This is my ArticleRanks Review, written before ArticleRanks 2.0 was launched. I was an early adopter and tester of this service, and it remains (late in 2011 as I write this) one of my favorite places to syndicate for link-building.
For a tutorial on how to use the new model, read my ArticleRanks 2.0 User’s Guide. It’s how I use the service and covers some pretty frequently asked questions and key tips to using it.
Edit: May 29, 2012: I am not currently using ArticleRanks or any submitter of links. The Penguin Update has mauled my traffic, and I’m analyzing why, but since Google officially called this their “webspam” update on first launch, I highly suspect my link-building efforts. Continuing with the original review…proceed at your own risk.
Until I have evidence to the contrary that these submitters are “safe,” I cannot recommend using spun content and link-building methods like submitters. Please listen to my interview with Tim Carter of AskTheBuilder for more information.
The three reasons I’m covering ArticleRanks are:
1) They work. Edit: Yes. Post-Panda update: they work like nobody’s business.
3) As of October 31 of 2010, their prices increase from the low $39 a month to $89 a month for the full-fledged and “2.0″ version (which includes spun updates to Facebook and Twitter, building social bookmarks to your submissions, and adding your articles to social sites – I compare all 3 versions below).
Of course I wrote this before the price changed, but here it is over a year later and ArticleRanks remains one of the top players.
Consider this a great time to get locked into a small monthly to one of the best services out there – and I’m not exaggerating.
So why do I recommend you strongly consider ArticleRanks?
ArticleRanks is an article marketing syndication network, user-owned blogs that publish content that you create. The purpose is to generate both traffic and backlinks to your website, but only on blogs that are opted into the network.
Unlike Unique Article Wizard – which I used to use and recommend – ArticleRanks does not currently syndicate your content to any article directories.
OK, so you have the overall picture – this service will syndicate you articles, but what sets it apart from the competition? How much does it cost? Does ArticleRanks work?
My, you’re full of questions!
To put it simply, there are two aspects to this service:
Content Syndication, Content Reception.
To put it simply – you can send your written articles to the network and get up to 3 backlinks to your website(s) and/or 1 link to a video, or you can receive free content on whatever topic you choose.
The first is that AR will allow you to syndicate your spun articles through it’s network, making sure your content lands on relevant blogs that are looking for unique content.
The benefit for SEO purposes is that you will generate backlinks that are likely to be relevant, powerful (since they are in the “content” and not in the resource section, these links are weighed as more relevant and carry more ‘link juice’), and will result in upward trending of your website in the SERPs (I know because I use them on every site I own).
Members have the opportunity and incentive to opt in and add their sites to the network, to receive free content. This is not a unique aspect to the service, as there are other such networks out there doing this sort of thing, more on that in the competitive analysis section below.
The benefit is that you can opt to receive content either via email or onto a website (using FTP, or whatever API needed to get the content onto your site, it’s very user friendly) – and grow your web properties while not needing to lift a finger or break a nail…
In both cases, either having unique content added to your blog or syndicating your content to get more backlinks, you will find that both are solid for your SEO.
The end result will be that your website does climb in search engine ranking, and there’s a good reason for this. Google and other search engines will count the link popularity of your websites, or Squidoo lenses (or other web properties like articles, etc.). This is one means by which they determine your overall ranking in the organic listing.
Backlinks count as votes. More links, more votes. More votes, better ranking.
True enough – and for the record, I also (used to) use UAW and happily.
Currently I use AMR and that has no monthly fee – so what does ArticleRanks provide that Article Marketing Robot doesn’t?
ArticleRanks self-indexes very, very well, building automatic backlinks to your syndicated articles.
Unlike many other services, the links are self-indexing to a large degree with no further effort.
With AMR you need to do this yourself, though it helps if you use something like the Indexing Tool or Pingback Optimizer – like I do. Even then, having an automatic system or service build these links for you is what sets stellar services like ArticleRanks and BuildMyRank apart.
If you already use AMR or another such service or tool, for what it’s worth – I’d recommend you use as many as you can afford to so long as they syndicate your links to different places (BMR, AMR and ArticleRanks is a killer combo, for example, and currently my setup).
For those link-building on a budget, you need to know:
ArticleRanks Has 3 Payment Options
ArticleRanks allows you to have three payment options.
Basically you get submission credits for every site you add to receive content in the network. But the catch is that they must be on diverse C-Class IP addresses.
This is a great reason that this system rocks: C-Class diversification.
The drawback: your quantity of submissions will be limited depending on the number of websites you can add.
Then there is the pay-per-submission feature, now part of the free service: you can submit free if you have credits, or buy credits. There is a $10 minimum but this is a great way to get links and to pay as you go.
It’s a bit confusing since you buy credits and every credit is $2, a submission is 2 credits or $4 – but if you don’t do lots of article marketing, do the math to see what plan is best for you (and remember you can earn credits by donating a blog to the network, so long as it’s on a different C-Class IP than others you have donated).
Starter Acct: $39.99/Monthly
This is the all-out, submit as you like, $39.99/month plan.
They are completely worth it, too. So says my well-ranking websites (Mwa-ha-ha-hahahaa!). They will not only submit articles and auto-drip them out (which I LOVE: it’s entirely randomized), but they also build social bookmarks to your submissions and submit them to social websites – thus increasing their ‘link juice’ and overall ranking power.
Something people don’t understand is that unless a link is indexed, it won’t matter at all for your rankings: Google doesn’t “see it.”
