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DMOZ getting smaller. So what?

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1:01 am on Jul 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

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There's a debate on WW whether the ODP is shrinking [webmasterworld.com] or not.

austtr asked a question, and it seems to have been ignored:

Why do we continue to rehash the DMOZ saga over and over again, with the inevitable angst that always seems to accompany such discussions? Because.. the belief that Google rewards sites that have been able to make it into DMOZ.... right?

Why not challenge that assumption
and try to establish
if Google does in fact [still] reward DMOZ listed sites?

1) In my experience sites not in DMOZ get the same amount of traffic as similar sites not listed in DMOZ.

2) [assuming DMOZ is inactive] why would Google continue to give extra credibility to DMOZ listings if that continues to be the case?


Let's have this GOOGLE question answered without the heat, please.
10:54 pm on Jul 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

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1) In my experience sites not in DMOZ get the same amount of traffic as similar sites not listed in DMOZ.

This is also my experience.
12:38 am on Aug 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Anyone else, please
3:32 pm on Aug 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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We have two sites listed in DMOZ, and when I do a link back check in Google they don't even show up.

That should give you some indication of the importance.

4:42 pm on Aug 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I would imagine Google give quite a bit of weight to a link from Dmoz.
In my experience that is all they are worth though, cannot ever recall seeing any human traffic referred from there!
4:46 pm on Aug 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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When I do a link back check in Google they don't even show up.

I'm not too certain that is an indicator of anything. If I were a search engineer and I wanted to protect those properties that I deem to be of importance, I'm going to do what I can to stop you from reverse engineering. One of the simplest things I can do is make it appear as if the ODP is not passing any value. ;)

I'm sure the Editors could vouch that submissions have died off over the past year or so. They are probably getting more quality submissions now that the word is out that a listing in the ODP is no longer of value. :)

6:07 pm on Aug 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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> I would imagine Google give quite a bit of weight to a link from Dmoz

if Google does in fact [still] reward DMOZ listed sites

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> I'm sure the Editors could vouch that submissions have died off over the past year or so. They are probably getting more quality submissions now ...

Not so sure. One may assume they get chunks of junk as before.

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now that the word is out that a listing in the ODP is no longer of value.

Is it the word that's out or is it a fact too.
 

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