The problem here is you have those so called gurus out that have been preaching for years for you to submit to ezine articles (and other useless article directories). They do this because they normally have some useless product to sell you such as a lame software spinner that produces garbage.
Article marketing is NOT about backlinks as many preach because the fact is (yes I said fact) all those lame adsense filled article directories can't give you any link juice and thus any backlinks are devalued. You might as well submit your site to 1,000 bookmarking pligg sites because they hold the same value.
I personally tested 1,200+ article directories (including those so called top article directories) for 12 months. I submitted unique high quality content did some social validation and tested. The results was as expected, these places are useless for search rankings for your websites.
I then built my own article directory with a huge syndication network based on the testing I did. All of my sites are 100% ad free, do follow, and do pass link juice. The reason why is simple, article marketing was designed to empower YOUR website and increase the rankings of YOUR website.
I have not submitted to any other article directory since and I do have brand new sites that are only 1 month old that are a PR
2 and fast climbing to the top 100,000 sites on alexa (alexa is useless but it can give some idea on what a site does).
I teach my members what real article marketing is, how to do it properly, how to write content that ranks, and etc. If you really want to learn the real way to do article marketing then click on my sig and become a member of my network.
(note to mods: I am answering the question of the poster, if you feel this is too self promotional then you may remove it).
Originally Posted by Trysprks
Then tell me who really matters, don't just leave me hanging on a thread out there, we can all teach each other something so don't hold back. SHARE if you know something. I am new to this and waste a lot of valuable time searching for answers right now ezine is all I have heard about.