EzineArticles Loses Its Mind Post Panda
If you are involved in anything online, it is impossible that you haven’t heard about the Google’s Panda update in it’s algorithm.
Which, by the way, is an incredible stupid name. What exactly is it supposed to mean anyway? People in the search world labeled it the “Farmer” update as ostensibly it’s target was content farms. That would have made sense.
But some Google engineer had decided that they would call it Panda so that is the “official” name however stupid it may be. I have to wonder what he was thinking. Had he just taken his kid to the zoo? . . . Just watched Kung Foo Panda?
Whatever the source, my advice to the guy is to stay away from branding . . . you suck at it.
So there is this big upset post Panda. Major sites, particularly article directories, take a huge hit. This is after a first quarter of crazy updates.
And EA reacts. They start deleting crap articles out of their directory, raise the minimum word count to 400 words, and say they are tightening up their standards.
Whatever. To me, it’s not that big of a deal. It’s an article directory! If they become too big of a pain in the butt to submit to, I’ll just skip them.
Do I get traffic from the articles? Yes, but I get traffic from other places that I submit to as well. Actually, the traffic I get from EA doesn’t even come close to the traffic I get from blog commenting.
And ArticleBase beats EA for syndication.
Stupid EzineArticle Editors
So what’s my beef? I’ve had TWO recent submissions get kicked back because it said that the article “didn’t deliver on the promise in the headline.”
The first one was titled “5 Tips to XXX”
I had five bolded headings and everything. They declined it.
All I did was add numbers before the headings and they approved it.
Is that asinine or what?
This last one that was declined just today was on “How to Shop for XXX.”
Again, there are headings in bold that define each section. I added Factor 1, 2, etc. We’ll see if it goes through.
I swear they must have hired some idiot editors from Demand Studios that don’t have any common sense. You’d have to have an IQ below 40 not to understand how the premise is supported in the article.
Again . . . whatever. They can approve or deny whatever they want. But it would be wise to keep in mind that people are suppling free content that you make money off of with your copious Adsense ads. So if you think you can afford to play high and mighty over submissions, pretty soon you will only have the fools submitting that think they are hot stuff just because they have “Platinum” status.
No one is going to get nominated for a Pulitzer over anything published on EA.