Allen_Graves - 1:40 pm on Jul 21, 2010 (gmt 0)
I believe there is. In fact, I have proof that you do get some juice from article submission when you have appropriate link text pointing to your own site from appropriate directories.
But Google released a blog post a couple of weeks ago that said...in a nutshell...mass submission of articles won't help and you should try to publish your content on niche-related article directories.
Of course, if it is syndicated then you have no control where it ends up. But (at least right now) you should start off looking for some niche-related directories if you want to start article marketing.
I would also suggest using a couple of the big directories along with the niche-related sites.