20+ Free Press Release Distribution Sites

I updated Sean P. Aune script at Mashable and add SEO metrics. And for some resources, my personal experience and results will be added over time. Take a look later.

Finding the Best Free PR Distribution Service Ranking in 2017

There are several free or part-time free press release distribution sites that help your business expose its message through the right channels. The list will be useful to both marketers and SEO to get more traffic to the site.

Alexa Traffic Rank: 50870 Similar, Web monthly Traffic: 107093414 
* More than 600 PRs per week.
PRLog.org — Free distribution to Google News and other other search engines. The distribution aspect has social media integration and custom content alerts, along with your very own ‘Press Room’.

Alexa Traffic Rank: 85849 Similar, Web monthly Traffic: 185227 
* More than 600 PRs per week.
Another cost-effective press release distribution site is PR.com — Not only will they distribute your press releases, but you can also set up a full company profile.

Alexa Traffic Rank: 96591 Similar, Web monthly Traffic: 164216 
* More than 700 PRs per week.
Free-Press-Release.com — Easy press release distribution for free, more features for paid accounts. With this free service, you’ve also got the option to include SEO tags and your release will be search engine indexed.

Alexa Traffic Rank: 147493 Similar, Web monthly Traffic: 67942 
* More than 100 PRs per week.
1888PressRelease.com — Free distribution, paid services gives you better placement and permanent archiving.

Alexa Traffic Rank: 125783 Similar, Web monthly Traffic: 67764 
* More than 150 PRs per week.
24–7PressRelease.com — Free release distribution with ad-support.

My experience:
I used this site once a paid publication and we got only two visits to site and 68 backlinks (5 dofollow) from unique domains.

Alexa Traffic Rank: 366942 Similar Web monthly Traffic: 53055 
PRLeap.com — Free distribution to search engines, newswires, and RSS feeds. Fee based bumps get you better placement.

Web monthly Traffic: 52273

We consider EIN Presswire to be one of the most advanced central sources for communication professionals whose time is valuable.

I buy Basice Package for $49.95 for 1 PR, and this is my experience:
Results for the site in the category of IT:
Google Analytics data: Direct traffic drop -5%, Organic growth + 16%
Data on Arefs: +90 backlinks with 45 unique domains.

Alexa Traffic Rank: 207727 Similar, Web monthly Traffic: 37000 
PressBox is utilised by media professionals to collate, distribute and maintain quality news to inform targeted audiences.

Alexa Traffic Rank: 235077 Similar, Web monthly Traffic: 36780 
PRBuzz.com — Completely free distribution to search engines, news sites, and blogs.

Alexa Traffic Rank: 278012 Similar, Web monthly Traffic: 28647

PR-Inside.com — European-based free press release distribution site.

Alexa Traffic Rank: 340308 Similar, Web monthly Traffic: 20435 
PRUrgent — Not only distributes your release, but attempts to teach you how to write one, and even offers downloadbale samples for you to work with.

Alexa Traffic Rank: 381419 Similar, Web monthly Traffic: 11172 
NewswireToday.com — All the usual free distribution tools, premium service includes logo, product picture and more.

Alexa Traffic Rank: 391094 Similar, Web monthly Traffic: 10920 
ClickPress.com — Distributs to sites like Google News and Topix.net, Gold level will also get you to sites like LexisNexis.

Alexa Traffic Rank: 543492 Similar, Web monthly Traffic: 8845

Free-Press-Release-Center.info — Distributes your release, offers a web page with one keyword link to your site. Pro upgrade will give you three links, permanent archiving and more. If you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful press release distributor, this option is great for small to medium-sized businesses.

Alexa Traffic Rank: 562612 Similar, Web monthly Traffic: 7856 
TheOpenPress.com — Gives free distribution for plain formatted releases, fees for HTML-coded releases.

Alexa Traffic Rank: 519774 Similar, Web monthly Traffic: 7300

PR Fire is a leading online public relations and marketing service that will help you to spread your press releases and news by reaching customers and media.

Alexa Traffic Rank: 1921502 Similar, Web monthly Traffic: 3853 
EcommWire.com — Focuses on ecommerece and requires you include an image, 3 keywords and links.

Alexa Traffic Rank: 1749703 Similar, Web monthly Traffic: 3615 
PressAbout.com — A free press release service formatted as a blog.

Alexa Traffic Rank: 1367596 Similar, Web monthly Traffic: 3303 
PR9.net — Ad supported press distribution site.

Alexa Traffic Rank: 1924172 Similar, Web monthly Traffic: 2415 
PressMethod.com — Free press release distribution no matter what, but extra services based on the size of your contribution.

Alexa Traffic Rank: 4536156 Similar, Web monthly Traffic: 1323 
PRCompass.com — Distribute your press release with a free or paid version, others can vote it up ala Digg style.

Alexa Traffic Rank: 5329460 Similar, Web monthly Traffic: 1235 
Press-Base.com — Submit your release for free and get on their front page and the category of your choice.

Conclusion — Top Free Press Release Services

As you can see, there are several free news distribution sites that can be used to increase exposure for your business and its’ content, along with provide SEO-value (links still work). Now, it’s up to you to start writing, submitting and see the benefits!

How to check how many press release the site published per week or day?

I’m using not most accurate but useful Google tools (Search operator site:). Search the site domain and add a time limit.