Talking of EZA (and who isn't, these days?) ...

by Alexa Smith Banned
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A friend of mine from another forum registered with EZA as a new author a couple of months ago, and subscribed to the email advice series they send out to new authors who opt in for it (which she found super-helpful) and she read the editorial guidelines. She's Russian, but English is her second language and she writes really good English.

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 ...
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  • Profile picture of the author magicmarcus
    so true

    i just had someone new post articles and they were all at the top of google in one day... she was new to internet marketing and actually hired to help with other stuff...

    so you can imagine how happy she was to see her articles "accidentally" show up in google the next day...

    and our niche is make money online niche :0) lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Jazzman
    I've always found EZA to be a top notch service. You are right about all of your conclusions, Alexa. Thanks for sharing your story.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Marshall
    Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

    A friend of mine from another forum registered with EZA as a new author a couple of months ago, and subscribed to the email advice series they send out to new authors who opt in for it (which she found super-helpful) and she read the editorial guidelines. She's Russian, but English is her second language and she writes really good English.

    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!). 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 ...
    This is the best post I've read here all week! EZA still works if you know how to write!
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  • Profile picture of the author KateD
    HI....

    EZA is great for creating long-lasting and quality backlinks, but one thing that they are not is consistent. And I know that this is mainly due to their current workflow. Some of my articles get published within hours. Others take a few days.

    Last month I started a new EZA account for another marketer. Since it was a "fresh" account, I was at the basic level. It took them about 6 days to approve the handful of articles submitted and about 10 articles to become an "expert" author. After 15 articles, the account hasn't become a "platinum" account yet.

    And this is with me doing the writing. Someone that personally has over 300 articles published on EZA. Someone that makes a living writing and submitting articles to EZA.

    So yes, they are the biggest and baddest article directory and should definitely be included in every article marketers arsenal.

    But they can definitely have their "time of the month" moments too.



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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Kate -

      I've found some niches seem easier to reach Platinum in than others. Not sure why that is true but from my experience the more "expertise" required to write in the niche, the quicker an account will go Platinum.

      I've not seen this documented or mentioned by EZA but I've seen this in working with them and with clients' EZA accounts.

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      • Profile picture of the author AprilCT
        I'll have to send her a private message and give her a congrats. I saw the articles on EZA but haven't read them, haven't read her blog in a good while now, since my interest has been more IM than offline. Platinum already is amazing, and I'm sure she deserves that.
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  • EZ are a god-send. The key is to pump out high quality articles CONSISTENTLY, this way, when EZ do seem to be 'slower than average' then the sheer volume of articles you have lined up to be approved should get you over the line. Something... anything, should get approved, even if it was one article.

    As I said before - G-O-D-S-E-N-D

    P.S - Of course it is much easier to tell someone to write high-quality articles than to do it, but that all comes down to (dare I say it) 'taking action'. You will find that your experience and knowledge of article writing will improve.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Ive never had any issues with EZA. They've always been great, and they always index very quickly in the search engines too.
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  • Profile picture of the author AprilCT
    Alexa, I know who you are talking about. I would like to add that this gal is certainly among the very nicest on the other forum and very helpful. I always read her posts because she has very good insight on many subjects. Her ESL is superb. She is very accurate in her perceptions of whatever discussion is going on, and very methodical and complete in her explanation of questions she feels she can answer.
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    • Profile picture of the author miklanderson2
      I'm happy even when EZA takes two days to approve one of my articles (it's usually less than that). Some of the other directories take a week or two to approve articles, if not longer. I've only had one of my articles rejected and it was because I unknowingly violated the author guidelines. Had I of read them better, it wouldn't have been rejected. I resubmitted it and within a day it was accepted.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Hi April,

      Originally Posted by AprilCT View Post

      Alexa, I know who you are talking about.
      Cool. Her "author name" name at EZA is the same as the name under which you know her (and is also her real name!) so you can see her articles if you want, though you may already have read them on her blog in 2008/9?

      I deliberately didn't give her name, or a link, in this thread simply because I wouldn't want anyone to think I was "trying to generate traffic to her articles for her" or anything like that, so I decided to be discreet. But as you'll see, her 10 articles have all appeared over the last 2 - 3 days and she's "platinum" now.

      Originally Posted by AprilCT View Post

      I would like to add that this gal is certainly among the very nicest on the other forum and very helpful. I always read her posts because she has very good insight on many subjects. Her ESL is superb. She is very accurate in her perceptions of whatever discussion is going on, and very methodical and complete in her explanation of questions she feels she can answer.
      Yes, that'll be the same person, for sure! And yes, her English is really impressive for a "foreigner". (She did go to school in London for a few years, I think).
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom L
    I have heard all of those rumors yet I get most of my articles reviewed within a couple hours, and not only that but 80% of everything I write is getting republished.

    Love ezine
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  • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
    Funnily enough, I'm pretty sure I know who you mean, too, actually.

