Welcome to another one of my articles. This time I would like to talk about getting listed on DMOZ and why it is important. Many people have different opinions about getting listed and whether or not it is important but the truth is, it helps to get listed and wont hurt you to do it. So why not take advantage of what DMOZ has to offer a website. Please show your support for this article by replying with your feedback, suggestions, additional information and ideas.

What is DMOZ? Why is it a big deal?

DMOZ is one of the largest (if not the largest) link directories on the world wide web. It is edited by human volunteers and considered to be a premium directory to have a link on. There are no spam, most bad links are removed and many sites use it. DMOZ is simply one of the best free ways to get your website listed which in the long run will increase your chances of getting better backlinks which is wonderful for the SEO of your website. There are many websites that use DMOZ's directories as part of their links, such as Google Directory, AOL and HotBot and more. This means that any sites listed on DMOZ are on other top directories and engines giving you quite a few backlinks which will help increase your search engine ranking. The more backlinks you have, the better!

Submit your site to DMOZ!

One of the best ways to get listed on DMOZ is to simply submit your website. The waiting time for submission approval can last anywhere from a few days to quite a few months to even years pending on the volunteer editors and their workload. When you submit to DMOZ (www.DMOZ.org), you will need to read all their submission guidelines otherwise you will not get in as they are very strict about their guidelines. This is a good thing though because it keeps their site accurate and premium due to the fact other big names use it. When submitting a link, make sure you are not already listed.

Here are some tips before you submit:

Submit to deep level categories. This is easier to get in and more editors are in deeper levels. Deep level submission would be submitting to something like /category/sub-cat/sub-cat/sub-cat/ rather than /category/sub-cat/.

Submit your domain not a subdomain or directory. If you use a free host and your site uses a subdomain, that is fine but your better off getting your own domain to be honest.

Use the site's title as the listing title. If you fill in the DMOZ title field with a name that is not the official title of your site, your link will not be approved.

Keep your description short but sweet. Include what your site is about, do not repeat your title or repeat words. Make sure you do not capitalize a whole lost of letters. Keep promotional text out such as'“Free" and “join now" and stuff like that.

Include your full name. Including your full name will show that you are a serious link poster and not a spam bot.

Use an official email. Don't use free email addresses like hotmail and msn addresses. This isn't that big of a deal but with a more official email, the link will look better and not seen as possible spam.

Make sure you submit in a category that your site is. If you submit in a category that differs from your site's topic, your link will not be approved. They are very strict about this sort of thing.

Finally, after you submit your site, you simply wait. Check DMOZ often by searching on their site for your site to see if it has been listed yet. There is no need to contact them to see if your site was listed, if you do, you probably will not get a reply or just get an automated response. DO NOT resubmit a site as you will just be moved down to the bottom of the list or be seen as a spammer and there goes your chance of getting listed on DMOZ.

Not getting approved? Then do it yourself!

If you are not getting approved. Then consider becoming an editor for the category you are trying to submit your site to. On the bottom of the category's page, click the volunteer editor link. Read the first page as it is meant to be read and important. Then proceed. Fill out the form and be sure not to look like you just want to submit your site. When you fill out the parts about links to suggest, do not include any website you have or are associated with otherwise they will see you as a spammer or someone joining to just submit their link. If you get granted as an editor, submitting your link is extremely simple. BUT! Please be a good editor and actually help the DMOZ directory. As an editor myself, I hate to see those who just join to submit and never be active afterwords. Visit here and there and approve links that should be approved, deny ones that do not follow the rules and communicate on the DMOZ editors community. Be a good editor. I am a great editor and no one has asked me anything about all the personal sites I have submitted on DMOZ which are about 8 so far.

I hope you enjoyed my article and I hope it helps you. Good luck on submitting to DMOZ and your ranking marketing goals.

By: Shawn J. Gossman (Editor, DMOZ.org)