Can article distribution with SubmitYourArticle.com still work or is that a problem with Penguin & Hummingbird?
I attended a webinar about content marketing last year. They talked of producing articles lightly seeded with backlinks then getting those articles distributed by a service like http://www.SubmitYourArticle.com. With Penguin & Hummingbird changes at Google is this strategy problematic? Marketing people I’ve talked to don’t have the answer. And of course SubmitYourArticle.com will claim to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. If it's a problem then what's an alternative for getting your articles distributed?
The answer depends on what your objective is. You stated that you went to a webinar and they told you "producing articles lightly seeded with backlinks."
They're talking about using article directories as a way to get backlinks to your site which isn't as effective as it once was.
Later you talked about "getting your articles distributed", which is a totally different strategy and use of article directories.
If you want backlinks, I say you need a well-rounded approach. Just submitting to article directories won't do a whole lot for you anymore in terms of building up your website's ranking.
This is what you have to ask yourself if you want distribution of your articles...
Does SYA distribute articles to a vast network so that the odds of your article getting published by an ezine owner/web master is high? Does the cost of SYA warrant the results you get from submitted articles to them?
You can always test this out and see what results you get.
Another thing you can do is just submit your articles manually to ezine owners in your niche. This takes time, but if you do a few a day you will get some of your articles published and in turn get traffic to your site.
Lance, you ask, "If it's a problem then what's an alternative for getting your articles distributed?"
Have you considered guest blogging? Some free sites that connect guest bloggers to blog owners: www.myblogguest.com, www.guestbloglist.com, or www.guestblogit.com .
You might also google effective tips in blog writing, examples: www.guestblogit.com and http://www.socialnomics.net/2014/01/09/how-to-self-edit-your-blog/
Article submission went the way of directory listings, in my opinion. That is, these are 'weak' backlinks that do little (or most likely nothing) to provide value to your site. Unless "SubmitYourArticle" is providing a new stream of traffic (which I doubt, since nobody bothers visiting article sites anymore), then it is not worth your time.
Businesses such as article directories are suffering, they'll say anything to stay alive, but their day has come and gone a long time ago.
You're better off putting your valuable content on your own blog, and contributing to its own content provision. Don't forget to interlink your own articles amongst each other to give them more impact.
Here's an update as of 1/29: Matt Cutts publicly says 'no' to article submission: http://searchengineland.com/googles-matt-cutts-dont-try-build-links-article-directories-182935
100 article distribution with $2 that is pretty awesome but quality does not come that easy.
Google never supports content distributed or optimised with software.
Personally i i would submit one good quality content manually in one top article directory than sending same article in 100s of sites.
I would not recommend.
Any article distribution you do using software is going to leave a easily traceable footprint thanks to Penguins latest updates. Only direct distribution through a custom network of relevant content providers can successfully achieve the boost in rankings your content deserves. This of course takes hard work as each distribution source must be contacted and negotiated with to achieve the desired result. This is part of the services provided by a qualified Search Engine Optimization specialist will do.
I would be more than happy to talk with you further about it. Drop by my website and leave me a message.
Good question and a pretty challenging one. I think the answer would be based on the quality of sites the website you mentioned will publish you in. Hard to assess without a lot of research.
Subjectively, I'd be pretty dubious about the website you mentioned. Any site only looking for $2 kind of infers they're not bringing a ton of value (although I could be wrong). And based on the list of websites included, I'd be skeptical about their quote that says, "Massive Publicity For Your Website". I see no huge names that could bring huge organic traffic or PageRank improvements.