Like many in the SEO field, we were intrigued by Google's recent "banning" of directories (http://www.seroundtable.com/google-directory-removal-15151.html).

Since so many SEOs still use directories as a link acquisition methodology, we thought we'd look at a few hundred directories, gather stats about them, and hopefully report the results on SEOmoz in the next week or two. At first blush, it would appear that only a few directories were literally banned from the index, though a much greater number have their PageRank scores decreased, strongly suggesting Google's removing the value passed by those links.

In our analysis, we hope to be able to show the difference between the "built for SEO" directories that Google's penalizing/banning/not-counting vs. value-add directories that still carry weight.
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