DMOZ – one big frustration

Dmoz is one of the more useful links to get.  Not only is it a trusted resource, since it’s hand edited, but many websites use it to build up their own link directory.  I’ve seen PR6 links from sites that get all of their data from dmoz.

It’s generally accepted that dmoz is tricky to get listed in because they have a small number of editors but a huge number of submissions.  However, there’s a difference between something being tricky and something being impossible.

For over a year now, I’ve been trying to get a couple of websites listed with Dmoz.  Not once have I had any success.  I though I’d try to contact dmoz to see what was going on but after a look through the site, I couldn’t find an email address or even a feedback form. This is despite them having the following sentence on their website:

“The Open Directory team welcomes comments and feedback about the directory generally. Please let us know what you think, and how we can improve the service. Thanks!”

They do have a blog, so I took a look at that and found the comments were generally all from frustrated people in the same boat as me except some had been waiting 3 years.  3 YEARS!

Perhaps I’m being picky but if you’re making your people wait 3 years then it might be time to look at your processes and see what can be done to streamline them.

I accept that dmoz is a volunteer run website and that it’s free to submit and be listed.  Really I shouldn’t be complaining at all because I’m not paying for anything.  But I do find the situation frustrating because there is no way to address the problem and there’s no feedback from them.  It’s genuinely and case of submitting and then crossing your fingers and hoping.

Have you got any tips on how to get a listing in dmoz?   Add them in the comments.