Latest Ezine Article Rejection

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Just thought I'd post my first experience of how the google update affected ezinearticles.

I have had 2 articles rejected because they link to a site deemed as not informative.

It's a sales letter they link to - my sales letter for my book, on my site, been there for many years.
I've also linked to it in many other articles with EA over many years.

I had already published them on my own site elsewhere, so noyt overly worried, but I can see how this changes things.
I will be less bothered about EZ in future, will use it if they let me, may come back to it in the future, but it certainly demonstrates a big impact over there!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chess
    They've cracked down a lot on things since the google change.. articles 400 word minimum, 600 word min. for heavily written topics.. and now it seems their tightening it on the landing pages as you report...
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    • Profile picture of the author Drez
      Why not put the links to your site/sales letter in your resource box?

      I think that may be acceptable
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      • Profile picture of the author Doug Wakefield
        Originally Posted by Drez View Post

        Why not put the links to your site/sales letter in your resource box?

        I think that may be acceptable
        Has little to do with the location of the links, they really don't like linking to a sales page (or squeeze page) anymore.
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      • Profile picture of the author The Great Gordino
        Originally Posted by Drez View Post

        Why not put the links to your site/sales letter in your resource box?

        I think that may be acceptable
        Hi Drez,
        the links *were* in the resource box, not in the article body, I'm sure it's the fact they go to a sales page that seems to be the problem. I am emailing them about it, but since their problem notification gives various possible reasons, it's hard to figure it out.
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  • Profile picture of the author romolo
    I agree when you say the they have cracked down, if fact allot of the latest articles I am posting they get rejected, but with regards to linking to sales or squeeze, never had a problem, in fact I had two articles approved today and they both go directly to clickbank products from top level domain redirected.
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  • Profile picture of the author paintbrush4u
    Googles latest update has dealt a deadly blow to content farms esp... the article directories....
    if i were you... i wouldn't worry much about articles....its only going to get tougher and like the real estate prices... the link juice coming form these article directories will not come back to previous levels for a long time to come.

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    • Profile picture of the author Chess
      Originally Posted by paintbrush4u View Post

      Googles latest update has dealt a deadly blow to content farms esp... the article directories....
      if i were you... i wouldn't worry much about articles....its only going to get tougher and like the real estate prices... the link juice coming form these article directories will not come back to previous levels for a long time to come.

      Welcome to the NEW NORMAL.
      What direction would you advise/recommend an old school article marketer to transition into if this now seems to be the case?
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Hey Gordon,

    Nice to see you around (waves hand).

    The situation is not as grave as people are making out.

    All you need to do is point your links to a information page on your site that's related to your article and you won't get these problems.

    Of course pointing blatently to a sales page is going to now be what they want - it doesn't mean they're "cracking down on IMers" or anything like that, they just want people to find useful information and be pointed to.... more useful information.

    Nothing to stop you also having a sales page on your informative site.

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    • Profile picture of the author The Great Gordino
      Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

      Hey Gordon,

      Nice to see you around (waves hand).

      The situation is not as grave as people are making out.

      All you need to do is point your links to a information page on your site that's related to your article and you won't get these problems.
      Hi Andy (waves back)
      Yep, what I'm doing now is linking not to the sales page, but other pages/posts on my site, so as you say it's not a disaster.

      I was suprised just a but surprised though, because not only have I linked to that sales page for many years, I have also linked to it often since the update, with no problems.
      Ho hum, part of the settling process for them (and us) I guess!
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      • Profile picture of the author spectrefax
        Originally Posted by The Great Gordino View Post

        Hi Andy (waves back)
        Yep, what I'm doing now is linking not to the sales page, but other pages/posts on my site, so as you say it's not a disaster.

        I was suprised just a but surprised though, because not only have I linked to that sales page for many years, I have also linked to it often since the update, with no problems.
        Ho hum, part of the settling process for them (and us) I guess!
        I've always been baffled by this and it's getting worse everyday.

        So many sites that rely on user delivered content don't want you linking to sales pages (PPC programs, article directories, etc, etc), they want you to give it all away for free.

