Term Papers and Essays For College

We’re considering a pre-emptive ban on accepting articles from authors who sell TERM PAPERS and ESSAYS for the purposes of helping kids cheat in college.

Here’s our main beef with those types of articles: In the Resource Box links, they include anchored text links that say, “BUY ESSAYS” or “BUY THIS TERM PAPER” or “BUY TERM PAPERS” and this makes it appear that WE, EzineArticles, are selling term papers and essays, which is NOT TRUE.

Today, we’re going to privately invite many of the authors who would be affected by this content-type ban to comment. We’re open to your thoughts on this issue. Is it black and white?



Hi Chris

“We’re considering a pre-emptive ban on accepting articles from authors who sell TERM PAPERS and ESSAYS for the purposes of helping kids cheat in college.”

Why is it even a question?


Comment provided February 6, 2007 at 7:56 AM


Laura Fleenor writes:

BAN IT! I had to write my own term papers in college, and they should have to as well. I also think that allowing it gives us a bad name.

Comment provided February 6, 2007 at 8:11 AM


Ed Howes writes:


In an age when appearances often count far more than substance, you are correct to be concerned. It is not black and white. Colleges and universities now have excellent screening methods to combat an old and traditional practice. Most students know this to be the case and any student might be willing to pay for examples of good papers to use as guides.

If the word buy was eliminated and these folks were offering sample essays or term papers or guide essays and term papers, it would not appear anything was being sold by the link or EzineArticles. I do not see why anyone offering samples would object to rewording a link for the sake of appearance. Please let us know the outcome of the conference.

Comment provided February 6, 2007 at 9:04 AM




Let’s say you’re writing a term paper. You research the Internet and find all kinds of articles… I suppose you could also call many of them, ESSAYs.

The argument is: What’s wrong with selling articles that are called Essays for research purposes. If the college kid is stupid and submits it, that’s his or her fault, not the seller of the information.

Selling “Term Papers” is much more black and white because there is no question that the intent is to purchase content for the fraudulent & misrepresentitive submission to your professor.

It used to be a pure plagiarism issue until droves of writers started offering to write other college students term papers for them, transfering the rights and providing original content for a fee.

Comment provided February 6, 2007 at 9:19 AM



The preemptive ban is a good idea for all the reasons already mentioned. You and your staff have worked hard to make EzineArticles the best place for authors who want to be taken seriously. If you facilitate or even tacitly condone cheating, you will undermine that credibility.

You can’t stop people from cheating or from profiting by helping cheats, but everything you’ve done so far indicates a much higher standard and I trust you to make the best decision for EzineArticles.

Comment provided February 6, 2007 at 10:53 AM



Hi Chris

Thanks for the thorough explanation of the essays and term papers.

My issue and point lies in the following line from your original post”

“for the purposes of helping kids cheat in college.”

I wouldn’t, and I know you wouldn’t want to be associated in any way with that – you have worked too long and too hard and done too fantastic a job – keep the bar high my friend.


Comment provided February 6, 2007 at 11:39 AM


Aaron writes:

If you visit any site that sells term papers in disclaimer you’ll find:

You agree that the essay produced by our company represents an original work that is intended for further research and can only be used as a model for your own writing efforts. We do not endorse nor tolerate any form of whole or partial plagiarism and will not engage in any activity that will facilitate cheating.

So if the person wants to cheat, he/she will cheat anyway, no matter how it is called term paper, essay or article. If we want to prevent prevalence of cheating we should stop posting any kind of articles that can de plagiarized.

Comment provided February 6, 2007 at 2:00 PM


Laura Fleenor writes:

How many teens and college students do you really think read the disclaimer? I still think that it is in EzineArticles best interest to ban these types of articles.

Comment provided February 6, 2007 at 2:23 PM



What makes it gray is that the content is not evil.

What is evil is that our association with the author makes it appear that we endorse their selling of term papers…especially when there is a “BUY TERM PAPERS” link on our site within their articles.

