SEO Question: Can I Submit the Same Article to Multiple Directories?


SEO Question: Can I Submit the Same Article to Multiple Directories?

Here is the question in full:

I have 50 articles written and ready to submit. I ran across the following suggestion to submit articles but I wasn’t sure it was ok to do. Can i submit the same article to multiple directories? What are your thoughts?

What you need to understand is the article originated from somewhere, and where ever that article was posted at, and indexed first, they will get the credit for the unique content. With that stated I really do not feel it is going to hurt you to get your article posted on several different article submission directories (for several reasons below) as long as they allow the following:

  • Some-kind of link to your site (so in-case certain people use certain article directories over others you have more exposure and chance of people clicking on your website). So its a traffic thing, if you think you can get traffic from it, and you are not so worried about SEO, then do it – it could be a good thing!
  • Some will allow anchor text inside the article and some will not. The ones that will allow the anchor text be sure to anchor up some of your best keywords because that will help gain an edge over the articles that do not allow this.
  • Do they allow a “BIO” section? If they will allow you to put a signature in every article you post then you can make this area unique for each article posted and anchor up a different keyword, or link to a different deeper page of your website.
  • Do they give you a static URL that you can then promote, link to, pass page rank, and traffic to in other ways? (tag at, or save to Yahoo My Web for example)

For those that do not understand article submission and what it can really do, I would highly suggest you really examine what I have stated in these 4 bullet points (above). Most people submit articles because they heard (or read) from an SEO (or SEO blog) that it was a good thing to do. In reality they have no clue what it will do for them, and if done wrong, it really will do them no good for traffic or search engine rankings for that matter.

I can’t tell you how many times I see a website owner submit an article to one of the article submission directories and I see that they really have no idea what they are doing. They do no use keywords in the article, they do not take advantage of “bio” sections for links and keywords, and some don’t leave links (or URLS) at all for us to know more about the person writing the article. It really looks like a lot are doing it because they have been told, or read to do it. So, hopefully this helps give some that are struggling with article submission to get a better idea of how to take advantage of it, because it really can be a powerful venue for even the brand new(est) of Internet businesses.

Think about this; You may have a brand new site with no rankings on any search engines (you may not have even started the SEO Campaign) but there are ways to get instant traffic without having to pay for it with PPC and such. Articles submission is the way to go. You get a good title (some good link bait) and get some good content in that article and people will read it. From some article submission sites I have got up to 400 visitors a day for several weeks just by submitting a really good article. The more people that like that article link to it, and in turn help increase your websites search engine presence.


  • article dude

    Some article directories will submit to their own article directories (eg article marketer)so you might want to spread them a bit, especially if the topic is similar.

  • Holly

    thats what I want to know. If you submitted your artcle multiple times its considered spam? Even if its different directories?

    • Chris Bennett


      Not spam to the directories but won’t do you much good in Google. Not worth the time.

      • johnny wang

        so, what you meant was that even we submitted same articles to different directories, it won’t help our website’s ranking in Google, right? How about other search engines, since I’m also focusing in China market, and I just learned that Google has withdrawn China, do you guys have any ideas will this tactics work for Baidu or Yahoo?

  • Dennys Passeto

    Thanks for clearing up this question that I had guys. I’m new to article marketing and wanted to know just that.

  • Raymond Selda

    Thank you for shedding light to my question. This really helped me a lot. A year ago I didn’t really have any idea about article submissions. It’s a different story this time. I got my first article published at ezine and I’m planning to write some more. Thanks!

  • clarky

    When I heard that Google consider duplicate of content, I don’t know if I still could submit one article to many directories. But after reading your post, I think I’d better only submit one article to ezinearticles, because it is the best. If some day I want to submit the same article to another directory, I will rewrite it before submitting, can I do that?

  • Jonathan Ingram

    Great blog. This will save me a lot of time. After rading clarky’s comment, I’m thinking of submitting quality spins to the top 10 directories.

  • Nick

    If I understand this right, if I submit the same article to many different directories, Google will not count many of them because it is identical content? Should I limit my articles to only one directory per?

  • Una

    In my opinion making unique content is better than placing the same article on many different sites. If your articles stay unique per directory you will actually show that you have quality content to offer. If you want to keep the similar content on multiple sites/directories try good old fashion rewriting / spinning.

  • buy quality backlinks

    Thanks for clarifying all of that I was a little confused. I have had some decent success submitting slight variations (or spin say 10% of the words in the article) and changing the anchor text of the back links.

  • Kethy

    that’s deep and really useful to me.i really learn a lot. thanks for sharing!

  • InsideTrade LLC Blog

    Great article. I am just starting article submission right now for my blog which has done really well. Anyone have advice if I should submit them with the same titles as on my site or change the titles?

    • Williams

      Make sure to re-write the title leaving your main keyword in; for example; “Data Entry Jobs-Get Paid Online” and “Make Money Online With Data Entry Job”. I have noticed that at least 5-10 of my same articles on different article directories have gotten indexed when I change the title around. Also, change the anchor text for your backlink keyword in the resource box. It also helps to rewrite your resource box such as the bio a little bit.

      The article’s summary also serves a purpose to throw off the search engines from entitling your content as duplicate and thus de-indexing it. Take advantage of this by writing at least 2-4 sentences (each one different for each article directory) to make the content appear “unique”. I hope this helps :)

  • Toledo Web Design

    Thanks for the post Mat! This is very helpful information, I especially enjoyed the info on the BIO section. Very helpful!!


  • W3roidirect

    Thanks for sharing this information, it’s very helpful. You are so true that many people submit articles to submission sites without using their keywords or without taking advantage of the “bio”
    sections by adding their links or keywords.

    Thanks again!

  • Paul

    Thanks for the info, I will take it onboard.

  • Essex SEO

    I think the previous comment is very true. However, whether it is worth you going to all that trouble to do that, rather than creating something new and posting to the single most valuable site is another matter. SEO is not really straightforward, is it? There’s always considerations of time and resources throughout.

  • Simon

    BIO section provided me with some useful information ” GRRR seo the necessary evil “

  • sam

    Thanks to you all that helped out with good answers and also a big thanks to those that asked the great questions ,i really got great help from all the answers and questions,thanks to you all.

  • Stig

    OK, thanks I wasn’t sure

  • Learning Cake PHP

    I have rarely seen any discussion with so much clarity in this matter; obviously, there are people who know the art; but they give sophisticated clues, which may confuse you further.
    So, my lesson and hopefully for many others,

    You may submit little variations of the same article (title, few extra lines) etc. in different article directories.

    Thanks a lot.

  • Personal Development Guru

    Hey, thanks a lot. This is good stuff, exactly the info I was looking for. Maybe it’s better to play it safe and rewrite the articles as much as possible if sending them to many article directories.

  • ralph wilhelm-dude17111

    Thank You Thank You Thank you.
    I just spent some hefty money (for my budget that is ) on a mass article spinner. I was going to get a directory aubmitter too but know I think I will spend some extra time instead of money posting my spun articles instead of just using one.
    Great tip on varying the bio backlinks too!
    Thanks Again

  • kabir

    very nice article.I also facing this problem but now i understand.