. I am also a member there, and they are a pain in the butt. I am constantly fighting with them. Does anyone else hate them?

    I post to both of these directories on a daily basis. I am sure rooting for Allen. Would love to see him beat EZA.
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  • Profile picture of the author Wham
    I found once I stopped trying to go by my rules and follow Ezine rules it's actually extremely easy to get approved.

    I can understand being mad about the keyword thing but Ezines a little too good to stop using.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andy Money
      I'm already forming strategies for when I have to abandon Eza all together. Maybe skip articles all together and post the content to your blog and get backlinks to all the posts. Optimize the blog "posts" just as you would an Eza article then get 200 backlinks per post and just rank for YOUR OWN site, less hoops for your visitors to jump through and you're building your OWN PR, NOT Eza's.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kirahster
        Originally Posted by Andrew Maule View Post

        I'm already forming strategies for when I have to abandon Eza all together. Maybe skip articles all together and post the content to your blog and get backlinks to all the posts. Optimize the blog "posts" just as you would an Eza article then get 200 backlinks per post and just rank for YOUR OWN site, less hoops for your visitors to jump through and you're building your OWN PR, NOT Eza's.
        This is my current strategy!
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        • Profile picture of the author Andy Money
          Originally Posted by Kirahster View Post

          This is my current strategy!
          It's the way of the future! How's it working out for you? I'm only doing this on one site right now, I can see it's going to become my new strategy though (I think).
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          • Profile picture of the author Kirahster
            Originally Posted by Andrew Maule View Post

            It's the way of the future! How's it working out for you? I'm only doing this on one site right now, I can see it's going to become my new strategy though (I think).
            It is actually working out quite well. It makes it so much easier to actually work at making a site rank better for a keyword, when you know that the site is your own and all of the benefit is going to you rather to another site that does not give a s$%t about you!

            My current strategy is to pick my keywords for a niche and try and get my site to rank for those keywords. Then I will also try to rank an article, a press release and a video for those keywords also. This is my "new strategy", I have not achieved all of this with one niche yet, but I plan to achieve all of this with the new niches that I am moving into.

            BTW the article directory that I am going to try and rank with is not EZA. It is either going to be Articlebase of Allen Graves' directory. I have not tested Allens directory yet but Articlebase seems to be producing!
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            • Profile picture of the author Andy Money
              Originally Posted by Kirahster View Post

              It is actually working out quite well. It makes it so much easier to actually work at making a site rank better for a keyword, when you know that the site is your own and all of the benefit is going to you rather to another site that does not give a s$%t about you!

              My current strategy is to pick my keywords for a niche and try and get my site to rank for those keywords. Then I will also try to rank an article, a press release and a video for those keywords also. This is my "new strategy", I have not achieved all of this with one niche yet, but I plan to achieve all of this with the new niches that I am moving into.

              BTW the article directory that I am going to try and rank with is not EZA. It is either going to be Articlebase of Allen Graves' directory. I have not tested Allens directory yet but Articlebase seems to be producing!
              Good to know, thanks for divulging the info.

              There are so many reasons to go this route it's nuts. You get deep links, build your PR, get better rank, get more organic traffic, get more targeted visitors (less hoops), don't feed the Eza machine, etc. etc. I'm currently trying this on a niche blog that just has different posts SEO'd and written like articles, some of them (even without backlinking) rake in organic traffic, so if I can outsource some cheap backlinks for each post and get to #1 it's a great way to scoop traffic.
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              • Profile picture of the author Kirahster
                Originally Posted by Andrew Maule View Post

                Good to know, thanks for divulging the info.

                There are so man reasons to go this route it's nuts. You get deep links, build your PR, get better rank, get more organic traffic, get more targeted visitors (less hoops), don't feed the Eza machine, etc. etc. I'm currently trying this on a niche blog that just has different posts SEO'd and written like articles, some of them (even without backlinking) rake in organic traffic, so if I can outsource some cheap backlinks for each post and get to #1 it's a great way to scoop traffic.
                I totally agree with you on this one and this way we are not at the mercy of whatever the current TOS may be!
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      • Profile picture of the author Wade Watson
        I'm in total agreement with Andrew and Kirahster about DOY article marketing. This is approximately strategy I've been working on. Start a relatively broad niche blog site, write articles with resource links just as one would for EZA. Backlink until it ranks. You can link direct to your affiliate vendor and you don't share a page with somebody else's Adsense. It's a no brainer. Any article submission work I do is simply for backlinks. You don't even have to build a very big or elaborate blog or work hard on site submissions and all that. Your focus is on ranking the individual entries alone.

