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Using EzineArticles to Make Money with Hubpages

Updated on July 20, 2010

I have recently started actually submitting quite a few articles to I've been a member of the site for over a year but hadn't done much with it. I couldn't really be bothered with all the trouble of writing at least 250 words of original content just for a backlink. There seemed like there were easier ways.

Then came the hubchallenge to make passive income - you may have heard of it! Court suggested that we submit an ezinearticle for every two hubs (each article can have two links you see), so I dusted off the old membership and submitted articles, and immediately got them rejected! I was fuming but I've learned a few things about ezinearticles over the last month or so, so I thought I'd share them.

EzineArticles is the Best Article Directory.

There are thousands, probably hundreds of thousands of article directories out there. But Google seems to love only one - ezinearticles. How do I know? Because when I do keyword research I often find an ezinearticle in the top 10, never any other article directory, but ezinearticles - quite often. Ezinearticles has domain authority in the eyes of Google -google trusts the site and will rank the articles on it. Why? That's easy, each and every article submitted to the directory is reviewed by a human. They have standards! The standards are a little weird so I that's why I thought I would write this hub.

But the oddest thing of all, as far as I am concerned, is that people who find your article will click through on your link to your hub. And they may then even click on an ad! Seriously I have no idea why - but this happens - I seem to have a 10% click through rate from my ezine articles, that's better than just a backlink.

So What is an Article Directory

An article directory is article source for webmasters. Its perfectly legal for webmaster to reproduce your article (so long as the links at the end are included) on their site, and no its not plagiarism - its syndication. If you don't like that don't submit to EzineArticles.
The theory is that its good for the author because each new publication of the article gives them another back link. The reality is that most webmasters are either clueless or criminal and generally won't include your links. You can report them to their hosts, Adsense and God Almighty if you want - but its a complete waste of time. If you are worried about this - don't submit to EzineArticles.

So How Do You Submit Articles to Ezinearticles

Well to start off with its well worth reading the EzineArticles Editorial Guidelines they are pretty confusing though and I did read them and still got rejected so this is my guide to the important stuff! By the way this is a shorter version of what really matters when submitting articles to ezinearticles

Duplicate Content At Ezinearticles

Same as hubpages - even if you wrote it, they won't accept a piece that has been published elsewhere. Well that's the common understanding - but its not quite true. They will accept a piece that has been published elsewhere if you can prove that all copies out there are your work too. This is tricky if your content has been illegally copied.

So I keep it simple: submit an original article to EzineArticles, wait for it to be accepted, then you are totally free to publish the article elsewhere - but do it in that order.

Its Not a Hub, its an Article

Its just words people. No videos, no pictures, no helpful links to outstanding sources, just write words! They accept articles from 250 words to 5000, but really anything over about 700 words should probably be two articles. After all you are trading words for links - so do yourself a good deal! Bullet points, numbered points, sub-headings are all fine - but that's about as fancy as it gets.

Also they need to be stand alone article. Don't write a 10 part series, write 10 independent articles which stand alone. Or better still write 10 different articles on the same topic - more on that in a moment.

What You Can't Link To

You can't link to an affiliate link - link to your hub url - but don't include an affiliate tracker in the url. Don't link to your finest e-book affiliate offer - link to the hub which sells the same. Don't link to a "thin affiliate site" - that means the eBay sites you have with very little content, even if you intend to add some content. Add some content first then submit the article.

Be Careful With Your Titles

"Article does not deliver on the promise in the title" is the most common reason I've been rejected. Don't promise five frequently asked questions and write down six (true story!). Fix the article by changing the title on that one! Be very careful of using locations in the title. I got an article on Camping in Australia approved but a whole bunch about New Zealand lawyers rejected, even though the specifically talked about New Zealand law. This one is tricky and its an area of interpretation which will depend on the reviewer you get. I suspect that "commercial occupation" plus "specific location" is much harder to get approved than travel type articles.

From an SEO point of view have your keywords at the start of your article: use "Making Easy Money Online: Three Things You Should Know" NOT "Three Things You Should Know About Making Easy Money Online"

The Resource Box is Your Sell

Your resource box - which goes at the end of the article is where you can "sell" your hub or site. Although the TOS says you must include your full name I usually don't and haven't had a problem yet. If I am linking to a website I often just include the url e.g. rather than a proper anchored link - that way when the article has the links stripped out by an unscrupulous publisher the site is still there.

For some unlikely reason, known only to EzineArticles, although you can do normal links in the body of the article (outside of the first three paragraphs), using a WISWIG editor, you have to use code to link in the resource box, and yes its the resource box where the links are supposed to be.  It works like this - this code:

<a href=""> Article Writing Software</a> 

will give you Article Writing Software

Oh and don't get all excited about doing normal links within the body of the article - they are no-followed unless you are a platinum status author - which I am not, which brings me to the next point

Turnaround Times - Patience is a Virtue At EzineArticles

For normal people we start with basic membership level and then get "promoted" to basic plus status after 10 submissions. I am basic plus and it takes about 6.5 days to get my articles approved, the turnaround promise is 7 days. Revisions take about 3 days. They don't work (US) weekends. I believe that if you get elevated to god-like Platinum status then you get turnaround time of a couple of days. I haven't got there yet - I will let you know if I make it! I suspect it may take even longer to get your first submission approved but I can't remember - it was too long ago.

