said 1 year, 2 months ago:
I think the point is that article directories aren’t particularly useful for SEO, period.
From what I see, most people today are focusing on tactics such as guest posting. Another possibility: combining good “link-worthy” content on their site along with social media promotion of that content to attract traffic and links.
If you must submit to directories, I’d say to focus only on a small handful of top-notch directories. The emphasis here should be on quality, not quantity. Then write a different article for each directory so the content is unique. You can use the same topic for all of them, but make sure each article is different. (This does NOT mean “run the keywords a couple of times through ‘article spinner’ software”. I’m talking about creating honest-to-goodness, good-quality, unique articles.)
Just don’t expect much in the way of results, IMO.