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DMOZ Category - Matters?

Is being listed in a less relevant category detrimental?



3:10 pm on Jul 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

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We have just taken over a site for SEO.

I have discovered, that with some search terms, a completely different result is displayed in the serps for the exact same page. The title and description were relevant to the site a number of years ago.

After a bit of poking around, it seems that the outdated results are coming from the DMOZ listing for the site.

I have just discovered the <meta name="robots" content="NOODP"> tag to resolve this issue. Once this tag has been implemented and Google is pulling the Title and description from the site, are we likely to see rise up the SERPs for our key words?

The site sells <widgets>. As well as standard <widgets>, the site sells <specialty widgets for anaimals>.

The DMOZ site listing is in "Top: Regional: Europe: United Kingdom: Business and Economy: Shopping: <Animals>: <Species>".

Is this likely to be affecting our position for <widget> searches. Should I even be concerning myself with this? If so how do I go about getting a category change?

Many thanks

[edited by: Webwork at 4:21 pm (utc) on July 7, 2009]
[edit reason] Please - No Specific Identifying Information [/edit]


8:45 am on Jul 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

how do I go about getting a category change?

Use the "update URL" feature at the top right of the category page, there is a comment field for any non-standardized changing requests. An editor will review the suggestion and move if appropriate.

You can suggest a new description at the same time, if the old one doesn't apply any more. Refrain from keywordstuffing or similiar actions, otherwise the update request is very likely to go to the trash bin after the first glance, without even bothering to read the comments.


11:26 pm on Jul 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

5+ Year Member

Ive read several threads here pertaining to DMOZ and its

Ive also read some posts by moderators who seem not to want
to deal with yet another thread on DMOZ.

So instead of annoying anyone by starting another DMOZ thread
I'll just attempt to ask my question here:

After reading through this very informative thread:


Im curious...is most of this information still valid?


5:16 am on Jul 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

Yes, it is.

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