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Does Dmoz Still Have a Place in Search?

The Open Directory Project Seeks Respect

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Dmoz.org, also known as the Open Directory Project, is widely considered to be the mother of all directories. Well, that was the case at one time, anyway. Dmoz has dropped significantly in popularity over the years, and is the subject of much criticism by webmasters looking for inclusion. What do you think about Dmoz these days? Is it still valuable? Tell us what you think.

WebProNews publisher and iEntry CEO Rich Ord talked to Dmoz founder Rich Skrenta shortly after its 1998 launch. "Dmoz was originally launched as Gnuhoo which it then quickly changed to NewHoo. It was a directory that was for the people and by the people when it came out, so it was considered to be the answer to Yahoo’s more closed directory," says Ord.

Now many users are taking issue with that "for the people" part, and the numbers reflect it. Looking at Compete data, Dmoz has declined sharply in unique visitors, visits, and page views over the last six or seven years. According to Compete, Dmoz hasn’t had 3 million unique visitors in a month since March 2003, at which point it had over 15 million page views and over 3 and a half million visits. In April of 2009, the numbers read: over a million unique visitors, 10 million page views, and under 2 million visits.

Just over the past year, unique visitors and visits have seen significant decline. Look at the graphs:

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Looking for Respect

Dmoz is looking for a little "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" as a recent post on the Dmoz Blog puts it. Editor glippitt talks about how Dmoz is still a valuable search tool. "Everybody loves Google, everybody loves Wikipedia – so why doesn’t everybody love Dmoz? Many people might be quick to tear this question apart, but the post raises some thought-provoking points.

Dmoz isn’t about replacing Google or Wikipedia. But this editor claims it has its place alongside them. "There’s all sorts of relevant information to be found on the web, and the broader the topic the more useful Dmoz is," says glippitt. "Use it as one of your search vehicles and you may be surprised how much more efficient and productive your searches become. Just don’t expect it to be the perfect combination…there’s no such thing as a silver bullet in search – not even Google."

But the biggest knock against Dmoz hasn’t really been that it’s not a potentially great resource. The users who bash it typically claim that Dmoz doesn’t give those who submit sites enough respect. "Your site is a black hole. Fix that, and everyone will love Dmoz," says Jim Francis, commenting on the post.

Another knock is that the directory is frequently gamed, and authoritative sites are left out while sites with less than stellar content are there instead. Basically, it’s getting abused in Digg-like fashion. But Dmoz still (at least on the surface) says it puts community first.

Grant Belaire "I care about the community and the experience we provide because I think that authoritative, subject matter experts CAN provide an experience on par and in certain circumstances far superior to the algorithmic search," says Grant Belaire, Director – Audience Growth.  "And Dmoz is by far the single best example of that on this planet…or any other that I am aware of."

Google and Dmoz

There have been a lot of questions in the past as to just how Google valued Dmoz links (and whether or not they were de-valuing them). Jean Manco, a UK building historian, and a Dmoz editor since 1999 has a very interesting look at the relationship between Google and Dmoz. In the rather lengthy piece (last updated just a few months ago), she says:

In its endless battle against spam, Google needs every weapon it can lay hands on. Recently Google patented a method of including an element of editorial opinion in its algorithm. Dmoz was specifically mentioned.

Yet no one knows better than Google that Dmoz only lists a fraction of the Web. So Google is not about to rely on Dmoz alone for any crucial element of its algorithm. That is a safe bet.

The point is, marketers don’t appear to be looking for Dmoz links at the rate they once were. Many will tell you it’s quite hard to get one anyway. This could be another contributing factor to the decline in interest for Dmoz. Dmoz has been working on a Dmoz 2.0 for sometime, but staff has not responded to my requests for comments about this.

Do you think Dmoz still has a place in search? Share your thoughts.

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  • Guest

    DMOZ is great for finding niche subjects, though i have never seen it appear in search results over the years. its more of a directory of subjects that can help you develop a list of subject areas for your niche web site.

    DIGG is rife with terrible content and businesses run by scammers. i hope DMOZ vets their entries with much more care.

  • http://www.FunIQToys.com Ana Echeverri

    DMOZ would have a place if the people that are supposed to be reviewing sites submitted actually did that.

    I tried a few times and after getting NO answer I just dismissed it. I am doing just fine without them.

    • http://www.escalerayescaleras.es Ricardo Schillaci

      I agree 100% with Ana Echeverri. I can live without DMOZ

  • http://www.eporiaecommerce.com Seattle Website Design

    dmoz is still worth being listed in and still has link value.

