If you haven’t viewed Matt Cutts’ explanation of how Google views article marketing, I think it’s worth a look see.
Early in my online career I not only tried article marketing but also used articles from free directories on my first website. Shortly thereafter I abandoned both practices as they didn’t yield the results I was looking for.
The Panda algorithm royally slapped the free article marketing directories and after listening to the above video, I don’t think they’ll be recovering any time soon. What’s your take on the situation?