        Even better, I think this widens the market demographic. I've studied EZA traffic a great deal in niche analysis and found that there are many niches that seem to have less traffic going to EZA than others, even when it ranks in search. EZA is great for pushing miracle elixers, but searchers wanting to know about fine jewelry aren't going there.

        Wade Watson
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  • Profile picture of the author tess47
    After EZA, I get the most traffic out of Articles Base. I also use Go Articles occasionally, as well as Buzzle and Searchwarp.

    As far as EZA, I haven't had a problem with them so far, guess I will keep my fingers crossed
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    • Profile picture of the author oregongal
      I wholeheartedly recommend Allen's website-articles. I get a lot of views from the articles I publish there. There is no outside advertising either. You can have links in the last paragraph as well as in your resource box.

      Not only that but he has an article marketing handbook as part of the membership. This has lots of good information for the newbie and the experienced article marketer. He also puts out monthly newsletters that offer the latest on what is working to get your article at the top of Google.

      The support is wonderful and there is also a forum to ask questions in. You can tell he puts a lot of effort in and it shows. The clickthrough rate is also good, maybe because there are no ads to distract?

      I still use ezine articles but my favorite is Allen's site. Check it out!
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  • Profile picture of the author eaglechick
    Kirashster- That sounds like one killer strategy. So far all the sites ranks in the top 10 for the main keyword. I've seen articles submitted with the exact keywords in the title gets ranked easily in the top 20 so far.

    I don't know what you use for videos but I'm looking at:
    Article Video Robot
    and it seems if it can work. You just paste your E-zine or any other article into it, choose the voice you want, background and images and voila! It spits out a fairly good video. Other more experienced marketers can probably comment on this as I'm fairly new in this game.

    I'm definitely going to join Allen's directory - Thank you all for taking the time to answer and your input. We'll still use EZA - they are huge - but I think it is just good IM business strategy to diverse.

    And I believe everything Jeremy Kelsall says - he really only put up stuff if it works. We already use a lot of his stuff and it works!

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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      I highly recommend https://www.articleproductions.com - Highly skilled WF member and his article directory is 100% ad free and has many features other directories could only dream of and his is in the process of creating auto syndication for his members now.

      He also advertises his authors articles for them at no charge. [IMG]

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      • Profile picture of the author eaglechick
        Thanks a mil Miss Terra K that was exactly what I'm looking for. Some alternatives to the usual ones! There must be "nuggets" like this regarding article directories.
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    • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
      Have you tried putting the keyword phrase in the resource bio box as opposed to at the end of the body of the article?

      I have found more than 3 words anchor texte is not accepted in the body of the article but I have had no problem with it being accepted in the actual resource bio box.

      I have not submitted in a couple weeks so maybe this has recently been changed.
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  • Profile picture of the author adamsad
    yes, that's true we submitted article to EZA for backlink. Actually, we do can get backlink from other sources too. Why we made this process so complicated? Only god knows.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shannon Herod
    Originally Posted by eaglechick View Post

    EZA is becoming tougher by the day. Apart from their big "cleaning up" of substandard articles they no longer accept more than 3 keywords in the bio box. All our articles containing more than 3 keywords got chucked out.

    We use EZA and Go with John's X-factor course. So, for our sites with 4 keywords or more, which article directory do you recommend that isn't no-follow.

    I was thinking of getting a paid account at Allen Graves Website Article Directory.

    So far he provides the best solution to "Big Mama" E-zine that has become more moody by the day.

    Any other suggestions or advice please?

    I'm actually running out the door right now so I did not have time to read the entire post. So, if this has been said before I apologize.

