Lots of people talk about article submission as a great way of getting back links but I'm not so sure how well it works. 6 months ago I wrote and published an ezine article and I have yet to see the link show up in ANY back link checking system. None of the back link check systems I used found the links in the article. Is that just ezine or are article based links going out of favor? The article was scraped by some really shitty spamblog and that link shows up to my site on one back link checker. But the original article link is MIA. I realize there are side benefits to article marketing that I am not looking to get into here. It seems there are lots of services out there selling article spining and submission services. What's the deal?