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(note: Below is my review of the FREE service only)
Why do companies give away free samples? Is it because they want you to try their product and find out how bad it is? Probably not. I would think it is because they want you to see how great their product is and decide to buy it sometime in the future. Unfortunately, this is not the case with Article Marketer.

I really wanted to like Article Marketer. I mean I wanted to like it so much that I was willing and ready to shell out the $399.99 for a lifetime membership. I don’t like paying monthly fees and I would just rather pay a one time fee and be done with it. However, $399.99 is not an amount to be taken lightly and so I thought I would try out their free trial first just to see how I liked it. I’m sure glad I did.

Here are the Article Marketer payment plans

I hate submitting articles to directories and there is an assortment of free software out there than can help speed things up. Still, it is a fair amount of work and if I could find a service that was reputable that would do it for me, I would be willing to pay for that service. I was excited when I discovered Article Marketer because I thought maybe I had found that service.

I must remind you that this is all based on my experiences with the free service. I have paid for nothing.  I have paid for nothing and in over a month now I have gotten nothing as well. I signed up and entered two articles in their system withing a couple of days. I had some trouble getting the number of words right and figuring everything out but that was no big deal. I actually like their interface and like the fact that their whole system is rather simple in design. There is nothing really complicated to learn and once you figure it all out you are set to go.

The system will immediately send you an email if their automated review finds anything wrong with the article and it is easy to go back in and fix it. Once you have done that, your article then needs to be reviewed by a real person. For the free trial, the wait is about 5 days which is understandable and fine. For the paid version, your wait is supposed to be 1 business day. Note the word “supposed“.

After the waiting period I went in to find that there was a new message. Due to some “hiccups” and other things like training new reviewers the message said, there would be a slight delay. It didn’t say how long a delay but just that it would be a short time. Well, I guess the “hiccups” lasted about a week and after that time passed, my first article was approved.

The same thing happened with my second article. Only with that one, after the second week went by I got that article rejected because I apparently used the wrong category. OK, no problem, I went back in and carefully picked the correct category and hit the submit button again. Well, whenever you submit something the 5 day waiting period starts over! So, for my second article there was the first 5 days, the delay of about 7 days, and now another 5 days. I assume when those 5 days are up there will be the “hiccups” again and if they ever get around to reviewing it and still dislike the category I have chosen or anything else, it will be more waiting on top of that.

Get used to seeing this message if you are a member!

Meanwhile, it has been 2 weeks since that first article was approved and supposedly distributed to the many sites. I know once this is done there are then waiting periods for many of those sites and it is probably out of Article Marketer’s hands at that point. However, as of today, I still cannot find my article anywhere on the Internet.

The bottom line is that it has been a little over a month and I have been successful in getting only one article approved with them and that article shows up no where on the Internet. Curious as to other peoples experiences with AM, I set off to find some reviews of the service on other blogs and forums. What I found was generally the same thing I had found. Most people expressed displeasure at the same delays I am dealing with and it seems this happens to all members whether they have paid or not. I did find some people who said that they were happy with the service and hadn’t really experianced too many delays, but for everyone who was happy it seems I can find one or two people that are not. I feel sorry for those that have paid for this service only to find that their articles are NOT approved in the 1 business day as advertised.

The amount Article Marketer charges is not insignificant and for that kind of money you should be getting the service that is promised. Again, I really wanted to like AM but I obviously can’t legitimize paying that kind of money to get 1 article submitted per month. It is too bad and I would be interested in hearing if anyone else has experiences with them. This Article Marketer review is NOT a paid review and I have not bothered to link to them but it is if you are interested.

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    I paid for Article Marketer once for 3 months. This was last year and the approval time was pretty quick. What really bothered me was after the 3 months, I was charged again for another 3 months. I then contacted AM asking for a refund since I didn’t want to renew and they said NO. I went back and forth several times until I finally gave up. They use the PayPal subscription feature which automatically renews each quarter…fine. But what about customer satisfaction? From my experience with them I wouldn’t recommend them either. Also article distribution isn’t what it once was 1-2 years ago. Google has adapted to this SEO method of increasing inbound links.


    David on March 2nd, 2008
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    That’s good to know about the PayPal subscription thing. You have to be careful with those and remember to cancel. I can’t believe they didn’t refund your money. Looks like I will be sticking with the free version to see if I can get any benefit from it.

    DayJobNuker on March 2nd, 2008
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    Article marketer sound as if i could do with some good old fashioned customer service.
    Just to say i won’t be signing up to there trial free or otherwise.

    Thanks for the post you have probably saved me not only some money but more importantly my time

    Great post


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    Makes me wonder if your articles are in some PLR pack on Ebay right now???

    Thanks for the heads up on this one!

