September 30, 2007

A tip for submitting to DMOZ — make your site description clear

I just picked out a few of the many unreviewed sites in my DMOZ categories to evaluate, and listed most of those I reviewed.

How did I choose them to get screened? Mainly, I picked out ones with focused descriptions, titles, and so on, that just seemed likely to be listable based on that info (which is the essence of what I see on the page where all the various submitted sites are linked). I correctly guessed that I’d be able to quickly understand what I was seeing and judge whether to list the site or not, quickly write the official site description, and so on.

The best site descriptions are those that editors would choose to use verbatim, but nobody ever submits those. Second best are ones that are at least clear.

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2 Responses to “A tip for submitting to DMOZ — make your site description clear”

  1. Ran Black on February 11th, 2008 8:40 am

    Beats me why any site developer or optimizer would overlook something as simple and essential as a one or two line description of the site in the meta tags.

    Don’t just stuff the title or meta description with keywords though. That is abusing the system and most worthwhile directories will add their own description or ignore the site altogether.

  2. Curt Monash on February 11th, 2008 9:39 am

    You’re right, Ran, but that’s a separate matter from the description you enter into the DMOZ submission form.


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