DMOZ is a human-created directory that sends results to search engines. The human editors are mostly unpaid volunteers so getting your site listed at DMOZ might not be very easy. Keep at it though, because being listed at DMOZ is almost as important as being listed at Google.
Once your site is indexed at DMOZ, it will (in time) also start appearing on many other search engines. Googles directory is taken directly from DMOZ. The search engines that use DMOZ data add their own tweaks to it, but there seems to be consensus that being listed at DMOZ boosts your rank at those search engines especially the ones that take link popularity into account.
Getting The Most From DMOZ
Many webmasters make the mistake of submitting only their homepages to DMOZ. DMOZ does not have a spider that follows links from that homepage, so only the homepage is added to the directory.
But you can have many pages from one site in different categories at DMOZ.
As long as those pages:
Having a couple of pages from your site indexed at DMOZ boosts your sites link popularity considerably.
For more detailed information on getting your site into DMOZ, consider upgrading to the PDF version of the Search Engine Yearbook.
Recent discussions on search engine forums have touched on the subject of DMOZs future (or lack thereof). The volunteer editor model can make getting into DMOZ frustrating, so it is understandable that many webmasters have a negative attitude towards the directory.
One theory with many supporters is that some
DMOZ editors apply to edit categories in order
to get their own sites into the directory and keep competitors out.
In my experience, directories like DMOZ tend to make enemies because
they (have to)
From the outside however, I never once had
reason to complain about DMOZ. Occasionally my submissions are rejected.
Thats to be expected. Most of the time they get added within 2
to 3 weeks. Thats a great job. As far as I am concerned, DMOZs
future is bright as long as
Notes on DMOZ
The DMOZ is a human-created directory that "feeds" search engines. It's fairly large considering that each site was reviewed and added by hand. For a current count of pages indexed, check the bottom of the DMOZ homepage.
Once your site is indexed at DMOZ, it will (after a while) pop up in searches on Google, Netscape Search, AOL Search etc. If you're new to this, it means that getting listed here is terribly important.
I'll say that again
The search engines that use DMOZ data add their own tweaks to it, but there seems to be consensus that being listed at DMOZ boosts your rank at those search engines.
DMOZ & Google
Once your pages are in the DMOZ database, it definitely boosts your rank at Google. With so many sites & search engines using DMOZ data, the inbound links to your site increases dramatically once it's in the DMOZ database. That in turn pushes your site's "PageRank" score at Google.
Another plus is that the Google Directory is taken directly from DMOZ, so your site is added to it automatically.
Getting the most from DMOZ
that few people realize, is that you can submit more than just your
homepage. Sub-pages will also be indexed, provided that they are relevant
to the category and of a high value.
This page is based on information contained in the Search Engine Yearbook 2003. For more detailed search engine information & help, please refer to the current version of the book.
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