Open to ideas

In the past, whenever I've submitted my website to a free directory submission place, I always end up with nothing but spammers. That is so annoying. I'd like to drive more traffic to my site but I don't want more spam clogging everything up. Does anyone have any ideas? I'm open for suggestions. Maybe I should try reviewing more J-Dramas and advertise on those communities. Though TGW is a bit more than that now. ACK!