Consider the application a performance test. Donít just read the guidelines, study them.
Pick a small category usually somewhere between 30 to 60 listings that you would perceive to be a non spammy category.
Check the category description to make sure it is the correct category for the URLs you are submitting with your application. If no description is available, one or more of the parent category descriptions should give you an idea if the URLs are appropriate for the subcategory. Category titles can be deceiving. Just because you have pet websites to submit does not necessarily mean they would fit in Shopping/Pets or even Recreation/Pets. Some pet websites might only be appropriate for a Regional/Locality listing.
Titles can be the title of the website itself, however when listing business or commercial sites, the title of the company should be used regardless of the title provided on the site.
Descriptions should contain absolutely no promotional hype or keyword stuffing whatsoever. Tell what the site is about and what can be found on the site simply and concisely. In some cases descriptions in the category may offer some help so long as you consider the fact that some of them may have been written before possible changes in the guidelines. For this reason do not necessarily consider every single description as a good example.
If you perceive yourself as an expert or qualified for any particular field, another category might be best for your initial application. Otherwise, you might be sadly disappointed. An applicantís qualifications or expertise in any given field is not relevant to becoming an editor. The application is strictly to determine if you understand site placement, can write guidelines compliant titles and descriptions, show honestly in reporting all site affiliations regardless of relevance to the category, correct grammar, etc. And in some cases your qualifications or knowledge could possibly diminish your capabilities as an editor. It's just best to stay away from categories that you have a strong attachment to until you get some experience elsewhere.
Save a copy of your application just in case something does go wrong with the application process. You must reply to the confirmation email in order for the application to make it through the system. If you do not receive the email, first check to see if it was caught by your spam filters. If not, you will have to reapply.
If English is not your native tongue, you must be very fluent in English to edit anywhere in the directory other than your own language in the World section. When in doubt, make your initial application to your native language. Perhaps you can apply to other parts of the directory in time.
If you receive a rejection email, do not expect a detailed outline of your mistakes. The standard rejection mail contains the most common reasons for rejection. One or more of those reasons will apply. You will only receive personal comments from the reviewing meta if none of the common reasons on the standard rejection letter applies. Consider all reasons given to see which one/s do apply. Many, many good editors applied several times before being accepted. It is up to you to find the reasons for rejection, correct them, and reapply. If you cannot find your mistakes, itís possible that you arenít cut out to be an editor. Many are not. Each of the thousands of editors who have contributed to the directory took the same test, so it would be unrealistic to expect special treatment over all previous or current editors.
My persoanl opinion is that a small Regional locality is one of the best training grounds for a newbie editor. Regional is much more easily defined than some of the other branches. And even what appears to be a small category in Shopping or some of the other branches can be quite spammy and not appropriate for an inexperienced editor. A small town for which you are familiar will offer you links to quality websites to list that others would never find, such as local newspapers, delivery trucks, billboards at high school sports games, etc.
If I can do it, anyone can! All it takes is a sincere desire to help build the directory and the ability to follow instructions. So go for it!
Edited by dogbows, 27 April 2006 - 05:01 PM.