ArticleRanks Review

September 25, 2010 , 13 Comments

ArticleRanks is a blog network and at first glance, it may seem like just another one among many. The basic functionality is your standard blog-network fair: There are two parts to the network – one where you can add your own sites to receive content and the other where you can submit articles to the network and get backlinks in return. So far, so common. But ArticleRanks comes with a few twists that make it stand out from the crowd.

Read on to learn about the details and see how you can test-drive this service for free.

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ArticleRanks Overview

Name: ArticleRanks
Creator: Musa, Digital Connected Media
Medium: Blog Network
Price: $39/month

As stated above, the link-building component of ArticleRanks works just like any other blog network: You submit a spun article with up to three backlinks in it and it gets published on lots of sites in the network. So, let’s get right into what makes this particular network worth a closer look:


The first thing worth mentioning is that the articles I’ve submitted to ArticleRanks have been published up to 150 times. That’s 450 potential links (if you insert three different links) from one single article submission – more than I’ve seen from any other blog network. Mostly, I’ve seen a lot of publishes during the first few days after submission and then a slower trickel of further publishes during the next few days and even up to weeks after the submission.

The lowest number of publications I ever got was 48 (which is still pretty good). On average, I’m getting 86 publishes per submitted article on ArticleRanks and that is simply outstanding.


Just recently, a new feature was implemented where the articles submitted to the network will automatically be bookmarked to several social bookmarking sites, creating a few backlinks to the pages containing your backlinks. The feature works in the same fashion as the network itself: Users can create and add social bookmarking accounts of their own. This way, the published articles can be submitted randomly to a few among thousands of different bookmarking accounts (reducing the footprint of the system).

This is a very welcome feature and it should ensure that more of the pages containing your backlinks will get crawled and indexed by Google.


To submit articles, you can either spend credits or sign up for the monthly subscription. The monthly subscription will let you submit as many articles as you like, to the system. If you don’t intend to submit articles very often, then using credits could be the better option. You can either purchase credits and spend them on article submissions, or you can earn credits by accepting articles from the network (you get credits for every article you publish and you can get credits for more than one site if the sites are on different IP addresses). You also get credits for creating and adding social bookmarking accounts to ArticleRanks.

This means that it’s even possible to use ArticleRanks for free, to a certain extent. In addition, you can use the following coupon code when signing up, to receive some extra credits right from the start.

Article Spinner

ArticleRanks has a built-in article spinning system that is actually quite decent. It makes the re-writing of articles on a sentence-by-sentence basis quite easy and ensures that you don’t have to mess around with manually inserting spin syntax. If you’re going to spin articles on a regular basis, my recommendation is still to get the Best Spinner, but the system in ArticleRanks isn’t half bad either.

Quality and Results?

ArticleRanks has the same problem all blog networks like it have: The articles in the system tend to be low quality, so no one wants to accept them to a really good site. Because of this, people generally put “crap blogs” in subdomains or sub-folders, exclusively for the purpose of accepting this blog network content. In turn, this means that your articles will mainly be published to sites that don’t have much going for them in terms of Pagerank, backlinks or overall site quality.

The links themselves are high-quality links (anchor text, editorial, dofollow), but they are generally on lowest-quality sites, so don’t expect miracles in terms of ranking results you get with it.

Having said that, ArticleRanks is most definitely capable of moving rank, even on it’s own. When you combine this kind of “base-level” link-building (large volume of weak backlinks) with other link-building methods (higher-quality links), you get a very potent mix. I personally use blog networks (ArticleRanks being my favourite one) as part of the link-building strategy for each page I want to get ranking and it’s never failed to deliver.


ArticleRanks is the best blog network I’ve ever tested and since you can test it for free (use the coupon code when signing up) and even continue using it for free to some degree, based on the credits-system, you should absolutely give it a go.

About ​Shane Melaugh

I'm the founder of ActiveGrowth and Thrive Themes and over the last years, I've created and marketed a dozen different software, information and SaaS products. Apart from running my business, I spend most of my time reading, learning, developing skills and helping other people develop theirs. On ActiveGrowth, I want to help you become a better entrepreneur and product creator. Read more about my story here.

