13 Feb 09
25 Mar 11 10:20 pm
Rankings Drop 71% for EzineArticles
If you submit articles to Ezinearticles.com you probably have noticed how they have slowed down to what seems like a crawl on submission approvals. My main writer who submits articles for me has had several articles take 10 days to get through the approval process. My personal submissions increased by 2 days, so 4 days total.
These slow approvals are due to the recent slap in rankings to the top article directories, including Hubpages, Associatedcontent and other article directories or what they are calling content farms. Here's what Google says about their new algorithmic update:
In the last day or so we launched a pretty big algorithmic improvement to our ranking—a change that noticeably impacts 11.8% of our queries—and we wanted to let people know what’s going on. This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites—sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful. At the same time, it will provide better rankings for high-quality sites—sites with original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on.
I've personally seen some of my page rankings improve since this update so I'm happy about it. The downside is that your EA articles will get less direct traffic from Google, but their PR is still at a 6 so I'm sure backlinks in the resource boxes are still good.
In addition to the slow acceptance rate, they changed the article length from a minimum of 250 to 400. Which is not a big deal since I'm sure most of us write 400 word articles anyway. ;)
When my writer told me how slow the approvals were going I thought about paying for their fast submission approval service. Then I looked at the price - $97.00 a month! WOO! I'll can wait <<thank you>>
The site I didn't see on the list of the top 10 was About.com which is also a site full of articles of all different types of topics. I believe the reason why they didn't get slapped is due to the length of the articles and the high quality of these articles. Also, coming to think about it... maybe it's because they were not topping the charts in page rankings anywho. ?? I dunno. I'm not an expert in this area, and it's sort of a guessing game to some degree since Google really only reveals "some" of their algorithmic changes.
Just a Heads Up,
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