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Posted by on Mar 8, 2011

Back in August I wrote about the EzineArticles WordPress Plugin and how easy it was to send some of your blog posts to that particular website. Well, let me be the one to let you know that it no longer works.

Why? Well, remember when I wrote about 3 weeks ago on the issue of article farms? What’s happened is the changes that have been made by Google have started taking their toll on the site. Rosalind Gardner covered it in her blog post titled Death of Bum Marketing when she quoted Chris Knight of EzineArticles in saying that their traffic has started to drop. She also mentioned that one thing he’s decided to do was stop allowing the WP EzineArticles Plugin to submit articles anymore because there was a lot of spam being sent to the site.

So, that’s it for the plugin, if any of you were actually using it. I got to submit maybe 6 articles from my business blog, but then I kind of lost interest so I won’t be missing it all that much.

However, I found it interesting that in Rosalind’s article she advocates something I’ve been saying for years, that being it’s better if, instead of sending articles you write elsewhere, you create a blog and put those articles there instead and enjoy the benefits all on your own. For me, most of the articles I have on the other site I’ve either had on my blog or I’d used as a newsletter and decided to spread it a bit further. However, none of those articles has given me the bounce I thought they would, and as I think about it I’m not necessarily all that crazy that those articles can then be put on other people’s sites without my knowing it, even though they’re supposed to link back to me.

Back to doing things the “hard way” it seems. For me, though, I think I’ll stick with my own thing.

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I submitted unique articles to three different article directories when I started my article marketing middle of last year, Mitch. Late last year I stopped because I figured that my own business blog could benefit more if I will just place the articles I write there. I was kind of doubtful about what I was doing at the start. But, now that you wrote this piece, I feel I did the right thing.

March 8th, 2011 | 8:59 PM
Mitch Mitchell:

I think you’ve done the right thing, Wes. I don’t have those places, but when one realizes that there really isn’t much benefit out of it other than a potential link, what’s the point?

March 9th, 2011 | 1:02 AM

Been reading this kind of subjects with many blogs nowadays. I mean, I think, lots of people are either complaining, celebrating and even thinking about this new big G algo and ezine article authority dropping.

For me,the one who will benefit the most from this new update is those people who write quality articles and share quality post and unique information.

And one thing more, quality article writers will be charging more because of this update. For sure they are the ones in the group of who “celebrates” with this big G update. IMHO.

March 9th, 2011 | 2:26 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

Well Ron, I’m celebrating a little bit only because I found myself not being able to find content I was looking for, instead always being directed to these sites that were giving me nothing. And there is his recognition that there really are a lot of bad articles out there. The thing one can hope is that Google won’t go totally nuts and start penalizing blogs that their algorithms determine aren’t worth anything based on the actual writing on the blog. I don’t have a problem if they go after those scraper blogs, because chasing those guys down when they steal your content just isn’t pretty, even though I’ll do it. But if someone is a bad writer that happens to give good information, I’d hate for them to be penalized for that.

March 9th, 2011 | 11:36 AM

Well I gotta agree with you, I’d rather have personal advantages from what I write rather than letting other make use of my articles. Creating a blog for your own is something I believe fundamental in any social media strategy, especially because from my very personal experience it can serve as a real hub for everything that gravitates around your social media presence.

March 9th, 2011 | 5:44 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

Thanks Gabriele. As I said I wasn’t a hater of EzineArticles, but some of those other sites I definitely loathe. And this will definitely put a crimp in all those blog posts we both have seen advocating writing articles and putting them on these article directories. At least I expect it will; you just never know about some people once they get a certain concept in their mind. 🙂

March 9th, 2011 | 11:38 AM

Hi Mitch, you are right, actually I am not sure you know that, but even websites like Ezine articles and HubPages were slapped from last Google update. On the other angle changes in algorithm related to paid links even Forbes lost 50% of Google rankings because buying and selling too many links.

