Let's assume that you want to actually go ahead and do Directory Submissions across the board, and let's leave aside any theoretical discussions of validity and efficacy for another thread.
1. Plugins for your Browser
You will need this plugin for Mozilla which will allow you to create a master profile which you can use to expedite your directory submission process. This plugin will allow you, in one click will fill the relevant data into a directory submission. Put 3 of 4 different descriptions and titles in the plugin and you'll be better set not to set off the warning bells. With this plugin alone I can rip through 50 manual submissions in an hour.
2. Identify Directories.
This is the key here's resource I use and here's a little bit of a Google hack for pulling back some others
3. Refine Directories - Find out the reciprocal data required.
After you've got the directories, and if you're going down the reciprical route, you need to pull all the relevant data from the directories link requirement field, and create a list of these URLs. Before you go ahead and do the submissions you will need to create a page of links, otherwise some directories will not accept your submission. Although it is not according to W3 standards, you can put <base target="_blank" /> before the list of URLs and this will force the URLS to open in a new window (if you attempt to insert a target="blank" in the link data, some sites will reject it because they are parsing for exact matches on the recip. link data)
I tend to do the following in a text file for each directory I am submitting to....
1. Directory Submit Link
Reciprocal Link Data.
Once I've created a master link, I open the text file in Word, add a space after the Directory submit link to covert it to a hyperlink and then save it as an HTML page. I've then got my contents page from which I will do all my submissions.
4. Review and Delete.
Whenever I find a site is no longer accepting submissions for any reason, I take them out of the text file and regenerate the links.
5. A word on writing titles and descriptions
Be clear and try and aim for just one decent keyword in your description. Don't make your title anything other than your business name.
6. Expert tip:
check that the category you are submitting to is listed in the Search Engine for which you wish the directory submission to have effect. While Yahoo will index everything - it's even indexed my coat - Google might index a directory home page and a few categories, but not a category with 70 follow on pages.
7. Expert tip 2:
Submit the page where your links appears on to Google via their addurl.
7. Expert tip 3:
For your directory submissions register a new email address on your own domain for the submissions, something like email@example.com and then put email forwarding on the account so you can ignore the spam you'll get but periodically review to check for valid requests.
Lots of love in this thread, I'm hoping we'll see some others throw some good advice, links and resources to make this the best Directory thread ever.
Edited by glyn, 28 May 2009 - 10:59 AM.