Are article directories still work?

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Hello,
I am wondering if submitting an article in free or paid article directories is good for SEO? Or nowadays it is not needed for optimization?
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  • Profile picture of the author wiifm
    The best advice would be to try it and see if it works for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author schttrj
    Forget article directories FOREVER!

    Think social. Think global.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by yordanov View Post

      I am wondering if submitting an article in free or paid article directories is good for SEO?
      SEO questions belong here: Search Engine Optimization

      No - article directories are absolutely useless for SEO (and backlinks from too many different directories can eventually get you penalized by Google's Penguin updates). But that isn't what authors/marketers are using them for.

      Article directories were never intended to be for SEO. They're great for their originally intended use, but hopeless for "their own backlinks" and "their own traffic": http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872

      Originally Posted by schttrj View Post

      Forget article directories FOREVER!
      PLEASE keep this ill-informed, prejudiced, opinionated nonsense to yourself, Ron.

      It helps nobody.

      Countless full-time, professional article marketers here (including myself) are benefitting regularly by the passive syndication achieved from submitting our articles to Ezine Articles (which is, of course, what it's there for).

      One way and another, you've been misinforming people here about articles since 2010, and I can't tell you how dismayed I am to find that you're still doing it now.

      What you're saying was nonsense then, and it's nonsense now.

      Reading the thread linked to above would really help you a lot.

      Who knows - you might even end up knowing how to use an article directory correctly and benefit from it!

      Originally Posted by yordanov View Post

      Are article directories still work?
      Yes. They can still work (especially Ezine Articles, to which I submit an article most days). But not for SEO or for direct traffic. That isn't their purpose.


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  • Profile picture of the author James1212
    I think if you submit to article websites, it can't hurt you. But for SEO I would not count on it. I think all forms of marketing are good in one way or another. I say just work all of the areas. Now your target market or find them on google trends.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by James1212 View Post

      I think if you submit to article websites, it can't hurt you.
      Well ... it can, actually, if you submit to too many: Google's Penguin updates are specifically designed to identify and penalize "spammy backlinks", and people have had penalities from mass article-directory submission (and in some cases Google has told them expressly that that was the reason).

      More to the point, perhaps, is that once your article is in Ezine Articles, you won't benefit any further by havving it in additional article directories, too.

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  • Profile picture of the author JonesMurray
    The benefits in having links in the article directories is that you still have people occasionally reading articles that they find through the search results and it could result in people clicking over to your site.

    If Article Submission is dead or not having worth so why
    ehow with PR 7 ? ezinearticles with PR 6 ? squidoo with PR7 ? hubpages with PR 6 and high Alexa Rankings?
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by JonesMurray View Post

      If Article Submission is dead or not having worth so why ehow with PR 7 ? ezinearticles with PR 6 ? squidoo with PR7 ? hubpages with PR 6
      The page ranks of those directories' own home pages have nothing to do with it (unless and until you find a way to get your articles published on their own home pages - but until then, your articles, just like everyone else's, will go on their own newly-formed PR-0 pages, whatever directory you submit them to).

      Originally Posted by JonesMurray View Post

      and high Alexa Rankings?
      That's because they're frequented by internet marketers who have the Alexa Toolbar installed in their browsers - nobody else uses the thing, or would want to, so its so-called traffic-figure rankings are a complete joke.

      Since you ask ...

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      • Profile picture of the author rdimabuyu
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        The page ranks of those directories' own home pages have nothing to do with it (unless and until you find a way to get your articles published on their own home pages - but until then, your articles, just like everyone else's, will go on their own newly-formed PR-0 pages, whatever directory you submit them to).
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        Very well said..

        Well on my point, article directory submission may still have a chance. A small chance rather, because you are not the only one submitting on this directory site. Your post might just be buried by other articles from other authors with high reputation. Going back to the quoted message, if you will be able to make your article on the home page of the website then you'll get a positive result. If you're planning to get visitors through posting on article directories, there's a chance but very low percentage.

        In terms of SERP the competition is still there, if you want to rank on a highly competitive keyword or topic it wouldn't be that easy.

        And i'm not against posting on article directory websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Power
    I don't bother submitting my articles to article directories anymore as they are pretty much useless in my experience. I'd rather submit my articles to related sites as guest posts than use article directories.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim P
    I think it brings more traffic to your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Angshuman Dutta
    From what I've seen, they are good in bringing you traffic, especially if you have a bunch of articles linking back to you, but don't give you an SEO boost...I mean rankings. But, you should give it a try and see for yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author godoveryou
    Use article directories as a hub to distribute your content that is aimed at a direct conversion point (whether that's monetization, optin, ppl, etc).

