Want To Make Good Money With Your Blog (Ads/Affiliates)? Sign Up For Infolinks!

HOW TO: Get Your Site Listed In DMOZ Directory

Last updated on 12/11/2010 by | Short URL: http://hbb.me/Y7ifPb

The Open Directory Project (ODP), also known as Dmoz, 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 (via Wikipedia).

If you wish to have good page rank and search engine traffic, then you should try DMOZ. This is one of the most important directories out there.


First check whether your site is capable of listing. Sites will not be simply listed there. If your site contains little or no original content, then you can’t get listed.

Some Things To Keep In Mind Before Submitting :

#1 – Sites with overlapping and repetitive content won’t be listed.

#2 – Do not disguise your submission and submit the same URL more than once.

Example : http://hellboundbloggers.com/ and http://hellboundbloggers.com/about/

#3 – Web addresses that redirects to another address should be avoided.

#4 – Submit non-English sites to the appropriate category under World.

#5 – If you site has Adult content, then submit to the appropriate category under Adult.

#6 – Don’t submit sites consisting largely of affiliate links.

#7 – Do not submit your site more than once in the directory.

#7 – If you are lucky enough, your site would have already been listed in DMOZ directory, so search in the directory before submitting.

Steps For Submitting Your Site In DMOZ Directory :

#1 – Find the Right Category : Find the single best category for your site. You should choose a relevant category since sites submitted to inappropriate or unrelated categories may be rejected or removed. Some categories do not have “suggest URL”, so you should find some other relevant category.

#2 – Suggest URL : After selecting the category, go directly to that category on dmoz.org and then click “suggest URL.”

Suppose if your site falls under ‘Category : Internet : Resources‘ then go there and click ‘suggest URL’ link at the top navbar.

Suggest URL DMOZ

Now you need to fill a simple site submission form.

There you need to enter the Site URL, Title of Site, Site Description, and Your Email Address. That’s all.

Note : Site Description should not be promotional. It should be an objective and well written description.

An ODP editor will review your submission to determine whether to include it in the directory. Depending on factors such as the volume of submissions to the particular category, it may take several weeks or more before your submission is reviewed.

And if your site is not accepted, DMOZ says this,

We are not a search engine and pride ourselves on being highly selective. We don’t
accept all sites, so please don’t take it personally should your site not be accepted.

More From ‘HOW TO:’ Get Featured — Series

The thing is, these are the basic steps for getting your site listed and if you ask me what’s special in it, your site suggestion will be much better than most, that’s the aim of this simple tutorial.!!

Want to discuss your queries and interact with experts? You can connect with HellBound Bloggers (HBB) Facebook group for free!

On November 12, 2010 by in Guides | Short Link: http://hbb.me/Y7ifPb  

CEO and Founder of Slashsquare, Indian Blog Network and Web Consulting Media. HBB is a part of Slashsquare Network. I'm a Tech Blogger, Striving Entrepreneur, Atheist, and Proud Indian. Catch me on Facebook, Twitter and .

We'll be happy to know your views and opinions, you can share them as comments below. If you have any issues, kindly have a look at our Comments Policy and you can also Contact Us.

Also do remember we value our comments like our blog posts, so please avoid simple or silly complimentary comments. We'll be removing them as they won't add any value to the post. Thanks for understanding.

You can also comment using your Facebook Profile here

35 Opinions on “HOW TO: Get Your Site Listed In DMOZ Directory

  1. How is your experience with DMOZ?

  2. If your site is not old then atleast 1 year then you can not get in DMOZ. Also, Your Traffic must be very Good.. Anyway, thanks for sharing your views.

  3. I must try this, have to apply soon

  4. how to confirm the site is listed in dmoz directory?

  5. I dont know who edits the categories but I have had problems getting sites indexed in the seo, internet marketing, etc categories.
    I suspect that competitors are editing these categories and they don’t let new sites in there easily.

  6. i have no luck with dmoz :(

  7. Mrinmay Bhattacharjee says:

    They don’t approve at all :( Already tried :(

  8. Sathish @ TechieMania says:

    Well, I have applied for them a long time before, but I don’t know whether I am listed or not. How to check it?

  9. Great HOW TO unfortunatelly it is really difficult to get there. Good luck to everyone and thatnk you for posting above info.

  10. Rahul @ MazaKaro says:

    Pradeep, thanks a lot for your precious information. You know I was thinking for a nice directory. Do you think I’ll lucky enough? I am scared, but I must try my luck in dmoz. What do you think?

  11. Hi pradeep….i submitted my site to DMOZ directory but till now i did not any response from them.Is there any other way to get my site listed into that directory.Waiting for ur reply…..

  12. Fore getting approved in DMOZ we all should form a union of bloggers & SPAM ‘DMOZ’ word in all out blogs. Only then there is atleast 2% chance of getting approved in DMOZ.

    Nowadays people have lost hope in DMOZ. Thats the truth!

  13. First thing is one need to work hard to select an appropriate category ….
    I find it difficult to select mine

  14. @ All : I guess I need to agree on the part ‘hard to get listed’, but DMOZ will soon update their listings since I can see several dead links there. Guess they’ll make it easier. Cheers. 😉

  15. Heard a lot abt Dmoz but was not sure that I should submit the blog or not but after reading the article I guess I should give it a try. Nice share.

  16. Do you think my website will have a chance of getting into DMOZ?

    • Obviously Jasmine, it must be already there by now. I was reading a post about Bluehost on your blog, your site's PR is 6, it is indeed an authority site on web hosting. Great info in there. Haven't you submitted to it yet?

  17. i tried tried tried , but it never happened :(

  18. Have tried it several times and failed lol. They don’t accept MMO sites.

  19. I have till now tried 3 times to get my site listed. I don’t know what to do. In fact, I never get any response from DMoz.

  20. i have tried this earlier but didn’t got any response. will try again. well explained tutorial

  21. Tej Kohli says:

    I had tried many times , But I didn't get success to get a place into the Dmoz .. Even My Site having all the qualities you mentioned here

  22. Hey.
    Thanks for sharing.
    My blog is new and I really need these tips to get listed.

  23. Thanks buddy.
    I was not aware about the importance of DMOZ.
    Now I will submit my blog with instructions given by you.

  24. Sheryl @TenDollarTouchUp says:

    I submitted my site to DMOZ over 4 months ago but haven't heard a word. Thing is… they say don't submit more than once? Ugh.. think I'm going to try again. Thanks for the tip about having an objective description.

  25. Ethan Napenas says:

    7. I like the helpful info you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your weblog and check again here frequently. I am quite sure I’ll learn plenty of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

  26. Its like, submit and forget because DMOZ is already crowded and they take hell lot of time to consider a website. If you are lucky enough then you website will get listed within weeks otherwise there is no fixed time for them.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title="" rel=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>