Most of the articles that got thousands of views in a matter of weeks seem suspicious!!
My check depends on several factors:
-Checking the keywords the given article "is supposed" to be ranking for...and to my surprise...90% of the 4000-8000 views a month articles are not showing on the first 2 pages of the 3 major search engines!!!...so...from where all these "views" are coming?.
-When I click on the link in the resource box of some of these articles, in most cases..I got a lame page with very poor statistics in compete, seorush...etc
I know these statistics may not be reliable...however...when you check a site that is linked from an EZA with thousands of views...you expect to see at least a sort of figures..numbers...not big zeros that indicate the isolation of this page and lack of visitors (even with an average traffic level, I usually get positive figures for my sites from compete, seorush and alexa..not zeros...and within a matter of days).
-Upon checking authors of these "4 or 5 figures of views" articles, I was surprised to find that the "expert" author had just published 2-5 articles in the targeted niche, and have other "2-5 clusters" of articles in several niches...logically, if I have the level of expertise that brings such a number of views to my articles in a given niche..I will stick to it and publish more!!! or maybe I am wrong?
I got the feeling that "spam hits" services are plaguing ezine articles in a way or another...
Don't you think so?