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Monday, February 1, 2010

Online Exposure: Article Directories

Article Directories are online sites that have a stock load of articles about every topic imaginable and then some more. They serve two main purposes that are two-way benefits for writers. First of all, the articles in article directories are (for the most part) well researched and well written. So when you need some information about something you are writing about, you can usually find it through an online article directory site. They serve as a resource for your writing. Secondly, article directories offer an excellent source for you to get published online and build up an online portfolio. In addition, if you have a blog or website, you can link directly to it from your article. This is like free advertising for your site(s).

Like everything else online, the greater volume you produce, the better results you receive. Don’t let the idea of volume overwhelm you though, because even one article is a start. Start with one article an add another. Keep at it and you will become more comfortable with the writing and publishing online process and more familiar with the various article directory sites. Keep at it and before you know it, you will have a nice collection of articles under your name.

At the time of this writing, there are over 560 article directories on the internet. No doubt that number is steadily increasing. For a comprehensive list of article directories, go to Top 50 Article Directories. From this link, simply click on several article directories and browse around. Find out which ones you like as a reader. Check out the search engines – type in several key words for each article directory you visit and read through some of the articles that show up. Note if there are a lot of articles available for the key words you put in; note also the quality of those articles. Are they informative and well written? Are there sources you can follow for more information? Take notes, then choose a couple of article directories you like and submit your own articles there to see how you like them as a writer.

One of the things about online article writing is that technically, you can write one basic article and then tailor it several different ways so you end up with a lot of articles for the effort it takes to write just one. That way, you can submit to several different article directories each time you write an article. You just have to be sure that each article is different enough that it doesn’t cause a red flag for the plagiarism control. Some writers “spin” their articles. There is spinning software that allows you to put in your basic article and then it spits out a new one – same meaning, different words. In theory, you can spin an article over and over. I only tried this once through some site that offered free spinning, but I didn’t like the result, so I haven’t tried it again. I think that it might be worth spending some time with, but I haven’t returned to that task yet. If anyone out there has more knowledge and better experience with spinning, I welcome your comments and feedback.

The two article directories that I use are Ezine Articles and I think that is a bit more user friendly, so I tend to use that one the most.

Give it a try and let me know what you think. Maybe you will like other article directories and you can recommend them to me. Together we can explore different article directories and increase all of our online exposure.

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