That’s what will end for sure this week… but the term paper sellers that don’t have anchored text links is what we have to determine yet.

ie: If a term paper seller lists a quality article with us, should we accept it knowing that their website URL’s purpose is to sell term papers?

Comment provided February 6, 2007 at 2:48 PM


Ed Howes writes:

Yes. You have ended the negative association with EzineArticles by disallowing the links. Selling term papers is neither illegal nor immoral. How the purchaser of such uses it, is no more your business than mine. Will you boycott articles by gun dealers because some guns are used to commit crimes?

Comment provided February 6, 2007 at 3:14 PM


Lance Winslow writes:

Okay, I totally agree, I am tired of the cheating in school, science, business, politics, relationships, family, sports; it just irks me. Humans always trying to find an easy way, because they are weak, worthless and cannot perform. Now then having said that. You know I have to debate this topic and get everyone riled up and so I will play the Devil’s Advocate from Hell and burn you all to crisp. AH HA AH HA HA HA>

So, Mr. Christopher Columbus, now that you have discovered the new world you want to regulate Morality do you? AH HA HA HA HA! You can never beat the Devil? The Devil makes them do it!!! Well, then this slippery slope will lead you all to the fiery underworld. You see humans will cheat either way. Those who make the material available are not those who abuse it? Indeed buying a term paper might be something I might like to do for my research. It is for my reading only. So what if I do?

I am paying someone else to go read something I need to know to make a decision, but just do not have the time to read it. Is it wrong for them to sell it to me? Or would it be better if they change the ‚¬“Link‚¬ to read;

1.) Buy this research paper
2.) We do research for you?

Will someone who cheats in school really get ahead? They are really cheating themselves is the old slogan I was told in school. If someone takes a short cut they risk expulsion or an F in the class and worse off never really learning how to write a paper or do research, they in fact lose. Some might say that since 80% of the people with degrees from College never use their degree in their career, who cares? Well it seems we all care. But should we force our morality on others? The Devil says go ahead they will find another way to cheat, because it is the individual who is weak. I challenge all to debate this topic so I can get some juicy, hot and interesting articles this week. AH HA HA HA HA! Burn!

Comment provided February 7, 2007 at 5:06 AM


Allen Taylor writes:

My approach to this topic is radically different from the rest of you. As a magna cum laude graduate who did all his own research and writing, I despise anyone who won’t make the effort even if their best is a lower than desired grade. In that, I agree with Lance. Self-improvement, and victory, will never come to those who can’t, or won’t, put forth any effort. In the end, they are cheating themselves.

But I have to take issue with the original premise:

“Here’s our main beef with those types of articles: In the Resource Box links, they include anchored text links that say, ‚¬“BUY ESSAYS‚¬ or ‚¬“BUY THIS TERM PAPER‚¬ or ‚¬“BUY TERM PAPERS‚¬ and this makes it appear that WE, EzineArticles, are selling term papers and essays, which is NOT TRUE.”

If that’s your main beef, Chris, why do you have an article directory? Are you concerned that someone might think you are selling spa services or shoddy SEO work? You provide a platform for authors of every legitimate service under the sun, and even some illegitimate ones. What about these work-at-home companies that are the equivalent to college diploma mills. I’m sure if you studied your database you’d find articles promoting companies that sell envelope stuffing jobs. Seriously, why would anyone pay $79 to learn how to apply for a $1/envelope job from a company that you pay $79 to in order to learn about the job?

A better reason for not publishing these articles would be that the practice itself is unethical according to the values and rules of the institutions involved. For the same reason you wouldn’t want to publish articles that advocate the violation of medical or legal ethics, no one should be involved in promoting unethical intellectual practices.

I don’t think you’re in the business of promoting the products and services of your authors and I find it hard to believe that anyone with a brain cell could think that either. But you do allow an advertising and marketing vehicle for people involved in a legitimate business practice. Just as you would say “No” to bank robbers who teach people how to rob banks, you should also say “No” to people who teach others how to cheat professional institutions whose missions are to prepare them for life and who will set the stage for an individual’s perceptions and expectations in every professional setting for the rest of their lives.

