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Would all my pages get spidered by MSN. I'm aiming at getting my home page spidered which is optimized lets say for keyword "free classifieds".
I don't believe the two are actually related. In other words, the directory is a separate entity from the search engine. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong!)
In order to be included in MSN, you could subscribe to Inktomi.
Then take the test, leave the results open in a window. Open a new window. Take the test again. Some of the questions repeat. Keep at it, eventually you will know all the answers or be able to look it up in an previous open window.
It took me 10 windows or so to be able to pass. Once I got in, I found out it was a waste of time because I couldn't understand how the dam thing worked anyways.
The trick to getting in as a zealor is to use opera's multiple windows.
I don't think you have to be an Opera user to cheat on the test this way. You do have to be self-delusional though :)
I just submitted to one category and some Zealot idiot rejected it . He wrote that my site is commercial and it doesn't qualify...
If your site is commercial it does not qualify (see the guidelines). I cannot see how applying this basic rule makes them an idiot.
So I wonder if somehow I manage to get in with either this cat or any different and some other zelot moron decides to remove it....
If it is commercial it wont get in - end of story. Also over the years I have yet to find a Zealot who is a moron so the chances of you finding one are very remote in my opinion. If you managed to become a Zealot yourself however you may well come across the occasional moronic submitter but that is another story.
I don't know how, 80% of the time I can't even get to DMOZ. Yeah, yeah, I know, non-profit, volunteers, etc. The volunteers have a rough row to hoe.
But no one can deny that fast loading pages get used, slow loading pages get ignored and citing lack of cash as a reason for sub-par service doesn't mean a damn thing to the average surfer.
Yes that is the hard bit!
I recently had an online survey form from them, much emphasis was "ease of use" so I think they are aware of the problem.
They are very strict on commercial listings.
I have managed to get 4/5 sites listed, but always get a >site rejected response for any site that is in the slightest commercial.
To add a site, first log in, find the cat, click "add site profile"
Fill in the questions, then wait for the rejection -;
Like dmoz it all depends on who approves the submissions.
A major competitor of ours spends much time submitting pages. Of the 60 or so most recent submissions only 2 were rejected for being commercial though all pages carry the same commercial content.
It's just the way it's going to be with these volunteer directories, almost impossible to get uniform standards and interpretations across the board.
The good point: By looking at this person's transaction history I know which editor's accept these submissions to which categories.
Regarding ease of use, I personally find Zeal a bit easier than DMOZ, as a zealot/editor. As an end-user, I don't see a lot of difference. Then again, I haven't edited long at DMOZ, so am just learning my way around there.
The way to get into both directories is to submit a nice juicy page of content. Here is an example: If you run a classified site then write an article on "How to Write Classified Ads". That type of material is excellent foder for both directories.
If you are already a Zealot, the LookSmart editor will give it a nod. If you are not a Zealot, it may take forever to get listed.
MSN uses Zeal as backfill. But if your page is presented correctly you can achieve great position and a lot of targeted traffic from the listing. I know my site does :)
Hope that helps.
As you know there are affiliates and AFFILIATES, zeal seems good at spotting the freebee commercial wanters, and can spot a hobbyist a mile off and let it be.
From what I have seen, zeal is a good resource for niche info, a site giving info regards passtimes hobeys etc with perhaps the odd affilate page to amazon etc will get in.
However, a full blown commercial site will have no chance for free.
This seems resonable and full marks to editors who do their job correctly.
Of couse corruption will always creep in, nothing can be done about this unless they made an across the board inclussion rate.
Which would put the vast majority of web users/site owners redundant.
As sickly as it may sound, I firmly believe everyone has the right to get info online for free so long as they do not profit from it.
Without people such as zeal this would not be possible.
Ok google as well.
>>However, a full blown commercial site will have no chance for free.
As anything else on the Internet, it's difficult to make hard and fast statements. Zeal has a bunch of full-blown commercial sites. The two biggest players in a major online industry have had their main pages 'contributed by' zeal people -- one of them now an admin.
I ain't gritching, it's just a fact that with projects like these -- as laudable they might be -- there are always going to be major problems uniformly interpreting the rules and keeping a level playing field for everybody.
As for nothing being able to be done about bad listings creeping in, well, yeah, as long as it's on a volunteer basis it's almost impossible to stop. The old Yahoo paid editors was probably the best system, but then you have to charge to pay the editors and we get back on the old merry-go-round.
'Nuff said for now,
I've seen so much corrupt at dmoz it makes me spin...
Now.. about ZEAL... dunno about that... but me thinks that
since DMOOOZ will eventually be bought out by somebody some
how... and make it all proprietary... pay for play...
Then MSN et al LookieDatSmart are trying to make a play
for the "homie" "ain't" got a life... editors.... or the Pay the DMOZ
Editor Off scheme we all know and love...
7th inning stretch... yawwwwnnnnnnn.....
you know DMOZ is going to be replaced.... but when...
and by Google by how much...
Chalupee no ghaudalupee.. is on a diet...
lite lite lite lite big fattie....
I like Zeal's interface. However, I don't think that the quality of the database is as high as DMOZ.
The tests are pretty easy, even without the window trick. Just take them twice, the second time you should have figured out what they want, mostly because it just makes sense.
Don't think Zeal is confusing and never hit that brick wall.
1) login to zeal
2) go to the category you like (it could be commercial)
on the upper right corner there will be a link to category forum. write a message there explaining who you are and what your site is about and ask an editor responsible for that category to add it there. you might have to wait for a while for that to happen (if it does)
or you can try to submit it yourself to a category that it does not quite match but is noncommercial. this way if it is approved, your site will come up during searches. it won't necessarily be in the most appropriate category but it will be "findable". beware, that you can loose points for submitting sites into wrong categories.
[edited by: NFFC at 11:43 pm (utc) on May 25, 2003]
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