To make them “count,” they need to be in Google’s index – hence tools like PingBack Optimizer are hot commodities for article marketing and link-building in general (that’s the one I use: it automatically submits up to 20 pingbacks as RSS feeds to RSS directories).Limitations: you are only allowed 1 top level category, and have to pay for another if you want to submit to multiple categories – which is GREAT news.
The reason it’s great news is that it prevents category spamming, which people do to abuse a system like this, thinking they can get more links that way.
Really, it de-values a syndication service, since the blog owners wind up getting mis-placed articles on their niche blogs. It also de-values the power of the link, since you lose the advantage of getting a relevant link.
This is great for your SEO, though flagrant category spammers hate it (it’s one of the quality features making ArticleRanks one of the best).Also you can only have 10 live domains to submit backlinks for.
This is OK for someone like me with a small network, and who can only submit so much anyway – but if you run a campaign for a lot of clients or a big network, and you outsource your spun content writing…
Well, you want the Pro version instead. But to re-cap:
- Can submit for up to 10 live domains to build your links to.
- Can submit to 1 top level category (if you want to submit an article to multiple categories, it costs a little extra per submission, I recommend not to spam, and love this feature actually: quality control).
- ArticleRanks will submit your syndicated articles to social sites.
- ArticleRanks submits bookmarks pointing at your articles (links to your links in other words: making it self-indexing largely).
ArticleRanks Pro: $89.99/month
Finally is the new “ArticleRanks 2.0″ plan, that’s what I call it. They call it their “Pro” plan – new for 2011.
Basically they do all the above in the $39/mo plan and then some:
- Submit syndicated articles to social sites…
- Submit bookmarks to syndicated articles in system…
Plus the following:
- Allows 3 top level categories vs 1…
- Submit for unlimited domains, vs only 10 live domains…
- Submit spun status updates to Twitter and Facebook…
- Priority submissions over other plans.
This is why AR Rocks
AR allows you to forget about the resource box.
All links are in the content of the articles submitted, and as far as SEO is concerned, currently this is prime real estate compared to a blog roll link or resource box in traditional article marketing.
Is that a good thing? Oh, Mama cita, yes it is, both for ranking and convenience.
Makes things go much faster submitting, compared to other services like UAW (which I’m not dogging, for the record, more on that in a second).
High C-Class Diversity = MOAR Link Juice
Because of the diversity of C-Class IPs in the network, the diversification of your links will be the greatest in this network. Mind you, there are other networks that will focus on this (it is a HUGE selling point and advantage), but this fact alone is definitely strong for your SEO and “juiciness” of your one-way links.
Quality and Anti-Spam Assurances.
Essentially, you can only select ONE category to submit to – unless you buy credits to submit to more (or for those submitting for the Pro version, they get 3 categories).
This is GREAT NEWS for everyone, since it means: RELEVANT links to your site, and if you want to receive articles for free content, these articles will tend to be more on-topic, as I mentioned above.
Compared with SEOLinkVine (which I STRONGLY urge you to save your money and STAY AWAY from – it’s useless from my experiments and inspired this SEOLinkVine Sucks post), ArticleRanks is supreme – and there are very few networks with this level of quality control.
In fact, one of the newer article networks today is bragging they don’t have these strict guidelines. They have fewer quality controls in place, they’re “less picky.”
Listen up: that’s not a selling point or advantage for the user, it’s bass-ackwards for SEO. That’s my 2 cents on most link networks with fewer quality controls: save your money, seriously, and go with AR or BMR instead.
Built-in Spinner, Built-in Drip Feed and Scheduler
Automatically Bookmarks Your Links (Paid Monthly Memberships Only)
If you’ve been building websites and promoting them, then you know one of the weaknesses is that the links will only “count” for your website ranking IF those links are indexed – at least, that seems to be the case.
Mind you, I’m not Google or Bing – so I could be wrong on that (with the changing algorithms, I’m sure not going to say, “this is 100% true forever” but it sure seems to be the prevailing wisdom and experience shows this).
So to have a system that will automatically, randomly bookmark your articles to get them indexed – oh baby! That’s great news. The ONLY other systems that I know of that do something similar are The Link Juicer and ezArticleLink, I’ve only used The Link Juicer but can’t say how great it helped.
I’ve yet to actually use ezArticleLink but it’s something I’ve been wanting to try for a while, only mention it because it builds links to your links.
BuildMyRank also does this (they say they build about 50 or so links to every article submitted at BMR) – and I can definitely say it works for their links.
The benefit of ArticleRanks’ system: you will not need to waste time “juicing” or indexing your articles.
These are self-indexing backlinks that definitely have pushed my web content to the top of the SERPs in every single case so far.
The drip-feed is already pre-set and randomized – which is great.
No more worrying about scheduling or running a desktop software in the background – AR sends out your articles in a slow drip, and if you load more than one, then you can stagger submissions. Set and forget.
This service works like gangbusters.
Syndicate Affiliate Links
Unlike all other services I’ve ever used or own, with ArticleRanks, you can add your affiliate link in and you can have up to 3 in-content links to whatever you like. So let me say that again:
Yes, you can put in an affiliate link to whatever you are promoting – and there are up to 3 links in the articles.
There is a fourth link – and you can use it for your YouTube video (or other video) – so this is really a powerful submission tool!
Personal use of using ArticleRanks resulted in my first #1 spots in Google – and I personally use a number of submitters, but have to say that AR was really a great addition that put me on top.
This works even after Google Panda – so try ArticleRanks 2.0 out: