You submit it, that’s what you do! And submit it to as many article directories as you can. (More submissions = more exposure) But if you’re not up for submitting your article manually to over 100 sites, you should pick up a copy of ArticleAnnouncer. (http://www.GetArticleAnnouncer.com) It will submit your site to a ton of article directories, and you won’t have to do much work at all! If you plan on writing articles to increase your traffic, you NEED ArticleAnnouncer. It’s worth every penny. Or, you can submit to top 5 sites: (I want to stress that you should submit your articles to as many sites as possible in order to get most traffic and publicity)
http://www.EzineArticles.com http://www.Content-Articles.com http://www.ArticleDepot.co.uk http://www.ArticlesFactory.com http://www.GoArticles.com.
If you want to submit by hand, and want to submit to more than 5 sites listed above, head to http://www.arcanaweb.com/resources/article-directories.html and there’s a list of 100 (as of date this article was submitted). However, not all article sites are created equally. Here are my 6 tips of things to look for when you’re choosing which directories to submit to.
Tip #1 – Make sure site allows for SEO - Do they allow you to choose your own keywords? If directory doesn’t allow you to choose keywords, you could possibly lose some SE traffic because of untargeted or less-targeted results. Entering your own keywords also helps with searches within site, if search operates on keywords.
- Do they put your keywords and article summary into meta tags? Yet again, this ability is great for SEO. It allows search engines to index your article more effectively, giving you best traffic you can get to your article.
- Do major search engines index site regularly? If a site isn’t indexed regularly, your article will take awhile to show up in search results. Not a huge deal, but it could delay some traffic.
Tip #2 – Make sure site offers RSS feeds - Do they allow your article's content to be syndicated? RSS Syndication is a big thing right now, because it makes it very easy for another site to feature your article’s title, body, and author. If a site doesn’t offer RSS, you may not want to waste your time posting there, as you probably won’t get as much traffic from them.
- Is syndication by category only, or can more parameters be submitted? Some sites allow RSS feeds to be customized by category only. Others allow syndication by any combination of category, submission date, and author. This is very beneficial to you, because 1) your article could remain on a syndicated “archives” page, where site gets specific date RSS feed, and 2) you can have all of your work syndicated – sites can choose to be fed only your articles!