    Alexa understands this, but it seems lost on everyone else.

    Look at it this way... Good blogs have audiences. Some of these blogs use content hubs to 'fill a void.' Yes, even great blogs that aren't financially secured by venture capital - and even some of those still use distributed content sources.

    The point is you are using that blog's audience to leverage a specific conversion goal. That's it, that's all. Nothing more. I mean maybe some junk blogs reproduction of your article will rank highly in the SERPs thereby defeating the argument that it's only for the audience, but even then capitalizing on a direct conversion point remains the same.

    Any fantasy about SEO applications is quite insane and reflects a complete lack of understanding of not just today's SEO climate, but of marketing assets in general and how to deploy them.

    Ahh screw it. Yeah, spin the articles to at least 60% uniqueness and pwn-zee-interwebs.
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  • Profile picture of the author dkhathras
    I think it is Good for SEO and bring more traffic.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by dkhathras View Post

      I think it is Good for SEO and bring more traffic.
      Sorry, but this is just completely wrong.

      It has no SEO benefits at all, and no article marketer who understands how article directories work is trying to use them to attract potential customer traffic to their own site. That just isn't how they work.

      This thread will help you (but only if you're willing to read it): http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872

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      • Profile picture of the author Creativologist
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Sorry, but this is just completely wrong.

        It has no SEO benefits at all, and no article marketer who understands how article directories work is trying to use them to attract potential customer traffic to their own site. That just isn't how they work.

        This thread will help you (but only if you're willing to read it): http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872

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        I have to disagree. I've written many articles for the ezine sites with the intent there to earn affiliate commissions. But I've also take articles and posted them on my blog and started ranking for keywords and generating traffic to those blog pages. So I can see the benefit if you do it right.
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by Creativologist View Post

          I have to disagree. I've written many articles for the ezine sites with the intent there to earn affiliate commissions.
          There's no such thing, really, as an "ezine site".

          Ezines are not websites. An ezine is an electronic-magazine: it's sent out to its subcribers by email - it isn't a website at all.

          I suspect that you're actually confusing "ezines" with "article directories", perhaps imagining that the website called "Ezine Articles" is "an ezine"? It isn't. It's called that because it's a source of articles "for ezines" (and "for websites"): the idea of it is that you put copies of your articles in it, after initially publishing them on your own site, in the hope that publishers of ezines (and/or webmasters of websites) will find it there and re-publish it in their ezines (or on their websites) with your link attached to it, so that they can get some free content and in exchange you get some free traffic that someone else has already targeted. That's what article directories are there for. That's the purpose they serve: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872

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  • Profile picture of the author Assignmentwriter
    Still article directories are working try it you will see good results.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamichael
    Some article submission sites work. You'd have to conduct a back link audit on them to see if they're worthy. If they're receiving traffic and links, they're solid for the most part.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Davison
    I still get traffic from ezinearticles fromarticles i posted years ago so they do work for that. Not sure how they are for link juice these days though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Graphics service
    It still helps.Some authors/writers i have worked with recently confirmed that.You can give it a trial.
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  • Profile picture of the author Africantarps123
    Article Directory Submission free/paid are bast choice for SEO,And in increase traffic or back links.
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  • Profile picture of the author yordanov
    So two opinions till now: works and don`t works...I am totally confused... But I think I will try to put articles only in high pr directories, one time daily. This will be my strategy!
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Methew
    Articles directories are still good in Seo and also beneficial.

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  • Profile picture of the author UAEW
    Article directories will work but dont go over with thounsands of spinned articles in 3 days
    make it slowly
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  • Profile picture of the author suzyspring
    Article directories are really useful for SEO, off-page optimization. The only thing is, it takes months to get in use. And it also depends on, what kind of submission you do.
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  • Profile picture of the author promo87
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    Originally Posted by yordanov View Post

    Hello,
    I am wondering if submitting an article in free or paid article directories is good for SEO? Or nowadays it is not needed for optimization?
    Well, @yordanov I can understand your concerned after matt cutts stated that posting article over the article directories is spamming, most of the people over here just feel afraid before moving forward with it tell you what actually what people are doing previously is they are posting article over the article directories just to gain backlink and what they are doing they are creating articles targeted over the keywords and its just another bad trick to force the search engine to rank them. So, when Google sees this they have locked it out I would say article directories are still the good thing but like what SEO people are doing is they are overdoing things which is not acceptable. Now I would say you should ask yourself a question why you want to take the help of article directories ? Is it because of the backlinks or you think you can assist users. I am sure you are going to get your answers in a well settle manner.
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  • Profile picture of the author Masondavis
    I think it brings more traffic to your website.
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