  • http://www.welive2care.com Lance from Outsourcing Philippines

    I am very satisfied with DMOZ content quality so whatever publication negative to them I will not be affected anymore.

    In a fast days, I used it with my company search in Auckland and 90% goes back with conversion. I think it is a matter of skills in searching the companies through directory like this.

    Thanks DMOZ and Webpronews

  • http://lancepat.wordpress.com Lance

    I’ve tried and tried with Dmoz including quality sites but continually give up after no response. I think a lot of webmasters feel the same way. It may have become too overcrowded for them even to maintain anymore.

  • http://www.corewebsolutions.com Coreweb

    I have tried for about five years to get even one single site in DMOZ and have never had success. I carefully select a category, I carefully choose a very relevant and objective title and description and make sure I am following all the rules to a tee…. and …(crikets) nothing! I gave up. If you read around the web you will find the answer for this is simple. Editor bias and/ or laziness is the primary reason. There is no real peer-review (multiple people reviewing each others decisions to avert bias), so one person can control the fate of any submission either by denying it because they have a vested interest in not helping that site, or by never doing their job and just tossing them out. Who really knows, who really cares. DMOZ is a waste of everyone’s time. I would like to see a real human edited directory that does what DMOZ was supposed to do without all the bs.

  • http://aks2008blog.co.cc Aswani

    There is no doubt over the fact that Dmoz is still very important for webmasters. But what I know from my own experience is that it is very very difficult to get listed in their directory. Infact, I tried doing the same few months back and I followed all submission guidelines properly. But still I don’t know why my site wasn’t approved. This is absolutely frustrating for anyone. I get a feeling probably, Dmoz is more strict than one could imagine. I think they should be more lenient with their system. And one more thing which may not be so important but still may count – the site user interface. The user interface looks boring. It should look more impressive.

    If Dmoz could work on these two things seriously then scenario would have been quite different than what we are seeing today.

  • http://www.scottrobertsweb.com Scott Roberts

    I’ve had the same experience as Coreweb above. In the past few years I’ve submitted both corporate and personal sites (nothing at all being remotely spammy) in relevant categories and nothing. I knew at least two other developers who’ve had identical experiences. It gives the feeling as if the entire project has been abandoned. If DMOZ wants respect, they should recruit some more volunteers to actually update their site.

    • http://www.digitalmosaics.net/ Guest

      I send an application to become a volunteer for Dmoz a few weeks ago. Never heard anything back.

      • http://www.controldatainc.com Collection

        DMOZ is a waste of time. The only people who accept applications are the people in your same industry. Why would they accept their competition?

  • http://www.crearecommunications.co.uk Adam

    I think the value of the link outweighs the value of being listed from a directory point of view. If it had any functional value, it wouldn’t look as basic as it does – it would make people want to use it.

    The chances of someone reviewing your site seem very low though as only few ever get through.

  • Guest

    DMOZ is a rotten egg! After you submit your site and carefully write an accurate description of your site, a “volunteer” editor will change your site description and do whatever they want with your listing, and then those flawed results show up on search engines like Google. Thumbs down to DMOZ!!!

  • http://studiovip.com Guest

    The Holy Grail of links has turned into the holey sippy cup. We’ve stopped the chase and produced worthy, relevant content for seo. The rumors of corruption and the fact that the only people concerned about dmoz are webmasters vying for links for seo, has us completely indifferent to it.

    We stopped caring about a year ago, not because we didn’t get listed, (I can hear the snickers already) but because not 1 single client or person for that matter, outside of the web development business has ever even heard of it and would never visit the site. So they have or at least are, effectively rendering themselves irrelevant.

  • Guest

    I found this to be a good alternative your: http://mastermoz.com

    • http://www.stuffdone.com Paul

      So elaborate on MasterMoz. Is their engine a source for any major engines like Yahoo etc? I have never heard of them and I make my living on line. If a client pays them $29.95 for a listing where will it appear other than in their directory that few know about so far?

      DMOZ at least had the distinction of partnering with some major engines for content. ( Even though their reliability has taken a nose dive )

  • Guest

    It could take YEARS before your site gets accepted into this directory….so in my experience, I have to say they are a waste and it is because of this single fact, why their credibility has completely collapsed.

  • http://rightpundits.com McCain

    Wow this was helpful. Was hanging my head in depression thinking we were doing something wrong. Our two largest sites are blue chippers, doing about 200,000 daily pageviews, Google News providers, and regularly linked by mainstream media publications all over the world.

