I am regularly asked about the effectiveness of article marketing. It’s been a little over a year since the first Google Panda update in February 2011 when many sites took a major beating in keyword rankings.

While researching free SEO tools, I found a nice feature in SEMRush that allows you to see the number of keywords a site is ranking for over time. Using a graph that pulls information from the last four years, you can easily see if and when Panda updates hit the site. You can also tell if the site has since recovered their rankings.

The following are some of the top article directories and how they have fared in keyword rankings since the first Panda update. Note the spike around 3/2011 in the graph and everything thereafter.

Examiner

Alexa Global Rank: 806

PageRank: 8

Website: http://www.examiner.com/

Editorial Guidelines: http://www.examiner.com/assets/handbook/index.html

Article Directory Keyword Rankings After the Google Panda Update

Squidoo

Alexa Global Rank: 209

PageRank: 7

Website: http://www.squidoo.com/

Editorial Guidelines: http://www.squidoo.com/originalitypact

Article Directory Keyword Rankings After the Google Panda Update

HubPages

Alexa Global Rank: 293

PageRank: 6

Website: http://hubpages.com/

Editorial Guidelines: http://hubpages.com/faq/#what_is_allowed

Article Directory Keyword Rankings After the Google Panda Update

EzineArticles

Alexa Global Rank: 314

PageRank: 6

Website: http://ezinearticles.com

Editorial Guidelines: http://ezinearticles.com/editorial-guidelines/

Article Directory Keyword Rankings After the Google Panda Update

Article Alley

Alexa Global Rank: 7,508

PageRank: 5

Website: http://www.articlealley.com/

Editorial Guidelines: http://www.articlealley.com/guidelines.php

Article Directory Keyword Rankings After the Google Panda Update

Go Articles

Alexa Global Rank: 2,660

PageRank: 3

Website: http://goarticles.com/

Editorial Guidelines: http://goarticles.com/author.html

Article Directory Keyword Rankings After the Google Panda Update

Articlesbase

Alexa Global Rank: 1,321

PageRank: 6

Website: http://www.articlesbase.com/

Editorial Guidelines: http://www.articlesbase.com/editorial-guidelines

Article Directory Keyword Rankings After the Google Panda Update

ArticleSnatch

Alexa Global Rank: 4,834

PageRank: 5

Website: http://www.articlesnatch.com/

Editorial Guidelines: http://www.articlesnatch.com/submitguidelines.php

Article Directory Keyword Rankings After the Google Panda Update

Amazines

Alexa Global Rank: 6,336

PageRank: 4

Website: http://www.amazines.com/

Editorial Guidelines: http://www.amazines.com/Article-Submission-Guidelines.htm

Article Directory Keyword Rankings After the Google Panda Update

Suite101

Alexa Global Rank: 3,802

PageRank: 6

Website: http://www.suite101.com/

Editorial Guidelines: http://community.suite101.com/support/suite101-submission-guidelines

Article Directory Keyword Rankings After the Google Panda Update

Helium

Alexa Global Rank: 4,842

PageRank: 5

Website: http://www.helium.com/

Editorial Guidelines: http://help.helium.com/helium-writing-standards

Article Directory Keyword Rankings After the Google Panda Update

Buzzle

Alexa Global Rank: 1,868

PageRank: 6

Website: http://www.buzzle.com/

Editorial Guidelines: http://www.buzzle.com/authors/become-author.asp

Article Directory Keyword Rankings After the Google Panda Update

ArticleCity

Alexa Global Rank: 9,756

PageRank: 5

Website: http://www.articlecity.com/

Editorial Guidelines: http://www.articlecity.com/article_submission.php

Article Directory Keyword Rankings After the Google Panda Update

Self Growth

Alexa Global Rank: 5,030

PageRank: 6

Website: http://www.selfgrowth.com/

Editorial Guidelines: http://www.selfgrowth.com/submit_articles

Article Directory Keyword Rankings After the Google Panda Update

Bukisa

Alexa Global Rank: 7,681

PageRank: 5

Website: http://www.bukisa.com/

Editorial Guidelines: http://www.bukisa.com/info/bukisa-101

Article Directory Keyword Rankings After the Google Panda Update

Do you use article marketing in your online marketing strategy? Has it been effective since Panda? What directories would you suggest?

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