What I wanted to find out, was how long does it take their quality assurance team to act on reports of blatant sploggers of the worse kind…so bad that the URL of the blogspot itself was offensive enough to make a reject decision. The answer = 13 weeks.
I suspect we’ll see a faster response from them in the future. The (4) sploggers that I was reporting for abuse in my control group for this informal study did not monetize their activities with AdSense. If they did, I feel very confident that Google would have acted on dumping them in a day or two at most.
Moral of the story: You can feel a little more confident that the above Blogger/Blogspot abuse reporting tool is getting acted on by the quality assurance team at Google.
All together, EzineArticles delivered 1,389,664 emails to 72,664 (5.4% growth over previous month) permission-based new article email alert members. We’re on track to end the year with 76k list members who receive new article alerts and this is about 24k short of our goal. Always open to your suggestions for how we can improve these email alerts.
Earlier this year in April, we added the functionality that allows article commentors to subscribe via email to be alerted when someone comments on an article that they have left a comment on.
(7) months later, we have 2,935 unique email subscribers to receive follow up comments on 3,127 unique articles. Not quite as explosive on the growth side as we had expected, but still a significant metric that shows user engagement…and another way that we bring repeat visitors back to your articles. :-)
Now, these numbers don’t correlate directly, but in the same time frame (April 2nd 07 till today), we accepted 4,771 new comments on articles. It’s our belief that allowing users to comment on articles adds more value to our members than it takes (for those who take the protectionism viewpoint that user comments divert traffic away from the author).
Congratulations to the participants for all of their hard work, and to Suzanne, Kristen and Jeff for providing an opportunity for all participants to shine! Be sure to sign up for their 2008 challenge.
That discussion caused us to create a bunch of article comment rejection codes so that we could begin to see what the breakdown is as to why we couldn’t accept 79% of the incoming comments. Here is the first 6 days of December, comment stats (31.2% accepted):
While I don’t feel bad about the “Promotional” comments that were deleted, I’m concerned about the 17.9% of comments that were deleted for having bad grammar… I think we’ll be raising our tolerance of bad grammar on article comments that are substantiative. (Continue Reading…)
When it comes to delivering a positive user experience, any article in EzineArticles that has a dead or broken link is a liability.
Recently we completed an audit and found that we are hosting 107,405 Dead Links.
This isn’t acceptable and we’re feeling compelled to act in order to prevent our guests/site visitors from having a bad experience with any of our members articles.
BLOG QUESTION OF THE DAY: What should we do with articles that have bad links?
The best option being considered is notifying the member via email and via their EzineArticles Inbox of the fact that they have a dead or broken link with a gentle warning that if they don’t fix the problem within (7) days…that we’ll auto-remove the HREF statement behind their links so that the link is no longer active. Your thoughts?