How to Submit Your Website URL to DMOZ

How To Get Your Website Approved by DMOZ

If you are website owner and hope to get a high ranking in Google's search engine and consequently a higher page rank and search engine traffic, then you should consider getting your website listed in DMOZ. This is by far the most important directory out there and data contained within it is accessed by Google's directory along with other search engines, so having your site listed on this important directory could give your site a much-needed boost. A listing on DMOZ is free and costs you nothing. However, getting your site listed can be tough, especially if you haven't followed the guidelines listed out there. Also, if your site isn't complete or in the process of being completed, it is wise to complete your site fully and then submit rather than be impatient and submit an incomplete site. If you hope to get your website submitted successfully to OPD, then you should read what follows:

Step 1: Go to the homepage of DMOZ. If you type "dmoz" in Google, the first listing would give you the website URL.

Step 2: Once you've clicked on the link and have entered the homepage, you would see that there are various categories listed there such as 'Arts, Games, Kids and Teens, Reference' etc. The first thing to do now is to choose the most relevant category that your website falls in. As an example, let's say your website is about 'Health' - you should then click on the 'Health" link. When you click on 'Health" - you would enter another page with subcategories under 'Health." There might be various other sub-subcategories. The goal is to narrow down to the most relevant category. This is a very important part of the submission process, so take your time and get to the most relevant category.

Step 3: Once you've identified the most relevant category for your site, look for the link "suggest URL." You can find this at the top of the page (link number 3). The first two links being "about dmoz" and "dmoz blog." Click the "suggest URL" link. This will bring you to the page where you would be required to enter your website details. Follow the instructions very carefully. They are listed very clearly. Take your time to read, so you don't make any mistakes.

Step 4: Once you've carefully filled out all the fields with the pertinent information about your website, click on the "submit" button at the bottom and you are done!! A Dmoz editor would now review your submission and hopefully approve it!!

Things to Watch Out for Before Submission to DMOZ:

 

Remember that any submission to DMOZ is reviewed by a human editor, and there are a few things that DMOZ editors don't like and any of these things could jeopardize your chances of getting your website listed on DMOZ. Here are some of them:

  • Ensure that your site is unique and has useful content and is not a Made-For-Adsense (MFA) site, the sole purpose of which is to make money by either having very little or copied content. DMOZ editors don't like MFA sites, so if you have a MFA site, don't bother applying to DMOZ. You won't get it past the editors out there.
  • Your site should not be a mirror site. What this means is that your site should not have a copy of the same content at multiple locations. If your content with one website is already listed in DMOZ, don't apply to list another website with the same content but with a different address.
  • These days, DMOZ editors tend to look down upon sites with lots of Adsense ads in them, especially if they have little unique, useful content. So, if you think your website isn't right there at the top as regards unique content, then consider taking down your Adsense ads or minimizing the number of ads for a brief period until the review process is completed. This can be tricky since it might impact your Adsense revenue, especially if you are earning really well. However, if your earnings are not that high - you have nothing to lose really and a lot to gain.

  • Websites that have links to other websites primarily might not get listed, although you can give it a try. Basically, it all comes down to two words "unique content" - that is what DMOZ editors are looking for.
  • Submissions to DMOZ might take time to get approved and be listed. Perhaps even a month or so, if the editor of that category is missing in action or if there is no editor at all in charge of the category to which you've submitted your website. So, once you've submitted your website, be patient and don't be in a hurry to resubmit. Thing is if you resubmit, it can be considered spamming and your submitted URL might be deleted. There's no use contacting editors out at DMOZ, so don't bother. If your site didn't get listed, bad luck! You can of course try your luck and mail an editor or try resubmitting, but if you do plan to do that, wait at least a month before resubmitting. IMHO, there's no use. However, you can always try your luck!!
  • Don't be overtly promotional in your language when describing your website in the submission form. Don't use adjectives or words like "best," "useful." Just give the best description of your website and leave it at that.
  • You may think you know your website's URL, but its always good to check it by entering it in your browser's address bar and hitting enter to see if that address is correct. It would be sad to get your site rejected just because of a typo in the website address.

Hopefully, these tips would help you get your website submitted successfully to DMOZ. Best of luck!!

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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

Hi Shil. I've been looking for a hub about DMoz as I really want to know more about it. Good thing I'm one of your followers, I immediately saw this hub of yours :). Just wondering, what is your personal experience with DMoz? Did you get more traffic when you submit your hub's URL to them?


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Shil1978 6 years ago Author

Hi emievil,

Thanks for dropping by :) As far as I know, you can't submit hubs to DMOZ, or rather it won't get approved if you submit your hubs. They are looking for useful websites mostly. DMOZ editors are very, very choosy about the websites they list. They are primarily look for 'quality' content. That, of course, is a very subjective judgment call that each editor takes, so its pretty difficult to get your website listed out there, if you don't have 'quality content.'

As far as my personal experience with DMOZ goes, I had a website listed out there for probably 8 months or so. Unfortunately, they removed it after that - citing "lot of Adsense ads" and lack of 'useful content.' I found it funny coz they did list my website for 8 months and so I'd have assumed there was useful content.

I guess the main reason was they thought my website's primary goal was to generate revenue - don't agree with their judgment though. However, its a pretty thin line - hence my suggestion to keep your Adsense ads as minimal as possible during the application process.

As far as traffic, there was an increase as the months went by and certainly your website gets looked upon favorably by other directories and websites - because of being listed in DMOZ. Certainly, Google trusts websites listed in DMOZ and lists them in its own directory, so it can only do you good!!


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

Thanks Shil :).


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forlan 6 years ago

Can I submit free blog like blogspot into DMOZ


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Shil1978 6 years ago Author

Forlan, you could just do a search on the DMOZ website with the search query "blogspot.com" and see if they have accepted submissions of blogs like that.

However, do remember that the acceptance of your submission is dependent at the discretion of an editor - who will judge the usefulness (or not) of your submission.

I would think your blog would have to be really, really useful and informational to be accepted. If the sole objective of the blog is to earn money and it seems obvious to them as that - it will likely be rejected.


sakesare 5 years ago

Great tips regarding Dmoz. Thanks for your help here Shil.


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Shil1978 5 years ago Author

Thank you, sakesare, for stopping by and commenting. Am glad you found the tips helpful :)


kalpesh sorthiya 5 years ago

Thank you so Much for help...Good work

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