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submission to DMOZ

can i add multiple enteries for same page?

     
12:20 am on Mar 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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hi all at webmasterworld,
i am ready to submit my site to the dmoz directory, my website deals in international trade and business with operations in different country. i want to add the site to the category named as "International Business and Trade".
now question is can i add the same page say my home page in other regional categories? i.e. for different countries say malaysia, china, europe etc. as our site has operations in all these countries, so i want to submit the home page to all these categories of different countries.
can i do this with same page contents?

please help to clear this confusion.
thanks
navdeep

1:19 am on Mar 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Typically, a business site can typically be listed once in the relevant topical category and once in the regional branch in the relevant locale. For a US-based company, for instance, that typically means the city where the company is headquartered.

As is commonly noted, however, that the ODP lists sites, not companies. A separate site full of very specialized content for a particular country might well deserve a listing separate from the main site. Also, separate sites maintained by a countrywide subsidiary or operating company of a large corporation also might be acceptable for separate listing. Because of the emphasis on significant unique content, however, it is largely units of large multinationals which have met the standard-- IBM, Vodafone, Sony, etc. If all you have for your various countries is a list of products and a local telephone number, the editor will likely label it deeplinking spam. Better to focus on having the primary listing established.

7:00 am on Mar 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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thanks choster,
so i can add atmost two entries of same website and not more than two. one for the business category of the site and another according to the business area of website say california (USA). am i right. so can i go ahead with two submissions of same page?

can i use same title and description for these two submissions?

thanks for reply

7:43 am on Mar 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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and another according to the business area of website say california (USA).

As choster already stated: For the majority of the companies this would be the hometown of the company. Except of course those with several brick-and-mortar locations who should submit on the level covering all (or at least most of) their locations.

can i use same title and description for these two submissions?

Well, since most submitters don't submit guidelines-compliant descriptions anyway, it really doesn't matter that much what you are writing. You could try, though, some hints for writing an acceptable commercial title/description:

1) Title = Company title. No subtitles. No keywords. Nothing else. ("General Widgets Ltd" would be fine).

2) Description = Description of company + Description of site. Most people forget the second part.
Try to make a short sentence, not keyword-filled for the first part ("Producer of customized, coloured widgets" instead of "Producer of green Widgets, blue Widgets, red Widgets and yellow Widgets in every shape and every size you like"). For the second part try to reflect what is special on your website (Reminder: Not Company. Website!). Do you offer a wealth of information regarding a special detail of widgets? Anything else that is remarkable? Lets assume for a moment there was something interesting, so the second part could look like (excuse my english ;-) ) "Apart from a product descriptions the company offers instructions on storing and cleaning widgets".

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I didn't answer the second question, did I? Sorry for that.

Yes, usually we use mostly the same description for both. There may be differences (in topical an editor might decide to add "... with widget shops all over california" if he thinks that this is justified. Of course that would be a stupid addition in a "California" category - Of course they have, otherwise the site would not be listed in that category.

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You might be able to have multiple listings for the same *site* if it is in different languages too (see the [dmoz.org...] categories).

Choose your submission category carefully though - if the business has offices globally, then a category such as Business/Widgets might be appropriate. If all your offices are based in Europe, then
Regional/Europe/Business_and_Economy/Widgets might be appropriate.

12:14 am on Mar 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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windharp,
so we can add a phrase at the end of the description like "with head office in california".
thanks
navdeep s
6:00 am on Mar 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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another query
it is important to submit the site map to the directory, if it is true then how can i choose the category for site map?

what are the important tips for choosing the category for site map?

thanks
Navdeep s

7:17 am on Mar 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>it is important to submit the site map to the directory
Who gave you that notion? And can you figure out why they are TRYING to get you set up as a spammer? With friends like those, you need really really good back armor.

Reality says, and common sense should have told you: if your site map is not easily accessable from the home page, then go out and kill your webdesigner ... slowly. If it is accessable, then obviously submitting it is NOT important, since it's not even important enough to link from your OWN page, let alone someone else's!

 

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