I discovered only a few days ago that there are article directories out there that attach “nofollow” tags to the links.
This means that you won’t derive any SEO benefit from publishing your articles there. You MIGHT still get visitors, but personally, I’d spend more time seeking out dofollow tag using article directories.
Here are a few posts by others about that issue:
And here’s a list of the top 10 directories with the nofollow ones marked. Prepare to be surprised:
I couldnt’ believe it!
They all use nofollow tags! Yikes!
From now on, my research of new article directories will always include whether they have nofollow tags or not.
How? Well… there’s a tool out there called SEO Quake that makes this really easy.
Or you could simply check out the source code and then use control F or command F (for Mac users) and look for “nofollow.” If it appears next to links or even in the header info, you just found another article directory that uses nofollow links.
So it’s “buyer beware”… or rather “writer beware!”
Well, in the meantime, Google changes have had a major impact on article marketing, and they ALL are now no-follow, which is just as well, since article directory links no longer count for much (if anything) in the eyes of Google.
Quite the opposite. Links from most lower-level article directories can actually hurt a website. Gone are the days where people would mass submit articles to hundreds of directories.