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Catagory Listing in Google
I'm in DMOZ but my catagory listing doesn't show up in Google

 1:06 pm on Feb 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have a question about the catagory listings found in search results in Google. Six months ago, when I was ranking well in Google, I had my DMOZ catagory listing under my listing in Google. Then Austin and Florida happened, I disappeared, and my catagory listing disappeared as well (not that I really cared because I was on page 26).

Now post-Brandy I am back on the first page but my catagory listing is gone (and the description of my site is pretty random -- it picked a sentence from the middle of the index page).

My DMOZ listing is titled differently than my site - could this matter? For example - I am Widget Central in DMOZ and Everything about Widgets is now my site name.

Also - how can you alter what description Google puts up for your site.

Many thanks.



 4:04 pm on Feb 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have seen several sites, that have always had Category and Description information attached to their result in the SERPs, suddenly lose that information about 10 days ago.

The site hasn't changed content, the entries are still in the ODP (and Google Directory), and the sites are still in the same positions in the SERP, but the site entry no longer indicates the directory information.


 4:13 pm on Feb 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Just to join the Chorus: one of my sites is listed at dmoz since July 10, 2003 (and at the google dir too) - still no category info at the google serps. However, google didn't loose it - actually it never had it. :)


 10:51 pm on Feb 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have seen catagory descriptions starting to appear for one of my sites that was added to DMOZ late last year and has never shown it before.


 11:05 pm on Feb 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

I've noticed this too, Krapulator. But it isn't consistent across the board. I also noticed some sites lost their directory links that aren't in the directory, but some others did not lose their directory link even though they removed or added about the same time. Kinda weird, like one staffer is going through the Directory one category at a time and updating it.


 11:12 pm on Feb 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Use allinurl:y**rsite.com (without the www). Google may have associated your listing with not-www. I couldn't figure how this might happen, until a post a few days ago where someone mentioned that googlebot may read domain names in text as well as hyperlinks. If DMOZ has you listed as y**rsite.com, even though the link is to www.y**rsite, maybe googlebnot has picked up the not-www. Just a thought - try it out. Grateful for any feedback if this is the case - GG posted a keyword for reporting related problems a couple of days ago and is looking into it.


 12:29 am on Feb 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

Agreed Steve! I had five sites added around the same time and it's only one of the five showing a directory description so far (and if I look in the actual directory - it doesn't show up yet).


 5:34 am on Feb 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

I am waiting for one as well. Approved into DMOZ since long but not even showing the Google backlink.


 7:16 am on Feb 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

One of my sites was reorganized into a new ODP cat in this January. The G directory hasn't added this cat and still shows the old cat listing when browsing the directory. But it's so SURPRISING that the new ODP cat tag appear in the G SERPs!

My another site has been listed in G Sicence and Regional cats since last December. I find the SERP only shows the G Sicence cat tag. I notice many sites in Business cat haven't been updated in SERP.

Seems G is updating its directory.

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