EzineArticles Needs A Smack About The Head

by BeeJay 71 replies
Ok...WTF

I log into my account this morning and I have a nice little message from ezine articles telling me that I have had my account suspended for use of an unauthorized username.

Fortunately, I knew which one it was. Not because they told me...no no no...actually providing any detail of an alleged offence of the TOS would be too easy. They simply asked me to return my account to 'good standing'.

Now I can't for the life of me figure out why they didn't like the new pen-name I added. It wasn't offensive, wasn't slangy, wasn't really that unusual. No problem, I'll delete it and create another.

But NOOOOOOO...in the meantime, they have yanked ALL of my articles. EVERY ONE! Every click through I should be getting right now is lost.

And knowing their current level of service, it will probably be a week before they fix it, even if I have done my level best to return my account to said good standing.

If they didn't contribute as much traffic as they do, I wouldn't use em. But for today, all I have to say is #$%* ezine articles, the draconian buggers.
#main internet marketing discussion forum #ezinearticles #head #smack
  • Profile picture of the author Alex Lin
    What was the name you used?
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    • Profile picture of the author BeeJay
      The name I added was Jasper Mane. I dunno...it's unusual I suppose.

      I also sent an email which whilst polite, was written with gritted teeth. Hopefully things work out. I guess these things happen.
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      • Profile picture of the author Hamida Harland
        I don't get it - what's wrong with that name? All my pen names are unusual.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
        Originally Posted by Ben Sayer View Post

        The name I added was Jasper Mane. I dunno...it's unusual I suppose.
        Did you do a Google search on that name? The first search result might provide some indication.
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        • Profile picture of the author melanied
          The thing that they've been doing to me that drives me absolutely up the wall is returning articles with a "General Error" and saying I should contact support to find out what's wrong.

          How does this even make sense from a staff management perspective? A staff member already took the time to read it and make some sort of determination, which they don't share, so I have to write to customer service, and take ANOTHER staff member's time to read it and possibly come to the same determination, and then share with me what it is.

          Or, in the alternative, what I actually do, which is also counter-productive from a staff management perspective - keep resubmitting the articles until they either go through or give me a specific error.

          I mean, seriously, it seems like the most efficient use of staff time, and mine for that matter, is when the FIRST staffer reads it, either accept it or tell me EXACTLY what I need to do to fix it. How does "General Error" serve anyone?
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          • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
            Originally Posted by melanied View Post

            The thing that they've been doing to me that drives me absolutely up the wall is returning articles with a "General Error" and saying I should contact support to find out what's wrong.

            How does this even make sense from a staff management perspective? A staff member already took the time to read it and make some sort of determination, which they don't share, so I have to write to customer service, and take ANOTHER staff member's time to read it and possibly come to the same determination, and then share with me what it is.

            Or, in the alternative, what I actually do, which is also counter-productive from a staff management perspective - keep resubmitting the articles until they either go through or give me a specific error.

            I mean, seriously, it seems like the most efficient use of staff time, and mine for that matter, is when the FIRST staffer reads it, either accept it or tell me EXACTLY what I need to do to fix it. How does "General Error" serve anyone?
            I was thinking the very same thing when I see my last article get rejected. Talk about a waste of staff time, like they are creating double the work for themselves. I can't believe their "system" couldn't add a reason why in the authors control panel.

            The article even went through many steps, it couldn't have been rejected sooner? Took a week to get rejected, now how ever long to hear from support, then probably another week to get reviewed again.

            Every one talks about it being a must submit directory, but sure wonder if it's worth it. I can understand getting slammed with junk, I am sure they get more than their fair share, but it sure doesn't help when support is doing double duty, when they don't need to.

            Am I the only one that thinks $97 a month is a bit excessive for quicker review?
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          • Profile picture of the author RichDay
            Originally Posted by melanied View Post

            The thing that they've been doing to me that drives me absolutely up the wall is returning articles with a "General Error" and saying I should contact support to find out what's wrong.
            I have had that same problem. It just doesn't make sense that they cannot at least give you a clue as to what is wrong. I have had to resubmit my article several times, until I finally figured out what they wanted.

