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3:47 pm on Nov 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I almost had a heart attack when I couldn't find my top site in Google Directory when I typed "mysite" in the search box. But, drilling down I can still find it sitting at the top of it's category.

I've tried a new other domain names and it seems that there is something wrong with the Seach box at [directory.google.com...]

12:18 am on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I had the same problem earlier on today and had to drill down the the category to find it was still listed
10:39 pm on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The Directory Search does not always match the content, in just the same way that normal Google Search will sometimes find sites where the snippet differs (is older) from both the cached page and the real live page too.
10:58 pm on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Have a look starting at message #67 in this thread:

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I think we were talking about the same thing. Broken!

7:18 pm on Nov 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Never mind that, I can't even get listed in their directory! But they allowed me in their SE?

That's weird huh.

8:49 pm on Nov 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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That's right.... the directory has 4 million entries, but their search engine database has at least 1000 times more entries.
9:23 pm on Nov 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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only 4 million? oh. What are they worried about - not enough staff to input the sites?
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They use a copy of the ODP, from dmoz.org and which they download from [rdf.dmoz.org...] periodically.
9:39 pm on Nov 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The google directory is the dmoz database not their own, if you want your site to appear you have to be accepted by the dmoz editors, google then update their version of the directory a couple of times a year, sometime more.
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9:54 pm on Nov 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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dmoz again. Why do dmoz operate in this manner? If I owned dmoz, I'd do nothing but serve the customer, just in case they turn out to be a paying one.

Dmoz will never get my money for any advertising, better listings or anything - that's for sure.

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That's not much of an insurrection. DMOZ doesn't charge, and doesn't want your money. You're gonna have to try a little harder. ;-)

DMOZ is creating a human-edited directory on a volunteer basis. Their 'customer' is either people looking for results that all pass the sniff test of a human, and not just a spider, or alternatively you could consider the editors themselves the 'customer'.

It's hard to get a site added either because there aren't enough volunteers to find time to review it, or because one of the volunteers didn't like it.

11:05 pm on Nov 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It's mot only Google Directory Search, whole sections seem to be lost:

[google.com...]

11:42 pm on Nov 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Shows up fine here.
5:55 am on Nov 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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<<Dmoz will never get my money for any advertising, better listings or anything - that's for sure. >>

That's really bad news - DMOZ has no money to spend as it is - and now they aren't getting the money from you - I see they stopped the paid ads on other sites.

Looks like they have will no revenue next month either - they seem to no ads on their site this week.

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The intermittent bad links were happening a few days earlier as well (also from Europe). Is that movement behind those curtains?