James S. Graner


One Online Business Directory That is Tough to Enter, DMOZ

Several months ago I began an attempt to increase my business's website search engine rankings, for a Missouri Appraiser and other keywords. This massive project was full of online directories, web blogging, rewriting my website to be more SEO friendly, and studying SEO. Alot of blood, sweat and tears went into this project, however mission is close to being accomplished.

One of the online directories that I was told would be key to any search engine optimization plan was dmoz.org or "Directory Mozilla." This directory is the largest human edited directory in the world, Google, Alexa, AOL and others reconize this directory as a key in their search engine rating systems. Wow, everybody should have their site as part of this directory. Directory listings are free on this site. This directory has numerous catagories, including a Missouri Appraiser. 

I entered my information, requesting to be added to dmoz.org, months ago. I re-entered later, and I have not even received an acknowledgement of my application. My site has not been included and I have no idea why. I did some research on dmoz.org and found many other websites have been waiting years to be entered. This seems crazy to me, just enter my site and be done. I would be happy to pay a small fee, if that would help. The directory is not much good without the most recent websites being included.





Comment balloon 10 commentsJames Graner • January 31 2009 08:15AM


Thank you for the tips. .I wasn't aware that this directory was key. .

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) about 10 years ago

Wow. I did not know that it was that tough. I remember way back when I added mine. If memory serves me right I think that it took less than a month.

Posted by Herb Hamilton, Real Estate Broker ,CDPE, Downtown Portland (RE/MAX Preferred Inc. Realtors) about 10 years ago

It is a hand job - all entries are approved and entered by a real person - by hand. It can take MONTHS to get listed. Just be patient, it will happen eventually. Also... be forewarned. THEY will write your title and description the way THEY see it. If you don't like it - it's pretty much too bad. You can't really easily change it. It IS an important directory. But the problem is Google oftentimes uses the Open Directory Project titles and descriptions for their OWN titles and descriptions on Google search results (which may or may not be an advantage, by the way). You have to insert a special META tag on your site to ask that Google NOT use the DMOZ information if you don't want it.

Posted by Fred Light, Real Estate Video Tours for MA and NH (| Nashua Video Tours) about 10 years ago

They have a forum where you could try to contact the person. But for my area there is no one and I applied for the job and didnt get it. Apparently they dont care much.

As far as SEO its not really that important. Its more of an older thing that doesnt have all that much relevance today. It wouldnt hurt but its not that big of a deal. Most directores Google treats as spammy so you get no benefit. Dmoz it might have some slight benefit.

Posted by Shane OnullGorman, Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell (Eau Claire Realty, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Yeah, it is a pain in the butt

Posted by Rob Dalton, Big Island Vacation Rental Guru (Waikoloa Vacation Rentals) about 10 years ago

I have been doing the same thing, submitting and resubmitting, all to no avail. I've been trying every 6-8 weeks for the last 8 months...and still no listing...

Yahoo Directory serves the same purpose but you have to pay an annual fee of $299 to get listed.

Posted by Christianne O'Malley, Exceptional Service - Delivering Results in Reno! (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) about 10 years ago

Christine:  Just submit it once and forget about it.  If you hound them, they may ignore you.  Literally, it can take a YEAR.  Just be patient, but don't keep hounding them - it won't help for sure and could hurt you.  

It IS an important directory for SEO, so definitely submit it... then forget about it!

Posted by Fred Light, Real Estate Video Tours for MA and NH (| Nashua Video Tours) about 10 years ago

James, this is good information to know.  I also submitted my site to DMOZ, but hadn't seen it listed, and it has been several months.  I was wondering if I did something wrong.  Now I know it just takes time.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com) about 10 years ago

Yes, it can take forever as all the work is done by volunteer editors. Even then they may decide you don't have enough good unique content and not include you. Thanks for the reminder though as need to check back and see if I have been added yet! :)

Posted by Eileen Begley, Monterey Real Estate (Coldwell Banker, DelMonte) about 10 years ago

How do you check to see if you've been added?  I think I submitted our site a couple of months ago then completely forgot about it.

Posted by Rita Bradley, Valuation Consultant in Orange County California 949-916-3263 about 10 years ago