Ezinearticles Won't Publish Negative Reviews

by LarryC
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I just found this out, and find it sort of amusing. Naturally, most marketers write positive reviews to promote products, and this is obviously fine with Ezinearticles, no matter how biased and blatantly promotional these articles might be.

The other day, however, I decided to write a negative review of a certain well known company/service. It wasn't a smear campaign and I was careful to express it as only one person's opinion. But Ezinearticles categorized it as a "problem" article. When I asked for clarification, a customer rep informed me that it's not allowed to criticize a company.

I suppose this is for legal reasons. I suspect it wouldn't have been a problem if I criticized some obscure product rather than a major corporation. I can't blame them for not wanting to contend with corporate lawyers. However, it's also somewhat hypocritical to have a site populated with thousands of hyped up reviews masked as articles, and to disallow negative reviews.

Not a major issue for me, just a little rant.
#ezinearticles #negative #publish #reviews
  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by LarryC View Post

    Naturally, most marketers write positive reviews to promote products, and this is obviously fine with Ezinearticles, no matter how biased and blatantly promotional these articles might be.
    That may be "obvious" to you, Larry - but I suspect to nobody else.

    Nor is it even true.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim3
    Originally Posted by LarryC View Post

    I just found this out, and find it sort of amusing. Naturally, most marketers write positive reviews to promote products, and this is obviously fine with Ezinearticles, no matter how biased and blatantly promotional these articles might be.

    The other day, however, I decided to write a negative review of a certain well known company/service. It wasn't a smear campaign and I was careful to express it as only one person's opinion. But Ezinearticles categorized it as a "problem" article. When I asked for clarification, a customer rep informed me that it's not allowed to criticize a company.

    I suppose this is for legal reasons. I suspect it wouldn't have been a problem if I criticized some obscure product rather than a major corporation. I can't blame them for not wanting to contend with corporate lawyers. However, it's also somewhat hypocritical to have a site populated with thousands of hyped up reviews masked as articles, and to disallow negative reviews.

    Not a major issue for me, just a little rant.


    I think you will find this particular topic in the EZA publishing guidelines where they say it is not allowed.

    here: EzineArticles.com - Editorial Guidelines - 1e
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    • Profile picture of the author LarryC
      Tim,

      I don't doubt it's in their TOS. It's not likely something that comes up very often, and it's not something I usually do. I just wanted to express an opinion about something that had nothing to do with promoting a product. But there are plenty of other places to do this, so no big deal.
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        edited: nevermind. i misread that.
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  • Profile picture of the author itsmeantor
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    Originally Posted by LarryC View Post

    I just found this out, and find it sort of amusing. Naturally, most marketers write positive reviews to promote products, and this is obviously fine with Ezinearticles, no matter how biased and blatantly promotional these articles might be.

    The other day, however, I decided to write a negative review of a certain well known company/service. It wasn't a smear campaign and I was careful to express it as only one person's opinion. But Ezinearticles categorized it as a "problem" article. When I asked for clarification, a customer rep informed me that it's not allowed to criticize a company.

    I suppose this is for legal reasons. I suspect it wouldn't have been a problem if I criticized some obscure product rather than a major corporation. I can't blame them for not wanting to contend with corporate lawyers. However, it's also somewhat hypocritical to have a site populated with thousands of hyped up reviews masked as articles, and to disallow negative reviews.

    Not a major issue for me, just a little rant.
    If you wrote on a corporate company, it make sense for them not to accept it. They can easily get blame or sue from that company as they can lose PR from your comment.

    May be it's OK by other reviewers of Ezine Articles. You know, some are too strict and others can be easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author LarryC
    Alexa, what isn't true -that marketers are more likely to write positive than negative reviews? Or that Ezinearticles won't publish positive reviews that are biased?

    I can't think of a reason why a marketer would want to write a negative review, unless they were selling a competing product. And if Ezinearticles demands strict objectivity in the reviews it publishes, I haven't noticed this.

    But if you have insider knowledge about how Ezinearticles really operates, please do enlighten us!
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by LarryC View Post

      Alexa, what isn't true -that marketers are more likely to write positive than negative reviews? Or that Ezinearticles won't publish positive reviews that are biased?
      That "this is obviously fine with Ezinearticles, no matter how biased and blatantly promotional these articles might be".

      That's far from true.

      It's never been true since I've been online (2008), in fact. Ezine Articles does not accept "blatantly promotional" articles.

      Originally Posted by LarryC View Post

      I can't think of a reason why a marketer would want to write a negative review
      I can, Larry: I have some fairly negative reviews on several of my websites, and actually find that they serve their purpose very well indeed. There are some really crap products out there, after all. It does your credibility no harm at all if your readers see you saying so: on the contrary, in fact - it helps them to appreciate your honesty and integrity.

      Originally Posted by LarryC View Post

      if you have insider knowledge about how Ezinearticles really operates, please do enlighten us!
      No "insider knowledge" needed at all, I assure you: their policies are stated very openly and discussed in some detail (sometimes even in consultation with their authors) on their blog.
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      • Profile picture of the author LarryC
        Alexa,

        I can see the purpose of putting negative reviews on your website for balance. I don't think the majority of affiliate marketers do this, though, and article directories contain almost exclusively positive reviews. Indeed, as people have pointed out to me, Ezinearticles doesn't even allow reviews that are purely negative.

