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$0.27 USD Per Article

I’m not sure if we should be sharing this, but our current costs are about $0.27 USD per article when our associate editor reviews and approves or rejects each article submission.

Over the next few weeks, we are going to target clipping that down to $0.17 USD per article.

These figures do not include quality control which takes about 4-30 seconds per article and is done by a 2nd editor. Right now, that other person is me, but we have budgeted for a full time Managing Editor and will begin reviewing candidates soon :-).

These figures also don’t take into consideration the cost to acquire articles (author promotion), but I was just keying on the true editorial costs to approve each article submission.

I think one strategy we’re going to test is adding even more automation on the submission process so that our editorial review process can be further automated.

If you have any suggestions about how we can lower our editorial approval costs while maintaining our quality standards, we are very open to suggestions.

Trackbacks Gone

Curious: Are you a hard core blogger?

As much as I love blogging, I’ve come to the point where it is time to remove the “trackbacks” feature from this blog as it’s generating hundreds of trackback spam emails a week and zero value for anyone.

What’s your position on trackbacks?

Good feature or waste of time? Who is this feature perfect for?

Works For Hire

Author Legal Begal Discussion:

Lately, there have been many ghost writers that sell their works for hire under a verbal agreement only. We then get a complaint here or there that alledges fraud by one author over the other.

This is a very dumb practice to not put your “works for hire” policies and legal understanding in writing. Only takes about an hour to search the net to find or buy a works for hire template and customize it.

If you are a ghost writer and you have a dispute with an EzineArticles.com author and you didn’t have a works for hire agreement in writing….
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MySQL Rocks

We’ve been making small incremental changes to our article database design in order to improve speed and reduce lag.

On Friday, in the previous 24 hour period, we had 6,418,429 MySQL database queries of which ZERO have failed :-). This is a good thing.

When we have bad or sloppy code or the server can’t keep up, we get error messages in the database (db for short).

This is all useless trivia, but it’s part of the making of an article marketing super site.

I am aware that some processes are still taking 4-20+ seconds per process, so please be patient and only click on SUBMIT once when you are creating a new account, sending in a new article, updating your profile or adding an alternate author name. We are planning on addressing these speed issues over time so that everything is returned in a second or less with 5 seconds on a bad day.

Back from St Lucia, Martin, Thomas

I was gone for the past 7 business days on a 3 island Caribbean trip that included a visit to St Thomas, St Martin and St Lucia. For me, there is nothing that recharges my batteries better than a white sandy beach with waves crashing, plenty of warm sunshine to go around and good friends to share it with.

It’s also good to be back in freezing Wisconsin with snow on the ground and good old high speed broadband Internet access. Might even be able to take a snowmobile trip within the next two weeks.

The EzineArticles team did a great job of keeping the article marketing ship a float while I was offline. They endured multiple hardware failures on our web and list server, but here are some interesting statistics on what’s been accomplished:
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Article Marketing Insider Tip

If you want to achieve maximum distribution of your article (meaning if you want to have an exponential return from putting your article into distribution), the word count must come down below 500 words … and best if they are somewhere between 400-500 words per article.

1,000 word articles are best split in half. Think about it: Surely you can prove your expertise in 500 words … so therefore why not get 2x the ROI from your 1000 word articles?

I’m considering investing in a small study to figure out scientifically if my gut feeling is right or not in terms of how an identical topic achieves different levels of distribution with one at 500 words and one at 1000 words with a near identical title.

What are your thoughts?

Delegation Dreams

EzineArticles.com has now scaled beyond my capactity to be involved in every aspect of this site with the same level of detail that I’ve given to this project to date.

In the past week, I’ve reviewed over 1500 new articles and I’m at break point personally as my other larger goals are not getting attention because of the huge load that we’ve been blessed with.

I just realized that I’m now squarely in the way of our own growth by being too involved in daily operations. Over the coming month, expect to see me get more involved in setting the quality control standards that our site must maintain and delegating much of the daily flow associated with this project to our growing team.

My acid test is my right wrist.
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“By Chance”

As you may know, every day we get 50-100 new members who create Membership accounts with us and we ask them to tell us how they heard about EzineArticles.com.

I found this answer humorous:

How Did Hear About EzineArticles?: BY CHANCE

The Law of Attraction at work. :-)

27,893,534

If you’ve noticed that EzineArticles.com has periods where she slows down to a crawl, it’s not just you that has noticed.

Not sure if the average person knows this, but we’re fully database driven and that means that 99% of our site is dynamically created upon every single one of the 50-70K+ page views our site serves up each day.

Our database engine has been queried 27,893,534 times in the last 7 days alone. It’s insane… and a good problem to have.
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Million Monthly PV’s?

Got Page Views?

Do you have one million monthly page views or more?

If you’ve looked at our publisher terms of service, then you know that we only allow 25 articles to be reprinted per site per year.

Before we begin licensing content on a fee-basis, we’d like to consider offering licenses that would allow more than 25 per year to publishers who can follow our posted terms of service and can prove they have at least 1 million true page views per month in traffic.

If you think you might be a perfect partner for us, please Contact us.

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