Comment provided February 7, 2007 at 8:13 AM


Steve writes:

As a current University student and fellow marketer I think you definately SHOULD BAN these types of “essays”. You can call them what you want, sugar coat them by calling them “essays”, “papers”, “paragraphs” and so on…..but the fact remains, this is just not a good image to be allowing these types of businesses to advertise on your site.

Most Universities are using Turnitin features of Blackboard which compares your “paper” against a database of all students and internet resources. The penalty for plagiarism is very harsh in my University from instantly failing the class….leading up to expulsion. I am sure it is the same at other Colleges and Universitys. Plagiarism is just wrong. No matter how “challenged” the student is, there are literally millions of resources and guides. I feel it would be a big mistake for EzineArticles to allow these types of services to basically advertise on your site.

Comment provided February 7, 2007 at 1:16 PM


Lance Winslow writes:

Ah ha ha ha ha! The Devil will always tempt the weak. The devil makes young couples get together to have more kids so as to entice the new generation into the Evil Ways. The Devil is happy that people do not need licenses to have children and is very happy to see that no one is addressing the root of the real problem of piss poor parenting. Ah ha ha ha ha.

You can use all the software search tools you want, they will always cheat, due to their peer pressure, parenting and promiscuity and it should be patently perceptive of the pandemic pattern and apparent process of The Devil! Rather than make it illegal some people want to Tax the Term Papers and use that money to pay teachers more and provide better tools to teach these toddler true techniques of learning. But the Devil has a plan for this Too!

Everything is good in moderation they say and students who do not study justify their thievery only participating in the plagiarism part-time. Rather than crucify the crafty incompetent parents, we are causing those who fill the market niche with product. If the kids were more honest then they would not be buying their term papers.

The Devil in the White Term Paper is to be Terminated! Ah ha ha ha ha! It will never work, humans will always cheat, lie and commit acts of deception and deceit while in denial. Ah ha ha ha ha. The Devil Makes them Do It!

Comment provided February 7, 2007 at 1:45 PM


Ed Howes writes:

How much more meaningful would marriage be if there was a psychological test and parenting corse required to obtain a marriage license for the benefit of those seeking special legal status of state sanction? Especially since the loss of many extended families where young and inexperienced parents actually receive interested assistance by stakeholders. Which is to say; how can society serve parents in severely fractured or ignorant families?

Comment provided February 7, 2007 at 2:45 PM


Gary Simpson writes:

Hi Chris,

As much as I respect this repository and you as its owner, my opinion is that I don’t think you should BAN this material.

Where has the right to free expression gone if you do that?

It’s NOT the authors who are actually doing the cheating – even if they hint or say that it can or should be done.

They are not expressing hate, racism or fanatacism. The responsibility is with the end user – as with MOST things.

Pardon me for asking this but why do you feel the need to be the judge, jury and executioner in this matter?

The FOOLS who are going to cheat are going to cheat no matter what. We have seen that elsewhere in these blogs with website and ezine owners who cheat.

Maybe you could devise a script that says: “EzineArticles does NOT support the use of plagiarism or cheating.”

I was going to ask you for an example of this type of article but then realized that I would be giving it popularity which I don’t want to do.

I guess what I am saying is that although I don’t personally like these articles for their propensity to aid cheating, I defend their existence under the tenets of free speech.


Gary Simpson

Comment provided February 7, 2007 at 6:10 PM


Allen Taylor writes:


The issue isn’t whether or not the article writers have a right to right their articles or whether term paper ghostwriters have a right to earn a living from offering their services. The issue is whether EzineArticles should give them voice to advertise their services. I think EzineArticles and its owners/managers have a right to make that decision based on their own values.

