EzineArticles.com question

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Just a quick question for the experts - EzineArticles.com says they allow you to copy articles from your own site and submit them. What if your articles have been picked up by other articles sites?

I.e. if we have an article up and it gets copied on to a site like GoArticles.com - Will they still allow the article or will they not approve it since it exists on other sites?
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  • Profile picture of the author Melanie Mendelson
    They will allow it.
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    Just make sure that in order for them to allow publish the article from your site, your resource link should be the site that you have written the article. But don't forget that Ezine is already stricter when it comes to grammar and sentence structure after the Panda update.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
    I've never had a problem linking to sites other than the one I originally published on?
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Do you think the article on your site will pull more traffic than posting the same article on EzineArticles?
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  • Profile picture of the author naturegirl321
    I didn't know they allowed duplicate content. I guess I'll be copying and pasting a lot.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      Do you think the article on your site will pull more traffic than posting the same article on EzineArticles?
      I assume you're talking about "pulling traffic" through SEO compared to getting traffic from EZA? No clue, really. I get a little direct traffic from EZA and some of it gets syndicated now that I know how to write for syndication. And those readers often become buyers, whereas even when I rank well in the search engines the "traffic" does not "convert" very well, comparitively.



      Originally Posted by naturegirl321 View Post

      I didn't know they allowed duplicate content. I guess I'll be copying and pasting a lot.
      Alexa might have the patience to list threads for you. I'm only going to tell you to do a search of this forum for the words "duplicate content" and read up. You will learn what "duplicate content" really means, what syndication is, and a lot about what EZA does and does not accept, if you still haven't read their TOS.
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      • Profile picture of the author NicoleBeckett
        Originally Posted by MikeTucker View Post

        Alexa might have the patience to list threads for you. I'm only going to tell you to do a search of this forum for the words "duplicate content" and read up. You will learn what "duplicate content" really means, what syndication is, and a lot about what EZA does and does not accept, if you still haven't read their TOS.
        Where is Alexa?? It's been 14 hours or so since this question was asked!

        To the OP, as long as you're the author, you can take articles from anywhere and publish them on EZA.

        To NatureGirl, suffice to say that publishing articles from your site on EZA isn't duplicate content. It's syndicated content, and there is a big, big difference between the two.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by NicoleBeckett View Post

      Where is Alexa?? It's been 14 hours or so since this question was asked!
      Oooh, I'm slipping ...

      But no longer really needed here, anyway.

      Ezine Articles doesn't care how many times the content has previously been published, or where.

      It's an article directory.

      Article directories do not require previously unpublished content.

      Naturally (and fortunately), they care if it might be stolen content, which is why you need to be sure that you submit it to them in the same name or pen-name as the name or pen-name under which you've previously published elsewhere.

      Originally Posted by naturegirl321 View Post

      I didn't know they allowed duplicate content.
      They don't.

      They wouldn't want duplicate content on their site any more than you or I would (probably) want it on yours or mine. Which is why they reject articles already in their directory, and even articles containing complete sentences already in an article in their directory.

      But what's being discussed here isn't duplicate content: it's syndicated content, as Nicole explains above: Article Marketers - Lay the Duplicate Content Myth To Rest Once and For All | Internet Marketing and Publishing

      Christian and I have discussed this before, last July: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post4309010
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  • Profile picture of the author petemcal
    In response to the micro discussion within this thread:
    I think putting the same content from your site does attract visitors and repeat visitors if there is something new for them there. If you posted every article from your site to ezine then people may just turn away when they reach your site through an article directory link?
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by petemcal View Post

      If you posted every article from your site to ezine then people may just turn away when they reach your site through an article directory link?
      Perhaps true, but it's slightly academic, Pete: the last thing any article marketer would want would be for their potential customers to go from a search engine to an article directory to read one's article, rather than directly to one's own site. Article directory copies are there for potential publishers to find, not for potential customers.

      It would be very poor planning indeed to have customers "going that way", as explained here: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5075780

      Originally Posted by Anurmedia View Post

      I recommend that you submit to ezinearticles.com first
      This is completely misguided advice.

      If you look at this long thread, you'll see an entire succession of professional, successful, experienced article marketers explaining all their shared reasons for never submitting to Ezine Articles first: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...eza-first.html

      Originally Posted by Anurmedia View Post

      because they want an original content.
      That's just wrong: they don't.

      Originally Posted by Anurmedia View Post

      Then submit to other article directories.
      Sorry, but this is all wrong: it makes absolutely no difference which way round you do it, between different article directories.

      Originally Posted by Anurmedia View Post

      For maximum traffic and SEO submit to 4 article directories max. I hope this helps.
      It helps nobody. It's pure fiction. Sorry. You've based everything you've said on the theory that Ezine Articles wants original content, and that simply isn't true.

