Localization is Key
The big difference is localization and editorial control. Please understand that if you submit a link here, you don’t instantly get a link.
We review your link. We make sure that you are running a truly local business. We make sure that the content as well as the descriptions that you post on this website are consistent with our editorial quality standards.
To make Google even happier, all the links that are outbound from this website coming from business listings are not followed by Google. By using these best practices, localized link directories such as ausdirectory.org are not only back, but are generating amazing results for both free and paid customers.
So, yes. Link directories are still relevant after Google Penguin, but only if they use very user-specific linking instructions and have a tight quality-based editorial and content policy.