Ezine changes anchor text rule

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I received a email from ezine articles today.
For those who may not get this email, they are changing the anchor text rule. A while ago they changed the anchor to a limit of 3 words. The new change is that the 3 word rule still applies for articles of less than 400 words. For articles greater than 400 words the text link may contain up to 5 words. Common words such as to, is, in, on, it, and, at, by, a and others will be excluded from the word count.

Greg
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  • Profile picture of the author Heimir Finnson
    Are common words also excluded from articles lesser than 400 words?
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  • Profile picture of the author Greg124
    Heimir,
    Yes it seems from the email that the common words are excluded from all articles regardless of length.
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  • Profile picture of the author ALuth
    Thanks man. This is really important seeing as I post articles on a regular basis. I didn't get that e-mail. Sure would have been nice to know before I submitted these last 10 haha.
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  • Profile picture of the author silvervixen
    There is a EZA blog entry regarding this rule change. (Can't post the link because I don't yet have 15 posts) This is most welcome indeed since I like to link to the name of my blog, and yes, long tail keywords are great!

    The common words are excluded regardless of word-count, at least that's how I read that blog update.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chucky
    Ya I saw this coming! Too many WSOs have been going on here that says write no more than 250 words. But that does no good to Ezine Articles. It adds no value to them. I guess if they increased the word limit to 400, people would write less articles. So they decided to give this 'bait' of 5 word anchor text, to get people to write longer articles I guess!
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    I'm a bit amazed it took them this long. They make their money from Adsense, after all, and this will open up more long-tail rankings that should net them a nice new bit of coin.
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  • Profile picture of the author Greg124
    I have found the actual ezine blog entry which discusses this new rule ( as mentioned by Silvervixen). The link is Anchor Text Rule Based on Word Count
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  • Profile picture of the author yommys01
    This is good news for us all. I am one of those who find it extremely hard to cope with the 3 words resource box anchor text but thank goodness, it has now changed.
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    • Profile picture of the author rainyclayday
      Oh good, that 3-word limit was very constraining. Glad they made this change.
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      • Profile picture of the author mkayius
        Agree, 3 words in the title seems to me very little for a title. But I guess they mostly want articles with more than 400 words and that`s why they put this rule.
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  • Profile picture of the author ebizman87
    Seriously I've stopped using EZA for a long time already.I'm using AB and Go to drive traffic to my site.I had enough of EZA's BS and STUPID rules.Enough is Enough you B.S EZA!!

    I'm not talking about the new anchor text rules, but this note that they sent:

    * Important Note: Any common words, including to, is, in, on, it, and, at, by, a, an and others will now be excluded from the word count.

    Good Bye EZA!!
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    • Profile picture of the author adamsad
      Originally Posted by ebizman87 View Post

      Seriously I've stopped using EZA for a long time already.I'm using AB and Go to drive traffic to my site.I had enough of EZA's BS and STUPID rules.Enough is Enough you B.S EZA!!

      I'm not talking about the new anchor text rules, but this note that they sent:

      * Important Note: Any common words, including to, is, in, on, it, and, at, by, a, an and others will now be excluded from the word count.

      Good Bye EZA!!
      agreed....recently, someone shows video how AB article outrank EZA article...wow...what a change.
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  • Profile picture of the author Big JP
    For anybody who didn't recieve the email, and wants to know the exact mail, here it is from start to finish:




    A quality guideline now becomes a rule.
    Every month we raise the quality bar a little. This month is no different. Effective immediately, we've tightened our standards on how many words are accepted in anchor text links - and for good reason.
    An "Anchor Text Link" is a clickable word or phrase that links to another web page. [How to create an Anchor Text Link]
    Sadly, some authors abuse this ability by linking-up extremely long key phrases - or worse yet, entire sentences. Before you know it, a quality article looks ugly because it's filled with giant text links. Suddenly the emphasis of the article is shifted from providing useful information to merely serving as a vehicle for link space in an ugly resource box.
    Our Editorial Guidelines suggest limiting anchor text links to only 3 words but ...
    Expert Authors can now earn the ability to link-up 4-word and 5-word phrases* by submitting lengthier (over 400 words) high-quality articles.
    BOTTOM LINE:
    • If your article is shorter than 400 words, each text link may only contain a maximum of 3 words*
    • If your article is longer than 400 words, each text link may only contain a maximum of 5 words*
    * Important Note: Any common words, including to, is, in, on, it, and, at, by, a, an and others will now be excluded from the word count.
    Make sense?
    Member feedback is what lead us to study, and then allow, the "common words" to *not* count towards the total words allowed in an anchor text link.
    To view this Blog post online, visit:
    Anchor Text Rule Based on Word Count

    To Your Article Writing/Marketing Success & Passion!
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  • Profile picture of the author therise
    Thanks for sharing, I'm just glad EZA still has room to improve. Sometimes, they can be weird too about accepting articles.
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