            Another thing that they did to me was say that the article didn't agree with the title. I went round and round with them on two articles. I rewrote them several times, but I never got them to be accepted. I finally gave up and just deleted those articles. It was total B.S.
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  • Profile picture of the author sinemra
    I had a similar problem with them. I sent an email as well as taking "corrective" action and everything seemed OK. But they seem very random in some of their actions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sami
    Experience shows too much power and market dominance corrupts. But companies that start to abuse their own clients, knowingly or not, will eventually get their "just rewards".

    What happens is that as soon as a credible alternative appears, the clients desert the tyrant en-mass and they just won't go back. I've seen so many times over the years.

    The only exception of a dominant company is Google. They do their level best to provide quailty service for their search clients and also for their marketers and advertisers too.

    Ben I hope it works out for you soon ... and along with Hamida I don't get it either. I can't see what's wrong with that name.

    Good luck
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    • Profile picture of the author JustVisiting
      Quote: "The only exception of a dominant company is Google. They do their level best to provide quailty service for their search clients and also for their marketers and advertisers too." ---

      Interesting comment. Are you a Google employee? )
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      • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
        Is there another established author in EZA with a similar name like Jaspar Mane or Jasper Mana in the same niche or category?

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        • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
          Originally Posted by Allen Graves View Post

          Is there another established author in EZA with a similar name like Jaspar Mane or Jasper Mana in the same niche or category?

          AL

          p.s. GO RAYS!
          Allen, if you try to create a pen name that already exists, you'll get a
          message. I tried to create a pen name once that was taken so what I did
          was just use the first initial of the first name and then the last name and I
          was okay after that.
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          • Profile picture of the author BeeJay
            Cheers for the support guys, I feel better already.

            Spuds, no mate. They didn't tell me jack. I just don't get it. No email, no explanation as to what I'd done wrong. Just wham...no more articles for Benny. This is really my main gripe, what point is there is restricting my use and enjoyment of a service on the basis of some percieved slight, but providing no guidelines to assist me in not doing whatever it was that earned me a reprimand in the first place. That and the fact that the response is utterly disproportionate to the error. All they needed to do was say they wouldn't approve the name, and it's no harm no foul.

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      • Profile picture of the author Sami
        Originally Posted by JustVisiting View Post

        Quote: "The only exception of a dominant company is Google. They do their level best to provide quailty service for their search clients and also for their marketers and advertisers too." ---

        Interesting comment. Are you a Google employee? )
        No I'm not. If you look at my other posts you'll find this is probably the only time I have stated that particular opinion.

        Just because someone mentions something postive you can't immediately assume unfair bias. Plenty of people mention plenty of good things in this forum about other companies without raising unfounded supicion.

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        • Profile picture of the author Mike McBride
          Originally Posted by Sami View Post

          Experience shows too much power and market dominance corrupts. But companies that start to abuse their own clients, knowingly or not, will eventually get their "just rewards".

          What happens is that as soon as a credible alternative appears, the clients desert the tyrant en-mass and they just won't go back. I've seen so many times over the years.

          The only exception of a dominant company is Google. They do their level best to provide quailty service for their search clients and also for their marketers and advertisers too.

          Ben I hope it works out for you soon ... and along with Hamida I don't get it either. I can't see what's wrong with that name.

          Good luck
          Sami
          Originally Posted by Sami View Post

          No I'm not. If you look at my other posts you'll find this is probably the only time I have stated that particular opinion.

          Just because someone mentions something postive you can't immediately assume unfair bias. Plenty of people mention plenty of good things in this forum about other companies without raising unfounded supicion.

          Sami
          Hmmm ... but because someone mentions something negative (whines) about a company, it's ok for you to post that crap about a dominant company abusing their clients (the implication being that EZA is abusing their clients?)
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          • Profile picture of the author Greg Cooksley
            Hey Ben,

            The only way to actively affect Ez's dominance is for more authors
            to vote with their feet.......

            Competition is always a good thing.....

            So here's to the rise of other effective article directories...

            Regards

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        • Profile picture of the author JustVisiting
          Originally Posted by Sami View Post

          No I'm not. If you look at my other posts you'll find this is probably the only time I have stated that particular opinion.

          Just because someone mentions something postive you can't immediately assume unfair bias. Plenty of people mention plenty of good things in this forum about other companies without raising unfounded supicion.

