Is this the GoArticles.com Slap?

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"Over the last several months a number of changes have been implemented at GoArticles.com. Two of the most important were the suspension of author accounts that had been inactive for more than 6 months and the removal of articles under 300 words..."
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  • Profile picture of the author greggomatic76
    Just found that out a few days ago after I tried to sign back into my account I used last summer before taking a break to focus on an offline business. Sounds like either trying to free up space to not have to invest in more resources or poor management to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    One thing that surprised me in their email about this is that it linked to 2 Ezine articles videos at the bottom. Are they owned by Ezine, or it just saves them making their own video? The last idea isn't likely I know, but just wondering.
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    • Profile picture of the author MStrocen
      Originally Posted by Lloyd Buchinski View Post

      One thing that surprised me in their email about this is that it linked to 2 Ezine articles videos at the bottom. Are they owned by Ezine, or it just saves them making their own video? The last idea isn't likely I know, but just wondering.

      Yes, we had a few authors question why we would add EzineArticles videos to GoArticles mailings. The simple answer is that we are trying to provide content that will be useful to authors in their article marketing efforts regardless of the source. In the future, we plan to add additional videos on article directories and article marketing and to publish content from the top article distribution services, including SubmitYourArticle.com, DistributeYourArticles, Content Crooner, thephantomwriters, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author noodle2005
    Originally Posted by Ron Douglas View Post

    "Over the last several months a number of changes have been implemented at GoArticles.com. Two of the most important were the suspension of author accounts that had been inactive for more than 6 months
    Is that true? Ive only just starting doing article marketing again and yesterday i submitted to GoArticles for the first time since march 2009 and i logged in with no problems at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author captivereef
    they had a PR decrease to 4 from 6 as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chri5123
      Originally Posted by captivereef View Post

      they had a PR decrease to 4 from 6 as well.
      Yep, I have no doubt this is something to do with it!

      First i heard of this was today dont really use goarticles anymore.
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  • Profile picture of the author captivereef
    I have 2 accounts there and they did delete my articles under 300 words, about 10 of them.
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  • Profile picture of the author captivereef
    I have more luck with articlesbase, articleslash and some smaller niche directories i have found. Oh yeah and i post to my own blog alot more now as i like to know my stuff is going to be around forever!
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  • Profile picture of the author tholcomb
    Get real coverage with your articles and us submityourarticle.com. It cost you each month, but you are distributed to a ton of sites. One submission, 100's of sites, make sense to me.
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    • Profile picture of the author clint48
      Ron I have not been active for over 6 months at GoArticles and they did not suspend my account. If they are indeed suspending accounts I did just sign in so I guess I am good for six more months.

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      • Profile picture of the author Ron Douglas
        Originally Posted by clint48 View Post

        Ron I have not been active for over 6 months at GoArticles and they did not suspend my account. If they are indeed suspending accounts I did just sign in so I guess I am good for six more months.

        Clint
        Just quoting their email Clint. I'm not sure how they define "inactive".
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        • Profile picture of the author noodle2005
          Originally Posted by Ron Douglas View Post

          I'm not sure how they define "inactive".
          I wonder how they define inactive aswell as my last login before yesterday was the day a submitted my last article which was 13.3.09 so i can safely say my account has been inactive for over 14 months
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  • Profile picture of the author Lukas
    whew I logged in OK !! and haven't posted since 9-28-09
    I'll throw a few in there soon.

    I heard of another new one Articlet being good (I have no affiliation, investment,partnership with them) actually not with any directory, so there you have it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trent Brownrigg
    I just logged in and updated my account without any problems. But it was just under 6 months since last time I was active there so I hadn't hit the deadline yet. I think it's a good idea for them to remove articles under 300 words and keep people active at least every six months. Increases the value of the directory.
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    • Profile picture of the author MStrocen
      Originally Posted by Trent Brownrigg View Post

      I just logged in and updated my account without any problems. But it was just under 6 months since last time I was active there so I hadn't hit the deadline yet. I think it's a good idea for them to remove articles under 300 words and keep people active at least every six months. Increases the value of the directory.

      Thanks for the positive comment. Regarding suspension of accounts, we originally looked at accounts that had been inactive for 12 or more months. Those were suspended first. Later we looked at accounts that were inactive for at least 6 months. The purpose was primarily to clean up our member database. GoArticles was launched back in 2001 so there were a large number of inactive or bogus accounts that needed to be removed.
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  • Profile picture of the author entrepreneurjay
    Who cares? Goarticles is pretty much useless anyways just good for a backlink. They can slap me all they want and it will not even hurt lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author JackPowers
    Any article directory that doesn't in some form limit spam isn't worth 2 cents. I am surprised Google hasn't slapped them yet.

    At least ArticlesBase requires approval of 10 articles before auto-approval.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisDouthit
    I like the changes, good thing they changed before Google gave them a penatly. I never summit articles under 300 words and any article thats under that is not one I would perfer to read.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
    I no longer submit to them as the drop to PR4 makes them even less attractive IMO.
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    • Profile picture of the author MStrocen
      Originally Posted by Marhelper View Post

      I no longer submit to them as the drop to PR4 makes them even less attractive IMO.
      PageRank for an article directory is not the same as PageRank on an article page. Article pages have no PageRank - that is true on EzineArticles, GoArticles, ArticlesBase, etc.

      Authors should be interested in site traffic, not PageRank. EzineArticles is the most popular article directory on the Web but submitting to just one article directory when there are at least half a dozen with significant traffic makes little sense.
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  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    Good.

    It's a good thing. Anybody who tells you any different is clueless, imho ....

    Nobody can say with any honesty that when a directory makes these kinda changes, that it isn't good for those who are using the directly fairly and properly.

    I love it when they do stuff like this... makes it a much better environment for the rest of us to work in.

    If this is the GoArticles slap....Keep slappin' is all I can say

    Jay
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  • Profile picture of the author NicoleBeckett
    I agree... it seems like it is designed to keep up the integrity of the directory. I've gotten some good traffic from them, so I'm going to keep plugging away!
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