Sep 12

In a seemingly never-ending scenario that is played out multiple times on a daily basis, I receive “friendly” requests to spare me the wrath of penalties from Google if I delete any articles with links that point to their websites. It is good to know that there are so many good people on the Internet that truly care about me and my website. Unfortunately, I do not sympathize with these good natured individuals and I do not believe a thing they are saying.

Every single one of these so-called “friends” is trying to get something for nothing. I am absolutely certain that in the past, these people submitted these same articles to multiple article directories in order to get ‘link juice’. Everything was fine until Google said that it was going to clamp down on duplicate content.

An example of the emails I get daily will give you a good feel for what I have to put up with:

“In order to get out of the penalty they have asked me to submit to them all the paid or unnatural links which are currently pointing to our site and in the next 5 days I will be submitting to them this list and unfortunately your site is included.

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If you can take the links down to: vvvvvv.com then of course I will be able to leave your site off that list.

I really don’t want to be the cause of a penalty to you, nor report anyone else’s website to Google hence I’m
reaching out to you now, and if you can get that link taken down ASAP then of course I won’t include your site when I report back to them!”

First of all, they created the unnatural links by submitting to so many different article sources at once. I have suffered already from Google’s algorithm changes. My mistake, if any, was accepting articles from these clowns in the first place. Many of these articles are of good quality. There was nothing wrong with them in the first place. I run an article directory and an article directory needs good quality articles to survive.

I have changed our outgoing link structure to nofollow links.Furthermore, all print versions of these articles have a nofollow, noindex metatag which should be respected by Google and other major search engines. However, I still keep getting these annoying, self-serving emails. I wonder why these people keep threatening us with the Google sledgehammer. Is Google that stupid to not know that our resource box links are nofollow? I doubt it.

It is difficult enough trying to approve good articles when there are continual submission of multiple spam articles from dubious sources daily. It is the nature of the beast but fortunately, a lot of good articles do get through as well; otherwise,what would be the point of continuing? Google has always been good to us as far as organic traffic and I’m sure that when the dust clears, they will reward well run, human edited article directories like abcarticledirectory.com. Here is to hoping that that day comes sooner rather than later.

Aug 07

It seems like Google is coming down hard on our directory and traffic that used to come on a regular basis for years is now just a memory. Its amazing how things can change in so little time. Bing and Yahoo continue to send us a fair share of their search results and rank our site quite well. Why have so many of our articles that were ranked at or near the top of Google’s search results on page one now non-existent?

Apparently, based on data from various online sources, most article directories are sharing a similar drop in traffic. We continue to receive requests from various authors to remove articles and/or links pointing to their sites from ours. This is due to Google sending warnings to these websites concerning unnatural link building.The days of mass submissions to multiple article directories are gone. Quality trumps quanity every time.

I am still surprised to continually receive these removal requests from Google because on Monday, May 6, 2013, we changed our outgoing link structure to nofollow links. Google no longer follows any of these links (see http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=96569 … and…http://www.abcarticledirectory.com/blogspot/we-now-have-nofollow-links.htm).

We implemented nofollow tags in order to deal with so many people, on a daily basis, constantly asking to alter membership information and remove/alter links or articles. We deemed this as being the most efficient manner in dealing with the issue, otherwise, we wouldn’t have time to do anything else.

Doesn’t Google know that our link structure is different and websites that have links on our site are not getting any link juice from doing so? Can Bing and Yahoo be doing a better job of recognizing and rewarding this? Obviously, Google does not do everything perfectly as far as ranking content management sites. Google used to account for 60 - 80% of our search traffic results but that has tumbled to 30% lately.

The total number of URLs currently in Google’s index is now around 240,000. These URLs are available to appear in search results. This number changed significantly from a high of 1,370,000 on December 30th, 2012 as new pages were added and indexed, and old pages are removed. Apparently more pages were removed than added. Needless to say, Google did not wish us a very happy new year and the trend continues.

We continue to evaluate incoming article submissions closely, as usual, trying to weed out poor quality articles. Authors that submit multiple articles at once are clearly throwing up warning signs that they are spamming multiple directories at once. These are usually the first articles that get refused.In other words, some things never change.

Our goal of providing our users with the best most informative articles available to us will never waiver. We will continue to work hard at maintaining a high quality, user friendly site. Eventually, Google will have no choice but to recognize and reward our efforts.

May 06

Due to overwhelming pressure from daily requests for link removals due to Google algorithm penalties, I have hard coded our script to apply the nofollow tag to outgoing links on our article pages. A big thank you goes out to Mike at Articlecell.com for his help.

Spam is a continuous problem and we try very hard to weed out articles submitted by less than creditable authors. However, some of these spammy articles do sift through despite our efforts to eradicate them. I apologize for any lame articles that fester on my database. I have a link to report these mistakes in judgment on every article sidebar and look forward to receiving a report on suspect articles from any visitor.

I have tried our best to not use the nofollow attribute, but Google, in its ongoing efforts to try and eliminate shady link aggregating spam and� meaningless articles has cast a broad net over many article directories and media gathering sites. Even well managed, human edited sites such as ours have been targeted(somewhat unjustly) and penalized where it hurts the most…our traffic. Unfortunately, the good well meaning hard working author has been penalized due to the lazy, misguided, greedy link sucking spammers and their money-grabbing, fake seo accomplices.

Is Google winning the battle? I’m not so sure. I can easily find �several article directories that will accept any piece of trash article regardless of whether or not it makes any sense and Google lavishes them with massive traffic and recognition. Am I bitter? Gee….how can you tell? I guess hard work doesn’t apply to article syndication. If the quality of these less than stellar article directories is awarded by Google, then it is my opinion that they are failing in providing the best experience for viewers using their search engine to find credible, informative articles. The user experience for Google visitors is suffering.

I don’t envy Google’s position. As the leader in search engine technology(for now), Google continually tries to update its algorithm to create a better user experience for its visitors. With billions of websites and trillions of bits of information, they obviously have a few issues with some of the less than stellar sites getting undeserved recognition.�

Google had taken to telling site owners to ask article directory owners, like myself, to clean up their mess…and penalized them if they didn’t do it quickly. The site owners, who either were submitting� their own spammy articles, or using someone else to do the spamming for them, somehow felt that it was our responsibility to clean up their mess….for free. Wow…Isn’t ignorance bliss? Well…enough is enough.�

Since our site now is using the nofollow attribute for outgoing links to our articles, there is no further reason for Google to penalize any so-called, suspected, un-natural link activity. To all other good, creditable authors, keep submitting good quality articles and your reward will be guaranteed.

 

Nov 06

The beat goes on as far as the smooth running of the article directory. However, Google has made things interesting with their recent Panda and Penguin algorithym updates. More and more requests continue to pour in for the removal of links and/or articles/accounts.I continue to issue a standard response that filters out most spammers and con artists. Continue reading »

Aug 01

Content is king….or to be more precise, good content is king. Google has had it with mass content spamming and has decided to penalize websites with hundreds or thousands of backlinks pointing straight back to the spammers’ websites. Quality is the new order of the day and it has replaced quantity with a vengeance.Their most recent algorithm update has hit many websites hard.

As an article directory, we have been swamped by a multitude of individuals suddenly asking to remove links and/or articles that only a few weeks ago they were begging to have published. Its a strange new world where people are now complaining that their articles were approved.

There are a steady stream of requests to remove links/articles and the reasons given to have them eliminated vary from the sincere to the comical. Everything from articles “mistakenly” being posted to fake DMCA takedown threats are received on a daily basis. Many simply ask to have them removed for no particular reason while others state that their sites have suffered from the recent Google updates. Panic seems to rule the Internet for these people and they want their problem to go away regardless of rhyme or reason.

Asking to have us remove links/articles for them would be fine, if we happened to work for them. Where did these people get the idea that we had to do anything for them if they happened to screw things up for themselves. Our Terms of Service has absolutely nothing that states we have to do anything for them at all. They/their agent(s) on their behalf, agreed to those Terms of Service as a condition of becoming a member of this article directory. We never received any monetary reward for approving their articles. We never even got a “thank you” �from them. I certainly won’t stick my nose in their business or their website(s) and expect them to do anything for me for free. I am not that gullible. Getting a notice from Google that you are a spammer and you have spam articles on our article directory does not change the rules you/your agent(s) on their behalf, initially agreed to.

Many of these individuals used seo companies or article submission services/software to boost their search engine rankings and therefore don’t even have any login information for our article directory. Google now views them as spammers. It was their choice to have these services do the work for them and and cannot alter their articles. If they require articles removed or amended their best bet is to contact the person/company that submitted them in the first place and have them make the necessary changes. Continue reading »

Feb 17

It’s been a pretty busy couple of weeks here at the ABC Article Directory. If any of you have been following us closely, you would definitely have noticed that we were offline for 3 days in the first week of February. We experienced technical difficulties in the form of configuration inadequacies that were outstripping the ability of our server to process queries.

We acted quickly to secure a brand new dedicated server with sufficient disk and memory upgrades �to handle the heavy load that accompanies a high traffic website with a significant volume of content. Web development efforts that were previously undertaken to upgrade �our current scripting and sql optimization were unfortunately found wanting. Thanks to efforts from various individuals, especially Mike Mikosic, of Articlecell.com, my new Australian mate, who went above and beyond to help with the outdated Article Dashboard script.

Apparently Mike and I, as the Editor,� had the good fortune/misfortune to have hired the same web developer to work on our sites. although some things that were tweaked did not prove to be sufficient for our needs. He had a much more functional set of �working files that stabilized the server load, streamlined the transfer/storage of data �and generally made the site work like it should. Right now, the ABC Article Directory is pumping out page requests at a significantly high rate of speed. Continue reading »

Jan 05

alexa barI give up trying to come to grips with the fact that there are actually people out there that give any kind of relevancy to Alexa pagerank. It is my understanding that it represents a ‘measuring stick’ as to the popularity of any particular website. Unfortunately, it is based on the hit and miss visits from people that happen to have the Alexa toolbar installed on their browser (not all browsers are compatible with Alexa toolbar).