    Elliott on March 3rd, 2008
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    I don’t like this type of services. Normally they don’t deliver what they promisse, and the money it’s generally wasted. I too have experienced article marketer and after 2 articles aproved and 6 months passed, the results were zero, a big complete zero.
    It takes time, but i do the article promotion manually, and that’s the only way i have (and had) success.

    Dinheiro on March 3rd, 2008
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    Thanks for the heads up! I used to do a lot of article marketing but haven’t done it for quite a while. Been thinking about getting back into it again and now I will be sure not to spend my money on this service.

    Trent Brownrigg on March 3rd, 2008
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    I bought the lifetime membership. BTW–if you go in and start with the 3 month deal, just before check out, they will offer you the lifetime for only $299. (that’s what I paid)
    I am very frustrated with the amount of time it takes an article to be reviewed. I am supposed to get mine seen in 1 day… it is always 4 days due to their training and staffing issues (but i’m a customer and do not care about their staffing issues frankly)
    Once the articles get distributed, there are about 60% of the article services that bounce because they are defunct or the email address is not correct.
    There is some value here in the long run as I have gotten about 40 inbound links per article.
    I assume that once you have about 100 articles out there, it pays for itself.
    It just takes time to get there… and frustration!

    Allyn Paul on March 3rd, 2008
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    That seems like a really good idea, thanks for the insight into Affiliate Marketer. I will definitely take a look into their services.

    Jim on March 4th, 2008
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    I too used article marketer at one time. I wasn’t very impressed at the time it took to get my articles out there. I am very happy just doing it all by hand!
    Thanks for the write up.

    Review Work At Home Jobs on March 4th, 2008
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    I wouldn’t come down too hard on them. Certainly, I wouldn’t suggest ever using the free trial but the paid for service does give SEO results. The first article I submitted to the service was in January. Try copying and pasting this into google to the results for yourself.

    “How to Buy and Use a BBQ Grill Thermometer”

    They have been a bit slow but I don’t mind so much because I’m so busy working with other tools and services.

    April on March 4th, 2008
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    Glad I found this post when I did I was thinking of spending the money.

    Brad Hart on March 5th, 2008
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    Hey Bruce, till today I’ve still stuck to the old tedious method of article directory submission and wondering if I should invest in something like this when Court says it does great for him then I come across reviews like yours which I also trust. I guess I wouldn’t really know till I try it myself but now I see that even paid clients only get their articles approved after 4 days not much different from the free ones and if this is so in that time alone I might be able to finish the same work by hand.

    YC on March 5th, 2008
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    I have just had my second article approved (as of yesterday) but still no evidence of the first one being anywhere on the net. With the free version, you can only put in 2 articles at a time so I am off to put in another one now. I still wish I could like this service as I do like their interface/software.

    DayJobNuker on March 5th, 2008
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    Unfortunately there aren’t there many websites that offer quality services.

    Instant Degree on March 5th, 2008
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    I have used article marketers free submission service too. My situation is the same as yours, I will always have problem with my articles. Quite a few times they said what I have in my articles doesn’t make sense (what a good reason to delay my article submission).

    Later, they told me the same thing that they are training new staff to read our articles since their old workers have gone.

    I took me a minimum 15 days to get 1 article approved. After it’s approved, I can’t find any sign of my articles online and there are lots of message that require me to join Yahoo groups(more than 10 such messages).

    Alex Liu on March 7th, 2008
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    I think you saved me some money and-or hassle.
    I thought about trying Article Marketer but I
    am glad I read your post and the replies first.
    Thanks Fred

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    Thanks for the heads up. I was really considering getting Article Marketer, but now will wait to see if they improve or just go away.

    Nancy on March 8th, 2008
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    Thank you for the warning. I’m always looking for ways to improve my article submissions.

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    I paid for the 3 month service and am very dissappointed.

    First, no where does it tell you what to do if you have already submitted an article to some article sites. I asked them and their response was ‘we encourage clients to only submit new articles’ but no where can I find that suggestion.

    Second, and most importantly, they are advertising quick service and I am simply not getting it. Almost a month now and only one submission – but what really annoys me is that on the home page you can see articles being sumbitted every second on the update panel. I also questioned tham on this – why are articles seemingly being submitted but not mine and for the reasons you are telling me i.e. their employee issues

    Not impressed. Don’t advertise you can do one thing when you obviously can not

    Dean on March 17th, 2008
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    I too tried AM’s free service, submitted a couple of articles and was subjected to an avalanche of, well, no traffic actually. Was thinking of getting their paid service if things turned out fine, but.. I decided to move on. 🙂

    Javi on March 17th, 2008
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    great post..
    I would probably fell into it if not because of this post..thanks a lot

    job on March 17th, 2008
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    […] can read my Article Marketer review and now it has been over a month and a half since I joined their free trial. I have had a total of […]

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    Thanks for review. I write articles myself and because of the time consumption was also considering a service. It won’t be this one!