          Sami
          Did you not see the after my posting? But with all the problems - erm... I mean Opportunities ..Google present to the online marketing community I do wonder upon what you base your very generous comment about them?
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          • Profile picture of the author Sami
            Originally Posted by Mike McBride View Post

            Hmmm ... but because someone mentions something negative (whines) about a company, it's ok for you to post that crap about a dominant company abusing their clients (the implication being that EZA is abusing their clients?)
            Mike, the implication being that "if they abuse their clients" they'll end up suffering for it.

            Also talking of abuse, I think the comments on this post are not a bad indication of how many people "feel" they're being abused.

            Originally Posted by jennstall View Post

            That's the funniest thing I've read today, seeing as it is completely untrue. Google is even more arbitrary than EZA and does not seem to give a crap about their clients at all.
            I'll be happy to provide justification of my statement (see summary below) but this thread is not the right place. But thank you for using a civilised tone to voice your disagreement.

            Originally Posted by JustVisiting View Post

            Did you not see the after my posting? But with all the problems - erm... I mean Opportunities ..Google present to the online marketing community I do wonder upon what you base your very generous comment about them?
            No I didn't see the smiley - I guess my sense of humor crashed when I saw what "looked like" an unfounded accusation. Sorry

            At some point I'll write up my reasoning but it is based on:
            • Adwords rewarding those providing the best (or a much better) customer experince as opposed to all those previously frustrating anonymous landing pages with no info (this is a tiny summary of a vast subject)
            • Adwords tools that overture and other PPC search engines never provided
            • Adsensense tracking tools that no other vendor ever provided (the equivalents of, until google blazed a trail) - Back in 1999 Yahoo wanted $30K per keyword to show my ads with no guarantee of clicks!
            • free analytics that used to cost $3K a pop (until Google bought Urchin software and released it free) and enables even the non-techy to get a better understanding of their business
            • free website optimizer that enables even the technically challenged to evolve the optimum website elements
            • free "multi-user" google docs - fantastic for working and info sharing with outsource staff world wide ... and freedom from expensive MS Office for that purpose anyway and it is still single user.
            • and there's more ...
            • ... but few companies online or offline have been this progressive ever
            I don't want to hijack this thread so I stop here and look forward to a friendly discussion on this issue another time and place.

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            • Profile picture of the author chrisknight
              Consider ourselves *smacked* then.

              I researched this issue and one of our Member Support team members made a mistake by suspending your entire account. This person has been educated on the mistake and what to do in the future.

              Sorry about this Ben.

              About alt-author names: Pen or pseudo names are treated as second class because we assume you're not here for credibility building but rather traffic building alone. There is nothing wrong with traffic building, but know it doesn't carry the same value as credibility building under your real human name.

              About contacting us: In the future, I'd ask you to contact us privately first (obviously) via email via the CONTACT US link within your membership interface for fastest response. We also do monitor and participate on: Twitter / EzineArticles
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              • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
                Hi Chris,

                You're going to get some opposition to the "traffic building/credibility building with the real name" comment.

                I hope you would agree that there are times when a pen/pseudo name may actually be required. For instance, I heard a radio interview this morning about the female broadcaster on ESPN getting negative comments and exposure because viewers do not consider a woman as an expert in sports, even though she has been the anchor there for 14 years.

                Fortunately, on the internet, article readers don't have to see your face and therefore, in this situation, a male pen name would be better for her to use should she write articles on sports. She wouldn't be using it for traffic building - she would be using it to build/support her credibility.

                There are also authors who simply do not wish to place their true information on the internet...so they build credibility with another name.

                To hold accountability across the board on pen names would be ignoring the times when a pen name may be mandated, or at least make good business sense.

                If accounts are going to be disciplined for simply using a pen name (as above) then why not just take that ability away?

                All that being said, I do not know the individual above, or how many pen names he used or whether or not he was abusing the feature.

                Respectfully,
                Allen Graves

                p.s. How are you doing with the premium service? Do the users enjoy it, in general or in part?
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                • Profile picture of the author chrisknight
                  Allen,

                  There is nothing wrong with pen names.

                  Use them if you'd like or don't use them.

                  I'll blog about this topic in the near future to clarify my earlier statement.
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                  • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
                    Chris,

                    I still have to balk about the idea that ALL pen names are considered second class or that the people using them do not have the main purpose of building credibility, which is what you are assuming. That is unfair to the people that need to use them...at least the ethical, genuine business owning article marketers that need to use them.

