Make sense to setup article directory site?

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Does it make sense to setup an article directory site like ezinearticles still?

Does google like these sites?

When monetizing them, do they have a decent CTR?
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  • Profile picture of the author retsek
    Does it make sense to setup an article directory site like ezinearticles still?
    To make money? IMO, no. For other purposes, maybe.

    Does google like these sites?
    If Panda was an indicator, the answer would be no.

    When monetizing them, do they have a decent CTR?
    CTR would depend on the theme - position and color of the ads, the type of visitors, the time of day, whether its cloudy or sunny, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Always-A-Warrior
    I agree with that guy above me. No! I've seen alot of people trying to clone article sites such as Ezinearticles and have failed because basically they have no traffic or don't have that authority push to even ride the coat tails of those big names.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Whisonant
    I set my own network of article sites up that I use for my own backlinking. Works great. These are not designed to make money or drive traffic. They are just for getting backlinks to my money sites over a wide variety of IP's and hosting companies.

    I do some guest posting trades with others that also have similar networks.

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  • Profile picture of the author sscot
    After panda updates, there's a risk with your idea. Sometimes, I feel that article directories are slowly becoming an old trend.
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    • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
      Originally Posted by sscot View Post

      After panda updates, there's a risk with your idea. Sometimes, I feel that article directories are slowly becoming an old trend.
      Slowly? Nothing is slow with the Internet. One day you're hot, the next you're not. Trends are always emerging and it is up to you to stay on top of what is on the uptick and not the opposite.
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      • Profile picture of the author sscot
        Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

        Slowly? Nothing is slow with the Internet. One day you're hot, the next you're not. Trends are always emerging and it is up to you to stay on top of what is on the uptick and not the opposite.
        The thing what I wanted to say is; since long time, as main traffic and backlinks strategy, we always trend to article directories. But in the future? I'm little doubtful.
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    • Profile picture of the author Rob Whisonant
      Originally Posted by sscot View Post

      After panda updates, there's a risk with your idea. Sometimes, I feel that article directories are slowly becoming an old trend.
      It's not article directories. It sites that where considered content farms that got hit by Panda. Yes a lot of article directories got hit because they where seen as content farms. Not all of them.

      The key is to not put 60,000 plr articles on your private network of article directories. Put good quality content on the directories that Google likes.

      Don't put up 60,000 articles on each site. Put up a few hundred or so and move on.

      Use common sense and you will be fine.

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      • Profile picture of the author PatriciaJ
        Originally Posted by Rob Whisonant View Post

        It's not article directories. It sites that where considered content farms that got hit by Panda. Yes a lot of article directories got hit because they where seen as content farms. Not all of them.

        The key is to not put 60,000 plr articles on your private network of article directories. Put good quality content on the directories that Google likes.

        Don't put up 60,000 articles on each site. Put up a few hundred or so and move on.

        Use common sense and you will be fine.

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        I mostly agree with that. Not all article directories were hit by Panda and one of mine gained from last weeks new update.

        But like a lot of things involving internet marketing I wouldn't believe the hype. No they are not an easy way to make money and I honestly wouldn't recommend setting one up to anybody right now unless perhaps a small niche directory that you can also use to promote your own sites or products.

        What has harmed article directories the most as far as I am concerned is the large amount of people who think that it's ok to submit rubbish to other people's sites in an effort to gain from them. It's very disheartening declining up to 80% of the articles submitted day after day and it's no wonder that many abandon their article directories.

        But would there be as many trying to abuse other people's sites with their crap if there wasn't so many directories blindly accepting anything that comes along whether legible or not? I doubt it and it's that poor content that Google doesn't like.

        So hopefully the Panda updates will bring more common sense and higher quality to a form of marketing that still works as part of an overall strategy.
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  • Profile picture of the author C Rebecca
    At this point of time article marketing is experiencing a downfall , people are leaning away... So, In my opinion pause this idea for few time. Getting decent traffic would be little difficult.
    But you can try it in other way... In blogging way. Blogging is still one of the favorite ways of getting traffic for website. You can start your own blog and invite guest bloggers on large scale.
    Create a quality blog and promote it. People will definitely contribute their posts (things can get better if you pay them for each post)
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  • Profile picture of the author umrbd
    Traditional article directory is something very old and I don't think their is a place for new article directory. But, if you can introduce an article directory with a new idea or something additional can help for the cause to make money. I guess you should approach something like hubpages and add some more exciting features in it to make it more unique.
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  • Profile picture of the author simonbuzz
    Banned
    my answer will be also no...
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  • Profile picture of the author tomsyler
    Yes article directories does not really have generic traffic anymore. say it ezinearticle or any other. Now they are just a medium of getting backlinks for webmaster of link building services.
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    • Profile picture of the author PatriciaJ
      Originally Posted by tomsyler View Post

      Yes article directories does not really have generic traffic anymore. say it ezinearticle or any other. Now they are just a medium of getting backlinks for webmaster of link building services.
      That might be true about some but not all article directories have suffered because of the Panda updates.

      Also don't forget that the purpose of article directories initially was for syndication to other sites and ezines not for backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Britt Malka
    You must be prepared to do a lot of work, unless you approve everything that is submitted to your site.

    I've had a Danish article directory, and it made me a little bit of AdSense income. However, I started out with a free script that wasn't that great after all (it was from Article Dashboard), so I switched to another script, and I didn't succeed in important all the existing articles. So back to square one.

    Next task was to set up all the categories. It took forever and was far too boring, so I just gave it up and let it die.
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  • Profile picture of the author avatar9812
    Not the generic article directory, there are just too many out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Bard
    I agree with the others when it comes to a generic directory, but how about a niche specific directory?

    Set up a niche directory for specific topics within one niche only.

    Call it a "content exchange center" for those bloggers within the specific niche. Rather than having to wade through big sites like EzineArticles, they could come and browse through the writings of other bloggers and writers within their niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmoooorLin
    A lot of great and real advice I got from here. I am about the start and article directory that I will put all of my effort and time onto it.

    This thread helps me think a lot! Thx
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  • Profile picture of the author Targeted Traffic
    I know someone who actually did that already using WordPress and free themes and plugins…and in the end said he'll probably never do it again...also considering to flip the site now...

    But hey...everybody has a different story to tell...it might just work for you, what's critical is to build back links to the articles on your site that have the potential to rank in Google… That's how Ezine makes its money...
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