UPDATE: I finally got platinum status after nearly 80 articles! The change in turn around times is noticeable - I now get articles approved within 48 hours. It really is worth being careful with your first 10 submissions and getting upgraded sooner rather than later.

Only One Account Per a Human

You can't have more than one account at ezinearticles - if they find that you do they will ban you. Instead you can have what is called "alt authors" - I have several different names associated with my EzineArticles - Lis Sowerbutts is one of them. The others match a couple of other HubPage authors I also have. The pictures, names and stories match. On the Internet you can play out all your multiple personality disorders!

Writing Multiple Articles

I was amused that several people complained in the forums about not being able to come up with 100 different ideas for the hub challenge. I now expect the same people are wondering how you come up with multiple articles on the same topic. To be honest this is why I've been ignoring EzineArticles for a year. I find it hard to come up with unique new articles on the same subject. To promote a website I want around ten articles for each keyword- that adds up to a whole lot of articles. I've tried using spinners - they don't work well enough to get past humans- and they are even more boring than writing! I've tried re-writing PLR content -that's somewhat more successful - but equally boring. This product suggested that there was an interesting, and quick way, to create unique articles. I was interested and skeptical!

Well the e-book was a bit of duh moment - I suspect anyone who's been to journalism school would know the trick already. But basically it gives you formats which you use to take the same basic information and present in 8 different ways (including the original).

Well I can't say my eight articles took 7 minutes each - it probably worked out more like 14 minutes each - but I was still pretty pleased - especially for some types - like the "story" option I had to stop and think about how to punctuate dialogue because I don't think I have written any since school!  It was significantly less boring than other approaches that I use - but I'd have a couple of caveats. You need to be either a fast typist (I am) or competent with voice recognition software. And you really need to sit down and do all the articles in one sitting - otherwise you lose the benefit of the flow.

Here are my eight articles from one. I can't link here here because of the hubpages linking rules.but you will find them from my EzineArticles author page.The first article is the original and I have highlighted the variations - I wasn't too worried about length - I vaguely aimed for 300-400 words for the variations.

  • Making Easy Money Online: Three Things You Should Know (532 words)
  • Online Passive Income -Is it Legit - Five Frequently Asked Questions (402 words)
  • Do You Have the Skills to Make Money Online - Take This Quiz to Find Out (407 words)
  • Online Income - Beyond the Hype A Step by Step Guide (433 words)
  • Want to Make an Online Passive Income? Use This Check List to Get Your Business Started (418 words)
  • Want to Make Quick Easy Money Online? Avoid These Dumb Mistakes (328 words)
  • Making Passive Income Online - A Story (458 words)
  • Making Online Income - A College Student's Guide (358 words)

Update on Changes At EzineArticles October 2009

According to ther blog EzineArticles have "declared war" on Affiliate Marketers - particularly those that publish multiple articles which have only "just" been re-written -they migh pass copyscape but EzineArticles editors are picking them up - and rejecting them.

I have had several friends lose their Platinum status and be downgraded to "Basic Plus" again.

I am still getting articles approved just fine with my new Platinum status the trick appears to be:

  • write at least 400 words - why EzineArticles don't just up the word ilmit from 250 words I don't know;
  • be aware that articles approved in the past may not now be acceptable - you might want to check some of your article back catalogue before  an editior does;
  • I still am having success using the "8 from 1" approach mentioned above.


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    • Venkat profile image

      Venkat 7 years ago

      It takes me a lot more than 7 minutes to cook up a story around a keyword though I am a very fast typist. very interesting hub.

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      jayb23 7 years ago from India

      Thats a very informative hub lissie, but it seems ezinearticles are quite difficult people to deal with. I shall try it out. Thanks for sharing the info

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      Alex Mayor 7 years ago from Amsterdam

      I am on my way to Basic Plus. I wrote already 10 articles and now i have to wait until they are all aproved. I did not have any troubles with approval as long as you stick to their basic rules. I even have 2 expert author articles, both featured and i am not that good a writer. I have to wait and see how much the ezines will improve my hubs. Thanks for your informative hub lizzie.

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      marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia

      Me too, i'm a bit slow at off-the-cuff writing. Another great hub! Off to read some of those articles! :)

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      honestway 7 years ago from Spain

      Good info Lis. I got platinum status eons ago and never knew why as I'd only written a dozen or so articles for them when they bestowed it upon me.

      I've started writing more lately with the hub challenge and to boost my other projects and get them approved in 2 days. Cool! Gotta love rules when they work in your favour for a change!

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      WillPower 7 years ago from Indiana

      as article sites go Ezine is definately at the top of my list. The approval time can be a bit longer than others but will worth it for the traffic you receive from them.

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      oderog 7 years ago from Nairobi

      This is good summarization of enzine articles, I have written three articles of which one has been rejected, but I have started see some refferal traffic to my related hub in the enzine article

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      barbda 7 years ago from UK

      Hi Lis

      You said you'd tried using sipnners but they didn't work well. Have you tried Magic Article Rewriter? I find it's really quick and if you spin enough it does pass human review. By enough I mean almost every word! I aim for a spin rate of over 30%. It gets much quicker with practise although it's boring as hell. I find the spinners that spin per sentence rather than per word (as AMA does) produce less unique content.

