Ok, this may sound crazy or is an extreme newbie question, but what is the purpose of submitting to directories? The reason I ask is becuase I recently created two new websites and downloaded "Fast directory Submitter" and submitted them to 120 directories and they were all approved. I see no benefit to those submitions, thus far. Granted, its only been a few days, but when I set up a backlink it shows up quickly. I thought they would have counted as "Backlinks", but they don't appear there either. My website appears to still not indexed by Google, even though i have submitted a sitemap and the URL's to Google. I thought the purpose of directory submittions were to get the major search engines to crawl my website faster. Is this a pointless task or is there value in doing it?
I look forward to anyone's response.