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DMOZ Directory - trouble getting listed

6:38 pm on Oct 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hello all,

I am having trouble getting listed on www.DMOZ.ORG

I understand that they are very busy, and that each site needs to be checked by a human.

I am looking for advice from anyone who has been listed on DMOZ.

I have submitted once through their website once, about 3 weeks ago. Do I need to resubmit? If so how frequently?

Is the DMOZ still active and being compiled?



7:03 pm on Oct 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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One submittal is enough, although sometimes you may also be eligible for a regional listing - check the FAQ/guidelines. Due to the volume of sites submitted, it can take 6 months plus to get reviewed.

You just have to submit and forget, and move onto the next site/directory. If you notice a referral from h77p://editors.dmoz.org in your logs it's likely you've been reviewed, and if it's a good site you'll probably be listed.

6:46 pm on Oct 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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>> If you notice a referral from http://editors.dmoz.org/... in your logs it's likely you've been reviewed. <<

The presense or absence of an ODP referrer means almost nothing. Many editors surf without referrers on, or cut and paste links, so can be adding your site whilst leaving no trace in your log.

The presense of a referrer means that someone accessed the site, sure, but you have no idea what they did after that. Many times they may be just checking that there is a site there, and deleting non-responsive entries. Other times it might just be a reality check that the site is vaguely in the right category: wildly misplaced stuff being relocated.

It may also be an editor checking for obvious spam to delete in preparation for a longer editing spell with whatever is left at some later date.

Don't try to guess anything at all from a referrer. You would have to be "that" editor to know exactly what was going on.

9:19 pm on Oct 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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My advice is to submit and move on. Maybe check back in 6 months and see if you are in.

DMOZ isn't the end all of links on the net. It's a nice link to get, but there are much better on-topic directories out there for you to worry about. Submitting daily, weekly, monthly, or whatever will not make your site get in any faster.

DMOZ is still active, but it has changed a lot over the years. Most people will say that DMOZ is on its last legs, and I'm sure Google already knows this.

Submit and forget. You'll be much less stressed.

1:08 am on Oct 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Bears is correct, don't waste valuable time on directories that aren't really interested in serving you. It's just a pointless exercise when you can get other good links elsewhere with the time you would have spent mucking about with dmoz.

Instead, concentrate on quality link exchanges and buy 3 or 4 links in established sites. My rules for success are:

Don't pay more than 50 per link for 12 months

Monitor ALL results

Dump any underperforming advertising at once!

Before renewing links/adverts - try and negotiate a 20 - 30% reduction in cost. If the directory/site refuses, then threaten to pull the ad. You might get laughed at or something, but you must pull the ad so they get the seriousness. It does work a lot of the time, and remember a lost customer is another lost payment. This works better than you think, so do it!

If an advert works well - then roll it out in a bigger way. Buy a larger ad, or more smaller ones.

Google Adwords is great for experimenting with ad copy, and monitoring. So make up 3 ads, and test em on Google first, cos if they work on Google - they'll work elsewhere and probably get the same level of interest.

4:29 am on Oct 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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"Submit and forget" -- it's about the only thing about the ODP that everyone can agree on.

But, so long as you know the best course of action, that's enough.

5:32 pm on Oct 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I submitted my blog a couple of months ago and haven't heard or seen anything yet either. I'll just wait and see what happens down the road.

With all the SPAM blogs out there today, it must take a bunch of time just looking through them all for the few that have real content.

I took a peek at weblogs the other night and just from a glance, about 98% of the lastest 100 blogs updated looked like out right junk from their title tag.