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      Singular Investor 7 years ago from Oxford

      Thanks for the tips Lissie - I stumbled it so you may feel a surge ! I also wrote a comment to one of your Ezinearticles - but it turns out comments have to be approved by the EZ comment approvals committee which meets once a week if there's an R in the month - so you may or may not see it if it gets past the censors ;-)

      PS I gave your EZ article 5 stars and mentioned that you can also vote on your own EZ articles - so I give all mine 5 stars - don't know if it makes any difference but hey it feels good !

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      Lupo 7 years ago from Boston Area

      Very Good Liz. Thanks for sharing your experiences with Ezine here. It is helpful.

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      rb11 7 years ago from Las Vegas

      You touch on many good points. I had to ask twice before they approved platinum status, now most articles are approved within 48hours and some even in 1 day, it depends on the category. As you mentioned the articles are reviewed by humans, this makes approval a little tougher. Good information.


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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks everyone for your comments. I must say as far as consipracy theories go I feel that whoever is my moderator at EZA I don't seem to be able to get Platinum status - and I have 55 articles live! I had 24 in a row approved and they failed one for reasons which are beyond me so I guess I am in basic plus hell forever?

      @Alex - sorry to burst your bubble but we all make expert status ater the first article :-)

      @HW - well I am glad one organisation on the Interweb likes you! I dream of 2 day approval LOL

      @SL - thanks - I'll look for that comment around Sept them LMAO - I had no idea they moderated comments as well - though that would explain why there are so few! I sincerely hope you spell checked it and didn't use to many !!!! - otherwise you probably get be sent back to Basic !

      I live in hope rb11 - I will update the hub if I make platinum!

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      Nelle Hoxie 7 years ago

      I've been sitting on the fence with ezine. Thank you for the fabulous synopsis. I'm sure I'll refer to it again and again, if I take the plunge.

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      Barbara 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      I'm bookmarking this Hub. Never heard of ezine, but haven't really been looking til now. Maybe I'm clueless but did you say you write under different names at Hubpages? Is this common? Why? I admit I am a rookie at this business stuff. Do you have any experience with elance? Thanks so much.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 7 years ago from New Zealand

      @Storytellersus - re elance check out some of pgrundy's hubs -she has done most of the writing sites and has some solid opinions on them.

      For the more serious of us yes I think its quite common to have multiple IDs on Hubpages. I do it for 2 reasons - for my serious money-making stuff I will often publish 10 hubs in a row on the same borrowing, narrow topic - its not good for fans at all!

      I am also not anonymous as Lissie - I have friends and a few enemies. I have known far too many people who have had had their their sites reported to Google out of shear spite or jealousy. I have also seen people just go out and copy everything down to the actual keywords that somoene else does. This doesn't bother me as much as they are just lazy and I can outwork them - but its still tedious to deal with.

      I used to think people were unreasonably secretative in Internet Marketing but I learnt otherwise.

      Alternatively you take the view that many writers use different names for different niches - to not confuse their readers when the write both say adult and chiildrens ficiton.

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      yeng29 7 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for sharing those article-writig tips there Lissie, but besides EzineArtizles do you use some of the other popular article directories as well ? There are quite a handful out there which are just as good &amp; get ranked well in the search engines.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 7 years ago from New Zealand

      @yeng29 everyone who does serious aricle marketing agrees that ezinearticles is by far the best in terms of a) traffic and b) google recognising the backlink. Goarticles and articlesbase are quite good too - and I will probably re-use the same articles on these sites.

      @BarbH - social bookmarking sites appear to have been heavily devalued by Google recently - I niche site may be of some value for social traffic and at least that one has do-follow links - many of the don't these days. Personally I would rather write articles - it will give you better results I think

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      yes2truth 7 years ago from England

      Thanks for the enlightening Hub

      I have been with Ezine for nearly four years and for me they have well and truly passed their sell by date.

      Be warned too that they are very PC with their censorship. 'Citizen Journalism', their term which, I presume is for freedom of speech, is a definite no no.

      Hence that's why I am here on HubPages.

      It maybe the Google arrangement that dictates their PC policy.

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      yeng29 7 years ago from Singapore

      You mention another 2 great article sites as well Lissie, I'm currently using all 3 of them as well as a few other sites too.

      BTW are you on Facebook or Twitter as well ? Would love to connect with you on either of these sites as well....also hope you'll become my "fan" here as well :-)

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 7 years ago from New Zealand

      @Yes2Truth - I can't imagine using any site to promote a political cause - all seems like a total waste of time to me! My comments and experiences on these sites are purely from a make money point of view!

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      RobertHassey 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I think one reason people feel that 100 different ideas are hard to come by is that they imaging, simultaneously, the burden of thinking up topics, managing the flow, slanting the topic right, and keeping the article tight. You can't tackle all those all at once. Site down and write thought in the form of words, and doodle up connecting thoughts, in a mind map where one encircled phrase/word is connected by a line to another encircled though. The topics you can generate are endless. Good hub, by the way.

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      yes2truth 7 years ago from England


      Thanks for the reply, but I would ask what's the difference between reaching people to make money and reaching people to give them a message? Isn't it all about reaching people?

      If you know of any other way that is more efficient and effective than these types of platforms I would be glad to hear about them.

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      Julie-Ann Amos 7 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Thanks - I use ezines a lot and it's one of the best ways to revitalise a flagging hub by pushing a bit more traffic its way...

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Nice helpful article lissie. But I am afraid it will be a waste of time as I am not confident of the quality of my articles and thus I won't generate much backlinks?

