Many site owners tend to overlook the SEO value of being listed in the Open Directory Project (dmoz.org) for higher visibility and better search engine rankings.
Getting listed in the ODP will not only give your site a listing (and back-link) from the most popular and highly respected directory on the Internet, but also a listing on their partner sites including Google, Yahoo, MSN, AltaVista, Lycos, AOL, A9, Ask, Clusty, Gigablast and more. Submitting your site to dmoz.org is free, and the payoff can be well worth the few minutes of effort.
1. Make sure your web site is fully operational (i.e. all links work and there are no under construction pages). If your site is not fully operational, it will will not be listed.
2. Make sure your site is “search engine friendly” with proper title, keyword and description tags. If you need help with this matter, take a look at the DMOZ Editing Guidelines. These guidelines are not only what DMOZ editors are looking for, but will also help make your site more SEO friendly to other search services.
3. To submit your site, simply go to DMOZ.org and follow the instructions on this page.
• DMOZ.org is not a Search Engine. The ODP is a human reviewed directory and not every site is accepted. ODP editors look for well formatted, informative web sites. If your site has quality content and decent formatting, you should have no problem getting listed.
• It’s very important that you submit your site to the MOST SPECIFIC category available. Most editors will not take the time to re-categorize your site and will just discard your submission. Specific categorization will also make your site easier to find on DMOZ as well as their partner sites.
• Don’t expect a speedy inclusion into the directory. Review of your site and inclusion in the directory can take anywhere from several weeks to 6 months or more.
• DO NOT resubmit your site repeatedly. You only need to submit your site to DMOZ once. If, and ONLY if after 4 – 6 months you have not been included, you can try updating your site and resubmitting to a different category. Be patient.