Article Marketing: Where Should You Submit Articles?

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In the recent post, Article Marketing: 21 Tips to Help You Get Started, I suggested to set an article marketing goal of submitting 2-3 articles a week for two weeks to one directory, then add another directory, and follow that pattern until you’re submitting regularly to 5 directories. Today’s post will discuss which directories are best to submit to and why.

Before I list the top directories for article submissions, I want to share three important things to consider when choosing an article directory site:

  1. Link Value
  2. PageRank
  3. NoFollow Tags

Link Value

Alexa is a site that ranks top websites according to traffic.  Advertisers use a site’s Alexa Rank to determine the value of a link placed on a site. There are a number of ways to increase your site’s Alexa ranking. For Alexa, the lower the number, the more traffic the site has.

Page Rank

A site’s PageRank is basically how valuable and popular it is considered to the web. There are a number of complicated factors that Google considers when ranking a page, but 10 is best and 0 is the lowest.

NoFollow Tags

NoFollow Tags were developed to deter spammers, and they instruct search engines to not influence a link’s ranking in the search engine’s index. When using an article marketing strategy to build backlinks, it’s important to know which sites use NoFollow Tags.

Top Submission Sites

When selecting a site to submit articles to, it’s important to consider all three of the above items. Here are the Top 15 sites (as of March 19, 2010) listed according to Alexa Ranking — note that four of these sites use NoFollow Tags.

(Note: The first number after the site name is the Alexa Ranking. The second number indicates the site’s Google PageRank. Some of the Alexa rankings may seem low due to the high numbers, but considering how many millions of websites are out there will put these numbers into perspective.)

  1. Ezine Articles — 130 — PR 6
  2. ArticlesBase — 408 — PR 6 — NoFollow
  3. Suite101 — 706 — PR 7
  4. Buzzle — 1150 — PR 5
  5. Go Articles — 1711 — PR 6
  6. Helium — 1905 — PR 6
  7. ArticleSnatch — 2248 — PR 4 — NoFollow
  8. ArticleDashboard — 2817 — PR 5
  9. Article Alley — 3062 — PR 5 — NoFollow
  10. Self Growth (articles) — 3972 — PR 6
  11. Idea Marketers — 3994 — PR 3
  12. Amazines.com — 4275 — PR 2
  13. SearchWarp — 5708 — PR 5 — NoFollow
  14. Sooper Articles — 6134 — PR 5
  15. Article City — 7032 — PR 5

A note of caution

If you begin digging around the web to research about article marketing, you’ll likely find numerous automatic article submission services. There are good and bad points with these services. One thing to consider is that Google and other search engines monitor spam practices, and if you’re submitting identical content to dozens of directories, you may be flagged as a spammer.

Most article marketing experts advise to pick 5 well-respected directories and submit to those regularly. The quality of a backlink can help you more than quantity links. And if you submit just 3 articles per week to 5 popular directories, in a year, you’ll have 750 quality backlinks.

Plus, as eZine editors, bloggers, and others the content you submit, you’ll have even more links pointing back to your blog. Article Marketing is considered by some experts to be the absolute best way to grow traffic, build your brand, and position yourself as an authority in your niche without spending a dime. Yes, it takes some work, but the return on your investment of time will be worth it.

Niche Directories

There are also article directories that cater to specific niches. It’s a good idea to add a couple of those in addition to the five popular. To find directories for your specific niche, do a Google search, such as “(Your Niche) Article Directories.”

Until next time,

Happy Blogging!

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6 comments ↓

#1 Angie on 03.22.10 at 2:08 pm

I was just learning about this from Randy Ingermanson. Very timely :-)
Thanks,
Angie
PS Do you know how to update blogger on an html description metatag? I tried and it won’t save. It gives me an error.

#2 Linda Fulkerson on 03.22.10 at 2:22 pm

Hi Angie,

Glad you found this post helpful!

As far as your question, I use the WordPress All-in-One SEO pack plugin and it has a meta description field right in the new post screen, so it’s very easy and you don’t have to delve into the HTML file.

I don’t use Blogger, but I did a Google search to see about meta tag descriptions for Blogger, and I found this site. It seems to explain it well and has some screen shots to help you:

http://www.bloggertricks.com/2007/12/adding-meta-tags-to-bloggerblogspot.html

Be careful when going into the actual code editor, which changing meta tags in Blogger requires you to do.

I always select all and copy the entire file and save it in TextEdit (or Notepad for PC users) before making any code changes. Then if I mess up, I can just paste the original code back where it came from. :)

#3 Shaun McLaughlin on 03.23.10 at 6:50 am

Linda,

I write for Suite101. They do not allow writers to include links to their websites in the articles, only in the writer’s profile. So, no matter how many Suite101 articles get published, there is really just one link.

#4 Linda Fulkerson on 03.23.10 at 7:06 am

Hi Shaun — that is the rule for many places, links can only go in the author profile or sometimes in the article’s resource box. Some limit to one link, others to two. I write for eZineArticles and Examiner. Exminer is more generous with their link policy than some sites.

Bloggers need to check the terms of service for each directory before choosing which is best for their purposes, but even one inbound link from a PR 7 site, such as Suite101, is a good quality backlink.

#5 Shaun McLaughlin on 03.23.10 at 9:03 am

One more note for all your non-US followers. Many of the sites that pay contributors only accept US residents as writers. Suite101 (based in Vancouver) is open to anyone. Demand Studios recently welcomed UK and Canadian writers. So, if you don’t have the Stars and Stripes flying at your local post office, check a site first before you begin the sometimes laborious process of applying. Cheers!

#6 Linda Fulkerson on 03.23.10 at 9:05 am

Good point! Thanks, Shaun!

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