    I’m concluding from this discussion that DMOZ has amorphed into a scam so I’ll stop reapplying every six months.

    They say new editors are “closed” for the categories that fit our sites, so we can’t be an editor to stick our own sites in. The current editors are either lazy or corrupted by competitive instincts since I’m learning here that they are in fact our competitors. They don’t bother responding for whatever reason and there is no appeal process for their uselessness. Appears to be a case of the foxes watching over the hen house.

  • Robert

    Same old song and dance…

    3 submissions and other communication attempts over 9 months… NOTHING.

    THAT is the problem. Not being listed for X reason? I can handle that, perhaps address that IF GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY.

    It is the BLAK HOLE aspect of DMOZ that HAS already KILLED it’s relevance.

    For the peope…?

    Who are they kidding?

    They appear to be be completely asleep at the wheel.

    Don’t just take my word for it, look at 95% of the complaints.

    I don’t know how they could defend their position or expect a different outcome… I know if I didn’t respond to more than half of the iquiries my site receives, I certainly wouldn’t expect anything different.

    Robert

  • http://www.momentum18.com Momentum 18

    3 to 4 years ago, when I would start an SEO project, I would quickly see that anyone in the DMOZ had a huge advantage, but I’m not seeing that this year at all. There were also many other directories that would get their links from the DMOZ and their significance is also really watered down. I’ve submitted sites maybe 3 times and never even received a response and these are high quality websites. No I’m not bitter about being ignored. It’s an amazing resource that is just waiting to be revitalized. Though it’s clearly lost its SEO significance, I’m still envious of all the people that got in early

    • Nick

      OD used to be THE directory. Now, it is just a pain in the neck. The “editors” make random and indiscriminate changes to a site title and description. It’s futile to argue or ask for changes.

      And they take forever to include a site.

      Now I just use this:
      “meta name=ROBOTS content=NOODP”

      Open Directory… Who needs it!

  • http://www.usgolfdesk.com golfpackages

    After about 3 years of repeated attempts to get listed on DMOZ it finally happened. About 2 months ago I noticed the listing although it may have been up for 3-4 months. I noticed a huge boost in my Yahoo search rankings. It didnt do much for google, but Yahoo sure took notice (imo).

  • Lost in DMOZ

    DOMOZ is nothing more than managed by a bunch of arrogant people who think they know more than anyone else, I have submitted sites and years later nothing, I have tried to be an editor declined with a form letter.

    I am assuming becuase I might have an Interest in something that I might find on the Internet DUH.

    Half the links in the area and it was a small area I wanteded to edit no longer even worked, Then you look at some of the others and against there own rules they were affiliates of major site with bid dollars behinde them.

    Then you can go to getafreelance.com and hire a DMOZ editor to get your site in.

    Actually they now are worse than Yahoo, Yahoo is up front and honest, we charge you money, and we include you.

    I know there are some great DMOZ editors out there that take there voluntere position with great pride.

    But if DMOZ wants to be useful again, get some editors, if somebody applies and doesn’t look like a good fit, why not talk to them and see if they could help in another area.

    At least if I was an editor, I had planned to EMail every person submitting and let them know why they were rejected, or there submission had been received.

    Something that DMOZ doesn’t do, desire to do, and is showing that nobody really cares about them any longer.

    It is jyst a matter of time before human edited is replaced with a timely computer operated directory with filters.

    In another year or so DMOZ will looses any placement it currently has at ther rate it is headed.

    Most website operators today don’t even bother to submit, the horror storries are all over the web.

    • http://www.stuffdone.com Paul Kruger

      Hint. I have two sites on page one of yahoo for advertising noveltie at the same time. I never paid them a dime.

      I use the tools to add sites and submit them after adding a verification code to the index page. Works…you get listed and don’t spend a dime.

      https://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/submit

  • http://igraphix.eu/ iGraphiX

    I’ve been trying to add my customers websites for years, I’ve tried to add mine. Nothing. Never got a single email from them, not even confirmation messages. I applied to be an editor, 4 times in two years. Nothing happened, content was okay, no duplicate content, no copyright infringements, unique content… so I gave up.

    I believe the actual people managing DMOZ are not managing, they have no idea what’s happening behind them.

    I hope they will put DMOZ where it used to be, because now I find it useless, it’s a pity, they have a large database, they should put it to work.

  • http://donscycleware.com DONSCYCLEWARE.COM

    From my perspective DMOZ is a waste of time. Submitting URL’s is a pain then they don’t appear. Volunteer to be an editor and either get ignored or rejected.