Comment provided February 7, 2007 at 6:36 PM


Gary Simpson writes:


I AGREE with you. EzineArticles can do whatever it wants. If it wants to it can ban you, me, articles on space travel, blog comments on playing darts – anything. That is THEIR prerogative as owners. I am not disputing that.

What I am saying here is that there is a higher issue at stake – free speech, free expression. I think it says something about that in your constitution.

The subject is a moral one. It is up to the morality of end-users. Mind you, I don’t think too much of the morality of those who write these in the hope that they can sell them to intending cheats.

I can see BOTH sides. Truly, I can.


Comment provided February 7, 2007 at 6:44 PM


Gary Simpson writes:


I also meant to say that I don’t think these people are breaking the law or being offensive. They are just trying to profit off the weakness of fools.

I think we might be coming back to that gray area of “guidelines” – LOL!


Comment provided February 7, 2007 at 6:47 PM




Actually, we are not a freedom of speech website; nor have we ever been; nor will we ever be. There are other platforms for that type of desire or expression needs.

Right now, it’s just a business decision that seems to make very obvious sense to us. Earlier today we banned the type of link that would wrongly suggest we endorse the selling of term papers. By next week, we’ll be working to come up with a conclusive policy that is as black and white as possible.

Comment provided February 7, 2007 at 8:49 PM


Allen Taylor writes:

I understand what you meant, Gary. Here’s the fallacy – it isn’t a free speech issue, nor is it a moral one. It is, as Chris, a business decision.

Our Constitution says a lot of things and people usually take it wrong. The fundamental principle behind the U.S. Constitution is that individuals within society have a right to speak out against their government without fear of a government agent showing up at their door to chop their heads off (literally). It defines how the government should relate to the people, not to how the people should relate to each other.

Chris Knight, as business owner, has a right to run his business his way. Ghostwriters, like myself, are free to write for whomever will pay us to write. Students can exercise their own freedoms. But none of us have a right to impede the rights of the other. But students who pay ghostwriters to write their essays and turn them in as assignments at their university are impeding the rights of others through their intellectual dishonesty. In fact, the person they are injuring is Chris as business owner. Here’s how it works:

Student A gets the assignment and pays me to write the term paper – because I’m a darn good writer and he knows it. The professor grades it and it’s an A. Student A likes my services and comes back for repeat business. He graduates and moves on. After graduation, he starts looking for a job and goes to Chris Knight to apply. “I’ve got a degree in marketing and have excellent academic credentials to prove it.” Chris hires him then finds out that the guy has the critical thinking skills of an out of season petunia. Chris spent $350 to acquire an employee, paid him a salary, gave him benefits and has to spend weeks or months creating documentation to justify why he can fire the guy because behind every fired employee is a lawyer itching to make a name for himself and move up in status from a Ford Mustang to a BMW.

That’s why I can see the sense in the business decision. Chris could someday be hiring a C student posing as an honor grad. Would you like fries with that?

Comment provided February 7, 2007 at 9:07 PM


Lance Winslow writes:


Spot On! That is exactly the situation. As an employer I was always upset at the business degreed students and their lack of knowledge. As a speaker a business schools and colleges, Universities, some of the questions the kids would ask, frightened me to think they would soon be out in the workforce. Although in a way, I was delighted to know the quality of my future competition was so dismal that I could be on vacation and run circles around them on a Cruise Ship making two phone calls a day.

On the issues of Freedom of Speech, it simple does not apply to a private website. although there is a level of perception and expectation nevertheless and so, as long as our Knight does not turn into a Machiavellian Prince with a bad hair day, which he has proved himself Loved and Respected and loved by the 45,000 authors, its all good. Personally I hate cheaters, liars and weak humans so, I have absolutely no problem with any of it. Just like to play devil’s advocate, as I got 3 articles out of this subject so far this week.