        So when exactly is it ok for the content distributor to try and make money? :confused: (rhetorical question)
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  • Profile picture of the author terrapurus
    EZAs has not really improved their standards .. they are just making it harder for people who don't meet those standards. Submitted 3 articles yesterday and they were live in 20 hours. Put in some effort to creating some great content and it is not that hard.

    Your failure to understand their terms of service is not their failure.
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    • Profile picture of the author FSchmieder
      Originally Posted by terrapurus View Post

      EZAs has not really improved their standards .. they are just making it harder for people who don't meet those standards. Submitted 3 articles yesterday and they were live in 20 hours. Put in some effort to creating some great content and it is not that hard.

      Your failure to understand their terms of service is not their failure.
      Wow too bad we can't be as amazing as you are :rolleyes:

      Anyways they have come down on the squeeze pages unfortunately. I link back to my blog and have a pretty prominent newletter optin form right at the top sidebar of the page. Seems to be working ok so far
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    • Profile picture of the author The Great Gordino
      Originally Posted by terrapurus View Post

      EZAs has not really improved their standards .. they are just making it harder for people who don't meet those standards. Submitted 3 articles yesterday and they were live in 20 hours. Put in some effort to creating some great content and it is not that hard.

      Your failure to understand their terms of service is not their failure.

      Totally unnecessary in tone, thank you very much!
      The problem was not the content, but the link.

      I haven't failed to understand their tos - I understand that since it's their site, they can reject any article they like!
      It was simply an observation, and your kind of post does not add to the forum.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chess
      Originally Posted by terrapurus View Post


      Your failure to understand their terms of service is not their failure.
      Yes it is their failure when they fail to inform that they've drastically changed their terms of service. They've changed word count article guidelines from 250 to 400, or 600 for some topics, and changed their article standards to the point that article content accepted a few months ago is now being denied, but never notified anyone that these old rules and standards were now null and void.

      Of course they have the right to change their rules, but it'd be cool to inform people when the changes are this significant.

      As someone mentioned, you had to go to find their 'blog' and scour through it to find out what was going on.

      Anyway, :rolleyes:
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      • Profile picture of the author terrapurus
        Originally Posted by Chess View Post

        Yes it is their failure when they fail to inform that they've drastically changed their terms of service.

        As someone mentioned, you had to go to find their 'blog' and scour through it to find out what was going on.
        Sorry .. I am going to have side with EZA on this one again. Have you checked your email recently? I know we all tend to ignore some of the emails we get (including the ones that go through to the spam folder), but they have been quite pro-active in emailing me with updates. The last email I got was addressing the issue of articles being rejected and what reasons this might be for.
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        • Profile picture of the author The Great Gordino
          I've had some email promos from a big EZA writer advertising his various courses.

          I checked out his articles, and a lot of his links have changed, i.e. they say they go to a free course or free book, but actually point to a static webpage with the content there on the page rather than a squeeze page.

          That suggests that a way to go would be to point the links to other useful content, which always seems a good tactic!
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          • Profile picture of the author tamarindcandy
            I've had problems with a few articles, myself, that were tagged as "problem articles" for no clear reasons. Revised. Resubmitted. No worky, so in the end I called it a day and submitted something else instead.

            I've noticed, however, that articles with longer word counts go through really fast. I used to have to wait for days--even a week--for the article to go through review; now it's two days or less before my submissions are live.
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            • Profile picture of the author Wakunahum
              I had an article in the World of Warcraft niche get rejected because I stated in the article that millions of people play the game. They said that it was an outrageous claim and couldn't be accepted. I linked them the evidence to show that it's not outrageous. In fact millions of people do play the game. Their acceptance of articles is trivial at this point in time when things like this are going on.
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              • Profile picture of the author Anup Mahajan
                Originally Posted by Wakunahum View Post

                I had an article in the World of Warcraft niche get rejected because I stated in the article that millions of people play the game. They said that it was an outrageous claim and couldn't be accepted. I linked them the evidence to show that it's not outrageous. In fact millions of people do play the game. Their acceptance of articles is trivial at this point in time when things like this are going on.

