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Anyone have any advice?
Opportune Moment

 1:27 pm on Aug 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

I submitted my site to DMOZ 2 months ago and am still not added to their directory. Since they power Google (that's my understanding) I am really losing out on my SEO eforts seeing as how my site is not served up on Google.

I wrote to the category editor a week ago asking him for his help getting listed, but have had no response from him either. Anyone have any advice how I can get listed? I can't afford to pay CPC anymore for Marketing.



Opportune Moment

 1:43 pm on Aug 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the advice. 2 months is a pretty long time when you are a one man company with a very limited Marketing budget :) But I appreciate your support.


 1:43 pm on Aug 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

See the Directories charter [webmasterworld.com] to find out how to proceed.

For another thing, if your marketing strategy is centered around receiving an ODP listing, you probably should revisit it.


 1:46 pm on Aug 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

>2 months is a pretty long time

Then my advice would be to consider other options. Most of the effective free SEM/SEO techniques take many, many months to execute.

Opportune Moment

 2:22 pm on Aug 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hi thanks, I'll check out the directory link. Yeah I'm not going to rely of SEO as my main Marketing channel; but it would be foolish not to be listed on Google. DMOZ is the only way to get listed on Google aside from Google's paid programs correct?


 2:28 pm on Aug 20, 2003 (gmt 0)


No. Many do not bother with directories at all, particularly DMOZ, as it is too time-consuming.

Paul in South Africa

 2:28 pm on Aug 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

A DMOZ listing is the only way to get listed in Google's directory. There are many sites that rank very well in Google's SERPs that do not have a DMOZ listing.


 2:29 pm on Aug 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

The only real piece of advice I can give is not to revolve your SEO efforts and strategies around DMOZ listing. There are many ways in which you can achieve your SEO/SEM goals without bringing DMOZ into picture.

DMOZ is the only way to get listed on Google aside from Google's paid programs correct?


I would suggest you to read some Library threads in forum 3 and forum 12. Do you know link popularity? If your site has good number of incoming links from other well established sites then google will automatically index your site for FREE. It takes some time to get your link popularity going , but as I said earlier there are some very good threads on Link Development in forum 12. HTH :)


 2:38 pm on Aug 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

>many sites that rank very well in Google's SERPs that do not have a DMOZ listing

Right. It is possible to rank well without it, and as stated it can take a loooong time - specially in the competetive cats.

However you probably will find that getting listed in the local cats will be somewhat "easier". Remember it's not the magic bullit though.


 10:49 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

Did u read the ODP guidelines well before adding your website to ODP? Did u add teh the CORRECT category?


 2:02 am on Aug 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

Opportune: As an ODP editor, all I can say is be patient. Some categories do not have editors and are only checked once in awhile by meta editors. These categories can have hundreds and hundreds of sites waiting to be approved.

In my small category I have over 50 sites waiting approval. When I get a chance to get in there and start reviewing sites, I simply choose one at random from the list.

What it comes down to is luck of the draw. If you have a quality site that pertains 100% to the category you submitted to, have a well written non-hyped relevant description, and you haven't submitted multiple times, then you are more likely to be approved immediately once an editor reviews your site and submission.

If you want, you can sticky the category to which you submitted to and I might be able to check the status of the site. No guarantees though, because I've only been editing for a week now.


 9:19 am on Aug 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

Anyone have any advice?

Yes. If it is an important for a site that it be in DMOZ for good SEO (it isn't for all sites), then the only really effective way of speeding that process is for there to be many more DMOZ editors.

The only way to guarantee that, is to become one: that adds one more editor to the pool.

So the SEO on your site should have started maybe a year ago with your applying for, and becoming a DMOZ editor, and having added perhaps 500 sites in the categories you edit.

Note that I am not saying that you should aim to be the editor in the category you want a site listed. Just that the more active editors there are, the more sites get added, and everyone gains.

Think of it a bit like donating blood. I was told two months ago that I needed an operation, but there isn't enough donated blood to enable it. That's really hurting me. I've written to the blood bank manager asking for his help in getting me blood, but he hasn't replied. What can I do to get more people to donate blood?

if you want more people to donate time to improving DMOZ, then take the lead. If you donít, then wait patiently.

Opportune Moment

 4:49 pm on Aug 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

Thanks to all for the advice.

Opportune Moment

 8:51 pm on Sep 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

Thought I'd check back in and see if anyone's heard anything on DMOZ and their site suggestion backup situation.

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