Comment provided February 7, 2007 at 9:22 PM



When I make decisions, I consider more than my own interests:

…because we have full-time employees on the team that are counting on our long-term survival;

We have members who have invested a great deal of their time and expertise on our platform (and rightfully so want to continue to reap benefits long after each article submission);

We have advertisers counting on us to give them a return that exceeds what they paid for it, and so on…

I take all of these responsibilities seriously.

Comment provided February 7, 2007 at 9:29 PM


Allen Taylor writes:

Yes, Chris, you should. They are heavy responsibilities.

Those C students posing as honor grads are also hurting your employees and would-be employees because in the competitive job market if one of them convinces you that he’s the better man for the job when he isn’t then someone who was could be standing in the unemployment line. Also, your current employees will have to put up with the dishonest nature of the hired C student/honor grad and know that they are on an equal plane when he should still be standing in the terminal.

OMG, I just cross-pollinated my metaphors.

Comment provided February 7, 2007 at 9:41 PM


Lance Winslow writes:

Well I doubt anyone could question Chris’ sincerity, considering on the fact that he even offered to discuss this in a somewhat democratic way. I have not seen such Leadership by example since I was running my own company. And at times I could be a little Dictator when I had to be. I know no one here is shocked to hear that.

Some how Chris does this job with poise and dignity of a Gentleman and a Scholar, I wonder if I wouldn’t have just told them to take their crap and get the heck off my website? Got to hand it to Chris, I think Stanford’s Collins who wrote;

“From Good to Great”

and “Built To Last”

Would agree that EzineArticles.com is indeed lead by a 21st Century Leader who “Gets it”.

Meanwhile I want to play the Devil. So bring on the debate. I will switch sides if no one wants to debate this topic.

Comment provided February 7, 2007 at 9:52 PM


Gary Simpson writes:

Achtung Herr Lance!

“And at times I could be a little Dictator when I had to be. I know no one here is shocked to hear that.

I AM shocked!


Comment provided February 8, 2007 at 1:48 AM


Gary Simpson writes:


Like I said earlier – it’s your site – do what you want. If you make a management decision that is good for EzineArticles then that is your call. I’m all for it. I was merely expressing an opinion. It’s not gonna affect me one way or the other.

Personally, I detest liars, cheats, bandits, scammers, plagiarists, copyright thieves etc, etc

But I think you know what I meant by “free speech.”


Comment provided February 8, 2007 at 2:04 AM


Lance Winslow writes:

Ah Shocking people, yes well I know dictators do that too, I remember reading Saddam shocking people for torture. Hmm? Thanks for the idea?

Comment provided February 8, 2007 at 2:17 AM


Gary Simpson writes:


Is there ANYTHING that does not inspire an article within you?


Comment provided February 8, 2007 at 2:29 AM


Lance Winslow writes:

Oh, I am sure there might be, meanwhile can I use that as a title?

“Is There Anything That Does Not Inspire an Article within You?”

I think it would make a fine article indeed.


Comment provided February 8, 2007 at 3:06 AM


Lance Winslow writes:

By the way Gary, was this one your suggestion? Thanks if it was?


Comment provided February 8, 2007 at 3:09 AM


Gary Simpson writes:


Of course you may use it. I am not like McDonalds who trade mark everything. In Australia they are trying to ban a fellow whose name is actually McDonald from operating a cafe and selling burgers.

No. That other one – I think – was from the fertile mind of our esteemed colleague Allen Taylor. Somebody will correct me if I am wrong. They usually do.

Maybe, just for fun, we could suggest some words for you that you might like to fit into a title and see what you could come up with.


Comment provided February 8, 2007 at 4:04 AM


Allen Taylor writes:

Yes, that title was mine. I’m glad you made good use of it Lance. BTW, it’s admirable that you have written so many articles but most of us don’t have the luxury of time. Oh, but that I did! I can write 20-30 articles per day if that was all I did.

Maybe when I retire and travel the world like the grandmeister Lance.

Oh, and you guys, you might be interested in my latest, “Military Service Is No Laughing Matter And You Can’t Change Your Mind When Te War Begins.”

