New ‘Diamond’ Account Level Unveiled

Diamond ImageOver time, we’ve come to realize that we’ve outgrown our current membership level structure.

The trend we see is that Platinum-level members are grouped together unfairly. Our highest quality authors are mixed in with others who may be more concerned with generating high numbers versus creating great articles.

To recognize those “Best of the Best” Expert Authors, we are adding a Diamond level to the peak of our membership pyramid.

The Diamond level represents the ideal EzineArticles Expert Author to us. It represents someone who only writes original works, presents them in an easy-to-read format (bullets, numbered lists and only a hint of bold or italics styling), doesn’t generate user complaints, submits regularly and is a genuine expert in the topics he or she writes about (as evidenced by their website URLs and bio).

To qualify as a Diamond author:

  • You must have at least 10 live articles in your account.
  • Your Author Bio must be 100% complete, including your author photo.
  • You need to submit a request for the Diamond level upgrade through your Author’s Area:
    1. Login to https://Members.EzineArticles.com/
    2. Select “Account Manager” from the dropdown menu, and then select “View Account Status”
    3. If you qualify according to the six points, fill out the form for Diamond Membership and select “Send Request”

What it Means to Be a Diamond Author

  • You’ll receive faster article review times, faster Member Support responses and unlimited article submissions. Premium members will still receive our fastest review and support priority times, but Diamond members will receive priority before Platinum member submissions and email support.
  • A diamond image will be next to your by-line name to let our readership know you are among the most trusted members we have.
  • Our more experienced editors will review your article submissions.
  • You are the best of the best and you’ll be held accountable to that. Therefore, problems in one article could cause you to lose Diamond status.
  • The Diamond upgrade is account-wide. The primary member is responsible for the quality of all articles and alternate author names on the account.
  • Upon request, you may be granted the ability to write articles in the 250-400 word range providing you continue to deliver high value to your readers.

This membership level adjustment has been in the works since early 2007. The Diamond level was adapted from that original plan. Diamond membership can never be purchased and can only be earned. It’s our way of letting the world know who is a perfect example of what our best expert authors look like and sets an example for others to follow. It’s about the ultimate in quality.

As the months go by, we hope to refine our Diamond Membership level process and will be featuring some of the best Diamond members as case studies for others to learn from. If you have advice for us on further criteria we should use to determine who deserves Diamond membership, we welcome your input.

NOTE: Please be patient with the Diamond membership account review considerations. We have no anticipated reply time frame for you but know that we are working on them and will have replies to you as soon as we can.

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Chris and Team – This is a good addition to the EzineArticles membership categories and I’m honored to be a part of it!

Thank you,

~ Jeff Herring

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 4:33 PM

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I will strive to achieve the diamond status. Once earned, it will be an accomplishment that I will cherish.

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 4:42 PM

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kpaul writes:

Submission request form/box not currently working for me. I’ll check back later. This is a good move on your part, imho. Cheers.

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 4:50 PM

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kpaul writes:

Ok it’s working now…

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The Author writes:

This doesn’t address the fact that you removed premium member status from authors. How will that be earned back?

Also, how many times will an author have to be DOWNGRADED from Diamond Status before you finally ban their account from further submissions as well? (Just as you are doing now with the 10 submissions rule).

What about accounts who have over 1000 articles, and whose content you have deemed as not meeting the par?

Will they be eligible if in the future their FUTURE submissions match up with your quality standards; or will you still judge them based on their previous content?

I have noted that you judge authors harshly, whose content you previously accepted without rejection; when new rules come into play. I don’t believe that is fair, considering the fact that long term authors do make intense efforts to try and meet your standards; and you end up judging them based on their previously quality; instead of their current quality.

Like saying “we can’t upgrade you, because in the past you did some things that don’t meet our FUTURE (and now current) guidelines.”

How does this work for premium member status now? Are authors even allowed to buy it? What’s the deal there?

This still doesn’t address your niche decisions, or anything else that matters. I can see lots of loop-holes in this “Diamond” level author status thing you got going on.

Are high traffic niche submitters allowed to earn “Diamond” status? It sounds like Diamond status is more about the APPEARANCE of an account than of the quality of the articles themselves.

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 4:51 PM

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The author,

You are addressing a few issues that do not relate to the Diamond membership level. No further decisions have been made on those areas. If you have questions relating your account specifically, we can address them privately.

When considering a downgrade, we review many variables because the action is significant. You must learn from your errors and ask questions if you do not understand.

Any member can achieve Diamond through hard work and dedication. If a member submits subpar articles, they are not eligible for the Diamond membership level. All accounts are reviewed as a whole.

We know mistakes will be made as the learning continues. What we look for is if this member is learning from those mistakes. Subpar articles do not qualify as quality.

This membership level is the highest earned level available. It cannot be purchased.

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Correct me if I’m wrong, but can’t authors update their old content at any time? If so, then can’t The Author simply correct the problems that were a problem in the past and update the content so the account as whole meets the new requirements? It might be a lot of work, for someone with a lot of content, but sounds to me like it would be worth it if the past content is currently hurting The Author’s account.

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Michelle – You are correct. Authors can update their articles at any time.

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Dr. Kai Druhl writes:

Chris, I’d suggest to include a review of the last 5 or so articles in your criteria, for delivering on the title content.

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 4:52 PM

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Dr. Kai Druhl,

When reviewing accounts for an upgrade we review all the matters of quality. This is included. Great point.

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Nicola writes:

If the upgrade is ‘account wide’ does that mean we have no chance of becoming a diamond level author if previous articles didn’t meet the criteria? Alot of the current articles in my account are in the saturated niches you spoke of in your last post (and admittedly not all my current articles could be considered diamond level quality). I intend to ‘turn over a new leaf’ in my article writing, and I’d love to achieve this new level.

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 4:53 PM

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Nicola,

If you are not proud of your content, I would suggest not keeping it. I am proud of your statement and dedication to make adjustments in your article writing for the future. It’s the learning and application that matter. Having errors in the past does not disqualify you but it may take you longer to build trust. Keep working at it!

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Nicola writes:

Thanks for your answer. I think I might delete some of my articles alright.

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Chris et al,

I agree with Jeff – this is an exciting initiative, that can only further the pursuit of excellence and differentiation

Good job!

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 4:57 PM

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Excellent! Looking forward to this.

Connie Ragen Green

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 5:07 PM

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James writes:

Elete of the elete has a nice ring to it but I believe “The Author” in a previous post has made some very valid points with so many variables.

I believe that EzineArticles needs a membership level like Diamond if they want to stay competitive in the eyes of Google, considering the recent drop in article rankings due to algorithm changes.

Respectfully,
James

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 5:29 PM

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I am all for this idea. My submission standards to your site have always exceeded your current 400 word requirements and I never posted anything that was not 100% unique.

One thing that really annoyed me was the garbage you did serve on the site. If I can take the time to write a good article that ends up getting me a good CTR than everyone else could as well.

I like playing hard ball, if it were my company I would delete a LOT of the garbage and if it offended the author.. so be it. We do not need articles on how to make your penis bigger in this community. You can be as “nice” as you want but that stuff is vomit plain and simple and the only reason it is here is to boost sites in search results that sell that garbage.

Chris, you are not going to make everyone happy and it is OK. But people like me that are very concerned about our reputation development will ALWAYS give you the quality you want. Anything less would be a disservice to ourselves, no you.

Don’t be afraid to step on a few toes. It is YOUR company. Those of us that are 100% free of guilt and have used your site with integrity will still be there and still support you.

The only other thing I REALLY wish you would do is get rid of that block of Google ads just under the article title. Be willing to do a little cleaning on your pages the same way you want some authors to clean up their act. I don’t think that is too much to ask. :-)

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 5:56 PM

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Mark writes:

Question: I recognize and understand the need for author photos to gain trust with a reader, but a number of authors (including myself) use multiple pen names so each author doesn’t appear to be in too many niches.

The only way a photo could be added would be if I used a stock photo… which would defeat the purpose of credibility.

It certainly would work for my main account which is done under my own name, but wouldn’t work for my other pen names since I can’t give them photos. I am proud of my content under all pen names.

Might I suggest you look at just doing it for the ‘main’ name of an author, or is this just for those people with one name in their account?

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 6:00 PM

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Mark,

Great question! You only need your primary account bio and profile to be complete. Your account profile will show 100% completion even if your alternate/pen names are not stocked with photos and a bio. We made this change today because we understand the reasoning for pen names and that those profiles are not always complete. You are one step ahead of me. :)

However, you are still responsible for the article content under those pen names. This means that the quality factor is reviewed across all articles on the account.

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Mark,

I need to clarify a point here that I did not make obvious. I apologize for that. You do not need to complete the bio and photo for any author names on the account that don’t have articles.

If they do have articles, the bio and photo for those alternate authors will need to be completed. A 100% completed profile may drop to 50% when the first article for an alternate authors is submitted and the profile is not complete.

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Mark writes:

OK, so what you’re saying here is that people who use alternate author names to separate out niches:

http://blog.EzineArticles.com/2011/02/alternate-author-names-how-to.html

Are not eligible. Well, fair enough I suppose.

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Mark,

No, they are eligible. :) They will need their bios completed to be eligible.

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Devon K writes:

I hope I qualify for the Diamond Status – that would mean a lot to me at the moment.

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 6:02 PM

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Cheryl Pickett writes:

While I understand and agree that there have been quality issues to this point, I guess I am not clear as to why you would take away diamond status if “there are problems with one article”. No one is perfect, everyone can have an off day and certainly an off article from time to time.

Could you elaborate on how that part would work. For example, say I have 200 articles, and have been given diamond status.

Things roll along well then, somewhere around 250, I miss the mark without maybe even realizing it (since worthiness is subjective I may not even know). Is the loss of status immediate, or is there a warning? Even if there’s a warning, I still feel that a one strike rule is pretty harsh even for the best writers.

