How to Make Money With Article Marketing: Article Directories

Article directories are sites which contain free articles. The people who own these articles will place them there as a means of promoting something. Each article contains a byline which has the author’s (or owner’s) name and a link to their website. This lets readers contact people for more information if they feel so inclined.

Articles Directories offer a great way to make money from your articles. People who are interested in what you have to offer can read your article – and if your article is informative and entertaining, they will see you as an expert in your field and are likely to visit your website. If you don’t know enough about the topic you intend to write on, you can always hire a copywriter to do it for you. It may be somewhat expensive to get well written and researched articles, but they will pay for themselves quickly in terms of affiliate commissions they can get for you – and after that, it’s all profit!

Let’s take an example from real life – think of an accountant who works from home. The accountant writes an article about accounting and uploads it to some article directories. People looking for information on accounting will read this article, see that our accountant is an expert on the subject and may then visit his or her site to learn more and even get in touch about having the accountant provide some of their services for them. This article has just netted our accountant a new client; they may become a repeat client, but there is definitely one paid job which has resulted.

When you post your articles on a free article directory, other people who have affiliate programs in relevant fields to your own are likely to use your article for their sites as well – and since they will have your byline on this article, this will get you even more traffic for your affiliate marketing site! You get the benefits of your own traffic, as well as the traffic of any website which uses your article on their own; this can help you to quickly build your affiliate marketing business.

There are a lot of different article directories out there which you can use. The best course of action is to post your article to every directory to find; this will increase your exposure. This will lead to more traffic, more customers and of course, higher profits for you.


  • Bruno Auger

    Reply Reply December 3, 2008

    So true Reed

    I use this method often myself. Not all the article directories out there are equal. There are about 5-7 directories that are really good to submit too

  • Frankie Teo

    Reply Reply December 3, 2008

    Another good way to advertise & get traffic. I have not sudmitted any articles though.

    Thanks again..

    Frankie Teo

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  • Steve Helwig

    Reply Reply December 3, 2008

    This is good information, but how does a newbie go about finding these sites and learn how to publish?

  • Claude Pelanne

    Reply Reply December 3, 2008

    You are right about using articles to get the word out about your blog or business. I started by writing articles for the fun of learning about internet marketing and then needed to find a place to put them. I created a blog out of necessity and things are starting to happen.

    One way to get things out to many article directories is to use software that will automate the submission process. There are a number of products that do that and it can really boost your circulation.

    May your travels be prosperous

    Claude Pelanne

  • David Enders, D.C.

    Reply Reply December 3, 2008

    Yes Articles are a great way to get exposure (traffic) – You must use your keywords in the title and body of article to get maximum benefit from your article. Also your resource box should contain some kind of offer so that you can get the interested reader to subscribe to your list.

  • Domain Name Provider

    Reply Reply December 3, 2008

    Hi Reed .

    This is so true. The fancy name for this method is “Article Marketing” and there have been many people whom have been millionaire with this method as the only marketing system they use.

    Beside all the traffic you will get from the article itself, it will also result in backlink to your site and thereby also higher ranking in the search engines.

    A good and informative post.

  • PV Reymond

    Reply Reply December 3, 2008

    Hi Reed,

    Article marketing is one of the most powerful ways to get free exposure and to generate targeted traffic.

    If you know how to structure your articles you can get great results.

    ^PV Reymond

  • solcarina

    Reply Reply December 3, 2008

    Thank You for sharing.

    Sending love and light,

  • Lose Weight Fast

    Reply Reply December 3, 2008

    I agree that posting articles to article depository can give your site a good exposure. However, not all article directories have high traffic volume. Hence, may not bring in visitor quantity. Only a handful of directories, e.g., have got good traffic.

    Nevertheless, posting to article directories will still give you good backlinks. To make work easier, should use a semi-automatic article submitter.

  • Brad Pollina

    Reply Reply December 3, 2008

    Great idea! Win-win for both you and your prospective customer!

    Brad Pollinas last blog post..Don’t Fall In To The Same Traps When Marketing Your Business

  • Asher

    Reply Reply December 3, 2008

    Hi Reed,

    I usually keep to submitting to some of the top article directories. It still works… it doesn’t have to be sent to all the article directories in my opinion but it’s definitely a viable way to do it too.