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      Super Hub Star 7 years ago

      Great article. Ezinearticles are a fantastic way to get your site indexed fast. I've just started looking at using InfoBarrel for backlinks too.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 7 years ago from New Zealand

      @Robert - I outline first and the write and edit in one sweep thru - its taken some practice but i've got a lot better at it.

      @Yes2Truth - if you really want people's hearts and minds you need your own self-hosted blog without a doubt

      @Julie-Ann - yes I thought you probably did - can you give me a vote for platinum *sigh*

      @Ultimate Hubber - I don't really understand - the most important parts of your article is your title and teaseer -that gets the click thru - and then the call to action in the bio box. You will always get the backlinks - it depends on your copywriting skills how you go with click thru rates. I' m getting about 10% and I am rubbish at copywriting!

      @SuperHubStart - I love infobarrel - and they share the adsense rev too! And they approve my articles fast

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      Wonderbaum 7 years ago from Europe

      LOL... just surfing around the different hubs and naturally you're all over the place Lissie. Another great write on your part.


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      lindagoffigan 7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Great Hub, I am a member of ezine but do not understand their monetization policy. Also I need to know what is meant by a thin affiliate? Another question: Are you able to place hubs that are not doing too well on ezine after deleting it or can I keep the article on both hubpages and ezine?

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Linda they make money from all the adsense ads on the articles - we don't make any money directly.

      A thin affiliate means that they think the site you are linking to is built purely for the purpose of making money LOL ie too many ads compared to content - point to a hubpage instead which points to the site.

      I believe you have the article on both HP and eza so long as your usernames match so they know you own the article. Its probably a waste of time though and Google will deindex one copy - not sure which in this particular case

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Thanks for this, as we are currently working on improving our Google rank for our website. We are always interested in improving numbers for our Hubs as well!

      This sounds like an excellent backlink, and worth the pain.

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      creativeMind 7 years ago from Cochin

      ezine is a cool place.. i really like the simplicity..

      @ Lissie,

      informative post..

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      Tesa Adams 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      As always a very informative post. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

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      Investor Jim 7 years ago from Canada

      Hey Liss,

      You mention ArticleBase above buy I they seem to be "nofollow" according to their publication guidelines. Am I missing something, or are you lol?



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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for the very informative hub. I was reading this last night but I was like multi-tasking so wasn't able to leave a message. But I made sure I bookmarked it so that I can refer to it again and again.

      By the way, I earned like $0.26 from Adsense today. Not much but not bad either (big things start from small things and all that). Hope it continues =). Thanks for the hub Lissie.

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      kallystehouwer 7 years ago

      Great article!!!! Thanks so much for the helpful tips on ezinearticles. Now I get to venture out and try it!

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      Karen Banes 7 years ago from Canada

      Interesting hub. This site has been on my 'must at least check it out and find out how it works' list for a while. Now you've done the job for me! Bookmarked for further reference. Thanks.

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      Rick Salas 7 years ago

      Thanks for the tips Lissie, Ezines are a great way to get noticed. People see you as creditable and if you can spit some out fast by knowing the tricks it will get people to check out your offer much easier. Great way to look like someone that knows how to market.

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      kiwi91 7 years ago from USA

      I signed up for Ezine Articles a couple of years ago and never did publish anything. Hearing about your success, maybe I'll give it a try!

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      geedo 7 years ago from Germany

      Could take some practice, especially if you don't know USA English. But in your own language, sure, maybe on topics you know well.

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      Thanks for the tips on Ezine Articles and link for writing articles in 7 minutes.

      I have found some great informative Hubs this morning. All I wanted to do was get acquainted with a few of you, instead I have created a to do list that looks like it will take me several weeks.

      I have bookmarked your Hub because it is so full of useful information.

      Awesome. Thank you

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      MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      Awesome hub, very informative:) Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I'm not on Hub Pages to earn money, per se, but a few extra bucks wouldn't hurt:) Hugs

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      mwaky 7 years ago

      thanx for writting this hub it will help me sumtyms

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Lissie - this is so valuable, particularly with your personal experience included. I've not tried eZine (I seem to be too busy with hubs and blog posts), but I am inspired to try. I will first apply my thick skin. Thanks for the tips, Steph

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      fcornelius 7 years ago from Georgia

      I have been thinking about doing that for the last couple of weeks. I think I will give it a try. Thanks for the tips.

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      William F Torpey 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Good hub. I have 62 articles on ezinearticles, but I'm not sure if I'll add any more. They denied an article I offered them on Newt Gingrich because their guidelines don't allow personal attacks. In view of the fact that Gingrich is a public figure, I think they are being overly cautious. I'm re-evaluating whether I want to continue using their site.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 7 years ago from New Zealand

      That's insane William - he's totally public property I would have thought! They seem to have quite odd guidelines to be honest I don't like it - but their links are worth it so I have to play by their game - which means very slow approvals at the moment

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      Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      EZA has helped a lot of people get traffic and sales, no doubt at all. Although, I read over at the DP and/or Warrior (can't remember which) forums about a lot of discontent over there a short time back. If memory serves, it had something to do with a change of ad placement.

      I only have one article up on EZA. It took 2 months to get approval on it. I need to fix the resource box but am afraid that it will take another 2 months to get it back online if I do.

      All that said, it is a powerful directory and you did a wonderful job with hub, Lissie!

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 7 years ago from New Zealand

      2 months!! When you submit they say you can contact them after 7 days if no action on your article - so I do! It seems to work generally get the article approved in the next 24hrs or so depending whether its a weekend or not

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      Fivestar 7 years ago

      Great Hub Lissie, I have also come back to EZA, and it frustrates the hell out of me how ling it takes to get an article approved.