                Do they require some kind of citation now for articles having these kind of claims? Haven't submitted to EZA for some time now but it does look like submitting and getting accepted is not easy these days.

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                • Profile picture of the author Wakunahum
                  Originally Posted by Anup Mahajan View Post

                  Do they require some kind of citation now for articles having these kind of claims? Haven't submitted to EZA for some time now but it does look like submitting and getting accepted is not easy these days.

                  Anup
                  I'm not sure what they are wanting. Every person that reviews the articles seems to accept or reject for different reasons. Generally speaking almost all my articles are accepted. Recently they have seemed to be skeptical about the claims in the articles like "millions of people".
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  • Profile picture of the author brendan9971
    This is good information. Thanks for sharing. I haven't had anything rejected yet (in fact I was just upgraded to Diamond Level) but I'll keep a lookout for this.
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  • Profile picture of the author arynne
    I just have had seven articles rejected by Ezine. Any old excuse seems to do them. I think they treat their writers with contempt! I am not going to send them any more articles. I could do without their arrogance. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raindance
    I was gonna post a new series of articles with squeeze page links in them. I'll still try and just hope that they accept but this post of yours will keep me pessimistic.

    So far, I've never had an outright rejection from them and lets hope that they allow me to keep a squeeze page link at least for the value present in my article.
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  • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
    Originally Posted by The Great Gordino View Post

    Just thought I'd post my first experience of how the google update affected ezinearticles.

    I have had 2 articles rejected because they link to a site deemed as not informative.

    It's a sales letter they link to - my sales letter for my book, on my site, been there for many years.
    I've also linked to it in many other articles with EA over many years.

    I had already published them on my own site elsewhere, so noyt overly worried, but I can see how this changes things.
    I will be less bothered about EZ in future, will use it if they let me, may come back to it in the future, but it certainly demonstrates a big impact over there!
    This is really strange. Since the big shakeup in February, I've continued to submit articles to EZine that link directly to a sales page and I haven't had one questioned or rejected.

    There MUST be some other factor involved in your rejections and I'd be very interested to hear what it is.

    As a side note, don't hold your breath waiting for a reply to your email to them. One of my clients contacted them with a question two weeks ago and hadn't had a response as of yesterday
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by AnniePot View Post

      I've continued to submit articles to EZine that link directly to a sales page and I haven't had one questioned or rejected.

      There MUST be some other factor involved in your rejections and I'd be very interested to hear what it is.

      Definitely
      . There are "hints" on their blog. With EZA it always depends on the subject-matter and their own (necessarily subjective) assessment of whether the content is "derivative in tone".

      To be fair to them, they do actually admit openly, on their blog, that they'll usually reject articles over the site linked to being "inadequately informative for our readers" (e.g. sales page) only if they feel that the article itself is also "derivative in tone". (But I think they commonly don't then tell people that when they reject them, which perhaps isn't as helpful as it might be.)

      This is nothing new ... but I wouldn't be surprised at all if they've newly become much more strict about it, and their assessment of "derivative in tone" could have changed recently? ...

      Originally Posted by terrapurus View Post

      Submitted 3 articles yesterday and they were live in 20 hours.
      Mine are also published overnight. Authors who submit regularly and don't cause problems get very fast service.

      Originally Posted by terrapurus View Post

      Your failure to understand their terms of service is not their failure.
      Indeed ... technically this is right, but, to be fair, they do have the habit of explaining the minutiae of their policies and procedures only on their blog rather than actually in their terms of service or editorial guidelines, and that doesn't exactly make it easy for people, you know?
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    • Profile picture of the author grandstar
      Originally Posted by AnniePot View Post

      This is really strange. Since the big shakeup in February, I've continued to submit articles to EZine that link directly to a sales page and I haven't had one questioned or rejected.

      There MUST be some other factor involved in your rejections and I'd be very interested to hear what it is.

      As a side note, don't hold your breath waiting for a reply to your email to them. One of my clients contacted them with a question two weeks ago and hadn't had a response as of yesterday
      I do agree with you anniepot.

      Perhaps you should have your site checked.

