May be I am initiating this thread with somthing having negative in mind. However, I can remember the directory submission blizzard around the world some years ago and SEO's kept shouting it works for organic ranking. All of the sudden google removed that suggestion from their web master guidelines and currently encouraging peole to put more efforts in article marketing and similar efforts.
May question is, will it remain alive always? or article marketing is going to die some time later and we will hear people saying that google dislikes website having extensive article marketing done in past?