Since the Google Penguin update having thousands of inbound links from Internet
directories can actually penalise your website.
Links now are all about quality and not quantity.
For links that will move your website up the Google results they need to contain your targeted keywords:
The links to your website need to contain your targeted keywords in the anchor text and they need to go to your website page optimised for that keyword.
The links below have anchor text optimised for the relevant targeted keywords.
Below are examples of how optimised text links need to be coded:
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