Using this tactic, the article sites will not only get free articles but also the ones who will benefit the most. In recent years, some larger companies have also jumped on this, they created sites and loaded them with their own content. Suite101, wikiHow and eHow are some of the better known ones. Although sites like that are a great source of revenue for Google but their contents are usually very poor and some of them are even considered as spam.
Will article marketing remain effective? It will likely remain a viable method, but now it will contain more barriers to entry and you need to knock them off their perch by showing your superior content.
|Article Submissions Traffic After Panda Update|
Ezinearticles was one of the article submission sites impacted the hardest by the Panda update. Shortly after the initial Panda update rolled out, Chris Knight (EzineArticles CEO) started to lay down some guidelines for moving forward on the company blog. He has made some significant changes including a reduction in the number of ads per page, no longer accepting article sumissions through a WordPress Plugin, reducing the number of article submission accepted by over 10% (only for articles that are not unique enough), raising the minimum article word count to 400, removing articles that are considered thin and spammy and many more.
As for HubPages (one of the sites that being hit hard also), the change is quite simple and easy to follow. Other than No duplicate content is allowed (this rule is of course applied to all article marketing sites), there must be at least 50 words of content for every featured product, capsules that contain eBay, Amazon, RSS as well as Link capsules cannot be the first full-width item.
The following are some of the winners of the recent update according to some researchers:
The following are some of the losers of the recent update according to some researchers: