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February 4, 2009

GoArticles – The Writing is on the Wall

GoArticles was launched back in 2001 and is one of the oldest and most trafficked sites in the Jayde Online network. Currently, the site has more than 1.2 million articles and receives more than 2,300 article submissions daily. But, with traffic and popularity come abuse, specifically in the form of article spam.

We’ve introduced several spam control measures in the past year such as “report article spam” links, automated duplicate article removal and article length guidelines, but the deluge of sub-quality content keeps coming. So, new measures are called for and we’d be interested in receiving feedback from both readers and authors on the quality control measures currently being contemplated :

1. Deletion of all articles under 500 words in length. It’s unlikely much value would be lost even if the minimum word count was raised to 650 words. Has anyone actually learned anything of value from articles where the guidelines posted by the author or distribution service are longer than the article?

2. Much stricter membership criteria. Plagiarism and outright copyright violation are epidemic. Introducing an ID system for authors that goes beyond email verification might go a long way to alleviating these problems. 

Other measures are under consideration as well, but feedback on the two above, along with your perspective on the state of article quality and marketing would be helpful.

4 Responses to “GoArticles – The Writing is on the Wall

    avatar John Metzler says:

    Why not give an incentive to authors who provide GoArticles with totally original content?

    Unless GoArticles makes a name for itself connecting a core of legitimate readers with quality authors, it will fall into obscurity with the thousands of other useless article sites.

    The solution is easy:

    Q: Who are the spammers?
    A: SEO’s who are looking for easy inbound links.

    Solution: Stop allowing article pages to be indexed by Google. This may seem drastic, but if an article is worth writing, reading, and promoting, should it really matter if it creates a crawlable backlink?

    avatar Mel Strocen says:

    Thanks for the feedback, John. I’m open to any and all ideas and we’ll take yours into consideration.

    I’ve gained a lot from article written under 500 words. Short, clear, and concise articles are a plus. And they are harder to write. Seth Godin is a good example of someone who writes brief but informative articles.

    avatar Kevin says:

    I agree somewhat with Marvin. One can get lost reading a lengthly uninformative article. On the other hand, forcing the number of words higher will cut alot of time-wasters from the mix! Plagiarism has to go. Any info picked from someone else must be acknowledged in the article. Hope it works out.

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