Rating System Blues

Stephanie writes, “I was browzing my article and when I saw “rating” I clicked on the stars to see what the different ratings said. And by doing that I accidentally gave myself a 2/5 rating. I am sure that I am not the only one who has done this. That is probably why one of my articles got a 1/5 rating – someone clicked on the first star not realising that THAT is how you rate someone.”

Dear Stephanie, Don’t take yourself so seriously. :-) In the big picture of things, does anyone really care if one single article of yours has a low rating, even if it’s not deserved? Right now, it will have almost no impact on the traffic your article receives. Your complaint is one that we hear often and it usually comes from someone with less than 6 articles posted with us. I recommend that you write or post 60 more articles and then tell me if you still feel this way about the one single bad rating your article received. Love, The Article Writing & Marketing Coach



I can certainly testify to your comments being accurate Chris. Some of my articles with only 1 star (which weren’t actually bad articles, but some contained info that people might not agree with; or it simply didn’t satisfy their needs/level of interest) – but some of these articles have had a much higher level of reprint (as measured by people using the ezine publisher) than others with a high rating.

I think it’s interesting getting the feedback of the ratings, but it has to be balanced with the content of the article (as in, did it perhaps use more technical data etc, or as I wrote, was it on a subject that some people perhaps passionately disagree with you about?)

But, I look at it this way, if they cared enough to even give something a bad rating, yet the article had information that was as accurate as you can ensure, then that’s not such a bad thing anyway :-)


Comment provided September 10, 2006 at 11:54 AM


Ed Howes writes:

I have never tested this but what would prevent me from viewing my articles 10 times each and giving myself a 5 star rating each time?

Comment provided September 11, 2006 at 12:44 PM



Ed H,

The rating system is designed to prohibit multiple ratings by the same IP address.

Comment provided September 28, 2006 at 1:37 PM


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