14 Apr 11 8:54 pm
Over the last 2 weeks I have been having a (one-sided) battle with eZines. I have started a website in the make-money-online niche and had a few articles approved - including a review article on AffiloBlueprint 2.0. Now they are refusing to approve a good article, in my view, on SEO basics that is not spun or copied or produced by any other technique hated by Google.
The limp response from eZines is:
"Your article is unable to be accepted due to content on your link. We do not accept articles or links with content relating to
Affilliorama or any similar product. Please remove all such content
prior to resubmitting your article for review."
I do not see "Affiliorama" on any so-called super-saturated list. There is nothing on their site relating to this, as far as I can see.
A follow-up response, after yet more delays, said that the problem was specifically in my links. I have 2, as allowed, both in the resource box, pointing back to my home page and my page on SEO basics. Now take a look at their editorial guidelines on permissible links:
"Affiliate links will be allowed if the link is a domain name you own which forward/redirects to the affiliate link from the top-level of the domain name. For example, it is permissible to forward to an affiliate link from:http://your-company-name.com/
...but it would not be permissible to forward to an affiliate link from:http://your-company-name.com/page.htmlhttp://your-company-name.com/subdirectory/http://your-company-name.com/subdirectory/page.htmlhttp://sub-domain.your-company-name.com/
I read this as saying that links can only go back to your home page. If this is right, it means you can only have one link in your resource box (2 to the same URL are not permitted, even if you thought that could be worthwhile).
I have had quite a few backlinks and sales from other eZine articles so am reluctant to chuck the baby out with the bathwater, so to speak, by cutting any further ties with eZines, but this latest saga seems to be absolutely nuts to me. I am getting pretty hacked off with them, in case that is not already evident!
Am I missing something here? Has Affilorama been banned by eZines? Is affiliate marketing dead? How can we write about making money online without mentioning, let alone promoting, Affilorama?
All thoughts welcome!