10 Years of Dmoz ODP: Humans Still Do it Better

DMOZ, the Open Directory Project turned 10 years old on June 5, 2008 and continues to grow at a rapid pace, all due to the tireless efforts of an amazing community of dedicated volunteer editors. Dmoz ODP is still the most comprehensive human edited directory of the Web.

Dmoz is celebrating the event with praise for its editors

Over the years, DMOZ has been often duplicated but never replicated. Many initiatives have co-opted its model, while others have learned the lessons of DMOZ and built community based projects that ushered in the much ballyhooed social media revolution. Projects such as Wikipedia have traced their origins and influence to DMOZ. Ten years ago, many people were skeptical that a community managed project could survive and become relevant. Ten years later, the DMOZ editors have proved that community managed projects weren’t just a pipe dream, but the future of the Web.

Dmoz or the Open Directory Project is a great web directory to get your site listed and sources the Google directory and a large number of sites using ODP data. You can also become an ODP editor and be part of the amazing ODP community.

Though critics have often questioned the credibility of editors, you can always report corrupt editors and swift action is ensured against them. SEO experts and webmasters have invented the NOODP tag to prevent search engines from using the DMOZ snippets. There exist other human edited directories like Best of The Web, Joeant, etc. but Dmoz continues to rule the niche.

DMOZ has evolved and survived the rapid revolution of the internet in the last decade. Happy Birthday DMOZ! Humans Still Do it Better.


  1. frank says:

    I like DMOZ a lot but the only issue I have and which i dont like at all is that i really dont manage to get listed into it. i have tried a couple of time but to no avail. i know that it takes a while to get listed but…is it possible that it takes more than a year? besides i dont think that my site is not “good enough” for DMOZ…can anyone tell me how long it takes to get listed?

  2. China says:

    I use DMOZ myself. Some guys may doubt the necessity of DMOZ, but from my own experience and from the limitations of knowledge discovery using seach engines, DMOZ are good for at least two things: its a good starting point for newscomes to find something on the net; and it is a good suppplement to search engines for knowledge discovery .
    i wish DMOZ well!

  3. Wallace says:

    DMOZ is damaged by the editors,
    a part of these editors receive money from webmasters for a listing,
    check out the digital point DMOZ sub-forum,
    lot of bad guys reveal their identity.

  4. makrhod says:

    The concerns expressed in the previous comments have been addressed so many times in so many places that only a brief response is required here, as my birthday present to DMOZ. :-)
    1. DMOZ is not a listing service, and editors find sites wherever they choose. The pool of suggestions from webmasters is nothing more than a place volunteers can look if they feel like it, but it is not a priority.
    2. Many vague and unsubstantiated claims of corruption are made by webmasters who feel angry that DMOZ is not a free listing service. However, any *real* evidence of editorial abuse should be reported ( ) immediately, with full details, and is taken very seriously indeed. Such reports are confidential, and read and investigated by more than one meta/admin. Editors found to be abusive are permanently removed.
    Happy Birthday ODP!

  5. Uknown says:

    I personally edit at DMOZ, and the editors are very kind. I get along with them every day with no issues.

    @frank It all depends. I personally edit them as I get them, and do not put one at the bottom of the list just because I don’t like it. It can take more then a year, but if it has taken longer odds are you will not get listed. (This is my own personal opinion.)

    The thing is that there are many categories with over 1,000 unreviewed sites, and it takes a LONG time to get through them all. I still see some from other years on there, and are still unreviewed.

    The best tip I can give is find the lowest level category that has one more more editors listed at the bottom. Why? Because if there is an editor on that level, and if it’s the bottom most level, then the editor(s) will likely have less strain on them, and have more time to submit the site.

    Remember, this is just my opinion, and is far from official. Good Luck DMOZ!

  6. Webmaster says:

    I used Dmoz…but it adds website very late..

    If any one can tell about it?

  7. Calipers says:

    I have submitted my site for many times, but my site still not be listed on DMOZ now.

  8. webmaster blog says:

    thank you.

    DMOZ is not listing my sites. :(

  9. Jack says:

    It’s really too bad that Google and other search engines actually value DMOZ. It’s such a pathetic excuse for an open source directory. It’s surely one of the most closed directory on the internet. The fact that it relies on editors means that those editors absolutely determine what websites deserve to be listed in a directory – hardly open source. Moreover, many websites never make it into a directory because so many sub directories have no editors at all. Submitting websites is often fruitless, and you might wait years before your website is added to the directory – or it might never be added. DMOZ is a sad excuse for a directory no matter how you look at it – and instances of abuse and blackmail by editors only serves to demonstrate that DMOZ is NOT an open source directory at all. I hope that search engines stop relying on DMOZ, and discredit it as so many developers and webmasters have.

  10. Firma Rehberi says:

    thank you.
    DMOZ is not listing my sites

  11. klima servisi says:

    Klima Servisi..

    Thank you very much

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