Original Articles Trend

One important trend I’ve noticed over the past (6) months is that many of our expert authors are submitting original articles to EzineArticles that they haven’t submitted or posted anywhere else on the Internet including their own website.

Why I think this trend is happening:

  1. Our expert authors who do this feel that they avoid any hint of duplicate content penalty against their website.
  2. It builds their credibility with us because we can’t find their content anywhere else when we check.
  3. They/you don’t have to compete with EzineArticles for traffic as your website gets traffic from your content and you get traffic from EzineArticles from your content. Themes are the same, but words are very different and completely unique.

One thing I’d caution any member who is doing the above strategy: Be sure that you crafted each version of your article by hand and do not fall prey to the software article rewriter crowd. We actively terminate and ban members who we determine are submitting software rewritten content. To us, it sticks out as plain as day thanks largely to our proprietary software designed to identify what our human eyes don’t readily catch.

Just to be clear, we do not require content submitted to be exclusive to EzineArticles.com; but it must be exclusive to your author name, meaning that we should not be able to find any content you submit to us anywhere else on the Internet under someone else’s or no name.


Patti McMann writes:

Excellent point Chris. One thing though, I only submit to EzineArticles but I find my articles on other article websites that I didn’t submit them to. The articles always say, “Submitted by Patti McMann” and I have never signed up at those sites. I have also found my articles on blogs and other sites with my name as author left off and words changed. How can we control the way our articles are republished, and on sites that we haven’t seen?

Comment provided January 8, 2008 at 2:32 PM


Judith writes:

Chris, for me, it’s I just don’t have time to run around and submit to all the various sites. I stopped submitting to other sites years ago — but as Patti mentions, I do see my articles pop up on article sites I’ve not submitted to personally. As long as they have the author box intact, not much I can do to protest.

I’ve been with you for years, trust your credibility and how you run your site and feel my collateral is best submitted here. And, that’s why I recommend your site to my clients as their primary article archive as well.

Take care ~

Comment provided January 8, 2008 at 2:37 PM



Hi Chris!

I’m one of the authors that submit their original articles directly to EzineArticles for the reasons you mentioned and because EzineArticles.com is at the top and many publishers pick up our articles to use in their sites from here.

Besides that, I think it’s a question of organization.
Here I have my entire article collection and I can analyse their performance – then I choose the most successful articles and submit them to other sites.

Comment provided January 8, 2008 at 2:46 PM


Edward Weiss writes:

I too only submit to EzineArticles. Except recently, I tried submitting an article to Wikipedia. I shortly learned EzineArticles articles are banned here.

Any reason why?

Comment provided January 8, 2008 at 3:18 PM




3 months ago we started on a path to get an answer to your question:

I think overzealous EzineArticles expert authors either knowingly or unknowingly screwed it up by being too self promotional. Same thing happened on Digg.

We’re still working on re-establishing positive relations.

Comment provided January 8, 2008 at 3:30 PM


Kingsley writes:

Whenever i publish my articles at EzineArticles.com, after 2 hours of my publication i find my article in various website with or without my name and links. I always ignore these people doing this violation because i don’t have time to start sending them individual email’s on why they broke my copyright condition. Anyone have any advice for me on this.

Comment provided January 8, 2008 at 3:55 PM


EzineArticles Angel writes:

Patti and Judith,

I would suggest the following actions if you do find that an article has been published without crediting you as the author:

The first course of action would be to contact the owner/webmaster of the site and ask them to fix the oversight.

This will normally accomplish the end result you are looking for, as most webmasters just need to be informed. :)

If after you contact them no action has been taken within 48 hours, you can contact the site’s ISP/Host and ask them to enforce their AUP (Acceptable Use Policy). This information can usually be found by
doing a WHOIS lookup on the domain name.

We do expect publisher(s) to follow our reprint rules stated in our Terms of Service for Publishers, however it is up to you to take action against those who abuse your copyright.

