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How Many Articles Should I Submit–Is More Better?
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I recently received this question from a member:

I know you recommend submitting articles at a trickled out rate, such as 8 articles a month spaced out during the month, but I've recently heard someone else advise that if you submit 50 articles at once, you'll get more traffic than if you submitted 1 article/day for 50 days.

Neither of the items they're comparing is even close to eight articles a month or two a week, but given that we're trying very hard to generate traffic right now, it's got my attention. Perhaps it's worth a blog posting if it hasn't already been covered somehow. Could you respond or point me to your best answer?
Certainly, I'd be happy to share my thoughts on this.
We're planning on permitting an unlimited article option through our service at some point this year, although I would not agree with the 50 at once idea. This might work if you're just submitting to one article directory, but I doubt it would create the desired results if using a submission service and distributing widely.

For example, a sudden upsurge in links could hurt your SEO, and would be damaging to long-term traffic trends; whereas a long-term article submission campaign which gradually increases links on a more consistent basis over time is likely to be more positive.

The major traffic benefit of article submissions is to my mind from SEO and increased search engine ranking rather than that kind of 50-at-once short-term approach.

So, this brings up an excellent point: 

As you're doing your article submissions, it pays to keep the big picture in mind.

It may be thrilling to have one or two days where your traffic jumps sky high, but that kind of traffic won't last, and it actually can work to your site's detriment over the long term.

The goal is to build links gradually in as organic a way as possible, while at the same time getting widespread distribution for your articles. 

As a member of, here's how you can accomplish this:

=> Space out your submissions–we recommend two a week submitted on different days. This also aids publishers in processing articles–some publishers may be able to handle a large influx of articles, but I think the majority appreciate not being inundated.

=> Submit articles consistently–this means submitting articles every month for an extended period of time (ideally for the lifetime of your website)

=> Submit up to 8 articles each month. I know some top article marketers who submit just one article a month and see excellent results, but you'll see better results faster if you lean towards the upper end of that range, especially if you're just getting started. It helps to have a goal for yourself–perhaps Month 1 submit 3 articles, Month 2 submit 4, and then gradually work up until you're submitting 7 or 8 a month. 

=> Take advantage of the wonderful ArticleLeverage tool we offer, and use it to drive traffic to multiple sites with one article. This allows you to build links in a more organic way.

=> Take advantage of the ArticleTrickle feature we offer, which allows you to have your article submitted to publishers gradually rather than all at once. With ArticleTrickle you can choose to have your article submitted over 7 days, 14 days, 30 days, 60 days or up to 90 days. By  trickling the distribution, you build links in a more organic way.

I think you'll find that this approach produces much better results and is much more doable in the long run. It's good to develop some steadfast marketing habits for your site–SEO is a long range type of thing that requires consistent work. It's not really something that you do once and then wash your hands of and forget about.

Start getting into the habit of marketing your site every month with your article submissions–in time it will become just a natural part of running your business.

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6 Responses to “How Many Articles Should I Submit–Is More Better?”

  1. Anthony says:

    You stated “We’re planning on permitting an unlimited article option through our service at some point this year”

    When will this happen I hava couple of sites?

  2. Steve Shaw says:

    Hi Anthony,

    We don’t have a date set yet–I’ll let you know when the option is available.

  3. Asem says:

    Hallo There,

    Thanks for the great info. I have 2 questions:

    a} I usually include one anchor text, i.e. one back link, to my website and one normal http://www.adress. Do you think that it is a good idea to do so?

    b} Does your tool allow me to include both arts of links. I mean back links with anchor text and normal in the same resource box?

    Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you soon.



  4. Steve Shaw says:

    Hi Asem,

    Thanks for your questions–

    Yes, I think it’s a good idea to include an anchor text link (hyperlinking a keyword or keyword phrase that is 1-3 words long) and to also hyperlink a written our URL. That way you get the benefit of the keywords being linked (it helps Google associate your article/website with those words) and also the perk of having readers associate your spelled out URL visible before them. The written out URL can help a reader remember your site even after they’ve clicked away from your article.

    The only thing to keep in mind is it’s important not to focus on the same keyword phrase each time, but to vary them a lot within the niche. So it’s non-manipulative but helps Google get a good idea what your site is about by linking in semantically related key phrases.

    And yes, we do offer a tool that will allow you to include both types of links in your resource box–you can do this by using the Advanced HTML resource box. In case you need it, here is a tutorial on how to use the Advanced HTML resource box:

    How To Create An Advanced HTML Resource Box In 5 Easy Steps

    I hope that helps!

  5. Frantchen says:

    When you say only submit 8 articles. For every article how many directories will you send them to? and if you do send the article out to many different directories how many per day? Also do you feel that we should not use no spun versions of the original content?

  6. Steve Shaw says:

    @Frantchen: Hi Frantchen,

    Sure, let’s go through your questions:

    1 – For every article how many directories will you send them to?

    It really depends, and the factors involved are:

    a) what category you’re publishing under

    b) if you’re a Silver or Gold Level member (Gold Level members will have their articles sent to our blog network, in addition to our regular network of article directories, email publishers, ezine editors, and other types of website owners. So, Gold Level members have their articles sent to more publishers. )

    c) the specific topic of your article and how many blog publishers have requested to receive articles with the keywords that appear in the article

    d) and then it’s also a consideration if you’ve created Naked Article variations for your article. Gold Level members have the option of creating Naked Article variations, and there are some blog publishers who require that they’re only sent Naked Articles.

    So, it’s a combination of factors, but it’s safe to say that your articles will be distributed to many, many more publishers than you ever could submit manually. We have thousands of blog publishers, article directories, ezine editors, and website owners on our network.

    2 – If you do send the article out to many different directories how many per day?

    It depends on your preference–we have a tool called “ArticleTrickle” that lets members choose the length of time over which they want their article to be distributed. For example, articles can be trickled out over 7 days, 30 days, etc. This helps ensure links generated from article submissions are built up more gradually, which may be more search engine friendly.

    If you don’t use ArticleTrickle, then your article will usually be sent to our entire network over the course of 2 days. We recommend you use ArticleTrickle though.

    3 – Also do you feel that we should not use no spun versions of the original content?

    Here’s the deal–you need to submit original content to, but for each article you submit, you can create quality variations for it (some might call this “spinning”). So, by creating the variations, you can essentially have a unique article sent to each of our publishers, depending on how many variations you create.

    I would recommend that you do that if you’re able, but there’s a big “but”…

    You should only do the spinning if you are creating quality variations that are grammatically correct and make complete sense. In other words, no articles that you create should look “spun” (if they do, they won’t pass our editorial team). No one should be able to tell that they’re not reading the original version of the article.

    Also, while you can submit an article that has spinner variations, you cannot take each spinner variation and do a separate article submissions for it. Does that make sense?

    Just let me know if you have any other questions.

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