Why some Ezinearticles get so many views and others so few

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Checking on the review count of different articles in Ezinearticles I noticed that some have thousands of views and others just a few dozens. The strange thing about it is that it happens with articles written by the same author, on the same topic and the same date. In those conditions, there shouldn't be as big a difference. Do you know why does this happen?
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  • Profile picture of the author jwenberg
    Are they the same subject exactly, or is it a subdivision of the niche? I would think some topics are more sought after than others, or the quality of the article maybe? Those are my two best guesses.
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    • Profile picture of the author benedetti
      The thing is they are pretty similar in topic and quality. It surprises me that some have 8,000 views and others 32. I can't see why this so.
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  • Profile picture of the author inspiredguy
    Perhaps the author created a bunch of backlinks to just the one article thus increasing its position in the SERPs, resulting in more views.
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  • Profile picture of the author hotlinkz
    It may be that the authors are actively promoting their article links. When EzineArticles had their most-viewed articles category prominently listed, authors would send incentivized traffic to their article links in an effort to get listed at the top of that category listing.

    In other cases, it may be that an article made it into the top ten search results listing of Google and/or other search engines. That's why it is important to submit good quality SEO optimized articles to article directories. Even though it has become a little more difficult since the recent Google Panda updates, it is still possible to get ranked in the top ten SERPS.

    Hope that helps explain the situation a little better.
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    • Profile picture of the author benedetti
      These are posts from last May, I don't know whether the category you mention existed in May. I have checked backlinks to the articles with Open Site Explorer and Yahoo Site Explorer and they don't seem to have any.
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  • Profile picture of the author GemFranco
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    It depends on the quality of the articles and the type of niche. If a reader likes your article, he/she might share it. That's a plus to your article views.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chri5123
    It also depends on your ranking on Google - if I write 5 articles on the same topic and ONE of those articles gets ranked number 1 for a highly searched for phrase it is going to get more views.

    Also as it gets more views it moves up to the most popular articles in the category and will get people from Ezine articles viewing the article.

    Another thing to bear in mind is people using the article for their blogs and lists.

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    • Profile picture of the author benedetti
      The search engines rankings is what makes the most sense to me so far. Because all other factors are pretty similar between them. I also checked whether the articles were reused in other sites, and found that they were used one or two times at most, in sites with no significant amount of visitors.

      Has this happened to any member of this forum? Publishing two articles on the same day, on similar topic and getting thousands of visits on one and dozens on the other?
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          If an author has two similar articles on similar subjects in EZA, one of which has about 50 views and the other about 8,000 views, the two likeliest reasons for this are ...

          (i) He's sent cheap "bought traffic" to one article to get it listed temporarily under "most viewed articles" thereby getting a home-page (PR-6) backlink for its title, rather than the customary PR-0 backlink for the article itself (EZA has now stopped this anomaly, but that was only very recent), or ...

          (ii) He's built backlinks to someone else's site rather than to his own, perhaps being unaware of the "descending ceiling syndrome" described here. Not to mention here, here, here, here, here, here and so on.

          And the point? Well, this is part of the reason why identifying and copying EZA articles which have had big viewing figures is such a misguided activity.
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      • Profile picture of the author PatriciaJ
        Could be any of those things, somebody I know used to use a piece of software to get more views there so it could be something like that.

        Could be the difference is in a word. One of my articles there has sexy in the title and it's had thousands of views and has been the most viewed article of mine every month for ages. Love to disappoint the raincoat brigade.

        For me it's most likely that the author has backlinked the article but I'd rather link back to them on my own sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanzona
    I would agree with Alexa, the idea that the 'views count' can be relied on is false. Many marketers have figured out how to game the system and cause these figures to be unreliable.
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  • Profile picture of the author benedetti
    Yes, probably it's been gamed. I just did a few searches for the main keywords and I don't find these articles in the SERPS.

    I'm going to try something to increase the views of an article and if it works I'll post it.
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    • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
      When ScrapeBox first came on the scene, I read that one of its functions was the ability to 'ping' articles on Ezine Articles to falsify the view count. Thankfully EZA quickly closed the door on this.

      Now, there are people on Fiverr and elsewhere selling EZA views.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by AnniePot View Post

        Now, there are people on Fiverr and elsewhere selling EZA views.
        LOL - I wonder if their customers have now noticed that there's no benefit from doing that any more (apart from the risk of losing your EZA account, of course, when it's noticed, if you call that a "benefit").
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        • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          LOL - I wonder if their customers have now noticed that there's no benefit from doing that any more (apart from the risk of losing your EZA account, of course, when it's noticed, if you call that a "benefit").
          Oh, they know all too well that $5 is a small price to pay to avoid the hassle and immorality of faking screenshots for their latest "How my article got 5,434,667 views on EZA in 24 hours even though it wouldn't rank for s*it" product. And you know, to build their own rating, the provider might even throw in a bonus video testimonial.

          How's that for value!? :rolleyes:
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