I think I'm in love with Ezinearticles - is there a cure?

by KenJ 46 replies
I am about 900 articles into a love affair with article writing and I have to say I am in love with Ezinearticles.

They let me put my articles on their website. From this website I have had a constant and almost immediate stream of visitors to my website. They just keep on coming.

I cannot ever imagine that I would not use this directory for my articles. Sure I have submitted many to other places but according to my stats the ones on EA get great clickthroughs.

What is more these 1,000's of visitors have cost me nothing but my time in writing my articles. I find that part very easy anyway.

What I do not understand is the list of negative posts about EA.

But they do say love is blind.
#main internet marketing discussion forum #cure #ezinearticles #love
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  • Profile picture of the author indexphp
    Why don't you write some of those articles and put them on YOUR site?
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    • Profile picture of the author Black Hat Cat
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      Originally Posted by Garrett Aren View Post

      Why don't you write some of those articles and put them on YOUR site?
      How do you know he isn't? It's not an "either or" situation, it is possible to do both.

      There seems to be a consistent theme among some here that says if you put your articles at EA, you can't put them on your site too. You can. It helps to make a few changes to the articles, but it's not absolutely necessary. The main point though, again is, it doesn't have to be one or the other.
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  • Profile picture of the author alexshelton
    I think getting articles written for EZA has been my best IM investment to date! Its awesome
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    • Profile picture of the author KenJ
      Hi Garrett

      I didn't make it clear, most of my articles do go on my sites. But I use EA because I get extra traffic from them. Some of my sites that are only 2 months old are already on pagerank 2 and I am putting this down to good one way links from other sites - the main one being EA.

      I cannot think of another way of acheiving this so quickly without EA
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  • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
    Wow kenj 900 articles! not bad, not bad at all!

    As for the love/hate with Eza, well you know what they say, there's always two sides to a coin...but it's still a coin :-)
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  • Why don't you write some of those articles and put them on YOUR site?
    The reason that people put their articles on EZA is because EZA is tremendously search-friendly. I can write an article about the economy and put it on my own site and who knows what page it will end up in Google. Unlikely that it will be on page one.

    However, if I write the same article and submit it to EZA, my article about the economy has a huge possibility of not only ending up on page one of Google, but could very well end up in the top three results.

    THAT'S why people put their articles on EZA.
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  • Profile picture of the author tommygadget
    EZA is consistently my main source of traffic. If you look at your logs as much as I do, you'll thank them. If you've seen some threads around here taking Chris Knight to task, even there people agree that it is a great source of traffic. Make sure you diversify your link portfolio because all your eggs in one basket is never a good thing.

    TomG.
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    Thanks. This post is useful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    I'm with you, Ken. Nothing performs like EZA... #2 is a distant 2nd. They're the Google (in a good way) of article directories.

    Having said that, my experience has been that it depends a lot on what you're writing about, in terms of how many views/clicks you'll get. I've been a Platinum Author at EZA since 2004, and I've posted articles about all kinds of topics in dozens of niches. There can be a huge difference in results.

    For example, I had a site about hairstyles (ironic since I have almost no hair, but it was my wife's baby, really).... anyway, I thought it would have little chance of doing well, but it killed. I sold it a couple years ago for over $8,000, and all I ever did to promote it was write articles and submit them to EZA. That's literally all I did, and within about a year it was making $800-$900, on average. During prom and wedding seasons, it did almost twice that much. And, the number of views and the CTR at EZA were the highest I've ever gotten (nearly 50% CTR).

    I ghostwrote (is that a word?) a bunch of articles for a dog site owner, which is a very popular niche, and the results were still good, but not even close to the hairstyles site results. Go figure.

    More recently I've been writing articles about article marketing and traffic building, and I've been less than impressed. Not as many views and a pretty average CTR. It's early yet, but I'm left to conclude that niche saturation has a lot to do with it. There are a lot of articles flying around about this kind of thing, so maybe it's a case of trees in the forest.

    Anyway, I'm going on about this because I don't think it gets enough attention. I would caution newer article marketers not to see the number of views and clicks others report and use that as a benchmark. It will vary (sometimes widely) from niche to niche.

    What every article marketer can and SHOULD do, however, is work on crafting articles that have the best chance of getting views and clicks, regardless of the niche. This means building a keyword list first so you're targeting phrases people actually search for, then writing compelling titles, & descriptions, informative article contents, and a strong call to action that follows the body seamlessly.

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author LB
    Imagine if you created 900 pages of original content for your own site or blog...
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Scott
    Man, don't people read these days? HE DID! He put them on his own site AND EZA!

