No doubt, article marketing is one of the most effective internet marketing strategies which achieves the twin objectives of getting massive backlinks (much needed for ) and getting massive traffic.

An identification of top thus becomes crucial so that the article marketing efforts of the internet marketer will be focused and strategically directed towards those that will give him the best results for his efforts.

With the current web explosion, there are countless article directories, most of which are a mere waste of the internet marketers efforts.

    CURRENT REQUIREMENT TO QUALIFY FOR 165 LIST
    ==> MAXIMUM ALEXA RATING OF 56013 AND/OR MINIMUM GOOGLE PAGERANK OF 3

    165 Top Article Directories By Alexa Rating

    Alexa RatingPage RankDoFollow OR NoFollow
    ezinearticles11306DoFollow
    articlesbase7646NoFollow
    buzzle13565DoFollow
    suite10120587Not Yet Ascertained
    goarticles38185DoFollow
    webpronews25796Not Yet Ascertained
    helium29016Not Yet Ascertained
    ezinemark30523DoFollow
    articlesnatch35515DoFollow
    selfgrowth36345Not Yet Ascertained
    articlealley39695NoFollow
    sooperarticles39865DoFollow
    ideamarketers41055DoFollow
    amazines45993DoFollow
    bukisa49635NoFollow
    infobarrel51974DoFollow
    selfseo56904DoFollow
    articledashboard59085DoFollow
    articlerich65414DoFollow
    web-source72412Not Applicable - Syndicator
    articlecity73935DoFollow
    isnare75125DoFollow
    articleclick81744DoFollow
    articlecompilation100504DoFollow
    articleblast101005DoFollow
    articlecube103654DoFollow
    articlesfactory105604DoFollow
    submityourarticle107284DoFollow
    articletrader108345DoFollow
    searchwarp108475NoFollow
    upublish114764DoFollow
    webworldindex121835DoFollow
    articleslash122435DoFollow
    a1articles123045NoFollow
    articlefield124902DoFollow
    articlebiz126094DoFollow
    evancarmichael130585DoFollow
    articlesnare145053DoFollow
    site-reference148565DoFollow
    abcarticledirectory149613DoFollow
    articlecell150302DoFollow
    thewhir153145DoFollow
    articlesalley153875NoFollow
    earticlesonline159434NoFollow
    constant-content161295Not Yet Ascertained.
    Buy articles, no article submission
    articlenexus163480Not Yet Ascertained
    articlemonkeys163613NoFollow
    articlepool168841NoFollow
    businessknowhow169015DoFollow
    bharatbhasha177324DoFollow
    articlestars178242DoFollow
    articles.everyquery178932DoFollow
    basearticles180182DoFollow
    articlebin184275DoFollow
    articlelookup185262DoFollow
    articlemotron187072DoFollow
    articledirectory187920DoFollow
    lonad188163DoFollow
    articleseen189733DoFollow
    articlepros195783DoFollow
    workoninternet197770NoFollow
    artilib202033DoFollow
    articlesphere208184NoFollow
    article-content-king212993NoFollow
    articlebliss217003DoFollow
    searcharticles217033DoFollow
    qwesz218062DoFollow
    powerhomebiz220965Not Applicable - Syndicator
    articlesxpert 228103DoFollow
    affsphere244113DoFollow
    dime-co244250DoFollow
    easyarticles246514DoFollow
    allthewebsites249852DoFollow
    articlewarehouse250540DoFollow
    promotionworld253306DoFollow
    acmearticles255043Not Yet Ascertained
    articleintelligence262550DoFollow
    articoolz271591DoFollow
    2articles286883DoFollow
    articlesmagazine292113DoFollow
    article-mania296132DoFollow
    1articleworld310252DoFollow
    articlegarden313670DoFollow
    content4reprint314904DoFollow
    perfectarticles323642DoFollow
    webmasterslibrary324304DoFollow
    media13334932DoFollow
    look-4it339682DoFollow
    articlegeek344984DoFollow
    free-articles-zone362280DoFollow
    tinyarticle373463DoFollow
    popular articles381494DoFollow
    linksnoop409553DoFollow
    articlesupport430732DoFollow
    womensarticles482143DoFollow
    smartbananas498363DoFollow
    allfreelancework498730DoFollow
    linkgeneral524623DoFollow
    myfreearticlecentral527512DoFollow
    zuarticles545293DoFollow
    newsreelnetwork566753DoFollow
    howtoadvice683314DoFollow
    afroarticles730193DoFollow
    excellentguide734563DoFollow
    articlewheel822463DoFollow
    a1-optimization832024DoFollow
    top7business832354DoFollow
    getmyarticles844324NoFollow
    artclehealthandfitness856234DoFollow
    businesstoolchest868453DoFollow
    linkgrinder936044DoFollow
    ebusiness-articles1081513DoFollow
    ambravallo1231543DoFollow
    biz-whiz1328344DoFollow
    bpubs1370376Not Yet Ascertained
    thearticleblogs1373533DoFollow
    freesticky1376965DoFollow
    businesshighlight1395023DoFollow
    contentdesk1680683
    articleinsider1718405Not Yet Ascertained
    articlejoe1725003DoFollow
    weeno1913655DoFollow
    articlefinders1936133NoFollow
    simplysearch4it2431334DoFollow
    webhealtharticles2521193DoFollow
    ladypens2568044DoFollow
    submit-article2588193DoFollow
    uniterra2865783DoFollow
    marcommwise6151605DoFollow
    canarymagazine12816684DoFollow

