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So what do those gray bars mean, exactly, in terms of link power from those directory pages? I don't know for sure, but they don't stop me from paying for a directory submission to what looks to be top-shelf in my book. I think there's plenty of value, including Google value, in being accepted into a top directory -- no matter what page they put you on.
I haven't paid for any directory listings myself, but I do regularly submit to free directories, and am convinced that it can boost rankings. In fact I recently got the home page of a small hobby site to PR3 using nothing but submissions to free directories. (In this case I submitted to about 500 free directories over a period of about 18 months)
If you do submit to a lot of directories (free or paid), I think it's important to vary the anchor text and site descriptions some, so that the resulting backlink profile will look more natural. Also, for the same reason, you should submit steadily over an extended time period rather than suddenly making to a large number of submissions within a short time frame.
If the page has PR0, I suppose there is still some value for the backlink.
[edited by: tedster at 8:20 am (utc) on May 6, 2009]
[edit reason] switch to example.com - it can never be owned [/edit]
1. Many of these links from free directories eventually show up in my Google Webmaster Tools lists of external backlinks.
2. The home page of a small hobby site has reached PR3 with nothing but links from free directories. And my other sites also appear to have gotten PR boosts from free directory submissions.
3. In several cases I have seen big jumps in rankings for specific search terms after I began using those terms as the anchor text in my submissions to free directories.
I know that some people think links from free directories are worthless. But that hasn't been my experience.
Did this to check if it will help me get indexed and funny enough I got indexed in 3 days and google sends like 5-10 visitors a day after a week of being indexed.
The directory I added the link from is a PR3 with all categories having gray pagerank.
So I'd definitely say that they get counted. Just no PR juice I assume, but is fine with me as the issue here is to get some listings.
I'm not sure I understand the point of your question. But I just went to Webmaster Tools for one of my sites and checked the first three links I saw from free directories with the info: query, and in each case Google returned the page that the listing is on.
If you're wondering if these directory pages are indexed, they have to be, or Google wouldn't have found and counted the links.
I will say that I mostly submit to newly-launched free directories, so the pages often aren't indexed at the time I make the submission. But in most cases Google eventually finds and indexes them, and I then see them in my Webmaster Tools backlink lists. Is this what you're asking?