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EzineArticles, founded by Chris Knight, is an article directory that accepts unpaid submissions from authors, in exchange for links to the authors' websites and visibility for their work. The site also allows web and Ezine publishers to freely republish articles from the site, subject to certain conditions. Although it does have some minimal editorial oversight, and screens submissions, it is more of a screened self-publishing site. The site generates revenue primarily from advertising, although it also offers a few premium services; it neither charges nor pays for submissions, and neither charges nor pays for articles to be republished. As of June of 2012, it was ranked #313 in traffic among global websites, and #305 in the United States, according to Alexa
EzineArticles was among the hardest hit websites by Google's major algorithm update in 2011, which hit all article directories. The site responded by becoming more selective, reducing submissions by 10%, reducing the amount of advertisements displayed on each page, and raising their minimum word count. The site considered adding nofollow tags to links to author websites, but abandoned this idea after objections from users. Nonetheless, many users remain quite skeptical about the future of the site as well as its ongoing viability from an SEO perspective.
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- EzineArticles Aims to Get Rankings Back, Following Google Algorithm Update, WebProNews, February 28, 2011.
- [Ezinearticles.com Official website]
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