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Does anybody know how I go about creating an entire new category. I have read the DMOZ faq to no avail. I have also sent them an email about 3 months ago and have yet to hear anyting.
If it is a cat at the bottom of the directory tree, then become an editor for it. then you will be on the boards, and can certainly get your point noticed there.
by the way what is the topic of the site, no url's though.
Remember that a visitor searching for a site will move in the opposite direction than you do now, and will drill down from more general to more specific categories. If he is looking for green widgets with nibbles, and the hierarchy stops at a generic widget cat, then he'll expect a site about green widgets with nibbles to be listed there.
It also helps to understand that for an editor to create a new subcategory, there must be several sites to be listed there. Creating a subcategory for one single site would violate the guidelines in most situations.
Thanks for the welcome. I can't believe I never came to this place before. A gold mine it is. I have been doing SEO for about 3 years now and I wish I knew of this place when I started.
Anyways, I have developed several websites for local realtors in a region of Nevada called Summerlin. While many incorporate Summerlin into Las Vegas, it is definitely distinct enough to merit its own category. Additionally, wordtracker reveals several hundred people do search for Summerlin on a monthly basis.
My clients deal only in the Summerlin area and it is somewhat misleading to place them into a category called "Las Vegas Real Estate". So I am trying to figure out how I can get ODP to create a new category "Summerlin Real Estate."
As I stated in my reply to CJ, I feel that I am in a situation that does warrant a new category to be created. Additionally, I do have several websites for different clients all of which would fit into my new category.
The only problem is figuring out how to get a new category created.
Since Summerlin legally appears to be a part of the city of Las Vegas (however "distinct enough" the locals may feel ;)), and Las Vegas currently still doesn't have enough listings to justify a subcategorization into neighbourhoods, the chances of your wish to come true are virtually nonexistant. There are very strict rules in place how the subcategories in the Regional branch of the ODP may be structured, and your idea simply doesn't fit in there. I'd suggest you go with the flow and submit your Summerlin real estate agent web sites with the three others that are already listed here [dmoz.org].