Apart from submitting your blogs to top search engine friendly web directories, such as the ones listed on my previous post, 25 Top Places To List Your Blog For Traffic, article submission is also a beneficial form of promoting your brand and website.
Most bloggers and website owners often neglect article submissions, because most of the time, article submission directories have strict requirements as to the type of article you can submit, minimum words, unique content and more.
Article submission directories offer a lot of benefits for your website and branding. Submitting articles is one of the most successful ways to draw traffic, obtain backlinks and increase your exposure with potential visitors and search engines. It is cost effective, as you don’t have to spend money to do this. All you need are some good unique articles and you are all set.
Having that said, I have compiled a list of 15 Free Article Submission Directories where you can submit your articles and obtain exposure. Not only you can submit your articles here for free, but many of these sites offer a vast amount of other resources, making your visit worthwhile. Don’t forget to leave you URLs on the resource or bio box as some call it.
The list (ordered by PR – includes Alexa) as of 08.01.2009
- Ezinearticles PR: 6 / Alexa: 255
- Buzzle PR: 6 / Alexa: 2,599
- GoArticles PR: 6 / Alexa: 22,529
- ArticleBase PR: 5 / Alexa: 1,826
- ArticleDashboard PR: 5 / Alexa: 29,138
- ArticleClick PR: 5 / Alexa: 32,451
- Web-Source PR: 5 / Alexa: 36,492
- Isnare PR: 5 / Alexa: 39,948
- Site-Reference PR: 5 / Alexa: 81,497
- SearchWarp PR: 4 / Alexa: 8,148
- Amazines PR: 4 / Alexa: 35,964
- ArticlesFactory PR: 4 / Alexa: 39,955
- ArticlesFactory PR: 4 / Alexa: 43,735
- ArticlePool PR: 4 / Alexa: 60,289
- Article-Buzz PR: 3 / Alexa: 40,193
Whether or not you rank well in the search engines or Alexa, submitting articles will help you maintain your present positions and improve your traffic and increased potential in making money online business. If your Alexa ranking is high and your page rank very low (if this matters to you), try submitting one or two unique articles weekly to the above article submission directories. You will definitely see improvements in your rankings.
If you feel I missed out something, please let me know.
List Updated on June 2010: High Page Rank Article Directories
UPDATE (April 2011): Due to the recent Google Panda update, several article directories have suffered from their rankings on the SERPs. When deciding which directory to use, ensure that you read their guidelines carefully as many of them most likely have been updated. Article marketing is still a valid form to gain exposure, provided you follow strictly the guidelines of these directories and provide unique and quality articles. Avoid submitting the same content to different directories as it looses its value. At the very least spin your articles before submitting them. Obviously this task can be daunting and if you are interested there is a way to make this task a lot easier. Try Unique Article Wizard, and see if it is something you think could be of interest to you. It spins your articles and submits them to several directories with ease. You can also visit the FAQ area and UAW Plugins for Various Article Directories, for more info.