While in my mind's delusions Realitist dot com is a high quality directory G doesn't think so, but bing does so I pay more attention to bing then G these days.
Though I will say PR goes a long way in how much one can charge for a review and how often you will be asked to do one.
My other sites vary in quality. I like to buy a site or script and then add to it rather then build from scratch.
My seo formula is to hand submit to PR-1 and higher. Pay for a few higher PR-5/6 reviews for quick quality back links. Pay for about 3,000 bulk submits, though only to directories not classiffieds or blogs. This works better if one does some categories homework making it easy for the bulk submmitter. Out source a squid if the site meets their rules. Buy 100 social book marks, enough to be picked up quick while flying under the radar of G looking for the big buyers black hat . Bulk submit the site to remaining search engines (avoid the worst), except for hand submits to B and G, Jayde, Scrub the Web and Gigablast. Search for the site title or key words daily on b and g and visit the site for at least 3 minutes clicking through from the search. If/when the search instead finds the rss feed page or privacy page instead of home, click to home as the page loads, resubmit in a week if this nonsense continues. Make sure site isn't tripping morality filter. Do site searches while signed out or b and g will customize results only for you making your place in the faked serps meaningless.
Budget to promote a new site, about $120. Does it work, yes.