No Follow Article Directories YES or NO?

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I am manually posting to aritcle directories so do not want to waste time if its no gain for the pain. So I just want to post to a handful of directories.

I understand that ArticleAlley, ArticleSnatch, SearchWarp, ArticlesBase are all no follow.

So if not a lot of traffic comes from these and they are no follow..do they still give any linkjuice? I often see them listed as good places to post but wonder why if they are no follow and small traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author cherry enders
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    • Profile picture of the author elizcolna
      Originally Posted by cherry enders View Post

      I would suggest ezinearticles.com and goarticles.com to start. You click on my link to get there. Good luck
      Hi, maybe somebody knows

      I thought that ArticleAlley has only nofollow links, but I have noticed recently that other articles have regular, do follow links. Does anyone know why?

      Example of article articlealley.com/article_1009771_31.html

      Thanks
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  • Google is wishy washy on what they actually do with nofollow tags. They do in fact crawl them but how they use that information is subject to wide speculation.

    Focus on links that generate traffic on their own.
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  • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
    What kind of links are you referring to that generate traffic on their own?

    Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author emigre
    cherry enders - please stop spamming in the article directories threads.

    I bypass all nofollow directories - they don't pass link juice nor do anything for traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rex.T
    I would submit them if I were you since it's only the few (less than 5). Use something like Roboform to help you in the submission process.

    Although they are no follow now, you never know they might be do follow in the future.

    Also, any of the big SE could change their rules and accept do follow.

    Just my 2 cents.
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  • Profile picture of the author amirsen
    i like to submit article articlebase.com and a1 article so if would like to submit then you should follow these articles site.
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  • Originally Posted by LilBlackDress View Post

    [SNIP]So if not a lot of traffic comes from these and they are no follow..do they still give any linkjuice? I often see them listed as good places to post but wonder why if they are no follow and small traffic.[/SNIP]
    I've read Matt Cutts say nofollow means no PR juice will be shared to the linked page... This is an option for webmasters and users to not share PR love to a page which they point out due to their negative experience as well as to possibly cut down spam posts.

    I also read Matt Cutts say posting relevant, high quality content on nofollow pages could potentially improve the search engine rankings of the linked page on Google for certain relevant keyword searches. My inference about this: Matt Cutts is most likely referring to situations where viewers who see the content could possibly link to it or to the linked pages of the content on their own sites or in other sites they frequently visit... Other webmasters could syndicate the content on their sites.

    Also, I've noticed Yahoo! and other search engines treat links, whether they're nofollow or dofollow, differently.

    If it gets low traffic consisting mainly of people included in my target audience, I for one would submit to such nofollow directories, in my opinion.

    Hmmm, the "natural linking" debate... How will an algorithm accurately determine the speed, the place and the time links are posted... Particularly, what levels would qualify as "natural" for an algorithm to give users the most relevant, most timely, most popular and most useful content for their searches?

    "Most relevant" possibly refers to relevant values the algorithm gets for a particular page after carrying out the mathematical instructions for determining "crawlability"... "Most timely" possibly refers to relevant values the algorithm gets for a particular page after carrying out mathematical instructions for determining "indexability"... And, "most popular, most useful" possibly refers to relevant values the algorithm gets for a particular page after carrying out mathematical instructions for determining "servability/rankability".

    For instance, if a page is the only page on the entire Internet providing the only full interview with the lone survivor of the greatest catastrophe the world has seen in recent history... And, a few thousand Internet users around the globe hear about such a full interview only being available on the Internet from credible TV news providers... These people would most likely ssearch for it on Google and Yahoo! among other search engines... Not that it would rank as the top search result... Because other news sites with more domain authority, backlinks and whathaveyous would have posted about the full interview only being available on the page... And, they would most likely link to that page... After an hour, thousands would have linked to that page... After another hour, it's most likely millions would've already linked to that page...

    Let's say all these millions of links are on dofollow pages, or vice versa. How then will the mathematical instructions of the algorithm for determining the level of speed, place and time links are built as the "most natural" react? Would the algorithm:

    (1) discount the page for a relevant search because it only has links on dofollow or nofollow pages;
    (2) have a manual kill switch for such instances; or
    (3) react by still ranking that page as the most relevant, timely, popular and useful page on the Internet for relevant searches?

