Updated list of free press release sites

by Dana_W
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I originally posted a list of free press release sites about a year or two ago on the WF. Since then, some of the free sites started charging a fee, some sites became very buggy & hard to use, etc., so I have removed the bad sites from my list and added a few new ones to replace them.

They're well worth the time - you can get some serious google love by using press release sites.

Here is the new list:

EcommWire Is Your Free Press Release Distribution Center - only for stories about ecommerce

Download Junction - Download Software, Freeware, Shareware, Games - for press releases about software

TechPRSpider - Technology Press Release Search Engine, Search Tech Press Releases

Free Press Release Submission and News Distribution

Free Press Release Distribution - PressAbout.com

Press Release Distribution Service. Press Release Writing and Editing.

Press Release Distribution & Free Press Release Submit @ 1888 PressRelease.com

Free Press Release Distribution

Press Release Service and Distribution - 24-7PressRelease.com

openPR.com - Worldwide Open Public Relations - Publish Press Releases Free of Charge

Free press release distribution - free press release services with ClickPress

SEO Press Release Distribution | Submit Online Press Releases

Free Online Press Release Distribution | Submit Free Press Release

Free Press Release Distribution Service

PR Urgent News - Free Press Release and News Distribution

Free Press Release Distribution & Free Press Release Submission - PR Log

Free Press Release Distribution Service - Submit Your Press Releases Here For Free PR Exposure

Free Press Release Distribution - PressAbout.com

Free Press Release - Online Press Release Distribution Service

http://www.pagerelease.com

PressReleasePoint | Free Press Release Distribution Website | Submit Press Releases

BigNews.biz Is Your Free Press Release and World News Distribution Center

Newswire Today's - Free Press Release & Newswire Distribution - NewswireToday - Press Releases News Distribution Network

Submit a Press Release in Free Press Release Center

prFocus.com :: Free Press Release Services ::

http:pr-usa.net

USPRwire | US & Global News Distribution

UKPRwire | UK & Global News Distribution
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  • Profile picture of the author Dana_W
    And by the way, if anyone has any OTHERS that they use and like - please let me know! I'm always looking for more sites to add, especially because these sites regularly seem to go out of business, start charging fees, or getting all buggy and weird.
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  • Is PRWeb still free?
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    • Profile picture of the author Dana_W
      Originally Posted by eric-graham-review View Post

      Is PRWeb still free?
      No, they have packages ranging from $80 to $360. They used to be free. Webwire, at $19.95, is a good low cost paid press release site, they go live instantly, and they get very good Google ranking.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnmags
    Thanks for the cool long list of press relese sites Dana
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  • Profile picture of the author Tony Hetherington
    Thanks Dana. It's important that warriors realise that these "free sites" regularly change and morph into other things.

    I would add that you should also create your own press release list of influential websites/blogs in your niche and send a release directly to them.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dana_W
      Originally Posted by LaunchWorkshop View Post

      Thanks Dana. It's important that warriors realise that these "free sites" regularly change and morph into other things.

      I would add that you should also create your own press release list of influential websites/blogs in your niche and send a release directly to them.
      Most definitely! I've also had great success with ezinearticles and with Associated Content, for getting good Google placement. There are many ways to promote your website/products/services, and press releases are just one of them.
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      • Profile picture of the author williamd52
        These sites are free and allow anchor text in linking to your site;

        bignews.biz
        lets-find-out.com
        freepressindex.com
        release-news.com
        sogroop.com
        mooladays.com

        There are at least 20 more that I have used but these seem to have the highest pagerank.
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        • Profile picture of the author Sandy Cormack
          Originally Posted by williamd52 View Post

          These sites are free and allow anchor text in linking to your site;

          bignews.biz
          lets-find-out.com
          freepressindex.com
          release-news.com
          sogroop.com
          mooladays.com

          There are at least 20 more that I have used but these seem to have the highest pagerank.
          I think that making a subset of the big list that represents PR sites that allow backlinks, be they URL only or anchor text, would be extremely valuable, both for traffic and page rank.
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          • Profile picture of the author Dana_W
            Originally Posted by Sandy Cormack View Post

            I think that making a subset of the big list that represents PR sites that allow backlinks, be they URL only or anchor text, would be extremely valuable, both for traffic and page rank.
            siiigh. You're right. I will work on that over the next week, because it needs to be done.
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  • Profile picture of the author Minatore
    Thanks for posting this great list. Posting press releases on these free sites is a great way to get your name out there and establish your online presence!
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  • great list. Thank you for taking the time to put it together. I have recently finished development of my new RE site and am going to try sending out free press releases to drive traffic and "hopefully" help with SEO. Thanks again.
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  • Profile picture of the author dsmpublishing
    Thanks dana

    my list is getting a little dated so it is nice to have a fresh list.

    kind regards


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  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    You're an absolute star, Dana... thanks for the updated list.

    Best press release writer in the business, and always sharin'...

    Damn fine girl...

    You rock!

    Peace

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  • Profile picture of the author rlharding
    Thanks everyone. This is great!
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  • Profile picture of the author LivingCovers
    Perfectly bookmarked...this is a 'must return to'! Thanks for the awesome list.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dana_W
    Thanks so much for the additional press release sites! It's hard to find good new ones - so I'm excited to check these new sites out and see how they do!