March 9th, 2011 | 7:49 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

I did know about EzineArticles Carl, and I assumed it would hit other sites. I’m stunned that Forbes actually suffered, and I wonder if that type of thing will happen with many other magazine sites or even newspaper sites that sell links like that. I’m not so sure that’s legit, but it would definitely open up the possibility of the rest of us having a chance to compete with some of those sites.

March 9th, 2011 | 11:39 AM

I think the problem with this algorithm is that officially 94% have lost part of their rankings. In the beta test, haha Google have screwed up big time and even Wikipedia and New York Times were down by 50%, actually the final release of algorithm have excluded those 2 website so those are not affected. There was a final review of algorithm changes on 8th of March. Honestly I feel very comfortable with this, as my latest projects are showing growth in organic traffic this month.

March 9th, 2011 | 11:30 PM
Mitch Mitchell:

Really, it even touched Wikipedia and NY Times? I know that had to be unexpected, but I figure there will be blips here and there.

March 10th, 2011 | 12:41 AM
Martin Fister:

It seems like we’re in sync as when your posts hit my inbox, they almost always are relevant to what I’m dealing with at that moment. I’ve been meaning to comment for a while now, and as this topic has been something I’ve been dealing with lately, I figured now was the time.

I regularly write for Ezine and was recently surprised when my post was bombarded with a variety of new requirements. Reading their post that you linked to, it’s starting to make more sense, but I’m not sure how much the things they mention will fix their problems.

Ezine is now requiring their articles be longer, and some other requirements that aren’t listed in their post include the resource links must now be relevant to the article, and the resource box must be less than 15% of the article length.

The relevance requirement is a little disheartening to me as I used article writing to sate my interest in writing about topics that don’t relate to the content I already am constantly working on for my sites. It seems like it would be important for these links to give context to who the author is, whether they are related or not.

The removal of the plugin makes sense to me though, as I think it’s best to keep articles on every site unique. Google said one of their newest things was to penalize sites that are largely duplicate content, which seems directed at the plugin. If you want to post your article across multiple sites, I would think it would be better to offer a summary of some of the ideas in the article and then link back to its original location, rather than place the same article on each site.

March 9th, 2011 | 8:59 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

Martin, I have to admit I hadn’t paid much attention to a lot of changes at that site because I don’t think I have submitted an article in about seven months or so, and I did it through the plugin from my business site. One of the things I realized very early on is that they really didn’t like blog posts, or anything that could be interpreted as a blog post, and if you put a link in the post they really hated that. Frankly, even though I write pretty fast, the idea that I would have to totally edit myself to be able to get an article through the plugin, and then rewrite my post a little bit got on my nerves. So, I think I will probably leave the 20 articles I have on that site to be my contribution and that will be that.

March 9th, 2011 | 11:46 AM
Martin Fister:

Oh lord, I had forgotten when I tried submitting blog posts to them. Thanks for bringing up old wounds haha.

March 9th, 2011 | 11:56 AM
Martin Fister:

Sorry one last thing (not quite related to the post). I noticed you have a new banner since I last visited the site, and no offense but it’s a little painful on the eyes. The red/yellow/orange combination makes me feel like I’m staring out at a hot desert and want to scroll away from it as soon as I can.

Just wanted to give you the heads up. Overall, keep up the good work!

March 9th, 2011 | 9:01 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

Well Martin, you’re the first person who hasn’t liked that banner, and I guess it’s a good thing that it’s my blog and I pay for it because it would’ve mattered all that much to me anyway. I like it because it’s splashy and fresh as opposed to the kind of boring thing it was before, and goodness I hope to keep myself splashy and fresh with my content. Remember, not everyone likes everything kind of dark. lol

March 9th, 2011 | 11:48 AM

I’m a firm believer in quality over quantity. So hats off to Google for implementing these changes.
They are cutting out the middle-man, so to speak.

