Downsides of Using Ezine Articles
Using Ezine Articles for Article Marketing
In terms of article marketing, Ezine articles is one of the most respected article directories or websites that you can find. They individually check each article that is submitted and there are some stringent quality checks so that not too much rubbish gets through. Some people find it hard to get articles approved at Ezine but as long as you write original content in good English that isn’t too keyword stuffed then you should be OK.
I have over 100 articles published through Ezine articles, most of which I wrote last year in order to promote some affiliate products and a website I was building. Some of these articles got good rankings in Google (in fact quite a few of them did) and I got an OK URL Click rate which got visitors to my website.
Moving from Ezine to Hubpages
However, I got a bit disillusioned with Clickbank products and did not keep writing articles for Ezine once I had decided that the Hubpages model of adsense earnings was better and in my mind more ethical as I didn’t actually need to sell something that I hadn’t seen (join here if you haven’t already joined Hubpages!), so I stopped writing but kept my articles there.
So now I thought I would delete some of the content and bring it over to Hubpages as I was no longer promoting my other site. So I started by deleting 3 articles. I knew that I would need to leave them for a bit before reposting as otherwise, if they hadn’t been cleared from whatever cache they might be in, they might look like duplicate content that I had taken from elsewhere.
So then I came to the point where I thought I would check if they had gone from the Google search results. And that is where I hit a problem. My first article had 2 entries – the first was my deleted Ezine article still cached but the 2nd one was a complete copy of my article on another website. I was initially very annoyed at this when I suddenly remembered that Ezine allows people to ‘publish’ their articles as long as they satisfy certain conditions – ie they print it in full with all the links and credit the author. Well this one I found had credited me but had not included my links so I emailed them to ask them to remove the post.
Anyway, this made me think about the problems of having articles on Ezine that can be published. I have had my articles published 111 times so far. Now the majority of my articles had links to the website that I now want to close and hence I am changing all the links on Ezine to come to hubpages articles. But I can’t obviously change the links on the published articles. That is problem 1.
Problem 2 is that I now cannot use2 of the 3 articles that I deleted from Hubpages as they have been published elsewhere (in fact one has been illegally published a number of other times without giving me credit!) and so if I post them elsewhere it will look like duplicate content – and I have deleted the originals so it won’t look like I am the original author!
So the moral is to think twice before you delete anything from Ezine (and maybe even think before you post anything at all!) particularly if it has been published anywhere else.