DMOZ or ODP (Open Directory Project)

Getting backlinks to a website from other sites is an important way to rank higher in the search engines. One way to do this is to submit your website to directories. There are many web directories, but most of them are pretty much worthless. One directory that is worth something is DMOZ or the Open Directory Project (ODP). This lists about 5 million sites and is run by volunteers even though tit is owned by AOL. As a link from DMOZ is widely believed to help a website in a search engine (however this is debatable as to how much help), webmasters are very keen to get listed there and a lot of websites do not get listed. On most webmaster forums, there are regular complaints about DMOZ from webmasters who cannot get listed. However, DMOZ is free and owes no website a listing. It is always worth the time to suggest your website to DMOZ and then wait. You may or may nor eventually get listed. If you do, there may be a small help in the search engine rankings. If you don’t then it probably will not matter much.
These resources may help understand it more:

What is DMOZ? Understanding DMOZ
Why does Google use DMOZ?
How not to get a site listed in DMOZ

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