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  • I don’t have a paid subscription in AR yet, but I’ve added one site to the system. It’s been there for about a week now, but it hasn’t received any articles yet, which is weird…

    By the way, you popup is quite “popup-happy”. I would set it up so that it would popup only once per visit, or something like that. Now it pops up every time I move my cursor outside the window (and I do it by accident sometimes…). It even pops up when I press the scroll-button on my mouse..! I recommend you get a GOOD popup plugin, like Action Popup.

  • I’ve been using AR for about 3 months now.

    Regarding the quality of the sites your articles are submitted to there’s a reasonable chance it will end up on some high PR sites.

    Reason being is that to earn credits, your site needs to have PR >=1. I plugged in one of my PR4 sites and have earned quite a few credits.

    However, I will say that I really don’t know how the AR credit system works.

    From my understanding, you can submit articles for free and you only need credit if you want your article to appear in more top level categories.

    I’ve got heaps of credit and I’m really looking at finding a way of spending it.

    Any insight would be appreciated.

    • Looks like I’ll have to go through the instructions again. I’m receiving credits for a PR0 site and it costs me 2 credits to publish an article…
      Maybe they changed some things but kept the old rules for people who’d joined before the change?

      By the way: I recently did an analysis on a few hundred links I got from blog networks (mainly AR and SEOLV) and blogs with PR on the homepage were practically non-existant. But I’ll have to check out the instructions to see about the PR requirements, so thanks for the tip!

      • Shane,

        At what rate are you receiving credits with your website accepting articles on ArticleRanks 2.0? I recently submitted a PR4 domain I purchased a few weeks ago after watching your Backlink Battleplan course. It’s been about 18 hours and I’ve yet to receive a credit. Just trying to get a feel for the rate at which they come in! Thanks Shane,


  • While I like AR, I’ll have to say that their instructions could be a little clearer.

    The rule about only earning credits on PR>=1 sites was there at least back in May when I joined. I even contacted their support to clarify as there is nothing in the documentation (that I can find) that clearly states it.

  • Andy Iskandar says:

    Thanks Shane for the review. I didn’t know AR existed.

    Anyway, you wrote this: “combine this kind of “base-level” link-building (large volume of weak backlinks) with other link-building methods (higher-quality links)”

    What would you say are some methods to get “higher-quality links”? Are blog commenting and articles on web 2.0 sites among them?


    Andy Iskandar

    • Hi Andy,

      Good question.
      Generally, any kind of link can be a higher-quality link if it has your desired anchor-text, sits on a page with PR, is dofollow, has other backlinks pointing to it and gets crawled/indexed/cached. The more of these criteria a link fulfills, the higher the quality.

      On Web 2.0 sites, you’ll have to do a lot of backlinking to your property to really get the link-value up. Blog comments can sometimes be high value, but most of them aren’t. Profile links and forum sig links can be high quality, but again, most of them aren’t.

      Submitting to high-PR blog networks is one of the ways to get pretty high quality backlinks consistently.

  • Hi Shane

    You recommend 2 blog network, namely ARticle ranks and Buildmyrank. Which one is better in terms of moving rank and quality. Well the difference between $39 and $59 isn’t exactly alot and I wouldnt mind paying slightly more if Buildmyrank is better than Article ranks. So which one will you recommend?

    • They are difficult to compare. At the end of the day, I’d say BuildMyRank packs more punch. But they’re different, because with BMR, you get a lower number of higher quality links and with ArticleRanks you get much more volume, but lower-quality links.

  • Shane,

    I just went to the AR site, and it looks different. It says 2.0 on it. I’ just saw this minutes ago, so I’ll have to take a look around.

    Granted, I’m not really in position to say how much it’s changed, if any, because even though I have an account, I haven’t used it.

    • Yes, looks like they’ve changed the design and the user-interface somewhat. They’ve also been implementing new rules to keep the network clean and high-quality, which is a very good thing.

      The network itself is still the same, of course and you can also still get free link credits, as far as I can tell.

  • Great review! Would you use this for linking to a money site or to articles and web 2.0 properties?

    • I use it mainly for linking directly to my main sites, and only occasionally for second-tier linking.

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