SEO Manchester In DMOZ At Last

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SEO Manchester In DMOZ

I got a nice surprise one morning a few months back when I found that my SEO Manchester website listing had been accepted in DMOZ, the Open Directory Project and the most comprehensive human-reviewed directory on the web.

In the past Google has always placed a lot of trust in websites that are listed in DMOZ. How big a deal it is nowadays is hard to tell. Everyone has their own opinion.

Whether your site gets accepted seems to be a bit of a lottery and many give up trying but what I would say is that as it literally only takes 5 or 10 minutes to submit your website then it is definitely worth it.

I can only assume that Google regards DMOZ as an authority site because it knows that every website that is submitted is reviewed by a human and that you cannot opt to make a payment to improve or guarantee your chances of getting accepted. As a result it is difficult to get accepted and Google knows this.

It would appear therefore that Google still rewards sites that have been accepted into DMOZ with better rankings.

Tips On How To Improve Your Chances Of Getting Listed In DMOZ

These suggestions cannot in any way guarantee that your listing submission will be successful but they should help to give you a better chance of success.

Your starting point should be in pinpointing the most appropriate category for you to submit your url to. As a UK based company the best advice I can give is to drill down into your county and even better your town if available. Concentrating on your specific locality rather than submitting to a general overall worldwide category seems to give more chance of success.

When you have chosen your category it is worth taking a couple of minutes to check out 2/3 sites that have already been accepted to see if they offer any ideas which you can adopt to help improve your own chances of getting listed.

One suggestion that appears to hold some weight is to remove all advertising and affiliate links from your website prior to submitting your listing application and then add them again once your site has been accepted. The main drawback with this is that it can take months for your site to be reviewed.

Once you are confident that you are on the right category page it is a simple case of clicking “suggest URL” and filling out the form whilst taking care to read and follow the ‘submission policies and instructions’.

You can submit your site as often as you want but many people fall into the trap of submitting far too frequently. What they don’t realise is that each time you submit your site your previous submission is removed and you go back to the bottom of the pile.

I would suggest making just one submission each month until your site hopefully gets accepted. There are different editors working on each category so just because your site doesn’t appeal to one editor doesn’t mean that it won’t get accepted by another the following month.

There are people guaranteeing to get your site listed in DMOZ for a fee. I can only assume that they know an editor or are an editor themselves but whatever methods they are using I would suggest steering clear and simply submit your own website listing each month.

You could however consider applying to become an editor yourself as from what I understand, once accepted, you are encouraged by DMOZ to list your own sites. I’m not 100% certain of this fact but I’m sure that you would become aware of what you can and can’t do as you went through the editor application process.

The common suggestion made regarding submitting to DMOZ is ‘submit and forget’ and I think that this is fair advice. What I would do however is make a note in your diary to submit once a month.



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Hi, my name is Mark and I'm the owner of SEO Manchester.

I started in SEO in 2009 and have gradually built up my business solely from organic traffic generated via high search engine rankings (mainly Google).

I love building highly optimised WordPress websites and optimising Google Places listings. I am also constantly building on my knowledge of the uses of all forms of social media for marketing effectiveness, particularly Google+.

When not helping clients improve their online presence I enjoy walking the dog around the hills where we live, reading, real ale and (surprise) spending more time on the web.

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