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ArticleAlley is an online article directory of various subjects and topics. Authors can post free articles to the directory database without any membership. The articles are reviewed by a group of several editors; and, if they meet ArticleAlley’s editorial guidelines, the articles are then available for public view. ArticleAlley provides an RSS feed for each author to syndicate his or her articles throughout the Web. The content of most articles can be republished for free.
ArticleAlley was founded in 2004 by Adrian Lawrence. The article directory has been referenced by article marketing, Internet marketing, and SEO writers. The site is a Top 10,000 Site according to Alexa and receives approximately approximately 1.7 million hits per month. Since its inception, ArticleAlley's authors base has grown to over 58,000.
As of 2009, approximately 917,096 articles have been submitted, with roughly 569,870 articles currently live on the site, written by authors from around the world. The average rate of article submission is 2,500 per day.
ArticleAlley functions primarily as an article and content database, as well as an article marketing tool used by writers and Internet marketers to promote their websites. The directory uses backlinks to direct users to other sites and to improve search engine rankings. Readers can republish the content on their own website at no cost. They may obtain the HTML code or plain text to place the article directly on their site, provided the content has not been copyrighted by the author.
Content and Article Format
Articles on ArticleAlley are typically written in a journalistic style. The article itself follows the same formal structure of a magazine or newspaper article, with the author’s brief bio and credits usually following the article. A list of the author’s areas of expertise follows, with specific keywords listed that use a hyperlink to redirect readers to a similar topic available for viewing.
There are two mandates that are necessary to follow before using ArticleAlley’s content on websites. First, a network hyperlink must be retained on the referral source page. Next, the author must allow their work to be republished. This agreement is made before the article is submitted. Once all this has been done, articles are free to be used by anyone.
The content on ArticleAlley is written by thousands of writers every month, regardless of their expertise. Therefore, it is difficult to ensure on the factual reliability of articles in every case. Each article is reviewed by category editors who look for accuracy and consistency of information. After an article is approved by the staff, it is posted on the database and ready for viewing.