      This little thread will help you a lot, if you're willing to read it, and the threads linked to inside it: at the moment you're laboring under some real misapprehensions: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872
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      • Profile picture of the author Anurmedia
        I wrote what works for me. They rejected my article that I first submitted to articlesbase.com. I˙m just sharing my experience. The way I do it works good for me. I learned this stuff form Leslie Rhode and Dan Thies from SEO Braintrust. they have been teaching this stuff since the beginning of search engines. I am not affiliated with them and I am not trying to sell here anything.
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by Anurmedia View Post

          They rejected my article that I first submitted to articlesbase.com.
          I hear you, Anurmedia.

          But please let's not mislead people into imagining that they rejected it because it was in articlesbase.com.

          Like countless other article marketers, I've had many hundreds of articles published in Ezine Articles which were already in articlesbase.com, and that would not be the reason for its being declined.

          Please excuse me if this appears a pedantic point to be making, but (as you can see from some of the comments above, and many in other threads) it's terribly easy, in forums, for people to get hold of the wrong end of the stick and imagine that it will somehow help them to submit first to EZA and await acceptance there before submitting elsewhere. Not only is this completely wrong, but it can only cause people unnecessary delays. So it's always worth clarifying.

          Originally Posted by Anurmedia View Post

          I learned this stuff form Leslie Rhode and Dan Thies from SEO Braintrust. they have been teaching this stuff since the beginning of search engines.
          Yes indeed ... many "gurus" teach exactly this. They all repeat what the others say, without actually verifying it, I suspect.

          But that doesn't make it either true or valid.

          And in fact it isn't.

          Originally Posted by Anurmedia View Post

          I wrote what works for me.
          Nobody's disputing that it works for you, and I wish you well with it. But actually you wrote a little bit more than that, didn't you? You wrote some allegedly factual stuff like "they want original content", and this is simply mistaken.
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        • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
          Originally Posted by Anurmedia View Post

          I wrote what works for me. They rejected my article that I first submitted to articlesbase.com. I˙m just sharing my experience. The way I do it works good for me. I learned this stuff form Leslie Rhode and Dan Thies from SEO Braintrust. they have been teaching this stuff since the beginning of search engines. I am not affiliated with them and I am not trying to sell here anything.
          I've been a fan of both Rhode and Thies for a long time, and I don't remember them teaching this. I can't recall ever seeing them recommend submitting content to an article directory first, nor any recommendation about only submitting to four directories.

          Back in the heyday of spraying articles for backlinks, I remember them saying that most of the directories out there were not worth submitting to. And that part is still true.

          I don't think either of them really believes in the syndication model, but they are still SEO guys. They run an SEO site. They sell SEO products. Syndication as advocated here is a little outside their purview.

          Maybe you're misremembering and confusing their teaching with something else you came across?
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          • Profile picture of the author Anurmedia
            Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

            I've been a fan of both Rhode and Thies for a long time, and I don't remember them teaching this. I can't recall ever seeing them recommend submitting content to an article directory first, nor any recommendation about only submitting to four directories.

            Back in the heyday of spraying articles for backlinks, I remember them saying that most of the directories out there were not worth submitting to. And that part is still true.

            I don't think either of them really believes in the syndication model, but they are still SEO guys. They run an SEO site. They sell SEO products. Syndication as advocated here is a little outside their purview.

            Maybe you're misremembering and confusing their teaching with something else you came across?
            They were teaching this in SEO for Endless Content 7 part video series, that was a bonus for Andy Jenkins`s Video Boss Program and Mike Filsaime and Chis Ferrell`s AffiliateDotCom.
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            • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
              Originally Posted by Anurmedia View Post

              They were teaching this in SEO for Endless Content 7 part video series, that was a bonus for Andy Jenkins`s Video Boss Program.
              Fair enough. I skipped Video Boss.

              I first started listening to them when they did the, yup, video bonus for the Stompernet launch. I still have the DVDs, and much of the basic info is still good.
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  • Profile picture of the author KyleFury
    They should allow the content as long as it's syndicated.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anurmedia
    I recommend that you submit to ezinearticles.com first, because they want an original content. Then submit to other article directories. You will avoid trouble this way. This always worked for me. A little tip, don`t try to submit your article to as many article directories as possible. This won`t help your traffic or SEO, because your links will become less valuable. Google doesn`t like this. For maximum traffic and SEO submit to 4 article directories max. I hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anurmedia
    Well ok, I learned something new. Thanks for your advice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anurmedia
    Yeah I agree, they know what are they talking about. I like you signature, by the way.
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  • Profile picture of the author tjcreation
    Ezine Articles really cares that the article is unique and 100% owned by you. They also are very picky about the way the article is written (spelling, grammar, content). Other than that, they actually do want to post your article. They are a directory. I would certainly submit to them. All they can do is say "no."
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    • Profile picture of the author John Coutts
      Originally Posted by tjcreation View Post

      Ezine Articles really cares that the article is unique ...
      If you mean by this that EzineArticles will only publish unique articles that have not been published anywhere else before, you are wrong. They do not require an article to be unique in that respect.

