Robert_Charlton - 3:28 am on Oct 1, 2012 (gmt 0)
...If the linked to site has disproportional percentage of keyword anchor text in its inbound link profile, it is a case for it to remove such links or edit link anchor text where possible. Again, if the directory is not in the habit of giving Title just made of keywords, I don't see a reason why should they be removed.
...Again, if a directory has stuck to its editorial integrity and not compromised on categorization or placed RoS links to Payday Loan sites, that directory can't be on ones hit list.
To expand a bit on these excellent points... it's important that the directory edits both the titles and descriptions it receives. Once upon a time, in my early days of SEO, I didn't used to think so. I was frustrated by directories that messed up my carefully optimized submissions.
I've come to understand that editing is how a directory comes by unique content. Even if directories varied the titles, most sites submitting to directories submit the same boilerplate descriptions.
So, editing helps you, if not for your own submission, then for all the others they accept. The quality of the editing is one of the factors to look for when choosing directories.