Ok , after reading various post I have decided it's in my best interests to take down the link exchange pages to my website.I am doing this because I have fallen in my search engine rankings. This is not good for business.
Some time in May I had a goggle Pr of 4. Then all of a sudden It dropped to 2. I figured I had done some thing wrong and tried to change up a lot of the content in my site. This caused a change but not what I had hoped. I was on page #1 for various search terms but dropped to page #4 or lower for most. My visits also dropped by 2/3 of what I was getting. Leads dropped to about 2 a week from about 10 a week.
Thats when i really started to worry. So I started reading up on seo to see what i was doing wrong. The only thing I could come up with were In these articles.
I guess I got the penalty too . So now I won't be doing anymore link exchanges. When I checked many of those link backs were missing on others site anyway.When I fist exchanged the links they were there. I guess the removed my links as soon as I accepted there's. I wrote about this before. I will link to people through blogs and work on my blogging so others will link to me. I cant afford to take another hit to my business.
My only other concern is should I delete the links to directories.