I am somewhat new to web development and really new to SEO. I have a two part question.
1) what is the difference between using +"www.mortgageratesgroup" and link:www.mortgagerates group to find how many inbound links you have? I have seen both of these used. Which is correct?
2)What is a reasonable amount of time to expect to wait for all those directory submissions to help improve your rankings? Assuming a site is accepted. 6 months/1year/2years.