I know for a fact that it does not fairly represent traffic flowing into a website. I happen to use Seoquake’s Firefox plugin to monitor statistics for various websites of interest to me and am baffled by the sheer stupidity of some of the numbers I see. I know for an absolute fact that another article directory(no names needed) has 25% of the traffic the abcarticledirectory has and has a superior Alexa pagerank….go figure that one out.

This was not the first time I made a comment about Alexa’s page ranking system but it will be my last. I am done with it for good. I’ll stick with Google’s pr even if it is not the best. It at least gives some idea of a site’s popularity based on some actual measurable statistics….not on whether or not you have a Google toobar installed on your browser.

Oct 20

Just thought I’d add a little note to tell all the great members of the ABC Article Directory that I’m extremely proud of their contributions in making this article directory such a success.

Our traffic numbers continue to rise and the good news is that it is largely organic. Google, Yahoo and Bing still make up a huge portion of our traffic and our articles are continually being indexed and added to these search engines immediately after acceptance.

Spam authors and spam articles continue to be a problem but that is the nature of the beast. I weed these out as best I can in order to salvage the integrity of the content that is available for visitors to view.

Alexa page rank is still a mystery to me as our numbers get lower as our traffic increases. I suspect that their ranking system is a mystery to other website owners as well.

To all the great authors making a concerted effort to submit high quality articles to this directory…a sincere Thank You.

To all the great people that visit our site on a regular basis for their content needs….Thank You.

To all the great people that visit us occasionally….Thank You and come back.

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Sincerely,
Emmanuel DeFreitas
Editor
http://www.abcarticledirectory.com

Apr 18

A few quick updates on the most current goings on as far as the ABC Article Directory is concerned. First and foremost, I would like to state that the site is doing great.  Our traffic numbers are consistently good and articles that are approved are enjoying pretty good exposure.

I am still a little disappointed  that the new improved Disqus commenting script does not work without it totally distorting the screen width in Internet Explorer. It seems to work well in Firefox and Opera but since the majority of people use IE, I am forced to remove the script.  I researched the anomaly in the search engines and found that I am not alone in experiencing the distortion that this universal  javascript code creates.

I deleted approximately 6000 spammy authors this past weekend. They all seem to have come from one location and 99.9% of the articles that were being submitted were terrible. To make matters worse, the same articles were being submitted twice. Made it easier to weed out the bad authors but then again, I am pretty good at weeding out bad authors (lots of practice).

I added 2 new members to my article directory toplist within the past week. I want to welcome  ArticleCompilation Article Directory and Articlemonster.com to the growing list. There are currently twelve article directories that are being monitored. Article directory owners that want to become members can show potential authors and advertisers exactly what kind of exposure their articles receive regularly. Since there are literally thousands of article directories currently on the Internet, Its good to know that some owners are brave enough to show how good they are actually doing. Its also a good place to get additional referring traffic from the collective group of article directories.

I’ve added the Google/Youtube videos to the article pages again. Anyone that reads the articles can now see related videos on the subject they were researching/browsing. These videos load rather quickly and do not take up too much space. I hope visitors find it useful.

Apr 11

spammers are like robots in George Orwell's 1984There has been an absolute explosion of activity regarding recent new author signups to the ABC Article Directory. Having up to 2000 new authors added on a daily basis is something to be proud of, isn’t it? What article directory owner would be sad to see such a gargantuan interest in their website? Well, I for one, am that owner and I am going to explain why.

It is indeed the primary goal of any website owner to have mass acceptance of their site and receive tons of traffic. It can also be said that the primary goal of any article marketer is to have their articles accepted by high ranking article directories in order to promote their products or services as well as gaining valuable backlinks. However, it is of primary significance that the majority of this mass influx of new authors actually have something of value to add to my article directory.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of these new authors are nothing but clueless spam artists. I have to filter through so many useless articles on a daily basis that its making me dizzy. Thank goodness for some of the software I have to filter through this garbage. It at least makes things manageable. I wonder where these people are coming from and what they think they can accomplish. Submitting bad articles can only give them as well as the article directory that approves them, a bad name. I only accept approximately 10-15% of submitted articles.The good thing about all these terribly written or software generated spun articles is that they are easy to spot. The bad part is that sometimes, I miss the odd one and it gets accepted. Oh well, that’s the life of an article directory editor/owner.

There is a bright side to all this from my perspective and that is that some of these articles are so bad that they actually give me a chuckle every now and then. I am going to share a few of my most recent article submission deletions and give you a taste of odiforous literature at its finest. If you wish, you can probably find similar clippings from other article directories that do not filter their members’ article submissions. Continue reading »