Directory submission is the part of SEO and need to be done. It help's you increasing your back link count to some extent but don't help much in increasing your page rank. Because most of the back link given by directory submission are no-follow.
I do agree that Direct submissions will take lot of time for approve our links but it will get targeted traffic from the directories and obtain a good quality, one-way link from every directory that you submit. It helps to improve search engine rankings and Google PageRank, often moving the website to many pages in the search engine results.
The most popular and important Internet directories are DMOZ and Yahoo
Some advantages of directory submission are:
1)link is indexed by the search engines quickly.
2)Directory submissions give you one-way links
3)Directory submissions allow the anchor text of your choice
4)Directory submissions are mostly free
5)Directory submissions send you targeted traffic
Well after google Panda update nowadays Directory listing is not a good off page optimization method at all.
Here is what my experience is with directory posting:
1. I have submitted to over 800 directories since March--that is an actual count!
2. My page rank jumped from 0 to 2 to 1
3. I have 85 Yahoo backlinks and 2 Google backlinks.
4. Thus, my yeield rate is about 10% for Yahoo, and basically nothing for Google.
5. I have been using several directory lists.
6. I just found a tool at Mozilla's web site that allows me to see the pagerank of a web site when I go to it. This enabled me to see why my PR dropped from 2 to 1; most of my backlinks, which were supposed to be PR2-5, were actually PR1.
7. I don't submit to PR0 or PR1 directories.
8. One of my keywords is on Page 1 of Google, and the other is on Page 2. For Bing and Yahoo, keywords are on Page 2 and Page 4.
9. My Alexa ranking has increased from 8M on 30 Jun 10 to just over 2M today.
Obviously, I need to do something else besides directory posting to get quality backlinks. I have started a blog, a Facebook page, a Twitter feed, and put in links to Delicious, Google +1, Digg, LinkedIn, and FourSquare.
I have done some on-page optimization, too. I looked into a bunch of information on the web, and implemented what I can.
My understanding of the series of posts in this thread are:
Advantages of Directory Posting
- May be able to get a lot of links.
- Links may be low rated
- Directories don't always link when requested
- Not the best way to build links.
I have found that DMoz is not as good as it used to be, with so many directory sites out there it is important to know the quality, if they are paid or free and also if they have a category fit for your business.