    Sahara on March 17th, 2008
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    I was stung with the paypal renewal thing, not with AM but with a more expensive service !! I am really wary of this now. As far as AM goes I don’t think I will bother.

    Barb Thornback on March 18th, 2008
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    I started with the free service and submitted an article but then purchased a one year subscription. It took about 2 weeks for the first article (submitted under the free service) to be accepted (it was just accepted last Friday as a matter of fact). Thus far it’s been accepted by 13 sites but about 4 of the sites point to broken links.

    I just submitted one article under my new paid membership. I submitted it on Friday and it’s slated to be reviewed on Tuesday. Since they promise a one-day turnaround on reviews I was sort of expecting the article to be reviewed today (Monday) but I’ll be patient and see what happens.

    Chanya on March 31st, 2008
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    I had a similar experience with the free version of Article Marketer. I’ve uploaded 3 articles, and after a couple of weeks of adjustments required (which sometimes were contradictory – like: make more paragraph breaks, and you have too many paragraph breaks), I managed to get one accepted. Nothing followed to this day, I cannot find it anywhere.

    I now use an article submission software which is almost automatic, and I’m pretty happy with it.

    Simonne on April 1st, 2008
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    I just signed up for a 1 year subscription at Article Marketer and am extremely disappointed as well. After an initial problem at registration involving them overcharging and no response from their customer support, I finally resolved that situation to get an unending supply of “your article needs corrections” messages. Most times I logged on to see what the issue was and the issue had no relation to my article (ie. “your article contains large blocks of text, please ensure that your paragraphs are a maximum of 10 lines”, when I had no paragraphs longer than 10 lines).

    Anyone looking for quality article distributions should visit I was with them and decided to switch to the less expensive Article Marketer and am now regretting it big time. I am not an affiliate, just someone who benefited greatly from their service. I guarantee if you are willing to pay the extra money, you will get great results.

    Kelly on April 9th, 2008
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    As for me, I still can’t find any of my articles anywhere on the net yet. I have had more approved but no evidence that they got published anywhere.

    DayJobNuker on April 10th, 2008
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    […] was the hardest decision I have had to make in my Internet marketing career. After reading this Article Marketer review I did of the free version, I never thought in a million years I would pay for the service. The one […]

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    I think the fact that they seem to oversell it on their website doesn’t help, with SEO I never belive anything with big hype. However if you accept it isn’t going to give you a million inbound quality links and ignore the hype it should still be worth doing. I’m going to pay for 3 months, I suspect they are understaffed so give priority to paid customers over free trials (not good for turinging them into paid customers!). I’ll let you know how I get on.

    MrTshirts on June 5th, 2008
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    SEO is important, but getting quality leads is more important.

    We all know AM attracts highly qualified and profitable leads, but I wish Article Marketer would up their services and improve them.

    Tarik on June 17th, 2008
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    I have subscribed quaterly AM for $59. But never get any of my article submitted. I am not satisfied with the service. Is there any money back guarantee offered?

    Nazree on September 4th, 2008
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    I don’t think there is. I don’t understand what you are saying. Do you mean you get them rejected or not submitted? If they are rejected then are you fixing what is wrong with them. It doesn’t take too long to figure out what you need to do to get them accepted. And before you submit each article you need to go over it and make sure you have everything correct like the right category, no html in the body, and so forth.

    DayJobNuker on September 4th, 2008
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    The other thing is that the actual article sites are getting more and more strict. If you submit crappy articles, they just won’t get posted.
    I rarely have trouble getting my articles thru the article marketer process anymore

    Allyn on September 4th, 2008
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    I was thinking of signing up for a paid subscription, but like to know more about the quality of the service.

    My readings in this forum seems very discouraging, but that was sometimes in March ( the first thread)on this topic.

    Just wonder if anybody know whether the situation is still the same.

    I really like to subscribe to reduce my burden of submitting articles, but I want to make sure that IM really provides the good service.

    Thanks for answering, if any.

    Henry M on September 11th, 2008
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    Did you read my other Article Marketer review of the paid service? This is only my review of the free service which is poor.

    Please go to the very top of this post and click the link to my review of the paid service. It should answer all of your questions as it is an in depth review.

    DayJobNuker on September 11th, 2008
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    If Article Marketer has such inconsistent reviews then what else is there to use other than manual submission?

    Chris Parker on May 2nd, 2009
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    This was the review of the free service. Please see my review of the paid service that has been a whole lot better. The link to my paid review is at the top of this article.

    DayJobNuker on May 2nd, 2009
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    I use Isnare the waiting time is very long but the service is cheap

    Aweber Review on August 3rd, 2009