Does DMOZ Accept Deeplinks?

Will DMOZ accept several urls from the same domain (deeplinks) if the content or products are different? Is there a limit?

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DMOZ has gone through cycles on this issue. At times editors have appeared to strongly enforce theone site, one listing“rule, ” while at other times editors have acted as though there is no “rule” at all.In fact, there is noone site, one listingrule, and there is no limit to the number of pages from one site or business that can be added to DMOZ.Each Web page is ultimately supposed to be judged on its own merits and on the needs of the directory, regardless of how many listings a site has on DMOZ already. In practice though, editors often appear to be considering the listings that a site or company already has on DMOZ when determining whether or not to add additional listings, whether the listings are appropriate or not. That’s human nature.

Why the resistance to adding deeplinks?

The primary reason editors seem to resist adding multiple pages from one business or website seems to be rooted in their efforts to be fair. Editors are aware that listings on DMOZ have a commercial benefit to Webmasters in that they increase the link popularity of the site in question and thus help it to rank higher in the search results of search engines such as Google, AltaVista, and Yahoo!. Editors who seem to be hawkish about deeplinks are most likely reacting to the manipulative attempts by many Webmasters to get as many listings as they can at any cost. Now that the costs of building and hosting websites have fallen to such incredibly low levels, many Webmasters have resorted to building multiple websites just to try to get more listings. In a morning, a wiley Webmaster can build a 3-5 page website offering very little in the way of unique content, then submit it to DMOZ and spend weeks arguing with the editors over whether it deserves to be listed. If the Webmaster succeeds in getting it listed, he or she can simply put a link on it to their main site and improve their main site’s performance in the major search engines (links add up to traffic.) Digging through the many sites submitted to DMOZ takes a lot of time and patience. Now that Editors have to weed out the thousands of fluff sites built simply to generate link popularity, they have become more and more resistant to adding deeplinks and multiple listings for one business.

Your useful resource can be added, even if it is on a subpage of your site.

The purpose of the Open Directory is to build the most comprehensive directory of Web-based information resources. In order to help the volunteer editors achieve that purpose, they are granted a great deal of flexibility. They are allowed to add any individual page from any website that will help to build the directory, as long as it meets the guidelines. In fact, in some areas of the directory, the majority of the pages listed are “deeplinks” or subpages of websites. In particular, many university and government sites have multiple deeplinks listed on DMOZ. For a comprehensive list of domains which have multiple listings on DMOZ, visit DMOZ Top Listed Domains. That page will also tell you how many Yahoo! listings each site has.

A few key points to keep in mind are (1) no page “deserves” to be listed; (2) no page is guaranteed a listing; and (3) each page must add value to the directory in order to be listed (it must provide new and unique content.) Another point – many Webmasters visit the Open Directory Public Forum and argue that their site should be listed because there is another site like their site listed already. The argument is backwards. If there is a site just like yours in the directory already, then there is no need to add your site or page. One final point – if a page of your site is listed in the directory, there is very little chance that a sub-page of your site will be listed in a sub-category of the directory where your first page is listed. For example, if your site is listed in Top: Shopping: Jewelry: Bead and Gemstone, then your special amber jewelry page is probably not going to be listed in Top: Shopping: Jewelry: Bead and Gemstone: Amber.