- Do not submit mirror sites. Mirror sites are sites that contain identical content, but have altogether different URLs.
- Do not submit URLs that contain only the same or similar content as other sites you may have listed in the directory. Sites with overlapping and repetitive content are not helpful to users of the directory. Multiple submissions of the same or related sites may result in the exclusion and/or deletion of those and all affiliated sites.
- Do not disguise your
submission and submit the same URL more than once.
Example: http://www.dmoz.org and http://www.dmoz.org/index.html
- Do not submit any site with an address that redirects to another address.
- The Open Directory has a policy against the inclusion of sites with illegal content. Examples of illegal material include child pornography; libel; material that infringes any intellectual property right; and material that specifically advocates, solicits or abets illegal activity (such as fraud or violence).
- Do not submit sites "under construction." Wait until a site is complete before submitting it. Sites that are incomplete, contain "Under Construction" notices, or contain broken graphics or links aren't good candidates for the directory.
- Submit pornographic sites to the appropriate category under Adult.
- Submit non-English sites to the appropriate category under World.
- Don't submit sites consisting largely of affiliate links.
- Study the style of the existing listings in the category where you want your site to go. This is the style you need to make for your submission. Some editors are ryuthless in their brevity and factual description of web sites. eg. You might want to put "the worlds finest supplier of red widgets, see our fantastic web site for information, special deals and offers, see our galleries and sign up for our newsletter" and the editor may simply put "red widget supplier". So get it right in the first place
Remember that it can take some time for a human to get round to looking at your submission, specially in "popular" categories with lots of submissions each day. Sometimes sites get into the directory the same or next day, or in a few days, other times they may take 6 months or a year.
Note that you won't be informed if your site is rejected.
Benefits of listing in DMOZ
Well, for a start it can't do any harm, whatever you have heard or read. We have already discussed that the Open Directory forms the basis of 1000s of other directories and databases, so you never know who may use DMOZ data to create their own links pages or directories in the future. You may get a good Page Rank link out of it, but that isn't the point of listing in DMOZ, its just a bonus if it happens.
Myths: poor design will get me rejected = BUSTED
- If your site still has unique and interesting content, and an editor liked what they saw, and thought your site provided some value to it's visitors, you are almost home and dry. Providing it could be navigated without too much fuss, and wasn't completely littered with spelling mistakes and complete bollocks if an editor has got round to looking at your site in the first place, it is in the right category, and he or she has already got it in mind to list it providing it complies with the listing criteria. Think about it - human edited is the key. Like everything to do with your web-site (except meta tags) your site is for humans.
- editors differ in their approach to bad grammar and spelling mistakes. Ideally your site will not have any blemishes like that, so use a spell checker at least. They also differ in what they see as useful content. For example a business site in the United Kingdom may have different legal requirements than one in the USA (for example the legality of listing contact details, a physical address etc) so a business category editor for regional/(your_country)/business_and_economy may spot something they know does not comply with the law in the country the site relates to.
- DMOZ editor's job is to list and catalogue web-sites, not police the internet. But see submission guidelines "illegal content". It depends how the editor views the content of your site.
- Pop ups, pop-unders, excessive banners, links to "bad" sites, inappropriate content or irrelevant content might p*ss the editor off. They might also make the site less useful
- DMOZ editors look at web sites all the time. They look at web sites in specific categories. So you won't get anywhere fast if your site has just scraped information from other sites (which may already be in that editor's category) particularly specialised niches
- Don't hassle editors, ever. It isn't a good idea, it doesn't help.