Wow has ezinearticles gotten picky!!!!

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I haven't submitted an article to EZA for a few months now. So I go to submit one today - and I've been a Platinum Member for some time now - and the article is about WordPress plugins, SEO plugins for WP.

The resource box has one link back to my BLOG, and another link to my affiliate. Okay, that second link was a no-no; my fault.

But they rejected the article because the article was "on Traffic Swarm." :confused: No where in the entire article was Traffic Swarm mentioned. There is a banner ad on my blog for Traffic Swarm but it's all the way at the bottom of the page.

So that tells me that they didn't even READ the article. They simply clicked on the first link in the resource box and scrolled down, saw the banner and BAM. Problem Status because the article is "on Traffic Swarm" and "promotes Traffic Swarm."

What an idiot. And I told them as much, like, well, that tells me you didn't read the article at all did you? Because where in that entire article is TS even MENTIONED?

So I changed both links to go back to my BLOG, which has over 50 articles about working from home in general doing transcription, writing, etc.

Yeah, EZA sent me a really pretty mug last year for making Platinum, but now "terrified and paranoid" about getting Google slammed and they're not even READING the articles anymore!

It's like they treated my blog like a Playboy magazine in reverse - they only looked at it for the PICTURES (banner ads...).
#ezinearticles #picky #wow
  • Profile picture of the author RhondaG
    When all their articles got slapped by Google they got a lot more picky for sure and it's harder to get anything to go through. I will say that I still get traffic from the articles I post on there, so it's worth the trouble.
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    • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
      Originally Posted by RhondaG View Post

      When all their articles got slapped by Google they got a lot more picky for sure and it's harder to get anything to go through. I will say that I still get traffic from the articles I post on there, so it's worth the trouble.
      Oh absolutely. I still see trickles of traffic from some of my 3-4 year old articles so I still submit them too. It's just a pain when you have to edit something that doesn't really need editing because of what I would call a lazy paranoid person. :-/
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    • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
      Originally Posted by joseph7384 View Post

      I know that you can not mention a traffic exchange in your article but to follow a link and find a traffic swarm banner and reject the article for that is really weird.
      Oh, tell me about it! I was just none too happy. IdeaMarketers.com on the other hand - instant approval because they look at the article CONTENT, which is really how it should be.
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  • Profile picture of the author onSubie
    I think they are picky about where the links go because one of the reasons they were slapped is they had a lot of useless articles that were only there to direct traffic to offers.

    The 'Bum Marketers' used this technique very effectively, although it became less so some warriors here still say they make in income this way.

    When EZA started filling up with 'spam' articles that were basically keyword optimized landing pages for affiliate offers it both degraded the value to their true readers and writers and raised flags with Google.

    Of course smart marketers will be more subtle now and write SEO and traffic articles without mentioning what they are promoting then direct traffic to a simple page where the only exit is to an affiliate offer.

    That may have been what triggred their rejection, especially when the product banner they saw was for something they expressly forbid.

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  • Profile picture of the author mjrehaume
    I haven't had an article rejected in a while from Ezine, even with new update. However, I'm not directly promoting reviews of products, and provide mostly "how to" and "best tips" articles.

    I do know if you're directly promoting affiliate offers and doing reviews, your chances of getting accepted are getting WAY harder now!
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    • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
      onSubie & mjrehaume

      I do agree with both of your opinions. But what bothers me is that they're claiming that each submitted article is being reviewed. If they'd actually READ the article, they would have seen that I was promoting NOTHING. I was simply talking discussing how WordPress is an easy program to use because of the plugins. That's not a promotion of any affiliate links.

      That's what griped me. Okay, they can be picky - but don't be stupid about it by claiming I'm doing something that I'm not doing just because you didn't even bother to read the article!

      My site has other affiliate banners on it as well, but my blog on the whole is nothing BUT how-to articles, primarily for the general transcription industry right now.

      But noooo, they see ONE banner with ONE name on it that they don't like and all of a sudden an article that has nothing to do with, let alone no mention at all about Traffic Swarm is rejected because it's about Traffic Swarm??!! :confused:

      What about the GVO hosting affiliate link on my site? How about the SFI affiliate link on my site? Empower Network banner?

      In order to have seen anything related to Traffic Swarm, they had to blatantly IGNORE the content of the article and zero in on one particular banner of a site that wasn't even mentioned in the article.

      That just doesn't make any sense to me at all. And that's beside the fact that it wastes my time by having to explain something to them that didn't even need explaining in the first place if they'd bothered to do what they say they're doing.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        KS, here's something to ponder whilst you untwist your knickers...

        Like any other business, EZA is run by humans. In their case, by humans with a seemingly broad range of both talent and experience. One editor made a poor judgement on one link, after finding another taboo link, and you've got yourself out of joint and ready to blame the entire company.

        Fix the bad link (as you've done), add a short explanation, ask for a new review, and move on.

        Having a tantrum here doesn't help anybody...
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        • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
          Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

          KS, here's something to ponder whilst you untwist your knickers...

          Like any other business, EZA is run by humans. In their case, by humans with a seemingly broad range of both talent and experience. One editor made a poor judgement on one link, after finding another taboo link, and you've got yourself out of joint and ready to blame the entire company.

