They say you’re judged by the friends you keep.
As a website, we’re judged by the links we make.
Our reputation (and the reputation of everyone who participates in the EzineArticles platform/system) is on the line with every single outbound link included on every single article.
That’s why we’ve spent a year studying, cross-checking and verifying various RBL’s (Realtime Black List) services to ensure we’d be able to correctly identify if a link is from a known-and-verified-to-be-a-potentially-harmful link (reputation wise) that goes to an individual or organization that engages in UCE (Unsolicited Commercial Email) spamming/phishing, etc. Or if the link is from a reputable source.
Within the world of RBL’s, URLs/Links are often separated by degrees of white hat, gray hat and black hat based on whether the URL is known to be a spam source, phishing source or both. Usually, the RBL’s are only able to verify domains that appear in spam rather than where the spam is sent from … but over time, and with manual checks, the RBL services are able to differentiate what’s legit vs. not legit.
Effective today, all URL’s included in any article submissions are checked against our RBL service providers. If found to be verified black hat, this error message will appear:
“The URL you have selected is blacklisted as it contains a domain that is actively used by spammers: [URL in question shown here]. Please remove this from your article.
If you feel your URL was incorrectly rejected for being in the RBL, please contact our Member Support Team via email and we will research the issue and get back to you. The chance of our RBL system rejecting your URL is extremely rare … unless you send a lot of unsolicited commercial email (not a good thing to do).
The end result of this new system is that you should rest further assured that your articles listed with EzineArticles.com are in good company. :)