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Did Your Ezine Articles Lose Rank Recently???

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Ramsweb, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. Ramsweb

    Ramsweb Senior Member

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    Hi there people

    I have a lot of Ezine articles that used to bring me a lot of traffic from the Google SERP's...but since the algo change, it looks like almost all my articles have been knocked off the front page. Traffic sucks big time now.

    Has anyone else seen their Ezine articles bumped from the first page? Do you think it is temporary. I always thought Google liked Ezine.
     
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  2. Ramsweb

    Ramsweb Senior Member

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    It looks like Google has penalized sites like Ezinearticles, eHow and other article directories that stuff their pages with Google ads. I am not sure how permanent this is going to be as Ezinearticles is not exactly a content farm, with all the articles are manually approved.

    I hope things go back to normal in a couple of weeks or so....
     
  3. neo3187

    neo3187 Senior Member

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    As a regular G user, Ezine helped me many times in getting wat i was looking for... so did eHow... with this new step G has lost all my respect... they are just showing how fu**in insecured they are... this is pathetic... whats next? pay to be in G's listing?
     
  4. DFunny

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    For some reason it's been raining adwords coupons these last couple months and now these algo changes. What a coincidence....

    But to answer your question Ramsweb, yes, just about all my ezine articles dropped in the rankings and I think it's pretty shitty. IMO, if they want to penalize poorly spun articles that's cool or even just de-index anything with a certain amount of grammatical errors, I'm fine with that but this is just ridiculous.

    I've found eHow, Ezine and similar high quality sites to be incredibly helpful, more so than a lot of the other sites in the SERPs. From what I've seen the majority of Ezine articles ranking top 10 in the SERPs are there without any real link building, which most likely means they were published a few times and hung out in the most viewed section, which makes me believe that they are high quality and are pretty damn helpful.

    This just seems like Googles way of saying "we run the traffic in this town, no more piggybacking off Ezine and putting money in their pockets, if you want traffic from Google you have to pay for it (Adwords)"
     
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  5. lahtiimeja

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    mine has lost ranks also
     
  7. cjbmeb14

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    Articles submitted to ezine articles and other directories will start to lose value if the content is not good enough. For instance badly spun articles.

    If the articles are well written and are not duplicate content then they will rank high.
     
  8. DFunny

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    Nah man, that was last weeks algo change. This is a new one and 99% ezine articles took a hit on the SERPS, regardless of how well they're written.
     
  9. clyde

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    They done that and named it AdWords. :p
     
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  10. RebelMaster

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    Have you read the blog post by Chris Knight (ezinearticles.com) about this issue and what they're going to do? His post link below:

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    http://blog.ezinearticles.com/2011/02/search-engine-algorithm-changes.html
    They're looking to increase the rejection rate from 40% to 60% and minimum word count to 400 words.

    Should be interesting.

    RM
     
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  11. Ramsweb

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    Yeah...I think Ezine CEO said that he is bracing for a 50% drop in traffic next month! ouch!

    About the others here who have said that only the shitty articles have taken a hit, I don't think it is true. One of my articles was very popular, getting almost 55% CTR and almost 5,000 views a month..even that has been given the boot to the third page. Anyways, I hope Google does a rethink on Ezine and other article sites.
     
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    Interesting article.

    Ezine CEO claims that last month EZA got 57 millions UV. With even a $10 eCPM and just one view per unique visitor, they would have raked in $570k. They were probably making way more.

    Now they may have run out of luck but man, they've had a good ride.

    It's funny how, in the comments, everybody cries about the possibility of rel=nofollow to their EZA articles. "If you make all the links nofollow, my sites will sink in the SERPS!".

    LOL

    Lessons of the week: differentiate your sources of traffic and backlinks. Rank your own site. Pump out good shit.
     
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    I have seen a fall in some keywords and a significant rise in others. I wrote an article for a client with the keyword "use of bipolar test" and it's ranking 1st in google! The article is raining views and having a 40% URL click rate.

    This algo change is a mixed bag atleast for me.
     
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    I honestly do not see ezine articles recovering from this one.. at least not in the short term. They have already gone nuts over there and started rejecting articles for any old reason since Friday but google have hit them so hard whatever they do isn't going to help.. They have even removed thousands of articles and that is really stupid.. that is not going to improve the situation.. google will penalise them for that too and if you want a laugh go and read the crap that is being posted on ezine articles blog about this..
     
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    It's very disappointing for sure.

    I have a good chunk of income that comes just from EzineArticles traffic from when I first started.

    And now the "no follow" tag put on the resource box could really effect quite a few of my pages that has those links right now.
     
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    Ezine is an adsense premium publisher and less traffic means drop in the comission google racks from them. I think there are internal issues between adsense team and search team :D
     
  17. RebelMaster

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    LOL Wouldn't doubt it.


    RM
     
  18. RebelMaster

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    I found that kind of funny myself. EZA used 'nofollow' in any links in the main body of the article for a LONG time anyway. The issue is about the link in the resource box with 'do-follow' or 'nofollow'.

    Note: I see that EZA has backed off of that for the time being and leaving 'do-follow' in the resource box links of articles.

    Personally, the 'do-follow' isn't a BIG priority with me as it seems with others. As long as people are clicking on my links to my sites, I'm a happy camper! That is the MAIN purpose of writing good articles and posting them to legit article directories. TRAFFIC to your sites.

    Having the 'do-follow' is just icing on the cake, IMO.


    RM
     
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    people use ezinearticles to copy articles and post over the internet and this will not change the fact they will end up having a lot of duplicated content.
     
  20. photoads

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    I loved one persons response to the links being made no follow and for improved customer experience