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    My Wedding Concierge
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    Hey all, periodically I’ve tried to register my website into DMOZ because apparently it’s good for SEO…

    Anyway is it just me or is DMOZ just totally impossible to get anything registered on? I must have been there 10 times over a few months, and I follow the instructions for registering to the letter. But every time I just end up going in circles, looking for a category, but never actually get to submit anything for review?

    Is it really worth the trouble?

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    JacquiPryor
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    Hi there,

    Funny you brought up this question today, as I only just registered my site earlier this week after hearing it’s apparently good for SEO. I didn’t have any problems submitting though and received a confirmation page to say submission was successful. It does say though it could be anywhere from a week to a year pretty much before it’s indexed and listed.

    You have to find the category first, and then click the Submit Link button (rather than trying to submit and then find category) if that helps at all? I think it also likes you to be quite specific in the category, so find the right sub-category rather than the broad ‘parent’ category.

    Hope that helps?

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    thewpguy
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    I’ve only ever know SEO specialists to have any luck with DMOZ listings.
    I believe its becoming less and less relevant these days.

    There is an excellent eBook about SEO by Troy Dean in the Flying Solo Business Lounge resourses and also available here:
    http://www.pageonein24hours.com/ for free.

    A tonne of in page SEO suggestions will have more impact on your ranking and there are a few other tips as well.

    I say leave dmoz in the too hard basket and do what you can with the actual content.

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    ozcart
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    Hi,

    I wouldn’t worry too much about DMOZ in the scheme of things, especially following the recent ranking factor changes that have been implemented by Google. Those changes rank websites based on the total spread of links to your site and not just one or two authority links from a well established directory.

    DMOZ is an open directory which is operated by volunteer editors around the world. It’s never been fast to get a listing in DMOZ as some editors have taken months to make changes to their respective categories, if at all. In recent times it has got to the point where some categories are almost never even updated. If you submit to a category that is rarely monitored, you have very little chance of your listing ever seeing the light of day, even if you have followed all of the strict listing submission rules that apply.

    In some categories, the only way to get a listing on DMOZ is if you have an association with someone who is an editor in the category that you want to list in. Paid services that include DMOZ never guarantee a listing all they will do is form a properly formatted “submission”. In some cases, these services may know which categories are/aren’t edited to give you a better chance of getting in there – but you never really know.

    Traditionally, one of the main drivers for getting a listing in the DMOZ directory was that Google ran its own directory called the Google Directory, which sourced its data from DMOZ. As Google effectively treated its own directory as an authority in terms of determining link weights, getting a listing in DMOZ usually had a measurable effect on your search engine rankings. Google discontinued their own directory in July 2011, which has made a DMOZ listing less important. It’s still worthwhile submitting a listing as the directory still has a Google PageRank of 8/10 – if you can find the right category, but you’re often rolling the dice in terms of whether your listing will ever appear. If you do want to do that, follow the advice of Jacqui – go to the subcategory first and click the submit link button.

    I’d say you’re probably better off putting your energy into looking for authoritative directories in Australia. Look for the big ones first (Hot Frog, True Local, Start Local, Google Places) and then for authoritative directories in your own industry. Weddings is a competitive industry in Australia so there are plenty of useful places you can build exposure for your business.

    One of the most important things for creating links is to build a spread of links in a number of places – which you can do through the process of building associations with businesses in related industries, networking, and writing content that others want to read. Those things will encourage people to link to you, the good old fashioned way.

    Brooke

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    DarianCulbert
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    I tried to submit some of my websites a few years ago and no luck with Dmoz. This does not affect to the ranking of my websites so please don’t worry about this!

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