    But, the absolute best place to post your articles is on your own website!

    That's where you should be putting them first.

    so, make sure that you're putting them on your own website first and building your own empire instead of someone else's empire.
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    • Profile picture of the author adamsad
      Originally Posted by Shannon Herod View Post

      I'm actually running out the door right now so I did not have time to read the entire post. So, if this has been said before I apologize.

      But, the absolute best place to post your articles is on your own website!

      That's where you should be putting them first.

      so, make sure that you're putting them on your own website first and building your own empire instead of someone else's empire.
      put a niche site, optimized that site. then we can link our other site to this niche site. Am I right?
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      • Profile picture of the author Wade Watson
        Originally Posted by adamsad View Post

        put a niche site, optimized that site. then we can link our other site to this niche site. Am I right?
        Well, if the point of your article marketing effort is to draw traffic to your existing website, you could use an outside blog for your DIY article base, but I think I'd just find a place for them on my main site. If the promotional blog or article format doesn't fit your site's concept, you could just add a WordPress blog in a folder and have it as a site addition. This could serve the extra purpose of adding size to your site, which is good and the regular updating helps Google know your alive.

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        • Profile picture of the author adamsad
          Originally Posted by Wade Watson View Post

          Well, if the point of your article marketing effort is to draw traffic to your existing website, you could use an outside blog for your DOY article base, but I think I'd just find a place for them on my main site. If the promotional blog or article format doesn't fit your site's concept, you could just add a WordPress blog in a folder and have it as a site addition. This could serve the extra purpose of adding size to your site, which is good and the regular updating helps Google know your alive.

          Wade Watson
          DOY? what's that?

          what if my site using wordpress? Should I add another subdomain?
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          • Profile picture of the author Wade Watson
            Originally Posted by adamsad View Post

            DOY? what's that?

            what if my site using wordpress? Should I add another subdomain?
            Sorry! Typo. I meant "DIY" for "do it yourself".

            If your site's already using WordPress, you've got a couple of options. You could do the articles under a particular category that doesn't appear with the other content. Some themes allow for separation of categories on the front page. Or you could put the blog in a subdomain like -blog.mysite.com-. That would essentially be another website, but the domain name would associate it with your main site. I don't think it's wise to try and put a 2nd WP theme in a folder of an existing WP site, however.

            Wade
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  • Profile picture of the author JackPowers
    I don't get the love for Ezine Articles? Any SEO boost they get seem to drown in the sheer amount of competing articles?

    People don't publish much from there with bio either?

    I use Articlesbase and it gets me more traffic than Ezine AND many more backlinks from publishers.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
    Why do people keep on calling ArticlesBase (ArticleBase) ??? Obviously if you are going to tell others to use the site at least get the name right .. Free Articles Directory | Submit Articles - ArticlesBase.com

    James
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    • Profile picture of the author adamsad
      Originally Posted by TheRichJerksNet View Post

      Why do people keep on calling ArticlesBase (ArticleBase) ??? Obviously if you are going to tell others to use the site at least get the name right .. Free Articles Directory | Submit Articles - ArticlesBase.com

      James
      I don't realize there's an 's' right there. I just google to find the site.

      :-P

      thanks for letting us know.
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      • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
        Originally Posted by adamsad View Post

        I don't realize there's an 's' right there. I just google to find the site.

        :-P

        thanks for letting us know.
        I just kind of found it annoying ...lol So just had to say something.. Thread created yesterday was the same way and these was people that use the site ...

        James
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      • Profile picture of the author wordwizard
        Actually, EZA has changed its anchor link rules towards the more generous side again.

        They now allow up to five words, provided you write at least 400 words in the article.

        AND they will no longer count little common words, such as "a, the, in, on," etc. So that will really make things a lot easier. And they have counted hyphenated words as one word even before now, so I can work with that.

        BTW, iSnare requires 450 words (I think) minimum, or is it 500?

        I don't have any problems with them, and find them very helpful if there is an issue, which occasionally happens.

        Of course, I also really like Allen's directory, plus a few others... (goarticles, article dashboard, isnare, self-growth, etc.)

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