How do I get on DMOZ?

  • ZachH
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Hi

I launched my site in March and here is where I am by now:
Alexa Rank 86,518
Google Backlinks 11
Yahoo Backlinks 1,490
PageRank 4
More than a thousand visitors every day

I think I’ve done ok and this is what I don’t understand, why can’t I get listed on DMOZ?

Here is what I’ve done so far:
April – Submitted the site
July – Sent e-mail to editor
September – Sent e-mail to editor with CC to staff

I’m just in the blind, haven’t heard anything from Dmoz at all.

So please anyone what should I do to get listed? I’m willing to go pretty far. All ideas are very welcome.

Thanks.
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To get on dmoz, you submit and wait. Sometimes it can take up to a couple of years to get listed. I've had sites take up to 9 months.
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And to add to what Axe said, repeat submissions only tend to prolong the process, from what I've heard.
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i Agreewith Axe
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Axe is right. It can take months. Just wait, there is nothing you can speed up.
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The words on the street are that DMOZ isn't that important anymore.
I edit 2 categories at DMOZ.
Whenever I see new submissions, I review them ASAP.
So, most of the people at my categories would get listed in 3-4 weeks.

BUT.

I promise you, that there are thousands of editors who cannot find time to review new submissions.
Also, many DMOZ people are corrupted (possibly your competitor, or etc).
In many cases you'll have to wait 1 year or even longer to get your site listed.

That's ridiculous, and I truly hope DMOZ will lose its power ASAP.
I personally do not like DMOZ.
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You have done a great job, Zach~
I do not think it is easy to get thousands visitors everyday in just several months~
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User #2 wrote:
The words on the street are that DMOZ isn't that important anymore.

DMOZ hasn't been that important for a long-time from a browsing-users-finding-your-link aspect. It's all about passing on the PageRank for the search engines.

Unless people quit linking to DMOZ (or the search engines simply start ignoring DMOZ - unlikely given that Google publishes DMOZ as its own directory service), it isn't going to lose its PR-passing power any time soon.
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if it makes you feel better, i've been waiting as long as you :lol:
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Why don't they reduce the "editor accounts will expire after 4 months of inactivity" to a shorter period then, i.e 1 month?
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I waited 1 year got in and then was removed by another editor.. there are a lot of factors and a few issues with DMOZ, its great if you get in but I wouldnt count on it in any way.
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i think getting into dmoz is impossible now, unless you are an editor :D
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eli03 wrote:
i think getting into dmoz is impossible now, unless you are an editor :D


Yes.. Unless yoou are an editor..

Another problem with DMOZ is that they say they don't have editors, but reject most of the requests to become an editor.. Even for some regional categories..
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in China,we even can't visit DMOZ succeffully now. I can only visit it when I control the servers in seattle remotely.
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DMOZ is still very important to Google, and that is why all of us try to get in. Google uses DMOZ to help categorize their listings...dir.google.com. Pagerank is one benefit, but I see it as mush more important than that. I have had a ton of clients get great positioning shortly after they get into DMOZ and then into dir.google.com.

It can be very tough to get in DMOZ, but many categories still have good editors. I had two sites get in within a month in September. The reason...good editors.

A big problem is people becoming editors just to get their site into the category they want. Once they get in, they don't care anymore, and the category goes stale for 4 months. That is why they reject so many editors...because the good and trusthful editors are so few and far between.
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I've been waiting like a year or more.
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You may want to look for a better category. Before you submit anywhere, I would suggest looking in the footer and seeing when your category was last updated. This will help tell you whether your going to get in anytime soon.
  • southerngurl
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GRRRRR, I see the category I had submitted to was last updated Oct. 13 2005. :x

There is only one website listed for the brand of food I sell, and it's not even right. You can't even buy the food at that place. ARGGG

I sent in an application noting there was an incorrect link on that page as one of the reasons I would like to be an editor. I'm sure I won't be accepted as the person editing that category is active. There are so many good websites that should be on that page too. There's only like 30, there should be alot more.
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Does the category say there is an editor, or it was just last updated on the 13th? If it says it's looking for an editor, the update could have been done by one the "higher-up" editors and you could still have a chance to becoe one.

Otherwise, if the last time you submitted was like a year ago, I would submit again...it may have been deleted for whatever reason.
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Ah, I see it doesn't have an editor. Cool.
I see you have to go up 3 categories before you find one that does.
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Nope, rejected.

Wonder how long I should wait to retry.
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The best policy for dmoz is to submit and forget. Whether you make it in or not is nothing more than a crap shoot. dmoz has, and will continue, to lose importance with every passing day.
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I would find a better category if it has been awhile for you. I know the phrase is "submit and forget", but I feel that DMOZ is still very important to Google. I have seen this time and time again over the years, when I get a site listed in DMOZ, then finally gets mirrored into Google's Directory, I see a huge boost in positioning.

I believe this is just one big step in getting through the ever-mystifing "Sandbox" as it helps Google see that you are a legitimate site and helps find the category/industry you are in.

None of this is proven, it is just what I have seen and experienced with so many of my clients. It may change in the future, well it most likely will, but currently is works quite well.

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