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What is DMOZ

What is DMOZ?

DMOZ stands for "Directory Mozilla" and was formerly known as Open Directory Project. Mozilla was an early name for the Netscape Navigator web browser. The best way to think of it is like Wikipedia only with lists of websites instead of "facts" from the crowd. The information and the database are freely available on the web for companies.

In essence, these are DMOZ is a relic of an old method of cataloging websites. Yahoo! began with a similar system of manually categorizing websites, comparable to categorizing books in a library. Each site was rated for its content (what librarians call "aboutness") and assigned to the category or categories to which it best matched.

How does DMOZ work?

For example, you could use the Homepage from DMOZ click on Business and find 10,000e links. From there you can look at Management, then Supply Chain (90 links) and finally Consultig (13 links). At this point you will see a brief description of what you would find on any website. If it turns out that this is not what you need, you can use the Breadcrumb navigation at the top of the page to trace the path.

You could also just skip all those categories and search for a few keywords, but you'll only find search results for items that are also in the DMOZ-catalog. Since the voluntary process of DMOZ-cataloging takes time, the information is probably not always fresh and certainly not complete.

This shows well why this is an outdated method of finding websites. The existing amount of websites is huge, which is why manual categorization would take a very very long time. The Google, Bing and Yahoo! search engines simply skip cataloging and inventory the web automatically for new websites. The Relevance is determined by a computer algorithm and not manually by humans.

However, this does not mean that the DMOZ-approach is useless. There are a variety of cataloging systems. Since DMOZ-pages are always reviewed by people, they are usually of better quality than a random search on the Internet.

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What is DMOZ (Directory Mozilla)? arrow icon in accordion
DMOZ, also known as Directory Mozilla, is a free, public web directory hosted by Open Directory Project (ODP). It aims to provide a comprehensive and high quality web directory. It includes all types of websites, including personal homepages, business sites, news sites and much more.
Why should I submit my website to DMOZ? arrow icon in accordion
By submitting your website to DMOZ you will get better visibility and accessibility to your website. This can help drive more potential customers and visitors to your website. DMOZ is also a very highly regarded and trusted source, so it can also benefit your reputation.
How do I submit my website to DMOZ? arrow icon in accordion
To submit a website to DMOZ, you need to register and select a category where your site fits. Then you can create your entry and wait for the DMOZ editors to check it.
How long does it take for my website to be included in the DMOZ directory? arrow icon in accordion
It may take a few months before your entry is accepted and included in the DMOZ directory. It may also happen that your entry is rejected if it does not meet the guidelines.
What guidelines do I need to follow when submitting my website to DMOZ? arrow icon in accordion
General guidelines to follow when listing your site in DMOZ are that your site must be relevant, must not contain spam pages, and that the content on your site must be legal.
How many categories can I add to DMOZ? arrow icon in accordion
You can enter your website in as many categories as you like, but it is recommended to select only the categories in which your website is relevant.
Can I edit my entry later? arrow icon in accordion
Yes, you can edit your entry after you submit it, but it must still comply with DMOZ guidelines.
Can I create multiple entries for the same website? arrow icon in accordion
No, creating multiple entries for the same website is not allowed.
Can other people edit my entry? arrow icon in accordion
Yes, other people who are DMOZ editors can edit and rate your entry.
Are there other ways to make my website more popular? arrow icon in accordion
Yes, there are several ways to make your website more popular. For example, you can perform search engine optimization (SEO) to improve your ranking in search engines or do online advertising to attract more visitors to your site.

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