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Top 10 Best Article Directories

Updated on November 23, 2011

This Top 10 Best Article Directories list will give you some amazing places to get some high quality do follow backlinks to your own websites, and maybe earn a few dollars in the process!

Introduction to the Top 10 Best Article Directories

As an Internet Marketer looking for the best article directories to build high quality backlinks can often be a challenge.  Over the years I have found some great article directories, and recently I started one of my own, so that my backlinking efforts really can be as rewarding as possible for the work I put in to them.

In my top 10 best article directories list I will be showing you my top 10 article directories, and why I like each one!

While it is important to focus your backlinking efforts on the highest quality link sources, you do have to remember that diversification is a good thing.  Stretching your link portfolio means that you have more domains linking abck to you, and this factor really will help.

In the meantime though you should try and get as many backlinks as possible by submitting some of your work to the best article directories listed below!


What is an Article Directory?

Before I start giving you the best article directories, I really need to tell you what an article directory is. Think of an article directory as a newspaper. Some directories are more focused on specific niches, some are much more broad. All article directories however store your article and allow others to view it.

Different article directories give you different benefits. Affiliate links allowed, revenue share, and do follow links are all things you should look out for, and some of the best article directories give you all three!

Some article directories allow syndication, as of 2011 Google is devaluing sites with duplicate content, that means getting a backlink from a site that uses syndicated content will be worth much less than a site where your content is unique. For this reason I suggest focusing more on article directories which do not allow syndication.

The Top 10 Article Directories List

So without further ado, here are the top 10 article directories, giving you the very best in high quality earnings, backlinks, exposure and more!

10) Triond Article Directory

Triond is a moderately high quality article directory, that simply never made it in to the big leagues. Despite this it is still a great place to make a little extra and earn some backlinks. Triond pays you directly based on 50% of earnings from your pages earnings. What makes Triond stand out to me is that your article may be published on a partner site instead of, which means greater exposure and more varied backlinks to your own sites!

The problem with Triond simply is that they do take a hefty 50% cut of your page earnings. Until the authority of Triond and it's partners improves I will find it hard to focus my efforts on their site.


  • Do Follow Backlinks
  • Revenue Share (only 50% though)
  • Article may be published on a partner site instead of


  • Low Search Engine Visibility

Sign up at

9) Wizzley

Wizzley is a new start up article directory that appeared recently with the goal of replacing some of the frustrations felt recently by Hubpages and Squidoo users.

Wizzley allows do follow backlinks and has several sweet advertising options that allow you to monetize your work.


  • 50% to 60% Revenue share
  • Do Follow Backlinks
  • Varied Advertising Options


  • Their div layer layouts are not quite as pretty as tools such as Hubpages
  • Still young

Sign up now at Wizzley

8) Info Barrel Article Directory

Info Barrel is a fairly good site, and one of the best article directories, and while it has grown a lot in recent years, it has a fairly open door policy. This does mean that the site might appear a little low quality, since anyone can join and write whatever they want. However with the infobarrel revenue share starting at 70% and leading to a possible 90%, the site is generous with it's earnings, and it allows do-follow links!


  • High Revenue Share
  • Do Follow Links


  • The site could do with a stricter editorial process.

You can sign up at

7) eZine Articles Best Article Directory

Not that long ago you could submit an article to eZine articles and have it syndicated across thousands of high quality domains, with your backlinks attached. Nowadays however the only people syndicating eZine articles have poor quality websites, and many of them remove your link.

eZine articles doesn't pay, but they do give do follow backlinks, that may be spread accross several sites. The big downside of eZine articles is that they do not police how the articles are used, or where they go, so you get very little benefit. Even worse, with Google promising to crack down on duplicate content, syndication, the foundation of eZine articles is now dead.

eZine articles is still in my top 10 best article directories list because the one good redeeming feature is that you can often get a fairly nice backlink from the article you place on their website. It sucks that this is the only benefit, but it can be a high quality link, and many people find it helps rank their site.


  • Site is fairly high quality itself
  • Do Follow Backlink


  • No Revenue Share
  • Content is spam duplicated across the Internet.

You can sign up at

6) Suite101 Article Directory

Suite 101 pays it's writers a share of the site revenue based on their traffic statistics. The actual percentage they pay remains undisclosed, however it is assumed to be reasonable. Suite 101 comes down hard on self promotion, so it is a little hard to create a decent amount of backlinks on this site..