    Plus content doesn't mean crap if no one can find it.

    I think the best cure for your rational way of thinking is to start drinking too much and saying that EZA take too long to accept your articles and what not. Seems to be the trend these days.

    But under no circumstances are you allowed to stop using it. You have to keep using it and bitch about all the problems it has.

    -Dan
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Grossman
    The cure is realizing that filling the web with the noise we call 10-minute "articles" is not truly building value that will help you 2, 5, 10 years down the line. You could be using the time building a business that you can retire on and pass to the next generation, not counting the clicks from other marketers today.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Scott
    Steven Waigenheim (SP?) makes most of his money from article marketing, and he makes a fair bit.

    I'm pretty sure it's helping build his business, and I'm sure there are many more examples.

    -Dan
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    • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
      Ezine Articles is great but Buzzle often gets better SEO results.

      And you can get even better SEO results with an article page on a domain that matches a root keyword.

      But this is not an either/or question.

      You can do ALL of these things and if you're smart you can link them together for maximum effect with your own website being what you link TO.

      That way long term you're building the value of your own website.

      Kindest regards,
      Andrew Cavanagh
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      • Profile picture of the author Rachel Goodchild
        Originally Posted by AndrewCavanagh View Post

        Ezine Articles is great but Buzzle often gets better SEO results.

        And you can get even better SEO results with an article page on a domain that matches a root keyword.

        But this is not an either/or question.

        You can do ALL of these things and if you're smart you can link them together for maximum effect with your own website being what you link TO.

        That way long term you're building the value of your own website.

        Kindest regards,
        Andrew Cavanagh
        That's cool info Andrew- thanks!
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Lee
        Originally Posted by AndrewCavanagh View Post

        Ezine Articles is great but Buzzle often gets better SEO results.

        And you can get even better SEO results with an article page on a domain that matches a root keyword.

        But this is not an either/or question.

        You can do ALL of these things and if you're smart you can link them together for maximum effect with your own website being what you link TO.

        That way long term you're building the value of your own website.

        Kindest regards,
        Andrew Cavanagh

        I find both Buzzle and Ezinearticles to get excellent search engine results. Each have their own pros and cons.

        My article submitter told me it takes Buzzle a much longer time to publish the articles than other article directories. However, the adsense ads are below the article so your resource box will be seen (and hopefully clicked on) before they see the adsense ads.

        As for EA, they approve articles faster than Buzzle, and have good support. But your article's resource box may tend to compete with adsense ads above and beside the article.

        Nonetheless, I love both of them. And it's a win-win situation everytime we submit our articles to them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vyliss
    I don't really like Ezine much to be honest.. they've never given me all that much traffic.. and it's definitely not consistent... have like 31 articles there and the rate they approve articles is just terrible. It's like 2 weeks! They're also very strict about the link you use... only allow top domain links? Then why does squidoo, hubpages and blogs get approved?

    They aren't top domain links and my link isn't even an affiliate link.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Hunter
      Originally Posted by Vyliss View Post

      Then why does squidoo, hubpages and blogs get approved?

      They aren't top domain links and my link isn't even an affiliate link.
      You CAN use blogs (Blogger or Wordpress), Squidoo, and Hubpages. Even Weebly, if I'm not mistaken.

      People use these all of the time.
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      • Profile picture of the author Vyliss
        Originally Posted by Chris Hunter View Post

        You CAN use blogs (Blogger or Wordpress), Squidoo, and Hubpages. Even Weebly, if I'm not mistaken.

        People use these all of the time.
        Yea... I said that they DO get approved.. which is why it's not fair because Ez is not suppose to allow links that aren't top level domains (domain.com) so anything that is domain.com/subfolder/ is not allowed, which is what Blogger, Wordpress, Squidoo and Hubpage links are.
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        • Originally Posted by Vyliss View Post

          Yea... I said that they DO get approved.. which is why it's not fair because Ez is not suppose to allow links that aren't top level domains (domain.com) so anything that is domain.com/subfolder/ is not allowed, which is what Blogger, Wordpress, Squidoo and Hubpage links are.
          It's not that EZA doesn't allow any links that aren't top domain; the rule is that if you want to post an affiliate link, it must come from your "top domain". I'm not sure how Squidoo and Hubpages and all that work out, but it's not true that you can't post ANY link that isn't "top domain". I have my own products that are not on my top domain and I have posted those links on EZA just fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Scott
    If you're having problems with EZA just send them an email. I'd say 3/5 of my articles are initially placed in "Problem Status" but when I email them they fix it.

