The most important directory on the internet, Open directory Project, which is called as ODP or DMOZ is now permanently closed. The listings done by this directory was used by many search engines including Google. It was too tough to get listed on this website, but on the same side, it gives a good authentication and SEO ranking on DMOZ.
The directory started in the year 1998 with a name “GnuHoo,” and then renamed as “NewHoo,”. It was a contender of yahoo directory and soon acquired by Netscape. It was a powerful listing website and given a new name “The Open Directory”. Then soon Google also started giving importance of human-powered directories like ODP or DMOZ.
A unique identity with DMOZ:
It was a volunteer edited directory where the website was inspected by an editor and a tough race to get listed. It is, of course, a sad news for many businesses that DMOZ is shut down. There are many other directories where you can list are dexknows.com, linkedin.com, tripadvisor.com, GoGuides.com, yellowpages.com, Gimpsy.com, yelp.com, ezlocal.com, whitepages.com and foursquare.com. The way you can be listed on these websites is given below:
The news of the closure of this website came on 14-March-2017 and finally closed on 17-march-2017. The directory was a real quaint unlike Yahoo Directory as it lived for about 19 years and resisted at that time when all other directories were shutting down.