          Fix the bad link (as you've done), add a short explanation, ask for a new review, and move on.

          Having a tantrum here doesn't help anybody...
          A tantrum? ROFLMAO!!!!

          And yes, I have "fixed" the links - twice. They now point to relevant content not even closely or remotely referencing anything about traffic exchanges - in fact, they link to previously submitted and approved articles on EZA - and they're still rejecting them.

          So that pretty much tells me that any article I submit to them either (1) can have no hyperlinks in the resource box that go back to any article on MY blog; (2) I just don't use them at all anymore.

          No biggie. There are "other fish in the sea" from whence I get even more traffic and they don't reject my articles over one banner with a bumble bee on it. :-/

          And yes, if I want to have a "tantrum" (as you might call it; I simply call it expressing an opinion on an experience!) I will. It's a waste of time to have to keep changing links and keep having the articles rejected for the same "no reason" reason that they keep giving me, regardless of how much time I take to explain it to them.

          No one else here seemed to complain about my "tantrum" as you call it; they were just offering opinions as to why the articles may be getting rejected.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    They apparently have a zero-tolerance policy in regards to traffic exchanges. It's nothing to lose sleep over. It's their policy. They are choosing to enforce it.

    If an author had an article that didn't mention porn, and it linked to a site with nothing but solid content, but the site had a banner to a porn site...I bet they would reject that article too.

    Now, I know that's a far-fetched example, but look at it from a practical point of view. The editors at EZA probably have a huge work load. Perhaps their FIRST step IS to check the sites an article links to, then if the links aren't good, they don't have to invest more time with the rest of the editorial review process. It's nothing personal.

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    • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
      Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

      They apparently have a zero-tolerance policy in regards to traffic exchanges. It's nothing to lose sleep over. It's their policy. They are choosing to enforce it.

      If an author had an article that didn't mention porn, and it linked to a site with nothing but solid content, but the site had a banner to a porn site...I bet they would reject that article too.

      Now, I know that's a far-fetched example, but look at it from a practical point of view. The editors at EZA probably have a huge work load. Perhaps their FIRST step IS to check the sites an article links to, then if the links aren't good, they don't have to invest more time with the rest of the editorial review process. It's nothing personal.

      All the best,
      Michael
      No, I certainly won't lose any sleep over it. I'm also not going to be spending any more time over there fixing things that don't need to be fixed.

      It's just a shame because I worked long and hard to build up to a reputable Platinum member and bam - gone. Yeah well, on to other ways and places...
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    I quit submitting articles to EZA since last year even though I did not experience the same problem. The waiting time to get my articles published is what I didn't like. My submission to other directories is affected if I wait that long...
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    • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
      Originally Posted by Adie View Post

      I quit submitting articles to EZA since last year even though I did not experience the same problem. The waiting time to get my articles published is what I didn't like. My submission to other directories is affected if I wait that long...
      I hear that. What's worse is that if I'd paid someone to do the submissions for me, I'd be wasting their time. So I'm going to stick with places like ideamarketers.com and leave EZA alone. I'm not going to try to "fix" my blog just for one article directory.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Adie View Post

      The waiting time to get my articles published is what I didn't like. My submission to other directories is affected if I wait that long...
      Mine isn't. I happen to submit to EZA last, anyway. You can do that in any order you like. Article directories don't require previously unpublished content.

      How does the "waiting time" make any difference, anyway, Adie? If you submit an acceptable article there every day, they'll still publish the same 30 of your articles per month, whether they take 10 hours or 10 days to publish each one. http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...val-times.html
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  • Profile picture of the author icoachu
    I'm glad they have become more discriminating. The last thing they need is to get their article directory penalized even worse than it already has from Panda and Penguin. Their traffic has begun to improve lately. Who knows how long it will last? No wonder they are taking steps to clamp down on quality. They should build an automated screening for originality and a proxy block list. That would truly weed out the spin spammers who don't really add anything of value to their database.
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    • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
      Originally Posted by icoachu View Post

      I'm glad they have become more discriminating. The last thing they need is to get their article directory penalized even worse than it already has from Panda and Penguin. Their traffic has begun to improve lately. Who knows how long it will last? No wonder they are taking steps to clamp down on quality. They should build an automated screening for originality and a proxy block list. That would truly weed out the spin spammers who don't really add anything of value to their database.
      That is very true! The spammers and horribly spun garbage is what did them in. But when I take the time to write a good article about something that will help my readers and get rejected over one banner on my blog, that doesn't make me very happy at all, especially after being with them for so many years.

      I just re-re-resubmitted again my three articles in question. There is nothing in the article content itself that can be changed or should be changed, unless EZA doesn't like WordPress now either.

      The timing never bothered me. I never paid attention to that "must submit and be approved at EZA first before submitting anywhere else." I always had a list of my top favorite directories to submit to and I'd go through and submit one article each to all of the directories in one day. The next day, article two to each one, etc.

      And I'm still getting traffic from the same previously approved articles that my resource box of TODAY is linked to and getting rejected for. So I'll obviously leave my current article list there, but will move on to other directories for any new articles.
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