Ezinearticles Use of Affiliate Links

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Is there someone currently that is using ezinearticles to promote affiliate links? I was reading their editorial guidelines and it says that they will not allow links that are not of top level domains. http://ezinearticles.com/editorial-g...s/guideline/4a

So my questions are...

1. Is it ok to use a top level domain and redirect it?
2. How can I use tracking like this http://mydomain.com/?id=cb14938
3. Should I be using a capture page for these leads instead?

Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author LarryC
    They definitely do not allow affiliate links. I don't think redirecting the domain will let you get around this. Ezineartcles has been getting stricter over the last few years. From what I've heard, they no longer even accept links to squeeze pages.
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    Originally Posted by LarryC View Post

    They definitely do not allow affiliate links.
    Technically, this isn't quite right, Larry.

    Originally Posted by LarryC View Post

    I don't think redirecting the domain will let you get around this.
    They say it does. And sometimes it does. But it's a bad idea anyway.

    Originally Posted by LarryC View Post

    From what I've heard, they no longer even accept links to squeeze pages.
    Yes - they sometimes don't, at the moment.

    Originally Posted by macleodjb View Post

    Is there someone currently that is using ezinearticles to promote affiliate links?
    Some people are, but it doesn't mean they're making any sales from it.

    This isn't how article directories work. Sorry to sound so negative and churlish about it, but in a sense, it doesn't much matter either way, because it's not really a viable use of EZA anyway. http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872

    Their policies change all the time and are not always reflected in the guidelines, unfortunately. Their blog is a better (and usually much more up-to-date place) to look for this kind of information about their policies.

    Originally Posted by macleodjb View Post

    1. Is it ok to use a top level domain and redirect it?
    In theory it's permissible, but it's just not a very good idea. In practice, if they don't like the article and don't think it's very original in content, they'll use "forwarding a TLD to an affiliate link" as an excuse to decline (and they actually admit that, in more or less those words, too, on their blog). In those cases, the reason for declining will be expressed as something like "We don't feel the page linked to contains sufficient informational content for our readers". Can't really argue with them about that, either, if you're trying to use them that way. :p :rolleyes:

    Originally Posted by macleodjb View Post

    3. Should I be using a capture page for these leads instead?
    Yes; clearly! A capture page with genuine content, but not a "squeeze page" per se (they may not like that, either).

    For all the reasons explained in this post, no article marketer wants to be getting potential customer traffic via an article directory. That makes very little sense (and isn't the purpose for which EZA is there anyway, of course).

    Really, this thread will help you: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872
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