Do Article Directories Still Have Any Value in SEO?

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Hey Guys,

Wanted to know if article directories still have any benefit for SEO. Many of these article directories have places where you can insert your website's links for back link purposes.
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  • Profile picture of the author greatar4
    The problem is that the more those methods are being abused by webmasters the more they keep getting devalued. Article marketing is not as effective as it once was, but it can still deliver some results if used properly.

    But, keep that in mind it should be used in conjunction with other link building methods for maximum results.
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  • Profile picture of the author gianbizz
    I think it still helps but not as much as it did before. Backlinks from guest blogpost is better than article directories.
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  • Profile picture of the author clean99
    It does but soooo little that you wouldn't want to waste your time on that.
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  • Profile picture of the author tanmay92
    Nah it doesn't. Just had some 40-50 visits.
    Guest blogging helps but you need to search alot for the websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author mianfarhanraza
    Yes in my opinion directory submission is a very valid SEO practice however there are ethical ways to do directory link building and the unethical/borderline black hat methods. Adding your client in sites like local and national directories related to the client's subject matter expertise is a recommended method for link building. A good list is the one recommended by SEOMOZ below:

    The Whitelist Directory Project | A Project by Portent, Distilled & Mack Web Solutions

    Kurtis did a great post on this topic that you can read here Web Directory Submission Danger: Analysis of Directories Shows 20% Penalized/Banned by Google - Moz
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  • Profile picture of the author sanusense
    According to new algorithms it can be bit harsh to submit your articles on directories. Instead go for Guest Post practice more effective.
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  • Profile picture of the author KyGunator
    It's an old abused tactic which does not carry much weight anymore.

    There's better methods.
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    • Profile picture of the author the brewer
      Agree with what is said above.....article directories are the last resort.

      I would post my articles elsewhere first and then use the article directories to submit my articles (directories that don't ask for unique content).

      Not so much for SEO in itself but the fact that they can lead to some more backlinks if people re-publish the article.
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  • Profile picture of the author mindtricks18
    Article Directories can still be effective, recently Google panda updates article submission sites are loosing their ranking. I am great fan of guest blogging ,
    I think that is a fantastic concept to get clean material on to your website, and get different opinions and subjects.
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  • Profile picture of the author himanuzo
    What about EzineArticles? It is PR6 and dofollow. And it is still the king of article directories.

    You can use it for acquiring backlink.

    Besides it, look for article directories which have high quality.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sheila Ross
      Originally Posted by himanuzo View Post

      What about EzineArticles? It is PR6 and dofollow. And it is still the king of article directories.

      You can use it for acquiring backlink.

      Besides it, look for article directories which have high quality.
      Absolutely spot on. Ezinearticles does get a lot of traffic everyday and submitting articles there can bring a good number of traffic. Also, it gives some precious dofollow backlinks which I don't think are worthless.
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  • Profile picture of the author abc00poonam
    Yes you should do other activity now article submission is not useful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hrkjds
    Quality links still works..whether it is article directories or whatever..As quality and high pr matter now a days it will work if you are using high pr article directories..
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    • Profile picture of the author krswlr
      It works for now. Who knows what uncle g will prepare for SEOs next.
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  • Profile picture of the author mumeeb1
    Yes article directories are help ful for seo but guest blogging is better then article directories.
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  • Profile picture of the author Make Money Ninja
    Article directory links suck. Fastest way to get penalized = build lots of them.

    Ask yourself the following:

    - Does google want to reward article directory links? No - can be easily gamed.
    - Can google detect an article directory? Of course, loads of footprints.
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  • Not more value after the latest update as before, but peoples still do.
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  • Profile picture of the author johndd
    Honestly i've never got any result from Directories submissions. Guest post works great for my site .
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  • Profile picture of the author StillSEO
    Yes, they still have value as long as the content is Unique.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    Originally Posted by Alex Aramian View Post

    Hey Guys,

    Wanted to know if article directories still have any benefit for SEO. Many of these article directories have places where you can insert your website's links for back link purposes.
    They have never been worthwhile before..
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