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Last year, Google started including a feature on search results, which let you click a link and get a little pop-up card with a description about the site. The idea is that you can get a basic idea of what the site you’re about to click on is all about before you actually visit it. Google doesn’t offer this feature …
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 play in rankings? I see some website in my niche ranked No. 1 and the only reason is because they …
We ran a story recently asking if Dmoz will continue to have a place in search. We received (and still are receiving) a great deal of comments on the article, or rather on Dmoz in general. Words like "corruption" and "corrupt" were used numerous times in describing the editorial process behind the Open Directory Project.
A few samples of comments we received about this:
DMOZ has now officially been around for 11 years. AOL is honoring this birthday with a blog post on the AOL Search Blog. It says:
From its humble beginnings 11 years ago, DMOZ has grown to be the largest human-edited directory on the Web. Today, on the websites anniversary, we take a look at DMOZ’s influence on the web.
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.
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.
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.
Jeremy Shoemaker reports that he was blackmailed into paying for staying in the DMOZ.org open directory (which is usually free to be in):
DMOZ, also known as the open directory project, is the largest human edited directory in the world and one of the most ‘trusted’ link directories on the internet.
However, in recent years it’s been steadily falling in popularity and the search engines no longer regard it as highly as they once did. More importantly for users, search engines have become progressively smarter and more sophisticated, which means that human edited directories like DMOZ aren’t as important.
In a recent Matt Cutts blog post (for the unaware: Matt Cutts is a Google engineer, one relatively famous in this admittedly rarified subsphere of society) the great sage introduced the META “NOODP” tag, and how it can help webmasters control, somewhat, the appearance of their results in Google.
At least a forum or two around the net has sparked some interesting debate surrounding the open directory DMOZ, and one of the more recent and interesting questions is about how much longer the Web’s volunteer-run “historical monument” can survive without corporate funding.
There are few things that create more initial excitement, than the launch of your brand new blog. You have built the best blog you possibly can, and you’re waiting for the visitor traffic to start pouring right in.
A few weeks have gone by now and the results from Google’s new update are in. As we take a closer look we see a pattern emerging. It seems as though, older more established directories are being rewarded once again. Many newer directories / Resource Links seem to rank much lower. As we take a closer look at this, we start to notice some rhyme and reason behind all the chaos.
Where, why and for whom do web directories exist? Some of the hottest debates about web search revolve around criticisms of both the Yahoo! Directory and DMOZ ODP (Open Directory Project). Often these are general level complaints, to wit – link rot, inappropriate placement, difficulty in getting considered for a listing, their inability to keep pace with the growth of the web, lack of direct communication, just to name a few.
Last week, WebProNews featured an article concerning the submission/approval process of the Open Directory Project, DMOZ. Featured in the article were comments from various forums about negative experiences people had while waiting for their site to be accepted or denied. After the article was posted, there were immediate reactions, pro and con, concerning DMOZ, editors, and the approval process.
Directories can be quite beneficial for those trying to increase the number of backlinks. If PageRank is important, directory listings can help improve your score. Perhaps the most popular directory is DMOZ, an open directory project that employs human editors for the submission/approval procedure.
A very important step or the most important step is getting your site listed in the Open Directory Project (http://www.dmoz.com). This directory provides search results for many of the important search engines and online portals. The ODP is not a search engine, thus is not driven by a robot spider. It is a directory which is edited by a live human being and you must acknowledge a few very essential points if your submission is to be of success. How long does it take to get submitted? Some sites may take a couple of weeks and other may take half a year. So, make not of the suggestions below and if all goes well you’ll be in sooner than you think.
DMOZ (The Open Directory Project or ODP) is a human managed directory that sends results or data to search engines. The human editors are mostly unpaid volunteers so getting your site listed at DMOZ might not be very easy. Sites have been known to take up to a year to get listed. Don’t get frustrated though, because being listed at DMOZ is almost as important as being listed at Google. Arguably many webmasters view that a listing at DMOZ is even more important than a $300/year paid listing at Yahoo.