I haven't used article marketing for a long time (over a year). As I'm sure you already know, Ezine Articles has changed. My question is: why are article writers still using them? Other article directories are much easier to use without jumping through hoops.
I have heard the arguement that Google loves them. If everyone started using another article directory wouldn't Google love that one too?
If Google pulled what Ezine Articles is doing they would be crucified.