      Some of my sig links are basically landing pages and yet they get approved.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rumpleteazer
    I have not had any problems at all getting my articles approved - all my recent ones have been approved in less than 24 hours and not had any rejections. Having said that I don't link to a sales page. I suggest doing what others have said and linking to another page on your site that contains more useful info. I am guessing that the rejection e-mails are standard ones so it is difficult to de-code exactly what the problem is.

    My biggest Ezine sin was a few months ago when I tried to spin someone else's blog post for an article (clearly not very well) - this was picked up and they froze my account. Not a very good idea on my part!
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    • Profile picture of the author wordwizard
      I'm having a new problem.

      They pick out recently approved articles (between January and
      April!) and put them into problem status.

      Right now, there are five such articles, all with no explanation other
      than to contact them, and so far they have not responded to
      my inquiry.

      I've deleted a couple of articles that had issues they told me about
      before (i.e., naming company name), but most of this batch doesn't
      have those problems.

      And since I'm writing them for a client who expects results (and those
      got some good results) that's really frustrating.

      Especially since I've been trying to get upgraded to Diamond status,
      and they have refused to do so because of my alleged "history with
      problem articles" ALL of which were originally approved, but are appearing
      in my account in bright red now.

      Here's the worst bit: Some of these articles have been ripped off and stolen
      and now, with them getting deleted from EZA, I don't have proof that I
      published them first, which makes it difficult to take them and publish them
      elsewhere.

      I've got to get much more diligent about publishing them on my own site(s)
      first.
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        Originally Posted by wordwizard View Post

        I've got to get much more diligent about publishing them on my own site(s) first.
        This ... always.

        I hear you, though ... how frustrating and difficult. I wish you well sorting it all out (which I'm sure you will).
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  • Profile picture of the author anthony2
    Ezine Articles may still be the biggest article directory
    I've avoided using them because there been so strict.

    I've been submitting my website to the other top 50
    article directories. I've been getting lots of leads and
    sales without Ezine Articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author anthony2
    Another thing you can do is use make a short 1 min video
    Announcing your new article you created.

    Then use a tool like traffic geyser to submit your video
    to the video directories.

    With the link to the article below your video.

    My online partner is doing this and getting like 30 to 50 leads.
    Just with this traffic method.

    So the point i am trying to make is you can do article marketing
    and get tons of traffic without having to submit your content to Ezine Articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author herine
    Originally Posted by The Great Gordino View Post

    Just thought I'd post my first experience of how the google update affected ezinearticles.

    I have had 2 articles rejected because they link to a site deemed as not informative.

    It's a sales letter they link to - my sales letter for my book, on my site, been there for many years.
    I've also linked to it in many other articles with EA over many years.

    I had already published them on my own site elsewhere, so noyt overly worried, but I can see how this changes things.
    I will be less bothered about EZ in future, will use it if they let me, may come back to it in the future, but it certainly demonstrates a big impact over there!
    Why was the article rejected?
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    • Profile picture of the author The Great Gordino
      Originally Posted by herine View Post

      Why was the article rejected?
      They simply gave me a multiple choice of 'broken link' or 'improperly formatted' or 'inactive site with no content'.

      I queried that, as none seemed to apply and it was a site of mine I had linked to for years.
      The answer simply stated the same 3 choices.


      However, having read Alexa's drumming the point many times, I had switched anyway to publishing on my own site first.

      So, I decided to try again, using a link posting to a category on my blog, which would lead readers to any other action I had in mind.

      That was accepted - so linking to squeeze pages seems to be out, I will just now link back to my other content on my site.
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      • Profile picture of the author Technologize
        Ezine Article's editors must be trigger happy and so used to rejecting articles - seriously, i write well written, informative articles and they reject them with some vague reference to a bunch of guidelines which could be interpreted many different ways.

        Their stupid keyword density filter is seriously retarded - without trying to keyword stuff i find i have to remove words from the article just to satisfy their filter.

        It's just a waste of time, and i get so little traffic from them. Why bother when many other sites will accept the article without a problem?

