EzineArticles.com Cracks Down After Google Algorithm Changes

EzineArticles.com Cracks Down After Google Algorithm Changes

Site forces quality changes for submitted articles.

One of the sites frequently mentioned as being targeted in Google’s recent quality crackdown is EzineArticles.com.

It should come as no surprise that today the site instituted new rules and checks for quality.

The site lets people submit articles that are free to reprint. The author gets a number of benefits, but backlinks are one of the biggest. As a result, many authors submit quick articles with little substance solely to get the backlink.

The new quality guidelines include increased quality checks, no article submission through the API and WordPress Plugin (which was probably being abused), and a new 400 word count minimum (because longer garbage is better than short garbage.)

Will Google accept after-the-fact changes to site quality? My guess is it takes a while to change a reputation.


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Pre-Bidding Opens for Aftermarket.com Live Domain Auction

Pre-Bidding Opens for Aftermarket.com Live Domain Auction

Live auction kicks off with pre-bidding.

Aftermarket.com is back in the live domain name auction game this week.

The company will host a live domain name auction in The Bahamas and will simulcast it through its new Aftermarket.com site.

The actual auction will be Thursday, March 3 at 2PM EST. But pre-bidding has already open at Aftermarket.com and will run until 15 minutes before the live auction starts.

You must register for a Premium account into order to bid. It only costs a penny but requires certain ID verification, so be sure to register early.

There are about 65 domain names in the auction. Some of my favorites are:

Pledges.com $2500-$5000
Raises.com $2500-$5000
Bylaws.com $2500-$5000
EmploymentAds.com $5000-$1000
iSign.com $1000-$2500


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ICANN “Satisfaction Rate” Rebounds

ICANN “Satisfaction Rate” Rebounds

Not as bad as last year. But not great.

The percentage of people who rate their satisfaction with ICANN as “Good” has rebounded a bit from the past two years. But it still sits at a dismal 21%.

That’s according to over 1,500 people who took the non-scientific 6th Annual Domain Name Wire Survey at the beginning of the year.

25% rate their satisfaction “poor”, down from 40% in 2010.

Although a nice reversal from the past couple years, the results still aren’t great. It likely reflects processes that satisfy only those people who benefit from delay.

It seems that neither side in the new TLD debate is happy. Proponents are upset about delays while IP interests think they aren’t getting enough protection. The struggle to finally “approve” .xxx has been challenging, and the inconsistent treatment of .jobs can’t help, either.

Will satisfaction improve after new TLDs are finally approved?

More survey results are here.


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