The good thing about Suite101 is it's quality, and Google recognises that. Suite 101 has a good editorial presence to make sure the site content stays high, which means good Google rankings for you!


  • High Quality Site
  • Moderate Revenue Share


  • Revenue Share Percentage is not Displayed
  • Hard to Get Backlinks

Sign up to

5) DevHub Top 10 Best Article Directories

DevHub is one of my favorites on my top 10 article directories list. DevHub is a lot more than just an article directory, it allows you to create highly customizable blogs, landing pages, and simple articles. One feature that makes DevHub even more unique is that it turns article creation and blog management in to a game. You build up your very own 'city' with buildings which can grow or diminish based on their quality.

DevHub also comes with a wide range of earning options, with modules for all kinds of affiliate programs from hotels to Amazon. DevHub will give you a percentage of earnings from this, although again, they do not disclose the actual revenue sharing percentage. DevHub is a great place to build backlinks and earn some cash, but you definitely need to invest some time in setting up a decent network of sites there. The range of options available in terms of converting visitors to cash is what get this simple idea in to my best article directories list!


  • Plenty of advertising options
  • Do follow backlinks
  • Different styles of page/blog
  • Unique 'game' system


  • Do not disclose revenue share percentage
  • Can be a little overwhelming

You can sign up at

4) This is Freelance Article Directory

This is Freelance is my own personal article directory. Unlike most of the best article directories on this list, This is Freelance requires you to provide examples of your work. This helps maintain a higher standard quality of writing on this site, which means more valuable backlinks, and higher earnings for us all!

This is Freelance shares 60% of advertising impressions and gives it's authors do follow backlinks to promoto their own sites. Unfortunately This is Freelance is still a relatively new website, so it's overall authority is still pretty low. The upside of this is that there are plenty of great article titles available!


  • 60% Revenue Sharing
  • Do follow backlinks
  • High Quality
  • SEO terms still available as article titles


  • Site is still very young

You can sign up at

3) Google Knol Article Directory

Google Knol is Google's very own article directory. It is a great source of high quality links, even though it is no-follow. Even better, it has real 100% adsense revenue sharing! Knol is packed with features including several article licencing options, and even collaboration tools.


  • High Quality
  • Revenue sharing
  • Various publishing options


  • Stringent rules
  • Limited advertising options
  • No Follow

You can sign up at

2) Squidoo the Second Best Article Directory

I have a love hate relationship with Squidoo, I don't really like the interface and it is a hassle to sift through the various modules, however many people earn a lot with the Squidoo article directory. It is also a great way to build some nice do follow backlinks, although the trust of the site is far from as high quality as that of Google Knol.

Squidoo does let you build some nice articles though with its simple layout, where things really get complex however is it's revenue sharing structure, which is far too complicated for me to go in to here.


  • Revenue Sharing
  • Do follow backlinks
  • Some useful modules


  • Can be a little overwhelming
  • There is quite a lot of spam and duplicate content on there

You can sign up at

1) Hubpages the Best Article Directory

The very best article directory in my opinion is the one you are reading from right now. Whether you found this article through the wonderful Hubpages community, or through a search engine, Hubpages is a high quality do follow site that has a fantastic 60% revenue sharing program.

Hubpages easily makes it in to the number one spot of my top 10 article directories list. The reason I think they really captured my attention was because they have the quickest, most effective modular layout system than any other site in the best article directories list!


  • Friendly, knowledgeable community
  • 60% Revenue Share
  • Easy ad-friendly page layouts
  • Do follow backlinks
  • Very High Quality
  • High Search Engine Visibility


  • None!

You can sign up at


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    • peachpower profile image


      6 years ago from Florida

      Hey, just wanted to let you know that the Google site was done back in May, in case you wanted to update for that change. Awesome hub- loved reading it!!

    • thisisoli profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      Good catch, it appears the Buzzle no longer allows external links, I will remove them from the list when I get time.

      Thanks for the heads up!

    • InfinityVal profile image


      6 years ago from NNY

      This is great! I'll be checking some of these out - including yours!

      Question - does buzzle still give any links? It appears they don't offer any do or no follow links out of articles or even your profile.

      I had an article published there with a link which is now totally gone (the article that is). Yes it was original and mine.

