What's Better for Posting Articles - Squidoo, Hubpages or Ezine Articles?

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I'm really curious right now which article directory you think is the best one to publish to, mostly for the purpose of actually getting TRAFFIC from the article.

Also, which would provide a better quality backlink and which is the easiest to rank in Google?

Love to hear your thoughts!

-Brody

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  • In my view "ezine" article directory is the best one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jackson Tan
    ezine works for mi too..

    on a side note. I am slightly confused here.. is there any differences in guest posting and posting articles on article directories?

    many thanks in advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    Originally Posted by Broderick Boyd View Post

    I'm really curious right now which article directory you think is the best one to publish to, mostly for the purpose of actually getting TRAFFIC from the article.

    Also, which would provide a better quality backlink and which is the easiest to rank in Google?

    Love to hear your thoughts!

    -Brody

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    It's not just about the rank of each site. It also has to do with the niche you're in. When I used to use article directories in the past, I found that certain article directories responder better to certain niches. You should run a test and see which one works best for you.

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  • Profile picture of the author MP80
    Originally Posted by Broderick Boyd View Post

    I'm really curious right now which article directory you think is the best one to publish to, mostly for the purpose of actually getting TRAFFIC from the article.

    Also, which would provide a better quality backlink and which is the easiest to rank in Google?

    Love to hear your thoughts!

    -Brody

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    Well, for starters.. They are very different beasts.

    HubPages and Squidoo are not article directories, and so won't allow you to publish your article elsewhere.

    Ezine Articles is an article directory, and you can publish your article on your site first, get it indexed, and then put it on EzineArticles.

    Regarding search engine traffic; It fluctuates, for months at a time, and is by no means reliable. If you put an article on any of these sites, without any promotion, imo your traffic results will be about the same (almost nothing.)

    You can get great traffic from each of these sites when you use them the way that they were intended. For hubpages that means interacting with the community; keep it real, don't try to sell, etc.. Similar to WarriorForum.

    Squidoo is probably similar (I'm not as familiar with the community side of things there) but can also rank ok in the serps (at the moment) with minimal backlinks, and low-comp keywords.

    With Ezine Articles you will need to actively approach blog owners, etc, and promote your articles. The idea is to form your own network of publishers, over time, to whom you can syndicate your articles.

    Hope that helps, and don't worry, you are sure to get many more [strong] opinions shortly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Beverley Boorer
    The only trouble I found with EZA is that it refuses to accept any articles mentioning the BAD word - PLR. It doesn't even matter if these articles are not even offering links to a plr site in the body, or that they are very high quality both content-wise and grammatically, they are rejected out of hand. Using plr articles is one way of saving yourself work and time and people should be educated about it. But EZA is not going to publish anything that even mentions it. And that is more annoying still because they DO publish articles that are so poor gramatically as to be almost unreadable. That's my rant for the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author freebuys
    In my opinion Ezine is one of the best for posting articles. I'm always comfortable with *Ezine*.
    We can posting articles very easily with ezine .There is no doubt about this its better posting.

    Thanks too.
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  • Profile picture of the author kikiwang
    Why do not you publish articles in Squidoo, Hubpages or Ezine Articles for you web2.0 profile and then use web2.0 profile to marking you website.
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    thank you for help.

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  • Profile picture of the author Darion
    I think it's difficult to generate traffic from Squidoo and Hubpages unless you're writing in a popular niche or the article gets featured somehow. Out of the two, I prefer Squidoo over Hubpages since the interface in the latter infuriates me. The good thing about these sites is that you usually get traffic in a quick amount of time if you publish a really good-quality article.

    Personally, I prefer Ezine for the purpose of generating traffic and providing quality backlinks. It has a user-friendly interface for posting articles too, although the moderation process is a bit iffy. The traffic from Ezine is gradual though, so don't expect any instant results as soon as you publish the articles. It might take months before you even see any traffic activity for a lot of your articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Broderick Boyd View Post

    I'm really curious right now which article directory you think is the best one to publish to, mostly for the purpose of actually getting TRAFFIC from the article.
    Hi Broderick,

    As mentioned above, neither Squidoo nor HubPages is an article directory.

    The idea of submitting your articles to an article directory (such as Ezine Articles, the best article directory by far, in the opinion of most article marketers) isn't to try to get potential customer traffic from those copies. That would be a bad and wasteful way to try to do it. That isn't the purpose of article directories, and even more importantly - from your perspective - it isn't a function they can fulfil without you losing most of the traffic, that way. That's not what they're there for.

    This post explains in detail, with examples, why no article marketer should want to try to use an article directory in this way.

    And this thread, in general, and especially all the links in post #2, will answer most of the questions you might have about "using article directories": http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872 .

