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EzineArticles 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. Editorial oversight occurs as submissions are screened by human editors who work for the company. In December 2013, Alexa ranked the site 646 globally and 129 in India.
The website was founded by Chris Knight and generates revenue primarily from advertising; although, it also offers a few premium services. The website neither charges nor pays for submissions, and neither charges nor pays for articles to be republished.
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 all links, but abandoned this idea after objections from users.
In 2012 numerous contributions on Internet-based discussion forums expressed skepticism about the ongoing viability of the website from a SEO perspective.
On September 11th, 2014, EzineArticles changed all their links from "do follow" to "nofollow". In an announcement made on the company's blog, the team cited their decision to change all links nofollow as an experiment to see how it will affect their site's traffic.
- "How popular is ezinearticles.com?". Alexa. Alexa Internet, Inc. December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- seamy82; BenJackson and pintara3 (25 June 2012). "From an SEO standpoint do Ezinearticles still work?". Warrior Forum. Internet Warriors. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
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