Submitting articles to directories is a chore. It is very time consuming. I limit the number of directories that I submit to no more than about twenty-five sometimes to just the top ten.
You log in to each directory separately and it seems as if every directory has its own set of formatting rules, anchor text rules, html rules, and resource box rules. It's a madhouse.
What can you do?
You want to submit to as many different directories as possible. And then, there is the issue of duplicate content. As you well know, some directories will not accept articles that have been submitted or published elsewhere except for your own website or blog.
I do not condone article submitters that automatically submit your article to 1000+ directories. In the first place, just what are the directories that are being submitted to? Are these directories just adsense farms? What is their page rank?
Second, I have no knowledge or control over the formatting and content that actually is published. I am too much a perfectionist to allow the slipshod submission of my content to any directory. When submitting to article directories I want control of the content.
Thirdly, it is an insurmountable task to keep up with the changing requirements of each of these directories and I do not trust that one type of formatted submission fits all the different requirements of every directory.
And finally, every directory has a different set of categories to categorize your article. If it's placed in the wrong category, it will never get read.
It takes manual intervention to properly submit your article to a directory. Anything you can do to automate the process will save you hours of work.
Any program or software that tells you that all you have to do is push a button and presto your article is submitted to hundreds or thousands of directories is misleading you.
If you have ever submitted to multiple directories, you know the effort and time needed to do the task.
Listed below are 25 directory sites with PR2 or better.
articlesbase.com PR6 few ads
articlebiz.com PR5 fewest ads
articlealley.com PR5 few ads
articledashboard.com PR5 few ads
articletrader.com/ PR5 few ads
articlesfactory.com PR4 few ads
amazines.com PR 3
web-source.net PR3 few ads - techie directory
ultimatearticledirectory.com PR2 few ads
Not all directories are created equal. Just because a directory has a PR6 does not mean that your article will bring you traffic or link juice from this directory. The home page of that directory may have a PR of 6 but the articles within it are most often ranked with a PR of "n/a" or "0".
Directories generate revenue by selling ads on their sites, some more than others, or by charging a subscription for publication in their directories.
You must realize that when submitting to article directories some are nothing more than are adsense farms and are more concerned with their bottom line than with promoting your article. I personally no longer submit to ezinearticles because they are an adsense farm.
You will notice that I have noted those directories with few ads. Of those articlebiz.com has the fewest ads surrounding articles in their directory. The directory with the most ads is ezinearticles.
There is another alternative. That is a paid subscription to a directory. It is a good investment in that you pay them a fee and they publish your article and in some cases they promote your article.
Publishing and promoting your articles with only SEO is no longer the ideal in article marketing. You must promote through social marketing to achieve success.
I have added an interesting video about article directories that you might find interesting. It is 15 minutes long but well worth the time.
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