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EzineArticles is a website 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, based on simple editorial guidelines, 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.
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.
On September 11, 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.
One digital marketing reviewer wrote that EzineArticles, along with "other article directories have become synonymous with low-quality content" because they "let almost anyone post" and "they don’t properly compensate writers."
- "How popular is ezinearticles.com?". Alexa. Alexa Internet, Inc. December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- Moore, Zachary. "Why Ezine Articles Failed (and Why It Matters in 2016)" Brandignity.com https://www.brandignity.com/2016/07/why-ezine-articles-failed-and-why-it-matters-in-2016/ .
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