Having just recently purchased Article Submission software, I wanted to pass along my experiences for those who might be considering making this type of purchase in the future. Like most people who use Article Submission software, the reasons I purchased this was, one, to save time by automating much of the information required by the Article Directories, and two, expand my efforts to publish articles across the Internet. Although the software did eliminate some of the information submission tasks, overall it failed to live up to my expectations. The reason I give it a thumbs down are several, as detailed below.
For anyone who has spent time manually submitting articles to Article Directories, you know how time consuming it can be. The thought of being able to hit a few keys and have your article published on numerous web sites is practically Nirvana. After all, a writer likes to spend his time writing, not submitting articles to directories, or some other place. Article Submission software promises to accomplish this but the reality is as follows; when trying to submit a new article to Directory sites the submission software had a nasty habit of loading the previous article. Even deleting and reloading the new article in the Submission software didn’t make a bit of difference, you still had to go in, cut out the old article and paste the new one. This really isn’t much different then manually submitting the articles, and defeats the whole purpose of using the software.
Another one of the stated benefits is that there are hundreds of sites pre-loaded into the software that you can submit to. Unfortunately, many of the sites are either out of business, or so troublesome to load that you tend to get frustrated and move on to the next. While not expecting perfection, it would seem that the majority of the sites would be active, and working. Again, great in concept, a crapper in practice.
Another time consuming issue is the fact that you’ll have to sign up for the majority of the sites when starting out. Although you can use the same username and password for many of the sites, with some you’ll have to use the email generated password which causes problems when trying to move through the sites quickly. Although the software is supposed to remember all of this for you, in my experience it failed to do so, and had me typing in ‘forgot password’ and having to retrieve it through my email. I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal, but when you’re constantly stopping to retrieve passwords, you’re losing time and effectiveness.
If you decide to try Article Submission software be aware that the cost can vary quite a bit. Check around by going to different forums and see what they have to say about this type of software. While I haven’t had any experience with it, I have heard nothing but good things about ‘Article Submitter Pro’. It’s a bit more expensive than many of the others, but as they say, “you get what you pay for”. Perhaps I should have taken that motto to heart before making a purchase!
Being a writer, I would prefer to concentrate my efforts on writing and not spending hours posting my articles to hundreds of sites. Article Submission software boldly promises that you can in fact eliminate much of the dirty work by using this type of software. Although my experience was that in left a lot to be desired, my hope is that my experience is not the norm, and that there is quality software that does indeed do what it claims.