I use a program called article marketing robot, it has about 3700 directories that it uses.
Only about 2000 of those directories got their accounts succesfully created.
From selected 2000 directories for my articles (all which where spun), I got 1200 approved articles. A lot less than 2000 but it's still 60% succes rate and a bunch of backlinks, I think.
Then I do a report to see how many were actually approved (as opposed to published) and the number went down to 474.
Now it get's worse.
I go back to the page that I backlinked to and do a backlink check.
Guess what....10 backlinks total and I did the above submission 2 weeks ago. What do you think is going on?