Thanks for your help as we all work to understand this new element.

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 6:19 PM

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Scott Broadbent writes:

The easiest method to do so to ensure the quality level of diamond status is that once you gain Diamond Status that any future articles which don’t meet the quality level of diamond status simply aren’t approved or published until changes are made to bring them up to such a standard.

You shouldn’t then necessarily lose diamond status based on one bad submission. The “penalty” for submitting sub-par articles would be for them to not be published until they meet the quality guidelines.

Perhaps if after some defined time you haven’t had any articles published, your account would be then downgraded.

It would also put some responsibility back on EzineArticles for ensuring they maintain the quality guidelines they have established for themselves for this diamond status. Though I understand the reason to retroactively punish authors who don’t meet the current guidelines to bring quality back up, responsibility for declining quality shouldn’t rest solely on the author. EzineArticles should accept some responsibility for such.

At least that’s what I would do.

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Cheryl,

Diamond is not an easy membership to obtain and it’s not an easy one to maintain. With that said, it demonstrates an ‘elite’ status that some may not be able to obtain. We know a few may feel it’s not fair but we also know how difficult it will be to achieve and those members should be rewarded for their skill, dedication and consistency that they deliver in every article.

Will we downgrade on one error? I guess that depends on the error. We’ll certainly be strict in our reviews because there is true benefit to being a Diamond author. I would only expect that those benefits will continue to rise over time.

BUT in learning, we make mistakes. We’ll make room for those mistakes as long as you are learning from them.

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Robert writes:

With regard to the changes being made to EzineArticles and specifically the saturated niches…I think EzineArticles needs to take some more responsibitlity and not be passing judgement on authors for turning out the same type of articles.

If you were to review the EzineArticles training series, the templates are provided for authors to use and specifically the 3 tips, 7 tips etc. and how to turn longer articles into shorter ones. It’s not all our fault. Authors can only be as good as the training they recieve is.

Take the example article template #1
Example article given by EzineArticles.

http://ezinearticles.com/?Article-Writing-Strategies-To-Get-Into-Zen-Flow—7-Tips&id=31459

If the same style is being adopted across the site it may be time to actually look into the training authors are recieving and not the 3 figure course that is available from time to time.

Just my personal thought.

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 6:33 PM

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Robert,

Templates are a great tool to keep you on task. As with any academic paper or research paper, a template is used on purpose. This doesn’t mean you should write the same thing in every article. It is simply a guide. 3 and 7 tips article templates are designed for usability and clarity. Readers love TIPS! It also helps you focus on the points and prevents rambling.

Should they be used across all your articles? Probably not unless you’re noted for your tips and your readers expect that format but it does not insinuate that the article content should share the same information.

I encourage their use and I have often offered them to authors who tell me they are stuck and cannot seem to find their words.

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Robert writes:

Hi Penny

Now I understand about the post the other day commenting that much of the same tips were appearing only reworded.

I don’t often use the templates but rather take the time to research the topic before writing and then close all information web pages and start writing in my own style.

So in that respect I may be guilty of having some articles with the same tips included but reworded. I tend to use tips within the article, but…not in the title.

So readers come and read the article but a couple of tips are thrown in along the way, just to add some additional value to the article.

Curious about that last part. You mention you’ve offered them to authors stuck for words. Does that mean if I get stuck one day I can email support and ask for suggestions. :) Didn’t know members got one on one support.

All the best
Robert

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Robert,

We always offer support. :) Our member support team assists with a variety of areas. Those questions are most often specific to the author’s account and articles. When I say that I have offered support, it is generally through this blog. When it becomes personal, I take it to email.

If you are looking for ideas and you can’t seem to find what to do next, this blog is an excellent resource for those questions and you get fast feedback from the leadership team. We’re always throwing you ideas on how to overcome writer’s block.

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Dianne M. Buxton writes:

It seems I do not qualify for the new status – yet I have no idea why.

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 7:14 PM

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Dianne,

We are working diligently on the requests. We appreciate your patience. If you haven’t heard from us, we haven’t reviewed the request yet.

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Mako writes:

Love it, and look forward to EzineArticles further seperating the wheat from the chaff when it comes to the many so-called “Authors” on the site.

Good work!

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 7:23 PM

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Bill Ray writes:

Being only new to EzineArticles, I wait a few hours and then check with Google for the title of my article and to see where it is in the organic listing and I find the vast majority of my articles list as number one page one. The one that did not list page one I am pondering over, trying to find what did I do wrong.

I feel it should be standard practice for authors to check their articles on Google, this would encourage them to improve their articles even more. With the a mount of training material provided by EzineAticles I find it all a bit bewildering how authors don’t aim for number one page one all the time. Guess I am a crazy old webmaster that likes to compete.

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 7:24 PM

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Pam Ragland writes:

I am new to EzineArticles, still awaiting approval of my first submission / feedback before I write more (yeah on getting one done!) Of course I will strive for Diamond status, as I am a true expert in my field.

However, I have been in business 11 years, and I do a fair amount of internet marketing education. I know there are “private label” articles, “article spinning” software, etc. out there. How will you identify who actually wrote (not just owns) the article? Should you add an “author” box for who actually wrote it, or “origin”, that is not displayed (or perhaps it is?)

I look forward to feedback on my first article, so I can submit more with confidence. I welcome setting true experts apart, because I know once I figure out the right system I’ll be in that category.

Also, BTW, I typed the Captcha wrong the first time & instead of just letting me do it again, it wiped out all comments. It would be helpful if this did not happen.

Warmly,
Pam Ragland

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 7:28 PM

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Pam,

I’m a little confused by your question. We don’t accept PLR articles or spun articles. During our submission and editorial reviews, we review this on every article. If the article is ripped (plagiarized) the account is suspended. This is one of our most time consuming quality metrics in the review process but it’s worth the time.

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Pam Ragland writes:

Dear Penny,
Well again keep in mind I am new to using EzineArticles although I’ve known about you & had my account quite a while. So, I am still learning the article submission guidelines (and I don’t do or use PLR so I would glaze over that part, if I saw it.)

However, having said that, I do know internet marketers use your site with PLR content. I don’t know how, and I could not even tell you who, but I just came back from a conference and I know for a fact they do. I imagine that would be a time consuming item to figure out, which is why I recommended the author box. Seems to me if they ever get through that should not be a diamond level. I don’t know if that “author” or “origin” box would work or not, just a thought.

Personally, I appreciate being able to stand out above the crowd for my unique content, because my intent is to help others to know more of what I know.

(btw it did the same captcha deal, not sure why… but I had copied my reply in case!)

Warmly,
Pam Ragland

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Pam,

We never knowingly accept PLR articles. Accounts are removed for submitting content that is not 100% exclusively owed by that author. This includes derivative/spun content.

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Tommy writes:

You should give 3 active links for Diamond Authors instead the usual 2. After all, faster processing is not as dear as 1 more active link.

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 7:46 PM

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Tommy,

We did a comprehensive study in 2008 that revealed 2 links provided a better CTR than 3 links did.

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Dianne M. Buxton writes:

I feel sure that all authors aim for p1 and also check on Google. Why wouldn’t they?

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 7:50 PM

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Robert writes:

Some folks only submit content as EzineArticles articles gets crawled constantly and offer do follow links for an article. Brings the famous “googlebot” to a website a lot faster. Page 1 can just be a bonus.

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Lisa writes:

Fantastic! This was a great surprise to see in my email. I love the changes you continue to make to remain THE BEST article marketing directory online today. You are truly a class of your own and this is why I will continue to submit here.

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 7:53 PM

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Kevin Timothy writes:

This is awesome! But see if you can add to the criteria, punctuation. It think that this direction will be a win-win for all. Quality reigns supreme on this site!

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 8:03 PM

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Robert writes:

I’m not seeing anything “awesome” about this change to clean the site up. Seems that things have been over complicated. Here’s a simple suggestion –

Stop all redirects.

.info domains going to affiliate products. That’s where the majority of the rubbish articles will be found. All of the effort getting put in to the site to clean up quality and the most obvious misuse of the site is still being allowed.

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 8:29 PM

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Kathy Condon writes:

Years ago when I went to get my name I could not get .com so I chose .info…..been using it with no problem. Just so you know, I have been selected as a Diamond Member and with a .info…..so obviously that cannot be a criteria.

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Dianne M. Buxton writes:

Robert you are making an assumption here. Many authors use the redirect link – that does not automatically mean the article is garbage, I agree this whole issue is being way over-complicated. If an author adds some author pen names – and yet has a long history of live articles in the original author name, yet now is being penalized….doesn’t fix anything! It’s all barking up the wrong tree.

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 8:35 PM

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Robert writes:

Hi Dianne,

Apologies if I crossed the line there.

Understandably a lot of people can write quality content but may not be comfortable with building a website. It is different from writing after all.

I often forget I was new myself once.

Unsure about being penalized. Haven’t seen anywhere that platinum status will be removed. It’s geared at diamond status. I think anyway. Hope I don’t revert back to only being allowed 10 submissions while the scrutiny starts.

All the best
Robert

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Greg Brice writes:

Dear Chris and Team,

Anything you can initiate to raise the bar of quality content is a good thing – perhaps the diamond level will assist in the bar raising.

However, something that has been of concern to me since I joined a couple of months ago, is that there are many articles on the site that would more than likely qualify for the new level, but which unfortunately contain out-dated and in many cases, down right wrong information.

Surely, “quality” has to include accurate information, not just ‘nicely written’ material.

There is a host of well written – and to the uninformed average reader – very believable content in my own particular niche, which in many cases is sadly nothing more than old fashioned, out-dated, and in some cases almost dangerous misinformation. Much of it is either laughable or scary.

The only thing I know of that could address this anomaly would be some level of ‘industry’ or ‘peer’ review, as we cannot expect your editors to be experts in all areas.