      They require the article to be original, meaning that you wrote it and didn't lift it from somewhere else, but by original they do not mean it can't be published somewhere else first.

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  • Profile picture of the author Nicola Lane
    Ezine Articles makes is very easy to find out what they will and won't accept - they have a link on their front page to their Editorial Guidelines

    EzineArticles.com - Editorial Guidelines for Submitting Quality Guidelines

    And the part that is relevant to this discussion is section 1b

    EzineArticles.com - Editorial Guidelines - 1b

    1b. Must Not be a Private Label Rights (PLR) article or Contain Unattributed Content to Which the Author Does Not Have Exclusive Rights.

    EzineArticles is committed to providing unique article content to our users. UNIQUE means each article must be attributed to only ONE author or co-author and NOT belong to multiple parties or the public domain.

    Private Label Rights article packs are content available for anyone to purchase and place their name on. This goes against our philosophy of exclusive rights. Do not waste your time or ours by buying article packs that have non-exclusive licenses as we reject those articles and they are poor quality. Additionally, do not submit re-written (even "by hand" rewrites) or spun versions of this content. It is neither unique material nor your own original content.

    Why do we do this? 1) Submitting non-exclusive content makes you look like a fraud because you're putting your name on someone else's work that may already have hundreds or thousands of other authors who also put their name on the exact same content, and 2) We do not want more than one copy of any article in our directory.

    In addition, we do NOT allow PLR article content to be promoted in article submissions OR on associated links.

    Exclusive Rights: You MUST have exclusive rights to ALL content you submit. Taking credit for another author's work is a serious offense and is responded to accordingly. We verify exclusive rights for articles based on the author name associated with the article. Any replicated content that is found elsewhere listed under any other name will be rejected. All efforts are made to find a connection between the author and the content, but ultimately it is the author's responsibility to provide proof of ownership.

    If you hire a ghostwriter to write your articles, you MUST have an exclusive license that *only* allows your name to be associated with the articles produced for you.

    Upon submission, every article is checked for originality. If during our review, we find the article content exists elsewhere on the Internet, we will attempt to verify ownership. This includes content that is partially or completely identical, contains similar sequences of bullet points or lists, or has loosely paraphrased blocks of text. If ownership of the original content cannot be verified your article will not be accepted. We perform these reviews to prevent dishonest spammers from ripping or scalping content that is not their own and submitting it as if it belongs to them.

    To help in preventing your original article from being rejected for this reason, review the following common content ownership problems (and tips to avoid them) below:
    1. Original Source Validity - You must be the original source of the article content. If matching content is found elsewhere, we check for other factors associating the author with the content (such as company names or URL's). Loosely paraphrased or re-written content is also considered stealing someone else's work. Be careful of relying on outside information for content, even when properly cited. Prove your status as an expert in your niche to your readers by never using more than 3-5 lines of sourced material in your article. If NO connection can be made between your article and the matching content found, we will reject the article and suspend your account until the issue is resolved.
    2. Author Name Validity - To verify exclusive rights, the same author name must be associated with the submitted content wherever it is found in order for the content to be considered original. If the submitted content is found attributed to a different author name elsewhere, the article may be rejected as unoriginal.
    3. If the author name on the found content is an alternate author on the same account as the submitted article, the article will be rejected and the author must correct the names to match. The author name on the content must match up everywhere for the article to be accepted for publication.
    4. E.g. Author Jane Doe has created an Alternate Author Name "John Doe" to use as a pen name in another niche. Jane submits an article entitled "Cats That Love Water" to EzineArticles.com under the pen name John Doe. However, Jane also posts the article to her blog with "By Jane Doe" as the byline at the end. This situation causes confusion for readers, since the article on Jane's blog says "By Jane Doe" but the article on EzineArticles.com says "By John Doe."
    5. This example article would be rejected so that Jane can make sure the bylines match up to prevent possible confusion regarding who has exclusive rights to the content. See Section 2.d for further instructions on adding an alternate author name to your account.
    6. Publication Date Verification - If content found matching the submitted article has a publication date AFTER the article was submitted to EzineArticles.com, the found content is not a concern. Why? Authors may have content that has been republished elsewhere. If any matching content is found with a submission date that is BEFORE ours and the author names do not match, the article will be rejected and the author will be asked to provide an explanation as to who has rights to the content.
    7. Author Website or URL Verification - If content matching the submitted article is found associated with a website or URL that you own or are associated with, but the author names do not match, the article will be rejected and you will be asked to clarify who owns the content. If the matching content found has no author name associated with it, the article will be accepted as original.

    To ensure your article is approved as quickly as possible and to prevent any confusion regarding your exclusive rights to the content, please place your author name on your content wherever it is published prior to submitting your article for review.
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