Marketing_Guy - 3:52 pm on Apr 30, 2013 (gmt 0)
Article marketing has been rebranded as Guest Posting and article directories have been replaced blogs that are poorly maintained, have little commercial value and are likely to be blitzed from the index in the near future.
I had a proposal land on my desk that had examples of links gained from guest posting - a dozen examples, none had contact details, all accepted posts from anyone, none had any significant organic rankings, all had loads of outbound keyword laden links. This isn't "guest posting" - it's article marketing.
So, no article marketing isn't dead. Article directories are dead. Article marketing is now what a lot of SEOs call guest posting. Probably the same SEOs that refer to themselves as "white hat" and talk about "quality" and "authority" a lot.
FWIW legitimate guest posting - good content on a good, active blog is effective.