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DMOZ Shrinks by 20 Percent

Posted on 2.03.2014

Remember when having one or more Web page listings in DMOZ was absolutely essential to the success of search engine optimization campaigns?

With the fall in popularity of directories, a DMOZ link is sought after far less these days and it may be one reason the site has 1 million fewer sites in its directory in general.

Several reports from industry forums indicated that as late as December 2013, the directory had over 5.3 sites and nearly 100,000 editors. As of the end of January, however, that’s been reduced to 4.2 million sites and 89,000 editors. So what’s going on?

DMOZ did announce a new feature that now appears on its public category pages. Visitors are able to notify volunteer editors about listings that have potential problems – from it being unresponsive or showing an error page, or a site is hijacked, hacked or parked.

If you have been receiving some traffic from DMOZ (or some SEO value) that time may be coming to a quick end.

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