I've just been discussing a potentially bad link profile on another thread but as this is a slightly different problem so I have started this new thread.
Basically, I had a professional link analysis done on my website due to a slow but consistant drop in rankings. It has flagged up a few potential issues, the one I would like to discuss here is a business directory in the UK that I got involved with.
I'm not sure how to use their name without advertising them but it is like torch but you would need to replace the R with a U (hope that's okay mods - if not please amend/advise?!).
Cutting a long story short, they claim to be a local directory but I have ended up with a national listing with them which involves having a link to my website on each of their "local" sites. Their websites have a URL of their company name followed by a location in the UK for just about every major place in the UK I can think of. Because there are 100s of these websites that all originate from the same IP address and they all link to my website in the same fashion, I have been told this could potentially be seen as a link farm by Google.
I know paying to be in a directory is probably frowned upon as it is but is this really as bad as it seems?