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Saturday, October 04, 2003

Ye Gods: Finally got that Darn Site Submitted to the ODP

I've complained in this space many times before about how much the Open Directory Project stinks. But, for webmasters and marketers, it's a necessary evil because Google uses it as the basis for the Google Directory. And, a listing in dmoz.org seems to aid in achieving higher rankings in Google, thus submitting to the ODP is an essential part of search engine marketing.

So, for the past two months, I've been trying to submit a client site called MDSearch.com, a free physician job board, with absolutely no success. I couldn't even get the "submit URL" page to open. And when I did, I would get a server error message every single time. Needless to say, the client wasn't happy, and I sure as hell wasn't.

Half the time, I couldn't even get dmoz.org to work at all! I'd try to bring up the home page... timeout. Searching the directory and... "The Open Directory is under a heavy load right now." Yeah right.

Surely the time has come when Google should drop the notoriously unreliable ODP from its Directory? Couldn't Google build a much better directory anyway? Since Google's in the start-up-acquiring mode rignt now, why not snap up another directory provider like GoGuides or someone like that?

I can't believe AOL has done nothing with the ODP since it acquired it along with Netscape, and I can't believe they're letting it die such a slow, painful death. It really coulda been somebody.

Posted by Cory Kleinschmidt




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