    Originally Posted by Broderick Boyd View Post

    Also, which would provide a better quality backlink and which is the easiest to rank in Google?
    All of them can provide only a non-context-relevant, PR-0 backlink, and you shouldn't want to rank them well in Google anyway. You should want to rank your site in Google, and not water down its ranking/linkjuice potential. (Fortunately, these days, thanks to all Google's 2011 "Panda updates", it's now much easier for article marketers to use directories for article copies without that problem arising, partly because the directories' own SEO prospects are now so pathetic, which is a good thing, not a bad thing, for article marketers! ).

    I'd advise you strongly not to do anything to build up the ranking of pages at Ezine Articles, Squidoo or HubPages, rather than building up your business and your site.

    This thread from earlier today will also interest you, I think: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post6746709
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  • Profile picture of the author denysapu
    Few days ago, I so impressed when I seen an 'ezine article" appear in the top search result. The keywords is quite potential (but I just forgot it).
    Though a little while ago I was more often seen Squidoo or HubPages articles in higher position.
    Honestly, I prefer to Squidoo or HubPages with more of features in editing and beautification article.

    Forgot about "quality backlinks" and 'rank in Google' you mentioned. That's really hard to check with as in essence it is strongly influenced by your own content (quality and more other factors) you want to submit.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by denysapu View Post

      Few days ago, I so impressed when I seen an 'ezine article" appear in the top search result.
      It can happen.

      Some users of EZA have so little understanding of how article directories work that they even deliberately build backlinks to EZA's pages rather than to pages on their own sites!

      These are, of course, typically the people who start off the 100+ threads in this and other forums with titles like "Article Marketing Is Dead". (The way they're trying to do it, it is.)

      These are marketers who haven't quite worked out that they're losing, that way, most of the traffic they could be choosing to keep instead.

      In the case of article directories, this is what happens when you try to use them for purposes other than their intended one: the directory's perfectly happy (of course), but the author/marketer is the loser. http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5075780 :rolleyes:

      Article directories make their living from all the traffic that doesn't reach your own website, if you choose to let your potential customers go there instead of the potential publishers for whom the directory copies are intended. The good news is that you get to control that for yourself, if you know how to do it.
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      • Profile picture of the author denysapu
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        It can happen.


        Article directories make their living from all the traffic that doesn't reach your own website, if you choose to let your potential customers go there instead of the potential publishers for whom the directory copies are intended. The good news is that you get to control that for yourself, if you know how to do it.
        Thanks Alexa, honestly I need lot more learn about Article directory and understand your long explanation.
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      • Profile picture of the author Broderick Boyd
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        It can happen.

        Some users of EZA have so little understanding of how article directories work that they even deliberately build backlinks to EZA's pages rather than to pages on their own sites!

        These are, of course, typically the people who start off the 100+ threads in this and other forums with titles like "Article Marketing Is Dead". (The way they're trying to do it, it is.)

        These are marketers who haven't quite worked out that they're losing, that way, most of the traffic they could be choosing to keep instead.

        In the case of article directories, this is what happens when you try to use them for purposes other than their intended one: the directory's perfectly happy (of course), but the author/marketer is the loser. http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5075780 :rolleyes:

        Article directories make their living from all the traffic that doesn't reach your own website, if you choose to let your potential customers go there instead of the potential publishers for whom the directory copies are intended. The good news is that you get to control that for yourself, if you know how to do it.
        Thanks Alexa. So would you recommend posting articles strictly to your own blog and then getting backlinks and traffic to those articles?
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by Broderick Boyd View Post

          Thanks Alexa. So would you recommend posting articles strictly to your own blog and then getting backlinks and traffic to those articles?
          No, not at all.

          First, the backlinks you get should mostly be to your landing page, not to your articles. (At least, mine should be!).

          Secondly, if you want to use articles for article marketing, you need to get them circulated in front of and read by already targeted traffic, as widely as possible.

          This is a little summary of how article marketing really works: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5035794
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  • Profile picture of the author Tanya E
    Originally Posted by Broderick Boyd View Post

    I'm really curious right now which article directory you think is the best one to publish to, mostly for the purpose of actually getting TRAFFIC from the article.

    Also, which would provide a better quality backlink and which is the easiest to rank in Google?

    Love to hear your thoughts!

    -Brody

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    In my experience Squidoo is easier to rank on Google than the others especially if you are promoting products. However, most people tend to submit articles for backlinks to Ezine since it has been the traditional source for backlinks, still going strong today.

    Squidoo has a PR of 7 while Hubpages and Ezine are at PR6 which might be the reason why Squidoo articles rank better in the serps.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustinDupre
    In my experience it's a tie between ezine and squidoo.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dentimplants
    In squidoo your "lens" needs to be featured for you to get do follow backlinks. Seems like squidoo is quite a difficult one to break into as many people are dedicating lots of time to getting featured listings and getting paid by squidoo for doing so.
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    As above. Just testing my new signature....
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