    Ashers last blog post..How to Maximise Exposure Using Your Articles

  • Nickolove Lovemore

    Reply Reply December 3, 2008

    Hi Reed,

    I agree that article marketing is a powerful way to gain publicity and generate traffic to your website(s). However, the challenge is to be consistent and submit articles on a regular basis.

    The No 1 article directory is which currently receives about 15 million unique visitors per month.

    For some great resources on article writing and marketing visit:

    Best wishes


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  • Sandi

    Reply Reply December 3, 2008

    Article marketing is a great way to get your word out. I have found a wonderful reponse to this form. So many use my articles and with that they must use the entire article including your links. Great exposure!

  • Pat Gunning

    Reply Reply December 3, 2008

    Article marketing is considered one of the top FREE Advertising methods available to online marketers today. In fact many top internet marketers use article marketing exclusively to promote their businesses.

    Another great tool is video marketing and a great resources for that is SEOVideoGold. This combination is almost unstoppable.

    Great article Reed…

  • Profit Lance

    Reply Reply December 3, 2008

    There are also a number of services that will post your articles to 100’s of directories for a fee. It’s worth trying it for a month or 2. Using PLR articles is also useful in Article Marketing but make sure you rewrite them to avoid duplicate content

  • Hi Reed,
    Article Marketing is a great way to get free traffic and also boos your Google rankings. When you write the articles try to use good keywords for your niche and make the title interesting so people will click on it.

  • William J. Threlfall

    Reply Reply December 3, 2008

    How about some real content, like naming the 10 most useful article directories…

  • Cheree

    Reply Reply December 3, 2008

    In response to Steve’s question above, one of the best ways to find article directories is to just google “article directories”. Due to the way google works, the most popular directories will be listed on the first page. You don’t have to submit your articles to all of them, but I would at least submit to the first 2 to 5.

    Great thread, Reed. Article marketing is definitely a great way to generate leads — but then, so is your blog! Keep up the good work. I enjoy reading your posts.

  • Jane

    Reply Reply December 3, 2008

    Article marketing can be one of the best free ways to generate traffic, but it can also become one of the hardest.

    Coming up with new creative information and articles for our websites, blogs, social sites, etc. can be stressing on the brain. Article marketing is one area that I have recently begun outsourcing (ran out of creative juices on my own).

    I have found some excellent writers at Elance who will write your articles for $6-$8 (if you’re on a budget)…and they have seen my products, websites, etc. from a completely different angle and perspective than I could see myself…so consider using Elance if you’re short on ideas or don’t want to write your own articles.

    To Steve Helwig (who posted “how does a newbie get started). Check this out How To Generate Traffic With Article Marketing

    Thanks Reed,

  • Timothy Millar

    Reply Reply December 3, 2008

    Hey Reed, Article Marketing is a better avenue
    for profit and exposure compared to PPC which
    could end up costing you a fortune. Make sure to
    adhere to the rules, There are many but not
    unbearable, Have a Wonderful Day, Timothy Millar

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  • Merle Zunigha

    Reply Reply December 4, 2008

    I think article marketing is a good way to get traffic. Probably because I like to write. I do have a question about it. Article directories like ezinearticles want you to submit original material. Do you have to rewrite the same article for each directory you send to? I know that there is software that sends articles to several directories so I don’t see how those articles could be different. How many directories can you send the same article to without getting in trouble with everyone?

  • Keri

    Reply Reply December 4, 2008

    Thanks Reed-

    This is a massively powerful tool. I have just written a lot of articles and want to submit them to the article sites.

    Does anyone have any suggestions of good software that automates the process? There are quite a few out there and I would like to know I’m buying a good one!

    Thanks for any feedback or help.


  • Ari Lestariono

    Reply Reply December 4, 2008

    So very true Reed, article marketing can be used for promoting your own brand or specialty and also get indexed well by search engine, and it will stay that forever, if one is diligent submitting to article directories it can also generate massive traffic, but it will take certain time.That’s all

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  • Jeff

    Reply Reply December 4, 2008


    Informative post on article submission. My experience with is that the article will be syndicated to other article directories as well.

    Maybe this is not all articles, but at least those from contributors that have earned expert status.

    One of the other things that can be really nice is to have your article featured on the front page of The exposure from this is phenomenal.