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  • Profile picture of the author Dana_W
    I love ezinearticles. I'd marry ezinearticles if I could. They give me tons of traffic, they help my sites rank well, they even sent me a nice coffee mug. And I have not been able to find any other sites that send me as much traffic as ezinearticles - although associatedcontent.com has been a close second.
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    • Profile picture of the author KenJ
      There is one more thing I love about EA and that is the statistics they offer. This feedback is very valuable. It can show you your writing strengths and weaknesses and can also direct your future writing.

      I use buzzle a bit for long wordy articles because they seem to work well there.

      I have stopped submitting 10 minute articles because they were the ones that were poor performers. When I rewrite plr I do a complete job on it. The plr stuff just gives me the angle to write on and sometimes the keywords to work on.
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  • Profile picture of the author AlexKaplo
    Wow, 900 articles that's impressive!

    In terms of SEO I can only imagine what the results would be with 900 backlinks from all your articles! How long does it take you to write an article?... Anyways that is very impressive and it motivates me to start writing articles for myself. Have a great day!...


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  • Profile picture of the author BeachCruzer
    There is some very good information here. Thanks to everyone for your participation.

    Michael Cruz
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  • Profile picture of the author CodrutTurcanu
    Originally Posted by kenj View Post

    I am about 900 articles into a love affair with article writing and I have to say I am in love with Ezinearticles.

    They let me put my articles on their website. From this website I have had a constant and almost immediate stream of visitors to my website. They just keep on coming.

    I cannot ever imagine that I would not use this directory for my articles. Sure I have submitted many to other places but according to my stats the ones on EA get great clickthroughs.

    What is more these 1,000's of visitors have cost me nothing but my time in writing my articles. I find that part very easy anyway.

    What I do not understand is the list of negative posts about EA.

    But they do say love is blind.
    Who told negative things about EZA?

    Also, getting clicks/traffic through this service is cool -- but, do you make money -- how , and what's your conversion ratio?
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  • Profile picture of the author marilyne
    I really struggle with writing articles. I don't think that I am a very good writer. I am just learning the internet business. Is there any easy way to perfect my writing skills. I hear about 10 minutes articles and such, but it takes me sometimes at least a couple of hours to write one article. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Marilyn Earls
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    • Profile picture of the author KenJ
      Hi Marilyn

      You should do what you are good at. For me writing is something I have always done - even before the internet.

      For you, your skills may be elsewhere and you should use these skills to their best advantage.

      Having said that you can learn to write articles. I have a close friend who hates writing but has an offline business with a blog. I have shown him what to do and he now writes very well. He does have lots of expertise in his field which helps.

      You can structure your writing of articles in such a way that they write themselves.

      For example you could decide that you use this format

      Headline
      Intro paragraph - 80 words
      Content paragraph 1 - 80 words
      Content paragraph 2 - 80 words
      Content paragraph 3 - 80 words
      Summary - 80 words

      Can you write 80 words?

      By breaking the task down you can write good articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author marilyne
    Thanks, Kenj. That does help alot. I never thought about doing it that way. It does break it up into more manageable proportions.

    Marilyn Earls
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    • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
      Marilyn,

      kenj gave good advice about making things more manageable in smaller chunks. I would add not to overthink your articles. That's almost always where I go wrong, to this day, and I've been writing online articles for about 10 years. When I find myself stuck (and what writer doesn't get stuck now and then?), I walk away for a few minutes (at least) and do something that is completely unrelated. Play with my dogs (doesn't work if I'm writing about dogs, LOL), play my guitar, give the wife a surprise kiss, whatever. Just do something to clear your mind.

      Then, sit back down and just hold one main thought about the topic at hand in your mind. Start writing. Don't even pay attention to what's coming out of your fingers. Just write with that one main idea in your mind all the time. Pretty soon you'll have 100 words or more upon which you can build a full article. Works nearly every time. Hope that helps.

      And don't overanalyze things when you're finished. Perfectionism is good when it comes to grammar and spelling and the like, but it's a killer when it comes to worrying about how profound your articles are. It's an article, not Moby Dick. Just get a solid point or two laid out, and be done with it. If you have other good points, use them in your next article. Readers value brevity (ignore my long-windedness here, please).

      John
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      • Profile picture of the author KenJ
        One more thing to do is write first and edit later. This can be hard if you are suffering from writers block but after the first 10 articles you get used to writing like this.

        The editing usually involves checking that you have used your keywords and basic grammar
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Hoey
    Originally Posted by kenj View Post

    I am about 900 articles into a love affair with article writing and I have to say I am in love with Ezinearticles.

    They let me put my articles on their website. From this website I have had a constant and almost immediate stream of visitors to my website. They just keep on coming.