                    Just using a pen name does not mean you have any less integrity than the person who uses their "real" name.

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                    • Profile picture of the author fong47
                      That's right, you cannot solely rely on Ezine articles and you need to diversify.
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                  • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
                    There is nothing wrong with pen names.
                    You tell 'em, Sparky!


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      • Profile picture of the author Paxton
        Originally Posted by JustVisiting View Post

        Quote: "The only exception of a dominant company is Google. They do their level best to provide quailty service for their search clients and also for their marketers and advertisers too." ---

        Interesting comment. Are you a Google employee? )
        To an extent we are all Google employees, only we work on a commission basis, long hours, no benefits.
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        • Profile picture of the author Chri5123
          That doesn't sound good!

          They do seem to be getting more picky!

          Hope you get it sorted soon!
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        • Profile picture of the author JustVisiting
          Originally Posted by Paxton View Post

          To an extent we are all Google employees, only we work on a commission basis, long hours, no benefits.
          Agreed. However, in the future we can only hope Yahoo and MSN put up more of a challenge!
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    • Profile picture of the author jennstall
      Originally Posted by Sami View Post


      The only exception of a dominant company is Google. They do their level best to provide quailty service for their search clients and also for their marketers and advertisers too.
      That's the funniest thing I've read today, seeing as it is completely untrue. Google is even more arbitrary than EZA and does not seem to give a crap about their clients at all.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Lockwood
      Originally Posted by Sami View Post

      Experience shows too much power and market dominance corrupts. But companies that start to abuse their own clients, knowingly or not, will eventually get their "just rewards".

      What happens is that as soon as a credible alternative appears, the clients desert the tyrant en-mass and they just won't go back. I've seen so many times over the years.

      The only exception of a dominant company is Google. They do their level best to provide quailty service for their search clients and also for their marketers and advertisers too.

      Ben I hope it works out for you soon ... and along with Hamida I don't get it either. I can't see what's wrong with that name.

      Good luck
      Sami
      Great post, and I love your crazy joke about Google providing quality service!
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      • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
        Originally Posted by Chris Lockwood View Post

        Great post, and I love your crazy joke about Google providing quality service!
        LOL... tell me bout it...

        Google... quality service.... haha...
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        • Profile picture of the author PatriciaJ
          I had the same problem a couple of months ago. For the first time ever I used a pen name when submitting an article. I went to EA first and then a handful of directories that ranked high for the key phrase. The top directory for the key phrase doesn't allow pen names so I submitted it there under my real name and every where else under the pen name. It was accepted on the other directories first so when EA got round to it they found it on the directory that ranked best for the keyphrase under my proper name which is the same name as my account on EA. Same photograph and same author bio. My account was suspended so I put the article under my real name and was reinstated. I've decided not to use pen names again if it causes problems.

          It can't be easy for EA if they get so many articles that they have to employ several people to check them. Even with guidelines new employees may err on the side of caution rather than do their job wrong.

          As a directory owner I know that it isn't always easy to decide what articles to accept and viewing the articles can be very time consuming. That is mainly because there are a lot of article submitters who totally disregard and disrespect site guidelines. It's that age old thing of some spoiling it for the rest.

          The worst example is that in recent months a company has been employing agents to submit plagiarised articles to many directories for them. Over the months the problem has grown to the point that it was costing me hours of wasted time every day. Because it was leaving me little time to work on building and promoting my business I removed the sign up form and asked for applications by email with their first article. A few weeks later I added the sign up form again for one day and I lost 3 hours deleting the new articles and accounts of these agents. Recently they found another of my directories so double the trouble. So far it's been impossible to block them but a friend is working on an add on script that may do the trick, until then my sign up forms stay down because I will not let people who are growing their business by cheating ruin mine by wasting time that can be put to better use.

          If EA are having the same problems then it's hardly surprising that they are getting tougher.
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          • Profile picture of the author MADMONEY
            Hello,

            Unfortunately too many article writers on this board continue to propagate the virtues of Ezine articles.

            They instruct others to stay away from Go articles, Articlebase and other article directories. In the end, what gives Ezine articles their page ranking by Google, is the amount of content that is currently being submitted. Take away all the user generated content and similar to any other websites such as MySpace or YouTube and they would lose some of their Google love..

