How To Get Your Article Approved When Submitting To Article Directories

Building back-links through article directories is one of the most popular ways to gain link juice increasing your page rank on the major search engines. There are some FREE article directories with PR’s of 6-9 and having a one way back-link from these directories can be very valuable. Many people think that submitting content and having it approved by the directory is all that’s required to get the “back-link” indexed by Google. These are the people I like to call WRONG!AD_01

Over the years, article directories have gained popularity and Google realizes the importance of these directories because they provide a one-stop hub for information on many different topics. The problem is that with popularity comes several problems and Google, trying keep their reputation as the world’s best search engine is quick to act on these issues. The counter attack by Google is very simple…

  • Penalize the article directory which means lowering their PR and making their one-way back-links to other websites less valuable.
  • When you type in “top article directories” in Google, the article directory is nowhere on the top 10 pages of the search results which means they will NOT be found hence lowering the amount of content being submitted.

Article directories are well aware of what it means to be penalized by Google and are very quick to make changes on their end to…why? The answer is very simple, it’s a business and some of the most popular article directories make thousands of dollars each month from advertising dollars.

They have adopted the following counter measures to make sure that only quality content is added which allows for continued growth of their website.

  • Each article is reviewed before being approved by a moderator
  • There is a minimum word count that must be met before you can submit any article
  • Duplicate content is automatically erased
  • Links within articles are removed or there is a 1-2 link maximum within the body of the article
  • The Resource Box has a 2 link maximum and the links cannot be identical
  • They have narrowed down their niche only focusing on popular topics and using categories that require research before anyone can write an article. For example, medicine, HTML coding, law, business, etc
  • Article directories click the links within the “body” of the article to make sure it goes to a website which provides valuable content and is not prohibited

You can see from the list above that many restrictions are in place making it more difficult for people to build back-links to their website. The good thing is that these restrictions can work both ways because on one hand you are building links though content which is creditable and if approved you gain a valuable back-link which can boost your rankings within a month once Google re-indexed the page.

You can see from the list above that many restrictions are in place making it more difficult for people to build back-links to their website. The good thing is that these restrictions can work both ways because on one hand you are building links though content which is creditable and if approved you gain a valuable back-link which can boost your rankings within a month once Google re-indexed the page.

Over the years I’ve been lucky to experience both which means that I’ve played around with low quality content to high quality and tried almost every loop hole to beat the system. In the end of the day back-links was all that mattered to me no matter how I got them. It’s safe to say that writing high quality content is the only way to go and the results I’ve achieved though high quality back-links has been amazing seeing increases in my SERP rankings in as little as 1-2 months.

How To Get Your Articles Approved:

  • Write Relevant Content: When you write any article you have to make sure that it is relevant to your website and that it makes sense. First, you have the moderator reading over the article before approving it and secondly, the Google bots are smart enough to be able rate your content as high quality or lower down the latter. Search engines have become so sophisticated over the past several years that rating content is as simple as performing basic calculations. Here are some other factors other than the PR of a website that would reflect the importance.
    • How many views the webpage or article has received
    • Views within a certain period of time
    • How high the article is ranked within the article directory website
    • Social shares
    • Comments
    • How many back-links the article has received within the article directory. I am not referring to your main website but how many back-links the article has received on the secondary website (article directory)

Now many of you are worried after reading over the factors above but this process is all automated. What I mean is that, if you write a high quality article than all of the above will follow automatically. You know that it’s going to get views, shared by thousands, people will post comments and it’ll receive back-links without you having to do any marketing.

Let’s get back to the point…

Make sure you write a relevant high quality article that meets the required minimum word count which in most cases is 500 words. However, if you want to definitely make your article engaging then don’t worry about the minimum word count and just keep writing until you have written the best article.

  • Add keyword within your title: No matter where you’re submitting your article, Google looks for traces of your keyword within 3 places: title, summary and body. Make sure to include your keyword within the title of your article because the <title> tag is the second most important SEO element (the most important being the overall content). The <title> tag is used to describe what the overall content is about.
  • Use an introduction and summary: Article directories will include a section for your article summary. This section in most cases is used as your <description> tag in SEO. The description of an article is used within “search results” and it is displayed in the following format:

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The reason why it’s important to include your keyword within the summary is because it’s one of the factors influencing a user to click-through from SERPs. It’s also helps in the article approval process because a solid summary means the more chances for a visitor to click-through to the article directory increase popularity and profit for the website.

  • Add your keywords within the body: This is something you can just do to get an extra back-link to a page on your main website. Some article directories don’t allow “body” one way links but if you are known to produce quality content you may be able to add a few which counts as an extra back-link. Squidoo.com, Hubpages.com and Infobarrel.com are some examples of websites which allow “body” links once you have gain a reputation for submitting quality content.
  • Format your resource box correctly: The resource box is where you include your author details and links to your main website. Many times if links are not allowed within the body of the article then the resource box is where you will build back-links to your website. There are some restrictions placed when adding content to the resource box like characters and maximum 2 unique links allowed. It is recommended to include one link to your homepage and one link to any other page with the focus being on the keyword you have chosen. For example, if you have these two keywords: Guest Blogging and Guest Blogging Strategies, your resource box will look something like this:

Text format with “link” icon to add links…

 “For more information on guest blogging strategies, please my website on introduction to guest blogging where you’ll find FREE tips and resources that will help you dominate your competitors.”

If you can only add HTML code, it will look like this…

<p>“For more information on <a href=”http://www.example.com”>guest blogging strategies</a>, please my website on introduction to <a href=”http://www.example.com”>guest blogging</a> where you’ll find FREE tips and resources that will help you dominate your competitors.”</p>

  •  Add your keywords within your resource box: Many people create links within the resource box which are irrelevant to your website. When you are creating links you need to make sure to include your “keywords” within those links that are on your main websites web pages. For example, if I am building a link using the keyword “guest blogging strategies” then I will have a web page on my website with the <title>guest blogging strategies</title>. I will make sure my page is named after my keyword, it’s that simple.

There has to be some sort of connection between your links and your web pages. This will be covered in more depth in my other posts on building websites and pages.

Let’s Summarize:

I know this article is a bit lengthy so let me summarize what was covered in point form:

The Do’s:

  • Write high quality relevant content
  • Create relevant content
  • Add keyword in title
  • Write a  summate and add keyword in summary
  • Add keywords within the body 1-2 times
  • Add keywords within resource box (follow resource box requirements)
  • Meet minimum word requirement of article directory
  • Make changes where required and try again

The Don’ts:

  • Don’t submit SPAM or you’ll get banned
  • Don’t use keywords which are NOT relevant to your websites web pages
  • Don’t add keywords in article body more than twice (known as keyword stuffing)
  • Don’t submit duplicate content
  • Don’t get impatient because this leads to poor quality content

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