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      AlexFernandes 7 years ago from India

      Very good informative Hub...Thank you!

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      Mangus7 7 years ago

      Good info ..

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      jambui 7 years ago from Love Street

      Thanks! I already had an account with ezine .... unused.

      Will try now after following your advice

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Great Hub. I only have a few articles so far on Ezines, but they are creating Hub traffic. My problem is restricting the words - I still end up writng 800 or so.

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      Imagin8tion 7 years ago

      These are really good tips from someone who's been there before! Thanks. I use Associated Content and I like them...but I need more revenue! I'm brand new, so please drop by if you get a moment :-) I will be building hubs regualrly now that I know about this site!

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      Gaz2k9 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Some good tips thanks. I have just submitted my first article just waiting to see if it gets accepted.

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      Lisa HW 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Good to know, Lissie. I've done with ezine what you say you did - sign up and do little with it. Maybe I'll dust off my account as well.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 7 years ago from New Zealand

      For anyone who has articles outstanding after 7 days- send them a reminder via the support email system- it seems to work because then I normally get the article approved the next day

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      lisa42 7 years ago from Sacramento

      Thanks for an honest look at the ups and downs of using eZineArticles. Very helpful!

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      GoogleMoney 7 years ago

      excellent and thank you for the tips

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      Patti Ann 7 years ago from Florida

      I have written many articles for and they rank very well in the search engines. has recently become more strict with article submissions, but they are well worth it. Great hub. Look forward to reading more from you.

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      censae 7 years ago

      Thank you lissie. I have been so lost for so long. I feel that the rescue force has finally arrived. I hope that I am not so beaten and battered to get back on board.

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      helloaneesh 7 years ago

      I don't have any problems in articles getting approved with even though it is already approved by other article sites. But this was a good tutorial to read.

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      CoachFreville 7 years ago from

      Agree, good tutorial. Just need to hang in there and learn the system there.

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      CuratorGuy 7 years ago

      An excellent primer on I haven't been rejected for submitting to other sites first, probably because the others take a while to get indexed. submissions are indexed pretty quickly.

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      GoldCoastAnnie 7 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I use ezine articles and I reckon you hit it on the head saying it was the only one to use. I have fiddle with a couple of others, but they don't do much! I do get traffic from my ezine articles. Their recent video series to explain their guidelines is very helpful for newbies. 10 videos about 2 minutes each on topics to help you get your articles approved. Worth spending the time.

      Good hub topic, nice work. Annie

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 7 years ago from New Zealand

      @helloanesh- you will be OK unless your article is scrapped and reproduced elsewhere without attribution or your resource box.

      They are behaving oddly at the moment - I emailed support to say several articles were over 7 days in the queue and they quickly approved a couple of articles that had been the queue a lot less time duh?

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      Amanda Davey 7 years ago from Canterbury, Kent, UK

      Thank you so much for writing this hub. I'd decided to start writing articles for EzineArticles so this hub has been a real bonus to me. I shall make sure I print a copy of this hub and have it by my side as I write!

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      Research Analyst 7 years ago

      This is good information and will be a great help to all those who are writing for the 30 day challenge, to backlink their articles for increased traffic to their hubs. thanks!

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      Yehiel Carter 7 years ago

      The one thing in Ezine Article is that its articles stand out in the fastest search engine, Google. The one thing which makes us more reachable is that even if we cook up an article around a keyword, it should be related to the title. Very informative hub, thanks.

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      Seabastian 7 years ago from Raleigh

      Hi Lissie,

      Great hub with a lot of good information,

      Ezine articles has been great for traffic and rankings for me but I have been wanting to diversify with some other sites but only go articles seem worthwhile.

      At one time isnare was a premium site trusted by google for quality articles but my last experience with them was very long delays (over three weeks for articles to be approved)Do

      you know anything about them?

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Seabastian I don't know isnare - I am getting 10+ days delays at EZA at the moment and its very annoying.

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      Gift Experts 7 years ago

      Good points here. EA isn't bad. But their latest automation isn't the greatest at times, like when it tells you to contact them to find out what's up. I mean, cut to the chase. Hoop jumping isn't fun or wanted by anyone. Other than that, they aren't too bad once you learn the ropes.

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      sandy1020 7 years ago from Jeffersonville, IN

      Wow!!! There is a lot of information here. I have just gotten started and I enjoy. I eventually plan to branch out a bit. I have bookmarked your article for future reference. Any suggestions on articles appreciated. Thanks for sharing.

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      CoachFreville 7 years ago from

      GOod points. I agree with the Contact Us issue. Just post theissue, for goodness sakes. Why drag out the agony. Other than that, and spelling issues that are non-existant being reported and further stalling things until you can get a human to look at everything - after a couple tries via support ...not too bad a place.

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      chuckthomas5453 7 years ago

      Good information so thanks. I shall have to give them a try.

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      samanthagardner 7 years ago from Palm Beach Gardens, FL

      Thank you for the information. I had been witting over at EzineArticles for quite sometime now. This is a perfect way to help me get off the ground here at HUBPages.

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      tgpmaker 7 years ago from BANGKOK

      absulutely, greats thaink so much for share idea.

