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Google Gives an Update on How it Thinks About DMOZ

Google Gives an Update on How it Thinks About DMOZ

By Chris Crum August 23, 2011 | 1 Comment

Google posted a new Webmaster Help video featuring Matt Cutts. This time around, he discusses the Open Directory Project, otherwise known as DMOZ. The video is Matt’s response to a user-submitted question, which said: “What role does being in DMOZ …

Does Dmoz Still Have a Place in Search?
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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.

Google Devaluing DMOZ and Yahoo! Links?
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Google is no longer suggesting that you should be listed in relevant directories. In fact, they’ve even removed the suggestion from their webmaster guidelines, as Brian Ussery noticed. The page used to have bullet points for:

Rumor: Dmoz Selling To BOTW
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Jeremy Schoemaker, of the popular Shoemoney blog, posted that the owners of Best of the Web Directory are in talks to buy Dmoz from AOL and that a "deal could be reached fairly soon."

Web Directories Battle For #1 Spot

Web directories, especially high quality ones, are coveted links for search engine marketers. The holy grail is a link on DMOZ, but it’s pretty much unreachable. I know of someone who took great lengths to become an editor so he could get his site included. A few months later he resigned in frustration.

Ideas Yahoo Must Implement Soon

Yahoo!’s Downward Trend

Yahoo! killed off their brand universe project, and recently fired 30 people. Rumor has it that about 2,000 more layoffs might be coming soon. Yahoo! shares are nearing $20, trading at $20.78, and giving them a market capitalization of $27.8 billion.

Webmasters Ponder PageRank Discrepancy
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An update to the Google Directory has webmasters puzzling over an apparent discrepancy in PageRank scores.

Google Directory Updated from DMOZ Data?

I know a segment of my readers are sick to death with anything to do with Google PageRank updates, and I haven’t even bothered mentioning the most recent update up until now… there wasn’t really anything newsworthy in it.

No DMOZ In Google SERP!
Barry Schwartz reports that The Open Directory’s Home Page Goes Missing In Google.

DMOZ Mob Strikes Again

This weekend I was reading about Shoemoney being extorted by a DMOZ editor. I thought: heck, I’m a DMOZ editor, I don’t want to be associated with stuff like that, let’s see if I can do anything to help. So I posted something like that in the commentthread to the above post, and I added a note to Shoemoney’s URL in DMOZ asking why the URL was removed.

Corrupt DMOZ Editor?

Jeremy Shoemaker reports that he was blackmailed into paying for staying in the DMOZ.org open directory (which is usually free to be in):

Fred Thompson’s Webmaster Doesn’t Know Dmoz
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The potential Presidential candidate’s campaign doesn’t know why a Google listing for his official website has a description they didn’t write. We know what happened.

DMOZ Delisting Sites For Sale?

It’s not clear if it’s a new policy or a glitch, but some webmasters are upset as it appears that the Open Directory Project (ODP) is delisting sites that post their links in the Marketplace (for sale) section.

Domain Names – Choosing Them Alphabetically
There was an amusing aspect to the Google Search Engine Ranking Factors version 2 that SEOmoz put out this week.

Reviewing Today’s SEO and Search Headlines

In my review of today’s SEO and search engine headlines I came across a few posts of interest that I would like to share with you:

Yahoo Displays SERP Title Based On Anchor Text

The dichotomy of having a Yahoo directory listing has been known for years.

Open Directory Toasted Without Backups

The Open Directory Project has operated under various names, but its latest incarnation managed at AOL has earned a new name: FUBAR.