Improve your blog’s search Engine Ranking - Submit to the Open Directory Project

Open Directory Project (ODP), formally known as NewHoo is the most important directory where every webmasters or bloggers should register their websites or blogs. You can find ODP’s website at WAIT!!! Before you click on the link to the Open Directory Project, take time to read this article to learn more about the benefits and tips of registering.Registering with ODP will bring a huge impact in your blog or website so take this time to register them now if you still haven’t done it. Registering your website or blog with the Open Directory Project is FREE and guaranteed to improve your blog or website’s performance!

This article will briefly discuss the benefits when you register to the Open Directory Project (ODP) and will provide you tips and guidelines on what you should and should not do when you register.

Why Should you Register? The Benefits

1. Improve your site’s visibility to searches done on search engines.

Open Directory Project supplies directory data to search engines like Google, AOL search, Lycos, Hotbot, MSN, Netscape among others. This means that a listing in the Open Directory Project will enable your site to show up for searches done on any search engines or websites that use the Open Directory Projects data.

2. Better site ranking in Google’s search list.

What Google does to determine ranks of websites and blogs in their search engine results of a particular keyword or keyphrase is to combine the information in its own Google Directory and the information from the Open Directory Project. Hence, once your blog or website has been registered to the Open Directory Project, Google’s view of how important your blog or website is boosted. This will enable your blog or website to have higher chances to appear on their search list for the keywords and keyphrases you have chosen to use on your blog or website.

3. Higher chances of getting listed to other directories when you submit your website or blog.

Inclusion in the ODP is a manifestation that your blog or website has passed the strict standards and rigid screening of the Open Directory Project. It means to say that your blog or website is fully functional, useful and unique. As a result, whenever you submit your blog or website to other directories, you will have a higher chance of getting approved. Another benefit when your registration to the Open Directory Project is approved is your automatic inclusion to some directories that use ODP’s data.

Considering the benefits you can get from registering to the Open Directory Project, by now, you must be eager to submit your blog or website for inclusion. Firstly, you need to know that real people check, verify and visit your blog or website before they get approved for inclusion to the ODP, therefore, your blog or website should be in good condition.

Do not submit your blog or website if:

1. It is unfinished.

Make sure that your site is fully functional or has been completed before you submit it for inclusion. Your blog or website is not going to be approved if it has a fancy under-construction graphics with smiling builders waving their hammers back and forth.

2. It has broken links.

Editors who approve your website for inclusion to the Open Directory Project will visit your site and navigate through your pages. If your blog or website is full of broken links, how could they navigate it? Make sure that all your links are properly working. More importantly, when you link to other blogs or websites, you should make sure that these blogs or websites are not illegal or underground type of sites.

3. It is an illegal or underground type of site.

Obviously, your blog or website will not be included to the Open Directory Project when it is involved in illegal activities. Blogs or websites that violates copyright laws or offers product and services that are illegal will definitely be denied from getting listed.

4. It has few content.

Before you submit your blog or website to the Open Directory Project make sure that it has rich and good content. If your blog or website has more advertisements than content, it would most likely be disapproved from being included in the ODP. Before you submit your blog to the ODP, I advice you to have at least 15 good posts or entries.

5. It is a mirror site.

There is no need to submit a blog or a website that is exactly the same in content and layout as the other blogs or websites. You will just waste your time because you will definitely get disapproved.

6. It downloads forever.

If your blog or website takes forever to download, it will most likely be ignored by ODP editors and will not be approved. Take note that these editors have a lot of blogs or websites to check and review and they will not spend their time to wait for your blog or website to download.

Final Reminders Before you Submit

1. Submit your blog or website to the proper category.

The Open Directory Project has 16 main categories and subcategories under it. However, in the Open Directory Project only 15 categories are visible because the 16th category contains adult material so it’s concealed to avoid minors from accessing it. Each of these categories and subcategories normally have different responsible editors. If you submit your blog or website to the wrong category, your blog or website will most likely not get listed. Because these editors do not have the benefit of time, they will not submit your blog or websites to the proper category where you should have submitted your site. It is therefore your responsibility to submit your blog or website to the proper category to avoid being ignored or denied.

2. Make sure you have submitted the right URL.

Although it’s a rare case that webmasters submit wrong URL of their blogs or websites, I think this is still a good reminder to everyone who wishes to get their blog or website listed to the ODP. In most cases, wrong URL is due to wrong spelling and wrong format. (e.g. insted of http:// some write hppt:// or insted of some write Slight mistake with your URL makes a big difference. If you send ODP editors to the wrong URL, you are simply registering a different website or blog denying your own from getting listed. So before you click the submit button, make sure that you are submitting the correct URL that will direct ODP editors to your blog or website.

3. Title and Description of your blog or website.

When you submit a blog or website to the Open Directory Project for inclusion, you will be asked to write 1. Title of your blog or website and 2. Description of your blog or website. While this seems easy, other webmasters do not do it properly which makes their submission futile. Why? Because the information they’ve entered was not designed to optimize their ranking. This happens when wrong title or wrong description is entered. If your title and description are not properly complementing each other or when your both are not related or descriptive of the contents you have in your blog or website, your submission will not have a good impact to your search engine ranking.

Your ‘TITLE’ is suppose to identify your site and not describe it. Blogging Mix is what I’ve chosen as my title because it’s the best words to identify my blog with besides the fact that its my domain name. You can use 1 - 5 words for your title and no more than 20 characters.

On the other hand, your ‘DESCRIPTION’ should describe your blog or website. It should be informative, objective and concise. Your description should clearly give an idea of what your readers should expect to see when they open or visit your blog or website. You should use 25 - 30 words for your description.

Congratulation! You have been patient enough to equip yourself with the proper information you need to get yourself listed to the Open Directory Project. You’re on your own now. Go ahead and register your blog or website and get the benefits of being listed. If you think you have not met the basic requirements I have itemized above, try doing something about it before you register.

If you have any question about this article, I would love to hear from you. If you have further suggestion that you wish to contribute to the list, please share it through the comments so that we can learn from each other. Thank you for reading and Kudos to your blogging!

Finally, after submission, you need to check from time to time if your blog or website has already been added. Some ODP editors will inform you once you’ve been approved or denied through the emails you’ve provided during your application but due to their hectic schedule, others might not be able to inform you about the progress of your application.