        I'm sure they get spammed to hell... unfortunately this has encouraged them to turn into 'article nazi's' - NO LINKS FOR YOU!
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by anteck View Post

          Their stupid keyword density filter is seriously retarded
          I think it's hugely beneficial, myself. I'd hate ever to write anything myself with a keyword density as high as their 2% cut-off, but an automated gadget that warns me about it before I submit is pretty welcome.

          I'm writing for readers, rather than search-engines ... but sometimes it's easy - even for the most experienced of writers - not quite to realise that it might be looking a bit "clunky" because of keyword repetition. Especially if (like so many of us, as regularly discussed here) you don't bother to count. I'd prefer it if they set it at 1.5% myself, I think, but I'm glad to know it's there, anyway.

          Originally Posted by anteck View Post

          i get so little traffic from them.
          I'd hate to get traffic from them: that's not why I submit all my articles there at all.

          Getting traffic from them would be seriously counter-productive, when you think that even with a click-through rate of let's say 30% (and mine's actually lower), that would still mean you'd be losing 70% of your traffic there!

          When a potential customer finds one of my articles by putting one of its keywords into a search engine, the last thing I'd want him to find is the EZA copy, which is why it's just as well that an article directory's so easy to outrank, and that the Google-derived potential customer traffic far more often comes straight to my own site without going off to feed EZA's AdSense and other distractions.

          The people for whom one submits to EZA are the people using it as a directory, looking for their "ezine articles" to syndicate there (articles for their ezines), so that one gets some high quality targeted traffic without doing the targeting oneself. And some webmasters, too, of course, so one can get syndicated that way too, and get some far higher quality relevant backlinks than anyone's going to get from an article directory itself.

          Article directories are a stepping-stone to valuable backlinks. They can't provide them by themselves (and don't pretend to).

          Originally Posted by anteck View Post

          Why bother when many other sites will accept the article without a problem?
          Because those "many other sites" are not where ezine publishers and niche webmasters are typically looking for content to syndicate, of course.

          Originally Posted by anteck View Post

          NO LINKS FOR YOU!
          Well, maybe not ... if you say so ... but I don't think anyone's benefitting much from article directory backlinks, these days, anyway? There haven't really been many SEO benefits from article directories during the three years or so that I've been online ... but of course that was never what article directories were there for, in the first place ...

          Maybe this helpful thread, in which a bunch of pro article marketers explain why they're still using EZA, will interest you?
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          • Profile picture of the author Deborah Marsden
            [QUOTE=Alexa Smith;4664608]I think it's hugely beneficial, myself. I'd hate ever to write anything myself with a keyword density as high as their 2% cut-off, but an automated gadget that warns me about it before I submit is pretty welcome.


            For anyone wanting to see what their keyword density is before publishing, this is a free tool I have used over the years and find it very helpful.

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  • Profile picture of the author onebuck01
    Haven't had a problem yet, but have been careful of my word count and only using the resource box for links. Having said that, this morning's submission will probably be rejected, but, hopefully, not so.
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  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    If you get rejected by Ezine for being upgraded to Platinum status, does this mean that as a Basic Plus member you need to delete some of your previous articles if you want to submit new articles or do you get additional submissions?
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by cooler1 View Post

      If you get rejected by Ezine for being upgraded to Platinum status, does this mean that as a Basic Plus member you need to delete some of your previous articles if you want to submit new articles or do you get additional submissions?
      You get 10 additional submissions, over which you should try to avoid a rejection. Anything previously accepted and listed in the directory (even if after editing/initial rejection) is no longer held against you at your next assessment for Platinum: the basis of that is simply the next 10 articles you submit.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I'm thinking that the article niche might have something to do with rejections. Some niches are just so packed that almost anything and everything is becoming redundant. I have no problems with articles for my rock and gem hunting site - there's almost no competition, if any, in that niche. Everything is fresh material. My other site has weight control as one topic and they won't even accept articles on that topic - from anyone (unless they changed that, too).