    I read her blog and forum once before, some time ago, after someone (most likely you, anyway) mentioned it somewhere here. I was once considering going into the same sort of business she's in (but due to the nature of it, and being a little too anti-social, I didn't in the end - so I'm here, instead ), so found her posts interesting, and still sometimes find myself occasionally reading stuff about that industry.

    She's a fabulous writer; a much better writer than many native English speakers, in fact. One shudders to think how good her Russian must be, in that case!

    Pleased to hear she's having some success with EZA.

    I've gotta say, when I first started submitting to EZA, it didn't take me long to get upgraded to Platinum, also. After the first 10 articles I submitted, I was there. Although the first 10 often took 2-5 days to be reviewed and accepted, I don't think I've ever waited longer than about 24 hours for approval, since. Also, I've never had an article rejected to date (*touch wood*).

    I have been guilty of writing unique and original content for the purpose of posting exclusively (or at least first) to EZA before, though, despite already being aware of the lack of a "syndicated content penalty". Mostly just for testing purposes ... but also because I've been guilty of writing quick "backlinks-only" articles that were so information-thin, I balked at the idea of putting them on my own site (haha ). Not anymore, though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Janice Sperry
    Alexa,

    Thanks for such a nice positive post. It dispells some misinformation about EZA that seems to surface so often. Is it perfect? No. Does it work when used correctly? Yes!
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  • Profile picture of the author nadavs
    It all depends on the editor who approves the articles. Some are super-annoying and reject articles for no reason. Others have a little sense in their minds and don't reject on sight.

    I once submitted a batch of 20 articles. 16 were rejected, the last 4 were approved. I re-submitted the articles without any changes, and all of them were approved.

    EZA is really a great directory, but sometimes working with them can be a pain. Congratulations to her who made it to Platinum after just 10 articles. It happened to me too, and I've been an EZA fan ever since.

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  • Profile picture of the author nelaffiliate
    Ezinearticles isn't bad..... I have had only good experiences with them. Just follow their guidelines and you will receive the traffic you want.

    It's still one of my greatest sources of targeted traffic.
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    • Profile picture of the author birdman87
      I have to agree with what you say about ezine articles alexa. In my (limited) experience with article marketing I've had big headaches with all directories except for ezine and hubpages. I always get indexed near instantaniously with ezines, they've never taken longer than 24 hours to accept an article and I'm always surprised by how well they rank on their own. Considering I do articles for backlinks without worrying about traffic I was surprised at how much traffic I was actually getting from ezines and this made me change tactics somewhat. I don't understand why people bash it so much. Have they just got nothing better to do with their time than make up arguments about things that don't need argument?
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  • Profile picture of the author kenny5
    Good to know, it really makes me want to start writing EZA articles again
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  • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
    I totally agree, it is not hard to make money money with EZA.
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  • Profile picture of the author michael_gourlay
    I've only submitted a few articles there in the past few months and they've always taken several days to approve it. I wrote one today and it was approved in a couple hours!
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    • Profile picture of the author FredJones
      I had stopped writing for EZA until I recently (around 3-4 weeks back) submitted 3-4 articles there. Each of them got their initial reviews after 5-6 days and went live exactly on the 7th day.

      Maybe from what you are saying, it's worth trying to write an article and see what happens today?


      Originally Posted by michael_gourlay View Post

      I've only submitted a few articles there in the past few months and they've always taken several days to approve it. I wrote one today and it was approved in a couple hours!
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  • Profile picture of the author drmani
    Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

    After 1 article, they made her an "expert author".

    After 10 articles they immediately upgraded her to "platinum".
    In one of my niches, it was 2 and 8, but it happened fast (in 10 days, if I remember
    right). That was 3 years back.

    Provide valuable content. Write well. Show you know what you're talking about.

    "Expertise" usually takes EFFORT and TIME to ACQUIRE. Once it has been
    acquired, it is not tough or time-consuming to get others to APPRECIATE it!

    Trouble is, far too many want to ACQUIRE expertise instantly!

    Sorry - that's a hard battle to win!

    All success
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  • Profile picture of the author AidenChong
    Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post


    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!). 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 ...
    Well said, I guess why people failed was because they wanted a SHORTCUT way to squeeze their name into EZA and they thought that EXA was managed by robots and not human like us.

    They tried to submit a 250 article and wanting those folks at EZA to give them a shining platinum badge and also the expert title.

    Go figure that...

    Thanks for that, Alexa!


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  • Profile picture of the author Vishal Mahadik
    Alexa, you are really true about EZA.

    Personally I have published more than 300 articles at EZA since last 2 years and they are still providing me consistent monthly targeted traffic to my niche websites. (And residual affiliate income too...!!)

    When I became Platinum Author at EZA, my articles started to go live in just 24-30 hours. Before becoming Platinum Author, I was shelling out 97 bucks every month for their Premier membership.

