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  • Submitting Your Site to the ODP

    Due to it’s importance, a listing on the ODP (also known as DMOZ) is considered quite important. The ODP provides directory listings not only to Google, but also for the directories at AOL, Lycos, Teoma, AskJeeves, Netscape, AltaVista, HotBot and a host of smaller, specialized directories.

    It can take several months (if ever) to show up in the ODP as the ODP is staffed by volunteers who are overwhelmed with work. As such, you should focus on getting listed in the ODP as soon as possible after your site is complete.

    You can increase your chances for a listing if you can find a topic or category page that is not oversaturated already with listings. Also, consider signing up to be an Editor for a particular topic, this is a sure-fire way to get your listing added.

    An ODP editor will review your submission. If applicable, submit your website to the ODP twice – once for the appropriate topic-related page and once for any location-specific page if your business is regional.  However, submit only once per page, otherwise you will get shuffled to the end of the queue.

    Tip: If you are interested in seeing where your website is ranked solely on PageRank alone, go to the Google Directory at http://directory.google.com. It is based on ODP data and displays all sites in the ODP in order of PageRank alone.




    Submitting to The Yahoo Directory

    Yahoo charges $299 a year for all business sites ($599 for adult sites), but is worth it if you can afford it. Non-business and non-profit sites can still get listed for free.

    Editors at Yahoo will review your site first, and are known to change your title and description as they see fit. Not much you can do about it – same if you mess up and want to change your listing.

    Bear in mind your $299 is no guarantee that your site will be listed, it is merely the fee for having your site reviewed and considered for a listing.

    Getting listed on Yahoo can be a bit of a challenge as they have exacting editorial standards. You want your site to be 100% complete before a Yahoo editor looks at it. You must follow the review submission guidelines for Yahoo precisely. For more information,  see http://docs.yahoo.com/info/suggest/busexpress.html.

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