It was time when people like to link from directories because the time was good for Google PR as it helped in increasing the ranking of a site if the site is linked from the high PR link directories. Then the time came when Google slashed the directories with zero PR and all were just running away from directories. But then again Google started reviving the PRs for the directories.
Now as most of the directories have started regaining their PR so is it worthwhile to put your link to high rank PR directories. I would say it can be but not sure about Google because some sites rank well and others not.
What’s the Point?
Since I am just talking about directories and ranking the more important is not just ranking through directories, but some of the link directories or deep link directories give enormous amount of traffic, which can be used for anything in a particular site.
Lets say you put your link in Infogle Link Directory, its deep link directory. Since, my directory is not having any PR this does not mean that this will not benefit you. It will because the directory is receiving very good amount of uniques per day. Moreover, if you look at the total link submitted till this day you will come to know the amount of traffic the section is receiving. Total link submitted and approved till now is over 18000.
So, the point I am trying to make it here is about traffic that you receive from link directories. This is far more better than ranking for PR. As ultimately traffic help your sales and sites in revenue. PR will not help in raising your financial site position.
What to Conclude
The simple conclusion to the above would be that since most webmasters feel that directories are out of the business and they have their interest shifted, but this is just one side the other side of the coin reveals that directories are gaining back the popularity and persistency as they tend to deliver the traffic which might be needed for any website.
I would suggest to people who are making their websites/blogs, when it’s done and up on Internet. The first thing they must do is to have their website/blog submitted to as much directories as possible. You can subscribe to any manual directory submission service. This will create buzz for your website/blog and hopefully you will gain some PR value also.