    The idea behind DMOZ is great, unfortunately they don’t deliver. Apparently someone is asleep at the switch.

    Hopefully someone at DMOZ will get to work.

  • http://xpmc.com Michael

    FOrget trying to figure them out. They don’t have enough editors and the ones they do have don’t know what they’re doing.

    I have never once directly used DMOZ to search for anything except my own websites to see if they ever got listed. And when I do find them listed, the description is alien!

  • http://www.PHWebMedia.com DMOZ Listings

    We have successfully got quite a few sites listed in DMOZ. Yes it takes over 4 months to get a response ( if you get one ) but we have been quite successful so far.

    DMOZ listing is still looked as a positive thing while ranking a site for its Search engine optimization level and should be seriously looked at while submitting. After all its not like we can submit the site every day if its declined.

    For those that have been declined, its not the end of the world. There are so many other things one can do to get high rankings and still be in top 10 in google.

    • http://www.netmagellan.com Ash Nallawalla

      I could only get in via a regional listing, although being listed at a global level would have been more appropriate for a non-local site. Many of my submissions of 3rd party sites were not accepted.

      Some years ago, Dmoz should have written a script telling the submitter how many submissions were waiting in a particular category and for how long. The black hole approach doesn’t work for me.

      There is far too much mud stuck on Dmoz now. I tell readers (national magazine) not to bother with Dmoz.

  • http://www.energyefficientchoices.com EEC

    I had several large home and garden related sites that I aggressively attempted to get listed in DMOZ for years, but to no avail. The one site was getting over 750,000 page views a month from 160,000 unique visitors through organic listings and regular search and had been online for 6 years…yet no DMOZ. I tried every 9 to 12 months for years, and nothing.

    For the past 3 to 4 years, I have not even attempted to list my new web sites with DMOZ since it’s just a waste of my time, plus, to be honest, I forgot they even existed.

    If they were indeed a human edited search engine that only listed quality sites, and actually did that, they would be great, but they never lived up to what they proclaimed they would do… to provide the best options to their users. It’s no wonder the users have gone away.

  • MiniHooper

    I’m not convinced that they are corrupt, but it is certainly next to impossible to get a site listed in the DMOZ. I gave up years ago…

    After carefully following their submission protocol to the T on a number of site submissions (for legit sites), it became apparent they could not, or would not list – or even respond. Very irritating.

  • http://www.mhww.com Guest

    Of submitted to DMOZ many times over the years and I have never been included in their directory. Many other web design businesses like mine are listed, but they won’t add me. I fed up with this service.

  • http://www.discount-leather.net Kent

    Respect??? Six Years and waiting to be listed.

  • http://www.stuffdone.com Paul Kruger

    I occasionally submit a site to DMOZ and suggest my web customers do so as well. After all it only takes a few minutes and can’t hurt to try.

    That said I don’t put any faith in DMOZ any longer. They are fast becoming irrelevant because they lack so much of what is on the internet these days.

    They are a 90′s directory that has failed to keep pace with the times.

    Any directory that misses or refuses to add so much valid content is of little value any longer.

    Either they need to get their a%$s in gear or close their doors. I suspect there is no steam left in their “engine”

  • Guest

    They are declining because of the way things are set up and run. They are the ones who are contributing, for the most part, to their own demise. In order to survive they would need to rehaul the whole structure of their operations and actually be “for the people.”

  • Guest

    DMOZ needs to stop bullying people. They haven’t been “for the people” in a long time. The service itself is horrid, they need to change everything about DMOZ in order to stay alive.

  • Guest

    DMOZ has been dead for about 2 1/2 or 3 years. There is no response. I hope that Google stops supporting it and provides a new venue to replace it.

  • http://www.pulsco.com Jesse T

    I accept that HubSpot site grader as just a tool with some helpful tips, but if in fact DMOZ is asleep at the wheel, 8 years and counting since I first submitted our site, then there is little hope that I’ll ever reach a high grade by following their suggestions. Especially if Google relies on being listed to improve our rankings. I’m glad to learn that I’m not the only one frustrated over this, and that my time will be better spent elsewhere than trying to get listed.

    • http://Blog.HubSpot.com Mike Volpe – HubSpot

      @Jesse T – The DMOZ presence is only a very small factor in the overall score, spceifically because DMOZ seems to be losing importance. In fact, like you, HubSpot is not in DMOZ, but we still score 99+ in Website Grader.

