Last night I was doing a private teleseminar for Jeff Herring’s mentor group and Jeff was asking me to talk about cool little-known features of the EzineArticles system…and he mentioned that they as a group had been discussing the value of the EzineArticles Inbox Contact list that allows them to identify the top authors by article counts in each category… a feature I didn’t know we had built into the system. Omigosh!
While embarassed, I was also very happy that our dev team cranked out a new feature without being asked to produce it. That’s the innovative spirit!
Here are some screen shots and what this feature is all about:
When you go into your EzineArticles Inbox (click on AUTHOR TOOLS, VIEW MY MESSAGES), in the left navigation is a “MESSAGE ACTIONS” box. Select “CONTACTS” and then in the “FIND A CONTACT” section, select “TOP AUTHORS BY CATEGORY”:
and then I selected the “WEIGHT LOSS” category and got this:
From here, I can select “ADD TO CONTACTS” and then email the author.
I think Jeff’s group was looking at this as a lead generation use for finding JV partners… something that we’d call an unintended consequence. I had this feeling that Jeff’s group didn’t know that the TOP AUTHORS IN EACH CATEGORY was a public feature and not a private feature.
Example: Here are the top 10 authors in our WEIGHT LOSS category by article count. You can find the top 10 authors in each category from the main category listing near the top.
We’re continuing to improve the EzineArticles INBOX system as it’ll be in beta for the entire month of March. Thanks for all of the reports sent in that have helped us identify or eliminate bugs.