Becoming A Open Directory Editor

Written by Sumantra Roy

Getting your site registered byrepparttar Open Directory is vitally important as far as search engine positioning is concerned. In order to see how you can do that, see my article on this topic. However, sometimes, it may so happen that try as you might, you just do not manage to get your site listed inrepparttar 105587 Open Directory. Or, it may also happen thatrepparttar 105588 description under which your site is listed is not optimum.

In this case,repparttar 105589 only solution is to becomerepparttar 105590 editor ofrepparttar 105591 category to which you want to submit your site. Here's how you should go about doing it.

First, go to any category ofrepparttar 105592 Open Directory and click onrepparttar 105593 "become an editor" link atrepparttar 105594 top ofrepparttar 105595 screen. If that category does not contain such a link, simply go to a lower level category which does contain such a link.

Now, readrepparttar 105596 third paragraph, which says thatrepparttar 105597 Open Directory does not bar editors who have business affiliations withrepparttar 105598 category. In practice, however, it will reject just about any new editor who has a business affiliation withrepparttar 105599 category. If you scroll downrepparttar 105600 page, you will find thatrepparttar 105601 Open Directory asks you whether you have any business affiliation withrepparttar 105602 category. If you admit to having an affiliation withrepparttar 105603 category, you will most certainly be rejected.

Now, you may think that you can solve this problem by not admitting that you have any business affiliation withrepparttar 105604 category. However,repparttar 105605 Open Directory also asks you about your experience or interest inrepparttar 105606 category. For a category which deals with business related sites, it is very difficult to project your expertise in it without admitting that you are affiliated with it.

Hence, your strategy should be to locate a category in which you can legitimately show some experience and interest without having to admit that you have any business affiliation. By farrepparttar 105607 easiest way to do this is to become an editor of a regional category which deals withrepparttar 105608 city in which you live. Once you can become an editor of one category, it is usually much easier to becomerepparttar 105609 editor ofrepparttar 105610 category to which your site belongs. This is because when an existing editor applies for a new category,repparttar 105611 Open Directory does not ask for his/her experience or interest inrepparttar 105612 category.

Here arerepparttar 105613 steps you should follow in order to become an editor ofrepparttar 105614 category applicable for your web site:

1) Start off by going torepparttar 105615 Open Directory. Click onrepparttar 105616 Regional category, then click onrepparttar 105617 continent in which you live, and then onrepparttar 105618 country. In this way, drill down torepparttar 105619 category forrepparttar 105620 city or locality in which you live. Now, scroll down torepparttar 105621 bottom ofrepparttar 105622 page and see whether that category already has an editor. If it does not, this isrepparttar 105623 category for which you should try and become an editor. However, if this category already has an editor, don't apply to this category becauserepparttar 105624 Open Directory does not generally accept a new editor in a category which already contains an editor. In this case, select a category belowrepparttar 105625 current category which does not have an editor.

2) Once you have selectedrepparttar 105626 correct regional category, click onrepparttar 105627 "become an editor" link atrepparttar 105628 top ofrepparttar 105629 screen and fill in your first name, last name, email address, username and password. Forrepparttar 105630 "Describe your experience and interest in this subject area:" text box, just say something like "I am a resident of X.", where X is of courserepparttar 105631 name of your city or locality. Inrepparttar 105632 "What is your Business Affiliation with this category?" text box, say something like "I have no business affiliation with this category."

The Open Directory now asks you for 2 or 3 sites which you would have added torepparttar 105633 category had you been an editor ofrepparttar 105634 category. The best way to do this is to let Yahoo! dorepparttar 105635 work for you. Open a new browser window, go to Yahoo! and search forrepparttar 105636 name of your city. Yahoo! will list several categories and sites for that city. Browse through these sites and categories and select a site which is applicable forrepparttar 105637 category to which you are applying. Now, open another browser window, go torepparttar 105638 Open Directory's home page and type inrepparttar 105639 domain name ofrepparttar 105640 site in Open Directory's search box and note whether that site is already listed inrepparttar 105641 Open Directory, either inrepparttar 105642 category to which you are applying or elsewhere. If it is not listed, then this can be one ofrepparttar 105643 sites which you should submit. If it is already listed inrepparttar 105644 Open Directory, then ignore this site and select a new site and check whether that site is already listed inrepparttar 105645 Open Directory.

In this way, select three sites which are applicable forrepparttar 105646 category to which you are applying and which are not already present inrepparttar 105647 Open Directory. Type inrepparttar 105648 URL forrepparttar 105649 first site inrepparttar 105650 appropriate text box. Now, you need to select a proper title forrepparttar 105651 site. The title that you choose should always berepparttar 105652 official name ofrepparttar 105653 site. Ifrepparttar 105654 official name ofrepparttar 105655 site is not apparent fromrepparttar 105656 home page itself, browse aroundrepparttar 105657 site and look atrepparttar 105658 "About Us" or "Contact Us" pages (ifrepparttar 105659 site has those pages). Also, check outrepparttar 105660 bottom of each page to see ifrepparttar 105661 site has any Copyright notice. Once you knowrepparttar 105662 official name ofrepparttar 105663 site, type it inrepparttar 105664 correct text box. Now, choose a proper description ofrepparttar 105665 site. Here arerepparttar 105666 rules for writing a proper description forrepparttar 105667 Open Directory:

i) Make sure thatrepparttar 105668 description can tell a visitor whatrepparttar 105669 site is all about. Things like "Have a look atrepparttar 105670 site" does not tell a visitor whatrepparttar 105671 site does.

ii) Avoid using ALL CAPS or exclamation marks. Phrases like "The best web site dealing with widgets!!" or "Offersrepparttar 105672 BEST QUALITY, CHEAPEST WIDGETS you can find anywhere" are inappropriate.

iii) Don't capitalize every word in your description - capitalize onlyrepparttar 105673 first word. Of course, if some ofrepparttar 105674 words inrepparttar 105675 description are proper nouns, then you should capitalize them.

iv) Writerepparttar 105676 description inrepparttar 105677 third person.

v) Don't make your description too long - limit yourself to 15 words atrepparttar 105678 most.

vi) Check your description for typos and grammatical mistakes.

vii) End your description with a period.

Once you have typed inrepparttar 105679 URL, Title and Description ofrepparttar 105680 first site, dorepparttar 105681 same for allrepparttar 105682 three sites and click onrepparttar 105683 Submit button.

Seo Tips For Google®

Written by Joe Balestrino

Getting a high ranking on Google is a big achievement. There are many factors that go into pulling a high page rank. I have put together a small list of things that should not be overlooked when optimizing your site. Let’s start fromrepparttar top:

META Tags- Sorry, but Google doesn’t read META tags. That includesrepparttar 105586 KEYWORD tag. Some search engines, however, still use them.

URL- Having a keyword or words in URL will help you somewhat. Having a key word in your URL is not by any means a guarantee, but it never hurts.

TITLE Tag- This is an important step, use this tag wisely. Place your top keywords here. Remember, your page is indexed starting fromrepparttar 105587 top ofrepparttar 105588 page. Make this one count.

Site content- The first paragraph of your site is a crucial part of your optimization. This will also be used as your site’s description. Be careful not to overdo it onrepparttar 105589 keywords. Make sure your content makes sense. Your keywords should make up a total of 6% to 8% of your page content. An average of three hundred words is a good rule of thumb.

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