Seems like for the last updates, rankings are partially based on DMOZ category inclusions and descriptions (even though DMOZ descriptions may not display in the SERP). Unlike Google, it appears that the DMOZ listing info is weighted heavily.Anyone else notice this?
>DMOZ listing info is weighted heavily Apart from the sheer link weight a dmoz listing carries the question is how much do the phrases used in the description add to a sites or pages relevancy matching a query? I for one can't see significant changes in how dmoz listings affect ranking over the last updates. I tend to believe the description is important, as well as the cats title Also I find it hard to believe Fast is developing a taxinomy based on dmoz categorization which then has no effect on ranking. If it really doesn't - I'd say it should.
>Unlike Google Hmmm All I can say is I'd try to get some KW in dmoz descriptions...
I have a site in DMOZ (for years) that has disappeared from FAST for my KW searches. It had been high up in FAST for at least a year. It has lots of links. Another site, not in DMOZ, few links, has a #1 on FAST. Unless, the first site has been blacklisted (still indexed), DMOZ is not a factor with these two sites.
I've been checking out a site that ranks very well on AllThe Web on a three-word search, where the third word is buried two layers deep in database driven pages. Otherwise, it doesn't appear on the site. AllTheWeb returns 63,000 pages for the search.
The description returned is the dmoz description, which contains the third word. The meta description on the site doesn't contain the third word.
The site is also well linked... but this same search on Google doesn't return the site anywhere where I could see it.