I would highly recommend reading this forum as I see you are new to this Google SEO world! "directory and article directory submission" They call it inorganic links and they destroy your site on Google! These are not my assumptions, those are facts! I've been struggling with this issue since October 2011, my thread is here: [webmasterworld.com...]
I think it must have been something more than just that link. Maybe the timing just aligned with some other algo adjustment at the same time?
We are successful using both article marketing and directory submissions as a part of our overall marketing plan. I think its a pretty broad brushstroke to use, painting it all black like that.
Directories - We stay niche focused, relevant, and manual. We also do reciprocal links when we find one that will be useful to our visitors.
Articles - We go one to one and ask webmasters to use our expert content regularly. Rarely are we turned away.
Sure, there is plenty of bad out there when you start talking about using automated tools to do these things, but high quality directories related to your market, and high quality articles written to the readers of the site you are writing for, is not bad in our opinion.
Thanks martina, I am aware of those issues , nevertheless, these older links where acquired when years ago when this was ok, Actually, the articles used to bring in great traffic an I took a lot of care in producing them, ah well
Anyway, I am well aware that things change, that which was acceptable 2/3 years ago when the links where acquired are today beyond the Google pale
As for the new link, which is what this thread is about, Here is the thing, with their current mindset, how do they reliably distiguish natural from requested link ?
Do they say ohh look, this site had directory submissions in the past, this new link also must be un organic zappp :)
Not a myth, at least not for new sites. If you're in a competitive niche check your GWT for incoming links from a bunch of spammy domains. No trust + part of a spam circle = trouble right from the start.