    If nothing else, you can compile the articles you write on a particular subject into an e-book or report you can sell

    Jeffs last blog post..Invaluable No Cost Report 13 Ways to Increase Your Profits Fast

  • Article Marketing

    Reply Reply December 4, 2008

    Clearly article marketing is the best way to gain relevant back links. Additionally these back links are gained slowly, not explosively; a characteristic search engines look for. In a very short period of time, your site becomes an authority site, and organic listings develop. It is vital to include appropriate anchor text, and links in the author resource box.

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  • Paruchuri Sridhar

    Reply Reply December 4, 2008

    Good Article on Article Marketing. Article marketing really helps us get more traffic. Thank You Reed.

  • John Bonzo

    Reply Reply December 4, 2008

    Hi Reed,
    I always love to read your latest information. You’ve done it again, You’ve reinfaorced my commitment to article writing. It does take a little time, but boy is it worth it!

    I really hope your readers can grasp just how important your words are. If your readers look at my comment…JUST DO IT!!!

    Thanks for all your work,

  • Wayne Bell

    Reply Reply December 4, 2008

    Great advise Reed. Article Marketing or posting can become a business of it’s own for promoting programs, resources and products. The easiest thing I have found is to research a product, right a review and then post that review with keywords and links back to your affiliate link for that product. There are over 10,000 products in Clickbank and it’s free to join.

    Regards – Wayne

  • Paul Livingston

    Reply Reply December 4, 2008

    Thanks for the info Reed. What do you think about article submitters? I’ve read good and bad about them.

    Paul Livingstons last blog post..21 Simple Ways to Make More with any size list!

  • Ranjitha

    Reply Reply December 4, 2008

    Article submissions have given our clients phenomenal results… especially when combined with other strategies like bookmarking, social networking, videos etc.

    We have been using 9 different strategies including “Article Marketing” to drive tons of traffic to our clients’ websites.

  • normz2

    Reply Reply December 4, 2008

    Article marketing I am told is a great way to advertise. This another thing for my to do list. The big thing is to become an expert with content, content, content, content.

  • Ernie Carroll

    Reply Reply December 4, 2008

    The most inportant thing with article marketing is to be consistant. Post at least 2 articles a week at the top “article sites.”

    Ernie Carrolls last blog post..Blogging to the Bank 3.0 – Honest Review

  • bet

    Reply Reply December 4, 2008

    Wow, I read this about 4 hours ago, clicked all the links and have learned a lot. I think I have found my place in this IM. Thanks.

  • Yes this is very true. I bout my article submission software from and use it all the time. I am not focusing on beating duplicate content but focussing on getting article directory visitors who I have found are very targeted visitors.

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  • Richard

    Reply Reply December 4, 2008

    Posting articles to the directories gives much better results than using traffic exchanges and safe lists, plus each article has a backlink which improves ranking.

    For best results create one article, submit to one directory, then modify the title and text to post to the next directory. This will ensure that each submission will be seen as unique by the search engines.

    I prefer manual posting because directories differ in respect of whether or not hyperlinks within the article are acceptable, and the formatting.

    Richards last blog post..Affiliate Marketing Success Tips

  • Geoff Dodd

    Reply Reply December 4, 2008

    Reed, Article Marketing is great for building back links and getting web traffic, even some branding effect, but I’m skeptical that you’ll be able to get unique versions of articles out there. Anything copied or mass submitted automatically becomes Duplicate Content which Google doesn’t like and filters out.

    Geoff Dodd

  • Anna Kindler

    Reply Reply December 4, 2008

    Hey Reed, Again I enjoy your info on article writing. Darnest thing, I have been writing articles just to see if I could and I like doing this. I have not submitted any yet and I am not that good. Thanks for all your heard work and effort you put forward in helping us newbies to understand marketing better. Anna

  • Kevin

    Reply Reply December 4, 2008

    Dear Reed

    This is definitely a strategy that I would like to use.
    My own business is payroll for UK business and I think having a few hundred articles out there would be a boon to getting people to my site.

    Thank for the editorial.


  • omar

    Reply Reply December 4, 2008

    Hi Reed,
    Article Marketing is a great way to get free traffic and also boos your Google rankings. When you write the articles try to use good keywords for your niche and make the title interesting so people will click on it

  • Nando

    Reply Reply December 4, 2008

    Hi Reed,

    Article marketing is definitely the most effective way to go in terms of generating business for your site, but it can consume alot of time.

    The best article directory to submit to is Ezine Articles and there are maybe 3 or 4 more that will really get your traffic going.

