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Free Press Release Distribution Roundup

I get asked all the time if I can I provide a list of free press release submission companies. Despite being antithetical to my press release distribution business, which relies on reaching media directly by email and dedicated newswire feeds to newsrooms nationwide, I thought it would be worth venturing into this murky world to give you a comprehensive list of free press release websites. I caution you to use at your own risk and to realize that a free press release is not a mechanism of public relations or PR, but an offshoot of search engine optimization (SEO) — with no proven track record of actually improving a website’s SEO.

Be sure to read: WTF?? Free Press Release Distribution Head Scratcher

Top 10 Free Press Release Distribution Websites

Free Press Release
http://www.freepressrelease.com

PR-inside.com
http://www.pr-inside.com

i-Newswire
http://www.i-newswire.com

PR LOG
http://www.prlog.org

BigNews.biz
http://www.bignews.biz

PressReleasePoint
http://www.pressreleasepoint.com

ClickPress
http://www.clickpress.com

OpenPR
http://www.openpr.com

IdeaMarketerss
http://www.ideamarketers.com

1888PressRelease.com
http://www.1888pressrelease.com

Additional Free Press Release Services

Free Press Release
http://www.free-press-release.com

UpVery.com
http://www.upvery.com

Pressbox
http://www.pressbox.com

24-7 Press Release
http://www.247pressrelease.com

PressMethod
http://www.pressmethod.com

SanePR.com
http://www.sanepr.com

PR9.NET
http://www.pr9.net

PressExposure
http://pressexposure.com

Post a Free Press Release
http://www.postafreepressrelease.com

Free Press Release Center
http://www.free-press-release-center.info

PressAbout
http://www.pressabout.com

Businessportal24.com
http://www.businessportal24.com/en/

prFocus
http://www.prfocus.com

Exact Release
http://www.exactrelease.com

Press-Network.com
http://www.press-network.com

PR Friend
http://www.prfriend.com

Live-PR
http://www.live-pr.com/en/

Newswire Today
http://www.newswiretoday.com

MediaSyndicate
http://www.mediasyndicate.com

PublicityWires
http://www.publicitywires.com

AddPR.com
http://www.addpr.com

NetForce Press
http://www.netforcepress.com

PR Kiosk
http://www.prkiosk.com

Press Release 001
http://www.pressrelease001.com

PR Urgent News
http://www.prurgent.com

LocalNews.biz
http://www.localnews.biz

Prbd.net
http://www.prbd.net

USPRwire
http://www.usprwire.com

PitchEngine – Credit card required.
http://www.pitchengine.com

The Open Press Unable to register for months due to issues related to a hack.
http://theopenpress.com

Fast Pitch! – Despite free option, you basically have to upgrade.
http://www.fastpitchnetworking.com

Criteria: When developing this list, I looked at several variables, such as: Alexa ranking, Page Rank, credibility indicators, and style. Sites that didn’t make the rank included: simple blogs, industry specific, dead sites (no recent press releases), and sites with broken navigation or ordering systems.

Help Us Keep This List Up to Date

A trend I’ve noticed is that many past free press release websites are no longer free (but let you set up a free account to then pay). If you find any of these sites no longer offer free press release distribution, let us know by commenting below.

Share Your Free Press Release Success or Failure

Please comment below and share your experiences with free press releases.

For details on the pitfalls of free press release websites visit: Free Press Release Websites Are Expensive and WTF?? Free Press Release Distribution Head Scratcher

 

This article is written by Mickie Kennedy, founder of eReleases (http://www.ereleases.com), the online leader in affordable press release distribution. To subscribe to PR Fuel, visit: http://www.ereleases.com/prfuel/subscribe/.

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44 Responses

  1. prfuel says:

    Thanks Ryan. Great addition!

  2. Marti Mayne says:

    I don’t see http://www.pr-inside.com/ on this list. It’s one I use all the time and stories are immediately picked up by Google. I am not so sure that reporters read these releases, but it certainly helps our SEO.

  3. Thanks for this great resource. While Caribbeanpressreleases.com is a non US site and only a few years old, it is a free press release distribution site geared specifically for Caribbean businesses and audiences.

  4. prfuel says:

    Thanks Marti. I’m going to add PR-inside.com to the list.

    Sharon, as noted in criteria, I’m going to stick with free press release sites that handle all types of press releases. I discovered industrial free press release sites, travel free press release distribution services, and ones that were geographically-centric so I decided it was best to try to keep the list as broad as possible. Ideally, these sites will be useful across all industries and at least for U.S. businesses.

    Best,

    Mickie Kennedy

  5. Vikas says:

    Great post. I have a question. Will you help us by mentioning how to write an effective press release as well. I will be grateful.

    Vikas

  6. prfuel says:

    Vikas,

    I would recommend http://www.ereleases.com/howtowrite.html as well as check out some press release samples here: http://www.ereleases.com/press-release-sample.html

    Best,

    Mickie Kennedy

  7. prfuel says:

    Vikas, I would recommend you read the tips on press release writing here: http://www.ereleases.com/howtowrite.html — as well as check out some industry-specific press release samples here: http://www.ereleases.com/press-release-sample.html

    Best,

    Mickie Kennedy

  8. prfuel says:

    Vikas, I would recommend you read the tips on press release writing here: http://www.ereleases.com/howtowrite.html — as well as check out some industry-specific press release samples here: http://www.ereleases.com/press-release-sample.html

    Best,

    Mickie Kennedy

  9. Edward Moore says:

    You might want to add pressdr.com to the list.

  10. prfuel says:

    Edward, Unfortunately, my viewing of that site determined they are no longer free. Press release distribution starts at $35.

    Best,

    Mickie Kennedy

  11. Mayank patel says:

    This is great resource given by you.
    I am working in india.is this list helpful for India?
    also any list about Indian PR website like this?

  12. Hayley says:

    Another online press release distribution service is:

    PressFlow.co.uk [Editor: not free so not included above]

  13. For Mayank Patel. A popular site that provides free releases for India:

    http://www.merinews.com/

    Sites that are on the list that now charge:

    http://express-press-release.net/ Price $29 per press release
    http://www.pressmediawire.com Require payment, see below

    http://www.pressmediawire.com/press-release-service-pricing.cfm

    http://www.pitchengine.com They require you to provide a credit card!
    http://www.pr9.net/ Slowed way down. I think they register for free, but charge for submission?

    Sites that have slowed way down:

    http://www.prfocus.com Good luck, if you can navigate out of the pop up ads!!
    http://www.exactrelease.com Not much action on this site!

    These free sites are okay for temporary Internet Visibility and to establish branding, but don’t expect much traffic, and an even less chance you’ll get contacted by a media source!

  14. Great resource! Thanks for putting together this list.

  15. prfuel says:

    Thanks Steven, I’ve updated the list and removed express-press-release.net and pressmediawire.com, which now appear to be charging.

    Mickie Kennedy

  16. No problem Mickie!

    That’s the best top 10 list I’ve come across yet.

    Additionally, I’d like to add that these free sites also lack any real SEO benefits. Such as helping establish high quality back links or having a positive effect on your website’s key metrics.

    However, they can be good tools to use to practice your press release writing skills, and to learn the proper way to format them. Providing you have a lot of time and patience!

  17. michael says:

    This is a great list of pr release sites and free traffic is bound to follow.

  18. Hi Mickie, seoPRwire is also a free press release distribution site that is thriving. Since its launch in August 2009, we have improved and worked hard on our SEO and now stands at Google Page Rank 3. Another great resource for small business world wide. Thanks and you can also add it on your list.

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  20. Alex Smith says:

    We are currently using pressmediawire.com. They offer unlimited press release distributions for $1200 first year and $720 (40%) each year after http://www.pressmediawire.com/authorsignup.cfm I think it is a good deal. We also use http://www.seoprwire.com for free press release distribution. it is PR 3 and provides great results in searches.

  21. Sara says:

    Why is mine not included lol www. postpressrelease.com a name you can’t forget

  22. PR Fuel says:

    Sara,

    Largely because of no pagerank, no traffic, and authority.

    Mickie

  23. Dave Panfili says:

    Very nice list here. Good starting point. Thanks.

  24. Here’s another to add to that list:
    Post Free Press Releases.com
    http://www.postfreepressreleases.com
    Free account sign up, free press release submission, press releases published to the site immediately, and HTML links are allowed.
    Cheers!

  25. Mark says:

    good,thanks for your share

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  27. Resa says:

    kind of liked this article :) It was a pleasant read, thanks for the article! ;) Best regards, Resa

  28. Gina says:

    Thank you so much for this list! I had been looking all over the place for press release sites and couldn’t find any… very much appreciated :)

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  30. W.H. says:

    I use http://www.pressreleasefiles.com and is strongly recommended

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  33. James Ross says:

    Great Site for your free Press Release Submission: http://www.pressreleaseorder.com/

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  41. ND says:

    Hi, Will a press release really help to improve the page rank of the website?

    If yes, how? Please let me know. I will be grateful…..

  42. PR Fuel says:

    Personally, I don’t think press releases help the page rank of a website. They might result in a bump in traffic as they themselves (the press releases) will get search engine traffic but Google has made it clear it doesn’t to reward the page rank of sites because of press release campaigns.

    I think press releases are powerful when sent to the media. Most online press release sites, including free and low cost providers, are a distraction and you are NOT reaching the media through them.

    Try a service like eReleases that reaches the media and distributes over PR Newswire, the oldest and largest newswire of press releases.

    Best,

    Mickie

  43. Julian says:

    You can try also http://listfree.org/ – Alexa ranking 68,958

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