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Google Updates Google Directory Listings

Google has recently updated the Google Directory listings, which use the Netscape Open Directory Project (DMOZ) as their base of information. When searching on Google, sites that are indexed in the Google Directory include the directory placement under their Google Search listing. According to discussions on WebMasterWorld and difference in search engine results on Google, updates in the Open Directory have finally made it into Google Directory Indexing.

Meaning that sites that are in the Open Directory which were not indexed by the Google Directory, seem to now be indexed.

For example, try searching for “blog search” on Google. The Blog Search Engine’s listing now includes its Google Directory/Open Directory listing

Blog Search Engine – Blog Directory, Blog Search, Blog Directories …
… Own a blog? Then please submit it to the blog Search Engine. … contact blog Search
Engine : about blog Search Engine : Submit your blog : FAQ : What are blogs? …
Description: Search engine and directory listings of blogs and blogging tools.
Category: Computers > Internet > On the Web > Weblogs > Directories
www.blogsearchengine.com/ – 20k – Cached – Similar pages

The Directory listing in under “Category:”, highlighted in Green above.

Many search engine optimization specialists feel that listings in the Open Directory Project help to enhance a site’s listing in Google search results. For those searchers who prefer directory searches to full web index searches, submitting a site to the Open Directory Project is a must. The Open Directory Project is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web and is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors.

Submitting Your Site to the Open Directory Project

The Open Directory Project is easy to submit to and usually takes about a month or two to have your listing approved and indexed.

Here is the submitting info given directly from the Open Directory:

Step One

* Determine whether a site is appropriate for submission to the ODP:

* 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.

Step Two
Do a quick search in the directory at dmoz.org (the home of the Open Directory) to be sure your site isn’t already listed. This saves everyone time.

Step Three
Identify the single best category for your site. The Open Directory has an enormous array of subjects to choose from. You should submit a site to the single most relevant category. Sites submitted to inappropriate or unrelated categories may be rejected or removed.
Note: Some categories do not have “suggest URL” or “update URL” links. These categories don’t accept submissions, so you should find a more specific category for your site.

Step Four
Once you’ve selected the best category for your site, go directly to that category on dmoz.org and then click “suggest URL.” Follow the instructions on the submission form carefully. Descriptions of sites should describe the content of the site concisely and accurately. They should not be promotional in nature. Submitting a promotional description rather than an objective, well written description may significantly delay your site from being listed or prevent your site from being listed at all. Auto-submission software is (and always has been) a violation of this procedure. Sites submitted automatically are flagged and deleted after the submission is accepted, without notification to you. Persistent automatic submission may force us to ban you from the dmoz site, so we can provide resources to real human beings.

For more information, visit the Open Directory Project or the Google Directory.

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Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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