Yes it is mainly for backlinks.
However on sites like Ezine when you become some Gold author which is 10 approved posts then you do get some good traffic.
I think article writing is now purely done for back links, as traffic from submission to article directories is very low. What do you say?
You have to write more than one :P Once you hit about a threshold of 10, you'll see awesome benefits to your sites.
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The links from the big directories (buzzle ezines goarticles ) are weighted heavy, but they also get you good traffic, merely because of the sheer volume of traffic they in turn get.
This is why using little directories is a poor use of time.
Get a team of people from your website to start rating your articles and watch the great migration begin. Yay SM storming.
I invest a lot on article marketing as well, Getting those valuable backlinks and traffic is really a huge bonus, and specially works great for niche sites.
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once you get above the initial status how long does it take for articles to be published. At the moment I've only published 6 and they took around 1-3 weeks to be made live.
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TRAFFIC and backlinks --- both coming
Most of them barely get indexed.
I probably have 10,000 links in small directories, but lucky if a few hundred show up