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But now I think: If you got to much links from directories you have to get a lot links from other sources to balance your backlink-profile.
What do you think? Could it be bad to use directories or is it just useless work or can you really spread the variety of your keywords with that?
As far as the backlink profile being skewed for excessive directory links, again I would assume after a certain threshold, might stop passing benefit.
Those were good times and will be missed.
[edited by: ogletree at 1:49 pm (utc) on Aug. 4, 2009]
For maps/local search (at least in the UK) there are core directories that are pretty much essential at the moment.
General Rules I follow:
If the site uses a directory template and is not a niche directory avoid. If it is a niche be careful.
If they go on about SEO benefits or PR avoid.
If they offer sitewide featured links or footer links, avoid.
If they offer anchor text or a link only for cash, be careful.
If they are not niche / cover the whole world, be careful.
If you can see that the admin is poor or non-existent (by that I mean irrelevant links, poor English), avoid. Having said that, some important sites are Wikis - but you'll be able to spot those a mile off.
If they are on any SEO directory lists, be careful.