UPDATED June 2022
Presenting my Top 10 Article Submission Directories for 2022!
Article submission directories were really popular back when I posted this list the first time (Jan 2009) and a lot of things have changed.
I was going to retire this old post but I did a quick search first and actually found some sights with 2022 updated lists. So I’m going to pull a list together for those of you who are using article directories.
What’s you goal with article marketing?
There are some that say they are not good for SEO anymore, and some that say they are. I’m not an expert on this and SEO is not always the only goal with posting articles so I’ll let you decide.
If the goal is to increase your reach in a particular niche, then these sites can help with that. In this case it’s a good idea to use submission sites appropriate to your location, and that reach your desired audience.
How the article directories are ranked here
Previously, I based this list on Google Page rank first, then on Alexa Traffic Rank.
Amazon shut down Alexa this year so I won’t be able to report to you based on Alexa rank this time, and since Google no longer updates PageRank publicly, that’s not worth watching either. There are plenty of link checking tools out there that will give you a report on it but I don’t know where they are getting their info if Google is no longer publishing pagerank.
Here’s anther take on that from ahrefs, claiming it’s not a dead metric and providing some replacement metrics. All available behind their paywall of course. However, if you have an account there this will be really useful.
Here’s the 2022 list, ranked first by domain authority. There are also a few other stats I found interesting. Of course you should base your decision on whatever metric is most important to your article marketing goals.
My 2022 Top 10 Article Submission Directories (sort of)
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I’m sure you’ve noticed that some of the sites included above are social media sites. If you use them correctly you can some good traffic by sharing posts on your blog, linking to the full post of course.
You might wonder why I left Facebook off of the list. That’s because IMO it never was a great place to share content and get engagement. People seem to be more interested in friends, family, current events and politics. Now, if you have a really big following there and super active group, by all means, please use it! I would still argue that it’s not a place to post entire articles, rather should be a place to notify of a new article and then link back to your website to view it. I just am not convinced a ton of people see what we post there, unless it goes viral or you have a very active group.
Here are descriptions of these websites from Wikipedia or their about pages.
LinkedIn is an American business and employment-oriented service that operates via websites and mobile apps. Founded on December 28, 2002, and launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking, including employers posting jobs and job seekers posting their CVs.
Medium is an American online publishing platform developed by Evan Williams and launched in August 2012. It is owned by A Medium Corporation. The platform is an example of social journalism, having a hybrid collection of amateur and professional people and publications, or exclusive blogs or publishers on Medium, and is regularly regarded as a blog host.
Instagram is an American photo and video sharing social networking service founded in 2010 by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and later acquired by Facebook Inc.. The app allows users to upload media that can be edited with filters and organized by hashtags and geographical tagging.
Wattpad is an online social reading platform intended for users to read and write original stories. Founded by Allen Lau and Ivan Yuen, the platform aims to create social communities around stories and remove the barriers between readers and writers.
eHow is an online how-to guide with many articles and 170,000 videos offering step-by-step instructions. eHow articles and videos are created by freelancers and cover a wide variety of topics organized into a hierarchy of categories. Any eHow user can leave comments or responses, but only contracted writers can contribute changes to articles. The writers work on a freelance basis, being paid by article. eHow is frequently called a content farm.
HubPages is an American online publishing platform developed by Paul Edmondson and was launched in 2006. They acquired their main competitor, Squidoo, in 2014. In 2018 Seattle-based content company “TheMaven, Inc.” acquired Hubpages. Hubpages was a startup that struggled for over 12 years until its acquisition by Maven. The company is headquartered in San Francisco.
Our searchable database of hundreds of thousands of quality original articles, posted by Expert Authors & Writers, allows email newsletter publishers who are hungry for fresh content to find articles to include in their next newsletter (up to 25 articles per year per our Publisher TOS).
Tumblr is so easy to use that it’s hard to explain. We made it really, really simple for people to make a blog and put whatever they want on it. Stories, photos, GIFs, TV shows, links, quips, dumb jokes, smart jokes, Spotify tracks, mp3s, videos, fashion, art, deep stuff. Tumblr is 500 million different blogs, filled with literally whatever.
APSense is a web 2.0 enabled social network designed to help business owners, online marketers and affiliates build their own personal business network of contacts locally or on a global scale. It promotes this social business networking by providing tools and add-ons for users to easily communicate, create interest groups and even build their own private social network.
Self Improvement Online created SelfGrowth.com, the most complete guide to information about Self Improvement, Personal Growth and Self Help on the Internet. It includes a wide range of articles, experts, websites, events and products to help you improve your life.
There you have it! I hope this serves you well. Like anything in marketing, you should always start with considering your audience and their needs as well as your own business goals to make the best decisions. If you are going to invest your time and valuable content on another site than your own, be sure you track the results.