The Open Directory Project (ODP), also known as Dmoz (from directory.mozilla.org, its original domain name), is a multilingual open content directory of World Wide Web links. It is owned by Netscape but it is constructed and maintained by a community of volunteer editors.

Directory listings are maintained by volunteer editors. While some editors focus on the addition of new listings, others focus on maintaining the existing listings. Due to the popularity of the Open Directory which has a page ranking 8, and its resulting impact on search engine rankings, webmasters are submitting their sites to be added to the DMOZ directory

Getting listed in Dmoz (http://www.dmoz.org) has always been a major concern for those webmasters who know what difference a Dmoz listing can make to their site’s search engine positioning. As Dmoz is a free volunteered directory, it requires your site to be the best in your industry, if it is not then make sure to make it.

But many people are not aware of the things that are responsible for getting a listing in Dmoz, there are some dos and don’ts that make your site into Dmoz but what are they? what things you need to follow? and what things are to be avoided? following are few important tips which you need to follow strictly if you want to be listed.

Here are some things to remember when submitting your sites to DMOZ

1. Search for the right category before submitting.

Most of the sites submitted to Dmoz are rejected due to having submitted to improper or wrong categories, so you must find out the most relevant category for your site before submitting it to Dmoz. If you are unsure about which category you should submit to then just do a search in Dmoz for the sites similar to yours and note down the category to which they have been submitted to. If you have done this one correctly then you are having the most relevant category for your website. Now just go on and submit to the category you have got.

2. Make sure that your site has a uniqueness, originality and quality content.

Make sure your site has no ads and no links just contents before submitting. Now if the content is unique, and cannot be found somewhere else, and can stand on its own then you will most likely get added just be a little patient.

People nowadays are looking for more and more quality content and they get annoyed with the sites having nothing more than a bunch of affiliate links or sales letters. If your site lacks in content then you have no chance of making into the directory as DMOZ is looking for the sites which have a strong base of original and quality content, if your site doesn’t has sufficient content then make sure to add a few reviews, articles and other additional information about your services and products.

3. The title needs to be the name of the site not keywords.

When writing your descriptions don’t add fluff or hype of any kind just state how your site is unique and what can be found there. For examples read the descriptions of sites that are already in your category at DMOZ.

4. Make sure your web site has a good design with easy navigations and menus.

It adds more to your credibility if your site is professionally design to look appealing. You might have seen many unprofessionally designed sites making into Dmoz, so this not really a factor for your inclusion in the directory but as we know that the editors of the Dmoz directory are also human beings so a professionally designed site does make a good impression on them and thus increases your chances for inclusion in Dmoz.

5. Be sure to put your contact information on the web site and have a submit message page.

Now just putting an email address is not enough. If you are doing a business you need people to trust you by showing them your physical address, so that they don’t think that you are a run away business. Many times the editors reject sites if they don’t see any physical contact information on the site, so it is very much necessary for you to put up at least your phone number on your contacts page, also putting your physical address would be much better.

6. Check your site for broken links and spelling errors.

Before submitting your site to the Dmoz directory make sure to check your website for broken links and spelling errors, though the editors are looking for quality but they are also human beings and will be annoyed by lots of errors and clumsily designed sites, so be sure to check and correct the errors if any before you submit your site to Dmoz.

7. It takes any where between 12 to 18 months before your site is reviewed by the editors at DMOZ.

Many categories don’t have full or part time editors so volunteer to be an editor. Follow the submissions to become an editor at DMOZ. They are looking for active editors not just someone who wants to add their sites and leave. There is a back log of hundreds of sites that needed editing and approval.

So if you have great content the editors will find you. Hope that helps!