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Link from a DMOZ could be quite dangerous these days.
I don't care what you think about Google, they're smarter than that.
a single editorial link on DMOZ could blossom into hundreds of links on hundreds of spam sites.
I still don't believe it. I have links in DMOZ going back to when it was founded. I have tens of thousands of DMOZ scrapers.
I understand what you're saying, but again, every site on the internet that's been around for a year or more has hundreds of spam links pointing at it from various scrapers and 'domain info' sites. If your site is susceptible to being harmed by those links, then that's indicative of a larger problem (either in the marketing or overall development of your site).
In other words - you've done yourself more bad than good.
You couldn't be more wrong. I don't really care what you believe or act on for yourself, but I'm not letting it go when new people could be sidetracked into thinking *this* nonsense is the cause of their search engine issues. This is a red herring.
Google knows about, and can easily ignore, links from DMOZ clones.
This is absolutely NOT true. A lot of good websites got hit by Panda and Penguin. And I have websites 2-3 years old ranking well with only a handful of links. For those websites acquiring thousands of spammy links in a day would = oblivion.
Since DMOZ requires the anchor text in a link to match the domain, based on what I have seen