I’m speechless… thankfully, this is a blog and I don’t have to talk. I’m just amazed that there is such a huge incoming load of emails to us in the last month all asking the same question, “What is an Ezine?” or “I’ve never heard of an ezine used as a noun before” or variations of blank stares when we mention the word “Ezine” in any communication.
6 Months ago I wrote an article to address the question, “What is an Ezine?”
First, a refresher or heads up for anyone who really doesn’t know what an “Ezine” is: IT IS AN EMAIL-BASED NEWSLETTER. :-)
How does this apply to Ezine@rticles.com?
We got our start by providing supplemental content for EZINE publishers who need short articles that they could use without having to ask permission from the author as long as they included the resource box, kept all of the text/links in-tact and followed a simple TOS (Terms of Service) when reprinting.
For the pro’s reading this blog, please ignore the following as it’s for the benefit of those new to what an ‘ezine’ is:
When you write articles and syndicate or distribute them on a site like ours, you are NOT an ezine publisher.
Recently, I’ve even seen a competitor using one of those freebie knock-off CMS’s to create an ezine article directory when this webmaster clearly had no idea what an ‘ezine’ is.
Some think “ezine” is a word we made up. I’m not kidding. Sorry to disappoint, but we didn’t make up the word. We’re named “Ezine Articles” because the articles within the site are or were originally intended for ezine publishers to use.
If you write articles and distribute them to a site like ours, you are not technically an “ezine writer” nor are you producing an “ezine” but rather you are a syndicated author or writer.
If you host the same articles you syndicate to us, your website is not an ezine.
If you produce your own newsletter online via the web, your newsletter is not an ezine.
If you host any of our articles via our RSS feeds via your own website, you are not an ezine publisher, but rather we would consider you a webmaster or *RSS publisher*.
If there was one main point I could drive home today about what really makes up an EZINE, it would be this distinction: An ezine is an email-based newsletter.