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DMOZ Back Up, But Not Backed Up

Posted by Melanie Phung on Tuesday, December 26, 2006 at 11:51 am

I was finally able to log back into my DMOZ editor account after a major ODP hardware SNAFU and I noticed something interesting: Only one new entry in my subcategory. Why is this interesting? Because before the crash I had several pending entries in the queue. The one entry now awaiting approval (which, btw, was spam so I deleted it) was new. So basically if you submitted your site for inclusion in the Open Directory Project prior to the the crash, your application is gone and you’ll need to resubmit.

Resubmitting to ODP
If you submitted a few months ago (or longer), this development may actually be in your favor since odds are your site was already deleted from the queue or was languishing in that purgatory of sites that the editor wasn’t quite sure what to do with. Having to resubmit your site now, when there isn’t already an older application for that URL sitting in the queue, gives site owners a chance to make a more compelling case for why their site is worthy of inclusion — without the baggage of your previous failed attempts prejudicing the editor.

Key points to remember when submitting to DMOZ: 1) Be as conservative in your title and description as possible. You want to be objective and factual not promotional. Read the other descriptions in the category to get a feel for the editor’s style. 2) Submit to the right category or subcategory. The more specific the better. I can’t stress that enough. And don’t try submitting to multiple categories in the hopes that one editor is sloppier than another. Editors can see very easily when you do that, and we don’t like it.

And read the DMOZ guidelines carefully before you resubmit. A clean slate is a great opportunity — don’t blow it.

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Comments (5)

Category: DMOZ

5 Comments

Comment by Paul

Made Tuesday, 26 of December , 2006 at 7:51 pm

Oh…but it still isn’t open for new submissions. “Check back in a day or two”

Comment by Melanie Phung

Made Thursday, 28 of December , 2006 at 9:21 am

Ouch. Didn’t realize that. What a fiasco!

Comment by tlewis

Made Thursday, 28 of December , 2006 at 6:46 pm

Hey Melanie, how about applying for another subcategory and help process other submissions? Many hands make light work. – tlewis

Comment by Anonymous

Made Sunday, 28 of January , 2007 at 8:21 pm

Hi Melanie, Thanks for your helpful post about re-submitting. If the most appropriate category/sub-category for one’s website does not currently have an editor, is it better to re-submit to that category or to the 1st one above it that does have a current editor? Thanks so much, ACline

Comment by Melanie Phung

Made Wednesday, 21 of March , 2007 at 2:45 pm

No need to resubmit to the same category. That does nothing for you.

Depending on the editor and what mood s/he’s in, submitting to a higher category might work. But editors also don’t take kindly to people submitting to multiple categories, which is what you’d be doing, in effect.

Technically an editor is responsible for his/her subcategories as well — they have editing rights to all of them. In theory the editor you’re submitting to at a higher category is already aware of your submission. (I.e., just because a subcategory doesn’t have an editor assigned to it, doesn’t mean it’s not being monitored.)

So my non-answer is: it depends.

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