Comment provided February 8, 2007 at 8:19 AM


Allen Taylor writes:

I don’t know how I’m doing wrong, but you’ve got the title!

Comment provided February 8, 2007 at 8:22 AM



I have a question.

Chris, you said:

Here’s our main beef with those types of articles: In the Resource Box links, they include anchored text links that say, ‚¬“BUY ESSAYS‚¬ or ‚¬“BUY THIS TERM PAPER‚¬ or ‚¬“BUY TERM PAPERS‚¬ and this makes it appear that WE, EzineArticles, are selling term papers and essays, which is NOT TRUE.

My question:

Do other articles on this site include the word BUY or PURCHASE as part of the keyword links in the resource box?

Maybe you can ban such language, so it will never appear that you, EzineArticles.com, are endorsing any product or service. I mean, because you’re not, and I know without even looking at your legal that you have disclaimed such already.

Comment provided February 8, 2007 at 3:33 PM


Gary Simpson writes:


Good question Dina.


Comment provided February 8, 2007 at 4:02 PM


Edward Weiss writes:

On the other hand, the resource box IS the place authors are supposed to sell their stuff. This is a tough one.

Comment provided February 8, 2007 at 4:22 PM


Gary Simpson writes:

Right on Edward,

That is what I was thinking when I complimented Dina. I see the dilemma. That was also the basis for my free speech comments above.

This isn’t a legal issue, it’s a moral one. And the question is – does Chris and his EzineArticles team impose their moral right to ban such material?

It has certainly afforded some vibrant discussion.

I don’t like what these people do either.

Tricky, isn’t it?


Comment provided February 8, 2007 at 4:56 PM



Gary/Edward, yes, I thought that too (about the resource box being a selling tool).

And that’s why I said, ban the words BUY or PURCHASE from the resource box.

Most people use the resource box to soft-sell. They tell their audience, “Visit http:// whatever .com to learn more.” Or they say, “Sign up for our [Keyword Here] Newletter by clicking here.”

I’m curious to know who if anyone (besides the term paper salesmen) actually says, “BUY NOW, ORDER HERE, PURCHASE whatever,” in the resource box of their articles.

Because, as the article directory it is undesirable to give visitors the impression that anything is being sold directly from THIS site.

(Which is probably why they have something in their legal that removes them from any potential sales-related liability.)

So I was thinking, you could FURTHER eliminate the potential for that type of liability if you just ban direct-sell words like BUY, PURCHASE, ORDER HERE etc.

I’m not saying that this is what Chris should do – he can do whatever he wants. It’s just an idea – a workaround. A rule (law) that you can actually enforce.

And Gary, in reply to your comment:

“This isn’t a legal issue, it’s a moral one.”

Not sure if you have considered this but all laws are based in morality (or, ideally they should be).

Comment provided February 8, 2007 at 6:22 PM


Gary Simpson writes:

Hi Dina,

Yes, I understand that. However, there is a lot of immorality that goes unpunished because it is not illegal.

Just because something is “legal” is not to say that it is not immoral.

We must all be guided by our consciences. Sadly, there are many people who are only guided by the expectation of money. I think that is what is at the base of what is being discussed here.


Comment provided February 8, 2007 at 6:48 PM


Allen Taylor writes:

Dina, you said:

“Not sure if you have considered this but all laws are based in morality (or, ideally they should be).”

Is it immoral to drive 56 in a 55?

The problem with basing laws on morality is, whose morality do you base laws on? Christian morality? Humanist morality? How about Roman pagan morality?

The purpose for law is not to make us more moral. It is to establish and maintain social order. But, again, EAs decision to ban a certain type of business from marketing their services has nothing to do with morality or the law. This isn’t a governmental body. It’s a business and as a business they can set their own standards.

