Directory submission was all the rage when I first entered the linkbuilding space. It seems to have died off quite a bit. But the consensus among those linkbuilders that I respect is that there is still a place for directory submission in your linkbuilding strategy.
What NOT To Do
Don’t sumbit your blog to hundreds of spammy directories. Don’t spend $100 for 100 links in link farms posing as directories. Don’t blindly pay someone else to do your directory submission for you. Don’t waste your time submitting your blog to hundreds of irrelevant or worthless directories.
What To Do
Submit your blog to about 10 good directories. I like to recommend that you find 3-5 general directories and 3-5 niche directories. Finding good niche directories to submit to can take some work. But why not start by doing searches on “your niche directory” or “your niche directories.” If you’re lucky, you may even find a legit article discussing the best directories in your niche.
When it comes to general directories, I tend to prefer sticking with the oldies but goodies, though there are some good startups out there too. Here are a few that I’d recommend:
EatonWeb Blog Directory
Best of the Web (they have a general directory and blog directory)
Open Directory/Google Directory (if you don’t mind waiting a couple years)
Business Directory (if your blog has a business theme)
I used to recommend Microsoft Small Business Directory, but they seem to have gone out of business. Any other directories you’d put on this list?