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DMoz could be getting dropped by Google – About frickin time!

Posted by on 24th Sep 2007 | 7 comments

I cam across a post today by Barry Schwartz on Search Engine Land regarding the open directory project (aka Dmoz).

They realised that Dmoz isn’t listed when you search for dmoz on Google. Fingers crossed that is an indication Dmoz is finally going to go to the website graveyard in the sky. Dmoz has been currupt for as long as I can remember, I once waited more than 2 years for my site submission to be accepted. This sort of timescale was the rule and not the exception.

The problems didn’t stop there. For example, ShoeMoney was recently dropped from the directory because he refused to give a Dmoz editor $5,000. Marketing Pilgrim reported that when another Dmoz editor read about ShoeMoney’s problem he tried to do something about it and his account was disabled!

Google has always given a lot of weight in their search results to sites which were listed in the directory so this is great news for anyone who runs a website

Link : The Open Directory’s Home Page Goes Missing In Google (via Marketing Pilgim)


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  • Posted by Dave Starr --- ROI G on 24th Sep 2007

    Nothing could please me more than to see Google finally come to their senses and stop giving weight and authority to this band of elitist snobs (and possibly crooks) know as DMOZ.

    There are few things in life more annoying thna a group who sets themselves up as "do gooders" and lords it over the rest of the 'Net as if they were someone "special". I never even submit anything to those folks anymore … their relevance is minimal.

  • Posted by pearl on 24th Sep 2007

    I had no idea everyone else was having problems with them…. I once submitted to be an editor with them and got no response… submitted the site and got no response….. and it never dawned on me they were being snobbish :) serves them right I guess!

  • Posted by Tejvan Pettinger on 24th Sep 2007

    Great news!

    I remember when getting in DMOZ was the holy grail of the web.

    So much time I wasted at DMOZ, now I longer even bother to submit sites.

  • Posted by Kevin on 25th Sep 2007

    Yeah I'm surprised Google has taken so long to realise how badly run dmoz is.

  • Posted by Kate on 26th Sep 2007

    Yes, it is amazing that they have been considered relevant for so long. I didn't know about the Shoemoney situation, but I was aware of just how elitist they are.

  • Posted by bob on 9th Nov 2007

    They also have many sites in the dmoz that are spam or link-farms. Thought this was against google principles.

  • Posted by Dino on 11th Dec 2007

    Dude this blog has made my day. I'm a webmaster and that wretched directory and it's inflated PR has been giving the competition the edge for the last 2 years. If DMoz disappeared tomorrow I would pop open the bubbly!