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No offence but did you use an online translator there? :)
They say Directory isn't a search engine.it is true or not
Search engines use algorithms, directories use editors. Engines are automated and directories are human edited.
Maybe someone can provide a few WW references, as it has been discussed here once or twice I believe.
Perhaps there is a good balance in using both directories and search engines. "Humans do it best", though computers can do it quicker. I believe the whole idea of inventing a computer is for it to do jobs its capable of doing, without sacrificing quality ;)
Quality is subjective though.....
It seems to me that loverty's point is that portals need a directory feature in order to provide any easy search "training mechanism" for new users. Being more like a telephone directory arranged according to business categories, it may be easier for beginners to use than full-text search. (Many poorly-constructed search phrases I've seen in my logs bear this out!)
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Interestingly, both Openfind and Baidu seem to use the ODP or derivative directories as "seed" data when building their indexes. I have never submitted any of my sites to either of these search engines, but have been well-spidered by both.
The people at the search engines would like you to believe they are managing it like people could :)
Though now and again you see distinct flaws with an automated system like Google, though they continue to improve, and are the best "engine" to date.
- Froogle sometimes matches up the wrong picture/price/information with a product
- News stories are delayed (and are sometimes innacurate?)
On the other side of the coin
-People claim DMOZ is stale, and would benefit from more automation.
-It's also been claimed that editors sometimes are motivated to put listings where "quality" would say otherwise :)
It's a tough one to call.
Personally, I use Google "web" most of the time, and hardly use "directory" at all.
JD, I'll read the post again, scuse me while I sit here off-topic :)
At least we know the difference between the two for the thread...heh
In most cases, no. Getting in the ODP just is one link, and usually in a low PR cat. If an ODP listing does have significant impact on search results, the the topic of the site must not be very competitive.
I'm just analyzing March logs for one of my sites. Four domains (one per each language) crosslinked on a per-page basis, same company/topic. Not a top competitive area but quite a niche one, whereas there are several millions pages in Google for a few of the keywords we target. Rankings are acceptable in all International and most local SEs and Dirs, with top30 positions for nearly all our target kwds, and some #1 here and there.
With some 14,000 uniques in March, referrals from the ODP (Dmoz.org site) categories where the sites are listed account for 0,1% of the overall traffic, while referrals from Google account for 62 %. OTOH, 12% of this 62% came from the Google Directory, the remaining 88% from Google search.
Moreover, visitors coming from the ODP tend to visit the first 3-4 pages, whereas visitors coming from the Google directory tent to stay longer, and visit more pages. This makes me believing that the formers are just competitors checking their own sites and/or making a quick tour on competitors' sites, while the latters are more likely to be customers looking for the services offered.
Is anyone seeing anything comparable in their logs about such a high percentage of Google hits coming from the directory? I just checked my main site for March. The Google search engine brings in something like 150 times more hits than the directory. As for dmoz.org, I see around .1% also.