When it comes to article marketing, there are primarily two schools of thought as to how extensively the internet marketer should syndicate his articles.

    • The first school of thought argues that it is best to syndicate to only a few top article directories.

      They argue that these are the best, anyway. This then leaves the internet marketer with more time to spend on other pressing internet marketing techniques.

      They also point out the duplicate content issues that results from the massive article marketing campaign of their antagonists.

  • By the way, here are two very relevant and useful resources to address these concerns.

    Duplicate Content Controversy : Finally Laying It To Rest

    Achieving Top Search Engine Placement For Your Site Content Despite Duplicates On Other Sites

    • The other school of thought argues that it is advisable for the internet marketer to syndicate his articles to as many article directories as possible.

      They hinge their argument on the fact that the more article directories you syndicate to, the more backlinks and traffic you will generate.

  • While proponents of the first school of thought can easily accomplish their task given the relatively lower time and cost involvement, those who are protagonists of the second school of thought are in a quandary as they either have to devote so much time doing their submissions manually which may end up being uneconomical or spend more money in lieu as they need to either buy article submission softwares or pay monthly subscriptions for submission services.

    We have made a middle of the road provision here, to cater for the requirement of the proponents of this second school of thought by showcasing the most up to date list of 165 top article directories on the internet.

    We have also undertaken to always ensure that this list is updated weekly, such that it maintains its current status of being the most up to date list of such size/volume of top article directories on the internet

    In traversing the internet, we observed the following shortcomings in similar lists maintained.

    1. Usually out of date –

    Most of those who present such lists do not from the outset, present them in a form conducive for regular updates.

    They also seem to lose steam very fast and leave such lists un-updated. While this ends up presenting an ineffective list for the use of the webmaster, it can in fact be dangerous, as the decision taken therefrom will end up being incorrect. A case of “garbage in, garbage out”.