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      cmarshall 7 years ago from Sydney

      Interesting hub. Learnt a lot of new things. Thanks. =)

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      Reggid 7 years ago from Canada, Montreal

      Awesome! Basically, it'll be better for someone to write their articles on most of the article submission directories by rewriting them. By doing so, you'll simply reduce the chances of not being seeing on google and you'll also increase the chances to get backlinks to your website. Very good hub Lissie. ;)

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      websclubs 7 years ago

      This Sounds like something I can do and use.

      Thank you for sharing your experience.

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      Bredavies 7 years ago

      Thank you. This article has great information!

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      Always Frugal 7 years ago from Maryland

      I have tried many different article submission sites and have been very disappointed. It takes entirely too long to get them published, if they publish them at all. Sometimes I have heard nothing. I'll try Ezine articles based on your recommendation. I hope I don't get rejected too often. If you get rejected, do they let you fix the article and resubmit?

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 7 years ago from New Zealand

      They take forever to publish at the moment 10+ days I'm waiting at the moment. Yes if the article is rejected you get the chance to correct it and they usually give you a hint as to what is wrong.

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      Clickbank Profit System 7 years ago

      Thanks for the writing tip about being careful with the headlines. Great Hub.

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      swmaxpro 7 years ago

      Great Hub. Lots of good info - plus, from the comments - I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one that's been experiencing problems and delays at EzA lately.

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      Andria 7 years ago

      Lissie - I've been a member a little while. I actually forgot I was. Anyway I'm just about to subject myself to rejection by attempting to have some articles published on the site.

      This was interesting because I was trawling through the bloody TOS and almost fell asleep. I'm about to read you linked article after dinner. I can easily write around 400 words before I realise so it's probably perfect as a means of backing up some stuff I have here and elsewhere.

      Thanks for this, I do appreciate the fact that you've shared what NOT to do.

      Big thanks!

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      dottttt 7 years ago from Bray

      have to addmit i enjoyed and seeing your in the know could you review my hub please

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      retireyoung 7 years ago from Bali

      Great article. I think I am going to write some articles on ezine again.

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      Birdee 7 years ago

      Good stuff, Liz. Thanks for sharing and letting me know how it works with EzineArticals. I want to try it. Now how do I find out what a hib is and spinners and PLR ?

      Best wishes

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      Hovalis 7 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for reminding me I have an Ezinearticles membership! I used them earlier on when I was trying to get started affiliate marketing. Mind you, I had no idea what to do. Just recently I've decided to start from the beginning so to speak. The advice I got back then was just plain bad and full of holes. No wonder I made basically nothing! It was a lot of effort for little or no return.

      Time to put that platinum membership to some use!

      PS I fixed up the author box on a few of my articles for a site I abandoned (the site was so amateurish I cringe when I think about it), and the approval for the changes took less than 24 hours)

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      HAexpressions 7 years ago

      A very helpful hub and the information was easy to understand!

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      Charm Baker 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Greetings Lissie - Thanks for the details on ezine. I think I have a membership, if so, it's been a while and I probably didn't do anything over there. Seems to be a lot of mixed feelings about them around here, but I may still give it a go. One of the comments made a comparison of them and Hub pages and said HP has them beat face down. "Duh!" (I couldn't resist that, but seriously). I think we ALL agree that HP is the creme de la creme", but your point was ezine is good as a source for driving traffic here, and for that reason it might be worth the hassel. Thanks for a great hub.

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      Jerry G2 7 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      Ezinearticles is definitely worth learning to deal with. If it makes you feel any better, I was past 80 articles before receiving platinum author status. Once you get to that point, it is great - all the articles tend to get approved in 2-4 days, depending on the weekend. Great hub!

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      EarnMate 7 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Thanks for sharing, Lissie. This is perfect guideline for me to follow. It's quite challenge to me in writing an article that Ezinearticles accept. The '7 Minute Articles' may help.

      I'm now your fan at HubPages and subscribe for email alert at your Ezinearticles too.

      Thanks again.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for all the comments everyone. I am still stuck in basic plus hell - 70+ articles and the last couple took nearly 2 weeks to be approved.

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      NaomiR 7 years ago from New York

      Great hub, thanks for the tips! I just submitted my first article to them about a week ago, so I'm still waiting for approval. We'll see what happens.

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      jabyrd82 7 years ago from Farmington,New Mexico

      A very good hub lots of good info thanks !!!!

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      ChloeAliceWilson 7 years ago from Spain

      Hi Lissie, am loving your hubs as I do your website posts! Anyway I've been struggling with writing about the same topic in different ways so your 8 versions of the same info is really useful. Many thanks. Cheers, Chloe

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      expectus 7 years ago from Land Downunder

      Very good hub, finding ezines really useful for generating more traffic

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Great article Lissie! I do wish I'd read it before I sent my ezine article for submission! So links in text are no follow - bummer! I will have to change it when it's been approved and put them in the resources box. Thanks for all the helpful tips :) My aim is to write one short ezine article per hub and see what the results are!

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      brookevstheworld 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Wow this is a popular topic! Great ideas and hub and I hope to use them myself... if ezines would hurry up and start approving my articles! :)

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      hubberjim 7 years ago from New York

      Another great hub, as usual. Thanks.

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      FastGoogMoney 7 years ago

      Perfect! I was looking for the best way to get into ezine. Any time I try to get on the top of Google I see ezine. I know what I'm doing tonight. Thanks.

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      kathygirl22 7 years ago

      Thanks for the helpful information.

