wheel - 8:09 pm on Oct 12, 2011 (gmt 0)
Do you think that it is the methods they are doing it rather than the actual list itself that is the problem?
Yes. The problem lies not in the specific technique, but in the over use of volume combined with not enough quality.
I have asked here before and that seems to be the answer. So if we do it manually in house relevantly, it should be fine right?
Well, as long as you do it manually and look at each one.
Directory submissions - sure. but look at the directory. If it's a garbage $10 general directory, then don't do it. If it's a decent quality local or niche directory, go nuts. Directories are fine as long as you're a bit fussy. You'll get 10-30 directories if you work hard at it though, not 700.
Blog Post Writing- absolutely. But only find high quality blogs that are in your niche. If they're general blogs, or not in your niche, I wouldn't do it. If they're low end in your niche, I wouldn't waste my time. If they are top quality blogs and in your niche - then absolutely.
The problem is, if it's a top quality blog in your niche, why are they going to give you a blog post? Answering that question is what's going to make your backlink profile stronger than many SEO companies - because the SEO companies won't even ask that question let alone answer it. Inhouse, you can leverage your knowledge to answer it.