The Open Directory Project (aka Dmoz) has come back to live (see this recent post by Aaron Wall), when in recent months there have been speculations from many SEO professionals and link builders whether major search engines will soon degrade the authority values of this once-very-popular directory.
Just less than 48 hours ago, the directory has started to accept new site submissions again, though the new editor applications are still not available. If you have your website ready, now it is a good time to submit to Dmoz. Due to a software failure during an upgrade in October 2006, the entire submission queue of sites being submitted to Dmoz has been lost.
It is certainly great news for the Open Directory Project to eventually be operational, I would still ask the following questions.
- Will Dmoz’s authority values from the major search engines keep on dropping?
- With all the new faces such as YouTube, MySpace, Digg, Techcrunch, MyBlogLog, and Flicker, emerging from the Web 2.0 era, will Dmoz be able to compete?
- Will there be a major change to the Open Directory Project made by its new owner AOL to revive the already declining directory?
From the above screenshot it may look like Dmoz has been back to action since 18 December 2006, but the truth is that only since less than 48 hours ago, its site submission function has been becoming operational. If you are interested, you can find out more information and history about the Open Directory Project on this Wikipedia article.