    I would suggest if you are having trouble with EZA that you weren't having before, maybe look for a subject that covers keywords that are rarely written about and see if that makes a difference.
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    • Profile picture of the author NicoleBeckett
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      I'm thinking that the article niche might have something to do with rejections. Some niches are just so packed that almost anything and everything is becoming redundant. I have no problems with articles for my rock and gem hunting site - there's almost no competition, if any, in that niche. Everything is fresh material. My other site has weight control as one topic and they won't even accept articles on that topic - from anyone (unless they changed that, too).

      I would suggest if you are having trouble with EZA that you weren't having before, maybe look for a subject that covers keywords that are rarely written about and see if that makes a difference.
      That's a really great point. I believe EZA touched on that very subject right after the Panda update. Some niches are simply over-saturated - and no matter how great your article is, it's not going to get accepted.

      Of course, EZA isn't the only "dog and pony show" in town. If you can only write about a niche that EZA deems over-saturated, then find other article directories to publish to. In fact, that's a good strategy even if EZA is accepting all of your articles, no questions asked. The last thing you want is to have all of your eggs in one basket.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sumdor
    The article directories were once the source of good linkbacks (for SEO specialists) but as you can see, Google is dynamic and these article directories are not keeping up with the changes.

    I would suggest trying some paid posting/reviews if you really wanted linkbacks to your sites. There are so many bloggers who will do it for your with a few dollars ranging from $5-$20 per link depending on the PR of their sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author marcuslim
    I had an article rejected a while ago. I wrote something on 'article spinning'. They obviously didn't like it. So do check what sorts of content are and are not acceptable on ezine articles before you submit your article.
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  • Profile picture of the author Serenity090
    lol Here is another issue that i got....


    Was trying to approve my articles that were directing to a pages with over 400 words unique content but all were rejected because of sole reason of having ad-sense right after the title...

    Second, they don't accept articles with unrelated links anymore...


    Here is the reply...

    "EzineArticles Support wrote:
    Hi ,
    Thank you for your email.


    It is crucial that your landing page creates a good user experience
    for your visitors. This reflects well on you, and adds to your
    credibility as an expert in your niche.


    We are concerned that many of the pages on your linked site do not
    provide a good user experience. The top of the page is dense with
    ads, giving it a spammy appearance - like you are just directing
    readers to this site in the hopes that they click on your ads.


    Also, the link does not offer any products or services, instead all
    of the links on the site direct to other pages which are part of the
    same domain. The only links outside the domain are advertisements.
    This also leads to the appearance that the site was created primarily
    to have readers click on the ads.


    Please see this recent blog post:
    Landing Page Quality
    Please let me know if you have any questions.
    Thank you,

    Kari
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    They are trying to be harsh like Google...But unfortunately they are not Google...

    ezinearticles.com 6,195,262 UVs for July 2011 | Compete
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    Now the funny thing is if you will click on any of their articles you will look Ad-Block right after the TITLE...Now question is "why don't they act first before preaching?" :@
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  • Profile picture of the author MMMConsulting
    Ezines can be difficult to deal with at times, when trying to get your articles submitted. The way I see Ezines is that they want informative articles, which arent salesy in anyway, but more targetted towards helping people, and a link can be placed in the resource box to a main information site based on that niche you have targetted, as long as the information from the article links up to what is on your main information site, then it will get approved, as ezines only want to see content which relates to an outgoing link. They want to see their readers getting more information on what they are looking for, which in turn helps you to get more articles listed and pointed towards your main money site.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
    I really wanted to comment on this thread... Now I am at the end of its current state, and I find that I have already "thanked" other people for saying everything I wanted to... LOL
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    ...A tachyon enters a bar.

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    • Profile picture of the author The Great Gordino
      I changed my tack since taking on board the many comments in many threads(!) from Alexa.

      In a nutshell it's this - I now publish all my stuff on my site *first and foremost*.

      Only then do I think about putting it elsewhere. When I put it on EZA I will link back to my own site, maybe to a category of posts.

      Articles accepted now, no problem,
      Gordon
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
    Oh darn. I got the email from my subscription to this thread and found that it was a particularly intelligent response. Once again I had wanted to reply, but it seems the moderators got to it first, LOL.

    I am just too slow.
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