Sure, the standard of presentation needs to be ‘up there’, but what about the accuracy of the information and *actual* benefit to readers? I realise I am probably posing a rather tough question here – perhaps a pie-in-the-sky impossibility.

However, when we consider the obvious expertise of your team, along with that of so many brilliant authors who support your site, well…just maybe there is something that can be done in this area that would actually polish that raised bar of quality.

Thanks for the opportunity to air my thoughts and your consideration of them.

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 8:37 PM

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Pam Ragland writes:

Greg, I am not an editor here of course…

I do understand the issue you pose. I offer leading edge information in my industry. When I read many articles, I do not agree with them.

However, having said that, because my view is broader does not make their view wrong. It is simply broader, and I see thinngs they are not currently seeing.

What I know is, there are people at all levels of this “continuum” looking for information. They may find theirs, they may find mine. They will resonate with something according to what is right for them at the time.

As such, I believe it would be very, very difficult to do what you are suggesting. In fact, it seems to me a more powerful path for you, if this is factual information, might be simply to create an article with the facts as you see them. For example “Why XYZ Is My First Choice” (sorry, no clue what you write about). Tell people your view, even if it’s why that information is outdated. Then, people are more informed and can decide for themselves.

Appreciate your thoughts.

Warmly,
Pam Ragland

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Heather Hansen writes:

I’m very excited about this new change. Thanks for continuing to be ahead of the curve, and for ensuring that the quality of the content on this site is maintained.

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 9:31 PM

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Devon K writes:

I’ve been meaning to ask for awhile – how come some people have pics by their name and others don’t? Is there something we have to do on our accounts to have them too?

Plus, is there anything that can be done to fix the code phrases? It tiring to have to submit the same things over and over because you never know what’s you’re actually supposed to use. reCAPTCHA is free – perhaps may want to switch over to that – or add a re-load feature so can get a different code.

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 9:43 PM

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Devon – The pictures you see are called Gravatars. You can add your own if you’d like by following the directions in this post: http://blog.EzineArticles.com/2010/07/gravatars-revisited.html

Thanks for your input on CAPTCHA as well. It’s much appreciated. :-)

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Anmol writes:

Hey guys you rock…..every time there is some innovation going on EzineArticles and i love it….thank you very much…

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 9:57 PM

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Angela Brooks writes:

I have applied and I hope that I get the diamond postion to add to the website.

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 10:04 PM

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Bravo! Diamond status with defined requirements is a good idea. I am new and published and moved to platinum before reading many articles. Then, in reading articles, got confused as to what would be appropriate content. A confused mind does nothing, so… look forward to targeting toward the new Diamond specs.

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 10:04 PM

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I like it. I just put in my request. I haven’t been too active recently, due to health issues, but I’m trying to get back on track and this might inspire me.

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 10:18 PM

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Lisa writes:

Hey Michelle,
Nice to see you over here on EzineArticles. :)
Lisa

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Devon K writes:

It would be interesting to see how many others also have health issues that interfere with our ability to write. If you need inspiration on what to write – there’s a good potential niche. I’m sure countless people out there also have the same issue and would love to hear advice from others in the same position.

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Devon K writes:

I just got approved for Diamond status – I am just sooooooo excited. Thank You EzineArticles.

On that note, are you going to make some “banners”, etc., like you have for Platinum Status so we can post them to our websites?

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 10:22 PM

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Devon – That’s a fabulous idea. Watch for those in the near future.

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Lisa writes:

Yay! Great, I will be looking for them as well.

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D.K. Fynn writes:

“Have you received zero or minimum article rejections on your account as a whole? To include any alternate authors on your account?”

That’s one of your criteria. Hmm…I haven’t met that criteria. I guess it’ll take me a while to reach Diamond.

Your Hundred Articles in a Hundred Days Challenge would be good right now.

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 10:22 PM

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A timely move and a most needed one to differentiate real writers from nearly 400,000. I will definitely try, but my success or failure would not impact my comment and good wishes for EzineArticles.

Comment provided March 7, 2011 at 11:56 PM

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Lance Winslow writes:

Earning Diamond Status is hard work, but it will be worth every bit of effort once achieved. I believe this newest program to challenge authors to push themselves harder to achieve something great truly rewards those who are willing to go the distance. Thank you for the opportunity to prove myself. I am going to go for Diamond Status because I want to strive to be the best in everything I do, my article writing included.

Comment provided March 8, 2011 at 5:02 AM

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Mark Benson writes:

I have 12 approved articles and no article in problem section , can I qualify for diamond membership?

Comment provided March 8, 2011 at 5:08 AM

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Shirley Slick writes:

I love this new idea and appreciate being approved for Diamond status! For a math person who is new to writing anything other than lesson plans, this is very exciting.

Having this happen in the middle of the contest is a little frustrating though. I was trying for a double so I was writing articles I knew I could write a little faster. (Writing is a slow process for me.) Should I just give up on the double idea and return to my more typical articles? The contest IS still on isn’t it?

I also am not clear on what will happen with articles already in the approval process. I have about 10 articles that have been sitting there for many days. Will I lose my Diamond status if any of these are judged as “not informative enough.” I wrote a few more personal articles in the interest of time. Should I remove those or wait and see? I definitely do not want to lose my Diamond.

Thanks for everything you do. I’m thrilled about the quality changes. I’ve already noticed a significant improvement in the quality of the articles listed on the home page.

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Shirley,

You wrote those articles with the expectation that they would be approved right? Because they are high quality? :)

I’m sure that you’ll be fine. In the review process, we look at the whole account. Not just the live articles.

Yes, the HAHD is still on. If you feel that your quality will be compromised by writing more, then write less. Quality trumps quantity.

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Ronnie Chew writes:

Hi Chris and team,

This is certainly a move in the right direction, rewarding authors who status is earned through consistency in providing original, high quality content.

I reckon it has has been a huge challenge for the entire team, having to constantly improve its editorial standards so that it continues to serve its intended readers well. It’s a tough and demanding job, but a necessary one.

The new Diamond author status is something that I would strive to achieve. The regrettable thing is that I’ve been recalcitrant in the past and persistently flouted the rules of EzineArticles. It eventually led to the recent deactivation of my account, along with the removal of 3000+ articles.

I earnestly hope to be given an opportunity to work with the team to go through the problematic areas in my account, so that I can re-establish my credibility as an EzineArticles author. My messages to the team have not been answered, but I’m hopeful to receive a reply soon.

Thank you for the job well-done and your resolve in raising the bar on article quality :)

Respectfully,
Ronnie Chew

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Ronnie,

I will be addressing your account with you privately.

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Thank you, Penny.

I look forward to hearing from you.

– Ronnie

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Thank you for letting me be part of EzineArticles. A great article does not “make” a great writer. A great writer delivers a great article.
I have learned so much from you. My articles are viewed and respected from all over the world and I will be forever grateful. You do do what you say you will and my ability to have forever green articles, that are unique to my ideas, is what this is all about.
Sharing my views here is a privilege I will respect always.
Pierre William Trudel

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Dianne M. Buxton writes:

Please advise. I’ve added a default resource box for the pen names. And a photo – which I really do not want to add – what’s the point of having different pen names if you have to stick the same photo there? Very confusing!
Yet my “incomplete” bar is still showing that I don’t have default resource boxes for the pens names – so nothing left I can fix!

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Dianne,

You don’t need to complete the alternate author bios and photos for alternate authors. We agree with that frustration and it doesn’t affect your profile completeness. If you click on the “What am I missing” it will provide a drop down of what is missing.

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Dianne,

Keep in mind that the profiles for those alternate author names don’t need to be complete with no articles submitted under them. If they have articles, then the profile will need to be completed.

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Frank Kalinski writes:

Thanks, I’ll apply! I don’t contribute often but I may think about an article for weeks even months before I feel I can describe a “Truth”.

Comment provided March 8, 2011 at 9:21 AM

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JoKarol Dean writes:

I personally like the Diamond status change. It will give authors something to strive for. And I think EzineArticles is really stepping up to the plate amid all the Google changes.

How can people sit here and condemn EzineArticles for trying to improve themselves and the quality of the work that goes out?

I applied for Diamond and hope I am approved. If not, I will just work harder.

If anything, these recent changes have put more work (and stress) on the employees of this company. They are having to scrutinize every little word now in every article. VERY time consuming.

Just my $.02….. :)

Comment provided March 8, 2011 at 10:26 AM

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TIP FOR EVERYONE:

Before you send the request for a Diamond Membership upgrade, I would strongly recommend that you do a once over on your Bio/Photo/Bio Links. Your expert bio page must be free of grammar errors and all your links must be working.

This is the first step in the review process and any errors found in these areas can disqualify you.

Comment provided March 8, 2011 at 10:47 AM

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Gogo Erekosima writes:

Oops. Oh well.

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@penny, You guys are doing a great job. I am willing to achieve diamond as well. I will start working towards that.

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Dianne M. Buxton writes:

“Mark,

Great question! You only need your primary account bio and profile to be complete. Your account profile will show 100% completion even if your alternate/pen names are not stocked with photos and a bio. We made this change today because we understand the reasoning for pen names and that those profiles are not always complete. You are one step ahead of me. :)”

So I just deleted my 2 pen name photos and my “bar” went down to 65%. The configuration also asks for more default authors resource box yet you say that doesn’t count. Still confused!

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Dianne M. Buxton writes:

Also I have several author bio professional links that don’t come under the list EzineArticles provides. Isn’t there a way you can let us put them in the bio box? And, I see that the pen name requirement doesn’t include a bio, but does have provision for default resource boxes. Is one each enough? I taylor them for each article to make the writing smoother. Thanks for bearing with all these questions!

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Dianne M. Buxton writes:

Penny thanks for the quick reply! The problem is the “what’s missing” info only refers to the two pen names as having the missing photo and default resource box, one of which they each have. I have updated the one relevant pro link for my primary bio – and as I mentioned above, my other pro links, relevant to my topics, are not in the list provided. Would be nice if there were “other” options in your list. I sent a private message to clear this up but it seems the issues all gradually being addressed here.

