I have been using ArticleRanks for months now and I really don’t know why I didn’t write a review about it since it is a blog network that I would recommend for anyone looking to drip feed links to their sites from a high quality blog network which many agree is one of the best out there.
As always with me, late is better than never, so here is my ArticleRanks Review.
|Creator:||Digital Connected Media Ltd.|
|Price:||$39.99/m or $89.99/m or Free|
How Does ArticleRanks Work?
Nothing new here folks. ArticleRanks is just like any other blog network and the concept is fairly simple. You submit a spun article in which you can include 3 anchor text links and it will get published on dozens of sites inside the network according to the category you select and the level of uniqueness.
So What Makes ArticleRanks Different?
Glad you asked. There are several factors that differentiate ArticleRanks from other blog networks and I will share them with you.
The most important thing for you to know is that you can use ArticleRanks for free. I have been using it for free for months now and I submitted hundreds of articles. This is possible thanks to the credit based system ArticleRanks supports.
Credit can be earned in 2 ways:
- Buy Credits
- Add Sites
By adding sites to the network and getting articles published on your sites you will earn credits which you can use for submitting your own articles to the network. Each article submission will “cost” you 2 credits. Adding sites is easy and in my opinion the better choice if you have some sites that you can spare since it will allow you to use ArticleRanks for free (depending on how many credits you will earn from your sites).
It seems that most of my articles are being submitted on an average of 60 sites which takes about 6-8 weeks. I will show account stats later on so you will get a much better understanding as to how many submissions you can get from ArticleRanks.
One of the biggest problems all blog networks share is the low indexing rates of the articles you submit. If you articles are not going to be indexed than those links will not count and won’t provide any link power. Getting your articles indexed is important and ArticleRanks has a great feature that allows you to add social bookmarking sites (which will also award you with credits) and the articles being submitted will also be bookmarked which should potentially help the indexing rates.
Build In Spinner
ArticleRanks has a built-in article spinner but I really can’t say much about it as I never really used it. As you probably know, I am using the Ultra Spinnable Articles which are already spun and in case I need an article spinner I use The Best Spinner. From what I heard and read elsewhere, it seems that ArticleRanks built-in spinner is quite good but you will need to test that out for yourself.
Not all is perfect with ArticleRanks and there are 2 drawbacks that I want to highlight and make sure you are aware of.
Article Submission Interface
I have no idea why, but submitting articles to ArticleRanks has been a big pain for me at the beginning. It seems their interface doesn’t really work good with Chrome and only after I went back to using Firefox my problems were solved. So if you are a Chrome user you should switch to Firefox when submitting articles to ArticleRanks.
This was very annoying for me until I figured it out and now that I have an outsourcer doing the submissions for me I don’t really mind it but I thought you should know.
ArticleRanks starter membership is priced very low in comparison with other blog networks ($39.99/m) but it comes with a very big limitation. You can only use 10 domains in your live articles meaning you will only be able to links to 10 different domains.
The free membership limits you to only 5 domains and if you want to be limit free you will need to get the Pro membership which is priced at $89.99/m but comes with some added features.
This is something you should be aware of but keep in mind that the limit is only for links to domains in live articles. So if you have used your domain limit (5 or 10, depending on your membership) you can pause articles with links to a certain domain and that will allow you link to a new domain in new live articles.
Hope that made sense.
What this limit basically means that you won’t be able to use ArticleRanks to link to 1st tier sites (unless you have the pro membership). What I love to do with these blog networks is not only use them to link directly to my money sites but also link them to some high quality “buffer” sites such as articles on big article directories, Web 2.0 sites and recently I also link to the high PR links I get from BuildMyRank.
This method would work great with new sites as I know many are afraid that building too many links to new sites (and blog networks can generate thousands of links in under a month) so using them to build links to these “buffer” site would work great for new sites.
I have been using ArticleRanks in combination with the Ultra Spinnable Articles meaning I only submitted Ultra Spinnable Articles to the system. Here are my ArticleRanks article submissions stats:
As you can see, I have submitted 427 articles so far and these articles got published more than 14,000 times. The average submission per article is therefor 32.8 but if you take into consideration that it might take 6-8 weeks to get 60+ submissions it makes sense as I add new articles everyday and they effect the average submission and make it seem lower that it really easy.
In case you still wondering how unique and high quality the Ultra Spinnable Articles are, just watch my article acceptance rate:
I love the Ultra Spinnable Articles and they save me tons of time and help me create thousands of links every month.
The bottom line is that ArticleRanks is recommended and I am not the only one to think so.
Even though the links you will get won’t be of the highest quality, they are still of better quality than the other blog networks out there and more importantly, these links work and that is the most important factor for me. I have ranked many pages on this blog and others by simply using blog networks so these type of links work and in many cases work great (yes, even after Panda).
Add the fact that you can actually use this network for free (if you add your own sites) and that it helps you get your articles indexed (by adding social bookmarking accounts) you really have a blog network that is worth trying and using.
To your success (and mine ),