    My article were going live in just few hours but I also needed to spend 100 bucks for that service every month. But when I started to realize that my Platinum level account is more than sufficient for my SEO purposes then I stopped the subscription.

    From that point, I have never experienced a single delay or any other issue from EZA team. They are always co-operative and gives on time support for all issues.

    Yes, EZA is still the BEST article directory on the Internet. No Second Opinion about that. And people, don't believe others when they tell you that EZA do not work any more.

    IT STILL WORKS...
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    • Profile picture of the author dayanthan
      @Alexa: In my experience you are mostly right, but I have never ever got an article approved in a day by EZA. It normally takes a week for me. I have just submitted my 8th article with them and on average it takes over a week.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        It just goes to show...

        "If all else fails, read the directions."

        Actually, my experience pretty much mirrors your friend's. Expert after one article, platinum at ten, and rarely over two days for approval.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by precious007 View Post

    I've personally opened 10 separate accounts with EZA
    I'm astonished that you admit to this in writing and in public, with your name showing, Al. Maybe you haven't read EZA's terms of service and don't quite appreciate their policy if they do find out that people have done that? :rolleyes:

    Originally Posted by precious007 View Post

    Only Platinum Status authors will get their articles accepted in 24 - 48 hours, for all the rest it takes anywhere between 2 - 14 days.
    All of that has just been disproved. (Did you actually read the thread at all, before replying?).
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  • Profile picture of the author King Shiloh
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    Alexa,

    I'm also an epitome of what you are talking about. English is my second language and I can barely write a "top class" article yet I'm a Platinum EZA author. And my articles don't take more than 24 hours to go live. Why? I have always followed the EZA rules/editorial guidelines.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    I have never had any issues with Ezine's and don't know why people complain about them (other than that they don't allow PLR articles ), but I've always been happy with their service and their approval time.

    I use them all the time and they are still Number 1 for article directories in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author JAIDEEP2959
    EZA is a great source for getting targeted traffic to your websites.

    Your articles need to get listed in most viewed in 60 days category to make more money.
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    • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
      And just how do you propose to ensure that happens, other than by paying for mass-traffic to your article pages, and violating EZA's Terms of Service, where they specifically state:

      You agree to not purchase or utilize PPC (PayPerClick), PPV (PayPerView) traffic, safelists, or traffic exchanges to artificially inflate your EzineArticles traffic stats. Doing so may result in your account being terminated.
      Please don't encourage others' to seek ways in which to breach their ToS, and potentially risk their accounts and businesses.

      Just wanted to state this before anyone thought "what a cool idea" ... but of course, I'm sure there's no risk of that, because everyone here is reading and abiding by their policies, right!?
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  • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
    Alexa,
    I know who you are referring to and just checked out the articles. They are really top notch. She is one smart cookie.

    I would love to see her jump in here at the Warrior Forum. She would add a lot to these forums.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by DireStraits View Post

      Just wanted to state this before anyone thought "what a cool idea" ...
      Thanks for doing that!

      Not a cool idea at all, of course. Not only because of the TOS at EZA and the fact that you can get your account banned, but also because one should make any backlinks to the copy of the article on one's own site, not to the EZA copy!

      Originally Posted by LilBlackDress View Post

      Alexa,
      I know who you are referring to and just checked out the articles. They are really top notch. She is one smart cookie.

      I would love to see her jump in here at the Warrior Forum. She would add a lot to these forums.
      Ooh, yes, you know her, of course.

      Well, she has no great interest here, really: she's not an internet marketer. I just told her to try EZA to see if she got a bit of extra traffic to her blog and maybe a few members for her forum out of it. She wouldn't want to promote her forum here, anyway, and I wouldn't encourage that: it would be a bit of an abuse of Allen's hospitality, I think.
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      • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
        I am talking jump in to share ideas, not promote her sites.

        She shares on this exact topic, internet marketing on another forum. I think she has an interest
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  • Profile picture of the author robofx
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    Thanks, Alexa. Very eye-opening post. For the first time, I must sheepishly admit, I've read the entire EZA Editorial Guidelines.

    I was surprised by guidline 2-f-vi which states: "We do not accept articles that have the same ACTIVE link more than once. Do not submit duplicate URLs."

    I never knew. I thought it was standard SEO practice to reference a URL using varying anchor text. Huh.
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    • Profile picture of the author dv8domainsDotCom
      Originally Posted by robofx View Post

      Thanks, Alexa. Very eye-opening post. For the first time, I must sheepishly admit, I've read the entire EZA Editorial Guidelines.

      I was surprised by guidline 2-f-vi which states: "We do not accept articles that have the same ACTIVE link more than once. Do not submit duplicate URLs."

