How to Know If Article Directories are Still Useful
Before Google introduced Panda (a change in Google’s search results algorithms), article directories like ezinearticles.com still appeared in searches. Now, they no longer do. If you’re used to submitting to article directories before and would like to find out if the articles you’ve submitted are still ranking in search engines or if the links you’ve out in those articles submitted to directories are linking back to your main site, this is what you do:
Open your Google analytics account (www.google.com/analytics.)
In the left-hand menu, choose Acquisition, All Referrals. By default, Google shows you 10 results, so scroll to the bottom, and on the right, change the Show Rows value to 100, let’s say.
Then, press Ctrl + F to open your browser’s search box and type the URL of the articles directory, or even part of it. For example, you can search for ezine to find ezinearticles.com.
To find out more how to do this, please head to: Google hates article directories