|Our site listed in 2 DMOZ categories|
I submitted our site to two DMOZ categories, general one and regional.
We where accepted to the first one after two months and to the second one after 4 months (today). Is this "legal", and should I contact regional editor and ask him to remove the listing from his category?
In many cases, a regional listing is valid along with a topical listing. Even if it were not, submitting one site to both topical & regional won't make anyone mad. At worst, someone will drop one listing or the other, but probably both will stay.
Now, if you had submitted to several topical and/or several regional categories, that's an entirely different matter.
The submittal policies say "submit to the one most appropriate category." But there are several widely publicized exceptions to that policy. If a site has content in several languages, then it may be considered for a review in each. And if a site offers information, goods or services of international interest, as well containing a special focus on some organization with a local presence, then it may be considered for listing in a topical category as well as a regional category (possibly in each relevant language.)
(I should mention that ubiquitous businesses with an inherently local service area are listed only in Regional -- real estate agents, beauticians, etc.)
In these cases, we encourage people to submit as many times as are applicable.
Our site is a global site. I submitted it in regional category of our home town.
Is there any advantage of being listed in two DMOZ categories?
Sure, nalavanje, there are advantages. One might have higher PR than the other. You'll get more links from DMOZ clones. You have a chance to get clicks from surfers drilling down in either category. Some sites clone only specific parts of DMOZ, and with two listings you may pick up a few links you might have missed. If the links were set up by different editors, you may have different anchor and/or description text, which could help in searches.
Not so bad, eh? ;) The only downside is getting nailed for oversubmission, which doesn't sound like any worry at all in your case.
DMOZ allows websites to apply for a second listing in Regional and yes you should always take advantage of this. Often the Regional editors will review your website faster than the topical editors.
I think as long as your site is relevant to both topics you have nothing to worry about. Gee, someone stressting about TWO dmoz listings - not every day you get to hear that one ;).
Please just remember to only submit a site to regional if it is a real "brick-and-morter" location and submit it to the actual city it is located in.
Widgets Realestate located in Widgetville, Alaska should submit only to the proper category under regional/..../.../....Alaska/Localities/W/Widegetville/Realestate
NOT to other places just because they may sell homes in other areas.
Regional editors may list sites faster but they also are not as tolerant as a whole of misplaced sites.
(editors are human and sometimes websites do get "shot on sight" for being misplaced though this is actually not proper policy,... something to think about.)
Read the guidelines and if really unsure, just make a note at the end of your description for the editor about it.
I'm talking about business sites here as other sites are handled a bit differently. :)
Actually, business sites aren't distinct in this respect. Arts sites (symphony orchestras, local authors), Reference (university museums), Society (churches and scout troops), Sports (minor league teams, hiking trails), Science (archaeological sites) may all qualify for a second listing in regional. The critical question is: is that site associated with a particular place, so that someone living there or interested in that place would have a special interest in the site?
Some online shopping sites qualify: they have local stores and walk-in customers. Some may not. Some society sites don't qualify -- I couldn't tell you offhand where (geographically) some of my hymnological content was posted: and it doesn't matter. Some science is the same anywhere in the universe. And so on. It's not really about "being allowed **** number of listings."