Free Press Release Distribution Roundup – 2023 Update

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Does Free Press Release Distribution Actually Work?

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 the way that actually works and creates results for our clients, 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 online press release services that offer free press releases.

A Huge Word of Caution – Free Press Release Distribution Services Produce Almost Zero Results

I caution you to use any of the so-called free press release distribution services 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.

Warning – Check out the following links regarding the pitfalls of free press release websites:

In fact, getting real earned media is the only way to get lasting SEO benefit from press releases, which you cannot do with free press release sites.

Read our Case Studies – Press Release Distribution That Produces Profits

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Read our Case Studies here: (including this press release that generated media pickup and links from more than 100 media outlets). Just imagine what links from Wall Street Journal, CNN International, Bloomberg, Harvard Business Review, etc., could do for your business (and SEO).

Discover How One eReleases Client Got Picked Up by Over 100 Publications – Why is Known as the Best Press Release Distribution Service for Small Businesses.

Click image below to view the Dining Bond Initiatives’ case study.

Be sure to read: Free Press Release Websites Are Expensive

Top 10 Free Press Release Distribution Websites






Newswire Today

Market Press Release

Additional Free Press Release Services


PRFire (Free UK Press Release Distribution)

Free Press Release

Pressbox (UK)

PressMethod (German)


Post a Free Press Release

Free Press Release Center

Exact Release

PR Urgent News

USPRwire (Nonprofits and CSR Only)

The Open Press

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 press release distribution sites, 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.

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

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