            Google is a content machine that wants new and fresh content and if you can provide that, without being too spamming, they will reward you with a high PR. In essence Ezine articles is more dependent upon us as article writers than we are on them. Without new and fresh articles being submitted Ezine articles would stall and eventually drop in page ranking.

            If we all took a 30 day strike and stop submitting articles to Ezine articles and instead submitted them to Go Articles, I would believe that the effect will be felt. I have articles I submitted to Go articles because I was sick and tired of waiting for my article to be approved at Ezine. The same article now has a higher ranking on Google search engine than the same article at Ezine with a different title and somewhat different content. So don't discount the value of Go articles.com.

            If you learn anything at all from this series of problems with Ezine... Its don't be dependent upon one source of traffic.

            With all that being said I love Ezine articles, but I feel they've forgotten who the customer really is here. They benefit more from our contributions than we possibly get from theirs.

            Mad Money
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            • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
              Originally Posted by MADMONEY View Post

              They instruct others to stay away from Go articles, Articlebase and other article directories.
              Where?

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  • Profile picture of the author jacstone193
    I agree entirely - they drive me mad - sending back articles with stupid problems like line spacing ! My recent one took 7 days to get approved !
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Ayres
    I dont understand why you would get suspended for a name like that?

    Do you know why they didnt like it?
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  • Profile picture of the author ramkarthik
    Ben,

    I don't understand why you got your account suspended for that pen name. You can try sending a tweet to the ezine articles twitter account. They respond quickly (most of the times).

    They can be found @EzineArticles

    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author shermanchoo
    ezinearticles can also delete all articles, so a temp
    suspension is not so bad
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  • Profile picture of the author onlinemarketer
    never thought ezine would do that, i think its in your cookie or something, maybe you would clear that first as it can save your previous login details
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  • Profile picture of the author Gunter Eibl
    It takes a while but usually you get an answer from EZA support if you send them an email. You didn't ask what's wrong? Or still waiting for reply

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  • Profile picture of the author KevinDU
    Posting your articles at sites such as ezinearticles.com doesn't make sense anymore. Look for non-competing sites that compliment yours and contact the webmaster for an article exchange. In my experience, that's a much better alternative. Google will ignore your article if it finds dozens of copies of the same article on the web.

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    • Profile picture of the author Darrell Hagan
      Originally Posted by clawson44 View Post

      they are getting on my last nerves. they have this new program that if you want to get your article seen quicker, you have to pay $97 per month. also I get tons of problems indicated on my articles and that is not the case at all so we back and forth. It is frustrating.
      I wonder if your problems might magically disappear if you start paying 97 bones per month?


      Originally Posted by KevinDU View Post

      Posting your articles at sites such as ezinearticles.com doesn't make sense anymore. Look for non-competing sites that compliment yours and contact the webmaster for an article exchange. In my experience, that's a much better alternative. Google will ignore your article if it finds dozens of copies of the same article on the web.

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      Now that makes sense.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alan Mater
      Originally Posted by KevinDU View Post

      Posting your articles at sites such as ezinearticles.com doesn't make sense anymore. Look for non-competing sites that compliment yours and contact the webmaster for an article exchange. In my experience, that's a much better alternative. Google will ignore your article if it finds dozens of copies of the same article on the web.

      Kevin
      Not entirely true. If Google finds dozens if not hundreds of the same article, they will only post one of them in the SERP's. You will still get credit for every single backlink those articles are generating. So yes, while they're ignoring all but one of your articles, the backlinks are not being ignored at all.

      A way around this is to create several different versions of the same article.

      Regards,

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      • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
        If Google finds dozens if not hundreds of the same article, they will only post one of them in the SERP's.
        Completely false. I have many articles that are exactly the same and that are on many sites out there, and Google lists several of them in the SERPs. Depending on the search term, some of them take up nearly the entire first page of Googel SERPs. Same article, word-for-word.

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        • Profile picture of the author Alan Mater
          Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

          Completely false. I have many articles that are exactly the same and that are on many sites out there, and Google lists several of them in the SERPs. Depending on the search term, some of them take up nearly the entire first page of Googel SERPs. Same article, word-for-word.

          John
          Hi John,

          Thanks for clarifying me on that. I guess I was misinformed. My point was that they don't ignore your articles, even if they're the same. And... like you pointed out, it depends on the search term.

