These directories work as a clearing house for information, providing free, expert opinions and advice on a variety of topics, and can be written by any site owner pertaining to their web site.
The owner need not be a true expert in the field, but must do enough research to understand the topic enough to pass information on to readers.
Once the article has been written, it can be submitted to directories that offer them to multiple users.
Once your article has been picked up and published by another online site, your information becomes part of the internet information available on the subject of your website.
You should not submit the exact same article to more than one different article directory, however rewriting the same information to make each article truly unique is acceptable.
Your article will also have an author's box at the end including information about you and your business, as well as a link back to your web site for readers to click on for more information.
The link also adds value to your web site by the search engines, bringing additional traffic from a user's search.
Every article directory has specific formatting requirements as well as word counts and content guidelines.
It is highly recommended to read through all of the guidelines before writing an article and make sure it fits into the requirements.
Most of directories do not include articles automatically and are not posted on the site until they have been a reviewed and accepted.
Articles submitted that do not meet their requirements or formatting directions are usually rejected and not included in the directory.
For those who do not have the time to write their own articles, there are several services that will write the articles for you to submit to the directories.