You can read more about this in our Author Terms of Service.

Comment provided January 8, 2008 at 4:30 PM


Jeanette writes:

Chris and authors,

Sometimes I submit my articles to EzineArticles before I post them on my blogs or websites. The reason–my articles get many views. Sometimes 100 views in the first 24 hours. Thank you for selling my books for me.

I was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal today. She found me by my articles. My color article comes out in Macmillan Encyclopedia this month, too! And since I’m sharing your site’s many benefits for authors, I was in Cosmo last month.

Joy to all of you in 2008,


Comment provided January 8, 2008 at 5:04 PM


P Pal writes:

Yup, I learned this with trial and error. I came to realize that my articles get on front page of google only when I submit them to EzineArticles and no place else even my own site.

Comment provided January 8, 2008 at 5:51 PM


Jean Tracy, MSS writes:

Dear Chris,

Although I do send my articles to some other directories, several of them don’t get my articles any traffic. I can always depend on EzineArticles for getting my articles on the first page of Google. I don’t know how you do it. I couldn’t be more pleased. EzineArticles has real power.

Many thanks,

Jean Tracy

Comment provided January 8, 2008 at 7:41 PM


Michael Searles writes:

Chris and others

As an absolute newbie your post and authors comments have already taught me some valuable tips.
Thank you all.


Comment provided January 8, 2008 at 8:22 PM


Jeanette writes:

RE: Copyright violation:

My attorney told me that I need to aggressively fight copyright violations. I put my name in Google alerts and see that most of my articles are violated. (This is why I only submit to EzineArticles and not to other directories.)

It would take me over an hour per day to look at all my Google alerts and check the articles. Most are on blogs hosted by blogspot.

Report to Worpress:

Submit a copyright infringement notice to Google: http://www.google.com/support/bin/request.py?form_type=user&stage=fm&user_type=user&contact_type=alert_legal&continue=Continue

I use ShortKeys and post to Google the following notice:

RE: Original article title and date posted on http://ezinearticles.com with the article link.

Attention Publishers & Webmasters; Our Reprint Policies:

If you wish to publish/reprint any article from our site in your ezine, website, blog, forum, RSS feed or print publication, you must:

Respect the copyrights of the authors by publishing the entire article as it is with no changes.

Agree to include the FULL Resource box or SIG line at the end of the article.

Agree not to change the title or content of the article in any way.

Agree to make all links so that they are Active/Linkable with no syntax changes.

Agree to include the article source credit below each article reprinted with the link active:

Article Source: EzineArticles.com

(Chris, I hope this is OK.)

Google takes down the blogs.

Since it took so much time to do this, I now just ignore the Google alerts.

Searching whois just takes too much time and I never got any response from any of those notices I sent.

I hope this helps.


Comment provided January 8, 2008 at 9:45 PM


Gilbert writes:

If the article publishers are worried about their website being hit by a duplicate content penalty, don’t publishers of articles from this site also run the same risk?

Comment provided January 9, 2008 at 1:49 AM




Sure…so don’t reprint any articles.

Keep in mind that our primary original mission is/was to be a content exchange for EMAIL NEWSLETTER PUBLISHERS and EXPERT AUTHORS.

Somewhere along the way, many thought that we targeted WEBMASTERS only who didn’t have a list to be publishing partners with our expert author community.

While it’s true that we and our authors get benefits from webmasters who respectfully reprint our members content (provided they follow the Publisher TOS), a minority of webmasters who abuse the TOS give the majority a bad rep.

A key point back to your original question: You’ve got to think about your CONTENT MIX STRATEGY. If all you have is non-exclusive rights content on your website and you do nothing to add value to the user experience, you may deserve a duplicate content penalty. If your website is loaded with original quality content not found anywhere else and a *minority* of your content comes from reprinting relevant articles (provided you follow the reprint Publisher TOS), your impact from any duplicate content penalty may be minimized.