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Dianne,

See my comment above. I was not clear. Sorry.

If you have alternate authors with articles, the profiles will need to be completed.

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Dianne M. Buxton writes:

“Mark,

Great question! You only need your primary account bio and profile to be complete. Your account profile will show 100% completion even if your alternate/pen names are not stocked with photos and a bio. We made this change today because we understand the reasoning for pen names and that those profiles are not always complete. You are one step ahead of me. :)”

Now I am double triple confused. “Your account profile will show 100% completion even if your alternate/pen names are not stocked with photos and a bio.”

Somehow we’re going around in circles here!

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Dianne M. Buxton writes:

“Keep in mind that the profiles for those alternate author names don’t need to be complete with no articles submitted under them. If they have articles, then the profile will need to be completed.” Sorry Penny! I had to scroll up a ways to see this reply.

So if there are articles published, I need a complete bio done. Do I need a photo? Since that seemed to have been addressed and it seems that an alternate/pen name does not – and really shouldn’t have – the primary author’s pic. Thanks again for tracking with me!

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Devon K writes:

I had an idea that I’m not sure would be well accepted, but thought I would suggest anyway. On the website itself you have a link that takes people to a full list of “Expert Authors”. Why not have additional links for “Platinum Authors” and now “Diamond Authors”. That would add more weight to those levels and allow people easier access to the authors who have earned those levels.

I also thought it might be a good idea, as others have suggested as well I believe, to make the status marks on the articles bigger. Instead of just a star, add the word Platinum after it, and after the diamond add the word Diamond. That way at least it will stand out a bit more.

I also think it would be a good idea to make the authors name a fair bit bigger and make it bold. Because of the small size and nondescript nature it’s like the author’s name is “redundant” information. By making these changes it makes our names, and status, more noticeable. All of which should be easy changes.

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Lance Winslow writes:

Are you envisioning an additional link on the side bar of home page – adding two additional links there:

Submit Articles
Benefits
Diamond Authors
Platinmum Authors
All Expert Authors
Read Endorsements
Editorial Guidelines
Author TOS

– In this case would the Diamond Authors remain on both or all three pages of author listings? Or only in their respective lists? Were you thinking of this, I am trying to envision your concept here.

Something like that?

Or on your other concept, a diamond next to the name of the authors on the “Expert Authors” page. Which would set those higher quality authors apart? Were you also thinking that less-than-quality authors perhaps might apear on no such listings or in the rankings of the categories by quantity in those niches?

The reason I ask Devon, is because I have noted this similar type of technigue on major Industry Blogs Networks of professionals, which harvest the works from the top experts and push them to the front of the pack to help the readers from sifting through the deluge of content.

Anyway, personally, I think some combination, or some of the components you discuss seem to inherently resonate with my sense of fairness to the reader, and such a strategy would indicate to readers that this site stands for quality, which should bring them back time-and-time again. Further, it surely wouldn’t hurt the search engines and their views on EzineArticles being best of breed, which it is.

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Devon K writes:

The links list is exactly what I was thinking. I personally thought having people only on one list would be best as it then makes each list smaller. However, I figured I would leave that up to EzineArticles to decide.

As soon as you get into an area where you get no views, as opposed to people just not interested in your work, there will be a huge amount of trouble. By separating people by their rankings means people are free to decide for themselves what they want to view. However, if everyone isn’t included “somewhere” in those lists, then there will be problems.

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Lisa writes:

I like the idea of being able to sort by (or have listed separately) Diamond and Platinum Authors.

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Heather Hansen writes:

I also like the idea of separate Diamond and Platinum Authors lists.

I’m not so concerned with the size of my name, but I would like to see the Platinum and Diamond icons next to our names in the main article and author listings (not just on our articles or author profile page).

I think some improvements could be made in the area of author rankings too. It looks like author rankings in each category are only based on who has the largest number of articles for that category. I think there must be some other criteria (like completed profiles) in the mix too.

If the focus is quality over quantity, shouldn’t we work Platinum and Diamond levels into that equation in some way, along with ‘most viewed’ and ‘most published’ stats? I’m much more interested in seeing the authors who are writing articles that get read and published (Lisa happens to be one of them in my category, and she should probably be ranked higher than she is), than authors who have over one thousand articles that have barely been viewed.

I think that would provide a much better picture of the true “Top Authors” in each category, and also place more weight on quality.

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Devon K writes:

I totally agree. If Quality is the most important thing, all rankings should be based 100% on it. As soon as you make quantity the key, it encourages “lesser” work in favor or “more” rewards.

They have a term for that, it’s called a “moral hazard”. It occurs when you set up a system that rewards negative behavior instead of positive. Like rewarding people for having 100 articles in a niche, instead of rewarding them for having 100 published articles in a niche. Why would they put in the time and effort to make quality work when quantity is what gets them the reward.

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Jan Smith writes:

This “tidy up” of our author accounts prior to requesting an upgrade has been revealing! I agree that EzineArticles are on the right track and distinguishing the better from the best is a nice form of recognition for those that make it to the diamond grade.

Seeing as we are in the process of monumental change, can I make a suggestion here please that I would find extremely useful?

Is it possible to have a “scribble pad” area for author notes only? Somewhere that we can make our own notes for our own benefit that no-one else see’s? The reason I ask this is because I have 8 author names that I write under and I’m always having to cross back to the desktop to see which pen name I should be using.

I think this problem has come about for me largely because of the HAHD challenges and keeping all articles under the one pen name. I’m not the best organized person at the best of times and I do love my ‘sticky’ notes for fast reference.

Good Luck Chris, Penny Marc and crew ~ you are all doing well even if you are all working like one-arm-paperhangers.

I for one, really feel the drop-off in traffic and realize now just how much I have depended on you. So, whatever you decide is necessary to do to bring you back up-to-Google speed, you have my total support.

Comment provided March 8, 2011 at 7:34 PM

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Jan,

I’ll talk to the developers and see what we can come up with. Thanks for the suggestion.

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The introduction of the “Diamond” level is a great initiative and very consistent with the increased focus on quality by EzineArticles.

Writing a good article requires discipline and having higher standards to strive for will have overall and long-term benefits for the broader community.

Being recognised as a Diamond Author is a real privilege and honour. It also puts a bigger responsibility back on writers.

Having articles quickly approved and published will be great!

Comment provided March 8, 2011 at 7:55 PM

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Dianne M. Buxton writes:

My traffic has increased. First of all, EzineArticles has not dropped off the map. Secondly, all the rip off sites that get the RSS feeds from EzineArticles are (mostly, not all), now on page 500 or whatever. Which is saving me a lot of time in all the copyright infringement reports.

Comment provided March 8, 2011 at 7:57 PM

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Robert P. writes:

I wonder if there might be a way to allow Diamond members to still use the WordPress plugin to submit articles?

I sure enjoyed the ease of submitting articles at the same time I was working on my website!

Comment provided March 8, 2011 at 8:28 PM

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Dianne M. Buxton writes:

This is sounding awfully complicated. A reader goes to google, enters a search term and then gets a page from EzineArticles. Then what? Finds a list of authors to select from according to little symbols? And then what? What if a lower rated author has written the exact right article information they are searching for but they never find it? This is all about the readers, right?

Comment provided March 9, 2011 at 2:02 PM

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Devon K writes:

Why would Google have anything to do with this? We’re talking about the internal list of authors and how to access them – not individual topics or authors. Google connects to individual articles based on the content – not the authors ranking, etc.

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Lisa writes:

Beat me to the reply :p

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Lisa writes:

I cannot speak for what the other people here are saying but that is not at all what I was suggesting.

Search results would not be affected by my suggestion. I suggested a separate page on the EzineArticles.com website that lists authors according to membership level.

So you could sort by Diamond, Platinum, etc. This would not affect search results via search engines or the internal EzineArticles search functionality in any way.

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Lisa Angelettie writes:

Chris & Team,
I am really happy with this new feature. It is a great incentive for people to submit more high-quality content. Something I am always preaching!!!
Best,
Lisa

Comment provided March 9, 2011 at 2:19 PM

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Excellent new feature from EzineArticles. Great idea. Thank you for the opportunity to strive for it.

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cardboard boxes writes:

This is another good way of encouraging consistent and sustainable article quality. I like the idea.

Comment provided March 10, 2011 at 3:08 AM

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I’m confused about something to do with the lists. Do you mean that all articles should include bulletted or numbered lists, or only that articles that already include lists should have only bulletted or numbered lists?

Comment provided March 10, 2011 at 10:42 AM

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Daniel,

Articles are not required to be in lists or bullets. However, a bullet-like template does allow a reader to quickly see your main topics. The same outcome can be reached with headings/sub-headings.

A lot of readers skim. If the article doesn’t deliver immediate ‘meat’, your reader is quickly gone.

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Joe writes:

I would say that requiring ‘submits frequently’ is a terrible idea. you just had a blog post about oversaturated categories and acknowledged that authors are typically niche in nature. so you’re basically beginning to oversaturate more categories?

it took a decade to put together the cinematic masterpiece Avatar, it takes years to wrote a great novel, and many newspaper articles are the product of days if not weeks of research. so ‘frequent’ posting to me would not be a sign of quality at all.

Comment provided March 10, 2011 at 2:15 PM

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Lisa writes:

Comparing article marketing to movies, novels and even newspaper articles is like comparing apples and potatoes. They’re not even in the same food group.

Only EzineArticles can define exactly what they consider to be “frequent” submission but I hardly doubt that means flooding the same niche with overly generic, similar articles by the hundreds every week. But I would also suspect it means you log on and submit more than once every six months.

Also, “frequent” posting is not at all an indication of poor quality. Since you bring up newspapers as your example, I write for a newspaper and I average 5-8 articles a week. Sometimes I may have more than one story in a daily issue. I am a stringer, not a staffer. Most staff positions will do more than that, especially in big cities.