      I never knew. I thought it was standard SEO practice to reference a URL using varying anchor text. Huh.
      True, but maybe not from the same article, according to EZA. If you have need for multiple anchor text, those would require separate unique articles, different anchor text could then be used, even if they are then pointing to the same URL. It's only in the SAME article where they don't want 2x different anchor texts pointing to the same URL.
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      • Profile picture of the author robofx
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        Originally Posted by dv8domainsDotCom View Post

        True, but maybe not from the same article, according to EZA. If you have need for multiple anchor text, those would require separate unique articles, different anchor text could then be used, even if they are then pointing to the same URL. It's only in the SAME article where they don't want 2x different anchor texts pointing to the same URL.
        Yeah, that's how I read it also. The thing is, I randomly looked at one of my articles on EZA and it does indeed have a url twice with different anchor text.

        So it seems they don't always catch it, or don't always enforce it. But from now on I'll make sure to abide by that rule. No reason not to, really.

        An interesting note: for the very first time, I published an article on articlesbase.com (I created the account just a couple days ago.)

        Astonishingly, the article was approved AND indexed in Google in less than 24 hours. That is incredible. While not as "good" as EZA, my understanding is that articlesbase.com is quite ok for article marketing as well.

        So given the speed of approval and indexing, it's time for some experimenting. Egor, quick! Back to the laboratory...
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  • Profile picture of the author Fun to Write
    I too am an EZA platinum author and my articles get posted pretty quick, and still rank very well most of the time. But, I'm also a big believer in quality writing being a key element to a successful article.
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  • Profile picture of the author OpticalOut
    A lot of people criticize article marketing as a whole. Interestingly enough, these are the people who haven't even tried it...
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    • Profile picture of the author walesfootball
      I love EZA and was recently promoted to Platinum status, I never really had an issue with the time for approval, even as a basic author, 5-7 days approval was acceptable, what's the rush?
      A really nice touch after being given Platinum status, they sent out a pen, notepad and mouse mat, by Airmail to the UK, as a complimentary gift.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alfred Shelver
    I thought I had commented on your thread but it seems I have not. Alexa hardly ever starts threads of her own so when she does I read.

    I lost focus on EZA myself and this post really made me take notice again.... I am excited to focus heavily on EZA for a week or so and see what comes of it.

    As far as gaining a passive income (which is one of my major goals) you ignore EZA at your peril I have had decent traffic on two not so fantastic articles I wrote, but I did not have enough direction and purpose when I wrote them.

    Thanks for the kick in the BUM Alexa
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    • Profile picture of the author oneplusone
      Originally Posted by Cathy Shelver View Post

      I thought I had commented on your thread but it seems I have not. Alexa hardly ever starts threads of her own so when she does I read.

      I lost focus on EZA myself and this post really made me take notice again.... I am excited to focus heavily on EZA for a week or so and see what comes of it.

      As far as gaining a passive income (which is one of my major goals) you ignore EZA at your peril I have had decent traffic on two not so fantastic articles I wrote, but I did not have enough direction and purpose when I wrote them.

      Thanks for the kick in the BUM Alexa
      Alexa's next step might be a WSO, there certainly will be a lot of buyers!

      Although I've done well with list building and JVs over the last few years, I've only recently started to take Article Writing, EzineArticles etc more seriously having been studying SEO intensively.

      And with many paid avenues (such as Adwords) becoming far more fussy in the last year or so towards marketers, it is becoming increasingly difficult to buy quality traffic.

      I actually see all the changes that have gone on as a good thing, as it is better to build a solid foundation for our businesses.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peggy Baron
    I've not had any problems with EZA and sometimes have articles approved in less than 24 hours. My only beef is they don't allow articles about PLR, plus I don't like to see one business hold so much power.
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    • Profile picture of the author bretski
      While EZA isn't the only honeypot in town it definitely is one that has helped me a lot. Not only is the traffic great and the backlinks powerful but it's easy for me to gauge the quality of my articles by the number of views, clicks and published.

      I also have to say that I think that the automatic keyword chooser has gotten better... either that or my articles are more focused. I'm not sure which...
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  • Profile picture of the author Shannon Herod
    This is probably going to make me look bad... oh well here it goes :-)

    It took me nearly 100 articles to make platinum status. Now, it was not because I do not know how to write or that my articles were bad.

    My articles were being disapproved because of keyword density. It seems like I would get 8 or 9 approved and then Bam, one of them gets disapproved because of keyword density.

    To be honest, it got pretty darn frustrating. But, now that I am around 800 articles in, it seems like this is no longer an issue.

    I think there for a while they were a bit crazy on their keyword analysis. I would write an article about twitter and it would get disapproved because the keyword density for the word twitter was too high.

    Shoot, I was not even targeting the key word twitter. But, how are you supposed to write an article about twitter without mentioning the word twitter a couple times in the article?

    Anyway, my point is this... sometimes it takes longer to get to the platinum status because of small discrepancies in your article.

    Just because you get an article disapproved does not mean that the article is not good or appropriate.

    It also does not mean that you did not follow the editorial guidelines. It comes down to the person that is reviewing the article and their view on the guidelines.

