I wouldn't bother using article sites for links back. You cannot substitute good links from relevant sites.
Most search engines know about the article sites and see them as a waste of time.
I did tests around these sites about 12 months ago and lets just say, I stay well away. If you don't have many links, don't entrust your site to these places - spend a bit more time, write some good content and get some links back to you.
Hi Andy, thanks for the reply. I have a website with more than 1000+ pages of original content. Still, I noticed people are not likely to link back to you. 10 years ago this worked but today not so well.. Still I had been getting some links from blogs (no follow, great huh?), so I dont think it is worthy sitting and waiting someone to link to you. What is another good day of getting links besides articles?
Write the articles for sites that will give you a followed link. Think authority blogs, portals, review sites etc. You need to write better content and approach them direct to get it featured rather than just churning out an article, registering and postings, but you will get better links.
>>Most search engines know about the article sites and see them as a waste of time.
yeah I agree, I submitted an article to a site last week thats currently ranking inside the top 5 for its money term and my link would have been picked up - needless to say this also ignores the free traffic I get for wasting 20 minutes knocking up an article
Tigger, I always figured that article sites were a waste of time since it looked to me like people would reprint your article but NOT give a proper link back. (Some gave nofollowed links; most gave none at all)
We can't really do "What's a good article directory" discussions here because it invites spam. I just deleted one, in fact. This is similar to years ago when people used to post "What's a good directory" and someone would always post a link to their website that has a list of directories... :(
Re "what are other good ways to get links?"
This is the link development forum. It's all about other good ways to get links. If you don't have time to read the forum then at the very least read the discussions linked to in the Link Dev Library [webmasterworld.com].