Article directories - what happened to them???

by sam770
26 replies
Hi Folks,
Recently I've noticed that many of the directories I've used don't accept new articles or new registrations.
We keep getting requests from clients to upload articles but it seems as if the article directories are shutting down or simply not adding articles the way they did before.
Are there any other ways for smart out-site SEO?

We need some good advice on this so any valuable response will be appreciated.

Thanks!

Sam
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  • Profile picture of the author Angela V. Edwards
    Article directories are one type of website that lost a TON of ranking (and traffic) when Google came out with its "Panda" update. I suspect this is why they are not accepting new submissions at this time.
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  • Profile picture of the author sam770
    Thanks for your replies,
    Do you think that article directories will gain power and importance again or are they a thing of the past?
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    • Profile picture of the author seo jack
      Originally Posted by sam770 View Post

      Thanks for your replies,
      Do you think that article directories will gain power and importance again or are they a thing of the past?

      I do think article directories still have the power to boost once credibility in the eyes of Google. Specially those article sites with high page ranks. I can't imagine doing SEO without them.
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  • Profile picture of the author thegotoguy
    Panda is what happened to them! I'm glad too! Now, in order to stand out, you've got to produce! No more duplicate content! No more adsense sites packed full of useless information.

    That's not to say that a lot of really good sites didn't get hurt or suffer due to the update, I'm just saying that I never got into the whole article marketing/press release thing. I'm just too impatient.
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    • Profile picture of the author sam770
      Thanks, and yes what you say is true.
      Do you think that meaningful and quality blog commenting also got hurt by the Panda or is this getting ever better thanks to it?


      Originally Posted by thegotoguy View Post

      Panda is what happened to them! I'm glad too! Now, in order to stand out, you've got to produce! No more duplicate content! No more adsense sites packed full of useless information.

      That's not to say that a lot of really good sites didn't get hurt or suffer due to the update, I'm just saying that I never got into the whole article marketing/press release thing. I'm just too impatient.
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      • Profile picture of the author thegotoguy
        Originally Posted by sam770 View Post

        Thanks, and yes what you say is true.
        Do you think that meaningful and quality blog commenting also got hurt by the Panda or is this getting ever better thanks to it?
        I don't know. I think that blogging is still strong if you write well, but I'm not sure how well blog commenting is anymore. These days most bloggers have bog comments set to "no follow" for SEO purposes. I know that some say that "no follow" backlinks can still help your site, but I don't know for sure if they do.

        I'm sure someone else will see your question and give you better advice. Personally I comment on blogs quite a bit. But only if I have something to say in direct relation to the post content. I use StumbleUpon like a mad man, and I stumble through blogs all day long and I comment on blogs that stand out. I could care less what their page rank is because I'm actually only commenting to either add my opinion or to comment on someone elses opinion. And sometimes I don't even fill out the URL field.
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  • Profile picture of the author DavidTT
    ezine became super duper strict after that panda thingy but it didnt last too long before they started let loose a bit tho.
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  • Profile picture of the author dadamson
    As explained by the above answers, article directories took a big hit to rankings and therefore article marketing is not as powerful as it once was.

    There are still thousands of great article directories out there that haven't ceased business though so you shouldn't be short of finding some new ones that haven't stopped new sign ups or submissions.

    Just remember to provide high quality unique content that links back to more high quality unique content and your efforts won't go to waste.

    Blog commenting still works well, but blog posting works even better.

    Things like social bookmarking, web 2.0, blog posts, press releases, etc still work extremely well when done ethically and with unique content that attracts visitors to it and provides quality to the searcher.

    Spun rubbish won't get you anywhere.

    Cheers,
    Dave
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  • Profile picture of the author jalicia18
    Originally Posted by sam770 View Post

    Hi Folks,
    Recently I've noticed that many of the directories I've used don't accept new articles or new registrations.
    We keep getting requests from clients to upload articles but it seems as if the article directories are shutting down or simply not adding articles the way they did before.
    Are there any other ways for smart out-site SEO?

