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Slight update in Google Directory / DMOZ
SERPS showing updated category but not the directory

 4:41 pm on Aug 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

Forgive me if this has been posted already, as then it won't be approved... but I'm now seeing updates in the SERPS reflecting changes in the DMOZ directory. One site has been moved up a category in DMOZ and this has never been reflected in the Google SERPS until now.

The Google Directory still shows the old category, but the SERPS now show a DMOZ update.



 6:26 am on Aug 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

Yes, I can confirm this. I had a URL changed in ODP about 6 weeks ago. The SERP's on Google directory are showing the new URL, but the category listing is still showing the old (404) URL.

BTW, the change made in the ODP has finally made it to the public side!


 10:13 am on Aug 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

Same thing here.

I have 2 new sites which have been included in DMOZ. My listings in the Google SERPs now reflect my DMOZ category link, but the Google directory has not updated yet to reflect this.

I suppose it's anybody's guess as to when it'll be properly updated.


 8:12 pm on Aug 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

This was first reported about 6 weeks ago, maybe a little longer. It took a couple of weeks for the SERPs to be populated with the new category data from start to finish. However, Google has not yet moved on to the next stage, which is to update the directory itself. In the old system they would have done that in a matter of days. It has now been stalled for well over a month at this partial update phase.


 8:29 pm on Aug 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

BTW, the change made in the ODP has finally made it to the public side!

ODP updated some of the public sites with some July updated information. Nothing current on my pages.


 8:48 pm on Aug 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

The Google Directory still shows the old category, but the SERPS now show a DMOZ update.

You want weird? Here's weird:

One of my clients has moved into a more appropriate cat (some time ago). When you visit their site, the cat indicator on the toolbar reflects the correct cat. But when you click on it to visit Google's Directory, the site is not listed there. It's listed in dmoz and in the toolbar, but not in the Google directory.

Go figure.


 9:06 pm on Aug 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

Yeah, that has been happening for the last 6 weeks or so.

Additionally, the public side of the ODP is mainly stalled showing June data. The new update process is not yet fully working. Some data has been transferred to the public servers, but mostly in categories like Arts/ and Business/ etc at the beginning of the alphabet. There are several public servers, and each has had a differing amount of update fed to it, and each on differing dates too. It will sort itself out eventually.

You'll now find that there is even newer data than this showing on several other ODP clones now.


 9:09 pm on Aug 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

ODP reorganized the categories one of my sites is in, effectively moving it up a few layers a little while ago.

If you do a keyword search on Google, it says the (correct Google Directory)/(old dmoz) category at the top of the page, but under each related listing, it lists the (new dmoz)/(incorrect, nonexistent Google directory) category.

While I like the new dmoz arrangement, it would be nice if Google got it more than half right. And, they must know, as the actual functioning Google directory category is always at the top of the page.

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