Some believe that online article writing and syndication is a fad and it is all about hype. Indeed there are some valid points to both sides of such debate. Well folks, I have always been a skeptic by nature and you can ask anyone I know from the time I had only 500 articles until now with 4599.
After writing articles online for one year and averaging some 12.6 articles each and every day for a year, I have noticed some hype out there in the industry. During this last year I have had at least 4-5 new article websites ask me to place articles on their websites every week. In the last year I have seen the bulk of these article websites out there disappear.
And as a skeptic and highly critical of all writers previously calling them alcoholics, on prozac and failures in life over all; then eventually becoming one myself without any of those attributes. Meaning not all article websites and not all authors are hype or riding a fad. In fact I can say that the hype I hade originally witnessed is over and we have a set of winners here and the emergence of the category killer EzineArticles.com with 165,000 articles [4500 are mine] and 21,101 authors me being the last one in that big number and a group of authors, which are cr?me of the crop.
I can tell you that I agree with what Hans Bool of Spain who talks about the hype curve of industries, as I study industries from RFID tags, BioTech and even the industries I have directly participated in. The Hype Cycle is a silly name for it, but it does exist and Hans is right. The article marketing and content providing hype cycle is nearly over and the real content providers and article providers are still going strong.
Does quality suffer in industries full of hype? Sure it did for a while but many of those sites are gone, along with the get rich quick writers and actually my own articles are getting better as I learn thru trial and error to write better. It seemed for a while everyone was jumping on the article writing bandwagon and to kind of reminded me of starting a marathon with the huge crowd rushing forward bumping elbows.
But as I look back now, I just do not see that anymore, as the true blue well-intentioned content providers press on. We are past the hype curve but there are a couple of hypers still trying to hang on to the pace. But this is a long-term race and the hypers have nearly weeded themselves out. Those are my thoughts on this issue, consider this in 2006.