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      joyceracine 7 years ago

      Great Hub! So glad I found you!

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      kims3003 7 years ago

      Great article. Wonderful writing style - the best I have seen in a long long time! A++++

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      lelanew55 7 years ago

      Hello Lissie

      Thanks for this article.I wish I have read it months ago when I joined ezine. You cleared up a lot of things for me. The part about coming up with 8 articles from one topic is going to be useful. I am bookmarking this and will refer to it a lot. lots of clear explanations. one of the best hubs I have read.

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      Grant Handford 7 years ago from Canada

      Hi, This is a great Hub. I have just started hubbing in the past week and I am so glad I came across this one. The information is valuable and I hope to get going with Ezine once I am more comfortable with hubpages.


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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Liossie, I read a lot of your stuff when I first signed on and decided to come back because you always have some great information. I am on ezines for the links. Plus, they say you should write every day, so I just churn out something on a related topic for ezines. And they sent me a coffee mug!

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      M. Engebawy, PhD 7 years ago from Overland Park, Kansas, USA

      Great informative Hub, Lissie. I started writing articles on Hubpages and eZines 2-3 weeks ago. I am writing on Haiti Earthquake and related topics and it seems that I am doing very well (as a starter) on eZines with traffic coming from Google Search, but not so good on Hubpages. It is an excellent idea to add a link to my hubpages inside the Resource Box or within the article. Thanks.

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      Christine 7 years ago

      Definitely worth a 100 hub score. Thanks for sharing the information so openly and generously!

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      jrcemail 7 years ago

      Ezinearticles is an excellent resource. I've had some luck with a tiny bit of traffic coming from articles posted there.

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      49lart 7 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      I have 4 articles on Ezinearticles, I am a basic member but all my articles were made live within 24hrs. Google likes new and informative articles.I use this to drive traffic to my photography website. You might also promote your hub using and networking.

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      missymoo 7 years ago from Kent, UK

      Good hub, very informative. Ezine Articles can be very precise in what they ask for and accept, but I have seen plenty of articles slip through their net that shouldn't have been published in the first place.

      Most of the time though if you follow their guidelines you should get your articles accepted quite easily.

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      Research Analyst 7 years ago

      Great I like the 8 in one tip, thanks!

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      Tricia Mason 7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Thank you! Very interesting. I feel as if I am learning a whole new language ~ and progress is, therefore, slow, I think.

      Hopefully, with the help of all the informative hubs, I'll get there in the end. I'll bookmark this one :)

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      Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Thanks Lissie. You are always such a wealth of great information. I think I signed up for EZine at some point in the long ago past, but have not done anything with it. Think I'll take another look at it now after reading your article.

      Thumbs up from one of your favorite

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Dorsi long time no see! yeah ezinearticles is well worth it if you are promoting your own hubs or sites!

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      sportyfunster 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the great article. I am going to sign up for EZine and see how that goes for me.


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      paxwill 7 years ago

      Thanks for the very informative article. I still prefer HubPages and Squidoo for backlinks, but I will check out EA.

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      ActiveCampaign 7 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Excellent hub. I agree that ezinearticles is one of the most powerful article sites to build links. And there is somewhat less work involved than writing for HubPages or Squidoo.

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      writealready 7 years ago

      Well, Lissie, I'm certainly learning a lot from you. Seems as if I'm thanking you on every forum on the internet. I submitted 2 articles to EzineArticles this morning.

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      cjmo75 7 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      Ezine Articles is definitely the best site to use for article traffic. It's great for getting traffic and not just backlinks.

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      mike1242 7 years ago from London

      This is something ive been putting off, having read your hub im going to give ezine a go. Great information.

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      Dew 7 years ago

      Hi there, nice info, I have had problems earlier with Ezine but I think it's pass me now as I just managed to get my articles that have been published in my personal blogs before. I'm a bit surprised as the articles I submitted were pretty old, well I'm just trying out and since it's working well. I'll surely give more effort now

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      hubpageswriter 7 years ago

      Sounds like a pretty good and decent article directory. I would take a look at it again.

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      Montie_M 7 years ago

      thanks a lot for the idea and the tips! and, all the comments written here have also gave me some ideas on how to utilize EZA better.

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      kims3003 7 years ago

      Awesome article. Love your writing style! Full of excellent information - enjoyed this and learned something too!

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      TnFlash 7 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Great Hub! I have published a couple of articles at After reading this Hub it's obvious I need to publish more. Thanks for the great information. Voted up & useful.

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      Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

      Hi Lissie, just stumbled across this Hub again.

      I joined but didn't do much. I recently read that they WILL now accept duplicate content, in fact they positively encourage you to "repackage" your existing published articles - so long as they're your original work. Repackaging just means submitting them to EA exactly as is, so I don't know why they picked such a fancy word.

      So I'm going to "repackage" a few of my Helium articles to promote my related sites/Hubs. May as well get some benefit from them!

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      Digital Alchemist 6 years ago from New York, NY


      This is really valuable info! I know C&M suggest using ezine as one of the linking options, but it seems like a lot more value should be placed on it after what I've read above. Thanks!

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      John Wilder 6 years ago

      I stopped posting my articles on ezine because of their very heavy handed censorship as well as taking days to post my articles. There is another article site that always had my articles on the first page of a google search and that is They also had my articles posted in minutes rather than days without the censorship. After I posted an article on my blog I was contacted by a PhD psychologist who also took her site down with ezine articles. Take your business elsewhere.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 6 years ago from New Zealand

      John you are missing the point - because EZA has high standards Google trusts their site more - therefore the links back are worth more to your site from an SEO point of view. Once i got thru the initial hoops they have been dead easy to deal with.

