potentialgeek - 7:00 pm on Mar 9, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: potentialgeek at 7:24 pm (utc) on Mar 9, 2011]
I don't know if this topic should get a new thread (mods may move if they wish), but I've been tracking the changes made by EzineArticles.com.
If you Google the news for that site, there is an interview on the WSJ site with EA's CEO: [online.wsj.com...]
Today I find out Mr. Knight, who may or may not be following this thread, is apparently changing his site like the webmasters here. Allegedly, according to one webmaster (found via Google News), articles are being deleted and even user accounts terminated! I'll wait for confirmation on that; you can imagine some webmasters will be upset if it's true and speak out very soon.
But what Mr. Knight said was that they have increased the minimum article length from 250 words to 400, and now require links below the articles to be to related content.
"Mr. Knight said he believed part of the reason that Google's new search algorithm demoted Ezinearticles.com articles is that much of the content had already been published on the personal websites of its writers."
He also admitted some articles were permitted which should not have been published: "We know we accepted some of it we shouldn't have."
Perhaps these are the ones which are now disappearing from his site, if indeed they are being removed, seen by Google as poisonous to the entire site.
Hopefully all the Acai Berry nonsense will fly into the trash. :-)
UPDATE-According to the company's blog, they are now blocking all *future* articles on the Berry. I guess that's a start.
[edited by: potentialgeek at 7:24 pm (utc) on Mar 9, 2011]