Submitting links to article directories is similar to playing Russian roulette. In the sense that there is very little (if anything to gain), and if you lose… Well…
I know this because (much like you were planning on doing) I’ve experimented with this game before. I’ve watched my site’s trust-flow and overall ranking slowly erode in front of my very own eyes. My site formerly ranked very highly (#1 for most keywords) in the Minneapolis limo service space. I watched it (and tracked it) go from complete dominance, to partial dominance, to struggling to stay on page 1, to struggling to stay on page 3, to not ranking AT ALL.
“But Alfonso, if it was already ranked, what the samhell were you doing toying with it in the first place?”
Yeah… Probably wasn’t my best decision… To be fair, we were going for a national ranking. I wanted us, them, we, to be first page in the country, and eventually in the world. And we were well on our way. I was getting plenty of influential backlinks from Minneapolis-themed sites with some decent weight to them. I was pointing links from my own sites. The whole sha-bang.
And then, I started submitting links to article and link directories.
I came to find that these link farms were so spammed, so overused, so saturated, that anyone who got a link from them was almost immediately penalized.
I mean, we know that the sites that link to you are a reflection of your site (and vice versa), but man, I didn’t think it would be that bad.
I made sure to check out all of the metrics on the given domains, the trust-flow (which is the only thing I worry about) appeared to be fine. So I wasn’t quite sure what the issue was. Then, it hit me.
With these directories, ANYONE and everyone that also goes there to submit their listings can see your website. Meaning, if I’m Larry the Limo guy, and I see you submitting your link to the same directory (I see you actively link-building) and you’re in the same space as I am? I’m taking you down.
And that’s what happened.
My link got picked up by plenty of other local limo owners, they didn’t like how my site was beating their’s, so they spammed me.
They took my link to porn sites and to gambling sites, and started spamming with perfect anchor text.
This meant that I was a shoe-in for “Google’s most hated man of the year” award.
Be careful. You live and you learn.