She's 26 (I think), has made a lot of money with her little offline business (I'm talking 7 figures altogether, and high 5-figures per month) and has some real expertise in her subject, knows what she's talking about, and writes accordingly.
Two or three days ago, she decided it was time to stop sitting there and looking at it, and "get her name on the board there", so over the space of a day or two, she pasted in 10 articles, all previously published in identical form on her blog around a year and a half ago (and still online).
After 1 article, they made her an "expert author".
After 10 articles they immediately upgraded her to "platinum".
The longest they took to make any of her articles "live" was 2 days, and the shortest was 2 hours.
She's done no SEO at all (and probably barely knows what the letters stand for). She took as keywords for each article whatever EZA's automated built-in gadget suggested as keywords.
She already has a large number of views and a high CTR.
She doesn't realise this, but I happen to know that her keywords are really competitive. Her main one is probably one of the most competitive there is, nearly as bad as "make money online".
Don't listen to people telling you that EZA is always slow. Don't listen to people telling you that EZA is always difficult, and strict, and rejects a lot of articles. Don't listen to people telling you that it takes forever to become "platinum" (it just took a Russian girl 2 days, submitting already published articles!). Don't listen to people telling you that they take forever to publish articles. Don't listen to people telling you that they publish "unique content" only. These people don't know what they're talking about.
My friend is someone who (by her own admission) hardly knows her way round the internet at all. If you write good articles, read the editorial guidelines and comply with them, EZA is dead easy. I'm just saying ...