March 9th, 2011 | 10:08 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

That’s a good point Anne. I hadn’t thought much about the middle man concept, and it really does force people to think seriously about what they write and where to put it. I’ve seen a lot of bad content on some of the sites and wondered if the people who wrote that stuff would’ve ever considered it good enough to put on their own blogs or websites. Now I guess we’ll find out.

March 9th, 2011 | 11:50 AM

I guess it’s a good thing I’ve been dragging my feet on that plug-in. I read about it a few weeks ago and thought it sounded useful – though I’m not sure why. Hold the phone… it was *your* article I read, and you say that was back in August, not a few weeks ago. My how time does fly!

Anyway, it intrigued me at the time, though I was not sure that there would be any benefit in it other than the potential for a little exposure. I doubted it would generate any traffic for my blogs, so it remained fairly low priority.

Then Google announced their death watch on article farms. I’m not surprised that it has affected them. Not that I have anything against EzineArticles, it just seemed that this punch would knock a tooth or two from the jaw of most such directories simply because MMOers DO submit minimally acceptable articles in order to further their own cause.
I’ve written for HubPages, Triond, Suite101, and Squidoo and come to the same conclusion you make: if you want to establish yourself as some sort of authority on some topic, run your own blog. Especially now.

Thanks Mitch, I’ll go scratch “Install EZA plug-in” off my To Do list!

March 9th, 2011 | 11:10 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

Glad to help Allan. It does seem that Google values people doing things for themselves, even if that’s not really their intention. Works for me!

March 9th, 2011 | 11:51 AM

Well, Mitch, I think this was a smart move from ezine which will not only benefit them but will also benefit the bloggers, because if there were people that used the plugin a lot, I am pretty sure that google will slap both the blogger and ezinearticle.

The odd part now, after ezine have made their acceptance rules much stricter, why would people keep post to ezinearticle, articles that are of high quality when they could post them on their blog? (I know that they want links and etc, but if they would post it on their post then they could actually get the links to their post and grow their blog)

March 9th, 2011 | 11:13 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

Alex, it’s going to continue because we both know that most of those articles are written by someone else, and not necessarily the person whose name is attached to it. In that way, those people can continue to hope to get the benefit of the link going back to their website, because most of them has to know that people aren’t really reading those articles and aren’t taking those articles and putting them on their websites. I do know that one of my articles is on for other websites, and once I thought about it I realized I really didn’t like that too much, so I had already got myself into the mindset that I wasn’t putting my articles out there like that anymore. Still, the plugin thing really isn’t such a big deal in the overall scope of things, and it frees up space on the blog which never hurts to have.

March 9th, 2011 | 11:54 AM

Ironically one of my writers wrote about doing away with the plugin immediately on the exact same day! I did use the plugin for a while as a means to just get some extra content on the web with a backlink or two, but only ever submitted about 4 articles, I don’t use them anymore and don’t really plan to.

March 9th, 2011 | 12:49 PM
Mitch Mitchell:

Same here Justin. It was kind of a lark when I discovered it, but the enthusiasm wore off quickly.

March 9th, 2011 | 2:30 PM

First time I heard about this plugin..

However about content farm, I notice in some keywords, websites like squidoo still have good rank, though ezines, and hubpages rank dropped..

Thanks for the review, Mitch!

March 10th, 2011 | 12:03 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

No problem Kimi. I’m not surprised some Squidoo sites have taken hits as well, and if that happens it will affect everyone else. You know, I’m going to be keeping an eye on my blogs, except for this one since it doesn’t have any PR to begin with. At least traffic hasn’t dropped anywhere yet.

March 10th, 2011 | 12:43 AM

The plug-in sat in my admin area for months and finally got deleted when I did one of my monthly unnecessary plug-ins deletion. Would most definitely not be missed by this boy 😉

March 15th, 2011 | 7:21 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

I’m with you, Chuks. It was nice enough for a moment on my business blog, but that wore off quickly.

March 15th, 2011 | 11:22 AM

Good thing, it will do good to EzineArticles and also to bloggers.Well i believe on quality content not on quantity.

March 21st, 2011 | 6:36 AM