Hi to all,
This is only my second post so before I ask for help, I thought I'd offer some.
Here is a list of all the article directories which I use, and a little bit about each one.
I created this list for my website visitors because there are so many article directories out there, so many people just don't know who to submit to, and probably end up wasting their time registering and submitting to directories which aren't high trafficked or well run.
So, here's my article.
Writing and submitting articles to article directories is one of the most efficient ways to increase traffic.
(To read more about this, click the following link: "The Power of Article Submission".)
There are literally hundreds, if not more, article directories lingering out there in the big, wide open net.
We canít submit our articles to all of them, nor should we because really, our time is better spent writing and submitting articles to successful sites with high traffic.
You will gain more traffic by submitting 10 articles to 5 top article submission directories than submitting 1 article to 100 article directories.
So, it is wise to choose a handful of article directories and stick with them.
As you stumble across other great directories, you can use them too, but starting out, just select a few.
How do you select them though?
Thatís quite simple; follow someone who has gone before, for example, me!
Here I will review all of the directories which I, personally, use.
Reviews: Article Directory
The favorite has got to be EzineArticles.com.
EzineArticles, at the time of writing, has a pagerank of 6, is easy to use and draws in a steady flow of traffic.
You can include live links within the article body, not just the resource section, providing the links are not within the first three paragraphs.
With EzineArticles, once you submit at least 10 articles, you become a Ďplatinumí level author which, aside from the perceived superior status, means that your articles get reviewed quicker.
The site also provides very decent statistics of each article.
GoArticles.com has a pagerank of 3, yet I like to use this directory because of its ease of use.
With GoArticles, you may include links within the article body.
ArticleAlley has a pagerank of 5.
It is a reasonable site to use. Modifying articles takes approximately twice as long to do as should be necessary.
What I donít like about ArticleAlley is the fact that they attach a standard ĎAbout the Authorí section to each article.
This means that you have each article linking to one page, probably your homepage.
More desirable would be to be able to link each article to a related article on your website.
ArticleFactory.com has a petite pagerank of 3, but in my opinion, it is a joy to use.
Submitting articles is very easy as they supply usage of a toolbar which makes adding live links and html formatting to your article very easy.
With ArticlesFactory, you can also use cute little article counters to track readers of your article.
Alas, to do so, you must add a html code to each article so it is not exactly a time-saving option.
ArticleBlast.com has a pagerank of 4.
It is a rather busy site, aesthetically speaking, and the author login area is tucked away a little bit too well on the left hand side of the page.
To see the page views of each article you actually have to go TO the article, i.e. there is not an article stats section.
There are options to add photographs and also, you may include live links within the article body.
A1Articles.com has a pagerank of 4.
It is a nice, clean site which is easily navigated.
The layout is just like ArticleAlley; I suspect they are run by the same team. A1Articles, like ArticleAlley, certainly has its annoyances.
It takes too long to modify an article and has a standard ĎAbout the Authorí box which is attached to each article.
ArticleDashboard, smugly, has a pagerank of 6.
It is a fresh and open site which is a pleasure to navigate.
ArticleDashboard has a forum in which you can learn new ideas about article marketing and, if you are new to it, get some great guidance.
Thereís a great article statistics area also, where you can if you articles are rating well but you CANNOT include live links within the article body.
ArticleCity.com also has an excellent pagerank of 6.
What is rather nice about ArticleCity is that you can submit an article without first registering an account.
When starting out with article marketing, opening all those accounts, waiting for the conformation email and all those tedious necessities can be very annoying, so to come across a site for which you donít need to register and receive a password, is a relief.
You also get the option of submitting articles in bulk which can save time if you have a lot to submit in one go.
What is NOT good about this system is that you cannot then find your articles again if you should need to edit them.
Same story again with ArticleBiz.
High pagerank of 6, no need to register first but then, finding and modifying your articles again is an impossibility.
It is worth submitting your articles here all the same, as the site is well respected, well ranked and well trafficked.