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listing description has changed after 4 years

     
3:34 pm on Jan 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I've been listed in dmoz for over 4 years with an accurate, unspamy description.

Just checked it recently and the description for my site has been changed, its shorter and someone has cut out a number of relevant words, even mispelling my main keyword. Looks like sabotage and it seems to have worked, the site was number 2 or 3 in its section and now its dropped down.

Can anything be done about this.

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TM

1:15 am on Jan 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The order of listing in Dmoz categories is alphabetical by title. So the only way you could have dropped down is if the title has been changed. The order in Google's copy of Dmoz is by PageRank by default (with an option to change to alphabetical order.)
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Hardly anybody actually uses DMOZ or Google Directory. The main benefit of a listing (if any) is the added PageRank from simply having a link there, regardless of the description.

Also, the chances of getting an editor to change the description for you are not good.

So I wouldn't concern myself about it if I were you.

9:14 am on Jan 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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the site was number 2 or 3 in its section and now its dropped down.

Just replace the inbound link anchor text that you were receiving with a link from somewhere else.

Have a look through the Link Development forum for some ideas.

TJ

2:27 pm on Jan 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Ah. Do you mean that the site has dropped in Google serps? That has nothing to do with the Dmoz description. The description is not anchor text. The title is.
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The best place to ask for a *specific* answer is the ODP Public Forum.

But.. if your description was written back in 2000 there's a good chance that it doesn't meet current editorial guidelines. Descriptions tend to be more terse, with a maximum of two sentences and perhaps a dozen words or so, with no hype or promotional wording.. something that tends to be in "older" descriptions quite often.

If the description isn't accurate or mis-spelled, then you can use the "Update URL" request. Updates tend to be dealt with quite quickly.