The day is coming when we will no longer be a 100% syndicationable site. That means, we’re interested in giving our authors the choice as to whether they only want to have their articles on EzineArticles.com and not allow others to syndicate or use the articles… or
Or perhaps only Ezine Publishers can use the articles vs. Webmasters (who typically deliver less value than ezine publishers do upon syndication)…
Or even the possibility of requiring publishers to have a membership account and we’d do a trackbacks concept where they would have to provide a link to the usage of the article, if the author allowed the article to be syndicated.
This would be a major shift should we pursue this direction… and it’s been on our minds for some time now.
WHY change the current article syndication model?
We hold the authors to such a high standard in terms of giving them 5.5 pages of editorial guidelines and the publishers must be held to a higher standard of accountability and reporting for this value cycle to return to a better balance.
Our Editorial Guidelines are 3012 words.
Our Publisher Rules are 743 words.
Yes, I recognize that the ‘publishers’ have the traffic and there is value in what they deliver our authors and us upon their syndication of Ezine Articles; but there is an inequity in accountability.
Example: If an author sucks, their articles don’t make it to the site. If a publisher sucks, it’s up to the author to enforce the Publisher Rules.
Requiring the PUBLISHERS to be more accountable for the content they syndicate would solve our Authors desire to know where their articles are getting picked up and would hold the Publishers to a higher quality standard than just grabbing content and not following the reprint rules.
If Publishers were required to have EzineArticles membership accounts, we could learn more from them as to what they really want from our Authors and could do an even more effective job at helping our Authors to get a higher exposure on even more credible & authoritive sites relating to their niche.
I’m not saying the proposed thoughts would solve unscrupulous publishers from doing evil; but it would definitely help raise the quality bar & standards that Publishers are held to.
Your thoughts this full vs. partial vs. no syndication rights issue?