Questions about Ezine Articles

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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.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alan Mc Donald
    article base and goarticles are right up there with EZA in my opinion and they respond very well to angelas/pauls backlink
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  • Profile picture of the author Sara Young
    EZA still works the best for me.

    ArticlesBase and GoArticles are also good, and you should submit your articles to all 3 (at least).

    The sample article I wrote for my course ended up having both EZA and ArticlesBase on the first page.

    In theory, if you submitted to enough places you could have multiple listings on the first page and get a lot of traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author robvegas626
    I submit my articles to all of those directories, and although EZA occasionally gives me problems, I still feel they are the most powerful. It's worth the extra trouble.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe808
    I personally like GoArticles. Instant posting and allows aff links.
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    • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
      EZA gets millions of visitors each month - far more than any of the other directories at the moment. It's also the most popular directory in terms of people finding articles to republish. I have been using Articlesbase more and more lately, but I'll always submit to EZA too, even if I do think they have got a bit picky in recent months.
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      • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
        Originally Posted by NY1 View Post

        What other directory can you publish an article and do nothing to promote it and still get 1,000 views in the first 24 hours?
        Wait, what? :confused: Which categories are you talking about - I need to get into those niches :p Seriously though, with the volume of submissions in each category, the most views I have had to any one article in a 24 hour period is 100 or so. Unless, you're talking about visitors from Google, which is another thing entirely
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  • Profile picture of the author Denise Oyston
    I know this is a historical post and yet EZ is still the biggest on the net. I write for clients all the time and this is my first port of call. Next is article base ( top tip you can submit the same article and it will get ranked though no backlink)
    From less than 50 articles and one squeeze page in 9 months I built a list of 400. Small by some standards and this was an offline niche.

    So perhaps a long winded way of saying EZ rocks!!.by the way they now get over 15 million unique hits a month. So well worth putting yourself in the flow of this traffic.

    Thanks

    Denise
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  • Profile picture of the author paj_mccarthy
    Ezine are still the most powerful, but more and more often I'm seeing articlesbase sites ranking higher than ezinearticles. I don't think articlesbase can offer much of a challenge just yet, but as it grows and becomes more powerful, who knows. Obviously, the other drawback of articlesbase is the nofollow linking.
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    • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
      I don't understand why people see the no follow thing as such an issue :confused: A link is a link to me, you should strive to get as many of them, from as many quality sources as possible The weight they carry differs, is all.
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      • Profile picture of the author paj_mccarthy
        Originally Posted by Liam Hamer View Post

        I don't understand why people see the no follow thing as such an issue :confused: A link is a link to me, you should strive to get as many of them, from as many quality sources as possible The weight they carry differs, is all.
        The off-page SEO of having your articles published by webmasters through articlesbase which is no-follow is less powerful than having the same thing occur on e-zine which is dofollow. If you scale this apparently minor difference by a factor of 200 articles (or more if you're a serious article marketer) then you'd be silly not to include as a factor (rather than an 'issue') when making your decision as to where you submit.

        A recent study on seomoz showed that no-follow linking does have some benefits in terms of listings in the SERPs, but obviously far less than that of follow links. (can't find the link )
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          • Profile picture of the author paj_mccarthy
            Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

            Hmmm, to me that's not quite so "obvious", to be honest.

            I don't notice any difference in my numbers of sales, as between "do-follow" and "no-follow" linking. At one time I used to test this for myself, but I don't bother now. It's not my subject, though.
            If you're redirecting through a TLD directly to the sales page then you won't notice any difference in sales.

            The benefit only occurs when you link to a landing page optimised for a set of keywords for which you want to rank and you can use the resource box to direct traffic to your presell page AND to SEO said landing page for that particular phrase. In which case, having follow links is seen as beneficial because they pass more "link juice" helping the landing page to rank well in its own right.
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          • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
            Paj,

            Are your sure about that? Why would you expect when a webmaster republishes the articles he's going to make the links No-Follow?

            I just ran over to ArticlesBase, clicked an article to republish, and searched the code. I did not find a no-follow tag anywhere.

            You don't get a follow link from ArticlesBase, but you do potentially get do-follow links from anyone republishing the article.

            Please correct me if I'm wrong on that.
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            • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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              • Profile picture of the author keyaziz
                I have never had to jump through hoops with Ezine and have never had any problems with them. It's quite easy to write a long informative article in my opinion. I guess if I starrted to get issues with them at any point I might consider using something else more predominantly but I doubt I will ever have problems.

