DMOZ is Dead

- Google has dropped DMOZ.

- DMOZ itself was dead for editors for most of 2006.

- It contains a lot of stale links, even though the site has an auto-404-checker.

Why should anyone ever use DMOZ?

There’s only ONE reason. It will give you a one-way link from a page with a potentially high Google pagerank. DMOZ itself has a PR 8, so depending where your leaf is in the DMOZ tree, your referring page will inherit a portion of that. Depending also on the number of links already on the page, your page will get a boost from Google.

Forget getting any substantial traffic from DMOZ unless you’re ranked near the top.

The real use of DMOZ as an authority on the best sites on the web, manually edited, is long gone. Good sites are springing up with such frequency that the petrified molass known as the DMOZ editor has not a chance to catch up.

The editors themselves are a bunch of nigh-nosed, sadistic, power-addicted slobs. As an editor, be prepared that your pages will get random edits by other metas, most submissions will get discarded even if they’re way better than the lot already on the page you’re submitting to, other editors will not even respond to your suggestions, your editor account will get deleted for no reason, and DMOZ itself will not work for months on end. Hallelujah!

Don’t we have other, more important work to do? And why am I writing this article in the first place. Let’s move on.

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