Quote: Thanks for this post. Might I ask if you submit to niche directories at first, or just general free ones.
Thanks for your question
I submit to niche directories when I can find them, but in most of my niches there aren't enough of them for what I need. So mostly I have to submit to free general directories in the most suitable category I can find.
Here's something else I should have mentioned- There are a lot of older "dead" direectories that have been abandoned by their owners, so it's a waste of time to submit to them. So I mostly submit to newly-announced directories. Their owners are enthusiastic about their new site and will often approve your submission in less than a day. You can find these new directories on certain forums and special lists that are updated frequently (We're not allowed to post links here, but you should be able to find some of these by searches on terms like "new directories", "directory forum", etc.)
I should add that many people doubt the value of free directory listings and will tell you that they are a waste of time. But my experience over several years indicates otherwise. It's true that one listing alone isn't worth much, but over a period of time you can eventually get dozens or even hundreds of them, and the total value can add up.
To do it properly, you should use a form filler, and you should vary the anchor text and descriptions sometimes.
Finally, as I said before, for the best chance of success, you need to combine directory submissions with other link-building methods.