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I was just wondering - what's stopping an individual from getting a paid listing in Y!'s directory and a free one in DMOZ (say), and then changing the pages to be spam (overtly keyword rich, or any of those techniques).
Are the listings regularly reviewed? I was curious as I see that the directories usually have a backlog of new sites to review, thus presumably making diverting resouces to exisitng listings rather tricky.
Thanks for any info.
There is no such thing as a permanent ban on the site, the submitter, the webmaster, and all his relatives to the tenth generation -- but we'll do our dead level best to implement something as close to that as possible.
Does a free directory invite a lot of problems with this kind of thing? Seems that certain sites that could 'shift brand' easily might get awy with it; although they'd have to wait all over again for the relevant parties to update their indexes from DMOZ, I suppose.
It's just another one of the challenges. Hey, if you don't like mucking out Aegean stables, just don't look a Greek horse in the mouth.
>Seems that certain sites that could 'shift brand' easily might get awy with it; although they'd have to wait all over again for the relevant parties to update their indexes from DMOZ, I suppose.
You have different kinds of site promotion, just as there are different kinds of roof repair firms. Some of them try to make a quick buck but have to move from town to town before their customers (and the police) catch on; others try to build a reputation.
Directories (including the ODP) "favor large, stable sites." The grab-the-money-and-run types create the opposite. Hence, it's not a critical problem. But eternal vigilance is the cost of freedom from spam.