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8 Mistakes You Should Avoid When Using Article Directories


With the latest PageRank Update, there has been instances where people have worked hours and hours to build Backlinks and hoping to get High PR but no Gain. So building Quality backlink matters and quality backlinks also means getting High PR backlinks from Article directories.

Sending articles to article directory and getting it published is not every one’s  cup of tea, you have to take some steps to get it approved.

Article Directory Mistakes

Here I present 8 Mistakes that you should avoid before sending articles to article directory and sending successful article to Article Directory publishers could expose your website to thousands of subscribers even millions of readers online.

However, to do this successful, you must compete with others internet marketers. They also send articles to the same Article Directory publishers like you.

The question is…

How to make your article stand out of the crowd?

Alternatively…Your article goes to the trash bin.

Here are common mistakes many article authors did.

Mistake #1 – Wrong-targeted niche market

Many article authors sent their articles to the wrong-targeted niche market. Send your article to the targeted audience. Do not try to blast your article to all Article Directory publishers. For instance, as an Article Directory editor I received many articles do not related to internet marketing. Therefore, I’m didn’t published it.

Mistake #2 – No Subject

You didn’t write your article headline on your subject email. Many article authors send their article without subject line. Instead of writing “New Article submission” “article for your publication”, consider “New article – 6 Mistakes You Should Avoid Before Sending Article To Article Directory Publishers.”

Mistake #3 – Not unique

Your article content is a blatant idea. You write topics like the other publishers and not much different. Make your article fresh and unique. Learn something new in your market. Convert what you learnt into an unique article. You could write articles on topics like “how to,” “Tips” or anything that comes to your mind. Even you can use titles like “how to avoid SPAM,” “how to hack hackers back.”, etc.


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Mistake #4 – Advertising article

Your article is more about promoting your own product or your affiliate program. Writing advertising article kills your business online. Give your website info only on your resource box. Give something like free e-books, free report, or free download. Make your readers visit your website to receive their free bonus.

Mistake #5 – Lack of valuable information

Your article didn’t educate your targeted audience. People subscribe to Article Directory to receive valuable information. If they receive information on topics they are not interested in, they will unsubscribe. Therefore, Article Directory publishers will not publish your article. Many Article Directory publishers provide information as best as they can to their subscribers.

Mistake #6 – Spelling problem

There are so many spelling mistakes on your article. Sending article with too many spelling mistakes only waste your time. Check your article twice before you submit it. You could use spell-checking software for this.

Almost all the common text editors today have in-built spell checker. For instance, MS Office can check the misspell words for you with red color underline.

Mistake #7 – Without format

Make sure your article format is 65 characters per line. Length of your article must be between 500-750 words. Formatting your article will make Article Directory publisher easy to copy and paste it. You could send your article through MS Outlook Express.

Go to “tools” menu and click “Options.” Click “Send” tab and choose mail-sending format to “plain text.” Then click “plain text setting” tab, select 65 characters for automatically wrap text when sending email.

Mistakes #8 – No Personalize message

Personalize your email message with a short cover letter. Personalizing your emails is very important because many Article Directory publishers receive hundreds of article submission every day. Also include your article information in your personalize message.

If you are capable of avoiding those mistakes above, you can successfully enter all the top Article directories without much fuss. Thank you.

This article is written by Sumoni Gupta. He is a WordPress Geek and he blogs at Home For Geeks. If you wish to write for us, kindly check this.


i m wordpress geek who loves blogging about Seo,Mobile,Make Money Online,Social Network..etc...and Blog at Home For Geeks.

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    • Torrado

      I must say the biggest mistake people make is Number 4 in the row. They advertise their product and get black listed and also it shows a bad impact on business.

    • ranna azam

      all of these are very common mistakes which we overlooked by people while using article directories..through this article you have highlighted some very major yet common mistakes..

    • Alan Tay

      I'm not a big fan of article marketing but I do submit some articles to Ezine. I realized that lots of articles there are more or less the same. Not unique and it is really the common mistake in article submission.

    • Ashok

      My understanding is that you are not going to gain much PageRank now by submitting your articles to Article Directories due to duplicate contents being published by them. I understand that in the latest PageRank update in the first week of November, 2011, the article directories suffered. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    • Kavya Hari

      Great to hear such type of worthy post on here. From here, i learn 8 mistakes on here, so it should be more helpful when using article directories on here. Thanks a lot Sumoni for sharing your post on here 🙂

    • Rajiv

      Awesome article, real important points to know and follow.

    • sai@dailyblogtools

      i mostly get mistakes on spellings and formatting.really formatting and linking is very hard in article directories.nice points 🙂

      • Homeforgeeks@techBlog

        Yup! can see that in this post formatting played an important role which eventually lead to people reading this Post! :p

    • Asif Khan

      Your blog doesn’t have a single post on Article Marketing and you’re writing about it here. Why would someone visit your blog through this post? People looking for Article Marketing tips will find wordpress tips 🙁 .
      There are also so many spelling and grammar mistakes in your post. Work on it.

      I know this is a guest post but it does not mean that you are allowed to make these kind of mistakes.
      These tips are helpful but if the writer is not implementing them then why should others.

      • Homeforgeeks@techBlog

        Thnkx for letting me know about the mistakes at HFG and HBB.
        and about your point of article marketing on ,i have started writing on article and affliate marketing on many other blogs,to see the response that i get!…and i do get good response that i m getting atleast from HBB would start doing it on HFG also! 🙂

    • Aanchal

      These are some essential points and every marketers should follow them only then they can get some benefits or else their efforts will go into vain.

    • sam @ goa carnival

      Nice one,

      No doubt in that now adays competition is going on very large scale for online marketing and everyone wants huge traffic and backlinks as well on their site/blog post but for this he/she needs to do work with right rule which all i think mentioned in this blog post for get these all things in right ways.

    • Charles

      Article submission is the good way for get back links but make sure that you give unique and informative article, nice tips for avoid mistakes while article submission thanks for sharing

      • Homeforgeeks@techBlog

        You are Most welcome charles..I would also be publishing more article on Article and Affliate marketing,so stay tuned at HBB for more!

    • Allen Anderson

      Most article marketers, including me, use tools to automate the submission process. To maximize the submission, we even use article spinners and rewriters. This is the problem may be for the most of the marketers. We are not checking the quality of the work of the tools. And it often gave unsatisfying result.

      • Homeforgeeks@techBlog

        article spinner are good but not good enough to get the desired result!.. 🙂
        glad that you noticed the points mentioned above!

    • Jasmine

      Very true, these are some of the common mistakes we may make when submitting articles to article directories. Glad that you have pointed them out, we can use these as a guide. Thanks Sumoni.

      • Homeforgeeks@techBlog

        Yup!!!..Thnkx for that compliment..and hope so you can make use of these points

    • junaid @ Technology Blog

      Really aweswome post.the points are really good and these should be in mind while the procedure,will help it out to gain traffic and publish articles

      • Sumoni Gupta

        Thnkx for your compliment Bro!!….and yeah this can also help you built Natural Backlinks which google loves!! isn't it?

    • Aarti

      Thanks for sharing such valuable and important points, I'll keep in my mind while sending my article to article directory.

    • Riya

      It's really a common mistake, marketers usually submit articles after rewriting someone else articles. It's bad at least you should add your views and thinking so that people find something additional.

      • Homeforgeeks@techBlog

        Thnkx for letting us know about your thought!…is been that case for years now wheer people just Spin a Article using some kinda article spinner and try to post that article to article directories.! 🙂

      • Jasmine

        Agree with you, it is important to add in your own opinions. There is no point talking about the same thing over and over. 🙂

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