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How To Become A DMOZ Editor

Updated on March 26, 2013

How to Get Approved As a DMOZ Editor

DMOZ, also known as Open Directory Project (OPD), is one of the most important (if not the most important) directories around. Most webmasters with newly-created websites in particular endeavor to get their site(s) listed in DMOZ for the many benefits it brings. For one, Google's directory relies on the DMOZ directory quite a bit, and hence once your site is listed in DMOZ, Google's directory will pick up the link and update it in its own directory in due course. Consequently, it could give your site's Page Rank a major boost. Although there are naysayers who question the benefits of a DMOZ listing, I think the majority view is that a DMOZ listing certainly helps. Also, a lot of the disgruntled views are of those webmasters who've had their site rejected or removed from DMOZ. So, its hard to take their opinion at face value. Be that may, coming to the topic at hand, how does one become a DMOZ editor? Let's discuss the qualifications one needs to become a DMOZ editor. Talking of qualifications, there are really no qualifications required. Pretty much anyone can apply to be a DMOZ editor. However, do remember that if your only motive in joining DMOZ is to list your own site on DMOZ, then it could get tricky. I'd expound more on the 'tricky' part later. For now, let's proceed with how to become a DMOZ editor.

Nine Steps Towards Becoming a DMOZ Editor


Step 1: Go to the DMOZ homepage at and search for the category that you wish to apply to edit. On the homepage, you'd find the main categories, under which there are many subcategories. Choose the most relevant category that you are interested in being an editor of. Don't be impatient with this step. Take your time to find the category you are interested in.

Step 2: Once you've narrowed down the category, look right down at the bottom of that page. If you have this phrase "Volunteer to edit this category." listed there, it means that particular category is open to accept editors and has no editors currently editing that category exclusively.

Step 3: Once you know from Step 2 that the category is accepting volunteers to edit, look at the top of the page for the link "become an editor." Clicking on this link will take you to a page where certain submission guidelines are mentioned. Just read over them and understand. Takes a couple of minutes.

Step 4: Click on "Proceed" to get to the application form. Here, you have to fill details for all the fields mentioned. I won't go through the first few fields, as they are simple and self-explanatory.

Step 5: In the "Why are you interested in volunteering to be an editor for the ODP?" field, make sure that you let them know how much you'd love to volunteer and be an editor. Not exactly in the words I put, but I am sure you get the gist of what I am trying to say. As long as they know, you are committed and seem to be genuinely interested and are not just a casual person trying to get his/her website listed.

Step 6: The field where it says, "Explain your interest in the subject of the category for which you are applying to edit:" -- make sure you sound credible and knowledgeable about the category you've chosen.

Step 7: The next field to this is "Sites with which you are associated:" You can disclose the site you are associated with, or if your secret intention is to get your own website listed, then I don't know, probably it might not be a good idea to disclose this information. Its your call.

Step 8: In the next and last field(s), you will have to submit URLs to 2 or 3 websites worthy of submission to the category that you are volunteering to edit. Do scout for these websites beforehand so that you are ready with them, know that they are not listed in DMOZ already and are worth being listed in DMOZ. Make sure that you give the proper URLs and give proper descriptions and titles for each of them. This would be an indication to the DMOZ guys of how well you know that category and whether you are good at scanning around for good quality websites, so do provide nice, quality websites worthy of that category in your application form.

Step 9: You are done. Make sure you review the full application to correct any errors. Once you have done that, click the "Submit Application" button at the bottom and that's it. You've done your part. Now, you just wait to hear from them at the email address you've provided in your application. Hopefully you'll hear from them soon. Could take a while, but be patient!! Do remember though that if you are approved, you have to log-in within a month. Otherwise, your account could be disabled. Also, if you are approved as an editor, keep your account active, as inactivity could also result in disabling of your account.

Now, coming to the 'tricky' part I had mentioned above. If your sole intention in wanting to be an editor at DMOZ is to include your site in the category you've chosen to edit, then it could land you in trouble. Do remember that being an editor doesn't mean that you are the 'boss' of that category and can do whatsoever you please and include whichever sites that you deem fit. There are editors above you called meta editors, who can overrule you, delete the site you included or put the site back into review.

So, if you do want to include your site, tread carefully and follow some of the advice I give at this hub of mine. Impartiality is valued at DMOZ and so is honesty. Also, do remember that being an editor needs a lot of commitment. You can't go missing in action for months, else you account can be disabled. Also, it's a good idea to seek the advice of meta editors/other editors or post in the forums out there to build your reputation and ensure that you are doing things with their approval, mostly.

As mentioned above, since meta editors can remove your submissions, it would be a good idea to consult them first before approving a submission, in case you feel the site is too high on revenue-generating ads versus good content. Well, I've been as comprehensive as possible in guiding you through what it takes to be an editor at DMOZ, to the best practices to follow once you've been approved as an editor. All that remains to be said is good luck!!

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