    I cannot ever imagine that I would not use this directory for my articles. Sure I have submitted many to other places but according to my stats the ones on EA get great clickthroughs.

    What is more these 1,000's of visitors have cost me nothing but my time in writing my articles. I find that part very easy anyway.

    What I do not understand is the list of negative posts about EA.

    But they do say love is blind.
    I think it's that if you don't target the right popular keywords you don't get enough visitors to make any money sometimes. Obviously if you keep the quality up you're bound to hit a goldmine keyword if you're writing is good eventually.

    I have an idea that when i find a good article that is making me money i'm going to socially bookmark it across about 40 sites and then use linkvana to build it up through the ranks.

    I just had an article accepted and i thought it strange that i had 3 views and 2 clickthroughs already but when i read it i realised i'd written a cracking article which benefited from being 250-300 words long.

    I just hope the keyword is good enough to attract visitors. I can't wait for the day i finally see how ezines can make me money. Up to now i've failed but i've not written that many articles.


    Well that's my story
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  • Profile picture of the author nik0
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    1000's of visitors for almost a 1000 articles, I definitely hope you mean 10.000's or 100.000's of visitors or it would be a very poor deal.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark72
    Sounds like you've build up a lot of traction form the sheer volume of articles.

    You might want to think about distributing them over several accounts though (if you haven't already), just in case ezine gets funny and zaps your account.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chri5123
    This is a thread from 2008! Unless you are using Ezine articles for syndication you may find that the love affair finishes very quickly
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    I bet this love affair ended in divorce.
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  • Profile picture of the author GaurabBorah
    EZA could provide you a lot of traffic and totally agree it often depends on the niche you choose, I used to write about Relationships and was getting a lot of clickthroughs from them. However I can't like 900 articles and won't be paying someone to do it for me. I just utilized their Most Viewed section. I used to make my articles go viral quickly and rank them in Most viewed section and used to get atleast 10-15 clicks daily from a single article. It went on for a good no. of months. Then they removed that section entirely after the Panda update.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Berry
    I am also in love with ezinearticles, most of my article had highrank in there. Crowd will use Google, but smart people will use ezinearticles, you will solve your problem faster by searching in ezinearticles instead of Google.
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  • Profile picture of the author marykay77
    Are the articles on EZA different from the ones on your site? Are they spun, at least a little? I was just wondering about duplicate content and how that might be effecting your Google reputation.
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  • Profile picture of the author Martin Lee Jr
    I was reading this thread and it never occurred to me I was reading a 2008 thread. lol!

    I was just about to get excited about eza, and start testing it again.

    But as for duplicate content - you can submit the article to your website first, then submit to EZA. The same exact article, as-is. Not spun! (In fact, it's recommended)

    I was puzzled with that question for months but I tested it, once the Article Marketing experts on this forum explained how to do it correctly - I tested it and it worked 100% percent of the time.

    I don't do article marketing much these days but you should always submit to your website first.
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    • Profile picture of the author marykay77
      Martin Lee Jr - it's an old thread, but thanks for coming back and sharing. I will say, you got my curiosity fired up about the duplicate content scenario

      Originally Posted by Martin Lee Jr View Post

      But as for duplicate content - you can submit the article to your website first, then submit to EZA. The same exact article, as-is. Not spun! (In fact, it's recommended)
      I'm wondering how is this so. If Google sees content on my site, and then the same content on EZA, it's my understanding that only one of these will get noticed (or that both of them want get as much credit). Maybe I am behind the times, but I thought this was something to be avoided. Please explain further if you get a chance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I thought EZA was resurrected when i read this thread title lol. But a 2008 thread let me know why the thread was created in the first place.
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    • Profile picture of the author nik0
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      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      I thought EZA was resurrected when i read this thread title lol. But a 2008 thread let me know why the thread was created in the first place.
      Lol thanks for the headsup, I can't imagine that I bumped this thread out of nowhere but I am the first poster at 2012, odd stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
    Combine EA with Video, and get as many views as you can very fast and you will see your clickthroughs even skyrocket more.
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  • Profile picture of the author Beverley Boorer
    I'm one person that said negative things about EZ because they refused my well-written and informative articles simply because they were written about PLR and my link was to my plr website. Evidently the topic is a big no-no in their book, even though many people use plr articles in many ways to help build their business. I thik they were totally not fair to try and keep people from learning about plr articles and the various uses they can be put to! Worse still, some of the other kinds of articles found on EZ are so poor grammatically that you have a job to work out what is being said. Mine are not like that. I am still annoyed about it!
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