The Top 10 Article Directories – Part 2 – New Method

by Tom McEwin on 15 June, 2010

In my last post I compiled a list of the top 10 article directories, based on Alexa rating, Google PageRank, and whether or not a particular directory imposed nofollow tags on links.  In this post I’ll be outlining why I think a more detailed analysis is warranted when considering which article directories are best for affiliate marketers.

Alexa Rating vs Traffic Estimate

Rather than simply relying on the relative Alexa Ratings of article directories to give an idea of the traffic that each gets, I thought I would dig a bit deeper.  The Alexa Rating might be useful to rank the directories, but it doesn’t provide any sort of traffic weighting, something which will be quite important in formulating my final list of the top article directories.

So I tapped into to get some estimated traffic for each of the article directories I was looking at, and came up with the table below.

Top Article Directories by Alexa Rating (with Traffic Estimate) - June 2010

The traffic estimates are for unique views from US traffic only, extrapolating from a 1% sample of US internet users.  So the actual unique global traffic that the top article directories receive would be more than this (for example, says that only 70% 0f the traffic it receives is from the US). The figures are also a little out of date as well, given they are from March 2010.

Still, assuming there are no errors which have crept in along the way, it would seem to give a much better picture (as compared to ranked Alexa Ratings) of the relative benefits of choosing one directory over another when it comes to the sort of traffic that articles might receive from a particular directory.  I think that already my shortlist of the top 10 article directories needs a bit of amending, but before I do so I’ll dig a little deeper.

New Method for Picking the Top 10 Article Directories

I’ve decided my new method will be to:

  1. Rule out any article directories not suitable for affiliate marketing, and consider the terms of use for each of them;
  2. Include those directories with mega traffic regardless of nofollow tags;
  3. Prefer those directories with higher traffic and/or page rank to those with less.

The first of these points really goes without saying – in compiling a list of the top article directories for affiliate marketers, the directories included need to be suitable for affiliate marketing.  Most on the above list are quite suitable, others are not.

The second of these points is something which I spent a while considering after my last post.  I discovered on the blog that the reason they introduced nofollow tags was to “help recover from a strong Google Filter”. It may be that articles on directories with nofollow tags have a better shot at themselves ranking on Google. This is something that could end up being quite important for micro niches where there isn’t too much competition for a keyword phrase that we may be targeting.  Plus there is also the traffic from the directory itself.

The third of these points is also fairly straightforward – affiliate marketers need traffic (and targeted traffic is best).  If we can get this straight from an article then great, but links from high authority article directories will help to rank on Google, which itself will provide a source of traffic.

In my next post I’ll be looking at each of the directories I want to add to my final list of the top article directories for affiliate marketers, and concluding with a list of the top 10 article directories.

© Tom McEwin
David Moloney June 15, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Nice indepth analysis Tom. It’s good to see you delve further than just notfollow and page rank – then form a criteria about which of the top article directories will be the best for affiliate marketers. It’s a solid approach. I’m looking forward to seeing your final list in your next instalment.
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Wal Heinrich June 17, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Tom, I thought your last post said it all and now I find there is even more. How do you come up with this fantastic information about ranking article directories? You have got me really excited. I can hardly wait to see your next post and find out the real top 10.
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Bev Langford June 17, 2010 at 12:31 PM

WOW Tom,
You sure have put a lot of work into this. I like the way you have reflected on your previous post and updated your information along with bringing good amount of new research to back up what you have said. As a fellow affiliate marketer I have found ezine to be one of my favorite article directories which usually provides a consistent stream of targeted traffic. I’m looking forward to your next post with your list of top 10 article directories.
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Matt Ellsworth June 17, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Tom – thanks for writing this and including our article directory. The nofollow was added as part of a filter we got hit with in 2009. We have found that since then indexing has been up, traffic has been up and best of all we have seen a decrease in the amount of spam being submitted.

We are on a continual patrol against spam and junk articles and in favor of solid well written articles.

Anyone who emails us for a review of their account after they have submitted a few articles will get a response quickly and most get the nofollow removed (it is retroactive).

Thanks again for double checking the nofollow bit.

Keep up the great blog.
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Tom McEwin June 17, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Thanks Matt. I appreciate you stopping by and I definitely found the blog handy when thinking things through and looking into the nofollow issue.

In my next post I will be considering the terms of use for each directory, and will be planning to mention the temporary status of the nofollow tags on Articlesnatch.

Tom McEwin June 17, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Thanks David, Wal and Bev. I thought the subject required a bit more research, and with a little encouragement from Gee I decided to take things to the next level. Firstly for my own benefit, but also as I wanted to make sure I wasn’t leading others up the garden path.

Wal – in terms of where I got the ideas from, once I decided that a more detailed analysis was needed, I figured out what areas I could improve in then used some trusty Google searching to find the resources I needed. Took me a little while to work through the terms of use and double check things, but I think it is worth the effort.

Bev – I agree that there is a lot to like about Ezinearticles, and will be spending a bit of time in future going into more detail about it.

Harry Lynn June 21, 2010 at 10:26 PM

G’day Tom,
Man, what a thorough examination you’ve done. Must have been lots of research done. Can I get some ” THOROUGH ” lessons from you, please ?
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Tom McEwin June 22, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Thanks Harry – it did involve quite a bit of research, and more to come in my next post when I will summarise the key features of the terms of use for each of the top article directories.

Matt Ellsworth June 23, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Another thing that I think authors should be aware of is to write titles for readers first – so that they click on them and read the article. This is something we have noticed LOTS of authors don’t do.

Also posting most or all of your articles under one pen name – helps build more internal links back to the profile page — which if you setup the profile page – there is room there for several links back to whatever you are promoting. The use of profile pages I think is one of the more commonly missed functions of article sites.
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Tom McEwin July 1, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Thanks for your comment Matt – you make some excellent points.

Tom McEwin July 4, 2010 at 12:38 PM

It took me a little while to get through all the terms of use and get my next post about the top 10 article directories up, but it is now ready for viewing.

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