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Resubmitting To Dmoz?
Posted 28 September 2003 - 02:54 PM
I know directories hate to see resubmissions without good reason. And keyword inclusion in a description isn't considered a good reason by many of them.
Can anyone suggest a strategy to correct this?
Posted 28 September 2003 - 03:10 PM
You would have to be able to prove to DMOZ that the current description doesn't accurately reflect your site's content. If indeed it does, then you're basically out of luck.
Posted 28 September 2003 - 03:16 PM
2) You're right when you say DMOZ editors rarely care about using keywords in a description, of course, I believe they absolutely shouldn't 'cut' keywords out of descriptions because it's not helping the end users, which is what they claim is their reason for being. without including keywords in a description, the search engines have little to go on.
In an attempt to change the listing, find something that is factually incorrect about the description, or implies something the company or website is not. Then, craft a suggested description to include with your request, but ONLY use one or two of the best keywords at most, because if you try to pack it with keywords, it won't get changed at all. with just one or two carefully chosen terms, it's easier to find a compromise with an editor.
Don't worry so much about the client not coming up in DMOZ search - it's rarely used by surfers, but it will be more important to the engines that use DMOZ as a source of directory listings.
Posted 28 September 2003 - 04:08 PM
The site is the Green Turtle Bay Vitamin Company, and their description is a litt=le tough to disprove. It says "Products that deliver from The Green Turtle Bay Vitamin Co.".
Perhaps if I appeal to the editor that the company has nothing to do with "delivery" but instead deals with nutritional supplements, vitamins and minerals . . .
I'll give it a try. Thanks.
Posted 28 September 2003 - 04:21 PM
Definitely point out those two reasons, as they go against directory guidelines.
Suggest that a more generic descripton would be more appropriate, and point out the added value in the site as well:
Internet retailer of nutritional supplements, vitamins and minerals. Provides articles on holistic health, alternative medicine and health conditions.
Posted 28 September 2003 - 04:26 PM
Posted 29 September 2003 - 02:34 PM
BTW, is anyone else having trouble connecting with DMOZ lately? It seems to take forever and either gives me a 404 or a blank page. I can eventually get through, but it often takes four or five attempts.
Posted 30 September 2003 - 09:08 AM
Posted 30 September 2003 - 02:38 PM
For the most part they try hard but it is an all volunteer org.
Posted 30 September 2003 - 09:14 PM
--> what someone would find on the site, and
--> what the business does.
Posted 16 October 2003 - 07:14 PM
I have submitted my client's site for an update of its description and title (which were horrid and didn't even mention the company's name). That was a month ago. I posted a note on http://www.resource-zone.com about the status. I was pleased that at least the editor has replied, saying that it's spending review, along 50 other sites. Not exactly what I was hoping to hear, but at least someone has acknowledged my situation. In my client's case, fortunately the company's legal name contains two keywords that are very sought after for her business.
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