I also run several “beat desks” for Yahoo! that require daily articles on each topic. Not to mention my own websites and blogs as well as other writing assignments and my article marketing here at EzineArticles.

I see the point you were trying to make but in my professional opinion, frequency does not directly correlate to quality.

Poor quality will exist whether you write 1 article or 1,000. Master quality and you will be able to increase quantity without decreasing quality.

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Joe,

We don’t require authors to submit frequently. I’m afraid I may have missed your point.

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Joe writes:

“…doesn’t generate user complaints, submits regularly and…”

@Lisa – thanks for making my point for me. frequency has nothing to do with quality.

@Penny
I could write one article a year and it could be amazing. leaving a vague definition like that is asking to have the cycle repeat itself in a few years time. leave frequency out of it. It takes enough work as it is to meet the criteria to be a Diamond writer. The works of the author including those in the past should speak for themselves, not the ability to continue churning out content at your arbitrary rate.

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Joe,

‘Submits regularly’ is only a smart part of the equation. Quality trumps everything. Every Diamond account receives multiple quality checks … often.

Perhaps better verbiage for me to have used would’ve been: ‘An author who is actively engaged’. ie: An author who uses the tools we provide, asks questions, studies their statistics, researches, and strives to deliver quality across every article. :)

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Joe writes:

Cheryl,

EzineArticles may not admit this out right, but that rule appears to exist to prevent the buying and selling of a Diamond Author. For the past few years ‘Platinum’ authors in countries like India, Pakistan, Vietnam, etc.. have been selling their services as article writers for hire on hundreds of different websites. These authors write on subjects that they do not know too well, write in poor grammar and often get facts in correct due to rushed research. This makes article sites like EzineArticles look full of junk content masking the good, authoritative content behind a mountain of spam.

Comment provided March 10, 2011 at 2:27 PM

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Robert writes:

I would hope the next time I flick through the blog of EzineArticles that this comment is removed. It’s offensive as well as racist. Please consider the feelings of others before submitting content of that nature and I’m disappointed that EzineArticles allows a comment of this nature to be posted.

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Joe writes:

I apologize that you were offended Robert, but it is the truth. Far from being racist I am planning a trip for Diwali later this year and will help the outsourcers I have used in India improve their service quality and expand offerings to help websites.

If you wish for independent validation of my remarks simply visit one of the several hundreds of webmaster forums and purchase an article from an author from one of these nations. I have used several to test how well bad grammar passes through EzineArticles’ editorial staff, to much dismay, in the past and all were platinum authors.

Again, there was no intent to offend or harm the writers in other nations, but the fact is that this occurs on a massive scale and does indeed make EzineArticles and a few other sites look like dumping grounds for poorly written English language content.

That isn’t to say writers in other nations don’t have good grammar, however, I would say a smaller percentage of writers in say Vietnam would have good English grammar when compared to the USA or Canada. The fact that those writers are willing to work for much less and do so in bulk is part of the larger problem faced by sites like EzineArticles and ArticlesBase. I have written about this in earnest on a few webmaster forums in hopes to help these outsources improve their quality and content offerings, so far few have considered it necessary to improve their grammatical knowledge or spend more time doing research on the topics they are paid to write on.

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Robert writes:

Thanks for clarifying with some hindsight on that Joe.

I think there are certain forums which are referring marketers to these countries you mention and it is a whole different scenario than meets the eye. Unethical approaches and paying cents for an article just for cheap outsourcing.

I would add that the responsibillity lies with the author. If anyone outsources their work to other writers it is still an authors responsibility to clean up the grammar and make it an acceptable publication.

It’s part of the reason the work is done cheap. Because the writers know the end result needs to be edited.

Apologies if that sounded harsh earlier – it is a topic that touches a nerve. Not just about writing services but the stigma attached to these countries overall.

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Dobbs Franks writes:

I think this whole Diamond thing is terrific. I applied on 8 March, which is the date I received my notification of its existence. So far I have heard nothing but I am going to assume that you have become so engrossed in my 76 live articles that you can’t bear to leave them long enough to write to me. I do look forward to hearing from you and dream that you will include me in the Diamond fraternity.

I think youall are doing a great job and I love writing articles for you. Hope you get a smile from time to time from them.

Thanks heaps.

Dobbs

Comment provided March 10, 2011 at 9:01 PM

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Dobbs – Our apologies for the delay in reviewing your Diamond Account Level request. As you can well imagine, we have had a deluge of requests for upgrade which we are currently handling. Please keep in mind that the review process for Diamond is a manual one, so it takes a bit of time to do each one properly. We hope to be caught up soon.

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Daniel F. Lyons writes:

Chris,
Quality over Quantity will survive every time! As a business you run your business. Not Google or anyone else. You make the rules. We all abide by the rules or we are rejected, no excuses.

To your success,
Daniel

Comment provided March 10, 2011 at 9:14 PM

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Elisabeth Kuhn writes:

Hi Chris,

I’m really excited about the Diamond lLevel and plan to apply as soon as possible. I do have a question though about the requirements that I want to sort out first in order to avoid any potential problems that have nothing to do with the quality of my articles.

It says that the author bio must be 100% complete. Mine is, but not all of my pen names’ bios are. Is that going to be a problem or do I have to either fix ALL of the pen names’ bios or remove them to qualify?

Thanks so much for any advice on this.

Elisabeth

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Devon K writes:

I think the “Diamond Status” has become a massive joke and it’s only been in existence for one week. There are people who don’t even come close to meeting the guidelines who have now been given Diamond Status. People who have written only 1-3 live articles back from 2006-2008 and they have “Diamond Status” – REALLY? To see more of what I’m talking about come check out EZA’s facebook page. I’ve been listing some of the people there for everyone to see. I just can’t believe this – and even worse, they are being “FEATURED” on EZA’s homepage.

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Robert writes:

Perhaps because people use different pen names.

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Lance Winslow writes:

Boy you are quite the incidious intigator – bad hair day? What gives Devon? I trust you have qualified right? Well, I guess controversy draws a crowd?

Smile Devon, at least you don’t live in a flooded town next to a melting down nuclear reactor in Japan. Let’s put this into perspective shall we?

I look forward to reading your next article Devon, the world is now watching you! It’s wonderful that you’ve used this opportunity to draw attention to yourself – I guess that might help your online business ehy?

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Devon,

Authors who haven’t written in a long while are coming back simply because the Diamond membership level was offered and they feel they can now rise to the top with their equal peers. They are re-creating their stamp in their niche and have never given us justifiable reason to not trust that they are qualified.

We’ve received numerous emails from authors that are extremely excited about this level and the recent changes made and they can’t wait to start writing again. Some even refer to it as, “They’re coming home.” This is exciting! ;)

If you see an author with less than 10 articles displayed, it simply means that they have other articles under their alternate author name(s). To qualify, a minimum of 10 articles on the account is required.

Keep in mind that our review process for this membership level is relatively strict. The rejection rate on the upgrade request is high. Those that are Diamond, have earned it.

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Devon K writes:

That’s the problem – we can’t see their other pen names or the work they did that propelled them to the level of Diamond Author. All we can see is that they haven’t written in years, only have 1 – 3 articles under their belt, etc. The fact that their pen names earned Diamond was one of my points – then only show that pen name as being Diamond and “feature” it, not the rest of their profile or pen names that haven’t. That way we can actually see their work and why it was given Diamond. That’s the major flaw in the system right now.

PS: If it requires more than one pen name to make diamond – feature them together as “one” because that’s the only way it will allow people to see why they have the status to begin with.

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Devon K writes:

I’m sorry I missed this the first time…
“They are re-creating their stamp in their niche and have never given us justifiable reason to not trust that they are qualified.”

So you’re saying that because the wrote good stuff “years” ago means they don’t have to write “new” stuff now – they just get propelled to Diamond status? Even though “current” is supposed to be a major requirement of Diamond? Now I am even more confused about what’s going on. Please explain this to me.

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Devon,

All Diamond Authors are active authors.

As for the way they are displayed in the author spotlight, we’ll take your feedback into consideration and see what we can do.

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Susan Leigh writes:

So proud. Just received notification that i’ve achieved diamond status. Am determined to justify the faith shown in me. Thank you so much ezine. 18 months ago I would never have dreamt of writing one article ! Amazing where life leads you and the opportunities that come your way.

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Lance Winslow writes:

Congratulations Susan, I trust you’ve been well! Good to see you’ve joined the elite authors here.

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Susan Leigh writes:

Thank you Lance for your congratulations. I am really proud to be a diamond author and work hard at the standard of my writing.

Sorry to read this rather personal and pointed debate. Surely we all want the same at the end of the day.

I’ve been looking at my stats as a result of this debate. I have not been writing very long and have 411 live articles, in 74 niches. I am a hypnotherapist and counsellor and feel qualified to do so as a result of the work I do.

It’s interesting how some articles that I am especially proud of have not had may hits whilst others that are good but not amazing have had several hundred. That’s nothing to do with the quality, rather the subject matter that has generated the initial interest.

That said, I don’t see the satisfaction in finding a winning formula and rewriting articles just to improve the number of hits. I’d rather stick pins in my eyes !!!

I appreciate the support that I receive off EzineArticles, the gifts, cards and help. It’s certainly made a difference to the way I spend my free time. Thank you. Just wanted to add my comment to this debate.

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Devon,

I think Lance has successfully captured the views of many of us “veteran” authors – that is time served, and not anything to do with age I might add.

Only last week, you posted “I just got approved for Diamond status – I am just sooooooo excited. Thank You EzineArticles.”

Implementing this new initiative – specifically, working through 370k contributors – was (is) a massive undertaking, which you could only begin to appreciate if you have ever managed a significant website.

My advice is, be grateful for your upgraded status, and allow the EzineArticles team to decide who is eligible and who is not.

