Hello dear expert authors! We sure have missed you these past few months. You may have been wondering where we’ve been, but trust us when we say we’ve been VERY busy making EzineArticles.com an even greater place for you and our hundreds of thousands of unique members!
So what exactly have we been up to?
The thing that we’re most excited about is our transition over to a 100% multi-screen website design. You may have also heard this called a “responsive” website design. What does this mean? It means that no matter what device you’re on, EzineArticles.com will scale beautifully and be easy to read and navigate. Whether you’re on a smartphone, a tablet, a desktop computer with a 27” monitor, a laptop, even the digital screen on your fridge (oh, you don’t have one of those yet?) it’ll look great.
Why is this important?
Well it’s very important because more and more people are using devices other than their PCs to access websites. According to CNN, 55% of the internet usage in the United States in January of this year came from mobile devices. This trend is moving in a similar direction across the globe.
Something we want all of our expert authors to consider, if you haven’t already, is how you plan on making your own websites responsive. It’s a great benefit to your readers to be able to provide them an easy-to-read article on a responsive site like EzineArticles, but if you link them to a non-responsive site afterwards, it will only do your brand a disservice. We don’t know when, there will come a time when there will be a disincentive to us to display your links if they’re not responsive. We’ll let you know if and when this happens, but we wanted to get you thinking about a plan of action before then.
When planning out your website’s redesign, be careful who you turn to for help. Invest in a good multi-screen design by a company you trust (that is, if you are unable to do the web design yourself). There are some companies out there who will stick your content in a pre-formulated template, and riddle your site with annoying, ill-placed, and completely unrelated ads that only benefit their company. Be wary of this.
Another change that we’ve made recently is we no longer allow duplicate article titles. In the past, we allowed you to create and use titles that already existed on EzineArticles. We felt it was best to make this change because search engines don’t like duplicate titles, and we want to make sure we build trust with all major search engines. The added benefit for you is now, when someone searches for your article by title, they will only get one result (yours!). This makes it a lot easier for people to find your content.
Aside from these major changes, we have a lot of projects we’re really excited about that you can look forward to in the coming weeks and months. Article reviews will be steadily increasing in speed. We have even more easy-to-use article templates on deck to help you craft great content for your readers. We’re writing lots of exciting new blog posts and creating dynamic infographics that will help you be the best expert author you can be. And we’re even working on some top of the line new services for our Premium members. Be sure to stay tuned!
To close this post, I wanted to mention that this year we will celebrate the 15 year anniversary of EzineArticles.com. We’re so humbled and honored to say that there are many talented expert authors that have been with us since way back then. We’re excited about the future, and building even stronger relationships with all of our expert authors. We do what we do because we love giving you a platform to share your unique perspectives on the things you are passionate about.
Here’s to many more successful years!
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