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That's just hysteria. Not only aren't they unreliable, besides Google dmoz is the most reliable entity on the Internet and that takes into account the RDF dump failures. Every other entity has proven itself time and again much worse. It's not perfect, but it is far and away the best there is -- and it accomplishes that with nearly zero money.
Yawn. It's just so totally ridicuous.
RDF and other associated glitches do not impact the fact that DMOZ is the biggest and highest quality directory on the net - by miles. The glitches should neither be used as a flimsy excuse to attack.
Criticising what exists without basis or justification is just so easy. Creating something worthwhile is rather harder. Anyone with merit surely contributes to the latter rather than standing on the sidelines throwing stones.
By the way: DMOZ is not 'owned' by AOL, only administrated by them. It is not owned by anyone, which is another of its great strengths.
Sorry, just had to say that, I just got in this morning to find the update well underway. GREAT results for my new site, up to PR4 from PR0 on www2, and number 1 for my most important string! :)
Not so good for my older, more established site, though, the number of backlinks has doubled but I'm still PR5 and only minor improvements in SERPs. What does it take to get a PR6, jeeze!? I guess my new links must not be very good quailty.
What's the opinion at this point, is the update pretty much over, or can we expect more PR changes?
To check what your new amount of backlinks are do a search on www2.google.com with the term:
(Replace yourdomain with your domain name)
If you search on www.google.com with that you will get either the new amount or the old amount because we are still in the Dance.
You have arrived at a busy time of the month!
Google backlinks are sites that link to you and are indexed by Google.
You download the Google toolbar, here:
You can can check the PR (PageRank - based on number of backlinks) of your site and how many people link to you (just click on page info and select Backward Links).
Note - sites wont show up as backlinks if they have a PR of 4 or less.
Enjoy - you are only just experiencing the madness! ;)
It will show you the number of pages linking to Yahoo's main page.
<added>You beat me once again, JOAT. :( And you, Made In Sheffield. 2003 has done good to my websites but not to me.</added>
<added>That's assuming that they are done one after the other and not in paralell, can anyone confirm?</added>
Basically we're just under half way through. You can monitor the progress by searching on:
.google.com - the five data centers currently in use.
<added>And you will see either old results or new ones which tells you if that data center is done yet</added>
<added>Deep crawl usually starts after the dance is over</added>
Netscape Communications Corporation (`Netscape') owns the copyright to the compilation of the different contributions, ...
From the Open Directory License [dmoz.org] site.
This way it's owned in parts (stocks) by AOL, Time Warner, no!?