  • Meoff

    I’ve submitted many websites for inclusion – some that have become PR 6 and 7 at google, but have never been accepted / listed. The only site of mine that has ever been listed in DMOZ is one that I never submitted!

    So – Fck DMOZ. No one there seems to care – their editors don’t give a d*mn. Waste of time as far as I’m concerned.

  • http://www.thecollectorshub.com The Collectors Hub

    I’ve submitted our Collectibles site and have been waiting for 3 years to be listed. Ours is an independent company, not an affiliate site so there should be no reason to be passed over.

  • http://www.searchwizmarketing.com Frank Okun, Searchwiz Marketing

    As an SEO, I have resubmitted my clients’ websites many times….and even applied to “Become an Editor” at DMOZ.org. No response. And months later, still no inclusion in the directory for the clients I have submitted.
    Although websites that ARE included in the DMOZ.org database seem to rank well in the search engines, I have found the alternative of submitting to “Profile” directories, such as Merchant Circle, has shown positive search engine results.
    I’m curious – what the heck is going on at DMOZ.org? Are the lights on, but nobody’s home? Or, has “Elvis left the building?”

  • http://insights2.org/ Milson Macleod

    Well I’m glad you brought this up!

    I decided to check out some of my sites right now – NONE of them were listed!! Some are in fact the ultimate rsource on the topic, but I found one site listed which was a disinformation site!

    I seem to recollect that I twice offered to become an editor – and was turned down. Since the mid-’90s I have created over 120 websites and occasionally they will go to over 100 pages. That requires quite some research.

    DMOZ????? – leave it in the TRASH………

  • http://www.areaaesthetics.com Guest

    I have submitted my site – which is 40 page site devoted exclusively to interior design to DMOZ once a year for the past 9 years. It has never been reviewed to my knowledge (I even filed a complaint about not being reviewed which went unacknowledged). Apparently the editor doesn’t want any more competitive listings!

    DMOZ is a joke unless they decide that the editors who approve listings should NOT be associated with a business entity in the category they are controlling.

    I agree with Coreweb’s comments.

  • http://www.ukmagz.co.uk UK Magazine

    Sorry I forgot to give you the link of dmoz page where my site is listed. Here it goes:
    http://www.dmoz.org/News/Magazines_and_E-zines/

    It seems like I am the only one who has got his site listed on dmoz after years :).

    • Robert

      Opperationally they are complete RUBBISH… yet they have been so “institutionalized” that they are still the goose that can lay the golden egg for a lucky site owner here or there.

      For those of us submitting, following every rule to the T, then resubmitting add nauseum… it is the pinnacle of dis-respect to receive no respose, let alone no listing.

      Respect?

      They need to show “the people” some respect.

      Robert

  • Guest

    Most of the “unique visits” to DMOZ are site owners who have submitted their sites and keep checking to see if they are listed. As site owners have given up submitting, unique visits have declined. DMOZ brings nothing of value to the table and almost no one outside of the SEO industry has even heard of it, much less uses it.

  • http://www.algarveteamproperties.co.uk Guest

    After submitting my site I was told very clearly that I was not to hassle Dmoz and just wait, if I did ask about my inclusion it could have a nasty effect on my chances, well after 5 years we finally ended up on the listings, but with its popularity does this actually mean anything. I think probably not.
    I would be more concerned if my serps shifted on Google and Yahoo over Dmoz any day.

  • Guest

    Let’s face it DMOZ broke along time ago when it started taking too long to processes site submissions. I say good luck to anyone trying to get listed on that pathetic dinosaur. It simply doesn’t work.

    I personally would love to see DMOZ slowly fade to dust. It’s time is over. Die DMOZ die!

  • http://www.letyourhomepayyou.com Taylor

    We too, have a high quality informational site and have submitted to DMOZ approximately every 6 months for over 3 years, without any success. At first we thought we were not filling out the listing information correctly or that somehow there was a mistake on our end.

    But, obviously from reading all of the comments before mine, many people have had the same bad experience. I hate the fact that DMOZ is listed as essential whenever an SEO evaluation is done for our site. I think DMOZ needs to be devalued the way that they have devalued all of us out here that try to do all the appropriate white hat things to garner respect and traffic for our sites.

