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DMOZ Spamming

DMOZ, Multiple Submits



10:32 pm on Oct 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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When it comes to directories, I'm a Nub. I've always made good websites that ranked well without submitting to anything. However, now I have a domain I've been trying to get into the DMOZ for many months now and this is what happens.

I submit to the DMOZ and then I learn something new. I then resubmit (probably less than 6 weeks later) thinking that I got rejected because I didn't have proper length META Keywords, or my descriptions weren't proper, etc.

So now my main concern is DMOZ Spamming. I know I've probably resubmitted my site about 4 times, each time a little different. I was unaware of the Spam filtering. Can anyone help me figure out if my URL has been marked for spam? I would be so thankful.

I truly feel like I understand exactly what preparation is required to submit to the DMOZ and I promise smoother submissions in the future.


11:03 pm on Oct 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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There's a better place for this thread. WebmasterWorld has a forum that's dedicated to Directories, at
Home / Forums Index / The Search Engine World / Directories



3:48 pm on Oct 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm glad the forums at WebMaster world are flexible and dynamic enough to move a thread into a new area. Looks like this is in the 'Directories' section now.


4:02 pm on Oct 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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We ignore metatag keywords; we just evaluate the website itself. If it's the sort of site that we list, we'll list it in time but we can't predict when that might be.

We have to rewrite the huge majority of submitted titles and descriptions anyway so don't worry that you have to perfect them.

A resubmission to the same category merely overwrites any previous listing suggestion there, thus keeping it at the bottom of the pile if the reviewing editor likes to work in date order (many don't).

Submissions to other categories are not a good idea. The one exception is if you provide locally specific services. In that case, by all means suggest the website to the office/store locality category. It helps if there's a verifiable street address on the website.

4 or 5 submissions you say? You'll have to work at it much harder than that to be deemed a spammer.


9:17 pm on Oct 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Do you think a site needs to be specifically local to be in a local section.. For example, could a company that serves nationally but has a headquarters in a specific area list themselves in the local of the head quarters?


4:57 am on Oct 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Depending on the type of the company it will either be listed in the locality, or on the level that fits all their brick and mortar sites. Companies with just one address will be listed in the locality they are situated, not the area they serve. For large companies it is a case to case decision.

For example a chain of supermarkets would usually not be listed in the location of the headquarter, because the supermarkets themselves are considered more important than the headquarter. Since they are all over the country, the site will be listed on country-level.

But the usual large company is more like "one big headquarter, some small offices elsewhere". Those companies will usually be listed in their main location.

And of course, since we do a human edited directory, there are a few cases where exceptions really do make sense. So you may find some exceptions to those rules as well.


6:13 am on Oct 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The information you gave me is really helpful. Thank you.

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