Recently, a friend of Scalable asked, “What do you think of services such as Manual Article Submission?”
Great Question! What she was referring to is the practice of submitting or syndicating articles to various online directories. Unlike automated submission, which is likely to get you penalized in a hurry, those offering manual article submission promise to raise your search engine ranking and drive traffic to your site by providing many links to your site.
However, with recent updates, Google has begun penalizing sites with low-quality article directory links. What about quality submissions and good content? Directories that changed their policies in response to Panda (Ezine, Digg, Buzzle, ContentDig) may get you some higher-value links. However, you’ll need to contribute unique, quality content to each, and who has time to do that when you have your own blog to maintain?
Why unique to each site? Because of duplicate content rules, if you publish the same article to your site and to a directory, Google may very well filter the article on your site, giving ranking only to the directory. If you …