Elsmarc - 1:00 pm on Aug 25, 2012 (gmt 0)
@netmeg - Same here. Years ago DMOZ was a significant factor. It was one of the few directories back in the old days that I did get links into, but I have no idea how significant it is these days. I do know back in the old days, a listing in DMOZ wasn't so much to drive traffic to a site so much as it was considered a "good" factor in a site being ranked by search engines.
@mrguy - I have has sites up for years going back to 1995. Other than in the mid- to late 1990's I haven't done link building. None the less there are thousands of links to my sites from many "bad neighborhoods". There's nothing I can do about it, and it's probably the same with you. If you *really* "...run around like chickens with their heads cut off to remove links they may have or may not have aquired themeselves..." you're pi**ing in the wind. It can't be done. First of all there are too any of them, and second most don't have valid contact info (and if they do they don't care and aren't about to remove links to your site(s) just because you ask them to). Sometimes you really have to sit back and ask yourself whether what Google is "asking" you to do makes sense or not. Many times it doesn't.