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An article directory is a website with collections of articles written about various subjects. It is possible that the article directories can be referred as the content farms, and the websites are created to produce mass content. Basically, the article directory is based on the category of journalism theory.
Article directory is significant to the articles because the directories will allow the article to embed links to other websites with relevant anchor text. And the popular article directories are considered a high PR site and may be constantly crawled by Search Engine bots.
An article directory can accept new articles from any writer or editor, but it requires that the article has not been published anywhere. The article should be fresh, unique and not spinning. Sometime, it’s not available to receive the second-hand articles in the article directory. However, the master of the website would like to transship some valuable articles popular ones. For example, the economic website may like to transship Chris Anderson’s long tail theory article, which was published in “Wired” magazine in 2004. Anderson’s article and his series books have a high readability and can be applied in various areas, because the economic theory is related to sales market. And the market determines the product sales conditions. For an economic website, Anderson’s article can increase the page value for the website and attack people’s attention and does some guide or tutorials for the readers.
A typical article which is collected by the article directory is approximately about 500 words.
The directory can be categorized in different categories, such as Business, Careers, IT, Family Entertainment, Games, Genera, Health, Garden, Internet & Marketing, Legal, Marketing, Music, Pets, Politics, Sports, Technology, Travel, Writing. For example, the Craigslist are based on the article directory model. For instance, in Chicago area, the readers can see six parts which are community, personals, discussion forums, housing, for sales, and jobs. In each part, there are various articles in each category.
Furthermore, the mater of the website may provide an author box for the writer to introduce his/her personal information or a link to his/her own website. Tags or categories can be used to organize the articles and help the search engines, because the tags or categories may act as keywords to indicate the main ideas that are discussed in the whole article.