          Alan
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          • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
            Alan,

            You're right. There are a lot of misconceptions about this stuff, especially the duplicate penalty issue. I often do rewrite articles and submit them around, but not to avoid duplication, per se. I do it because with Latent Semantic Indexing being an issue these days, you never really know which combination of terms will please Google best. I like the idea of having several iterations of the same basic article out there. One of them will probably strike a slightly better chord with Google than the others. It's all good.

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  • Profile picture of the author Bob Monie
    Ezinearticles are nazis on every little thing. Over %50 of my articles get rejected because they think my own domain names are affiliate links. Doesnt matter how many times i prove it to them that i own the domain names, they keep calling them affiliate links. Policed by a bunch of monkeys.
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    • Profile picture of the author JustVisiting
      Originally Posted by Bob Monie View Post

      Ezinearticles are nazis on every little thing. Over %50 of my articles get rejected because they think my own domain names are affiliate links. Doesnt matter how many times i prove it to them that i own the domain names, they keep calling them affiliate links. Policed by a bunch of monkeys.
      You using cloaked redirects to affiliate programs? Sounds fair to me.
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  • EA is getting picky and more demanding because thousands of marketers are submitting blatant crap left and right and it's not always worth it for them to weed through it all.

    Blame the marketers selling the system, not just the system itself.
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  • Although in this case it sounds like it was just sloppy management or over hasty precautions.

    You think this is bad, try moving big money through paypal.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by Dan C. Rinnert View Post

      Did you do a Google search on that name? The first search result might provide some indication.
      If the EZA editor did the same search, I can understand disallowing the pen name.

      On a side note, when I did the search for "Jasper Mane", with quotes, this thread was number 3 or number 4 depending on whether you count double listings as one or two.

      Originally Posted by melanied View Post

      The thing that they've been doing to me that drives me absolutely up the wall is returning articles with a "General Error" and saying I should contact support to find out what's wrong.

      How does this even make sense from a staff management perspective? A staff member already took the time to read it and make some sort of determination, which they don't share, so I have to write to customer service, and take ANOTHER staff member's time to read it and possibly come to the same determination, and then share with me what it is.

      Or, in the alternative, what I actually do, which is also counter-productive from a staff management perspective - keep resubmitting the articles until they either go through or give me a specific error.

      I mean, seriously, it seems like the most efficient use of staff time, and mine for that matter, is when the FIRST staffer reads it, either accept it or tell me EXACTLY what I need to do to fix it. How does "General Error" serve anyone?
      I don't have any insider knowledge of EZA, but I do have such knowledge of another organization which exhibited similar behavior while I worked there.

      With the parallel emergence of EZA as the 900 pound gorilla of article directories and article/bum marketing as a business model, EZA has grown very quickly. My guess is that they got caught under the onslaught of PLR, article spinner, machine generated garbage and even the output of writers with more ambition than skill.

      To keep up, they ramp up with a bunch of new screeners who have to learn on the job. I'm guessing that at least part of those screeners' evaluation is the number of articles they handle. When you tie incentives and raises to volume, employees figure out the easiest possible way to generate volume, or how to look the best with the least effort.

      Although it's been a few years since I've spoken to Chris Knight, I find it hard to believe he's had the kind of total personality change that would make him the abusive bully many of you are painting him to be.

      I truly believe the current situation is less about some kind of power trip and more about dealing with unexpected rapid growth. If you look through the various case studies, you'll see that too-rapid growth kills a lot of companies.
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  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    Maybe this is why they rejected it:

    Urban Dictionary: Author Jasper Mane
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by JayXtreme View Post

      Maybe this is why they rejected it:

      Urban Dictionary: Author Jasper Mane
      Um, yeah, that will certainly do it.

      You have to research these names BEFORE you pick 'em.

      I can't imagine calling myself Ernest Hemingway.
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      • Profile picture of the author BeeJay
        Originally Posted by JayXtreme
        Maybe this is why they rejected it:

        Urban Dictionary: Author Jasper Mane
        Ouch. Yeah ok, that might well be it. Note to self - check whether proposed pen name is not in fact a degenerate who is spiffing the net with inappropriate content.

        It still doesn't account for the lack of explanation, and the yanking of every single article under the entire account. To answer an earlier query, I am using different pen names under the one account and have never had problems with it, but after this experience will try setting up different accounts for different usernames so at least that way if I get some other weird infraction it won't screw up my article marketing across the board.