                I use other article and directories too but not many. I tend to find it easier just to stick to ezine and get the best results from it anyway.
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            • Profile picture of the author paj_mccarthy
              Originally Posted by KansasDragon View Post

              Paj,

              Are your sure about that? Why would you expect when a webmaster republishes the articles he's going to make the links No-Follow?

              I just ran over to ArticlesBase, clicked an article to republish, and searched the code. I did not find a no-follow tag anywhere.

              You don't get a follow link from ArticlesBase, but you do potentially get do-follow links from anyone republishing the article.

              Please correct me if I'm wrong on that.
              Good point Kansas.

              "assumption is the mother of all **** ups!"

              I had just presumed that the nofollow links would be passed onto webmasters.

              So the only links you aren't getting the full benefit of are the ones coming from the articlebase articles themselves which could still be substantial if you are backlinking to your article to get it up the SERPs.
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  • Profile picture of the author sarkarkumar09
    I do use article base..go article..ezine ...and many more..!!
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  • Profile picture of the author eashe
    I use and still love ezine articles and have been able to get tons of 1st page listings for my articles. Use ezine, go articles and article base, you might even want to try ideamarketers to submit your articles.

    Remember submitting to article directories is not the only option, you can search google for submit articles, with your keyword niche in the search query and come up with tons of places to submit your writings.

    When you are able to write for other blogs and submit free content to sites with your same niche family topic you get more related links and higher rankings.

    But then again a link is a link keep building them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bob Monie
    Its all about the traffic. Submit to as many article directories as you can.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Originally Posted by DownloadDan View Post

    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.
    Ok, let's start with the premise that EZA is far from perfect (like most organizations), but there's a lot that they deal with behind the scenes that would make your head spin. Some of you are forgetting that it's not just about getting into the SERPS, it's also about getting exposure. Yes, some people actually read the articles that you write for two simple reasons:

    1. Roughly 99% of the Internet-surfing population has never heard of EZA and wouldn't know it's marketing benefits if it hit them in the face. They're just looking for information.

    2. Your article(s) get used by webmasters who put them on their sites. Yes, I realize some of them don't use your resource box, but a lot of them do. Over time this can create large amounts of long-term traffic.

    If Google pulled what Ezine Articles is doing they would be crucified
    Frankly, what specificaly is EZA doing that they should be crucified for? Because they have to deal with a bunch authors who submit crap to them and can't be bother by reading the TOS and the rules, so they have to come up with ways to protect themselves? I'm the first to admit that it has caused me an inconvenience or two, but that's the price of doing business with them. I think you're way off base. If you can look at this from a business owner's perspective and not just as a publisher/ author, you would be a lot more understanding.

    What a lot of people are missing in their articles isn't just quality, but creating enough interest and desire so that the reader will want to click on your resource box. Did you know you can probably DOUBLE you CTR on your resource box if you write it in a way where it looks like it's part of the article?

    There are many great directories and networks out there, but they are just tools, it's all on how you use them. Here are a few others that I've grown to like, each for different reasons:

    Buzzle.com
    AssociatedContent.com
    GoArticles.com
    Website-Articles.net
    SelfGrowth.com (excellent if this suits the niche you're in).

    I've had very little issues with EZA because I've actually read their entire TOS and if I had a question about it, I contacted them about it. When I've had an article suspended because it didn't fit their guidelines, I would just go in there and handle it. I'd like to think it's because we write original, quality articles that people like to read. Maybe it's just as simple as that.

    Lastly, EZA shouldn't be more than 2% of your overall promotional strategy. You should be putting articles / content up on your own blogs / sites. You should be putting up videos based on certain keywords and distributing them. You should be releasing at least one press release every quarter. When it's within your budget you should be looking into PPC, CPV, media buys, etc. And of course, there are other directories and other ways to use your content.

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    • Profile picture of the author DownloadDan
      EZA owns the site and they have the authority to make any rules they want, even if the other article directories don't follow their example. As an author I also have the right to go somewhere else.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hugh
    You also have the right to shoot yourself in the foot.
    Good luck.

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  • Profile picture of the author Arun Pal Singh
    I have found EZA to be most professional and effective for traffic generation.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      As an author I also have the right to go somewhere else.
      As you say you haven't been there for a year - would EZA notice you were gone?

      The complaints about EZA reach the ridiculous when so many gripes come from those who aren't submitting articles anyway but are just thinking about it - use them, don't use them, your choice.

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