Planet13 - 7:01 am on Mar 1, 2012 (gmt 0)
"Article directories as a type of backlink have almost no value any more..."
Well, here is ONE way to find value in article directories...
Take a COMPETITOR'S article, spin it, and blast it all over the article directories. Heck, don't even bother linking it to your money site. Link it some stranger's site.
Not exactly what they were designed for, but you probably have a better chance of DEVALUING a competitor's article than you would have of creating value from an article of your own.
Another thought is taking your articles and maybe grouping them together and making a free ebook and giving it away. It the info is truly USEFUL to your readers, and if it's FREE, then people will link to the page where you distribute it.