    So, for me I wrote great articles that were highly relevant and 100% unique. But, for some reason at that time they were going crazy on keyword density. So, it took me forever to finally hit that platinum status.

    Talk soon,

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    • Profile picture of the author oneplusone
      Originally Posted by Shannon Herod View Post

      So, for me I wrote great articles that were highly relevant and 100% unique. But, for some reason at that time they were going crazy on keyword density. So, it took me forever to finally hit that platinum status.
      Alexa wrote in an earlier post, that you now have to keep keyword density at a maximum of 2% on EZA.

      Otherwise your articles will get rejected.

      Pretty useful for all of us to know the exact percentage.
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      • Profile picture of the author dayanthan
        Originally Posted by oneplusone View Post

        Alexa wrote in an earlier post, that you now have to keep keyword density at a maximum of 2% on EZA.

        Otherwise your articles will get rejected.

        Pretty useful for all of us to know the exact percentage.

        It just won't let you submit the article if you exceed the keyword density. That's the good thing about ezine articles. That way you have a better chance of getting your article approved. I haven't had an article rejected yet but have had to fix errors such as keyword density before it let me submit it for approval. I had a rude shock the other day when I tried to submit a PLR article (virtually unchanged for the first time) and it wouldn't let me submit it for approval. I had to rewrite it so it looked distinct
        Has anyone else had these problems with PLR? I guess I have to change it every time in case.
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  • Profile picture of the author treevee
    Thanks for this share, Alexa. Kudos to your friend!
    For me, articles written in EZA have always been indexed quicker and higher in the rankings than all other article directories. I've never had a problem with rejected articles from them and I'm just a mediocre writer! When I read that people have issues with getting their articles approved, I'm in awe! I haven't a clue why that would happen to them more than a time or two, maybe for some off-reason, if they are adhering to the guidelines. Then there's the issue with getting approved ..... it always takes my articles 3 days, consistently. Never heard or knew that it could be as fast as within hours to get published!!
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel R
      I never had a single problem with EZA myself, I guess unless you want to abuse it posting crappy articles just for backlinks, etc. you shouldn´t have a problem with them.
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    • Profile picture of the author Duy Nguyen
      Originally Posted by treevee View Post

      Thanks for this share, Alexa. Kudos to your friend!
      For me, articles written in EZA have always been indexed quicker and higher in the rankings than all other article directories. I've never had a problem with rejected articles from them and I'm just a mediocre writer! When I read that people have issues with getting their articles approved, I'm in awe! I haven't a clue why that would happen to them more than a time or two, maybe for some off-reason, if they are adhering to the guidelines. Then there's the issue with getting approved ..... it always takes my articles 3 days, consistently. Never heard or knew that it could be as fast as within hours to get published!!
      Because they didn't take it seriously, I read somewhere in the EZA Blog that says some people even didn't look back, and re-edit their disapproved articles.

      My 1st article was disapproved too because of the author name I used, I got nervous but I changed it right away, I changed my author name, and it took me 8 more articles to qualify to Platinum, EZA and Article marketing are my first choices as a a beginner.

      Thanks Alexa for this post
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    • Profile picture of the author Devid Farah
      Hey Alexa,this is a very encouraging post.

      I think the problem that a lot of internet marketers face is that they don't feel that Ezine articles deserve to be the same quality as article on their websites.

      If they are just submitting articles for backlinks; they don't really care if it's virtually unreadable.

      They just throw articles together in five minutes and submit them.

      If they would spend just a little more time planning their articles, proof reading, etc. they would realize that Ezine is not as mean as they thought.
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    Thanks Alexa for an exciting and inspiring post!

    Awesome and inspiring post! Thank you so much.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by robofx View Post

      Thanks, Alexa. Very eye-opening post. For the first time, I must sheepishly admit, I've read the entire EZA Editorial Guidelines.

      I was surprised by guidline 2-f-vi which states: "We do not accept articles that have the same ACTIVE link more than once. Do not submit duplicate URLs."

      I never knew. I thought it was standard SEO practice to reference a URL using varying anchor text. Huh.
      If I'm trying to keep my directory from becoming just another SEO dump, that seems like a pretty good reason not to allow the practice.

      It's hard enough keeping the signal to noise ratio in favor of signal as it is.

      Besides, if you have to submit multiple articles to get multiple anchor text links, that means multiple Adsense exposures, right?
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  • Profile picture of the author dayanthan
    Originally Posted by Greg Wildermuth View Post

    They started rejecting my articles at one point because on my site, I say that I do PLR rewrites. So, I'm offering a service that does PLR, which is a no-no!

    On the off chance it might help, I wrote them a quick email saying that I hate rehashed crap and do my best to make it original and they said okay, now I'm submitting to them again.

    One more bit of weirdness - last week they held up one of my articles and I got that message saying "email us for more information." I emailed them immediately and it took a week for them to get back. They said it was listed as a Problem Article by mistake and now it was approved.