      Since I want people to visit my site, I can't see any reason I would write for them without any link or mention of my website.

    • thisisoli profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      You are all welcome :)

      FStevens - The problem with free sites for press releases is they get spammed out by uninteresting and poorly edited entries, so news companies rarely go to them, and your press release never sees te light of day. If you have a serious newsworthy product I would spend some time crafting an article and submitting it to PRWeb for $250, be sure to make the article 'copy friendly' and add press kit images, it makes it much more likely that a major website/news provider will pick up on it!

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      7 years ago from London

      Any ideas on the best places to submit press releases? - preferably free...

    • bmukherjii profile image


      7 years ago

      This is a great article. Being an article marketer this article seems to be very useful to me. Thanks.

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      Kieran Gracie 

      7 years ago

      Thanks so much for all this information. I had not heard about many of these directories, so you have saved me a lot of work! Also I always thought that Ezines was the 'top dog', so it is interesting to get your professional opinion that they are not so good nowadays.

    • anooptmg profile image


      7 years ago from Delhi

      Thanks for important information related to best article directory. With the help good articles increase quality back links to your site. If your site get good PR back link from other sites then your site will be increase page rank.

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      Audrey Selig 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Very interesting article. You are a knowledgeable person, and I hope you like Texas, my neighboring state. I may look into your site and a few others. You did a lot of work setting up all the sites and pros and cons. Your writing is organized and easy to read. Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      Oli thank you so much

      what a huge resource

      tons of work no doubt

      thank you

    • Bret Talley profile image

      Bret Talley 

      7 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, FL

      Nice post. Are you sure that Google's backlinks are follow? I read that they are No Follow...

    • vraciul89 profile image


      7 years ago

      I highly recommend AGAINST suite 101 - it's not the fact that they want good articles (which is normal, of course), but they want a certain type of good articles, for a certain type of audience. So if you're not in your late 50s and are knowledgeable about related topics, it's not the place for you. Also, the amount they share from adsense... decent is not a word I would use here.

    • thisisoli profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      I have never personally used content crooner so can't really say how good they are, I haven't heard of them either though which suggests they are not too popular at the moment.

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      7 years ago

      Have you ever tried Content Crooner? What do you think of their service?

    • GoingOnline profile image


      7 years ago

      Lots of new names I didn't know :) Thanks for the info!

    • Dawn Conklin profile image

      Dawn Conklin 

      7 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Ezine Articles is a great place. Not really so big on Squidoo after I lost a bunch of lenses to being labeled as "spam" and they were not spam. I didn't even have a link back to my site in a couple of lenses that got labeled. I did not fight it as I did not get the notice early enough. Otherwise, these are all great places! Squidoo can be a great place but I personally had a problem with them. Thank you for sharing these, some of them I did not know about and will check out.

    • rahman1912 profile image


      7 years ago from Bangladesh

      Good choice.

    • thisisoli profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      eZine articles definitely was one of the best article directories once, however SEO spam has become a much bigger problem since it's first inception, and it has suffered because of it.

      I would actually really be interested to know just how much their writer activity levels have dropped since Google announced it's latest crackdown.

    • harrison8bal profile image


      7 years ago from Shanghai

      That's a pretty nice list there :D Yeah, I wondered why am I not seeing Ezine Articles nowdays? I used to see them everywhere seriously. Now it's like complete gone but does it still give you a good backlink?

    • thisisoli profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      I vaguely remember iSnare, I never used it though. Plenty of article directories fold simply because they allow anyone to post spam. The good thing about most of the article directories on this list is that they have at least some form of moderation and control to prevent low quality content devaluing the site.

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      7 years ago from London

      Andybody know what happened to Isnare?! It was great once and now no-one seems to use it

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      7 years ago

      thank you for information very useful for me new on seo

    • ocbill profile image


      7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      very good summary. I gave up with infobarrel. too many rules and badges over there.

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      Peter Dickinson 

      7 years ago from South East Asia

      Good selection and I appreciate your critique of your choice.

    • thisisoli profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      Glad you found it useful!

    • danieliuhasz profile image


      7 years ago from Romania

      Ok..really good list of places where to submit articles..:D 10x

    • BRIAN SLATER profile image

      Brian Slater 

      7 years ago from England

      Thanks for the advice Oli- voted up, your advice is always worth listening to.


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