    My best keyword tip - put your best keyword in the headline. That works really well for Google placement.

    Also - your press release doesn't have to be long. In fact, it shouldn't be. 300-400 words is sufficient, seriously. Just write it in proper press release format, include the call to the action at the end, and you're done.

    Call to action - "Those seeking more information about Jim Bob's line of exercise videos, or to make a purchase, can visit www. blah blah blah dot com."
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    • Originally Posted by Dana_W View Post

      Thanks so much for the additional press release sites! It's hard to find good new ones - so I'm excited to check these new sites out and see how they do!

      My best keyword tip - put your best keyword in the headline. That works really well for Google placement.

      Also - your press release doesn't have to be long. In fact, it shouldn't be. 300-400 words is sufficient, seriously. Just write it in proper press release format, include the call to the action at the end, and you're done.

      Call to action - "Those seeking more information about Jim Bob's line of exercise videos, or to make a purchase, can visit www. blah blah blah dot com."
      I have to agree. In the online world, Press Releases are short, sweet and to the point. Quite different from actual Press Releases that go out to TV, Radio and Newspapers. I have had to write quite a few of those in my career, and they can get tedious.

      Dana, great info. I am rather new to WF and always find a lot of useful information here.
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      • Profile picture of the author Sandy Cormack
        Originally Posted by ContentArticleWriter View Post

        I have to agree. In the online world, Press Releases are short, sweet and to the point. Quite different from actual Press Releases that go out to TV, Radio and Newspapers. I have had to write quite a few of those in my career, and they can get tedious.

        Dana, great info. I am rather new to WF and always find a lot of useful information here.
        I think the question here is, what is a 'proper' length that increases your chances for wide syndication?

        Too short and maybe the site won't be interested, same for too long. I've seen the sweet spot suggested to be in the 800-word range but that sounds too long to me.

        I suppose you could experiment with different lengths to see which gives the widest syndication.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dana_W
          Originally Posted by Sandy Cormack View Post

          I think the question here is, what is a 'proper' length that increases your chances for wide syndication?

          Too short and maybe the site won't be interested, same for too long. I've seen the sweet spot suggested to be in the 800-word range but that sounds too long to me.

          I suppose you could experiment with different lengths to see which gives the widest syndication.
          Anywhere between 300-500 words is good. 800 words sounds waaay long to me. PRNewswire charges extra if you go over 400 words.
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  • Profile picture of the author marklyford
    Thanks very much for this. very useful !
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Downward
    Thanks Dana, This is great. I have been looking for some free PR sites but I was having a challenge getting some good ones.
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  • Profile picture of the author mogulmedia
    Excellent! You can never have enough submission websites, thanks!

    Sorry for the shameless plug but I also have a list on my blog you may want to use to help with your PR efforts...
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  • Profile picture of the author LadyL08
    Thanks, I just paid for a list that was over a year old.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dana_W
      Originally Posted by LadyL08 View Post

      Thanks, I just paid for a list that was over a year old.
      Yeah, unfortunately, what I find is that these sites tend to go out of business or change how they operate quite frequently. That's why I have to regularly go through and prune out the bad ones and find new ones to replace them with.
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  • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
    Hi Dana,

    Thanks for the list. I hope this thread gets converted to an all-in-one on press release.

    Anyway will just subscribe and save the URL so I won't misplace it.

    All the best,
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  • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
    Wow, Dana, this is HUGE! Nice work!
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  • Profile picture of the author Marc Harty
    Dana,

    Thanks for creating this thread and bringing some sites to my attention. I have a product called the "Ultimate Newswire Directory" which lists 150+ sites and ranks those sites on 7 different criteria. (Links, images, Alexa, PR, etc.) So I'm always looking for new sites that come to my attention.

    In researching these press sites, it's clear there is a need to go beyond just a list and provide context -- specific features and benefits on the respective sites. (For example, the need for indicating which sites allow for backlinks.)

    It's a time consuming process, but for those of us that are doing press release marketing regularly, it's worth it!

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    • Profile picture of the author Dana_W
      That sounds like a very worthwhile product. Definitely, not all free press release sites are created equal. For instance, some I didn't put on my list because they look really poorly designed, or have TERRIBLE grammar and spelling on the home page, which is not ideal for a press release distribution site.

      And of course knowing which ones offer additional services is very helpful as well.

      Originally Posted by Marc Harty View Post

      Dana,

      Thanks for creating this thread and bringing some sites to my attention. I have a product called the "Ultimate Newswire Directory" which lists 150+ sites and ranks those sites on 7 different criteria. (Links, images, Alexa, PR, etc.) So I'm always looking for new sites that come to my attention.

      In researching these press sites, it's clear there is a need to go beyond just a list and provide context -- specific features and benefits on the respective sites. (For example, the need for indicating which sites allow for backlinks.)

      It's a time consuming process, but for those of us that are doing press release marketing regularly, it's worth it!

      Marc
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    This would make a perfect All-In-One-Thread. Thank you Dana for starting this. I love submitting press releases, it's a great way to create backlinks and traffic. When done correctly and consistently, you can get guest spots on radio shows. One press release landed me in a UK reality show and I live in the states. Go figure!

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  • WOW. Thank you for this =)
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