  • http://www.tntdancedesigns.com Lloyd

    I have submited to Dmoz for 5 years and never been listed.
    and it looks like there in bed with AOL.
    plus we have over 800+ products and that sucks.
    It’s becoming clear there not taking new listings?
    Lloyd

  • http://www.asiancamgirlsex.com Kris

    DMOZ has several problems:
    ———————————
    1) The editors tend to be self-serving and unregulated. Many categories are populated with the editor’s own trashy sites designed to generate affiliate revenue. They exclude competition or include temporarily to avoid suspicion then delete after a month or two. We’ve found it near impossible to get into some categories due to editor bias. It seems the best way to get your sites listed in the main SE’s is to become a DMOZ editor. Raising the point with DMOZ falls on deaf ears!
    2) The timespans waiting for inclusion can be excessive in some categories. Almost a year in some categories. Editors seem to be casual in their responsibility to ensure sites are reviewed timely and without bias.
    3) … I think you get my point so I wont go on.

    So why do we need DMOZ? Unfortunately many SE’s place increased importance on listings found in their directory. Its flawed logic to assume that a site must be ‘quality’ if it gets listed in DMOZ after a human review. Involving a human probably introduces a large number of variables that generate some biasing in the result… particularly when point 1 above is considered.

    • Kris

      A while back I submitted a pay for membership site to DMOZ and was quickly responded to by an editor wanting a ‘free membership’ so they can review the site properly. Isn’t that like asking to be paid to include the site. Especially since there were literally thousands of pages to review in the public sections of the site. In fact, getting a response at all was a big surprise because I’d never got a response from any editor and I’ve been submitting sites for a decade or more. So it seems that if you have something they want, you might get included. DMOZ is CORRUPT!

      • Arthur

        DMOZ editors need to review the sites to find out what’s in them. If you won’t give her a temporary membership, she can’t review what she can’t see.

        I’ll have to remember to just refuse to list sites with membership sections, rather than to request a “free membership”.

  • Guest

    It had a lot of editors which edited and included websites with content –
    As the Forrest grew – higher hierarchy editors screwed in the lower directories ( they had a clue about the guidelines – but not about the website content they edited )
    Which as a result pissed the small guy’s which tried to keep the quality.
    And they did what everybody else will do who does not get payed for his service and left -
    The more there left – the higher the back log –
    When I left the bag log in some categories was beyond a in depth sorting out of sites.
    The moral of the story –
    If you have a big Forrest – you have a lot of logs – but the quality of each log is low
    So choose if you want quality or quantity?

  • http://officialsafetyandsecurity.com/ Official Safety and Security

    Like most of the commentors here, I’ve tried many times, unsuccessfully, to get a response from DMOZ regarding my safety and security web site submission. No response at all; no acceptance, no denial, NOTHING! I have to agree with those commenting here who say they think the lights are on but no one is home. I’m not sure why Google still thinks this directory is so great. There is a lot of great content on the web not being listed there.

  • http://www.artviper.net Frank

    DMOZ has been good someday, but with all the changes of how to search and find information, it rendered to a worthless blown up link directory. Furthermore the few hits coming from DMOZ are neglible, other sources provide much more attention and thus contracts. So simply forget about it and if there’s someone out there who wishes to build a new, great featured and easy to navigate system, drop me a line ^^… ( yahoo says we got over 500 thousand backlinks… )

    cheers

  • http://www.goimarketing.com/ Ali

    Tried getting listed many times, it not only takes forever until they list you but they dont do it all the time. The process of submission also takes too much time. They are a great resource and I remember a link in their directory was the talk of the town but I see why visitors are dropping off.

  • http://www.prdepotchicago.com Public Relations Depot

    …I’ve tried including myself as well as others and yes, you never get a response…I don’t think its a matter of too many submissions, but rather since its popularity has decreased. No one is really updating the site.

  • Guest

    Let’s get real. Dmoz is completely fcked up and gives the lucky few who smoke a bowl with one of the editors an unfair advantage. Anyone who’s on the inside knows this.

    Domz is completely corrupt. How does Google allow it to have so much weight? Find out whose partying together and you’ll have your answer.

    I say to Google, clean your act up you jerks and level the playing field. Dmoz doesn’t belong in anyone’s algorithm.

  • http://www.SearchWizMarketing.com Kenn H.

    I have submitted sites for years and years to DMOZ and the only site they listed didn’t even have the right title. After asking them to change it, they listed the site as our company name not our DBA. Plus the shorten my description to 5 words. Huh?

    I am simply tired of begging DMOZ to add legitimate sites. Not much of an OPEN directory if it is nearly impossible to get a listing or become an editor. Even if you get listed, they don’t even tell you that you listing has went live. Free directories that send you spam all day give you better service and have greater transparency.

    Google needs to devalue DMOZ or DMOZ needs to seriously change their practices and be OPEN!!

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