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Jean_Manco

Tips on getting a Dmoz listing

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1. Choose the right category.

 

A. What tree?

Some areas of the directory are laden with submissions and have few editors. The wait for listing could be so long that your site has changed from a widget retailer to a fan page for the Widgettes by the time it gets looked at. Not to mention that you've been through a couple of divorces, had your head shaved and moved to Mars. Other areas are carefully tended by enthusiasts who could have found your page themselves before you even get around to filling in the submission form.

 

The commercial categories are generally the ones heavily backlogged. So if you have a commercial site, what can you do? Look at the Regional tree. A business with a local presence can be listed in the relevant locality. An online shopping site catering to consumers in a particular country can (and should) be listing in Shopping under that country e.g. United Kingdom: Business and Economy: Shopping.

 

Some areas of Regional are also pretty backlogged, so this may not be an instant answer, but let's say that it may help.

 

B. What level?

As all good SEOs know, higher level directory categories are liable to have a higher Google PR. That may tempt you to submit high. It could be a huge mistake. Some high-level categories are so backlogged with unreviewed that only editors with high-speed connections can work on them at all. There your submission could languish for years until some long-suffering editor fuelled on caffeine finally hacks through a thousand spam/misplaced submissions to get to yours... and sends it down to the correct subcategory.

 

Meanwhile there could be a keen editor in said subcategory twiddling his thumbs, wondering where all the submissions are. It is always best to submit to the appropriate category. Your site will only get sent there anyway.

 

C. How many categories?

As the submissions guidelines say - choose the one best category for your site. But you can submit once to a topical tree like Business and once to Regional, if appropriate. If your site has versions in more than one language, you can submit to all the relevant language trees.

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2. Content

 

A. Complete

Some webmasters, expecting a long delay in review, submit their sites before they have done anything on them at all. The danger is that it could get reviewed far faster than they expect. Review times vary dramatically - from a matter of minutes to years. There is no average time that you can count on. So the submission could get instantly deleted.

 

Dmoz does not list sites with no content. Sites with many broken links or links to otherwise blank pages with 'coming soon' or 'under construction' notices are also not good candidates for listing.

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B. Unique

 

The ODP is interested in providing choice to its users, but that means choice between different kinds of content, not choice between a thousand sites all offering the same content served up slightly differently. So make sure that your site really is unique.

 

The one site for a specific shop in Little Piddling is unique. The fourteenth guide to shopping in Little Piddling is not unique, though the design may be super-swish.

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Jean, thank you. This is useful information for our community.

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Thanks for taking the time to provide those submission tips Jean. Very useful information. :D

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I just wanted to take a moment to thank you, Jean, for this really useful set of guidelines.

 

Also, my thanks to Jean, Keith, and all the other DMOZ editors who've taken some of their valuable time to post here recently. It is very much appreciated.

 

Incidentally, aside from directly editing related (or even DMOZ specific) matters, I wondered if you had seen the "What makes a good directory?" discussion we've been having elsewhere in the forums? I'm sure that your thoughts, as those with long experience in the 'functional side' of a major directory, would be very interesting.

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Thank you kindly folks. I don't suppose that any of the above is news to the old hands here, but I'm glad that you feel it may be of use.

 

Ammon - I have been following the debate you mention with interest.

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So what does one do when a site is submitted and a month later not listed?

 

Should he/she be:

 

a) Happy – since the site is submitted

B) Worried – since it is still not listed?

 

Or what about two months later? Or three? When does (should) one go from the stage ’a’ to stage ‘b’?

 

And when one gets to the stage ‘b’ finally, what do you do? Change the site somehow trying to make it better for the internet users (read: DMOZ Editors), and submit it again…

 

So the question is, if one works on a site full time, and the site is being updated constantly in many ways… :

 

How often should one submit it to DMOZ?

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How often should one submit it to DMOZ?

 

Once. If you are querying the status of your try resource-zone, which is run by editors to answer questions like yours.

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