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Open Directory Project (DMOZ)

Dave Green

DMOZ is a very important, widely-used, and well-known Internet directory. Getting listed in DMOZ can mean more traffic for your website. If you want to increase the impact of your listing, read on.The Open Directory Project (ODP), often referred to as DMOZ, is probably the single most important topic directory on the Internet.

We all want our websites to be listed. You're probably versed in the basics of submissions. But if you aren't, take a moment to visit the tutorial at DMOZ. There are also some advanced techniques available, but as with anything involving DMOZ, you have to be very careful to follow the published rules.

The DMOZ Submission Basics

Before you can go on to advanced DMOZ submission concepts, you need to be fully conversant in the basic submission procedure. A trip to the Open Directory Project “Add URL” page at provides step by step instructions for you to follow. Read them, study them, follow them.

The instructions are not simply a guideline. They are THE requirements for submitting your website and getting it listed in the Open Directory Project.

Start by finding the proper category. That sounds simple enough on the surface, but you need to explore each category, and dig ever deeper within it. Find the category or sub-category best suited to your website.

Submitting a site to the wrong category is one of the primary reasons for rejection. Choose the correct category before you submit your site and your success rate will be greatly increased. Select the wrong one, and your submission is likely to be delayed.

Make certain you write an objective description of your website. The description should be completely free of sales and marketing hype. If the description is simply a keyword spamming device, the category editors will change it to a more suitable one. You probably won’t like the description the volunteers write for you. It’s better if you write a good one in the first place.

If you follow the instructions, and submit a quality, professional looking website, you will likely be included in the DMOZ Directory. If you would like assistance and professional advice or services to aid your pursuit of getting better rankings, contact me at

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