    Weird. But they get me more traffic than any other article directories by far.
    I agree. I knew they didn't permit PLR content but that is what I use for my articles. On previous occasions (my other 8 articles) I was able to alter it enough to make it look original enough. This time I looked at the PLR article and didn't feel I could add to it or alter it without wrecking it, so I submitted it and hoped for the best. I have learnt now I can't operate on that kind of assumption. I will just change it from now on. The reason I was unlucky is lots of other people must have this same PLR and multiple writers have published it on various article sites.
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    Originally Posted by Greg Wildermuth View Post

    Yeah, actually I was wondering how they knew... I guess somebody already submitted it maybe? I kinda wonder how closely they check stuff like that.
    Yeah that is what happened to me. After I failed to have it submitted I checked copyscape and sure enough about 3 or 4 other people had submitted the exact same PLR article to article sites so I wasn't surprised any longer. The ezines are on the lookout as they don't want to get busted for "duplicate content" so their hyper vigilance pays off and nothing gets through their filters. It took me a little while to rewrite but at least they accepted it for review. I'm sure it will get approved.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lauryn
    Can I say I'm completely intrigued by whatever magnetism is apparently in her words? My articles have gotten approved in as little as 8 minutes but wow! That's great!
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  • Profile picture of the author COBSolutions
    Ezine has been pretty much strict about content when it comes to niches where they have no much articles in database (at their count, of course) so it might be a wise idea to submit and work with ezine but in the long run it is not worth to just target one site for your income, that can be hard on you when they change the rules very fast and they are good at changing the rules pretty quick when they see someone else making money out of them, this has been my experience, i was one who used to make a lot of money by ranking their pages for long tail keywords, but over a period of time i found they changing rules quite a bit, including backlinks and sending traffic to those pages, after all they also wants to earn money. Better to stick to a plan where you have complete control and not depends on someone else to earn money, well if one has already diversified and this is only one of the income stream then it makes sense to continue with it too.
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  • Profile picture of the author krharper
    Thanks for the great post, which is a reminder to me to rededicate to getting some articles published. I now have almost 50 articles but haven't made Platinum yet. Not sure why, but don't really care as those articles have generated thousands of visits to my websites without any cost to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Ward
    I had an article approved in around an hour earlier today. I submitted it, went to make something to eat, and it was live when I came back. I was shocked. Previous articles had taken up to a week. Another weird thing is that my account went platinum with only 9 articles, and those 9 took almost 2 weeks to go live. :confused:

    I've come across some pretty dubious crap on EZ in the short time I've been doing this, and I have no idea why EZ takes so long to verify articles sometimes. I came across a particular EZ author today who has over 1000 articles on a single, specific topic. I went through them quickly and it was like they'd written about 15-20 unique articles and then just rewrote them in different words 50 times each. Another person had articles that were clearly spun using a program and were incredibly awkward to read. So much for being a high quality directory?
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  • Profile picture of the author PatMil
    Thanks Alexa.

    I'm very new in internet marketing and article writing but have never had any hassles with EZA.

    The first thing I did when I started article writing was print out the guidelines and rules of punctuation and still use them as a checklist.

    I also was (still am!) clueless with keywords and SEO but was quite surprised to find some articles quite highly ranked.
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  • Profile picture of the author machineboy
    Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

    A friend of mine from another forum registered with EZA as a new author a couple of months ago, and subscribed to the email advice series they send out to new authors who opt in for it (which she found super-helpful) and she read the editorial guidelines. She's Russian, but English is her second language and she writes really good English.

    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 ...
    I had a similar experience with EZA this month. I had not long since had my account temporarily suspended for submitting a PLR article on which I had only changed the title.
    The following article that I submitted a few days after my suspension was over was live in under two hours and I received an email notifying me that I had been awarded platinum status. As for the keywords, they sounded good to me, and had extremely high competition according to MS. Looks like it's luck of the draw.
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Originally Posted by machineboy View Post

      I had a similar experience with EZA this month. I had not long since had my account temporarily suspended for submitting a PLR article on which I had only changed the title.
      The following article that I submitted a few days after my suspension was over was live in under two hours and I received an email notifying me that I had been awarded platinum status. As for the keywords, they sounded good to me, and had extremely high competition according to MS. Looks like it's luck of the draw.
      That is amazing!

      They suspended your account for flagrantly breaking their rules then the next time you submit an article they approve it in less than 2 hours and give you platinum status. They must have been awarding you for seeing the error of your ways (!)

      You certainly did get the luck of the draw. :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author Talinn
    I have 1600 live articles on EZA. Most people thinking "EZA doesn't work anymore" are the ones that were relying on the initial views your article gets when it's first published. EZA has grown a lot in the last year, I think - so there is much more competition for the "initial views" pie.

