I was reading some other threads in WPW that were talking about the value that links from directories like DMOZ, and Yahoo directory have on your google and yahoo search rankings. Our site was #1 on Yahoo search for a couple years without being in the Yahoo directory and now is at #3, and hangs around #5 and #6 on Google. We've submitted to DMOZ, but the Yahoo directory (which is seperate from the Yahoo search) charges $299 to submit to.
In Yahoo search, I'm ahead of my competitors that are in the Yahoo directory already. But those same competitors are ahead of me in Google. So my question is: does Google pay enough attention to the Yahoo directory that it would be worth it to pay the $299/year to have my link in there? That REALLY seems a bit steep.