    For maximum effectiveness it’s best to submit at least 10-20 articles a week. Sounds steep, but generates a madhouse of traffic and can really get a list going fast.

    Thanks for another informative article.


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  • Christopher Raine

    Reply Reply December 4, 2008

    Hi Reed

    Theres still plenty of life left in article marketing and that is a fact, article marketing offers the benefit of driving free traffic to your site and also increases the sites exposure through creating back links and hence improving a sites seo ranking.

    Many people believe quite wrongly that they cannot write 300 to 500 words, and yet once you start the words do flow.

    Although I would never want any one to copy the work of others, there is no harm in my opinion in using such work as inspiration for your own titles. This gets the creative juices working and gets you past the writers block that most would claim to suffer from.

    Great post by the way, article marketing needs to be kept at the fore front of any marketers promotional activities and your post will certainly go a long way to accomplishing that



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  • Slavica

    Reply Reply December 4, 2008

    My favorite way to get traffic and expose my writing to online community.I submitted to ezine articles,Article Marketer only had some problems about accepting them./i think there was no reason for that/errors found by them:Dorian-i can’t change it because it is name of character in Orson Wels masterpiece:The Picture of dorian Gray,
    Bulgakov-it is Russia Author Mikhail Bulgakov/

    You didn’t mention Social Networking article submission.There are great possibilities with:Self,,Free and many others where you can free upload your Articles in Blog section.
    Personally i like, a nice gathering of members ,i posted my Article. by Nick Marks,favorably for less advanced marketers ,they can use digg it and similar tools to make their post visible to much more audience.

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  • Slavica

    Reply Reply December 4, 2008

    Just to make a correction:The name of the Writer is Oscar Wilde,not Orson Wels of course,sorry!
    To see i am not an unlettered,visit my blog to read:Dorian Gray&A Conversation with Oscar Wilde

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  • Wendy Anderson

    Reply Reply December 5, 2008

    Thanks Reed,
    I already put articles on Ezine Articles, but can you recommend another half dozen that you consider would get the best results. It’s hard to tell which of the lot out there are a waste of time and which will bring visitors.

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  • sam

    Reply Reply December 6, 2008

    i have a question. Is submitting to hundreds of article directories with single article consider spamming? i really confused about this. some say ok, some say that will make my site banned from google

  • admin

    Reply Reply December 6, 2008

    @Bruno which ones are your favorites?

    @Frankie I highly recommend it

    @Steve my favorite is

    @Claude congrats

    @David good tips

    @Domain thanks

    @PV agreed

    @solcarina you’re welcome

    @Lose agreed

    @Brad yep 🙂

    @Asher agreed pick the ones you want to focus on

    @Nickolove that would be the one I’d focus on if you were to only do one

    @Sandi agreed

    @Pat thanks

    @Profit agreed you need to rewrite PLR’s

    @Luca agreed

    @William sorry you didn’t find it useful if I were to pick one I’d use

    @Cheree thanks

    @Jane you’re welcome

    @Timothy agreed it can be very powerful

    @Merle That’s a good question most of them you won’t but I could see some making you rewrite it to get listed

    @Keri There are a lot of tools out there but I haven’t reviewed any in awhile if someone else here is more current on those products please let us know.

    @Ari it’s definitely not an overnight success thing but it can really build up and hit a critical mass for you.

    @Jeff agreed great tips

    @Article those can make a big difference

    @Paruchuri you’re welcome

    @John you’re welcome

    @Wayne great tip

    @Paul I haven’t kept up to date with them to know which is the best now

    @Ranjitha awesome

    @normz2 that’s not as hard as it looks. Go grab some PLR’s and redo them or interview some people

    @Ernie consistency really makes a difference.

    @Bet you’re welcome

    @Terry congrats

    @Richard good tips

    @Geoff it’s something that needs to be tested further

    @Anna you’re welcome

    @Kevin it definitely can help. I oftentimes have people join my list or call or email me because of an article they read

    @Omar good tips

    @Nando you’re welcome

    @Chris you’re welcome

    @Slavica social networks are a great way for this as well

    @Wendy here are some ideas

    @Sam I haven’t encountered it but I haven’t submitted my articles to hundreds of directories in a long time

  • Yes indeed you can make a lot of money with Article Directories! I have one and it is online for about 5 months and already see some major improvements of my earnings!

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