Ezinearticles becomes NoFollow

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"...Effective later this month, all links in the article body will include the rel="nofollow" attribute..."

Links in Article Body Become NoFollowed

Looks like resource box remains DoFollow. Whew!

Gunter
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    Hi Gunter,

    Thanks for the head's up.

    I'm sure some people will be upset about this, but I have never put links in the article body, so it won't have an effect on me (or many others).

    However, I wonder if this will change the way they look at links in submitted articles?

    It's not a good thing or a bad thing, it just is, and the best marketers will adjust their methods accordingly.

    All the best,
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  • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
    I do not use EZA so much for backlinks anyway but I wonder what the point of that is. Perhaps they are trying to reduce the amount of "authors" as they are seemingly overwhelmed. Obviously, you can still obtain valuable linking when your article(s) get picked up by other sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gunter Eibl
    I've never placed self-serving links in the body because in my believe it reduces the chances of getting a wider distribution. As long at least the resource box remains dofollow I'm happy.

    Gunter
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    • Profile picture of the author Recruitment Nick
      Have to admit I was worried there, EZA is one of the few backlinking stratergies I run (I know I should do more, just always seem to have something else to do!). Thought the article box was going to be nofollow which would have confused me greatly

      thank heaven you were only talking about the article body that I rarely use to link and never for personal gain
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      • Profile picture of the author sylviad
        Hm. That's interesting.

        1) People reading the articles will not be able to click a link to resources you put in there where they can get additional or backup information, for example references to authority sites such as those that provide stats or government programs.

        2) Why is this even a problem since they DO NOT allow self-serving links within the body of articles? At least, that's what their guidelines say.

        3) It doesn't make sense for them to eliminate follow links in resources boxes because if they do that, where's our return for providing EA with all that fabulous content?

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        • Profile picture of the author Kay King
          EZA doesn't allow self serving links in the body of the articles (last I knew, anyway) - but I've seen advice to "edit" articles after approval and add links.
          Could be that's the reason.

          Have also seen articles there where the main portion was links to authority or tool sites with little real content.

          As long as resource boxes are "follow" - no problem.

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  • Profile picture of the author melanied
    I don't think I've ever put a link in the article body, come to think of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gunter Eibl
    It just shows that the room for using articles for SEO benefits gets smaller and smaller. Not long ago they did cut down on long-tail marketing by disallowing more than 3 words in the backlink. Now another step in that direction.

    Gunter
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  • Profile picture of the author Gunter Eibl
    Christopher M. Knight said:

    Gunter,

    We have no plans to make resource box links nofollow.

    Something really huge would have to happen for that decision as it's not even on our radar.

    The good thing about today's decision is that we expect no negative impact on the traffic that we're currently sending our members... so those who came to us for highly pre-qualified traffic will continue to win.
    Good news

    Gunter
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
    Personally, I won't submit articles to EZA, but those folks who do will certainly be glad to hear that the resource box links will continue to work as expected. I was surprised to learn that it has taken them this long to add "nofollow" to the links in the body of the articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    I think it's a good move..

    Never used the body for links myself..

    Peace

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  • Profile picture of the author Razvan Rovinaru
    Thanks for the info, but the title of this thread scared me. My mind stopped at the resource box immediately

    Ah well, it's ok, still good!
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
      This is fine with me as well. I have included links in my article if it improved the article, but never to one of my own websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ross Kenny
    It's a good move... (Just wait for them to change it in the Bio next - This would stop people submitting rubbish just to get backlinks and would speed EZA up maybe and leave plenty of room for the genuine writers)

    I personally have never used a link in the body and didn't even think it was allowed..

    As with every good marketer you have to adapt. Systems you are using today could easily change tommorow so don't put all your eggs in the one basket!!
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