      165 Top Article Directories By Google PageRank

      Article DirectoryPage RankAlexa RatingDoFollow OR NoFollow
      suite10172058Not Yet Ascertained
      ezinearticles61130DoFollow
      bpubs6137037Not Yet Ascertained
      articlesbase6764NoFollow
      promotionworld625330DoFollow
      webpronews62579Not Yet Ascertained
      helium62901Not Yet Ascertained
      weeno5191365DoFollow
      evancarmichael513058DoFollow
      businessknowhow516901DoFollow
      sooperarticles53986DoFollow
      a1articles512304NoFollow
      articletrader510834DoFollow
      powerhomebiz522096Not Applicable - Syndicator
      articlealley53969NoFollow
      searchwarp510847NoFollow
      bukisa54963NoFollow
      articlesalley515387NoFollow
      site-reference514856DoFollow
      constant-content516129Not Yet Ascertained.
      Buy articles, no article submission
      articleslash512243DoFollow
      webworldindex512183DoFollow
      article insider5171840Not Yet Ascertained
      buzzle51356DoFollow
      selfgrowth53634Not Yet Ascertained
      marcommwise5615160DoFollow
      articlebin518427DoFollow
      articleblast510100DoFollow
      isnare57512DoFollow
      articlecity57393DoFollow
      articlesnatch53551DoFollow
      ideamarketers54105DoFollow
      freesticky5137696DoFollow
      articledashboard55908DoFollow
      thewhir515314DoFollow
      bharatbhasha417732DoFollow
      articleclick48174DoFollow
      canarymagazine41281668DoFollow
      articlesphere420818NoFollow
      selfseo45690DoFollow
      articlerich46541DoFollow
      infobarrel45197DoFollow
      howtoadvice468331DoFollow
      populararticles438149DoFollow
      top7business483235DoFollow
      submityourarticle410728DoFollow
      content4reprint431490DoFollow
      articlebiz412609DoFollow
      artclehealthandfitness485623DoFollow
      biz-whiz4132834DoFollow
      articlesfactory410560DoFollow
      articlecube410365DoFollow
      easyarticles424651DoFollow
      ladypens4256804DoFollow
      articlegeek434498DoFollow
      articlecompilation410050DoFollow
      a1-optimization483202DoFollow
      earticlesonline415943NoFollow
      simplysearch4it4243133DoFollow
      upublish411476DoFollow
      webmasterslibrary432430DoFollow
      getmyarticles484432NoFollow
      linkgrinder493604DoFollow
      businesstoolchest386845DoFollow
      ebusiness-articles3108151DoFollow
      articlefinders3193613NoFollow
      uniterra3286578DoFollow
      contentdesk3168068
      abcarticledirectory314961DoFollow
      thearticleblogs3137353DoFollow
      afroarticles373019DoFollow
      excellentguide373456DoFollow
      articlemonkeys316361NoFollow
      ambravallo3123154DoFollow
      affsphere324411DoFollow
      womensarticles348214DoFollow
      articleseen318973DoFollow
      zuarticles354529DoFollow
      2articles328688DoFollow
      smartbananas349836DoFollow
      amazines34599DoFollow
      goarticles53818DoFollow
      webhealtharticles3252119DoFollow
      linkgeneral352462DoFollow
      articlepros319578DoFollow
      linksnoop340955DoFollow
      lonad318816DoFollow
      submit-article3258819DoFollow
      articlebliss321700DoFollow
      artilib320203DoFollow
      newsreelnetwork356675DoFollow
      articlewheel382246DoFollow
      articlesnare314505DoFollow
      ezinemark33052DoFollow
      articlejoe3172500DoFollow
      acmearticles325504Not Yet Ascertained
      articlesmagazine329211DoFollow
      searcharticles321703DoFollow
      articles.everyquery317893DoFollow
      articlesxpert322810DoFollow
      businesshighlight3139502DoFollow
      article-content-king321299NoFollow
      tinyarticle337346DoFollow
      allthewebsites224985DoFollow
      basearticles218018DoFollow
      articlecell215030DoFollow
      articlelookup218526DoFollow
      perfectarticles232364DoFollow
      articlemotron218707DoFollow
      media13233493DoFollow
      myfreearticlecentral252751DoFollow
      web-source27241Not Applicable - Syndicator
      1articleworld231025DoFollow
      articlesupport243073DoFollow
      articlestars217824DoFollow
      look-4it233968DoFollow
      qwesz221806DoFollow
      articlefield212490DoFollow
      article-mania229613DoFollow
      articlepool116884NoFollow
      articoolz127159DoFollow
      articleintelligence026255DoFollow
      articlewarehouse025054DoFollow
      articlenexus016348Not Yet Ascertained
      workoninternet019777NoFollow
      articlegarden031367DoFollow
      free-articles-zone036228DoFollow
      allfreelancework049873DoFollow
      dime-co024425DoFollow
      articledirectory018792DoFollow

