I just happened to glance at a post by Ezinearticles about the recent google algorithm change. I wasnt even aware of a change, and actually try to stay away from that kind of stuff because getting things done is usually more important to me than looking at the news.
So a low down of the change and how Ezine Articles is affected and what they are doing about it.
Google announced a change to its algorithm in the last few days that sent Ezine scrambling basically. Ezine saw a 10% traffic drop the day of the change, and a 30% change the next day, so Ezine is expecting traffic to drop about 50% the coming month. Could you imagine your million dollar business’s revenue getting cut in half overnight. It sure would suck. Anyway, the algorithm change was at least partially pointed at content farms, and low quality sites, and it appears Ezine has been put into this category, even though they do have some of the better content out there.
Now Ezine is scrambling to be recognized as a good content provider, and will be implementing new rules to make it harder to get articles approved in Ezine. A couple of the things that caught my eye were that they may be raising the minimum word count for articles form 250 words to 400 words as a minimum. Ezine is also changing its approval algorithm, and will be approving about 20% less articles. And the big one is that they plan on using nofollow links in the resource boxes for now on.
I’m not sure how how much this will change things, but know that ezine is a great way to get instant traffic, and to help get backlinks to your site. I am assuming you will still get google to crawl your site shortly after posting an ezine article, but the link will not carry near as much weight at is used to.