I would be appalled if one of my dinner guests criticized my choice of other guests – wouldn’t you?

Jonathan

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Devon K writes:

So you’re saying that if you we’re invited to a party where everyone was supposed to come dressed as a member of the “Beatles”, and when you got there you discovered everyone else showed up dressed as their favorite vegetable; you wouldn’t feel at minimum “deceived”? As long as you were invited is all the matters – no matter you were told something that doesn’t appear to be true?

Just putting it into a different frame of reference. I personally feel exactly that this is what has happened with the Diamond Status.

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Lance Winslow writes:

I must say, I do enjoy the sound and fury driven chaos and controversy of folks like Charlie Sheen, but after about 15 minutes, I am ready to move on. It’s okay to sling a little desultory phippic as long as one doesn’t move into purported poppycock and uttter hokem.

“all you need is love, love – love is all you need” Devon, you got some love from EzineArticles, and it’s fun to read your manic spurts of energy – and I hope you use this inner fever and strength of character to write a really awesome article that I might read and learn from you, since you are a party guest with quite a resume and expert status.

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Devon K writes:

If people are using different pen names how come they don’t come up under them too? These are all being featured on EZA’s main page and makes it look like the “new” diamond level isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. If people use different pen names, then only the pen names that qualify should be given Diamond Status. If someone has ten names and only 1 qualify, then only 1 should be “diamond” the others should not.

A huge amount of the value we get from EzineArticles is based on it’s image and reputation. How can EzineArticles have a good image and reputation when they set a standard for Diamond status that is huge, and then see countless people “featured” who don’t even come close to meeting it? It hurts all of us and makes it look like “Diamond Status” doesn’t mean anything.

Lance – doing the math you have written “6” articles each and every day for the last 6 years without stop. Sorry, but I doubt you wrote them all, and I doubt they are even close to 100% original (as is a requirement of Diamond Status). Regardless of whether “some” of the work qualifies and is awesome, “all” is supposed to be used when qualifying for the Diamond Status. Just because you have more articles than someone can review shouldn’t make a difference.

If nothing else, this shows there is a major flaw in the Diamond Status because how can we say these people are the “best of the best” when what we are showing about them doesn’t even come close?

As to being a Diamond – I got it the first day and was raving about how existed I was to earn the status. To see it “presented” in the way it is currently, sure put a huge tarnish on the status.

As a final note, there is a huge difference between giving someone Diamond Status and “Featuring” them as examples of the BEST that EzineArticles has to offer!

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Robert writes:

Devon,

Looking your article for “becoming an expert author” it would apoear that diamand level doesn’t mean much to yourself when you are using “bait and switch” techniques. Writing about article marketing to send readers to an unrelated website using a “canned” author bio.

And

Why you say you’re a “Certified Genius” in your expert author page I’ve no idea. You’ve done a bang up job on spotlightnig yourself on this page. Very smart marketing.

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Devon K writes:

How is what I have written “bait and switch”? I was telling people how to improve their writing skills and thus their lives. Yes, I do use the same bio for all the things I have written – because it’s relevant to all that I have written.

As to Diamond, I was VERY happy when I got the status, as you can see on this thread, on EZA’s facebook page, and on my own facebook page. Yesterday I got a rude awakening that people were given Diamond that didn’t “appear” to come close to meeting the requirements – which started this current discussion.

As to being a Genius – the fact I am one, and that it has a bearing on what I write, makes it relevant to my work – thus I put it on my bio.

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Lance Winslow writes:

I wrote every single one of my articles without question. EVERY SINGLE ONE!

EVERY ONE OF THEM!

And it is 8 million words, so if that were put into the average novel length, I’d be in the top three of the most prolific article writers in history. No one at EzineArticles has time to read 8-million words.

Whereas, no system is perfect, the diamond status here is a GOOD IDEA. Mathematically speaking it would be 12 articles every day, without a day off for 6-years, but thanks for your division rounding error.

Smile Devon, everyone wants you to win, to be the best that you can be, and to achieve everything in life you have on your list of future goals. Nothing is stopping you from turning your keyboard towards your next EXCELLENT Article!

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Devon K writes:

Actually we’re both wrong – 6 years less 8 days = 2182 days. 22,500 articles / 2182 days = 10.3 articles per day (based on your bio page stats anyway).

You’ll excuse me, however, unless you have no life that would mean you can research and write an entirely new polished article (not just rewording existing articles, etc.) in about 45 minutes every day, seven days a week, without fail or break (and that’s assuming you’re only working 8 hours per day).

I would have no issue with that if you have a team doing the research and you only write the final article, or that you re-write their rough-drafts, or you re-write things others have said elsewhere. Outside of that I just can’t believe anyone can do all the work required for that amount of time without a break. Especially because it would leave so little time for anything else but writing.

However, I don’t know you or your situation and thus don’t have a right to say what is and isn’t for you. That doesn’t mean I have to believe you – which I don’t. For it to work the way you claim there has to be other pieces that you’re not sharing. Like you’re playing the “I paid for it so I wrote it” game that currently exists with writing as a whole (which I don’t agree with and have written about on EzineArticles already).

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Devon K writes:

Sorry, 22,650 articles / 2182 days = 10.38 articles per day.

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Lance Winslow writes:

Well, this may come as a huge shock to you “ego man” but guess what? I don’t care if you believe me Devon. But at the same token, I don’t appreciate you trashing EzineArticles, or insulting my character here.

I write all my own articles, do my own research and have spent my life in the real world doing things. I am retired, and have lots of time to do whatever I want with.

I do not make it a habbit of re-writing articles, that serves no purpose for me. There is always a slightly different angle or new thought to present, or new audience to mold information to in a format they might rather receive it.

You seem to be judging my hardwork by your self-imposed limitations.

I can tell you this, if you’d stop posting mean-spirited comments here, and playing on FaceBook, then you’d be able to write more articles too. Do you have any idea the word count of your posts here? And for what reason, to trash me, or EzineArticles?

8-hours? I am not a 9-5 type, I work much harder than that, and much more efficient than 45-minutes an article – obviously. How dare you insult me like this – it’s just one nonsensical critique after another. Go right an article, stop posting personal attacks here.

Devon, I hereby challenge you to see who has more knowledge in your favorite subject matter, you or I. Because based on your display of reasoning, I’d surely bet on me.

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Devon K writes:

1) I’m not “trashing” you – I am telling you I don’t believe you. Here is a perfect example of why I have trouble believing what you are saying…

http://ezinearticles.com/?How-Long-Does-it-Take-to-Write-22,000-Online-Articles-and-How-On-Earth-Did-You-Do-It—You-Ask?&id=5480439
Dec 01 2010

http://ezinearticles.com/?Why-On-Earth-Would-Anyone-Want-to-Write-22,250-Articles-Online?&id=5703220
Jan 11 2010

Both offer very thin information as they are 100% self-promotion (talking exclusively about YOU), goes against what it is “supposed” to mean to be a Diamond Author, and also violates the Editorial Guidelines (d. MUST NOT be a press release, advertisement, sales letter, promotional copy, or blatant and excessive self-promotion or hype.).

I know you’ll take that as an “Attack” but I am just offering proof as to why I don’t believe you. I have also looked at a few of your websites and things just don’t “add up” for me about what you claim compared to the niches you write for.

2) Posting “mean spirited” comments? I have said I don’t believe you. I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t seem all that “mean spirited” to me. If you did what you say you did, it wouldn’t make one bit of difference what I have to say. The fact you have issue with my “not believing you” says there is something else going on. Either that or you are the type of person who will sell their soul to make “everyone” love them – which just doesn’t seem like something you would be given your writing.

3) I offered my opinion, and made sure there was no doubt that it was “my” opinion, and now you claim I am attacking you and you have chosen to attack me as a result. Sorry my opinion about your situation doesn’t match yours – but I am not required to believe you if I don’t choose to. You do have the option to try and convince me, and I am willing to listen. However, my opinion isn’t powerful enough to be an ATTACK against you – it’s merely an opinion. If I were attacking you I would be calling you a liar, not merely expressing my disbelief.

4) In having this discussion I have given you an opportunity to actually convince me that you are indeed “in the top three of the most prolific article writers in history”. Instead you have chosen to get mad at me for not believing you. Might I suggest if what you say is 100% true, it would be more useful to help me to understand how you wrote 22,650 articles in six years instead of trying to attack me.

5) In offering this current topic for discussion, I am not “trashing” EzineArticles. Instead, I have given them a chance to realize there is a potential issue with their Diamond Status. Something that only occurs when someone CARES enough to stand up and make a complaint. Something you should know given your history in business (based on your articles and website). People only complain when they want to give the “company” a chance to fix the problem and become BETTER – instead of just leaving and going somewhere else.

So please take a moment to step back and re-look at what I have written. Look at it from the point of view that it is merely my opinion. If there is still an issue left, then come talk to me one-on-one off this forum and we can continue to discuss this (you can contact me through my website or via facebook).

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Devon K writes:

What happened to Lance’s reply? I had it in my e-mail but it’s not here in the thread.

Either way, the only way to find the truth is through healthy debate. The truth stands up to criticism, where a lie will never be allowed to be criticized in the first place.

It’s only through the exchange of ideas, and personal views that we can learn “real” things about each other. We’re usually far too busy defending our own positions to allow for this kind of debate. As a result we usually fail to see the debate for what it really is – an opportunity to prove a position so that others can adopt it based on reason and fact, instead of pure opinion (Critical Thinking basics).

Instead of looking at everything through the eyes of “attack” and “defend”; why not go back and look at things from “point” and “counterpoint” instead? Allow yourself to “see” another side of things, especially if you don’t agree with that other side – that’s usually how we learn the most about ourselves and those around us.

Our actions tell us who we are – our “opinions” hide that truth from ourselves!

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Lance Winslow writes:

Devon,

First off Devon the two articles you say are similar are not at all. One is a piece to help motivate other authors, proof that it can be done if you work hard, the second is about a conversation I had with a struggling author who wanted to know my motivation, and needed some advice, which I gave him, which I hope will help others. Neither are thin content, and if you read them closely, you might learn something to help your own article writing if you ever want to achieve such a goal. So, your accusations are invalid.

Self promotion NO WAY, imagine yourself writing at 3 Am in morning finishing up your 22,000 th article, and wanting to deliver a message of motivation, it’s like running an ultra-marathon, and wanting to tell the story to someone in the hopes that you can help other authors out there with motivation, that’s what that article was about, not self-promotion, and it wasn’t hype either. For God’s sakes I quoted Winston Churchill, and I was explaining that if I can do it, anyone can, because I am not a writer.

Next,yes your comments are totally mean-spirited. You are also slandering me in a public forum. What do you think your punishment should be for this behavior of yours?

Indeed, I can prove everything, and best of all the proof is here, you can see it. And I’ve written lots of articles on tips of how I accomplished this feat in the article writing category by me. It is obvious in looking at my articles they were all written by the same person, they even make software that can prove that now within a 90% probability.

You are trashing EzineArticles, and even though I have no financial stake in this website, I take your comments personally. There is a difference between making constructive criticism, a complaint, and then going about trashing this site, and then character assassinating a fellow author.

Lastly, don’t tell me I haven’t written 22,700 articles here (plus more elsewhere) and 10-ebooks in six years. If you ran a marathon, finished the race, and then someone ran around claiming you didn’t – I bet you’d be ticked off too.

Do I need to switch from defending my personal character to an offensive position Devon? Let me know on that. And no, I will not contact you on FaceBook, I am not a FaceBooking type.

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Robert writes:

Glad to see someone else that isn’t the type to go on Facebook. I was beginning to think it was a necessity to use social media for exposure to our websites.

On another note

Could this debate be dropped now…

Devon, Stop fighting

Lance, Stop taking the bait.

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Lance Winslow writes:

Robert, I agree, besides I see Devon is an “expert” on nurturing relationships, empowerment, and personal growth, so I was merely trying to learn all I can, it’s that darn thirst for knowledge, you know just cannot shake it!

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Lance Winslow writes:

Robert, I agree, besides I see Devon is an “expert” on nurturing relationships, empowerment, and personal growth, so I was merely trying to learn all I can, it’s that darn thirst for knowledge, you know just cannot shake it!

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Devon K writes:

Sorry, 22,650 articles / 2182 days = 10.38 articles per day.

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Lance Winslow writes:

22,700 some in the queue and 25 more waiting for final editing. And I cannot accept your apology, you have slandered my personal character. I don’t appreciate it, but I am also not willing at this point to tell you where you can go, but maybe you can mathematically figure that one out too?

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Lance Winslow writes:

Devon, I hereby DEMAND to know your FULL, TRUE, and Correct Name!

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I am posting my comment here not at all due to the reason that I was not considered for Diamond, but because I am intrigued and worried.

I have found the EzineArticles homepage featuring new Diamond authors and one of them just wrote 1 article with 150 views. Most others too are very new with very less articles. Now, how do they meet the minimum requirements?

Again, how is quality determined? For me it’s obviously views and Ezine publishings. But some writing huge quantity of articles with pathetic views get promoted. At least stick honestly to either quality or quantity, because you are telling us who are the best of the best! Then, another silly requirement like ‘spelling & grammar error free bio’! Just not done. I am sorry to say–ABOLISH THE NEW STATUS!

Comment provided March 15, 2011 at 2:01 AM

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Lance Winslow writes:

Chinmay, well, I also thought about your contention of number of article views, and yet, much of the article view click-thrus have more to do with the popularity of the topic, key-wording, and not necessarily the actual quality of the article. For instance, one topic I like to write about is UAVs or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles because I find that topic interesting, but there is no way such an article would get more hits than; “Charlie Sheen and Paris Hilton – Do they Make a Cute Couple” – see that point? So, whereas, article views are a decent way to judge the quality of the articles, it also can give too many false positives. So, that was why I finally changed my mind on weighing heavy on the article view counts. I have some articles with 100,000 views which I have no idea why? And some really interesting articles that I spent a lot of time thinking on with barely a hundred and a half, over a 3-year period, which is demoralizing, but that’s life online I guess?

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Lance Winslow writes:

Chinmay, well, I also thought about your contention of number of article views, and yet, much of the article view click-thrus have more to do with the popularity of the topic, key-wording, and not necessarily the actual quality of the article. For instance, one topic I like to write about is UAVs or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles because I find that topic interesting, but there is no way such an article would get more hits than; “Charlie Sheen and Paris Hilton – Do they Make a Cute Couple” – see that point? So, whereas, article views are a decent way to judge the quality of the articles, it also can give too many false positives. So, that was why I finally changed my mind on weighing heavy on the article view counts. I have some articles with 100,000 views which I have no idea why? And some really interesting articles that I spent a lot of time thinking on with barely a hundred and a half, over a 3-year period, which is demoralizing, but that’s life online I guess?

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Debate should really start now, because Lance Winslow and one-article wonders cannot be at the same level–so called Diamond. There is a limit to the quality one article can achieve all alone!

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Lance Winslow writes:

Touche!

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One more startling fact! Author with 14 articles, less than 5000 views, last article written August, 2007.
Status: Diamond!

Is something wrong? Incredible!

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One more startling fact! Author with 14 articles, less than 5000 views, last article written August, 2007.
Status: Diamond!

Is something wrong? Incredible!

Comment provided March 15, 2011 at 2:29 AM

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I put my request in for diamond status on the 8th, and I still haven’t received a response to it, but I see many, many people have. Do you get a notice that you were rejected for it?

Comment provided March 15, 2011 at 2:33 AM

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Michelle,

Check your email. :)

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True, Lance. But the basic requirement says about the content-relevant link to your article meaning you must have enough traffic back to your sites. Now, if you achieve poor views for an article how would you expect enough click-thrus? Whole basis gets neutralized. And what about the number of times your article gets published. Isn’t that related to quality?

To Devon, yes I got a rejection notice yesterday, I think I applied on 9th.

Comment provided March 15, 2011 at 2:49 AM

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Lance Winslow writes:

Chinmay, yes, I agree with what you are saying. The article views to clickthru rate is important. It’s like the readers are voting with their time. So, the ratio is important – makes sense.

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LOL – Thanks, but I’m not Devon – I’m Michy – my last name is Devon, but I’m not the same Devon that is arguing here.

so I wonder why I haven’t been notified of anything… ah, well. I guess they’ll get to me.

Comment provided March 15, 2011 at 3:18 AM

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Sorry, Michy! Heat of the arguments made me overlook the initials! It seems much better to be rejected, I think!

Lance, please take a look at the uncanny things happening on the EzineArticles homepage. It defies my understanding. Please explain because I value your comments. How would you justify your sharing the honor with all those wonders!

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Robert writes:

Ya got me there Devon.

It is “Genius” and I wish I’d thought of that angle. Expert area of how to improve your life. You can now write on any topic from “becoming an expert author” to “Pregnancy And Hormones”.

You cheered my day up when I saw that article.

Take it easy
Robert

Ps. The post wasn’t a dig at you personally. I don’t know you. It was to point out the way you were presenting yourself. It was pretty aggressive.

Comment provided March 15, 2011 at 12:48 PM

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Devon K writes:

No worries.

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Devon,

I am actually not very comfortable re-entering this debate, but as I receive updates in my mail box on a very regular basis, it is difficult not to.

I didn’t take the time to look at your EzineArticles statistics until now, and I still haven’t read any of your submissions, but from your “assertive” manner, I assumed – obviously wrongly – that you were one of the site’s new “big hitters”

1137 views from 38 articles – less than 30 views per article – does not actually sound terribly successful?

Maybe you are correct when you suggest that the Diamond accreditation bar has been lowered too far.

Your derogatory remarks, and totally unwarranted attacks on Lance Winslow really have no place in such a public arena – particularly when they come from someone who is still relatively lightweight in the overall EzineArticles scheme of things.

You are fortunate that the EzineArticles team have not felt compelled to expel you – although I suspect that they do not wish to legitimise your behaviour.

Jonathan

Comment provided March 15, 2011 at 2:22 PM

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Devon K writes:

Jonathan,

Yes, I did have the audacity to criticize the great and prolific Lance – and I am sure I will burn for doing so. However, I have a right to have my own opinion and I seriously doubt anyone writing in 700 niches can do so with the utmost quality in mind. With everything being 100% unique and original, without spelling errors, flaws in grammar, etc. All of which is supposed to be required of a Diamond Level Author. Just because Lance is popular and has a huge following doesn’t change that fact.

I have read Lance’s work and he himself tells us that he doesn’t focus on spelling and grammar as much as he should. In fact, he rarely even re-reads what he writes because it seems “repetitive”. That doesn’t suggest “quality first” to me – it says quantity, quantity, quantity – which Lance definitely has a lot of given his 22,700 articles.

However, this isn’t really about me, or Lance, and is actually supposed to be about what is being “presented” as Diamond Status authors. As a result, I suggest we get back to that topic. Lance has my e-mail address and can tell me himself how much I suck if he wants to.

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Devon,

I think that is most sensible.

I have been part of the “EA family” for almost five years, and one of the things that I have valued most is the respect that all of the contributors appear to have for each other. They do not concern themselves with a need to critique the work of fellow authors – unless invited to do so – but rather focus on producing quality articles, which in turn generates incremental benefits.

I sincerely hope that any futher posts here only serve to provide the team with the constructive feedback they are seeking.

Jonathan

Comment provided March 15, 2011 at 4:03 PM

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All,

New video was released today that explains the role Diamond level membership will now have:

Comment provided March 15, 2011 at 9:01 PM

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Elisabeth Kuhn writes:

Two things:

1) Chris’s Video

Is this just my Mac or is the video above not working? All I get is a black screen!