    2. Basis of arriving at the ranking is often flawed

    • Some use only the Google Rank to determine ranking. This can be flawed on the basis that an internet marketer puts his article on the article directory, primarily to get viewed and send traffic back to his website. Thus, if the directory has a high Google Rank but low traffic, a major objective of the webmaster is left un-achieved.
    • Others use only Alexa rating as the basis of ranking but forget that a major objective of most webmasters is to leverage on the high rank of high ranking article directories to get their articles to rank high on the search engine result pages of the search engines and thereby get viewers to their websites.
    • Some indicate the two (Google Rank and Alexa Rating) but then try to deduce a ranking factor by combining the two factors to arrive at one ranking factor. Problem!, as the two, while working independently to achieve its own ranking for each separate objective, are not that compatible to be “averaged” to arrive at a “common” ranking factor.
    • Some deduce other completely unrelated or at best very remotely related ranking factors such as number of backlinks etc to the article directory.
    • Some even use other subjective factors not disclosed to highlight some article directories and declare them as “top article directories”.
  • Our approach here is “keep it simple and related”. We present the two most authentic (for now) parameters i.e Google Rank and Alexa Rating side by side, and present two separate tables/lists with one ranking the sites on the basis of Google Rank while the other ranks them on the basis of Alexa Rating.

    Now, to the rules.

    Since this is dynamic, some rules have to be in place for transparency. Each webmaster running an article directory or any user of an article directory can automatically know if his site or site that he is interested in qualifies to fall within the 165 top article directories on the internet and should his site not be listed, automatically writes a comment to this post indicating his site Google PageRank and Alexa Rating and once verified and found correct, will be immediately listed, while the lowest in the list looses its spot.

    Note that these rules will be tightened/improved upon as we get indication of other article directories that qualify to be listed within this 165 top article directories list, so that the relatively weaker ones will get edged out.

    Of course, in line with transparency, this modifications will be stated.

    The rules at start up is listed as follows

    RULES

    1. Except for article directories with PR 3 and above, any article directory that gets listed purely on the basis of “Alexa Rating” must have a maximum of 100,000 Alexa Rating.

    • The above is now superseded by Comment No. 7 of November 2nd, 2010 at 12:23 pm where the maximum Alexa Rating required is now 62768
    • The above is now superseded by Comment No. 44 of March 19th, 2011 at 4:02 am where the maximum Alexa Rating required is now 56013

    2. Any article directory that gets listed purely on the basis of Google PageRank must have a minimum of Google PageRank 3

    3. Where an unlisted article directory is identified to have a lower Alexa Rating AND higher PageRank than that of one or more article directories on the current list of “165 Top Article Directories”, it will be immediately listed, while the article directory with the highest Alexa Rating AND/OR lowest PageRank, will loose its spot.

    4. To be listed, the article directory must be currently active as such.

    5. To be listed, an article directory must be in English.

    6. Only FREE article directories are listed.

    We encourage visitor participation and urge you all to let us jointly make this a very useful and valuable resource for the benefit of us all.

    Accordingly, please let us know if any of the following arises

    – Any duplication of sites
    – Any site that has ceased being an article directory
    – Any change at all in PR and any significant change in Alexa Ratings noted
    – Any article directory that you think qualifies to be on this list and is not listed here.
    – Any other information which you consider relevant and useful to the course of this project

    Of course, we shall continue to be on the prowl to identify the above, but also seek your assistance since many hands are better than a few.

    It is interesting to note that this post is already ranking no. 2 on the first page of Google search for its intended keyword phrase “top article directories”

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