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How Do Odp Editors View Pagerank?
Posted 11 December 2003 - 04:35 PM
My question comes with one of their recommendations to me. The site I asked about was in a general category that had thousands of sites waiting to get listed so the editor recommended 2 other parts of the directory for submission. The problem was those other 2 places had 0 PageRank, so the value of that link from DMOZ would be diminished(please correct me if I am wrong on that).
The recommended spots in the directory were more regional in nature but the company deals with national clients. So they could be listed in either my original pick for a category or the suggested ones with no problem.
So is it ok for me to respond to an ODP editor with the PageRank issue? Do they frown on that?
Posted 11 December 2003 - 04:45 PM
That being said, it doesn't make sense to me to limit yourself to a regional category if you're not a regional company. I'd certainly accept the regional listing in addition to the more general one, but your site ought to be listed in the most relevant category, not the one that's easiest to get into.
Posted 11 December 2003 - 05:09 PM
I am not an editor, although I have a friend who is, and he is maniacal about the integrity of the directory.
Finally i just wish people would stop getting so damn hung up on PR and submitting to the ODP 'purely' to gain the blessing of Google.
The ODP supplies thousands, maybe 10s of thousands of small directories with their data, and this brings what we all want TRAFFIC, PR is just an indicator of a move to getting more traffic, it is a currency, not a product GOD i will be happy when people start talking about traffic rather than PR
Well i dont give a damn what PR a site has, Al i care about is where it lands in the SERPs, how many visitors it is getting, and that those visitors are doing what is expected of them.
<rant over> lol
Posted 11 December 2003 - 06:44 PM
If people submit their sites to the wrong category just because it has a high PR, then most likely, it will be deleted. Google could save all of us alot of trouble if they just killed that PR bar!
Posted 11 December 2003 - 07:26 PM
Me personally, I care about pagerank in a kind of academic way. But I get pretty irritated whenever someone asks us to change something in the directory because of anything to do with their search-engine rankings.
So they could be listed in either my original pick for a category or the suggested ones with no problem.
For most types of businesses a listing in regional would not preclude a listing in topical, and might even have the effect of aiding that submission in topical. Not in any direct way, but in a low-hanging fruit kind of way. Submissions that another editor has already checked for suitable content might attract attention from an editor sooner than one that hasn't.
Posted 11 December 2003 - 07:42 PM
The problem was those other 2 places had 0 PageRank, so the value of that link from DMOZ would be diminished(please correct me if I am wrong on that).
I'm not clear on what you're saying in the quote above, who has the PR0? I can't find a single page in the DMOZ that has a PRO. Are the other two sites at PR0 that are listed in the category you want to go into? In that case, this will have no bearing on your site.
A link from the ODP is a link just like any other. No extra brownie points given for being listed.
However, a link in the ODP is a great thing to have since they supply results to a number of the search engines and tons of secondary niche directories.
If people submit their sites to the wrong category just because it has a high PR, then most likely, it will be deleted
As Editors for the ODP, we don't delete sites because people submit them to the wrong category; we send them on their way to the correct category. Page Rank has NOTHING to do with it.
Posted 11 December 2003 - 07:55 PM
Posted 12 December 2003 - 04:58 AM
Mentioning page rank in a post at the resource zone is not a good idea.
Posted 12 December 2003 - 11:07 AM
Here are the lessons learned from this episode of "HighRankings Forum":
- Don't ever ever even think of the term P***R***
- and if you do for heavens sake don't type it into a forum
- ODP editors sequence of importance: ODP directory, breathing, eating
- Work on making your avatar seasonal
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