2) My Diamond Application

Just wondering how long it takes until Diamond applications are approved… It’s been at least a couple of days since I figured out how to complete my pen name profiles and send in my application.

Sorry for being so impatient ;-)

Elisabeth

Comment provided March 16, 2011 at 9:33 AM

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Elisabeth – I think you may have a computer issue. The video is working fine on this end, even on a Mac.

Regarding the turnaround time of Diamond approval … as you can well-imagine, we’ve had a huge influx of requests to upgrade. Since these requests are human-curated, it’s a very time-intensive process. We apologize for the delay and are working diligently to get through the backlog.

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Elisabeth Kuhn writes:

Thanks Marc!

About the video… Maybe I’ll try it on a different browser…

And about the Diamond status…

Thanks for the update. And yes, I can well imagine how swamped you all must be right now, with everyone applying for Diamond status all at once.

I guess I’ll have to practice patience (which I’ve been told is good for me).

Elisabeth

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Elisabeth Kuhn writes:

Sorry about the extra l in “until” (I should be wearing my reading glasses when I type these comments — the writing is so tiny on my 12 inch laptop screen) and about the duplicate signature.

I wish I could go back and fix it, but I don’t think there is.

Which brings me to a suggestion:

I can see how you wouldn’t want people to keep changing their comments, but somewhere I’ve seen that people can edit them for 15 minutes after posting them.

I think it would be a cool compromise and really helpful to have that edit feature here too…

Comment provided March 16, 2011 at 9:38 AM

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Elisabeth – Actually, nobody can edit their comments after they are posted … so we do it for them. It’s not unusual for us to correct minor typos or remove duplicate signatures, etc. as a courtesy. After all, we want our authors to look good! ;-)

However, we NEVER alter the ‘meat’ of the message.

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Kathy Nicholls writes:

I do like the new status and am honored to have made it. I hope you will reconsider dropping the WordPress plugin, or maybe even making that a benefit of this particular status. It was certainly convenient. I’d also like to see some of those “problem” topics just dropped. It was dropped on another site I participate on and worked well for them. No reason to continue to allow something that creates a problem.

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Ian Spencer writes:

The upgrade system is just unfair.

Authors with 5 articles can acheive Diamond status no problem.

We have 314 live, one of which had a problem status due to a mention of a practice in our industry which we said in the article should not be completed, but this was questioned.

Out of all of the other articles raised, it was, on each time, the issue of the review who then quickly apologised and put the article live.

I just feels its unfair that due to ONE problem article we are rejected, when we work massively hard on these articles, they have always been 400 + words even before the new limit and we have people who really do love them.

I have been in contact with the membership team, but you just get nowhere.

I just find it really a bit harsh that someone with 5 articles can be Diamond but someone with 315 over two years can not, due to one issue which we sorted straight away.

Anyway, I hope we can become Diamond soon, but hope there might be more fairness in the future for others.

Comment provided March 18, 2011 at 11:04 AM

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Ian,

I haven’t reviewed your account, but I assume our team is in private contact with you or you are with us.

I don’t grant Diamond membership myself as we have a team and an evolving Diamond approval process to make this new level work.

I can tell you this: None of the 213 Diamond members who have been granted it since this began have less than 10 articles live on EzineArticles.com.

If you see a Diamond member with only 5 articles live, it’s because the author has more than one author-name within their account.

Key point: Diamond is account-wide…so if you have 2 author names within your account, you must have a total of at least 10 live articles in your account.

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Allen writes:

I am so much excited as i got my DIAMOND status….
Thanks Ezine

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Dobbs Franks writes:

It is so a great honor and wonderful feeling to be a Diamond member. Thanks EzineArticles. I will do my best to make you proud.

Comment provided March 21, 2011 at 10:59 PM

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All,

I recorded a new video today to help explain how Diamond level membership is different than Platinum:
http://blog.EzineArticles.com/2011/03/why-diamond-level-membership.html

Comment provided March 23, 2011 at 10:00 AM

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Susan Leigh writes:

I really enjoying being a diamond, Thank you EzineArticles.
And I’ve been approached on two separate occasions in the last three days to request that my articles can be used in two books. It’s amazing where this journey takes us.

Comment provided March 23, 2011 at 10:24 AM

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Lance Winslow writes:

I’d like to vouch for the speedy response time from the Author Support team – it’s indeed quite quick.

Comment provided March 23, 2011 at 10:46 AM

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Lisa Mason writes:

Agreed

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I consider this to be an attractive development of the platform.

I’ve been discouraged by EzineArticles’ ‘lumping together’ of homogenous articles in popular niches.

It is clear, when reading them, that they are merely a strategy for SEO, rather than a genuine desire to inspire, inform and educate.

The rare, truly excellent pieces of writing should be distinguished, both for treatment of topic and quality of style. If there is a higher standard to attain, it is obvious, people will asire to this.

Isn’t that the antithesis to sites where articles are copied and re-copied ad infinitum? You haven’t seen the best of my articles yet, because there wasn’t sufficient motivation.

Distinction is motivating and can only serve your members, and your, highest interests.

Comment provided March 23, 2011 at 4:24 PM

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Sofia Hogan writes:

Becoming a better writer, with clear, concise value packed content is part of my business mission statement. Having a Diamond next to my name on EzineArticles means my “brand” is getting better every day. Thanks for the support…..any chance of starting a “Diamond Forum?”

Thanks!

Sofia

Comment provided March 24, 2011 at 12:59 PM

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Nick Kellingley writes:

I’ve got some thoughts regarding the “Diamond” thing too…

1. I understand that accounts with multiple pen names are granted diamond in the entirety no matter the frequency or recency of any particular pen name’s contribution. But could you filter those with less than 10 articles, or no contributions in a year from the front page spotlight? It does rather feel like it devalues the status of diamond (of which I am a great supporter).

2. I notice that author rankings have disappeared except for the huge list of overall contributions by number. Is there any chance of reinstating niche specifc rankings at some point with Diamond rated authors making up these lists – rather than just a list of all Diamond rated authors by overall article volume?

And off topic – I rather enjoy both Devon’s and Lance’s contributions and it’s a shame for this one to come to blows. Lance seems to fit the “overachiever” tag very well indeed and while I haven’t read all (or even that many) of his articles I have read a few and enjoyed them.

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Nick,

Thanks for the suggestions!

1) We’ll consider it. Probably a good idea.

2) We’ll consider it and most likely, sooner than later…as it’s on deck already.

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Dan writes:

I know my articles are amongst the top; I have close to 400k reads across just over 100 articles. However, the photograph is a deal-breaker for me. I have no interest in uploading a picture of myself as some writers prefer to remain anonymous.

It is not as if I am not proud of my articles; I know they are good and I get emails and leads from them regularly. However, having to put a picture up of myself I feel is essentially a muzzle.

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Kath Roberts writes:

I like the thought that has gone in to these changes. It should always be about quality and meeting customer needs over quantity of submissions. Also the fact the status must be earned not bought like many sites is a great principle. I ‘ll be striving for Diamond membership.

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yea , i totally agree with one of the members here i too got selected a diamond with a .info not a .com.. i think it doesn’t matter much

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Love this concept – gives me something to work toward as I’m just in the beginning stages of writing.

Comment provided May 20, 2011 at 1:29 PM

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I am very happy. I am now a Diamond Level Expert Author! Thank you EzineArticles!

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I have just requested Diamond Author status, and it is currently pending. I am really hoping that I am accepted, as the boost to the credibility of my articles would be incredible. Also, it would be a great feeling to know that you are one of the best authors on EzineArticles!

-Vince

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Sean Mantack writes:

I have just recieved my Diamond Satus upgrade. I must say that I am over the moon about it, and within an hour of getting my upgrade, I also got a Polished Author award. (for having reached 200 live quality articles)

Today is a good day :)

Comment provided August 20, 2012 at 7:33 PM

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Hi Sean,

Congratulations!

We appreciate your contributions, keep up the excellent work!

~Vanessa

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Omer Peterson writes:

For me, a diamond is a man’s best friend. Ezine has high standards which you can and must meet. Standards are good and keep all of us on our toes. So what is it important to obtain Diamond, Because it is there. Why be less than you can be.

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Chetan Mahore writes:

I received “entertain us” and “doctor plus” badge by getting 3 articles live. Writing more articles.
Hope to be Diamond author after 10!

Comment provided July 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

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Congrats Chetan!

I’ve looked at your account and would like to offer you a few tips in order to avoid the pesky promotional content problem status. First, keep in mind that your “Article Body” should be primarily informative in nature. Include non-promotional tips, case-studies, strategies, commentary, opinions, techniques, or analysis. Do not include information on your company or services, yourself or your colleagues. This is your “GIVE” to the reader.

The “Resource Box” is your “TAKE”. This is the appropriate space for including promotional information on yourself, your company and services. For further tips on avoiding promotional content in your articles please visit: http://blog.EzineArticles.com/2012/08/why-promotional-content-and-articles-dont-mix.html

~Vanessa

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Chetan Mahore writes:

Vanessa,

Thanks for the link! I passed through the link. Now i am following resource box policy effectively.

I need your help, I have requested for Diamond membership. Want to know what’s status of my account?

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Hi Chetan,

I see that you have discussed your possible upgrade with our Member Support Team. Please keep in mind that in order to be considered for an upgrade to Diamond your articles need to be free from any grammatical errors, promotional material, etc.

Our Member Support Team will go over any specific issues you have in your articles privately.

~Vanessa

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Omer Peterson writes:

Thank you for the Diamond status. I only wish that my content is relevant and what the readers want to here.. Content is everything and without the controls that E-Zine has put in place, the level of contribution would be minimized.

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Omer Peterson writes:

Thank you.. It is important that you share your knowledge with someone. It is useless if you take it to the grave. Find someone you can mentor…

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