    Of course, counting on the initial views could never be a real business model, so it's normal that they aren't making as much money.

    The ones that were relying on SEO, on the other hand - nothing changed for them. EZA articles still rank well. Plus, the approval time has decreased quite a bit.

    But the best strategy ALWAYS is to not put all of your eggs in one basket.
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  • Profile picture of the author PhoebeSmellyCat
    Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

    After 1 article, they made her an "expert author".
    I have also been made "expert author" after my first article.

    What does that mean?

    I just assumed they gave everyone that title after their first approved article.

    No???
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    • Profile picture of the author Alminc
      Article marketing is PITA if YOU are not a great writer and cannot
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      As with everything else, there is a handful of those who are great
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        Originally Posted by PhoebeSmellyCat View Post

        I have also been made "expert author" after my first article.
        What does that mean?
        I just assumed they gave everyone that title after their first approved article.
        No???
        Yes, I'm afraid you're right. But don't let it stop you from becoming a true expert author, even if that takes a little longer. Or at least the cat, if not yourself. Good luck with your next 9 articles and on becoming "Platinum".

        Originally Posted by Alminc View Post

        Article marketing is PITA if YOU are not a great writer and cannot effortlessly write and submit like 10 top-notch articles per day.
        Respectfully, I don't agree at all. I write effortfully, not effortlessly, and try to submit one top-notch article per day, not 10.

        Nobody who can write 10 articles in a day is a great writer - or, at least, they're not wearing their "great writing hat" when they produce them.

        Quality will always trounce quantity. Quality leads to syndication and all its many, serious, real, long-term benefits (which include quantity); quantity alone leads nowhere.

        Originally Posted by Alminc View Post

        As with everything else, there is a handful of those who are great writers and thousands of those who are struggling.
        I suspect there's a lot in this ... but in my opinion the handful of people who are very successful aren't necessarily great writers, and there are some great writers who tried article marketing, got nowhere with it, abandoned it and start off threads here saying "Article Marketing Doesn't Work Any More". Understanding how it works, and seeing all the widely propagated and perpetuated myths for what they are, are actually even more important than one's writing skills (though those also don't hurt, it's true).
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        • Profile picture of the author PhoebeSmellyCat
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          Yes, I'm afraid you're right. But don't let it stop you from becoming a true expert author, even if that takes a little longer. Or at least the cat, if not yourself. Good luck with your next 9 articles and on becoming "Platinum".
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          Thanks, Alexa!

          I have submitted 6 articles so far and all have been accepted. And then my brain decided that it had ADD.....

          My cat is useless. His expertise is lazing around the house but making it look important.

          Anyway, I am still learning the ropes of article writing/marketing. I am a short story writer by hobby and have been writing them for years. Still, article writing is a whole different animal.

          Contrary to what some people advise, the first article they accepted did have a link in the resource box.

          I guess because it was a "How To" article on jewelry making and the link was just to my blog showing photos of the finished projects, it was okay with them. ??
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      • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
        Originally Posted by Alminc View Post

        Article marketing is PITA if YOU are not a great writer and cannot
        effortlessly write and submit like 10 top-notch articles per day.
        As with everything else, there is a handful of those who are great
        writers and thousands of those who are struggling.
        Tell that to the OP (Alexa), who, as I understand, doesn't write anywhere near 10 articles per day. More like 1/10th of that - but yes, very good ones.
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    I have never visited EZA. Will check today. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrea Wilson
    Your friend is really good then. Following quick guidelines and honest writing makes a complete mixture for a successful EZA submission. Just hope everybody wont complain much about EZA after this.


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  • Profile picture of the author AFI
    Agreed. I am now a platinum author with EZA and they sent me a coffee cup.

    Anyhow back to the main topic, they have never rejected any of my articles (except one PLR one that I forgot was PLR) and I think are very fair. They don't help me with traffic so much but they're really good for backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Cole
    Hi All,

    I am not trying to be a smart ass or anything. I reached platinum after 10 articles myself.. No biggie.. But i didn't even know there were different levels. I was surprised to receive and email from them awarding me the status.

    Then around 2 weeks later i also got a package in the mail from them containing several goodies. They were an Ezine articles mouse mat, pen and notepad for my next 10 articles ideas..

    Platinum can be reached with good consistent writing, as well as adding informative and quality articles. You will be rewarded and gain the platinum status, then have quicker publish times for your future article submissions.
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    Excellent case study for Internet marketers -- and many other types of business people! Just say, "Yes!" to powerful writing
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  • Profile picture of the author dagama
    Thanks Alexa.
    Your writing really does snap, crackle and pop
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  • Profile picture of the author NateRivers
    My last few articles have been approved really fast... I've been loving EZA lately. I think the Google update was a great thing for people that submit quality stuff...
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  • Profile picture of the author Lucian Lada
    I didn't want to make another EZA thread, so here's my question:

    One or two of my articles went into the 4th stage, that is, final review, but bounced back to the 3rd stage, that is, in queue for the final review.

