Better to spend the time writing content on your own site, and networking with real people. That way the content gets indexed, all its search traffic goes to you and not some article directory, and those real people you network with might like your content and give you a real link from their sites.
Obviously its is time consuming process but you can not ignore it but to selective. Go for only top high PR directories rather than submitting to all and all thousands of directories but. Also not just limit to it use all white hat seo techniques to get links article marketing, bookmarking, rss etc.
Not sure if it’s the most time consuming, but it’s certainly near the top of
that list and also the Useless list.
Article directories/marketing is much more effective. There ARE people that
actually search article directories for information and that might sound silly,
but it’s a much better search resource that searching blogs, (just an example), imo.
There are many people that have that “gift of gab” and enjoy putting that
into easily readable text. These people do well with this method.
Common sense would say put these great informative articles on your own
site for maximum benefit, (that’s one option), but common sense does not
always win the candle. The web is so big and so cluttered, that one needs
to be uncommon, and think out of the box in order to maximize efforts.
Content syndication offers massive distribution of your expertise.
While I’m on a rant, don’t forget video blogging and podcasting as promotion
I do a fair amount of directory submission. It is beneficial! Building credibility and PR is a hard job and not for the week of heart. I like do follow blogs as well. I’ve built some really good relationships this way. Anyway you can build credibility for your site is worth while if you have the time. Overtime, you begin to understand directories that are worth submitting to and which are not.
ya, if you’re looking for the get rich quick, quick traffic generator, just do AdWords and budget for $2500 a month or so. If you’re on a shoestring budget though, you will need to be patient and have a mix of free traffic building opportunities in your agenda. Article marketing, directory listing, seo, press releases, and about 100 other possibilities will contribute to getting the traffic you are looking for.
Social connections are what makes difference: in business world as well as webmastery. If you have good content(product) and good connections, those golden links will come naturally. Concentrate on quality.
I still do a little bit of directory submission on my free time, well, submitting to them is free anyways… it doesn’t give that much of traffic or backlink but it gives a few… well anyways, when I’m not busy or when I’m not thinking about it, I don’t do it…
however directory submission takes time but gives you valuable link but you need to selective in directory submission and go for only high quality Dirs to submissiona rater than going to thousands of directories and this way you can save your time,
However article submission is good but you can not avoid dir submission.