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Directory submission is as good until you are doing in related niche and to only few well ranked directories.

Now these days there are lots of spam directories with fake page rank. So, no need to do submission in all of them. Try only doing Quality Directory Submission not Bulk Directory Submission.

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I think the first option is better as it provides more link juice but it needs close attention because the same kind of over work may ruin the ranking of the keyword for your website.