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DMOZ internal pages have a lower PageRank
Is Google now penalizing DMOZ?

 8:05 pm on Jan 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have a site that has 6 listings in the DMOZ directory. I had a PageRank of 7 last month. This month the site has a PageRank of 5. That's quite a change. I noticed that Google was not listing all of the DMOZ backlinks for the site and upon furthur checking, I'm finding that a few of the DMOZ pages have a zero PageRank.

In another example, I have a site that has backlinks showing from the Google directory, but not in the DMOZ directory.

I've been trying to do furthur research, but DMOZ is either extremely slow or completely down. Can anyone validate the examples I made above?

Could Google be penalizing or demoting the PageRank of DMOZ pages? If so, it's about time they did. Though I have enjoyed the benefit of having links from DMOZ and even tried to volunteer, it seems like a lost cause---very reminiscent of AltaVista.



 9:17 pm on Jan 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

"DMOZ is either extremely slow or completely down."

Both, actually.. It has been up and down for the past couple days, and slow even when up.

I have heard rumors that Google has reduced the relevance of ODP listings (in another thread in this forum), but have not seen any confirmation.


 11:22 pm on Jan 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

>I have a site that has 6 listings in the DMOZ directory<

? "a" means singular as in one only.... 6 means a lot more than 2... metas, feel free to explain at any time.


Most of my submissions to ODP are in deep regional cats and it has been the norm for some time for the ODP pages to have zero PR. I've been wondering why an ODP page of PR 0 is somehow different from any other site's page of PR 0.... and why people get so emotional about having their site added to a PR zero page in ODP.

Unless of course Google simply rewards a site just for being in the ODP... believing that the human review process makes for a better calibre of sites.


 5:00 pm on Jan 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

Due to some changes in servers, the ODP categories might temporarily be on dmoz.org:8080/ which is showing as unranked by Google.

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