Tonearm - 7:44 pm on Apr 23, 2012 (gmt 0)
There are a few directories that are "worth it", if in fact it's directories where you want to be listed. Yahoo! Directory, Best of the Web, and DMOZ are still "safe" directories, as well as Business.com (although it may be going away at some point).
How much benefit do these links provide? It looks like $300/year for Yahoo and $300 one-time for BOTW. Business.com looks to be B2B-only. What about deemoz.org?
When it comes to the Chamber of Commerce site(s), it's not necessarily the link directly from the Chamber of Commerce--it is the fact that the Chamber site(s) tend to have a lot of good authority sites pointing to them which makes the Chamber site(s) more trusted by Google.
Very interesting, that's the sort of thing I was wondering about. How beneficial is a link from the local Chamber?
Other "safer" sites, where you would expect to have a link or listing tend to be industry-related. Whatever industry you're in, most likely there are sites that have business directories with the companies in that industry.
This is where I get the creeps. I've read so many backlink horror stories and some involve submitting to the wrong directory. I want to focus on 100% safe links.