Being a DMOZ Editor
12th January 2012
Last year I applied to become a DMOZ editor and I was accepted for the position. I’m sure you can imagine the surprise on my face when I found out. I’ve kept it quiet for months for two reasons,
What is DMOZ?
DMOZ is the largest human edited directory in the world. Volunteers are required to ensure the database is maintained and kept up to date.
DMOZ has multiple benefits for websites, none more important than being able to tell Google that your website is on the most successful internet directory. Some people also search for companies and organisations using the directory so it can be beneficial for this purpose too.
How did I become a DMOZ Editor?
The truth is I had to submit my entry to DMOZ three different times to be successful. It was not easy. However, each time I did I learned something else about the process and eventually my persistence paid off.
If you are trying to join for your own website this is allowed, however penalising other websites and failing to support the DMOZ project is frowned upon.
I gave an honest account of DMOZ and why I thought I could add value.
Tips for becoming a DMOZ editor
We’ve created some tips to help you with your application to become a DMOZ editor. It’s simple to apply. You visit the DMOZ website, navigate to the category you wish to become an editor for and click “volunteer to edit this category” in the top right hand corner.
Tip 1: When selecting a category drill down to a category with less than 20 submissions to date. This will improve your chances of success.
You will be asked to complete the application form. This should take about 1hour.
Tip 2: You can only edit one category initially so before you complete your application be sure you are happy with your DMOZ category and can demonstrate your knowledge in this subject.
When completing the form you will see a section “What is your internet experience”
Tip 3: At the internet experience section you want to keep it short and punchy. List the experience you have both personally and professionally. For instance, what type of websites do you build, do you manage PPC campaigns, can you CMS websites or build database etc.
You will then have to demonstrate why you are interested in joining DMOZ.
Tip 4: It’s imperative that you don’t say “I want to become a DMOZ editor to get my website listed”. Your application will be deleted.
Tip 5: Explain your passion for becoming a DMOZ editor. Also, identify that DMOZ is the largest open directory worldwide and being part of this would be an honour for you.
Next you should identify why you are interested in this category.
Tip 6: Explain your experience of the category and what you can bring to the subject. Be descriptive and give examples.
You will then be asked about websites you are associated with. This means listing the websites you’ve built, created content for, build databases for etc.
In the last section you will have to list 3 submissions for your chosen category. Please take your time here and do research.
Tip 7: Check that you suggested listing meets the DMOZ guidelines and that it’s not already listed within DMOZ. If there is a more appropriate category don’t use this listing.
Your suggested websites should be appropriately formatted (e.g http://www.) and the description should start with a capital letter.
From behind the DMOZ curtain it’s easy to understand the frustrations of people submitting their listing. When I was given my category there were 20 listings already waiting for me, some of which dated back to 2006! There are simply not enough resources to cover every section, however with that said, DMOZ is extremely selective over who they choose to become an Editor. Ultimately, you have to be getting involved for the correct reasons and demonstrate your passion for the category you wish to write for.
Paying DMOZ Editors for listings
There has been highly controversial suggestions that DMOZ editors accept money in exchange for listings within the directory. I applied to DMOZ for two reasons, 1. I wanted to list a website I was working on and 2. I actually wanted to contribute to the success of the most powerful directory in the world.
Under no circumstances did I think, OK let’s make money. My stance is that it’s immoral, unfair and greedy.