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:
- Link Value
- NoFollow Tags
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.
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 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.)
- Ezine Articles — 130 — PR 6
- ArticlesBase — 408 — PR 6 — NoFollow
- Suite101 — 706 — PR 7
- Buzzle — 1150 — PR 5
- Go Articles — 1711 — PR 6
- Helium — 1905 — PR 6
- ArticleSnatch — 2248 — PR 4 — NoFollow
- ArticleDashboard — 2817 — PR 5
- Article Alley — 3062 — PR 5 — NoFollow
- Self Growth (articles) — 3972 — PR 6
- Idea Marketers — 3994 — PR 3
- Amazines.com — 4275 — PR 2
- SearchWarp — 5708 — PR 5 — NoFollow
- Sooper Articles — 6134 — PR 5
- 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.
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,