Yes using them brings more traffic. Article directories are close-content directories, with close i mean there is not community model around those directories. Hubpages have community model (score and other things). Article directories generate more traffic for some keywords.
Stumbleupon and Digg are social networking sites,not article directories.
Hi. I have a question about ezinearticles I hope you help me with. When you sign up with them, they ask for your web URL. Do you put hubpages.com as your web URL or should you get a blog/website first and use that instead? Hope you see this and can help me. Thanks!!
Put the url you want people to visit. Once you open your profile there are spots for a few more urls, twitter acct. and a few other things.
The other thing is once you submit and get a certain amount (I forgot the exact number 10, 25?)of articles published, then you can apply for platinum status. This means quicker approval and unlimited submissions.
You can also set up alias profiles. This is good for sorting out your different topics. Lets say A.Smith is one profile, you can have your urls for Gardening and write gardening related articles using A.Smith. Then you create a profile for AB.Smith, this could be for Shopping topic and so on. All the aliases will be connected to the first profile you set up.
I have used Associated Content and Article Base but I have found better success promoting myself in popular blogs related to my content. I wrote a hub about using blogs to gain traffic you can find it from my profile page
Article directories like Ezine and article directory do get large numbers of readers due to their rank in google search. The idea is the same as writing a hub, so if you are writing just to be read I prefer hubpages.If you are wanting backlinks, provided that the article is similar in content to your hub and not a possible rewrite of the same info, then your backlinks are rewarded by the search engines and readers will want to read more if the content is relevant to your headings.
So yes to articles if backlinks are there to boost your hub in the search engine or to direct article readers to further information on the same topic.
I put up all my hubs that came under the heading of Science and they did best over there. If you look around the site you'll find different areas to post links - I had to search to find Gardening and put a lot up there but it was my Science hubs that did best. I'm sure if you look they'll have areas for everything - hit the search box from the main page.
Google analytics showed me that the bounce rate on all the traffic I got from reddit was almost 100% so it was a short, damaging experience. I say damaging because if the bounce rate is that high, then google will see that my articles are not of interest. I'm trying not to feel down by the experience.
Digg is a complete waste of time. I have found Redgage is doing a lot more traffic as of late. Stumble can be good on certain topics. Stumble does well with my crappy Ehow articles but does poorly with the type I write for Hubpages.
I went to digg yesterday and posted a couple of hubs. I liked how easy it was. I put in the URL and they checked the site out and put in the summary text. The I looked around the site. It seems to be mostly news items from the big channels like cnn who surely aready get enough coverage? I put some more stuff up on redgage. At least the people reading there bothered to comment on my articles and wanted to befriend me! Shetoldme has never brought me any traffic but I put some more stuff there too, only because everyone here says they are worth it, but the jury is still out on that one. I'm still wondering if it is worth backlinking. I've just spent two whole days doing it, and my traffic has hardly moved. Xomba brings a little traffic but nothing since I uploaded more links. Is there a site out there that could bring genuine traffic? Or maybe it's my hubs??
I really haven't used article directories. My feeling is that if I want to spend the time writing, why not do it for a site that at least shares the AdSense. I could be way off base, but I don't have a product that I am trying to market except information.
I'm not that bothered about getting paid for links, but backlinking is really all about gaining traffic, not for getting paid. The more traffic, the more you get anyway from google, even if no-one clicks on an advert. Then with the extra traffic, your site climbs higher and has more chance of getting found by searchers, who may click on an ad. I think thats the way it works anyway, if I'm wrong, someone will be along to correct me.
Izzy, backlinking could be about gaining traffic of course, but it is more efficient to use it to better your position with search engines. I personally don't bother with both getting paid and getting side traffic, I do backlinks solely for improving my rankings
And, I think you have some misconceptions about how traffic affects your position in search engines, to the best of my knowledge there is no direct relationship.
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