How to best utilize article directories for SEO

SEO article writing can give a noticeable boost to your SEO and serve as a little extra income. With that being said, it can also do a whole lot of nothing if not done properly, which is why many people become frustrated with it and don’t see the potential upside. Like most things worth doing in SEO the results take time and will vary, but if you do it right, a well-written and well-placed article will last for a very long time on Google and require little upkeep.

Writing a grammatically correct, keyword targeted, and generally well-written SEO articles is the first step. Once you have done that, now it is time to upload. A search for online article directories will most likely turn up some combination of Ezine, HubPages, Squidoo, ArticleBase, and others. Which one do you choose? The short answer is whichever one you want. I write for HubPages because they are easy to publish, have a high level of customization, and in the top five most trafficked databases.

That one article you post won’t do much for your SEO. If it is optimized correctly it will generate clicks over time. It will also provide a pretty weak backlink. What you will notice, however, is that your profile page should have a page rank of either 3 or 4, depending on the directory you chose. This is a great place to stick a link or two, or three (Ezine).

Now that you have posted your SEO article, you want to contribute only to that directory. Not only do directories like HubPages and Squidoo reward users for posting multiple articles, but if you are an active part of the community, such as commenting on other articles and in the forum, you are attracting more and more user to your articles and profile. Over time this will drive the page rank up and even provide some clicks through your profile page.

Article writing for SEO is far from dead. In fact, I would say it is more important than ever, especially as the internet becomes more and more crowded with spam and low-quality content written for keyword optimization only. Premium, properly optimized, high quality content will rule. Choose one directory and stick with it, you will see results. SEO article writing requires considerable time, but anything worth doing usually does.

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