Should I Submit My Work To Article Directories And Look For Other Backlink Sources?
OK. Backlinks are not great. Too many of them will not really HURT your site, but it will not benefit it either. In the past Google put a lot of weight on backlinks but it got exploited heavily so stuff would rank just from backlinks.
You might get approached by some back link service at some time, but it's basically pointless to waste your time and/or money on them.
Get one or two from Street Articles, get a few some linking your stuff on social websites, and let the rest occur naturally. Spend the rest of your time writing content on your site or learning more about writing content on your site.
Carson made an excellent post about it. https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/carson/blog/oh-no-google-is-punishing-me