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DMOZ Editor Login Broken?

Posted by Melanie Phung on Thursday, October 26, 2006 at 10:32 am

Anyone else having trouble logging in to their DMOZ editor dashboard? The ODP directory itself is live and running, but the editor login URL just returns a 404 Page Not Found.

I haven’t made any updates to my subcategory in a while and, as you know, DMOZ editors need to remain active or risk getting their editing “privileges” revoked. Oh well, I’ve already accomplished what I set out to accomplish by becoming an editor (which was to get my sites included … and although it was an uphill battle, it’s done), so I suppose it doesn’t matter anymore. The fact of the matter is that the Open Directory Project generates zero traffic and is highly overrated when it comes to SEO benefit (it ain’t the 90’s no more folks). It was simply a matter of principle.

In related news, in Tuesday’s search “weather report” Yahoo confirmed that it now officially supports the NOODP meta tag (as Google has been doing). The NOODP tag tells engines (those that support the standard) not to display the description written for your site by the ODP editors. That’s useful because the descriptions written by the ODP editors generally suck. There’s still no way to block Yahoo from displaying the Yahoo Directory descriptions in the SERPs, but those you write yourself when you submit your site for inclusion.

My question to you (besides “are you able to log in to DMOZ?”) is this: are directories at all relevant anymore?

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Comment by Anonymous

Made Friday, 27 of October , 2006 at 4:55 am

Perhaps you should go visit the DMOZ public forum, which has an announcement that DMOZ is having technical problems and many services are unavailable.

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