I think Dina’s suggestion to do away with the words “buy,” “purchase” and so on is a good one if the intent is to stop people from making a hard sell in their resource boxes. But what if I sold chocolates? Would anyone have a problem with me saying, “Click here to buy a box of eclairs?” Probably not, unless they were concerned that they could be mistaken as being in on peddling eclairs themselves.

From EAs perspective, it’s an issue of association. They don’t want to be associated with a business that is involved in the practice of helping college students cheat. Whether it is because they believe the practice is immoral or they just don’t want to be associated with it for an undisclosed reason is a moot point. In business, perception is everything and if people perceive you to be involved in a certain practice when you are not then it doesn’t matter that you are not; you will likely not be getting their business.

Comment provided February 8, 2007 at 10:10 PM



Allen, yes, I agree. I hear what you are all saying.

I want to know if ANYONE (besides the term paper people) uses the words BUY, PURCHASE, ORDER etc. and then link to a direct buy link in their resource box.

Because if they do, it makes no sense anyway.

It makes no sense for the article directory, because, as Allen said, it’s an issue of association.

(I’m taking liberty to generalize what Allen said – he was talking specifically about not wanting to associate with people who sell term papers. I am saying that you generally DO NOT want to be associated with ANY buying transactions that occur between your article authors and their customers. For RISK reasons.

That’s one reason why I thought that this problem could be solved if you stop permitting hard sells in the resource box.

We can all live without the hard sell. It’s not a big deal to say “Explore our assortment of chocolate eclairs – visit www. blah blah .com”

There comes a point where I have to leave the online discussion. I feel that point may be near. :)

Lovely talking to you all! Chris, good luck – whatever you decide.

Comment provided February 9, 2007 at 9:00 AM



Uh, one more thing. Why are those fake URLs I posted actually LIVE!?

I didn’t think they would be. Yikes.

Comment provided February 9, 2007 at 9:02 AM


Allen Taylor writes:

Yes, what you’re saying makes sense, too, Dina.

You’re leaving? We will miss your gentle corrections.

Comment provided February 9, 2007 at 9:25 AM


Allen Taylor writes:


Dina, funny thing is your blah blah link actually takes me to a real website.

Comment provided February 9, 2007 at 9:27 AM


Ed Howes writes:

And not a chocolate eclair to be found! Bummer!

Comment provided February 9, 2007 at 2:01 PM


Lance Winslow writes:

Well this entire thread is just bringing up so many great ideas and inspiring so many articles for me;


Thanks and keep up this topic for me.

Comment provided February 9, 2007 at 6:50 PM



Interesting idea Dina… we’ll have to create and run some special reports to identify if those words and how many times were used as anchored text links.

Basically, your recommendation is to blanket stop hard-sell BUY anchored text links.

We’re not going to do that right now, but it does give us something to consider.

All links in the body of your comments are LINKED up automatically along with a nofollow rel tag. I’ll go unlink them right now manually. It’s the only way at this time to not get them linked up.

Comment provided February 9, 2007 at 8:09 PM


Ed Howes writes:

Re: Lance’s link above:

A simple enough idea for anyone to implement with very good results. And there is more than one way to do it. For example: I can say, I will write about everything that truly interests me and write a title every time something does. Or I can say I am going to focus on my niche or business exclusively and learns something new about it every day and write one or more titles every time I learn something worth sharing and I would have added this paragraph to Lance’s article. :-)

Comment provided February 9, 2007 at 9:42 PM


Lance Winslow writes:

Cheating in Academia concerns me worse;


Comment provided February 9, 2007 at 9:44 PM


Ed Howes writes:

Could these cadets be on the fast track to cushy Pentagon jobs or corporate CEOs?

Comment provided February 9, 2007 at 10:17 PM



Hi All,

An update on this issue:

Let’s close this thread and if you wish to comment further on the new decision, please post it on the above new blog entry.

This was not a decision that we were looking forward to because of many reasons including the direct conflict with those that are directly impacted by it… but it had to be made.

Comment provided May 24, 2007 at 9:08 AM


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