        Does it publish articles that are basically ads disguised as reviews? This is debatable, but I'd say yes. Very often the reviewer will put in some token criticism, such as "You can only make a gazillion dollars per month with this if you work really hard," but I'm not sure if that qualifies as pointing out legitimate flaws in the product.

        Just as a fairly random example of a product I'm not even familiar with:

        Auto Pilot Profits Review

        I also noticed that, when they told me about my "problem" article, they mentioned some of the reasons that an article might be rejected, and this includes bad grammar. Unless they've changed recently, I've seen plenty of barely readable articles there, either by non-English speakers or people using automated spinning software.

        Very often companies have very noble sounding TOS that they create for legal purposes, but these are often enforced selectively. I don't have a grudge against Ezinearticles; I still find it useful in many ways. Just pointing out how it looks to me.
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Thanks, Larry ... yes, I do take your points. (Yes, I agree it's "debatable" whether they accept ads disguised as reviews. For what it's worth, there's an enormous amount in the database that wouldn't be accepted under current editorial guidelines, and I think they're getting stricter - rather than slacker - with how they enforce those).
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          • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
            Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

            Thanks, Larry ... yes, I do take your points. (Yes, I agree it's "debatable" whether they accept ads disguised as reviews. For what it's worth, there's an enormous amount in the database that wouldn't be accepted under current editorial guidelines, and I think they're getting stricter - rather than slacker - with how they enforce those).
            Yes, they have mentioned in their blog that every time they get more strict, they get complaints because they don't pull down articles that don't meet new requirements.

            They have gotten a lot more strict, which I think is good.
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  • Profile picture of the author buckeyes09
    That is pretty interesting. You'd think they'd have some "look test" to see if the reviews are egregious or honest.
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  • Profile picture of the author LynneCarey
    It's interesting.... not surprising... and probably a situation where it is safest for them to just make a blanket rule!

    I guess if you can write an article pointing back to your website, you might be able to mention something about 'revealing both sides' or 'the pros and cons' etc. more information here....

    Of course you are going to do it better than than, and naturally on your own website you can put whatever you like.

    All these sites are just services we can utilize... and these days rules change regularly to accommodate good 'ole Google'!

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    • Profile picture of the author LarryC
      Lynne,

      I don't think that would even help if it's against their TOS. I understand it, even though there is something questionable about only publishing positive reviews.
      It probably didn't help that I wasn't even linking to my website at all, but to something called RipOff Report
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    Originally Posted by LarryC View Post

    I just found this out, and find it sort of amusing. Naturally, most marketers write positive reviews to promote products, and this is obviously fine with Ezinearticles, no matter how biased and blatantly promotional these articles might be.

    The other day, however, I decided to write a negative review of a certain well known company/service. It wasn't a smear campaign and I was careful to express it as only one person's opinion. But Ezinearticles categorized it as a "problem" article. When I asked for clarification, a customer rep informed me that it's not allowed to criticize a company.

    I suppose this is for legal reasons. I suspect it wouldn't have been a problem if I criticized some obscure product rather than a major corporation. I can't blame them for not wanting to contend with corporate lawyers. However, it's also somewhat hypocritical to have a site populated with thousands of hyped up reviews masked as articles, and to disallow negative reviews.

    Not a major issue for me, just a little rant.
    I wrote a poor review for a product that I had actually used, and they did the same thing to me. The article wasn't even totally negative. There were some things I liked but a lot I didn't. It was honest, but I couldn't publish it. It was for a rather large company as well. I haven't used it since then. I'm considering getting back into it since I've changed niches, but I'm not sure what I wanna do since the Panda thing. I've kind of moved away from using article directories totally since then.

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  • Profile picture of the author Ord Allenbea
    How dare they reject a good review over those blatantly hyped up lie reviews of products affiliates never seen let alone never used.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    They do talk about writing reviews in their blog. Of course they aren't going to want anything on their site that can get them in trouble. That doesn't mean you can't point out flaws, they just expect you to balance the article out.

    Product Review Article Template

    That basically says to go over the pros, go over the cons, and end on a good note even if there are issues with the product/company/whatever.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by AmandaT View Post


      That basically says to go over the pros, go over the cons, and end on a good note even if there are issues with the product/company/whatever.

      Exactly Amanda!

      That is what I refer to as the critique sandwich.

      Praise
      Critique
      Praise

      In my opinion, that's the professional way to do a critique/review.

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  • Profile picture of the author peptone
    That's interesting. I guess they're just playing safe.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      or content advocating against any individual, product, company, or group as they will be rejected.
      EZA is adhering to their own guidelines. They don't allow their platform to be used to complain or give negative views about an individual, product, company or group.

      They also will reject review article that are "sales page promotional" in the text.

      It's a balanced approach. EZA is not interested in being a platform for complaints or blatant promotion.
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  • Profile picture of the author Snow_Predator
    They don't accept negative reviews because the vast majority of articles on their site are extremely substandard and deserving of some very negative reviews.
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