Hi, As most of you probably know, google made a huge algorithm change called the farmer update, targeting mainly content farms and article directories. I am not going to list here which articles directories lost - there are plenty of other threads discussing this - or complain about that. I am here to offer some solutions - just my personal opinion, please feel free to chip in. Website solutions The rise of mini niches websites, rip autoblogs, rip article directories Dropping big content farms in serps left room for plenty competitive keywords, that will be filled by micro niche website. Google does not seem to favor the reign of one website covering all subjects with duplicate content, not to mention the autoblogs, so new micro niche websites themed around a certain subject will rise. TIPS 1.Make sure you have original content on them! 2. Use a progressive model publishing content on the websites. Do NOT post all your articles on a micro niche website AT ONCE. You think it's natural for a website to post 30 articles with no backlinks to them.. and then after a while... thousand of links will follow to them by magic? Post 3-4 articles, start link building, after 2 weeks, post another 2-3 articles covering more keywords, again link building, then later post more articles, and more links. 3. Because of this progressive model of publishing that forces you to add more keywords and more articles in time, pay attention to choosing a large enough micro niche. If you choose a niche with 1000-2000 exact searches per month - like most courses here recommend - you will be stuck after adding about 5-10 articles, as you will not have what keywords to cover any more. Do you really want a website, that its potential is maxed out at 100$ per month? Go for a little bigger niche. Usually the main keyword, should have at least 10,000 exact searches per month. There is a cost in time and effort associated with registering domains, with installing, with updating themes and plugins for each website, with testing ads placement, and affiliate products to recommend. And that cost is pretty much the same if you build a 100$ per month website, or a 500$ per month one. Backlinks Solutions Article directories dropped in rankings ---> the value of their links dropped in value as well. Do not be fooled by people telling you that article marketing is as efficient as before, cause they did not see drop in rankings. They did not see yet, because it takes time for google to start discounting thouse links, but be sure that they will. This is blackhatworld, you have to be one step ahead of google and normal seos, and the step ahead now is to realize that article marketing as a backlinking solution just lost a big part of its effectiveness. The big problem with article directories is that they allow their content to be redistributed -- > therefore creating plenty of duplicate content on the web. And google does not like that. Even if you submit an original article to ezine articles , ezine articles TOS let's other people copy that content and post it on their website. In the past, this was an advantage because you received more backlinks from various sources. But now, it's not that good a thing any more. Thousand of backlinks from identical content pages, do not seem to rock the serp any more. I think the future here is GUEST POSTING and proliferation of QUALITY BLOG NETWORKS. I think the solution is to try to build links from websites that do NOT allow their content to be reposted on the web. They are more valuable in my testing, and their value is increasing after this update. I think that guest posting networks, or blog networks that allow only original content are the best backlinking solutions at the moment, better than classical article marketing. With guest posting and blog networks, your article with links, usually will stay for at least a day on the homepage of the high pr blog which never happened with article directories, your link would virtually never reach their high pr home page. Also, the permanent links coming from a blog post that is unique, it's more valuable than a link coming from an article in a directory, that has been reposted hundreds of time on the web. I envision a guest posting backlink solution that will work like this: Blog owners, having high quality websites, will post in a marketplace the titles of articles the want on their website. Like i need an article with the keywords: :" how to make money online" , minim 400 words, etc. The backlink seeker, will come, will take the keyword and write a quality article according to the min specs of the blog owner. And at the end, will have 2 links to his website. The blog owner, will post the article for free.. since it's high quality good content for him, exactly like he wanted, including keywords and length. The backlink seeker will get a blog post for free on a very valuable blog (usually it costs at least 15-20$ ONE blogpost on a good PR 4 blog. I mean good, not the kind of shit usually people sell for 30$.. 500 pr 4 blogs or etc..). If someone knows such a network, let me know. If someone wants to build it, i may help. Chip in with your opinions on the future of seo.