Are There Only 3 Article Submission Sites Worth Submitting To?

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Here’s a question I received recently that we’ve been covering in detail these last few posts:

I keep hearing contradictory evidence about article marketing. Some say it works, some say it doesn’t. Some say there’s only three directories worth submitting to. Still others say it’s a waste because they don’t generate any traffic. Confused? You bet!

Article SubmissionWe’ve already talked about the “some say it works, some say it doesn’t” part of the question. In this post we will cover the part about how many article submission sites you should submit to and why.

“Some say there are only 3 directories worth submitting to…”

People who say that there are only 3 directories worth submitting to are missing the whole purpose of article marketing (not to mention only getting a fraction of the results they could otherwise achieve).

You can see where their logic is coming from though–they are assuming that the reason to submit an article to a particular directory is for the sole purpose of getting traffic from that article on that directory.

I can see where that line of thought is coming from, but it is based on a misunderstanding. Let’s get this sorted out.

The purpose of article marketing is to drive traffic to a website. Article marketing accomplishes this in two ways–directly and indirectly.

Directly–You submit your article to a directory and someone sees your article and clicks the link in your resource box, which leads the reader back to your website. That is direct traffic. It is a perk, but not the main benefit you get from article marketing.

Indirectly–You submit your article to some article submission sites. Publishers see your articles on those directories and decide to republish them on their own sites. Every time a publisher reprints your article on his site he also republishes your resource box, which includes a backlink to your website. The more times your article is republished, the more backlinks are created for your website (this is maximized when you use our ArticleLeverage™ technology, either the standard or advanced version … more info here). The increase in backlinks over time positively affects your search engine ranking for your keywords. As your website rises higher and higher in Google and the other search engines, you receive more and more traffic to your website from the search engines.

This is indirect traffic, and this is where the big traffic payday is. Traffic from search engines is the main advantage for people doing article marketing, although many people misunderstand this, and only focus on direct traffic from the articles themselves.

Are there only 3 directories worth submitting to?

Absolutely not–there are tons of directories worth submitting to. The more directories you can submit to the better.

The whole purpose of creating free reprint articles is to have them reprinted, and the more directories you have them on, the greater your reach and the more likely publishers and readers are going to find your articles! That is the power behind article marketing.

As a powerful illustration of this, if you had written a book, would you only want it in 3 bookshops?

You have two options:

You can publish your articles on 3 sites and wait around twiddling your thumbs hoping publishers will find your articles and republish them, or you can take matters into your own hands and submit your articles directly to tons of publishers from the get go.

One of these options produces frustration and the tendency to say “this isn’t working!”. The other option produces results.

Using, as well as getting your articles published on reams of article directories, we also help you cut out the middleman … so you also not only get your articles sent direct to content-hungry publishers on our email list, but Gold Level members also get their articles published directly on niche-relevant blogs (and with our Naked Articles feature, more powerful links too).

What if you’re submitting by hand?

Now, if you are submitting manually, I know that this news about submitting to tons of sites does not sit well with you. You are only human, and there is a limit to how many directories you can submit to.

You would probably rather that there were only 3 directories that were worth submitting to, but honestly, after a while even submitting articles to those 3 directories starts to feel like a chore that you don’t want to keep up. And then you get tired and frustrated. And then you quit. And then you say, “article marketing doesn’t work”.

Then you aren’t sure what to do to market your website, but you keep on hearing your colleagues and your competitors talking about how article marketing is working for them. And then you wonder “why does it work for them and not for me”?

Does this sound familiar to anyone?

In all honesty, the days of hoping to get results through manually submitting articles are over … you minimize your results and it’s an ineffective and inefficient use of your time. You can’t hope to get the kind of results you would otherwise get through automatically submitting your articles.

The good news…

The reason why article marketing is the marketing tool of choice for regular everyday small business owners is that:

1 – It’s easy if you use an automatic article submitter. Your articles are automatically distributed to a large network of targeted publishers, and because your articles are getting widespread publication, you only need to submit a few articles a month (8 per website).

2 – It’s effective. People who do article marketing correctly see results.

If you have any questions about how to do article marketing, just let me know.

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