Do articles still work?

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I have been analyzing back link profiles of some of my competitors who are high in SERPs and most of their links are still coming from articles and curiously they rank high on anchor text in these various articles. So a little confused as I keep hearing that articles are dead after Penguin.
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  • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
    I'm a bit confused about "links coming from articles" - where should they come from? How many possible content types are there?

    Who keeps saying that articles are dead? Is it just another sad article spinner who's lost the only trick he knows, or is there an argument there?
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  • Profile picture of the author yoangov
    Contextual links are still very very good.

    Are these links coming from article directories, or from articles in blogs/websites?
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  • Profile picture of the author Enirose Gabales
    Im guessing he means "article submission sites"
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  • Profile picture of the author narayanseo
    Article submission links is not dead. Write good articles and you will get rewarded. Don't get all the links from few article sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author stufftheme
    article submission sites are good but hard to get approved
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    • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
      Originally Posted by stufftheme View Post

      article submission sites are good but hard to get approved
      Good article submission sites are good. If it's hard to get content approved, that's definitely a positive sign.
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  • Profile picture of the author oliver23
    Yeah article submission still works. Though matt cutts said google doesnt give priority to these type of backlinks, but i have a client website whose traffic comes through articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    Write for human and not for bot.

    Not until you get that right, you will be assuming article is dead.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cerf
      Originally Posted by johnben1444 View Post

      Write for human and not for bot.

      Not until you get that right, you will be assuming article is dead.
      Correct. Quality, human-readable content is important.
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  • Profile picture of the author awesummer
    Of course, articles still work. If you have great contents on your site, that's the best way to increase traffic and get more readers and potential customers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Assignmentwriter
    Blog posting is a best way to get links and also good for serp.
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  • Thanks for the response. Articles are placed in both article directories and blog posts as specially created blogs and as guest blogs. The interesting thing is that most of them sound spun as grammar is pretty bad so it is apparent that they have hijacked someone else's article and re-purposed it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Waller
    Forget about "most of their links" and ask yourself where they are getting their "good" links from. They may have 90% article backlinks but if they also have several high authority, high trust links from other sources then you can bet that a large proportion of their rankings are coming about because of these.

    If they only have article and guest blog backlinks then what sort of competition are we talking for the keywords you are targeting? Not a great deal I would assume, in which case these low quality backlinks might be enough still.
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  • Profile picture of the author powerofschool
    Content Link Building is good always.....

    Creating Content is always King. But Marketing is Queen!


    It might be coming from some article sites who referred ur site or giving information about the sites like you .
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    • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
      Originally Posted by powerofschool View Post

      Creating Content is always King. But Marketing is Queen!
      So... Content Marketing is a drag queen? I find that definition oddly satisfying.
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  • Profile picture of the author FrozenEyes
    Is there anyone here used freearticlesubmission site? Or can anyone give a good site?
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  • Low quality articles submitted to low quality sites are DEAD!
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  • Profile picture of the author zee9725
    Use only Authority Articles sites like "ezinearticles' and at the end put your simple website name with bio.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Maguire
    Do Article Directories give quality links?

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    Eh, NO
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  • Profile picture of the author drem
    Article directories are not really beneficial these days. I am not saying that the one rare syndication for ezines might not be beneficial, but if the piece is unique, it is better off on your site. I would try to find real guest posting opportunities before using article directories.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEOArbiterJoanne
    "Article directories" is way too broad.

    There are article directories where I would never want a link from and then there are article directories where I would absolutely love a link from.
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  • Profile picture of the author anoopsparx
    i have single suggestion, every seo activity is working but you should focus on quality. if you submitting article for gaining backlinks than it will really hurt your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author altonroot
    Yes of course... Article is one of the most influential back link source but condition is that you have to provide content rich articles instead of boring large articles. You have to insert relevant images or videos with it...
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  • Profile picture of the author prabash82
    Originally Posted by Toyota Hilux Dealer View Post

    I have been analyzing back link profiles of some of my competitors who are high in SERPs and most of their links are still coming from articles and curiously they rank high on anchor text in these various articles. So a little confused as I keep hearing that articles are dead after Penguin.
    Google's Matt Cutts: Don't Use Article Directories For Link Building
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    • Profile picture of the author Samuel Adams
      Originally Posted by prabash82 View Post

      Google's Matt Cutts: Don't Use Article Directories For Link Building
      But, notice how he's referring to 'spammy content being sprayed and syndicated all over the internet'. If you could find an article site that lets you publish (but doesn't allow others to take the content for republication), then you might be able to get a relevant backlink. That's assuming you are taking time to post higher quality, longer length content that is substantial and useful to the reader.
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  • Profile picture of the author marketmix
    I agree that good articles with original content posted on credible websites still make for good backlinks. Article spinning is NOT good. And if you are trying to guest post, be sure to go after quality sites; if the site is picky about who they accept posts from, it's usually a good sign. If you are thinking about posting to a site that will take any piece from anybody, I would recommend staying away.
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  • Profile picture of the author poojaseo
    Article submission is not dead. It is very effective to create a backlink of the website.
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  • Profile picture of the author GaryCarlyle
    If your articles are as good as they should be then you wont need any free Google traffic. =)
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  • Profile picture of the author SarmistaAun
    Few days ago Matt Cutts told not to use article directories for link building. But I think article submission is not dead. If you can submit quality articles on high authority sites then you can generate quality backlinks. But stop doing article spinning.
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    • Profile picture of the author GaryCarlyle
      I think maybe that would be good for a bit of indexing but not actually ranking per se. Ie to get your link in Google but not try and spam it to the first page.
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      • Profile picture of the author bluesteele
        I am not sure I would say they are "dead," but I would hardly make them the bulk, or even a sizeable portion of my effort. I think every link is valuable, but in moderation. You should aim to have a little bit of every kind of link in your profile, with the goal of being diverse - just in the same way you would your anchor profile. Diversity = longevity.
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    • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
      Originally Posted by SarmistaAun View Post

      Few days ago Matt Cutts told not to use article directories for link building. But I think article submission is not dead.
      Originally Posted by andishm

      Article for Backlinks - DEAD no more working. If anyone still ranking I will surprise or they are Partial Penalized or will be soon
      Can you please stop spewing this nonsense? It's not that black and white.

      Cutts didn't say that you shouldn't be using article submission, but he said that Google is looking in another form of spam and that you should be mindful of what you're doing in that space. They're possibly killing the mass manufactured spun spam article business. If that's your backlink strategy you really shouldn't be moaning about it, because you should've known that the big foot from the sky was about to crush it eventually.

      There are dozens of legitimate aggregators and mass blogs that'll probably do just fine. Perhaps you can't post your crap article to any source that's worth anything, but that's for the best of the Google's search product.
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  • Profile picture of the author andishm
    Originally Posted by Toyota Hilux Dealer View Post

    I have been analyzing back link profiles of some of my competitors who are high in SERPs and most of their links are still coming from articles and curiously they rank high on anchor text in these various articles. So a little confused as I keep hearing that articles are dead after Penguin.
    Article for Backlinks - DEAD no more working. If anyone still ranking I will surprise or they are Partial Penalized or will be soon
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