In addressing Google’s algorithm changes at the end of February 2011, which saw its site’s ranking devalued, ezinearticles.com took some immediate steps to re-establish its status.
“Over time, we’ve come to realize that we’ve outgrown our current membership level structure.
The trend we see is that Platinum-level members are grouped together unfairly. Our highest quality authors are mixed in with others who may be more concerned with generating high numbers versus creating great articles.
To recognize those “Best of the Best” Expert Authors, we are adding a Diamond level to the peak of our membership pyramid.
The Diamond level represents the ideal EzineArticles Expert Author to us. It represents someone who only writes original works, presents them in an easy-to-read format (bullets, numbered lists and only a hint of bold or italics styling), doesn’t generate user complaints, submits regularly and is a genuine expert in the topics he or she writes about (as evidenced by their website URLs and bio).”
It is important to know that Diamond Accounts cannot be purchased – they have to be earned. In allowing these account holders to publish articles of just 250 words speaks volumes. It acknowledges that even though their articles may not be the new standard 400 words, they will be well researched, readable articles – not keywords stuffed and spun material with poor English and grammar. They actually convey genuine information.
Faster article approvals by more experienced editors is offered to authors at this level.
I am pleased to announce that I have been one of the first ezinearticle authors to be awarded Diamond Level status. This is a real benefit to me and my clients, in that I can offer shorter premium articles at a lower price point than my standard 400 word articles, where appropriate.