    Is that a sign or they just didn't had time to read it? I assume they take in batches of more articles and when they feel "tired" they send the remaining of the articles which weren't reviewed back to queue.

    What's your experience? I'm worrying about getting reject, b/c I only need two more articles and I'm Platinum, and don't want to start this party all over again.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by canyon View Post

      I didn't want to make another EZA thread, so here's my question:

      One or two of my articles went into the 4th stage, that is, final review, but bounced back to the 3rd stage, that is, in queue for the final review.

      Is that a sign or they just didn't had time to read it? I assume they take in batches of more articles and when they feel "tired" they send the remaining of the articles which weren't reviewed back to queue.

      What's your experience? I'm worrying about getting reject, b/c I only need two more articles and I'm Platinum, and don't want to start this party all over again.
      That's one possibility. Another might be that the editor who drew your articles wanted a 'second set of eyeballs', and so put it back in the queue.

      Your best bet is to simply drop their support people an email and ask them...
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  • Profile picture of the author Lucian Lada
    As we speak one of the articles is in the 4th stage back again ...

    Later edit: ... and approved
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      Ooh, I remember this old thread ...

      Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

      That's one possibility. Another might be that the editor who drew your articles wanted a 'second set of eyeballs', and so put it back in the queue.
      This ^^^ I think ... and this happens more often when they're training new editorial staff.

      Originally Posted by canyon View Post

      Later edit: ... and approved
      Well done. "Keep them going": got to get to Platinum safely - that makes some difference.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    Again Alexa, great stuff. Great to see someone educating article marketing the right way.

    Kudos to you young lassie
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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    EZA is really great. It took me 20 articles to get platinum but that was because I had messed up a link in one of my resource boxes in my 2nd article.

    It never took me more than 3 days to get my articles approved.

    Seriously, if you want to do well on EZA you should read through their blog a bit as well as their editorial guidelines. They offer so much help for writers. I love their article templates. They give me a lot of inspiration when trying to figure out what type of article to write.

    Do your research and write something people want to read. I get tons of traffic from EZA and even more from the sites that syndicate my articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lucian Lada
    So ... I'm back again. Seems that the article that bounced back from stage 4 to stage 3 has some problems.

    They say they would like to help me approve it, but I have to solve some an issues regarding it it. I will clear things up, but does this mean it got rejected, and I need to start the process all over again, or if I fix it, they will approve it like "nothing happened" ?

    I say this because if they would have rejected it and put me start the process all over again, they would have given me another 10 submissions. However, I still have "0 submissions left".
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      Originally Posted by canyon View Post

      They say they would like to help me approve it, but I have to solve some an issues regarding it.
      They're trying to be helpful and don't want to reject it, I think. Act quickly, fix it and get it back to them.

      Originally Posted by canyon View Post

      I still have "0 submissions left".
      This is your last one, before assessment for Platinum, then? :confused:

      Paste it into a p.m. and send it to me, together with whatever they said about it, and I'll fix it quickly.

      I can't guarantee that they'll make you up to Platinum after this "delayed acceptance", but they might, and it's worth trying.
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  • Profile picture of the author matt5409
    Good thread, and a worthwhile reminder that quality is forever where it's at.

    I truly dread to think about the utter tripe those editors need to dredge through on a daily basis.
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    • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
      Originally Posted by matt5409 View Post

      I truly dread to think about the utter tripe those editors need to dredge through on a daily basis.
      I hear actual sewage diving seems a sanitary occupation by comparison. :p
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      Originally Posted by reimer View Post

      Don´t tell me that russian friend is MLM expert Yuliya Mironova, Is she? OMG!!!!
      It is Yuliya, in fact, yes ... do you also know her?

      Originally Posted by reimer View Post

      How did you meet her?
      She used to be one of the senior moderators of a huge forum for women who work at home. I was very impressed indeed by her MLM business (she's done astonishingly well), and I live in England (where she was then building it - though she's sold that business now) and wanted her to sponsor me into it. After "extensive discussions" she decided not to accept me (she's pretty selective, I think) and advised me that internet marketing - about which I knew nothing - would probably be a better use of my skills than MLM. It turned out she was probably right. So she started me off, in a sense.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Coutts
    Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

    A friend of mine from another forum registered with EZA as a new author a couple of months ago ... She's Russian, but English is her second language and she writes really good English.

    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.
    It's a funny thing, but sometimes those whose first language is not English can learn to write really excellent English, as good as the best, in fact. I know of several other examples too. It's not too common, but it can happen. It just goes to show, be led by the quality and not by the history.

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  • Profile picture of the author sal64
    I'm glad this thread was revived.

    Alexa's wisdom is an invaluable asset to this forum.

    Once again, it's all about quality over quantity.

    Happy NY Alexa. I know it's mid Jan, but I've been on vacation for 3 weeks.

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