Joined: 14 Jun 06
13 Oct 06 2:30 pm
If you can afford it I would purchase additional articles to submit to the directories. If thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not affordable then I would post your original 10 to the article directories. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best to change the wording in the articles that you submit to avoid the duplicate content filters. You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want the articles on your site to end up in GoogleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s supplemental results.
Your articles are likely to end up on hundreds of Websites if they are good and that is a lot of places to have the same article posted. The good thing about that is you will also get hundreds of links pointing back to your site which will help with your page rank.
Another good reason to submit the articles to the directories is because they will bring you traffic right a way while you are waiting for search engine traffic to kick in.
With all the above being said, here are some interesting results of a test that I started last year.
On one of my test sites I posted 25 articles to it and 5 main pages. When I started the site I started it with just the 5 main pages and 5 article pages. I placed 5 articles per week on the site and submitted the same 5 articles to 10 article directories (including EzineArticles and GoArticles). I did nothing else to promote the site. I did not change the articles in any way. I started this site in November of 2005. It achieved a page rank of 3 in about 90 days and by that time it was getting about 80 to 100 visitors per day. About 90% of the traffic was coming from the articles.
I have not touched the site since. It has 30 pages on it and over 2000 incoming links from the articles. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s now a PR4. It gets about 70 to 100 uniques per day now, mostly from all three search engines and it brings in about $80 to $140 per month from Adsense.
None of the pages ended up in the supplemental results. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure why, but I think it was because I started with unique articles from elancers instead of articles from article directories.