    We need some good advice on this so any valuable response will be appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Sam
    if that's the case then just stop submitting articles for now and have other SEO tips or prolly guess posting... keep building backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author thegotoguy
    Originally Posted by pribs View Post

    Since Google's Panda update a lot of article directories are trying to straighten up and put much stricter guidelines in place to win Google's approval again. If you can't get through article directories, I would try to make up the gap in my off-site SEO with other traditional methods: a variety of blog comments (.gov and .edu included) while mixing up your anchor text, forum posting, and social bookmarking.

    You could also use web 2.0 properties to link to your site and pump their PR by backlinking to them with a product like Article Marketing Robot. Although your websites can't get hundreds of links in a short period of time, these web 2.0 properties can handle it and if executed properly, will appear as semi-authority pages linking back to your website.

    Hope this helps,
    Ian
    What do you mean by "web 2.0 properties"?
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      What do you mean by "web 2.0 properties"?
      I'm confused. I thought you were "thegotoguy"...LOL...Just kiding, friend.

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  • Profile picture of the author thegotoguy
    Thanks! I'm checking it out now!
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexis Kenne
    What happened to them is they were hit hard by the "Giant Panda" after the algorithm change.I think this is a transitionary period for them to clean their mess.I reckon after the clean up they will have no choice but to accept new submission. But beware they will be more regarding about the quality of the content.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by sam770 View Post

      Thanks for your replies,
      Do you think that article directories will gain power and importance again or are they a thing of the past?
      I think that we'll be looking at a Catch-22 situation if they do.

      They'll regain power and importance by keeping out the kind of articles supplied by the folks that would rely on that power and importance. So the people who most want the backlinks and traffic from dumping massive numbers of subpar articles on the directories won't be able to get in. While the people who least rely on the directories for anything but access to those seeking content to republish will submit the most easily accepted articles.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

        While the people who least rely on the directories for anything but access to those seeking content to republish will submit the most easily accepted articles.
        "It was ever thus".
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        • Profile picture of the author myob
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          "It was ever thus".
          Ergo, article directories in ye olde syndication model will again shine abrite as in days of yore.

          "The vain travail hath wearied me so sore."
          - Sir Thomas Wyatt

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  • Profile picture of the author GlynisG
    Originally Posted by sam770 View Post

    Hi Folks,
    Recently I've noticed that many of the directories I've used don't accept new articles or new registrations.
    We keep getting requests from clients to upload articles but it seems as if the article directories are shutting down or simply not adding articles the way they did before.
    Are there any other ways for smart out-site SEO?

    We need some good advice on this so any valuable response will be appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Sam
    Try Ezine Articles. But don't forget to follow their rules if you want them to accept your articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author kpaulmedia
    I'm still submitting to EZA and getting approved. It's about quality over quantity these days ... Well, it's always been that way but not more than ever.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I've started to view most directories as link farms and nothing more. Every now and again I'd like to post something without having to write it - I've trolled several directories and find nothing but basically trash. It's frustrating to waste almost or more time than it would have taken you to write something yourself then find nothing of quality sufficient to post. I'm glad they cracked down.
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    • Profile picture of the author sam770
      So, what are you using instead??....

      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      I've started to view most directories as link farms and nothing more. Every now and again I'd like to post something without having to write it - I've trolled several directories and find nothing but basically trash. It's frustrating to waste almost or more time than it would have taken you to write something yourself then find nothing of quality sufficient to post. I'm glad they cracked down.
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      • Profile picture of the author mikereisinger
        Article directories are just plain dead. Gone are the days of writing an article with very good content with a well optimized keyword phrase and hoping to rank well for a long time.

        It's still possible in the short run, but it seems like every article I submit drops very quickly in Google.
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  • Profile picture of the author hikamendoz
    You caught it right. After Google Panda web directories have got very cautious. Not only they deleting the poor stuff but also restricting what comes to their site. This is mainly with renowned ones coz there are still bunch of directories where nothing has changed
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  • Profile picture of the author hikamendoz
    Mike, in my case i have still seen ot working for some of my keywords. I would not dump it for sure as of now
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  • Profile picture of the author Sandeep DG
    I have been using Ezine but since I don't submit too many articles, there wasn't any problem that I encountered.
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