Writing and submitting articles is a great way to gain high quality backlinks to your site. However, many directories are not worth the time it takes to submit to them; they might be penalized in the search engines, have author links set to nofollow or maybe they have stopped updating their site and never approves new submissions. Here is a list of some of the top article directories that are worth submitting to. The list is ordered by Alexa traffic rank.

If you think there are any directories that should be on the list, please post a link in the comments below.

Article Directory Name Alexa
Traffic Rank
Number of
Indexed Pages
EzineArticles 104 6 21,500,000 Yes
Helium 1,301 6 9,050,000 Yes
GoArticles 1,802 4 1,680,000 Yes
ArticleSnatch 2,010 5 8,800,000 Yes
TheFreeLibrary 2,666 7 51,500,000 Yes
ArticleRich 7,335 3 551,000 Yes
ArticleBlast 8,841 5 486,000 Yes
ArticleBiz 8,871 5 194,000 Yes
ArticlesFactory 10,657 4 419,000 Yes