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Got a visit from a DMOZ editor. What does it mean?

8:20 pm on Jul 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Been trying to get my site included in the DMOZ since last September. According to my logs, an editor FINALLY visited my site on 7/12 (last Tuesday) (the referring address was editors.dmoz.org).

I still see no update to the index in my favor, wondering if they usually take a while after visiting your site to add it, or if they simply visited and decided that they didn't want to index it...

Any ideas?

9:03 am on July 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Generally you cannot take it to mean anything in particular. Posssible decisions after visiting a site include

- listing the site (NB the search index lags behind the directory. Better visit the actual category page.
- deciding that the site is not listable
- deciding that the site is not listable yet (e.g. a directory with very few listings, or a forum with very few postings yet) - a lot of such projects fizzle out after a short time.
- deciding that the site is more suitable in another category, and sending it there to be reviewed by another editor
- deciding that there are some open questions needing research (a lot of sites omit critical information for categorization, e.g. sites on a business that should be listed in the appropriate locality, or sites where the author knows what the site is about but the visitor apparently does not need to know)
- deciding that the site works too slowly/has too huge pages to review on a modem connection/needs plugins that the editor has not got installed/needs Javascript enabled to work - site left in unreviewed for another editor to review.

The only thing that you can reliably infer is that your submission did reach the database of not-yet-reviewed sites (so there is no need to resubmit)

Generally the most effective use of your time wrt to getting listed in the Open Directory (and, generally, wrt your site's success) would not be worrying about the review process but investing in your site's quality.

In my opinion a lot of webmasters would profit from getting a critique of their site from a friend who is (ideally) totally naive about the site's purpose and subject matter - they'd get pointers on what information is missing i.e. where the site creator's blind spots are.