How to Easily Create Your Own WordPress Based Article Directory

Internet Marketing | Posted on Jun 15, 2012 | Last updated on September 10, 2021

article-by-Doug-WilliamsWith templates available, you can easily create your own article directory. This could be for your specific niche or for a general directory that covers all topics. I did just that just 2 months ago. I came across a WordPress article directory theme for just $65. I decided to give it a try.

I converted one of my existing WordPress blogs that had a name that seemed perfect for a directory. This is a site that I had neglected and was getting almost no traffic. The site is featured-articles.com. I installed the template system which was pretty easy to do and followed their set-up instructions. I kept their standard design… at least for now.

I decided to make mine a general, full spectrum, article directory. You could just as easily make yours focused on your market niche. I went to Dmoz.org and several major article directories to see what I wanted to use for categories.

I set-up my criteria for accepting articles. This will be a subject of a later post.

I started this on a Saturday afternoon. By the end of the weekend I had an operating article directory using no special developer skills. Now I had an article directory… now I needed articles and visitors.

I found there is an active blogging community discussing how to do article marketing. I found recent blog posts and began commenting on them. Almost immediately visitor traffic and articles began coming in.

After 2 months the site has moved from the almost 20 articles that I “seeded” it with to over 280 articles from over 100 articles. Visitor traffic continues to increase every week.

I do reject quite a few articles for poor grammar, obviously spun articles, etc. But I do get more than 50% that are good quality, original (or mostly original) articles. I installed the Copyscape plug in that allows me to determine if an article is original with a click.

The one caution that I will give is that it takes a time commitment to stay up with reviewing and approving articles. You will notice that my postings here have been spotty for the past 2-3 weeks, this has been a result of my focus on the article directory site. I continue to streamline the approval process to keep quality up and minimize the amount of time that it takes.

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  1. michael gorman said:
    December 30, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Interesting, I was considering creating a general article directory and inviting articles also. Is this still a viable venture, are you able to attract advertising revenue, do you still receive articles for publication-saturated area or lots of room do you reckon..sorry for the questions!

  2. Olin Yow said:
    April 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Tags or categories may be used to organize articles and to help with search engines since tags or categories act as keywords that identify the topics covered in the article. Many directories pay the author for his/her participation. Some directories review articles before they are published and there may be a waiting period of several days before a new article appears. This helps to eliminate low quality submissions, including duplicate articles, spam and spun articles..

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