Concept of Exclusive Rights

Dave asks:

Once you post an article for distribution, is it ok for others to post it on a website or Blog before it is approved for your distribution. If some one posts the article before it is approved by your site, would that effect your decision to publish it on your site?

Easy answer: No, it would not impact our decision to accept it. If it met our posted editorial guidelines, we would accept it.

Complex answer: The real question you are asking Dave is, “Does require exclusive content written only for your site?” We don’t require that the article content be exclusive to (even though we appreciate when you submit new content to EzineArticles first), but we do require that the article content be EXCLUSIVE to your author name… meaning, we must not be able to find any of your article submissions under anyone elses name on the entire Internet.

Common innocent mistake we see too often: An author will post his/her content on his/her own website but won’t put his/her name on their own article… leaving us to wonder who really wrote the article. Therefore, always put your name on your own article. To not do this is a red flag because it means you don’t stand behind your content or your didn’t really write it.

More common mistake that isn’t so innocent: An author will buy a PLR (Private Label Rights) article pack and submit it as his or her own. *yawn*… Seriously, this is the wrong venue for PLR content. Or, an author will try to rewrite PLR content and submit it as his or her own… Or they will buy content from a ghostwriter and not triple check the content for originality, only to find out it’s not original. This happens too often and we’ve expended an enormous level of efforts to tag, identify, and not accept this type of content. Be original and only submit original content. :) Please.



(nodding) As a general rule, if I’m writing to promote my website, Ezine gets my article before anyone else. Then, after it’s been around Ezine for awhile, I will submit it to some other places too.

I’ve written articles for several article submission places that claim to do the same as Ezine, and while I have received limited traffic through them, not nearly as much as I have through Ezine – so I only post on the other sites when it’s an article I really want to be widespread or after Ezine gets first crack at it.

I have a couple that are on Ezine I won’t post anywhere else – as I said in a previous comment on this blog – I got around 10 articles posted on Ezine and became so busy from the influx of traffic I had to stop submitting articles because I didn’t have time to accept all the assignments coming my way… with a return like that, who needs to post on other sites, eh?

(except, I do post the articles on my own site too…)

Love and stuff,

Comment provided March 12, 2007 at 8:15 AM


Herman writes:

“Common innocent mistake we see too often: An author will post his/her content on his/her own website but won’t put his/her name on their own article! leaving us to wonder who really wrote the article. Therefore, always put your name on your own article. To not do this is a red flag because it means you don’t stand behind your content or your didn’t really write it.”

Hi Chris,

Do you recommend leaving my resource box at the end of a post on my blog?

Currently I don’t include it even if it is a long article, however I DO include it for articles on my main site.

Another question
I often write short posts (approx 300 words) for my blog. Several consecutive posts on the same topic could create a long article.

If I place the long article on my main site will it be viewed as duplicate content because the same content is included over several blog posts?

Comment provided March 19, 2007 at 7:18 AM




I’ve seen it done before and don’t do it myself, but think it can’t hurt to do it. Anything that helps your reader do more with you after they are done reading is ok.

Your last question is hard to answer because you’re really asking is: If I provide a compilation of content along with the separate bits of the same content, is that considered duplicate content? If you don’t intend to add value to the bits of content, then YES, it may probably create a duplicate content penalty because you didn’t add enough unique value…

Now, if each of your blog bits had 3-10+ comments on them, that user-generated comment content would dilute your duplicate content concerns! :)

That’s why I love blogging! Lotsa Unique Content!

Comment provided March 19, 2007 at 9:22 AM


Herman writes:

Thanks Chris… another idea…write blog posts in a more casual manner then write the articles more formally..the downside being more time is needed to do both…ugh.
Blog posts are definitely easier to write.

Another question

How much time should elapse before posting the article from your site to EzineArticles so the article on your site appears first in the SEs?

Comment provided March 19, 2007 at 9:38 AM



Search engines generally index us every single hour of every single day… but the inclusion varies greatly from hours to many weeks.

It’s best to produce a high enough quantity of articles because it all works out in the end.

I see you’re at about 48 articles yourself which is a great start. :)

Comment provided March 19, 2007 at 6:17 PM



I have come accross many number of useful articles. As I am running my own website mainly concentrating on student community and the working class, parents group and other social organisations working for human development, I want to publish some of the most useful ones in my website, as it is, without any modifications with the links given in the articles. I want to know how can I proceed with this idea?

Comment provided March 22, 2007 at 7:02 AM


Pat F writes:

Hi Chris,

Thanks for running a great service and website!

These are good tips in here.

But I have a few things to say.

I agree that the resource data should accompany everything original that an author writes. This not only establishes the authorship rights and provides a record of sorts of all the author’s works, but also sends a message to others that the author is taking copyright issues seriously.

Personally, I prefer to post my articles on my website first, and then post it in EzineArticles, or anywhere else for that matter. I feel this helps to establish copyright of the material. It doesn’t actually prove that one is the original copyright owner (there are other better ways to prove that), but it does help some way in that direction.

Now a question: Apart from asking publishers / users to comply with the rules for using the articles found in EzineArticles, what is EzineArticles doing about blatant theft and plagiarism of the material submitted to EzineArticles?

I often come across sites which have articles which can be found in EzineArticles but with all the resource data missing. I even came across one site made up almost entirely of such articles. It still appears in searches, and appears to be doing well in there, presumably because of the ‘original’ content.

EzineArticles tracks and verifies whether the submitted articles are original works, well and good, but in what ways does it ensure that publishers who come in here comply with the rules for using the material?

Nowadays, with all the emphasis on content, it is a fact that more and more sites are stealing others’ works, because it is so easy to do and get away with. Exclusive rights don’t mean anything to these thieves.

Thanks for the post, and the opportunity to say my piece.

Comment provided March 29, 2007 at 9:44 PM



Pat F.,

First, read section 3:

If you want to guarantee that no one ever rips your works, remove all of your content from the web immediately. That’s the guaranteed solution.

Next, realize that thieves have NEVER risen to traffic power.

Next, realize that many webmasters are incompetent and may only need to be educated that what they did is not cool. If they are not understanding, then email and call on the phone their web host to cite an AUP violation. This works better than writing legal demand letters because every thief needs a web host and all ISPs of Earth either are the good guys or they get their internet access from a good guy that won’t allow theft to occur on their network.

We go after wholesale theft of content; We educate publishers daily (by the thousands annually); We have an anti-crawl system designed to stop article scrapers and we are building a new platform for publishers that I expect will debut later this year designed to make publishers more accountable.

Comment provided March 30, 2007 at 6:41 AM


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