      How is the physchologist's search engine rankings - this has nothing to do with the author or the topic and everything to knowing how to rank a site well.

      BTW I notice you are on free wordpress - a site absolutely notorious for deleting blogs for little reason - just a thought ...

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      antimatter 6 years ago from United States

      Great article Lissie. I enjoy reading your hubs, and also the insights you provide over at the TKA forums.

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Ueful and interesting. Thank you. I have an ezine account which has been dormant a while - will have to look at getting it up and running with the info herre and in Rebecca E's great Hub on this as well.


      Love and peace


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      nms 6 years ago from Cochin

      Really useful info.Another very good hub from a great hubber.Vote Up

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      TopUniverse 6 years ago

      Excellent read. I enjoy it from start to finish.

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      Angela Lethbridge 6 years ago

      Ezine Articles is definitely the winner as far as article directories for getting your article on Google's front page and also for getting you traffic to your site. It is because they deliver such quality that they are able to garner such high respect from the article-reading community.

      If their guidelines were lax and their quality bar was low they would be publishing a lot more junk. So yes, it is more difficult to get an article accepted, but that's what keeps the directory clean and keeps their respect up high so that they can give you good results!

      It's worth it.


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      Germanicus 6 years ago

      I agree with truth2you. Unfortunately Ezine Articles seems to have a policy to censor articles based on differences of opinion.

      One of their moderators also brought up the "no citizen journalism" nonsense, even when all I was doing was to quote the conclusions of well-reputed journalists featured worldwide.

      This moderator proudly contested "we are no freedom of speech website". No kidding...

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      thefreemanme 6 years ago

      Interesting post thank!

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      thefreemanme 6 years ago

      This also is very helpful for me.

      Thank you very much for sharing this article!

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      Timothy Arends 6 years ago from Chicago Region

      I find it takes me at least 30 minutes to write a decent 500 word article, but I may be a bit more of a perfectionist than others. Every time I look at an article I have written, I find ways that it can be improved.

      I found your point about anchored links interesting. I find that sites will often reprint my article and include my resource box, but the URL to my site will not be a clickable link, which means that anyone wanting to visit my site will have to go to the trouble of copying and pasting, and the article will not count as a backlink to the search engines.

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      Apepperson 6 years ago from Texas

      Another great Hub Lissie. I've had my issues with EZA in the past. But it's weird, after the so called crackdown, my articles started getting approved faster and I had fewer rejections...even though they were around 300 articles and rewritten several times!! Just goes to show it's really about which editor your article lands in front of!

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great tips. You really explained everything step by step, which was very helpful. Rated up, useful, and bookmarked.

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      Linda 5 years ago

      I realize this is an older article. Update: You can publish articles on Ezine that have been published elsewhere.

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      Katharine L Sparrow 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hmmm - I'm new to all this, so this hub was of interest to me. Bookmarked!

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      gunsock 5 years ago from South Coast of England

      Very interesting and useful. Thank you!

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      rick combe 5 years ago from USA

      This article is a couple of years old. Is ezinearticles still useful post-panda?

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      Kodjoworkout 5 years ago from New York

      Excellent write up, Lissie. Very informative - and I like the fact that you've come back few times to add updates to your article. Quick question for you and the entire audience: Is there a way I can re-publish my Ezinearticles here on HubsPage without them being rejected for Duplicate Content?

      Many thanks in advance


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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 5 years ago from New Zealand

      No you can't because - well they ARE duplicate content. You can do it the other way around though publish at HP first and then reuse on EZA

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      Kodjoworkout 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks Lissie

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      Greg Johnson 5 years ago from Indianapolis

      Interesting article..have written a few articles on eza and get around 10% click through. haven't linked to any of my hubs, but sounds like a great idea. I heard though that ezine articles got hit pretty hard with the panda update, is this true?

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      Jasmine 5 years ago

      I've been thinking about submitting articles to EzineArticles lately. Is it still worth the time and trouble after the Panda update?

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      Hello Lissie. Nice article, and quite informative too.

      I was thinking about writing at ezine, but I haven't still decided it yet. I am not into adsense money or affiliate marketing. I am a freelance writer, who works for upfront payments. I was trying to strengthen my portfolio by having a 'glorious' ezine account. I am still confused about what other, and better, alternatives I have.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 5 years ago from New Zealand

      It might be worth doing a few and getting an account in good standing - some clients will pay for a writer who can submit articles via their own account

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      Thank you for your advice. I will try to act upon it.

      I have one question though. As I mentioned that I am not into affiliate marketing, or any specific sort of genre. I have 80+ hubs on hubpages, ranging in a very wide area of topics; so what should I really write on ezine to avail the back linking benefits as well? Will I have to select a specific niche or I can write anything I want to (like we do on hubpages) without worrying about the niche? How the link system will work in the later case?

      Kindly share your valuable opinion please.

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      Ante Rajic 4 years ago from Croatia

      I tried with Ezinearticles and my articles got deleted, maybe I'll try again :)

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      Esther Strong 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks for sharing such useful information here.

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      pokeyoat 4 years ago

      You answered all of my questions about EzineArticles and how it can be used for HubPages. This is such a well written, informative hub. Thank you for all your research here!

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