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powered by article dashboard
Top 25 Article Directories and Free Content Sites Ranked by
Alexa and PageRank
If you're trying to publish a regular e-mail newsletter for your customers, good news!
There's a wealth of content out there that you can use for free -- poor, average, good,
and occasionally excellent. Why is this content offered free of charge? Two reasons:
Article directories can earn revenue from Google ads placed on their site as part of the
Google AdSense program (www.google.com/adsense). This has stimulated the growth of
thousands of look-alike article sites that receive very little traffic. Others are niche sites
that carry articles in particular vertical categories.
Websites can be promoted effectively through articles. A link to the author's website
contained in each free article serves to: (a) bring targeted traffic through a welldesigned, intriguing "signature" or author bio at the bottom of the article and (b) raise
Google PageRank by creating more incoming links to a website. These links point to the
author's website from the article's presence both on the article sites and on the websites
that use the free articles.
If you're a marketer, I can hear your brain beginning to compute wildly:
1000 article sites X 1 link to my site X 15 articles submitted = 15,000 links to my site
Moreover, article submission tools make article spamming extremely easy. Hold on, it's
not that simple. Submitting your article to hundreds or thousands of article sites can
actually hurt you, since Google spiders are finely tuned to spot spam in its many flavors.
You're much better off to submit your article to five of your favorite article sites and a
couple of niche sites, and resist the temptation to blast your article to every pathetic
article site on the planet.
How to Promote Your Site through Article Marketing, by Ralph F. Wilson
For more information on article marketing, see my book How to Promote Your Site
To help you see which sites you might consider submitting to, I've listed below the top 25
article directory sites by their Google PageRank (10 being high) and Alexa traffic rank (1
being high). A disclaimer: The Alexa rankings are flawed and seem volatile, but give a
relative measure of traffic to a site. Google PageRank (PR) is notoriously inaccurate, but
can be seen as an indicator of Google's relative trust in a site -- sort of. The list is not
exhaustive and includes both general article directories and some popular niche
directories with an Alexa rank of under 50,000. Sites are listed in ascending Alexa rank
order, with the PR 6+ sites boldfaced for your convenience.