    Google, if we're talking about this particular search engine company, would be the only ones, as a team, that would know the most accurate answer. I for one can only make observations, draw inferences which sound logical to me, formulate tests based on my observations and inferences, then do comparative results analysis which will give me a list of the most possible answers.
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  • Profile picture of the author webapex
    I have read tutorials suggesting you get diminishing returns when posting to tons of article sites, maybe 5 top ranked ones is fine.

    One other point on the nofollow directories, they are intended to be the source for people who need content for their sites, with any luck at all some copies from the no follow directories will end up on doFollow sites.

    Other gurus suggest your better off developing relationships with important sites in your field and offering then exclusive guest posts (with signature links)
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  • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
    This is a pretty old thread...

    I think there is a lot of confusion over no follow and do follow but regardless it looks unnatural if you only have do follow.

    As for putting your links on only a small handful versus a lot I think it depends on your goal for the article. For the most part I submit manually to EZA and then mass submit to a lot of directories and it has been working really well for me.

    As for offering exclusive guest posts, I use a blog network for that and it has been extremely effective. So I definitely agree on that one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Umer Abdullah
    I am using Ezine articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rex.T
    Marx...I'm having double vision..lol.

    Appreciate if it were in paragraphs :-)
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    • Originally Posted by Rex.T View Post

      Marx...I'm having double vision..lol. Appreciate if it were in paragraphs :-)
      Hi! Apologies, tend to write the way I think and talk in conversational places like this forum... Fixed my previous post.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by LilBlackDress View Post

    No Follow Article Directories YES or NO?
    I say "yes". With apologies for taking 14 months to reply.
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    and now I see this thread is very old - why they dig up these old stuff or does that mean people go back so deep into the past of the forum
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      • Profile picture of the author PatriciaJ
        I can only answer from experience and that is a nofollow directory such as articlesbase generally gives me just as much traffic as any other single directory.

        Also as usual with article marketing debates most of the posters seem to forget the purpose of article directories. That is content for webmasters, It doesn't matter one jot whether the directories are dofollow or not if some authority sites choose to use your article and links.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Rodman
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    Personally, I think most large directories have an "implicit nofollow" slapped on them. A few years back Chris Knight of EZA wrote a blog post pretty much saying the same thing. I think it was in regards to the use of nofollow on the site and he responded that "I'm pretty sure that Google hasn't been following our links for a long time".
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  • Profile picture of the author TurnKey Internet
    The better question is, what are your goals? Are you looking for more traffic, higher PR or improved search rankings? The answer to what your goals are could change the recommendation. You wouldn't buy a car to haul big items. You would buy a truck. Unless you know what the real end goal is, you cannot determine what is or isn't.

    In the case of posting articles from experience it has never hurt to do so. It has only hurt when no doing it. With a number of different factors for each website, you should do testing. Everyone's website is going to see different results due to the difference in goals, keywords, etc.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      I guess from the interest in this thread that even spammers are useful sometimes...

      Whether I post to a given directory or not depends on gaining at least one of three things:

      1. Syndication by other site owners, list owners, bloggers, etc.

      2. Traffic to my target sites either via search engine or direct traffic.

      3. SEO benefit (i.e., link juice)

      #3 being #3 is not a coincidence...
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  • Profile picture of the author GrowTallerNiche
    Well it doesn't really make sense that people get to decide whether a link is follow or nofollow. Really the nofollow tag should only be for contextual links where you want to link to a site but don't want to give it a vote(for example, here on Warrior Forum talking about how spammy Wisegeek is). But, I think that would make too much sense for search engines.
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    • Profile picture of the author morninjoi
      Articlesbase has brought traffic and has ranked high on google search, so whether a no follow or do follow, i say yes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Highkick
    Interesting. "Nofollow" is is something that i was previously not aware of.

    I looked up the definition & according to wikipedia: nofollow is an HTML attribute value used to instruct some search engines that a hyperlink should not influence the link target's ranking in the search engine's index. ...

    How does this impact anchor text?....Is it even worth it to still optimize your articles for keyword anchor text?
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan B Rusu
    I'd avoid them. you need to be really selfish with your time online and only spend time on things that will give you the most performance for your time.
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