        However, I do have some good news to notch up a positive on ezines side.

        This morning (my time) my account has been reinstated. I recieved a very cheerful message from one of the support telling me my account was back up. No further details were provided, and no reason for the suspension given, so I'm still as much in the dark as I was yesterday...I guess we'll all just continue to take our chances.

        I do understand ezine articles is probably struggling under the pressure of what may well have been unexpected and exponential growth. I've seen many businesses go through this sort of phase, some thrive, some don't survive. The humanitarian in me tells me to be understanding, that they are probably doing their best, and may well be able to justify the staff they need to really get on top of things and grasp the article directory industry well and truly by the horns...and good luck to them.

        The lawyer in me doesn't give a rats. It's a consumer market. If EZA can't deliver the service without falling flat on their face because they haven't properly planned for the very growth they were no doubt striving for...someone else will.

        Well...since I can again, I'm off to submit some articles...to several directories.
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    • Profile picture of the author sylviad
      Originally Posted by JayXtreme View Post

      Maybe this is why they rejected it:

      Urban Dictionary: Author Jasper Mane
      You beat me to it, Jay.

      Ben, if you go to this site, you'll see that it's extremely likely this is why your username was rejected. How did you come up with that name, anyway? It is rather unique.

      Most likely, EA is concerned you will submit content that reflects what shows up when you run a Google search for this name. Go ahead and search, and you'll see that there are some highly objectionable terms associated with the name Jasper Mane. Check the description in the search results.

      I suppose it's quite possible EA has some script in place to alert via a quick Google of any name that might be a problem. And, they caught yours.

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      • Profile picture of the author Ephrils
        I joked once I was going to use a dumb pen name, this happened when I plagiarized myself with it on another article site and EZA pulled my article because of it. I was going to use something like Cornelius Strawbeard... something dumb.

        I wonder if they'd want that name pulled.
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  • Profile picture of the author dbarnum
    I'd go through their customer service and give them a couple days to reply. Could be a glitch or something.

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  • Profile picture of the author Ross Kenny
    Just another gentle reminder that all of you shouldn't soley rely on Ezine Articles.....!!!

    Anything could happen,,
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  • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
    Originally Posted by Ben Sayer View Post

    Ok...WTF

    If they didn't contribute as much traffic as they do, I wouldn't use em. But for today, all I have to say is #$%* ezine articles, the draconian buggers.
    And right there is why they can basically do whatever the hell they want and treat writers in good standing like crap. They know we'll just take it because they dominate their industry.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tuzic
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    hi,

    ezine have really changed they have become so strict but it does depend on the actual person who publishes ...noticed this????????/
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  • It's been about 5 days
    since I submitted my
    first article and it is
    still not approved.

    I definitely plan to
    diversify.
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    • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
      This pretty much defines ezinearticles.com stance on this issue:

      Pen Names

      I can't say that I agree, I mean, I would just decline the authors and articles he is referring to in the bullets. That would alleviate making serious hard working people pay for the abusers.

      This is just my opinion, and I have never had to review 1,000 articles a day, so there may be (there probably are) factors that I am simply unaware of.

      At least the parties involved all know how they are considered by EZA QC team members and Chris.

      I am not bashing here! I take up for EZA most of the time while everyone bashes away. I just disagree with this particular policy.

      With all due respect,
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      • Profile picture of the author thatgirlJ
        Originally Posted by Allen Graves View Post

        This pretty much defines ezinearticles.com stance on this issue:

        Pen Names

        I can't say that I agree, I mean, I would just decline the authors and articles he is referring to in the bullets. That would alleviate making serious hard working people pay for the abusers.

        This is just my opinion, and I have never had to review 1,000 articles a day, so there may be (there probably are) factors that I am simply unaware of.

        At least the parties involved all know how they are considered by EZA QC team members and Chris.

        I am not bashing here! I take up for EZA most of the time while everyone bashes away. I just disagree with this particular policy.

        With all due respect,
        Allen Graves

        ACK!

        I found this at that link:

        " Ghost written articles are almost always 2nd class"

        I take offense to that! Perhaps people who don't get theirs professionally done...Many, many people who are genuine experts (IM and otherwise) still get their articles ghostwritten...I know because I write for them! You wouldn't know the difference...