Comment provided January 9, 2008 at 6:45 AM



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Comment provided January 9, 2008 at 10:58 PM


Daymon writes:

Admittedly, I used to make this mistake early on in my article writing. Though I’ve never used software to rewrite articles, I posted a fresh article in about 3 different directories. EzineArticles was free, the other two charged me. Luckily I caught on to how silly it was to submit to paid article directories, or even more than one. I’ve come to discover, that much like search engines, you only need one good quality article listing for people to find it. Just like with submitting my first few articles to more than one directory, as an SEO noob, I used to submit my site to every search engine on the planet, when there are only 3 people need to worry about. I can say now though that out of over 50 articles I’ve written, better than 45 are exclusive to EzineArticles, which has resulted over 2000 back links to my site. One thing I’d like to mention while we’re on the subject though is I think search engines have devalued the one way links back to sites from articles just a little bit, so it’s more important than ever to roll up one’s sleeves, and dig a little deeper when writing an article as a very well written, and high quality article is now most likely to get picked up for publishing, and even more likely to get published on a site that ranks well itself. The quality of an article is more important than ever, and no software can rewrite an article and make it high quality. This is my first post on the EzineArticles blog by the way. Saw the link on my last submission e-mail, and thought I’d drop in :)

Comment provided January 12, 2008 at 10:54 AM


Lance Winslow writes:

This is just a darn good policy, it makes me happy and thus I often refer people to the site, because good article authors come here.

Comment provided January 16, 2008 at 5:14 PM


Herman writes:


I have a question about receiving backlinks from article directories.

If I submit my article to EzineArticles after placing it on my site, do I receive a backlink?

If I submit the same article to other directories does Google filter out the backlinks because of duplicate content? If so, should I rewrite the article for each directory (so each has unique content)?

Comment provided January 19, 2008 at 10:31 AM




If you submit an article to us, yes you get a link to your website (as you know) and this could be called a “backlink”.

As a rule, we don’t comment on what Google will or won’t do.

The point of this blog entry is that I was identifying the trend where many members were submitting original content to us that wasn’t found anywhere else on the Internet. They were testing this vs. sending in content already found on their own website. Who’s right? Who knows… but it’s pretty hard to argue against the value of original quality content.

Comment provided January 19, 2008 at 12:40 PM


Guardian Angel writes:

Hi Chris,

I am a new article maker and I also wish I could submit my quality articles to EzineArticles, just like I am doing to other article directories. But I think I can also post some unique articles exclusively for EzineArticles only since I am also a guest blogger for another blog.
Now, after reading all comments on this thread, I would like to ask for your suggestion. Which does EzineArticles prefer, unique articles or original articles but has been published on my blog and probably already shared by others?
Thank you.

Comment provided January 29, 2008 at 4:31 AM




We always appreciate quality original unique articles that are submitted to us first or exclusively to EzineArticles.com; however, that is not required for us to love you as a member.

As long as your articles are EXCLUSIVE to your author name (meaning, they are not PLR), then we’re interested in reviewing them for potential acceptance/inclusion.

Comment provided January 29, 2008 at 9:20 AM


Herman writes:

Here’s an observation and suggestion…

If I publish an article on my web site (or blog) first then submit it to EzineArticles later (after it’s been indexed) it gets ranked ahead of EzineArticles. If I do it in reverse the article on EzineArticles gets a higher ranking.

This is probably due to search engines ranking the original content first.

If you have the time, write unique content for the article on your web site, then rewrite it in a different way to submit to EzineArticles. This keeps the content on your site unique plus you submit unique content to EzineArticles and attract traffic.


Comment provided January 29, 2008 at 10:12 AM


Guardian Angel writes:

Chris and Herman,
Thanks for your immediate response. Now I know more or less what to do. But definitely, I will try hard to submit my original quality articles to this site. I just hope I can meet all the requirements. Thanks again.

Comment provided January 29, 2008 at 11:46 AM


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