Part of the reason why I didn’t completely recommend Article Ranks in the past is that:
#1- I didn’t understand it’s system
#2- I wanted to test it for 2-3 months
#3- I wanted to see how many links are sticking
#4- I wanted to talk to Musa, the owner of AR first, to clear up my questions
And I usually try to talk to the program owners on Skype or voice call before I write about something, so here’s some information about Article Ranks that might help you (and me) understand their service better. A lot of the following information is base don the hour or so conversation I had with him on Skype.
AR is a credits-based system, where having credits allows you to do certain things, like post articles, or post articles to more than one category at a time for wider distribution. This whole credits thing is the part that confused me the most, so here’s the FAQs that AR should have on their site:
If I pay for monthly submissions membership, do I have to pay to submit articles after I join?
No, monthly members get unlimited submissions, meaning that they can submit as much as they want, but if you want to get more out of it by submitting your articles to more than one category, like a broader category that is susceptible to getting wider syndication…then you’ll have to use up some credits to do so. So, a paid monthly member who wants more of a boost and wider syndication with their article ranks submission should order some credits, but there’s no need to always pay for credits when you can earn them by adding a site to their system.
What if I don’t want unlimited submissions, and just want to earn credits in order to post a few articles and get a few links
If you don’t need to blast the internet, or AR’s network with dozens of articles for massive link building then you can:
- pay as you go and pay for submissions,or…
- earn credits by adding a site to their system (if you add a site with PR you get more credits, the higher the Page Rank of the site the more credits or crediT you get).
- earn credits for adding some social site logins to their system,too
Suffice to say, this could be a real economical way for people who don’t need a lot of backlinks to basically pay a one-time fee (buy a domain with Page Rank), then add it to the system to earn credits).
What are the Article Ranks Page Rank and network size numbers?
Mostly Pr1-3 sites, smattering of higher PR sites,obviously less sites with higher Page Rank, and many of these sites will get their PR boosted with next PR updates anyway, so even adding a PR 0 site would have some long term value some day.
The AR network is over 3k sites, not sure about the IPs diversity but the network is still growing a quite a good clip. The vast majority of the sites in the network are “donor sites”, which caused me some concern because SEO LV, My Article Network, and1waylinks are all donor-site run networks and they’re all on my not recommended list. But with Article Ranks, the donor sites are either sites with Page Rank or sites about to get Page Rank, therefore of some quality, and more importantly, most importantly in fact… members who add donor sites to the system can specify how many submissions they’d like to receive and/or post daily.
This sort of puts the onus on the owners of the donor sites… to ensure their sites don’t become outbound link farms,to maintain their sites’ PR so to continue getting free submissions credits based on the Article Rank’s algorithm for PR value of donor site equaling their submissions credits potential.
What’s the whole article submissions process like, how many links can be expected,and what’s the indexing rate like?
Now that you know how the whole pricing system and credits earnings system works,is AR effective and what kind of damage can you do with it?
The Best Spinner has an export function (from what I’m told) that is compatible with Article Ranks submissions area but AR has its own spinner too. However, your submission acceptance rates and syndication levels (how many sites will accept this content?) is still dependent on the quality of your article, spun or not, manually spun articles get accepted more often,and how many backlinks you get via syndication is still based on the number of categories/sites where your article has a good chance of getting “hosted-and-posted”.
So if you write good spun articles in the technology, internet, health, and cars niches, then you’ll definitely get a good number of backlinks, like 125 per article written.
Indexing: Musa told me that their network gets about 50-70% indexing rate on articles submitted within first few weeks, with these numbers improving over time. Also, its good to note that they’ve added a feature that should increase indexing rates to an even higher level with their social boosting program, which works like this:
Give them your login information for X# of social accounts you have and they’ll do the posting and bookmarking for you. Not sure if they use all members’ profiles and accounts to social boost just your own articles or entire paid members base’s articles (that’d be best to avoid obvious self-promotion bans) but either way, it will still add even more value and indexing power to their service, that’s for sure.
Do you really get 100+ backlinks per article?
One of the URLS I tested in Article Ranks has 410 backlinks to it according to 3 different backlinks checkers, and I wrote 4 well-spun articles for linking to this site, which is page 2 for a somewhat competitive program name term. I can only suppose that another 4 articles would have me in top 5 for this term.
Is Article Ranks recommended?
Yes, it’s low enough priced, gets stuff indexed, network grows constantly and can move a site up in the rankings.
Disclosure: I managed to finagle a discount for you, 5 free credits to try out their system. It’s a coupon code tied into my affiliate link. So click the affiliate link here, then enter in the following code to get the discount. That’s 500 free backlinks… You’re welcome !:)