        I know this isn't the debate, but my goodness...
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        • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
          Here is just a short list of famous authors, along with their dates, who
          have written under pen names.

          Pen Name Real Name Lived Acton Bell Anne Bronte 1820 - 1849 Currer Bell Charlotte Bronte 1816 - 1855 Ellis Bell Emily Bronte 1818 - 1848 Nicholas Blake Cecil Day Lewis 1904 - 1972 Boz Charles John Huffam Dickens 1812 - 1870 Lewis Carroll Charles Lutwidge Dodgson 1832 - 1898 Elia Charles Lamb 1775 - 1834 George Eliot Mary Ann Evans 1819 - 1880 Maxim Gorky Alexey Maximovich Peshkov 1868 - 1936 O. Henry William Sydney Porter 1862 - 1910 John le Carre David John Moore Cornwell 1931 - Date George Orwell Eric Arthur Blair 1903 - 1950 Ellery Queen Frederic Dannay (and co-author/cousin)
          Manfred B. Lee
          1905 - 1982
          1905 - 1971
          Saki Hector Hugh Munroe 1870 - 1916 George Sand Amandine Dupin 1804 - 1876 Stendhal Marie Henri Beyle 1783 - 1842 Mark Twain Samuel Langhorne Clemens 1835 - 1910 Voltaire Fran├žois - Marie Arouet 1694 - 1778 Mary Westmacott Dame Agatha Clarissa Mary Christie 1890 - 1976

          Not only is writing under a pan name perfectly acceptable but it can, in
          many cases, make you even more famous.

          Sorry, but I respectfully have to disagree with your claim about pen names
          being second class.
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        • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
          Originally Posted by Jenn Dize View Post

          ACK!

          I found this at that link:

          " Ghost written articles are almost always 2nd class"

          I take offense to that! Perhaps people who don't get theirs professionally done...Many, many people who are genuine experts (IM and otherwise) still get their articles ghostwritten...I know because I write for them! You wouldn't know the difference...

          I know this isn't the debate, but my goodness...
          Jenn, I've found that I can't tell that 1st class, professionally done ghost-written articles are written by ghosts. If the author's name is Joseph James and the article sounds like it written by Jose' Jiminez, it's second-class.

          'Sawright? 'Sawright...
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          • Profile picture of the author thatgirlJ
            Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

            Jenn, I've found that I can't tell that 1st class, professionally done ghost-written articles are written by ghosts. If the author's name is Joseph James and the article sounds like it written by Jose' Jiminez, it's second-class.

            'Sawright? 'Sawright...

            LOL

            I think Mr. Knight should consider that many experts stink at writing and need ghostwritten expertise to make the the articles sound coherent, wonderful, and connect with readers. Of course, that doesn't count what is written by ghosts or Mr. Jiminez.

            @Steven...I guess Steven King and Nora Roberts are total fakes too...their alter egos deserve no love at EZA
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  • Profile picture of the author bobmcalister
    what other sources of distribution for your articles have you used SUCCESSFULLY ?

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    • Profile picture of the author thatgirlJ
      Originally Posted by bobmcalister View Post

      what other sources of distribution for your articles have you used SUCCESSFULLY ?

      THANKS
      A combo of Web 2.0 properties...

      blogger blogs, Squidoo, HubPages, Buzzle, etc. etc.

      Create your own network of high quality content, all linking back to your site, as well as linking together (one way, not both ways)

      Tim Gorman has a fantastic report out about it...
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    This is a huge setback because if your articles disappeared from EZA's directory and have to start all over again, it will take you time to get your new articles listed in the search engines again.

    I think that you should have left your name as it was. If you would have, this wouldn't have happened.

    Yes, this is a setback but don't worry about it too much. Don't sweat it out.

    Just move forwward and put it behind you.

    Tal
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  • Profile picture of the author Sami
    I wonder if Mr Knight is still reading this thread ...

    Something that has not been mentioned (I think) is that many/most legitimate marketers, even without using ghost writers, need to use a pen name to conceal their niches from others.

    Imagine if you could google a successful affiliate marketer and follow his articles through to products he's promoting! That would be create huge competition for that marketer over time.

    And this issue has nothing to do with ghost writers or poor quality of articles. It is a business necessity that does not warrant the "2nd class" label.

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