Hi Guys, Currently working as in house marketing executive, in which my roll involves SEO. I have worked as part of SEO teams before, but never been the sole person. I have a sound knowledge of on page SEO, so my questions in this post relate to link-building. My previous link-building role involved writing blogs on the company site, submitting them to sites like reddit, stumbleupon, social media. Along with this I would spend hours each day guest blogging, looking for guest blogs, writing guest blogs, building links back to the site. Due to the time consuming nature of this, and the other duties in my new role I wont have as much time to do guest blogging, however it is still something i will be doing almost daily. This leads me to my question about directories. An agency has been doing little SEO for my new company. I would guess half a day a month based no their reporting, number of keywords they have been focusing upon etc. I have been reviewing the backlink profile for my new company. I cannot find any guest blogs etc, just purely directory submissions for the most part. I started with this company following Penguin 2.0, but looking at the SEO reports, we have dropped ranking for every tracked keyword. I have sent link removal requests for sites deemed unsafe by seogadet, and had the majority of these unsafe links have been removed so far. I still need to manually go through a lot of the linking domains and decide if they look safe or spammy, but ive made a start on that using the seogadet safe/unsafe link assessor. I understand spam directories and the negative's these can have on a site when a Google update hits, however I have recently been reading that "safe" directories in aggregate can still add value. In the past I have manually submitted domains to directories, however I have read on this forum comments like "lol dont do it manually". Not sure if using software would be considered blackhat, or just an effective way of submitting to directories. I have found sliq and power directory submitter via these forums. Would it be advisable to use software like this? Or should I manually submit to directories. Also, in the current age of SEO, outside of the guest blogging and inbound/contenting marketing (sharing great content (articles,FAQ's,blogs,infographics, videos)across social media, social bookmarking and industry influencers / authoritive sources), is there anything else of note I should be pursuing for link building?